“And once you look inside and see that you’re empty…” New MJ Awakening Blog
January 31, 2019


From last night’s West LA Satsang:

“And once you look inside and see that you’re empty, that there is no one there, you realize it’s the same in every body.”

-Tracey Schuster Petrakis


It’s like you are pure SPACE… New MJ Awakening Blog
April 9, 2018


It’s like you are pure SPACE, and all of existence is spontaneously appearing and disappearing within you. Including ALL thoughts, feelings, memories, sensations, your body, other bodies, the sky, the ocean, air, rocks, trees, everything… the SPACE always IS to such an extent that it’s not noticed… until it IS. 

Michael Jeffreys

Being totally Empty is what allows you to be totally Full. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 16, 2018

lao tzu empty bowl

Being totally Empty is what allows you to be totally Full.

-Michael Jeffreys

Q: Do you recommend watching the news? New MJ Awakening Blog
January 13, 2018


Q: Do you recommend watching the news?

MICHAEL: No. It may seem innocent on the surface, but you are taking in all those images/vibrations and negativity into your mind. Other peoples’ stories based on fear, worry, anxiety, limitation, uncertainty and insecurity. Once taken into mind, they do not lie dormant. They will sprout spin-off fear thoughts like, “Oh this is bad, if X happens that will affect me negatively, etc.” And so more worries are added to the mind’s confusion. More beliefs on top of the spider web of beliefs that are already there.

There is no freedom in any of this. This is why it’s so important to be clear on what it is you truly want. If your heart’s desire is peace, freedom, liberation, etc. above all else, it’s obvious the news does not provide this.

The mind will come up with reasons why it’s not a good idea to stop watching the news, i.e., “I’ve got to stay informed.” But is this true? What happens when you actually make the break from watching the news? I haven’t watched the news (not tv or internet or radio) for the past 10 years and I can tell you that not only have I not missed anything, but I’ve truly never been happier.

At first, like any addiction, you will go through withdrawals. For me, they lasted about 3 days. By the fourth day I began to enjoy the lightness of not being weighted down by the “problems of the world.” Instead, I just began to follow my heart and let it guide me. This has a much different feel than the mind. The mind is logic based and its medium are words. The heart is silence based and its medium are feelings.

A good place to start is by observing your thoughts. Just silently watch them. At first, since we are not used to doing this, it may seem difficult. But the more time you spend just witnessing your thoughts, without getting involved with them one way or another, the easier and more natural it becomes.

And yet, everything that “needs” to get done gets done only without all the stress, worry and fear. It turns out that Emptiness has it’s own way of moving naturally, spontaneously, intelligently, harmoniously and lovingly that the mind knows nothing about.

And Emptiness, the Now, the Self, doesn’t require anything from the news (or anything else) to be what it already IS.

Lisa Cairns & Everything Happening Nowhere… new MJ Awakening Blog
June 9, 2015


Lisa Cairns: There can be thoughts appearing, but if there’s nothing that holds onto the thoughts, then where are ‘things’? Where is the ‘you’ that is in relationship to ‘things’?

Questioner: I don’t know where I am, that’s the problem.

Lisa: No, that’s the beauty. The problem has always been ‘you’ thinking you know where you are. The beauty of not knowing where you are is then there is simply everything for no one.

Michael: For example, I ‘know’ I am in Los Angeles. And ‘I know’ LA is in CA. And ‘I know’ CA is in the USA. And ‘I know’ USA is on planet Earth, and ‘I know’ the Earth is in our solar system with the sun and 8 other planets, which is located in the milky way galaxy, which is one of many galaxies which make up the Universe.

But where is the Universe located?? Where are its borders? And if borders are claimed to be found, what’s beyond that? So, if I don’t know where the Universe is located, then how can I know where anything else appearing within it is located??

Everything is happening nowhere.

-Michael Jeffreys

The Space You See From Never Changes Regardless of the Body’s Location – new MJ Awakening Blog
May 3, 2015

Following a nice lunch with my friend Tom, as we were standing on the sidewalk saying good-bye, we took a moment to notice/become aware of that which is always present and never goes anywhere, regardless of where the body may be located in time-space. Says Tom:

“Michael and I had a nice lunch on my brief visit back to LA and when we left he stopped me on the street and turned to me and said: 

“I’m going to ask you a question but I don’t want you to answer. Just take it in…
So now you’re in the familiar surroundings of West LA and tomorrow you will be back in your new home in Las Vegas. What will be the same?”

My mind searched for a label or response but I remembered his admonition and the depth of the mystery hit me. Very nice moment.” – Tom Bunzel

-Michael Jeffreys

Nothing IS Happening & Turning Within… new MJ Awakening Blog
March 26, 2015


Nothing IS happening, i.e., it is appearing to happen. But that is not the same as actually happening, in a solid, permanent kind of way. ALL is an appearance, not an actuality.

-Michael Jeffreys

P.S. I recently heard Paul Hedderman say on an mp3 of one of his talks that his girlfriend showed him a cartoon that featured two doors. Over the first it said “HEAVEN” and over the second it said “Lecture about HEAVEN,” and all the people were cued up in front of the second door!? 🙂

When it comes to your own awakening, go directly for it. Don’t let talking about it or reading books or watching videos be enough. They can be useful up to a point, but eventually you have to turn within and see it for yourself. See what? That the wholeness you seek is not “out there,” but always available right where you are, here and now… in fact it’s not available anywhere else.

The weight of identifying as “self” is like walking around wearing… new MJ Awakening Blog
March 21, 2015

weight of self

The weight of identifying as “self” is like walking around wearing a 90lb backpack THAT YOU ARE NOT EVEN AWARE OF.

-Michael Jeffreys

For your consideration: Darryl Bailey awakening quote with MJ Commentary
March 19, 2015

formless cloud & sun

All that’s ever known are descriptions of form where no form actually exists. These descriptions may be helpful at times, but they’re ultimately meaningless. There can be no true description of anything. -Darryl Bailey

In other words, if EVERYTHING is constantly changing and thus never static (including a sense of you!), what exactly is there to label?

By the time you define it, it’s already not that… ALL definitions are too late!

Thus there can be a letting go of the attempt to define anything, and simply resting in the immediacy of what IS.

-Michael Jeffreys

You have never been anything… new MJ Awakening pic quote
March 4, 2015

mj you have never been anything bird tree pic quote

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