You cannot Attend Your own Funeral. NEW MJ AWAKENING BLOG
June 29, 2019

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YOU CANNOT ATTEND YOUR OWN FUNERAL

“The experience of emptiness can be a fatal blow to the ego. The only recourse the ego has is to sew the experience of egolessness into the fabric of its personality. The Lord of Mind seeks to accomplish this in two very cunning ways.

First, The Lord of Mind turns it into an experience with a definite beginning, middle, and end. It does this by pretending that thought is exempt from the truth of emptiness. It ignores the fact that emptiness is beyond analysis and conceptualization, because in the realization of emptiness the medium of analysis and conceptualization—thought—is itself revealed to be empty. This is the subtlest form of ignorance. It preserves the basic division between mind and body and therefore the foundation of ego—the dualistic point of observation between our ears.

Second, The Lord of Mind begins to think about the experience. Thinking about selflessness re-inserts the subtle sense of self behind the experience. Suddenly it starts to feel like “I” had the experience. This transmutes the living experience of emptiness into a memory that can be possessed. Now the realization of egolessness belongs to the ego. It has exclusive rights to the truth of selflessness, which enables it to play the memory of awakening over and over again. This inflates the ego to god-like proportions.

The closer we get to enlightenment the more dangerous the path becomes. If we fail to see through the ego’s claim to awakening, we will fall into the trap of full-blown egohood. This is the most dangerous of all possible forms of deception. It leads to the belief that we are gods. All claims to enlightenment must be seen as nothing more than a thought emerging out of and returning to the ocean of awareness.

There is no claim to enlightenment. Enlightenment is the death of ego, and as Chogyam Trungpa said, “You cannot attend your own funeral.” In enlightenment there is no one left to make the claim.”

-Benjamin Riggs

 

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When your thoughts change, do YOU change? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 10, 2019

ocean sunrise

For silent reflection:

When your thoughts change, do you change? 

-Michael Jeffreys

 

p.s. And from last Weds. night’s West LA Satsang:

“A thought and a dream are the same, it’s just during the latter the body is sleeping.” 
-Tracey

“And if you look, what’s the body other than sensations?”
-Corey

“You’re not inside the body. There’s blood, and bone, and arteries and organs, but no you.”
-Michael

IMPERMANENCE: Why trying to hold on to anything creates suffering. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 3, 2019

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IMPERMANENCE: WHY TRYING TO HOLD ON TO ANYTHING CREATES SUFFERING

Trying to hold on to anything, good or bad, creates suffering. Why? Because everything that arises is impermanent. It’s temporary. Like a cloud in the sky or a soap bubble. There’s nothing there but an impermanent image that soon transforms/morphs into a different impermanent image all by itself.

What do all images, thoughts, feelings, sensations, in fact every object that appears in our Consciousness have in common? They’re empty. They have no inherent existence. No core. No solidity.

Which means that the thought/image is as real as you believe it to be, because you are what’s feeding it, giving it power, illuminating it. Like a neon sign needs power to illuminate, your thoughts need you attention to seem real.

You could just as easily lose interest in the thought /image and it will literally disappear/dissolve away. How can it do that? Because it was never really there as a reality, as a real thing. It was only ever an imagine in your mind.

Michael Jeffreys

Does CHANGE bring up fear in you? New MJ Awakening Blog
July 4, 2018

everything changes cesslessly

That life is endlessly changing (and thus not controlable as how do you control change?) bring up any fear/resistance in you?

What a great opportunity to be present with this fear/resistance to change. Why? Because EVERYTHING, without exception, is made of change.

You, me, the stars, the sky, the earth, family members, pets, all of it… is ever changing… that’s its nature.

everyone changes ceaselessly

There is absolutely nothing, literally NOTHING, to hold on to.

LIFE IS MADE OF CHANGE.

Let everything go… all of it… breathe and release as you drop into timeless presence here/now. 

 

Michael Jeffreys

If it appears it will disappear… New MJ Awakening Pic Quote
November 19, 2017

mj if it appears it will disappear sand castle pic quote

If it changes it’s not You. New MJ Awakening Meditation
November 14, 2017

skeleton-meditating

If it changes it’s not You.

Michael Jeffreys

 

 

If it’s there, it can also not be there. -Michael Jeffreys (meditation picture quote)
September 9, 2013

mj quote there not there sandcastle

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