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

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Does a belief in separation make it TRUE? New MJ Awakening Blog
April 15, 2019

monster finger puppets, one hand

Imagine if each finger puppet thought/believed/felt/acted as if it were separate from the others. Chaos, yes?

Now imagine they all worked together in harmony as One.

❤ 

Michael Jeffreys

 

ps: “Once it is realized that it is only a total functioning of the manifest consciousness and there is no individual entity, there will be no question of liberation, of birth or death or of a doer doing anything.”

-Nisargadatta

Nothing Real Can Be Threatened… Nothing Unreal Exists -ACIM
August 2, 2012

The 3-D butterfly exists, but only as an optical illusion. (It is actually a 2-D chalk drawing on the sidewalk!)

The Buddha talked about attachment being the cause of suffering. The idea being that things the mind cares about, whether they be “positive” or “negative,” are bound to bring you suffering, sooner or later.

But let’s dig a little deeper. For it’s easy to overlook the fact that another belief must be running PRIOR to the belief that something is good or bad. And that’s the idea that the “world out there” actually exists! If you didn’t believe “the world” actually existed, you wouldn’t care about it at all, positively, negatively or any other way!

The world does exist… but only as an appearance! It exists as a mirage. Which is the same as saying it both DOES and DOES NOT exist. Just like the glistening silvery shadow on the desert highway at dusk may LOOK like water, but it isn’t actually water. So, you could say that the water is both there and not there. There is in actuality NO water there, and yet it cannot be denied that looked at from a certain angle, a certain perspective, it looks like there is water there!

This is the illusion, the maya, the paradox that many of the mystics talk about. And it’s the UNDERSTANDING of this that makes all the difference. If you still think the dream is real, how can you not suffer? However, you are FREE from suffering once you deeply understand/realize in every cell of your being that, as A Course in Miracles says, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”

-Michael Jeffreys

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