Q: What does it mean to IDENTIFY with the mind? New MJ Awakening Blog
July 11, 2017

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Q: What does it mean to IDENTIFY with the mind?

MICHAEL: It means to forget that you are Awareness and only ever Awareness/present aliveness, and mistake yourself for a mind projection, such as a thought, feeling, idea, sensation, story, belief, opinion, etc.

You are ever the silent observer, never the observed. You are what is aware of the mind, the mind is not aware of You. As Mooji says, “You can exist without the psychological mind, but it cannot exist without You.” 

You are ever the silent light that shines/illuminates the streaming transitory play of Maya. You have no beginning or end… You simply are.

 

What is insanity? New MJ Awakening pic quote
June 11, 2017

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What is insanity?
Looking for peace and stillness in the perpetually moving mind.

Michael Jeffreys

What observes the moving mind? When is it not NOW? new MJ Awakening Blog
May 31, 2017

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Mind is movement. What observes the moving mind? Take a look for yourself. That which observes or is aware of the moving mind pictures doesn’t move. And so we rest as the ever-present stillness/silent aware observer.

And if we get pulled back into the mind’s tumult out of habit, what then? Notice this and come back to the ever-present stillness/silent aware observer. It’s here right now as you read these words… notice this. It’s our natural state of effortless being, like when we were babies before we learned language.

With language, thinking/thought stories/concepts (and thus imagined separation, i.e., ‘me’ and ‘other’) showed up and began to dominate the naturally pure, attribute-less, luminous consciousness/presence that we inherently are.

And so we ‘return’ to the ‘place’ we never left and discover it is the same now as when our body was born. Although the mind pretends otherwise, it’s only ever now.

Like when a movie shows scenes from a character’s past, it’s actually being shown to the audience when? Now… only ever now. Likewise, if the movie character is imagining an event in the future, when is the audience seeing it? Now… only ever now. And so we rest in/as the silent awake presence that is timelessly here/now.

Michael Jeffreys

A good first step in “waking up”… new MJ Awakening Blog
March 7, 2017

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A good first step in “waking up” is loosening your identification with what you think you know. The mind claims to know (with a self imposed sense of certainty!?) so many things, but in actuality nothing can be truly known. Why? Because the Source of what all “THIS” is is unknowable! Where does everything come from? Where is everything happening or unfolding? Where does everything go? Any answer is only a concept, and that’s all the mind can ever provide.

The mind is an appearance in THIS, an object; You are what is aware of the inert mind. Thus, You can begin to see that you have NEVER been the mind, but always what is aware of it.

And so, we can begin to meet this moment as it is: raw, naked, a swirl of energies coming and going spontaneously and all completely un-pin-down-able.

As Eckhart says, “You don’t have a life, You ARE life.” Meaning, the idea of “having a life” is separation: there’s a “me” who has a “life.” But this is false because it’s two, duality. Reality is one without a second or non-dual. And you are THAT.

Michael Jeffreys

The mind can’t tell you what you are… new MJ Awakening Pic Quote
January 19, 2017

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It’s one thing to notice that the “outside” world can’t tell you what you are, but it’s another to notice that your own mind can’t either. Why? Where did your mind get everything it knows from? That’s right, the outside world.

Michael Jeffreys

 

 

 

The Peace is in the Silence (meditation picture quote)
April 21, 2014

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The Story-less Now IS Peace
January 17, 2014

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Are you able to see that the present moment, right now, is story-less? Look around you…. is anything telling a story? Nothing is telling a story. Mind comes in as overlay, but if you just see things as they are, no story, no problem (as to have a problem, requires a story, and the more detailed, the better!).

Stay as the silent witness and all is peaceful and well, despite how things may appear in the mind’s fabricated story of the inherently story-less now.

~Michael Jeffreys

As Mental Labels fall away God’s Light Shines Brighter
September 27, 2013

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There is ONLY God. God is All. Nothing exists but God. What keeps us from seeing this? Mental labels. “That’s just a leaf, that’s not God.” Boom! In a single thought the mind no longer sees God, because it’s only looking at “a leaf.” And we do this with everything and everyone. We have taken a single, whole diamond (LIFE), and covered it up with labels and thus the diamond remains hidden. We are putting the mind’s labels ahead of God, (meaning we have come to worship the mind’s labels over God, which is why we suffer. We are choosing our concepts of reality, over reality itself!) and thus we don’t see or feel the Supreme existence which is always present!

-Michael Jeffreys

A House Divided Cannot Stand
January 11, 2013

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At any moment, you have two minds from which to draw on… your original or God/Spirit/Source/Higher-Self mind, and the diseased ego’s mind. They are nothing alike. One values love, humility and being of service and the other prizes fear, attachment, and greed. One is real and the other is not. Pick ONE… You CANNOT serve two masters (a house divided cannot stand), and yet that is what most of us are trying to do (mostly unconsciously) and thus why we suffer.

-Michael Jeffreys

The Illusion of CONTROL
March 8, 2012

Are you able to sense, to notice, to see that you do not make anything happen? You control nothing. You do not make your thoughts appear or disappear, nor do you have any way of filling their content with “info.” There is no “you” that does anything. You know you did not control or bring about or make happen your own birth. It simply happened. Seeing this clearly, one can then ask, “Since I did not bring about my own birth, at what point did I assume control of Life? And if I somehow believe I did, HOW, exactly, did I do this?”

-Michael Jeffreys