Nonduality: Intellectual Understanding vs Direct Experience. New MJ Awakening Blog
July 28, 2019

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NONDUALITY: INTELLECTUAL UNDERSTANDING VS DIRECT EXPERIENCE

Intellectual understanding is when your mother tells you when you’re a kid not to put any metal objects into an electric socket because you’ll get shocked. Direct experience is when your mother is not around and you go ahead and stick a knife into the electric socket and get knocked on your ass as your whole body receives a powerful and painful white hot jolt of unforgiving electricity.

With the former, your understanding was conceptual. It had not penetrated your being. But with the latter, no words are ever again necessary because now you know from direct experience the dangers of sticking a fork or knife into an electric socket.

The same is true for Nonduality. You can read dozens of books and watch hundreds of youtube videos on Nonduality, but your understanding will remain intellectual. You understand that the “me” is an illusion, but only as a concept. And thus you find you’re still suffering. And so you look for another video, hoping the next one will do the trick.

But the truth is until you actually see this for yourself, the suffering will continue because the “me” hasn’t been fully realized to be a phantom. It seems like it’s there, but when looked for can never be found. And that’s the key, you have to actually look for this “me.” Meaning, the next time you’re suffering, instead of trying to think of a way out, you hit the pause button and take time to actually look for the one who claims to be suffering. I mean really look!

You’re looking for the entity inside you that claims to be suffering or annoyed or hurt or upset or whatever. Because if you can’t actually find it, i.e., there’s literally nothing there (and you’re willing to be honest with what you actually find… or don’t find in this case), then the whole thing collapses as the house of cards it actually is. This is the practice of “self-inquiry” in action. But few actually do it, and yet it’s the key to ending this business of seeking once and for all.

You have to actually do the looking for yourself (no one can do it for you), which is direct experience and goes deeper than just intellectually agreeing with the concept that there’s no “me.”

Michael Jeffreys

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2 MENTAL HABITS that are guaranteed to bring us SUFFERING. New MJ Awakening Blog
July 6, 2019

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2 MENTAL HABITS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO BRING US SUFFERING:

FEAR (noun) a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

WORRY (verb): to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret. -dictionarydotcom

“It’s no use to be afraid. So it’s best to choose not to fear. Your fear won’t help at all but only makes things worse. If you are paranoid and nervous all the time, you won’t be able to move a single step; your life will be miserable. It’s no use being afraid. So why should we feel afraid?

Fear is useless. So why should we fear? Worry is useless. So why should we worry? It would be foolish not to give up useless fear.”

-Master Sheng Yen

MICHAEL: A calm mind is always best regardless of circumstances.

WRONG VIEW: Happiness is located in objects. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 16, 2019

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WRONG VIEW: HAPPINESS IS LOCATED IN OBJECTS

“All disturbing attitudes are based upon the innate assumption that happiness and pain come from outside of us. It seems that other people and things make us happy or miserable.

Thus, we rely on external objects that we contact through our five senses–seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, to make us happy.

We have the notion that happiness is located “out there,” in that object, place or person. Consequently, we try to procure certain things and be near certain people.

Similarly, we try to avoid all objects and people that make us unhappy, because it appears that our unhappiness is coming from them.

The view that happiness and unhappiness come from external things and people puts us into a predicament, because we can never completely control the people and things around us.

We try to obtain the possessions we want, but we never have enough.”

-Ven. Thubten Chodron

Where do the THOUGHTS I appear to think come from? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 18, 2019

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Where do the THOUGHTS I appear to think come from?

What is their Source?

Where do the WORDS I appear to speak come from?

What is their Source?

To maintain my IGNORANCE, I must ignore/not take seriously/remain distracted from looking deeply into these two fundamental questions.

Michael Jeffreys

What agenda does SILENCE have? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 15, 2019

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What agenda does SILENCE have?

Michael Jeffreys

 

AGENDA (noun): a list, plan, outline, or the like, of things to be done, matters to be acted or voted upon, etc. -Dictionarydotcom

MICHAEL: Noise is Silence forgetting itself. It’s what it means to be ignorant. I am ignoring myself, Silence, because I am involved with Noise 24/7.

The tendency is to go right into story (noise) and not even notice/be aware of the Silence in which the noise appears.
No Silence, no noise.

What SEES? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 1, 2019

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WHAT SEES?

Seeing occurs, but what is literally seeing? Is it really an imagined “me” (that is only seemingly present during the process/activity/movement of thinking) that is actually what is processing/taking in/cognizing/classifying/making sense of the numerous images and knows what they are instantly?

Or, is seeing happening all by itself, and the imaginary “me” claims, “I’m seeing.” And because it’s been this way our whole lives, it’s taken for granted and never thoroughly gone into/investigated/looked at carefully.

Silently notice your seeing right now… can you honestly find a “me” anywhere?

Michael Jeffreys

The INTELLECT is Your servant and thus the voice in the head is the voice of the servant, not You. New MJ Awakening Blog
April 9, 2019

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THE INTELLECT IS YOUR SERVANT AND THUS THE VOICE IN THE HEAD IS THE VOICE OF THE SERVANT, NOT YOU 

“First, remember who I am, I who am in all
men, Who am That which speaks through
all men, Who am the Self of you who read,
dwelling deep within the heart—the innermost
of you, and Who seek to come forth as the
Christ and to show Myself—your Highest
Self—to all men.

Remember that I always speak from out the
heart, and not from the head, the intellect
being but My servant, My interpreter.

But when the servant acknowledges not his Master,
having grown proud, and deems himself above
his station and tries to impress others with his
knowledge and importance, then you may
know why it is so hard to hear My voice and
to know when it is I speaking, and why you
become so often confused and so uncertain what to do.

Therefore it is most necessary that you
determine whence comes the voice or voices
that so confuse and disturb you.”

-Joseph S. Benner
(from, Brotherhood)

Truth cannot be found. New MJ Awakening Blog
February 11, 2019

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“Truth is before the intellect, before thought. Truth has nothing to do with the intellect or thought.” -Paul Gorman

MICHAEL: Because there is only Truth.

Has what’s Silently Observing THIS moment ever moved? New MJ Awakening Blog
January 25, 2019

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Has what’s Silently Observing THIS moment ever moved?

Michael Jeffreys

Q: How can I notice/become aware of the “me”? New MJ Awakening Blog
November 7, 2018

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Q: How can I notice/become aware of the “me”?

MICHAEL: It’s what’s constantly trying to “fix” the moment.

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