Michael Jeffreys “Notice if there’s anything that you’re clinging to.” Satsang video, 5-13-20 (part 1)
May 14, 2020

Michael Jeffreys “Notice if there’s anything that you’re clinging to.” Satsang 5-13-20 (part 1)

So we come back to the question: What’s aware of the mind?

Your thoughts don’t have a whiff to do with You.

-Michael

 

Can THAT which OBSERVES all definitions be defined? New MJ Awakening Blog
January 8, 2020

indian animal moutain illusion

“Can we look at things without the network of words interfering with our observation.”       -J. Krishnamurti

MICHAEL: Can we silently observe THIS moment simply as it is without labeling or defining it? And if not, can we notice how the mind is lightning quick to rush in with definitions, judgments and opinions. And if we are always THAT which is observing, can any mind generated definitions, judgments or opinions that are appearing in us ever truly define us?

The Insight that Everything is made out of CHANGE. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 1, 2020

change

LINDSAY: Another question, how do you let it be if it evokes a feeling inside of fear or negativity? I have a harder time with these…

MICHAEL: Can you give an example?

LINDSAY: Fearful thought of not being able to breathe or thoughts that cause physical sensations in body that are unpleasant. It is harder to let them be because they seem to command your attention or make you feel the need to distract or fix them.

MICHAEL: The insight Lindsay is that whatever is happening for the moment is what is happening for the moment, but only for the moment because everything is made out of change.

So if a fearful thought is arising or an unpleasant bodily sensations seems to be happening, then for the moment that’s what’s happening. But it’s not going to stay that. And if a thought arises that wishes that this wasn’t happening, then that is what is appearing as the moment…. but it’s not going to stay that. And if resistance arises to the bodily sensation, then that is what’s happening and is not separate from the moment. But (say it with me! 🙂 ), “it’s not going to stay that.”

You see? You can never get out in front of whatever is happening because there is only whatever appears to be happening. The illusion is that there’s a “me” separate from what’s happening and that it can control what’s happening.

However, again, there is only whatever is happening. So if it feels like the “me” is there and is trying to control what is arising, than that is what’s happening. And if you feel clear and peaceful, then that is what’s happening. There’s only ever what’s happening, however it’s appearing as the moment, and no one is “doing” it. And because no one is doing it, there is no right way or wrong way to “do” the moment. There is simply the eternal unfolding of Infinity.

Remember that the river of Life is ALWAYS moving, so it never stays the same. This can be helpful to keep in mind whenever we feel like we’re stuck… Thoughts can start to tell a story about how unfair it is or bad things seems to be. But again, the reality is things never stay the same and the truth is “This too shall pass.”

We are addicted to COMPLAINING. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 19, 2019

complainer in the head

WE ARE ADDICTED TO COMPLAINING

As a species we are addicted to complaining. Have you noticed this?
Unlike animals, complaining seems so natural to human beings that we continually engage in it without much thought.

We learned to complain when we were young children and haven’t stopped since. We picked up the habit from our parents who in turn picked it up from their parents. And we are passing it on to our children who will then pass it on to their children. Society is built on complaining… practically everyone does it pretty much nonstop.

This doesn’t mean you can’t ask the cashier at Ralph’s to remove the extra item he inadvertently charged you for. It just means you have no interest in complaining about it to him or yourself. You simply ask for what what you want, sans complaining. For many, they don’t know how to ask for what they want without complaining, as if you can’t do the one without the other.

Complaining is so ingrained in us, so part of the apparent human condition, that to not be able to complain almost feels wrong. Complaining has become our identity. Who would I be without my complaints?

And yet it’s this compulsive need to complain that keeps us stuck in a perpetually unfulfilled life. How can we love life if we are constantly complaining about it? The answer is we can’t. We can’t be truly free until we are free from complaining… about anything.

What would it be like to go one day without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to go one hour without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to go one minute without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to live a complaint free life? Heaven on Earth.

Michael Jeffreys

What is Sri Atmananda’s SUPERIMPOSITION? New MJ Awakening Blog
November 2, 2019

superimposition

SUPERIMPOSITION

“The seer as such can never be the seen, and the seen as such can never be the seer. If this truth goes deep into one’s heart, the mistaken identification with body ceases.

It can be seen in life’s activities that the characteristics of the one are often SUPERIMPOSED on the other. Special care must be taken to avoid this.”

-Sri Atmananda

MICHAEL: Because I see (am aware of) the body, I cannot be the body. Because I “see” (am aware of) a thought, I cannot be a thought. Because I “see” (am aware of) a feeling, I cannot be a feeling, etc.

SUPERIMPOSITION is when I make the mistake of identifying with/as the object itself, rather than realizing I am only ever its witness.

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

knife in electric socket

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

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

worry and fears

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

hedonic-treadmill

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

BlazarNeutrinos

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

empty bench canyon

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.

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