Q: You’re saying this moment is perfectly whole, free, and lacking nothing simply as it is? But my mind can’t accept that! New MJ Awakening Blog
November 22, 2017

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Q: You’re saying this moment is perfectly whole, free, and lacking nothing simply as it is? But my mind can’t accept that!

MICHAEL: No mind can accept the present moment as it is; already whole and free, lacking nothing. Why? Because the mind has a project to do: fix/improve “my” life. The mind imagines a “you” who has a “life.” And so in this imaginary, dualistic mind-made world, the present moment is seen as never being good enough… at least not for long.

The way out of the chronic suffering is to realize that thoughts are an appearance, not a cause. The only true cause is Life itself. Life is spontaneously “doing” Life, not thoughts. Thoughts are part of the production, an appearance within the dream. Just like at night when the dream character gets an idea during the dream… the idea is simply more dream.

Freedom is always already the case. It’s the BELIEF in thoughts that say otherwise that is the cause of our suffering.There is only ever what’s presently happening, however it’s showing up. So if boredom or stress or anxiety or sadness or depression is showing up, then that is perfectly what is showing up. The wishing it weren’t happening when it clearly is is the root of our suffering.

The moment is no less whole or complete just because a thought claims to be unhappy. Indeed, that unhappy thought is itself wholeness appearing as an unhappy thought! FREEDOM CAN LOOK LIKE ANYTHING, which is not how the mind imagines freedom is suppose to look like! And it’s precisely because we have learned ideas of what freedom is suppose to look/feel like that most of us overlook the fact that freedom is so free that it’s free to be whatever is presently showing up, however it’s showing up.

Again, note that a thought that says this isn’t how freedom is suppose to look/feel isn’t the problem. It’s the BELIEF in the thought that says this isn’t how freedom is suppose to look/feel that causes our suffering.

And yet, even if we are believing a thought that claims this shouldn’t be happening, seeing clearly that is simply what is happening brings an acceptance beyond trying to accept or not accept. This “resisting thought” too is clearly seen as simply what’s presently arising and thus not a problem.

Freedom is seeing that the present moment is already eternally free, regardless of any transient appearance.

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You are that which is IDENTITY-LESS. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 17, 2017

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MICHAEL: What is THIS moment like when “I” don’t identify with/as anything? No concept whatsoever, not even a nondual spiritual one. Silent Presence Being.

CHRIS: Yes, identity as non-dual, or the “I Am” has to go. Even identity as “Silent Presence Being” has to go!

MICHAEL: Exactly Chris!

 

Thoughts (like everything else) belong to time, not YOU. You ARE the NOW. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 3, 2017

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Thoughts (like everything else) belong to time, not YOU.

You ARE the NOW.

Now = You, You = Now

 

Michael Jeffreys

Whatever is presently happening, does it not first have to be registered by “something”? New MJ Awakening Blog
November 1, 2017

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Another word for Awareness is REGISTERING. So whatever is presently happening, does it not first have to be registered by “something”? What is that “something” that registers our present experience?

Normally the mind jumps right into evaluating the moment, and overlooks the fact that the moment must be registered (by “something”!) before it can be evaluated. What is silently registering this moment? And does that which is registering this moment come and go? Or is it the objects/content of the moment that comes and goes in the eternally present “registering” Awareness.

Michael Jeffreys

Q: Why do we seek? New MJ Awakening Blog
October 11, 2017

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Q: Why do we seek?

MICHAEL: To escape the moment. The “me” finds the moment as it is intolerable, insufficient, lacking, boring, not enough, etc. The “me” rejects the ONLY moment that actually IS in hopes of someday finding a better moment that will make it happy. Thus, what IS is never enough and hence the seeking.

But even if a thought claims THIS moment is insufficient, what if that thought was part of the inherent perfection of the moment itself? In other words, that freedom has space for everything that shows up, regardless of how it presents itself. Freedom is your true nature and remains eternally free and unaffected by all transient thoughts/experiences/beliefs.

Everything IS Now, Now IS Everything. New MJ Awakening Blog
September 8, 2017

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Every sound is IT.

Every sensation is IT.

Every shape/color is IT.

Every movement is IT.

There is only IT.

And IT is Everything.

What can be separate from Everything??

NOTICE: No word, thought, feeling, sensation, experience can describe/capture IT, because they too are Everything appearing as a word, thought, feeling, sensation, experience.

Everything IS Now, Now IS Everything.

Nothing to hold onto, because there’s no one actually here/now to hold onto anything.

There’s just what’s happening.

Listen…

Michael Jeffreys

There is only ever NOW. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 18, 2017

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There is only ever Now.

When are you reading these words?

Now.

If you don’t like these words, when will you not like them?

Now.

If you like these words, when will you like them?

Now.

When you leave this post to look at something else, when is that occurring?

Now.

There is only ever Now. So there is no possibility of ever escaping or leaving the now. After all, you could only do that when?

Now.

A watch or clock is an illusion that doesn’t even have space on it for the only thing that truly ever is, NOW!!!

 

Michael Jeffreys

Q: What should I focus on if my heart’s desire is to awaken? New MJ Awakening Blog
June 6, 2017

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Q: What should I focus on if my heart’s desire is to awaken?

MICHAEL: This moment. The now. It’s truly all that ever is. Past and future are imaginary. They seem to happen but can’t actually, because when is it not now? When has it ever been anything but now?? (Let this sink in.) There is no time in now (since it’s always now), to allow for a past or a future, thus they are illusory. This is the end of the doer. Finished. Kaput. Out of a job. R.I.P.

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

YOU have never moved because the NOW has never moved… New MJ Awakening Blog
April 23, 2017

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YOU have never moved because the NOW has never moved. Is it not always now? When has it ever been not now?? “Past” and “future” are both concepts and can only appear when? Now!

Life moves through you like a river that never stops. But we have it backwards. We take the transient objects (people, places, things) to be real and miss what never comes, goes or changes… that which is ever-present. What to do? Notice this! Notice that YOU = NOW. For what can be more real, more actual, more immediate than right NOW?

Michael Jeffreys

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