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

Notice how you are incessantly distracting yourself from being present, unbrokenly… new MJ Awakening Blog
October 9, 2016

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All you’ve ever wanted is this moment, as it is. But the moment always seems to have something wrong with it. What to do? See that you are not in the moment. You are what is aware of the moment. You are the Knower of the known. You are the Ultimate Subject to which all objects are known.

The attempt to escape now is what every jiva is doing via distraction. Distraction from what? Death. Insentient body is on its way out. Jiva/ego doesn’t want to deal with this, so perpetually distracts under illusion of creating “my” life, getting, achieving, having, owning, possessing, etc.

Freedom is recognizing this. Noticing how you are incessantly distracting yourself from being present, unbrokenly. Life is now, so you are now. Life is never not now, so you are never not now, regardless of what comes or goes.

Michael Jeffreys

“What I liked about working with Michael…” new MJ Awakening Blog
January 29, 2016

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“What I liked about working with Michael is that the focus is always on the present moment and not on the ‘next’ thing.”       -Tom Bunzel

I really appreciate Tom’s unsolicited testimonial, and it does highlight one of the differences between myself and many other “spiritual teachers.” The NOW is truly all that IS. Unfortunately, most of us are addicted to our thoughts, whose content is past-future, and so we are rarely as present as we could be.

And so when working with people, I listen. And rather quickly I can see/feel the stories that the person is still identified with. Being attached to a story is not right or wrong, but it does open up the door for suffering. Why? Because they are identifying with something that they are not.

And so, together, we put the story under a “microscope” to see if it truly defines them in anyway. And when the story is seen through/begins to thin out, a space within them opens up that was once occupied by the story. And that space is NOT filled up with a “better story,” but rather left empty! With the result being the person has a direct experience of their own timeless/intrinsically peaceful nature. It’s obvious when this happens, because we both fall into silence.  

-Michael Jeffreys

You have never experienced the PAST or the FUTURE… new MJ Awakening Blog
January 21, 2016

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It is always Now. The Now never changes. The Now is still. The Now never moves. The Now has no limitations. (Apparent limitations are due to identification with what you are not, with what comes and goes: THOUGHT).

You cannot think about the Now as it has no objective qualities. There are not two Now’s. Past is an illusion. Future is an illusion. You have only ever experienced the eternal Now. When the mind reminisces about the past, it does so when? Now. When the mind fantasizes about the future, it does so when? Now. YOU = NOW, NOW = YOU.

Suddenly it becomes clear why resistance to the Now brings suffering. We are in resistance with ourselves. Once we deeply see, in our own direct experience, that the eternal Now is what we have always been, the urge to attempt to escape it falls away naturally, leaving the elegant simplicity of whatever is presently happening. You see clearly that nothing IN the Now has ever been You. The content of the Now is endlessly changing, but not You, not the eternal Now itself.

-Michael Jeffreys

Seeing the Inherent Perfection of the only Moment there is… new MJ Awakening Blog
January 18, 2015

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During a private session with a couple at their house today, I said:

THIS moment is perfect not because you or I say it is…
It’s perfect because it’s ALL there is. This has nothing to do with right or wrong, good or bad or liking or not liking. It has to do with the fact that there is no other moment that is presently arising except the one that is presently arising! And so, IT perfectly IS because it’s ALL that can truly be said to be!

The mind may try to argue, try to claim there is some other better moment in the future, but this “future moment” is a concept, and can never actually be found in your presently arising direct experience.
You can never escape what is. When this is seen clearly, the futility of trying to escape from the only thing that is becomes obvious, and the compulsion to try may fall away all by itself revealing only causeless emptiness/peace.

-Michael Jeffreys

The Moment, THIS moment, gives no indication of a past moment having ever existed… new MJ Awakening Blog
October 23, 2014

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Can it be seen that the moment itself, THIS moment, as it is spontaneously and causelessly appearing, gives no indication, no evidence, no proof of a past moment having ever existed!? That ANY reference to a “past” comes 100% from a mind made mental overlay, i.e., a story about a fictional character in time, with a “past” and a “future,” called, “me.”

The key to seeing this, ime, is to look at the moment and LET IT TELL YOU whether or not IT is indicating ANYTHING about a past…

-Michael Jeffreys

What is HERE NOW that isn’t a creation of the mind?
May 28, 2014

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A past that is never found leaves only THIS moment (meditation picture quote)
October 28, 2013

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Silent Present Peace (meditation picture)
October 8, 2013

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Where are all Your Past Experiences in THIS Moment?
October 3, 2013

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My old desktop computer monitor died and as I was unplugging it the thought came about all the “experiences” that seem to have taken place via the monitor… the sharing on facebook, great conversations with friends, liking, answering and asking questions, looking at amazing and funny pictures, watching youtube videos, posting and looking at 1000s of posts, sending and receiving emails, etc.
And yet, as I looked at the dead monitor, cold black and grey plastic, lifeless… its as as if none of it had ever happened… as where are all those appearances NOW? In the monitor? No. The monitor did NOT experience all those different appearances… again, it is made of dead, lifeless, inert matter.

Only the Consciousness I AM, (and the mental ‘i’ in the head does nothing to bring this about, for it too is an appearance) is ALL that is ever alive and present, here and now, to experience anything… effortlessly so.

-Michael Jeffreys