The Middle Way… New MJ Awakening Blog
May 22, 2019

illumined buddha

THE MIDDLE WAY

Tonight at the West LA Satsang, I talked about how everything both exists and doesn’t exist. Is real, yet not real. Is there, yet not there.

What do I mean? I mean, for example, that this computer I am writing on is impermanent. It will not last forever. So, you can’t say it’s real in an absolute sense. And yet, you can’t say that the computer doesn’t exist at all since here I am using it to write these words!

Thus, the middle way. As the old zen story goes, the zen master said to his student, “Does the table exist? If you tell me yes, I will hit you 20 times with this stick. But if you tell me no, I will hit you 20 times with this stick. What is your answer!!?”

In a flash the student understood and remained silent.

Michael Jeffreys

 

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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.

Q: “Acceptance of all and complete surrender to the absoluteness that I am is what’s needed. Would you agree?” New MJ Awakening Blog
April 12, 2019

surrender to love

QUESTION: “Acceptance of all and complete surrender to the absoluteness that I am is what’s needed. Would you agree?”

MICHAEL: Perfectly stated. Keep surrendering until there is only Love. And then watch as the “outer appearances” (in due time) begin to follow suit. I keep seeing it being confirmed over and over.

The absolute goal is to make “letting go and letting God” your natural default position, i.e., your instinctive response to any and all situations without exception.

So yes, it’s the complete surrendering of everything… you turn everything over to God (Source, Infinite Intelligence, etc.) and rest in what IS. Why? Because everything “you” used to do is now God’s responsibility (As it was intended to be all along!)

And if for whatever reason you find yourself still worrying about something, turn that over to God as well.
Keep doing this until there’s literally nothing left to do because it’s all been turned over to God/Source/Infinite Intelligence.

In summary, it’s the actual living of the quote, “Not my will, but Thy will be done” in every timeless moment.

Am I seeing THIS moment through the mind or Silence? New MJ Awakening Blog
February 27, 2019

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AM I SEEING THIS MOMENT THROUGH THE MIND’S IMAGES, BELIEFS AND FEARS OR IN SILENCE? (aka, YOU CAN’T DANCE AT TWO WEDDINGS.)

“Your mind has to be truly silent, empty of thoughts and concepts. It has to become a state of receptivity. Complete silence. While you are looking out into whatever happens to be your current scenery with a false ‘knowing’ that you are ‘short of money’ or ‘lacking in health’ or ‘lonely’ or ‘limited’ in some way your mind is busy entertaining belief-images of its own making.

While it’s doing so Spiritual Allness cannot penetrate. It forever wants to. It is forever ready to. It is forever pushing at your consciousness trying to burst through. But your mind is busy with images, fears and schemes of its own making, thereby shutting Spirit out.”

-Paul F. Gorman
(from, The Miracle Self)

 

MICHAEL: What does Silence FEEL like? 

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

If I’m not listening from Silence then I’m not listening. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 7, 2019

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If I’m not listening from Silence then I’m not listening.

Michael Jeffreys

Silent night, holy night…Silent mind, holy mind… Silent mind, peaceful mind. Belated Christmas MJ Awakening Blog
December 27, 2018

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“If you want to have a quiet mind, don’t listen.” -Stuart Schwartz

MICHAEL: Silent night, holy night…Silent mind, holy mind… Silent mind, peaceful mind.

Merry Christmas, Love and Peace to Everyone!! xoxo

What do you call the space where clinging and aversion meet? New MJ Awakening Blog
December 14, 2018

detached buddha

What do you call the space where clinging and aversion meet?

Freedom

Michael Jeffreys

LOVING YOUR TRIGGERS: “No way is the way.” New MJ Awakening Blog
December 5, 2018

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LOVING YOUR TRIGGERS
 
“No way is the way.” -Zen proverb
 
My friend Jim Dreaver suggested the theme, “Loving your triggers” for a satsang and I really like it! Because it’s exactly what no one is doing and thus staying stuck for decades, even a lifetime!! It’s our triggers that we see as separate from us, e.g., anger, fear, frustration, confusion, unworthiness, etc. and so we try to push them away/get them to change as quickly as possible.
 
Why? Because I fear them. I am afraid to look at all of me. And if I won’t look at something, won’t even acknowledge it for however long it appears to be showing up, how on earth am I going to be genuinely present with it??
 
But this ruse can only go on for so many lifetimes. Eventually it begins to dawn on you that you have been completely wrong about everything and everyone, including yourself. That the way you thought/imagined believed it was, is in truth not the way it actually is, because it isn’t any way. Or in Zen it’s said, “No way is the way.”
 
It takes humbleness to meet your pain. Because you have to first stop pretending you know what pain is. Or anything else. Which means starting from 0, and not 1. If I am a 1, I already know something. But what does a 0 know? Nothing.
 
Michael Jeffreys

You can’t think your way to SILENCE. New MJ Awakening Meditation
November 17, 2018

buddha and bird

You can’t think your way to SILENCE.
 
Michael Jeffreys
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