The “me” is noise and noise will never find… New MJ Awakening Blog
July 12, 2019

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The “me” is noise and noise will never find Silence.

-Michael Jeffreys

The story is always old. The Silence is always brand new.

-Jeff Foster

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Noticing how THOUGHTS are forever trying to “fix” the Moment. New MJ Awakening Blog
July 9, 2019

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My thoughts claim (and I believe them) that this moment is not enough.

That it is insufficient simply as it is.

And so I set about trying to “fix” the moment, over and over and over, endlessly, ceaselessly.

And suddenly, 50 years have gone by.

Exhausted, I give up.

And lo and behold, a great discovery is made.

That it’s in the total and unconditional surrendering to the freshness of this spontaneous moment that real magic happens…

And the wind blowing across my face is more than enough.

Michael Jeffreys

THE 5 HINDRANCES. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 13, 2019

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THE 5 HINDRANCES

In the Buddhist tradition, the five hindrances are identified as mental factors that hinder progress in meditation and in our daily lives. These factors are identified specifically as obstacles to the jhānas (stages of concentration) within meditation practice. Within the Mahayana tradition, the five hindrances are identified as obstacles to (tranquility) meditation.

The five hindrances are:

1. Sensory desire (kāmacchanda): the particular type of wanting that seeks for happiness through the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and physical feeling.
2. Ill-will (vyāpāda; also spelled byāpāda): all kinds of thought related to wanting to reject; feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness.
3. Sloth-and-torpor (thīna-middha): heaviness of body and dullness of mind which drag one down into disabling inertia and thick depression.
4. Restlessness-and-worry (uddhacca-kukkucca): the inability to calm the mind.
5. Doubt (vicikicchā): lack of conviction or trust.

-Wikipedia

MICHAEL: In other words, because I am feeling tired and worn out, I am agitated. Because I feel agitated I seek relief via pleasurable stimulation and avoiding unpleasant stimulation. Therefore, I cannot fully trust anything since a pleasant experience can turn unpleasant at the drop of a hat, and so doubt is my constant companion.

Since doubt and uncertainty are exhausting to lug around 24/7, I naturally feel tired and worn out, and the Samsaric cycle repeats over and over and over.

So what’s the solution? See it for what it is. Stop believing your mind and just watch it. See what it’s up to. Start to notice its patterns rather than just robotically reacting to them again and again and again. Remember, the moment you stop observing the mind you fall under it’s spell and believe you are the mind. When this happens simply notice this and continue noticing without skipping a beat. But the catch is you actually have to do it.

The nature of the MIND is to THINK, like the nature of the EYE is to SEE. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 9, 2019

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THE NATURE OF THE MIND IS TO THINK

“What goes on in the mind is all of the thinking that we do. You’ll find that when you’re sitting in meditation, it’s generally thought to be a real obstacle to meditation practice, this thinking that goes on.

But the truth is the mind has as its very nature the act of thinking. Thinking is something we do all the time. It’s the way of the mind. Any experience that we have automatically there’s a thought about it.

So when thoughts arise, thoughts of the past, thoughts of the future, good thoughts or bad thoughts, any kind of thought… we shouldn’t see it as an obstacle or a negative thing at all. We should see it simply as a part of nature. It’s the nature of the mind to think. And how we do this is see it as thinking. It is what it is.”

– Ven. Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu

MICHAEL: The nature of the mind is to think, like the nature of the eye is to see. There’s no inherent problem with either activity, as both are natural bodily functions. It’s the mistaking of the thoughts as “me” (due to ignorance) that leads directly to suffering, stress and worry.

The importance of EXAMINING vs. BELIEVING your THOUGHTS. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 30, 2019

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THE IMPORTANCE OF EXAMINING VS. BELIEVING YOUR THOUGHTS

“It’s important to get a handle on your thinking process because it’s the belief in the thoughts themselves, and the action of the thinking process itself, that is the cause of the illusion. It’s the cause of why we believe that the self is more than just an idea. We don’t examine the thoughts as they come up, we automatically believe them.”

-Chris “Buddhist Sympathizer”

MICHAEL: The sense of a “me” (to whom the thought seems to refer to) is created out of thin air every time a thought is believed.

 

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

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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

 

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.

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

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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

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