The “me” is noise and noise will never find silence. New MJ Awakening Pic Quote
February 8, 2018

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Your true nature is prior to birth. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 31, 2018

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“The Way of Divine Ignorance, which I am moved to communicate and to demonstrate, rests on the presumption which precedes our birth, our life, and our death. This is the presumption of Ignorance. No matter what arises, ‘I’ do not know what a single thing is–not even the body, not even the sense of my own separate existence.

In this disposition it becomes clear that ‘I’ is not independent of the body, nor is the body-I an independent or absolutely separate entity, self, or being. Such is only an illusion, a reactive presumption, a hopeful or hopeless but always tentative solution to the dilemma inherent in our birth.”

-Adi Da Samraj

MICHAEL: The “mistake” that almost all spiritual seekers make is thinking of themselves as the body and then trying to “get free” as that. Not only is this not possible, it leads to much suffering.

In the above quote, Adi Da is saying something much different and extremely rare: that you do not know what anything truly is. Yes, you can know ABOUT things, their label (name/sound) and info about the label, but you can never, never, ever know what ANYTHING actually IS. (Let this sink in!)

It’s this admission of pure ignorance that, ironically, leads to peace. Note, this is not playing ostrich, and pretending that you don’t know what anything is. It’s realizing, with clarity, that in fact your actual condition is one of pure ignorance and this has always been the case. Naturally, this reveals the ego as a fraud, an illusion, one who pretends to know but truly doesn’t.

Of course, the ego will deny this and give you arguments why you do need it and why it knows lots of things. But the earnest seeker is no longer buying it. They smell a rat. And so instead of resisting this realization of ignorance, it is a celebration, a release from the habitually unconscious act of “self-contracting.” For finally you realize that the only thing you know is that you don’t know anything.

When this is seen, you find yourself naturally being as silence/presence is presently being. Free of the influence of all temporary imaginings and thoughts, because you are PRIOR to anything that arises, including the body. For your true nature is prior even to birth. 

“Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” New MJ Awakening Blog
January 28, 2018

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“Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.”
-C.K. Chesterton

MICHAEL: Whatever we hold on to weighs us down. It doesn’t matter if it’s a physical object or a mental object, such as a thought, feeling, story or belief. If we don’t freely allow what comes to come and what goes to go, we get backed up.

For example, when it comes to eating, elimination of food is as vital to our health as taking in food. If we try to hang on to the food without eliminating it, we become constipated and suffer. Life is movement, flow. Freely and happily allow what comes to come and what goes to go. Hold onto nothing.

This is true Surrender.

Sri Summairu on BOREDOM. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 17, 2018

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MICHAEL: I rarely hear the experience of “Boredom” discussed in spiritual sharings, yet as the desire for anything worldly/dream related falls away, this can often be where we find ourselves; frozen, stuck, nothing makes me happy, bored.

Thankfully, Self reminders appear to show us the way. In the excerpts below, Sri Summairu reminds us that it is when we stop noticing, stop looking deeper, stop being curious that Life can feel Lifeless… 

“The only time anything can feel boring, dead, lifeless; is if we are not fully alive to life itself. There is an aliveness to life in every instance, it’s ever-expanding unto itself. When we are present as presence itself, there are no thought overlays, which filter life through our ideas of it. Only thoughts can feel boring, dead, lifeless because thoughts are made-up words which are incapable of feeling anything and only thoughts are empty of the essence of life.

Nothing is ever static, except for the mind of thoughts. As a result, boredom is a sure sign that inner growth has stopped, or simply put, life stopped noticing itself.

The energy we call “the ego” knows nothing of reality, nothing of presence, freshness, newness, unknown, mysterious, wonder, curiosity, aliveness, etc.

Don’t take the boredom at face value, question it. Feel into it. Notice it for what it is. Notice how [Life] is boring because it’s predictable and familiar. There is no mystery or wonder left in it (which is what life itself actually is). Very few speak from presence, so nothing new and fresh is being said.

However, when one is truly empty enough, life moves into that emptiness and life begins to see itself everywhere. When this happens, life never gets bored of seeing itself. Boredom (dullness, unfeeling, dryness, non-radiant, non-vibrate, non-aliveness, etc) is not a quality of life itself, but a quality of what happens when life doesn’t see itself everywhere.”

-Sri Summairu

Being totally Empty is what allows you to be totally Full. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 16, 2018

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Being totally Empty is what allows you to be totally Full.

-Michael Jeffreys

That your thoughts feel personal is part of the thought. New MJ Awakening Pic Quote
January 10, 2018

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“… the true quality of the words is the presence which speaks the words, the presence behind the words.” -Sri Summairu. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 3, 2018

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“The real true value of pointing is not really in the words, though the words can be useful and hold value on the surface layers, the real value is in the abiding consciousness in which the words spring forth from. It’s this constant presence of undivided consciousness that allows for the invitation beyond concepts.

In this sense, and from this shift of perspective, it really doesn’t matter what is said or how it’s said, because the true quality of the words is the presence which speaks the words, the presence behind the words. The words are only a secondary tool to translate or transmit the abiding presence which is always the case in all beings. Presence only uses words for this reason and this purpose alone.

“…that which is not presence, will always have an agenda, in one way or another.” -Sri Summairu

Presence uses everything in life, every event, every experience, absolutely everything for one purpose; to wake itself up.

Presence only wants for us, itself, to be what it naturally is. It’s only our false ideas about reality, which overlay this natural beingness.

Presence knows what it’s doing, it’s our only job to meet it.”

-Sri Summairu

 

MICHAEL: “Our only job is to meet it.” Thus, I can begin to notice how my attention is constantly going to thought rather than meeting/resting in the natural simplicity of what is already present, here/now, always.

Q: How does one receive, let alone apply truth if it cannot be “known” or “realized”? New MJ Awakening Blog
December 27, 2017

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Q: How does one receive, let alone apply truth if it cannot be “known” or “realized”?
 
MICHAEL: One doesn’t receive or apply the truth… one IS the Truth. (Thus, you cannot find it in the world/mind).
 
Q: Is there anything wrong with going to different spiritual teachers?
 
MICHAEL: While it can be helpful to go to one spiritual teacher after another, ultimately you have to discover the Silence within all by yourself.
 
Which means the next time the mind asks you a question, instead of asking another for their advice, just be with it. You may find it dissolves…
 
Here’s a photo of Ramana with the quote, “Inner Silence is Self Surrender.” Notice if your mind immediately kicks on and starts to decide if it agrees or disagrees with it, likes/dislikes it?
 
That’s NOT Silence!
 
Notice your thoughts FROM Silence… and keep NOTICING them FROM Silence. Just because a thought arises doesn’t mean you have to answer it. YOU are always and already the answer, NOT any thought.
 
Rest in the Silence you’ve always been. It’s difficult at first because you’re not used to it. You’re habitually going to thought and this is the conditioning that you must become consciously aware of. The unconscious habit/addiction/activity of constantly leaving Silence for noise.

Listen from SILENCE. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 8, 2017

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Listen from SILENCE.

It’s not about stopping your thoughts.

It’s about losing interest in them; truly not caring about them one way or an other.

When attention is not habitually engaged with thoughts, what is left?

Peace and Stillness.

Michael Jeffreys

Unlike thoughts, SILENCE doesn’t come and go. New MJ Awakening Pic Quote
December 2, 2017

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