Michael Jeffreys “It’s total relaxation… something the “me” cannot do.” 6-24-20 Satsang video
June 25, 2020


Michael Jeffreys “It’s total relaxation… something the “me” cannot do.” 6-24-20 Satsang


1. It’s total relaxation… something the “me” cannot do.

2. The idea that this moment is already whole and complete,
has to be swept aside so the “me” can fix it.

3. MICHAEL: Who cares about the me?
ALICE: (With a big smile) The me!

4. This moment is already whole and complete, so you can’t do anything about that!

5. The “me” IS stress. There’s no such thing as a truly at peace “me.”

6. Where you’re looking FROM is Peace.

7. And so the freedom is when you no longer feed the me, like you no longer feed Santa. “Santa” is a fictional character… so is
the “me,” but that’s not how we hold it.

8. This “me” needs your cooperation, it needs your interest to keep running.

9. STORY is the only way the “me” can keep itself alive. No story, no me.

10. There’s just this moment. This is it. Nothing else is happening but this…

11. Life does all means there’s no extra room for a “doer.” It would be like trying to blow in the air to help the wind!? Life is doing all the movements. “Look how hard I’m blowing. Nobody appreciates how much I’m blowing!” Well, did the wind ask you to help it blow??

12. There’s no Freedom in story.

13. There is no one. There’s just Life, Just Wholeness, appearing as Everything.

14. The “me” doesn’t do anything; it’s a reactor.


Where did you get your BODY from? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 28, 2020



As this body is not mine (was given freely at birth to all beings, be they insect, animal, or human), how can anything I see, hear, taste, touch, smell or think through it be mine?

-Michael Jeffreys

Authenticity & Seeking in LA workshop preview w/ Scott Kiloby & Michael Jeffreys
January 30, 2020

Join Scott Kiloby and Michael Jeffreys, May 23, 2020, Sat. 1-4pm

The Quaker House, 1440 Harvard st. Santa Monica, CA 90404

30.00 in adv./ 40.00 at the door

email: kilobycenter@gmail.com

Awakening: The End of Fighting with Yourself. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 24, 2019

fighting yourself


The problem with identifying with/as your ego is that it brings with it an intolerable sense of division. There’s “me” and “the World.” And with this sense of separation comes fear. “What’s going to become of me?” “How come my life isn’t going the way I want it to go?” “What will happen to me after I die?” etc.

So naturally the egoic identity sets about trying to get rid of/eliminate this elusive sense of anxiety, dread and fear. Drugs, money, sex, power, fame, alcohol, eating, and numerous other addictions/distractions keep our mind occupied so as not to have to deal with this nagging sense that “something is off.”

Yet, as much as we try to ignore this little voice within, it won’t go away. This often leads to confusion/depression in the seeker as they can’t really put their finger on why they are so unhappy deep down inside.They just know they are despite trying to present a happy and socially acceptable face to the world.

Awakening is the realization that there’s no solution for the ego’s plight. That as long as you believe yourself to be separate from the Totality, you’re going to suffer. Thus, the only thing that actually works is to see the Absolute Truth. Not your mind’s relative version of the truth, but the actuality of Reality: You’ve never actually been this separate person you’ve imagined yourself to be.

That in fact Consciousness is one unified Whole which doesn’t leave anything out. In other words, everything’s the Tao because there’s only the Tao.

It’s the mind that attempts to break the Tao into parts and label them, i.e., “this is good, this bad” “this is pretty, this is ugly” “this is me, this is not me” etc.That’s it, that’s the mind’s one magic trick. Appearing to create duality out of nonduality. And without this sense of separation, there would be no dream. However, at a certain point Consciousness wants to come out of the dream and wake itself up.

The key is earnestness. Not giving up. You must have a burning desire in your heart for liberation, “As much as you want your next breath” as goes the story about the zen master holding the seeker’s head underwater until he was about to pass out. In other words, a 9 on a scale from 1-10 isn’t good enough. Liberation must be a white hot 10 otherwise, in my experience, whatever else your mind believes is more important will always take precedence.

Again, it’s ALL the Tao leaves nothing out. Nothing. Every thought, every sensation, every breath, every word, every movement is IT.

One of the things that strikes me about awakening is how obvious it is after you see it. Kind of like learning to ride a bicycle or swim as a small child. At first it seems incredibly difficult and frustrating, finding the balance point on the bike or keeping yourself from drowning in the water. But eventually you get the hang of it and once you do, you forget all about how hard it was and simply get on the bike and go or jump in the water and swim. No thought required!

With awakening, at first letting go of all of our concepts and beliefs about “the way things are or should be” seems incredibly difficult. But if you hang in there, and don’t give up, eventually you will see that you’ve only ever been fighting with Yourself.

Michael Jeffreys

Become totally empty… -Tao Te Ching. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 15, 2019

tao te ching

Become totally empty

Quiet the restlessness of the mind

Only then will you witness everything unfolding from

See all things flourish and dance in endless variation

And once again merge back into perfect emptiness –

Their true repose

Their true nature Emerging

Flourishing, dissolving back again

This is the eternal process of return

To know this process brings enlightenment

To miss this process brings disaster

Be still

Stillness reveals the secret of eternity.


-Tao Te Ching

What does, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.” mean? New MJ Awakening Blog
December 9, 2019

ocean sunset thy will

Q: What does, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.” mean?

MICHAEL: It means being able to discriminate between what my ego wants/demands/desires and what is actually, presently happening/unfolding, however it appears. The former is my will, the latter Thy will.

It’s resting as the Whole Ocean, rather than identifying as the wave with an agenda. It’s going with the flow of Life, of what is, rather than trying to tell Life how the moment should be. It’s a joyous surrendering to what is. It’s peace and rest regardless of circumstances.




Underneath the Illusion. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 1, 2019

underneath the illusion


Does the “I” actually make anything happen or is it itself another happening, just like your heart beating, your lungs breathing, or your hair growing?

Is not the entire moment simply one happening, followed by another and another and… all happening by itself?

What happens when I let go of my illusory control?

Is there peace and rest underneath it?

Michael Jeffreys

Just THIS: Both ordinary and Holy. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 25, 2019



There’s only what’s here/now in your direct experience. It’s the sense that there must be more than ‘just this’ that the mind throws up that keeps one seeking.

But no, there’s only ever just this, just whatever is happening, completely ordinary and divinely holy. Why? Because there’s nothing else.

No past, no future. Only ever this moment, however it’s appearing. Nothing to hold to. Nothing to let go of.

Michael Jeffreys

When we identify with/as ANYTHING we suffer. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 23, 2019


BEING, You, has no identity.

Thus when we identify with/as ANYTHING we suffer. We are imagining we are something we are not.

Michael Jeffreys



“What is always True?” -MJ

One-on-one 30 min. private session with Michael via Skype or phone by donation. You can email me at: mjeffreys1@roadrunner.com if interested.

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We are addicted to COMPLAINING. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 19, 2019

complainer in the head


As a species we are addicted to complaining. Have you noticed this?
Unlike animals, complaining seems so natural to human beings that we continually engage in it without much thought.

We learned to complain when we were young children and haven’t stopped since. We picked up the habit from our parents who in turn picked it up from their parents. And we are passing it on to our children who will then pass it on to their children. Society is built on complaining… practically everyone does it pretty much nonstop.

This doesn’t mean you can’t ask the cashier at Ralph’s to remove the extra item he inadvertently charged you for. It just means you have no interest in complaining about it to him or yourself. You simply ask for what what you want, sans complaining. For many, they don’t know how to ask for what they want without complaining, as if you can’t do the one without the other.

Complaining is so ingrained in us, so part of the apparent human condition, that to not be able to complain almost feels wrong. Complaining has become our identity. Who would I be without my complaints?

And yet it’s this compulsive need to complain that keeps us stuck in a perpetually unfulfilled life. How can we love life if we are constantly complaining about it? The answer is we can’t. We can’t be truly free until we are free from complaining… about anything.

What would it be like to go one day without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to go one hour without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to go one minute without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to live a complaint free life? Heaven on Earth.

Michael Jeffreys

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