Presence does not have a past. New MJ Awakening pic quote
October 8, 2017

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What observes the moving mind? When is it not NOW? new MJ Awakening Blog
May 31, 2017

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Mind is movement. What observes the moving mind? Take a look for yourself. That which observes or is aware of the moving mind pictures doesn’t move. And so we rest as the ever-present stillness/silent aware observer.

And if we get pulled back into the mind’s tumult out of habit, what then? Notice this and come back to the ever-present stillness/silent aware observer. It’s here right now as you read these words… notice this. It’s our natural state of effortless being, like when we were babies before we learned language.

With language, thinking/thought stories/concepts (and thus imagined separation, i.e., ‘me’ and ‘other’) showed up and began to dominate the naturally pure, attribute-less, luminous consciousness/presence that we inherently are.

And so we ‘return’ to the ‘place’ we never left and discover it is the same now as when our body was born. Although the mind pretends otherwise, it’s only ever now.

Like when a movie shows scenes from a character’s past, it’s actually being shown to the audience when? Now… only ever now. Likewise, if the movie character is imagining an event in the future, when is the audience seeing it? Now… only ever now. And so we rest in/as the silent awake presence that is timelessly here/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

Life is NOW… new MJ Awakening pic quote
September 11, 2015

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Stillness is always here… it’s your attention that is elsewhere – new MJ Awakening Blog
May 19, 2015

Easter-Eggs

In a way, thoughts are like hollow colored easter eggs with little tiny prizes in them. And because the ego seeks prizes, it is attracted to thoughts like moths to a flame. And while attention is on ANY thought or movement, STILLNESS remains hidden in plain sight. It’s never not been HERE… it’s that your attention has been elsewhere.

-Michael Jeffreys

As I work with individuals one-on-one, the #1 thing I do is…
February 10, 2014

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As I work with individuals one-on-one, the #1 thing I do is LISTEN from a space of PRESENCE. I often begin my sessions by saying, “You have my FULL attention, please share with me whatever is on your mind.” And then I be quiet. This non-judgmental space allows the person to share openly and freely… and at some level, oftentimes that is all we really want is to be genuinely heard by another.

Yes, I do jump in with comments if/when I sense/feel/intuit a transparent belief that may be running (a belief that the person unconsciously holds as “the truth” and so does not see it as a belief, but “the way it actually is”). Together, we take a look at this belief and see if it is actually “the Truth” (which cannot be contained by ANY single perspective!), or merely one view point? (Not wrong or right, just extremely narrow and painful as long as we insist on holding on to it.)

Often during our time together the person will begin to mirror my stillness and the two of us will just naturally and spontaneously go “radio-silent,” and become still. And from this place of stillness, right here and now, I ask them if they can find any problems? Sometimes, almost begrudgingly, they exclaim, “no!” And we laugh…

-Michael Jeffreys

Because we think Thoughts are Valuable, we miss the Invaluable
January 16, 2014

MJ more val than thoughts butterfly pic quote

The true Master has nothing to sell you (meditation picture quote)
December 31, 2013

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If I am lost in mind, than I am not home with God
November 19, 2013

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The shift for the sincere heart that desires God is from the conceptual self and its endless concepts (limited, dead), to the living Spirit within (unlimited, alive). Its always been there, but as long as the material world has our attention, it remains invisible.

Go within and be silent. Sooner or later something will stir that is not of thought… a silent power… its inherent, causeless peace is unmistakable to the open heart.

~Michael Jeffreys

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

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