Q: What should I focus on if my heart’s desire is to awaken? New MJ Awakening Blog
June 6, 2017

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Q: What should I focus on if my heart’s desire is to awaken?

MICHAEL: This moment. The now. It’s truly all that ever is. Past and future are imaginary. They seem to happen but can’t actually, because when is it not now? When has it ever been anything but now?? (Let this sink in.) There is no time in now (since it’s always now), to allow for a past or a future, thus they are illusory. This is the end of the doer. Finished. Kaput. Out of a job. R.I.P.

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The infinite leaves nothing out and so nothing is ever actually separate… new MJ Awakening Blog
March 19, 2017

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There is only ever THIS. And THIS looks like… everything! Whatever is showing up, however it’s showing up, is THIS. And what THIS is is indefinable, because it’s everything. The finite cannot describe the infinite and any perspective is by definition finite. Relaxation/peace happens naturally when it’s seen that the miracle of this moment is unimaginable and indefinable, yet is all there ever IS.

Wholeness only appears to be separate so that it can be experienced. The ice cream must appear separate from the tree so that it can be experienced. However, in actuality the infinite leaves nothing out and so nothing is ever actually separate.

Michael Jeffreys

The fact is the map in your head DOES NOT MATCH THE TERRITORY… new MJ Awakening Blog
March 14, 2017

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In order to have a “problem,” the mind must be able to define it. It can’t have a problem without defining specifically what it thinks the problem is. But what if the mind’s conceptual definitions don’t match reality? In other words, what if the map doesn’t actually match the territory?

If this turns out to be the case, but we stubbornly cling to the map in our head, i.e., “this is how the world works (or should work),” out of habit or because “we’ve always done it this way,” or “because it’s how we’ve been taught,” we are going to be constantly frustrated, confused, angry, etc. AND NOT KNOW WHY!?

The fact is the map in your head DOES NOT MATCH THE TERRITORY because what THIS experience is made of is undefinable. For example, the word “bird” is not what is flying across the sky. But as soon as the mind label’s it “bird”, we think we know what it is and quickly move on to the next thing.

Waking up is realizing that none of our definitions actually define reality simply because reality is undefinable. Seeing this clearly, we can begin to relax our attachment to words and begin to take in THIS (whatever is currently arising) ever-present and endlessly changing experience nakedly and directly.

It’s the difference between trying to define and figure what each “flash” in a fireworks show “means,” versus simply enjoying the magical and mysterious display in all its infinite colors, shapes, and sounds. The former creates a sense of frustration and confusion and the latter a sense of awe and wonderment of the total unfathomablity of it all.

Michael Jeffreys

 

From last night’s West LA weekly Satsang… new MJ Awakening Blog
June 30, 2016

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At last night’s  West LA weekly Satsang, one of the topics I touched upon was how Reality means real which means unchanging. If something comes then it will go and so we can discard it as not being real since it is impermanent. Just like last night’s dream came and went and so is not reality, so too with the “day-time” dream. The body is born, “day-time” dream begins and body dies, and so it will end. Thus “day-time” dream is not reality either.

Seeing this is the end of seeking, for suddenly it can dawn that Reality is not available in dream 1 (day time) or dream 2 (night time).

Reality doesn’t come or go or change. Thus, if it changes or moves, we can discard it. Since everything in the dream changes and moves, we know it is not Reality. And yet, far from being negative or pessimistic, seeing this actually puts the dream into proper perspective! Once a dream is recognized for what it is, a dream from no one for no one, you stop trying to get from it what it can never give you, i.e., peace, happiness, contentment, etc.

And in realizing this you turn to the ever present stillness within, that which doesn’t come or go, nor has ever moved, and you recognize your true nature IS unalloyed peace, happiness and contentment.

Michael Jeffreys

“Words never touch…” new MJ Awakening Pic Quote
July 23, 2015

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Silent Present Peace (meditation picture)
October 8, 2013

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The Dream is Without a Dreamer
May 21, 2012

 

This morning I dreamed I had overslept and missed my chess class (which I teach at several schools). In the dream I woke up and looked at the clock and it said 2:40pm… (A thought informed me that my class starts at 1:50pm, so the next thought informed me that I had overslept and missed it!) In the dream, I kept blinking my eyes to re-check the clock to make sure I was reading it correctly… and I was! A thought informed me that the clock said 2:40pm for sure. And I couldn’t believe it… I had missed my chess class asserted a thought….

Suddenly, OUT OF NOWHERE, I found myself awake a thought informed me! Now, THIS, a new world suddenly appeared!! This new world “claimed” via thought that I had just awoken from sleep and was now experiencing the non-dream or “real” world. Once this feeling of, “oh, I was just dreaming” thought registered, I found myself, quite naturally looking at a clock to determine what the actual time was and if I had indeed missed my class. The clock said: 11:30am. “11:30am?!! a thought exclaimed. Next thought: “Oh, I am fine… I hadn’t missed my chess class.

Q: Now I ask you… what is the difference between those two experiences?

A: Both are projections of “the mind,” which means there is no difference. The story of going to sleep, dreaming, and waking up is ALL ONE FLOWING UNBROKEN DREAM.

Much Love,

Michael

p.s. After I wrote the above, I sent it to my friend and fellow teacher Rupert Spira. His take on “reality being a dream of the one” is beautiful:

In a dream six people are sitting around a table having dinner together chatting, each with their own seemingly unique mind. Upon waking waking we realise that the entire content of the dream was the product of one mind, not many.

In the waking state, six people are sitting around a table having dinner together chatting, each with their own seemingly unique Consciousness. Upon ‘waking up’ we realise that the entire content of the evening was the product of one Consciousness, not many.

In the ‘awakened state’ (which is not a state) it is realised that all that is ever experienced is ‘Experiencing’ and Experiencing never comes in contact with anything other than itself. This absence of a separate other is known as love, the absence of a separate object is known as beauty.

In other words, from the point of view of the waking state, there are different states, through which an individual self passes. However, from the point of view of Consciousness, (which is not a point of view) there is only itself, not coming or going, not passing through states, being apparently modulated in all forms of experiencing, such as thinking, feeling, sensing, seeing, hearing etc, being, knowing and loving itself alone.

-Rupert Spira

Instead of watching the Academy Awards…
February 26, 2012

Since I don’t watch TV, no interest in the Academy Awards this evening. Instead, I took a walk for an hour in a nearby park here in LA while listening to an mp3 of a satsang by Jac O’keeffe. She is amazing and one of my favorite teachers!

As I was listening, a homeless guy came up behind me while I was on one of the park paths, and began talking to himself. I could hear his voice through my headphones, even though I was listening to Jac’s talk.

And suddenly, it hit me that his voice sounded just like the voice in my head!! In fact, I asked myself what the difference was between the homeless guy’s voice going on about “blah, blah” and my voice going on about “blah, blah”? And I realized there really wasn’t any difference! Both are just sounds. The words had meaning only because I had been taught that this sound means THIS, while another sound means something else.

The “mistake” we make is that we think there is correlation between the sounds in the head and reality. But there isn’t! You don’t need the sense of “I” (the commentator) to live life. Life is already living life. And you don’t have to do anything other than realize that the voice in the head is not you, meaning you don’t have to try to get rid of it. In fact, trying to get rid of it just enforces the belief in it. If something is not there, how can you get rid of it? In other words, it’s the trying to get rid of a thought or change it that reinforces the belief in it.

-Michael Jeffreys

Everything takes place in the mind
November 26, 2011

I posted this on facebook today:

Where do your dreams take place? Your mind. Where does your awake state take place? Your mind. When you wake up from sleep, where are your dreams then? When you are asleep, where is your awake state then? Thus the concept, “It’s all a dream.” And a dream by its nature is extremely light (both in weight and in material!)

And Martin Juncher commented:  Many thanks for reminding me Michael 🙂

And here was my response:

My pleasure Martin! For some reason this particular post seems, how can I say this… well significant, if I can use that word. Meaning, as soon as this “landed,” I instantly felt lighter and freer. There was a relaxing into the dream rather than trying to control any of it. Sort of like at night when you are sleeping. You aren’t really doing anything but laying there in your bed (and really you can’t even say that, as that is just an assumption) and experiencing the dream as it is appearing to you in your mind’s eye. And your character in the dream does whatever it does. Well, it’s sort of the same thing in the “awake dream”, the only difference being your eyes are open! 🙂

-Michael Jeffreys

p.s. The very next day after writing this Blog, I stumbled upon this video that explains what I am writing about: IN DREAMS AWAKE, Stephen LaBerge “Dreaming is perception unconstrained by sensory input. Perception is dreaming constrained by sensory input.” –Stephen LaBerge

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