What You are is not a label or a story. New MJ Awakening Blog
September 29, 2019

purple space

…there is no labeling the unspeakable.

-David Carse

Michael: All stories are labels. You are neither. What You are can’t be put into words. What You are can’t be spoken.

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As much as we try, there are no words… New MJ Awakening Blog
August 25, 2019

as much as we try

Words to describe words to describe words, ad infinitum… New MJ Awakening Blog
August 2, 2019

fire

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WORDS TO DESCRIBE WORDS, AD INFINITUM…

And yet, is there any word what-so-ever that can actually adequately explain ANY of this?

The birth, the pain, the laughter, the heart breaks, the love, the horror, the joy, the sadness, the fulfillment, the confusion, the suffering, the insights, the peace, the disappointments, the triumphs, the tragedies, the contentment, the death?

“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”
-Muriel Rukeyser

Like many, I used to use words like “consciousness” and “awareness” and “nonduality” as if I actually knew what they meant, but now I realize I haven’t a clue. For example, we often hear the expression, “My awareness.” So there is this me that has something called awareness? Really? But if I look now, directly into this moment, I cannot locate an actual “me” anywhere nor can I locate an actual “awareness” that it possesses.

It seems that ALL words (including these) are inherently empty.

Thus “The Tao that can be named is not the true Tao” suddenly deeply resonates.

And that leaves nothing to say about any of this that could possibly be true.

Therefore, SILENCE seems the most honest thing I can “say” in this moment.

Michael Jeffreys

Silent Illumination. New MJ Awakening Blog
July 17, 2019

moss on log

SILENT ILLUMINATION

Quiescence refers to the practice of silencing the mind,
and clarity refers to contemplation, illuminating the mind
with the light of awareness.

Hongzhi himself described the “silent sitting” as
thus: ‘Your body sits silently; your mind is quiescent,
unmoving. This is genuine effort in practice. Body and
mind are at complete rest. The mouth is so still that
moss grows around it. Grass sprouts from the tongue.
Do this without ceasing, cleansing the mind until it
gains the clarity of an autumn pool, bright as the moon
illuminating the evening sky.’

In this state, the mind is without form or feature. Power is
present, but its function is to fill the mind with illumination,
like the sun shining everywhere. Hence, Silent llumination
is the practice in which there is nothing moving, but
the mind is bright and illuminating.”

-Ven. Sheng Yen

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

candle-and-buddha

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

What agenda does SILENCE have? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 15, 2019

empty bench canyon

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.

Before and after every word is SILENCE. New MJ Awakening Blog
April 24, 2019

wisdom of silence

We have it backwards. The True power is in the Silence, not in the words.

-Michael Jeffreys

Am I seeing THIS moment through the mind or Silence? New MJ Awakening Blog
February 27, 2019

god in silence

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? 

Thinking covers Peace up, Silence reveals it. New MJ Awakening Blog
February 21, 2019

saturn oil lamp

THINKING COVERS PEACE UP, SILENCE REVEALS IT

Right where the mind is claiming incompleteness, lack, not-enoughness, is only ever Wholeness/Peace/Infinite Presence.

Michael Jeffreys

When I believe my mind I am anything but free. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 28, 2019

little indigo flowers

When I believe my mind I am anything but free.

Michael Jeffreys

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