The Fear of Death. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 25, 2018

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“The fear of death is the beginning of understanding. Seeking is simply clinging to various concepts, goals, things, methods, and paths that seem to promise relief from death, from the knowledge of death, and from all suffering, which is separation and death.

THE MAN WHO KNOWS THERE IS NO RELIEF FROM DEATH UNDERSTANDS. HE KNOWS THAT THAT WHICH SEEKS RELIEF FROM DEATH MUST DIE. THUS, HIS SEEKING COMES TO AN END.

His fear, which is resistance to death, ends. He ceases to operate as the one who must die and who seeks release from death. He abides in understanding, which is prior to the one who must die.”

-Adi Da Samraj

MICHAEL: Sometimes we have to go on a “journey,” only to end up back where we started, but with new eyes. I was familiar with Adi Da, but the essence of his teaching escaped me the first time around (which is understandable, as he put out many books on many topics over his lifetime).

However, I now realize what his profound and almost unheard of core teaching was: that all our gestures, every activity the mind/body concocts is for the single purpose of distracting oneself from the elephant in the room: DEATH.

Death hangs like a sword over our neck every second, yet because that thought is so terrifying, the mind does everything it can to divert our attention to “creating a life for ourselves” so as to avoid dealing directly with it. Thus, it seeks distraction via entertainment, food, sex, money, relationships, a spiritual journey, etc. virtually non-stop.

However, this does not resolve the core fear, but rather just attempts to cover it up. Much like a child who covers their own eyes in hopes that this futile gesture prevents the “boogeyman” from seeing them. We are only fooling ourselves.

It turns out that our starting assumption, that we are the body who was born and will die, MUST be challenged one way or another. Meaning, either you are the body and you will die, or you are not. Which is it? Are you sure? And if you are not sure, why assume you are the body?

I capitalized the 2nd paragraph in the Adi Da quote above, because it’s the realization that there is nothing to be done about death of the body that, paradoxically, brings unfounded peace, joy and liberation. In other words, you finally, for the first time in your life, stop running from death.

This is an energetic experience, not just mental. Something in you physically relaxes. It’s a total surrendering. It’s a giving to death what belongs to death because it is seen that death has nothing to do with you… and never did.

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Q: What is the glue of identification? New MJ Awakening Blog
September 22, 2017

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Q: What is the glue of identification?

MICHAEL: Suffering. It’s the taking of any story that is showing up as “my” story. What to “do”? Observe the process of identification rather than “being” it. In other words, simply notice it.

“What is THIS moment like without identifying with/as anything?

I don’t know…

let me BE still/silent and see…” 

Q: What is the best way to suffer? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 3, 2017

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Q: What is the best way to suffer?

MICHAEL: Believe your thoughts.

“My belief that life should be…” new MJ Awakening pic quote
January 23, 2017

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My belief that life should be/look/feel a certain way in this moment in order for me to be happy is the root of my suffering. -Michael Jeffreys

The weight of identifying as “self” is like walking around wearing… new MJ Awakening Blog
March 21, 2015

weight of self

The weight of identifying as “self” is like walking around wearing a 90lb backpack THAT YOU ARE NOT EVEN AWARE OF.

-Michael Jeffreys

“How to SUFFER” new MJ Awakening pic quote
December 26, 2014

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(photo by John Guy Mammoser)

Turn your worries, fears and concerns over to LIFE
December 2, 2013

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Suffering can happen when we forget that LIFE very nicely is ALREADY taking care of THIS moment beautifully and much, much, much better than the little ‘me’ in the head ever could.

And so suddenly a new possibility opens up for us… and it begins the moment we turn ‘our worries, fears and concerns,’ which are too heavy and exhausting of a burden for ‘us’ to carry, over to LIFE. And LIFE happily takes them effortlessly from our shoulders without ever breaking stride, for LIFE cannot deny a sincere and humble heart.

~Michael Jeffreys

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

RebornInTheSpirit

 

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

You are the Love/Awareness (“Table”) that LIFE appears on
July 10, 2013

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YOUR eternal essence is timeless Love/Awareness that has no opposite.

YOU are not a thought, but rather what sees or is aware of all thoughts.

Confusion/suffering happens when we mistake (mis-take; to take in error) a transient thought for who we are.

Imagine a table mistaking itself for the items that are temporarily placed on it!

In fact, looking at the above photo it’s easy to not really notice or be aware of the table because our eye is natural drawn to the food upon it.

Likewise, we become so transfixed with our thoughts that our attention goes right to them and we forget/don’t notice that we are the pure nondual Awareness in which they appear in!

In other words, the table ALWAYS remains the table, regardless of what is or is not on it. Whether its a cherry pie, a leaf, a fork, an arm, a glass of beer, etc., the table always remains 100% table. And it so sweetly holds the food for us, even when we “forget” about the table completely because our attention is on the food.

Similarly, YOU always remain as 100% pure Love/Awareness, regardless of the thoughts, feeling, sensations, emotions, and perceptions that come and go.

–Michael Jeffreys

The heaviest thing you will ever pick up is a THOUGHT… (meditation picture quote)
July 10, 2013

MJ thought quote vista

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