Always NOW
March 9, 2012

 

It is ALWAYS the ETERNAL NOW.

NOW is all there is because it’s the ONLY thing that IS.

Trying to figure out “the NOW” is exactly what is “taking you out” of it (although that’s not true either, as the NOW is all there ever is so how can you get out of it!?).

What a thought is trying to do is hand you a concept, a conclusion in this eternal now moment. But the moment we try to “analyze” (think about, cogitate on, reflect upon, worry about, fixate on, resist, ruminate over, micro-manage, etc.) the NOW, it is already over! Gone! Never to be seen from again… eva! 🙂

So, you can never “know” the NOW… you can only EXPERIENCE it. (If I had a highlighter here, I would highlight that last sentence!!)

Since the NOW is one eternal dancing stream, it can NEVER be paused! And so in order to think, you MUST lose yourself in thought. And so your NOW moment looks like that thought! It’s still NOW, but its now (haha) colored by that thought you jumped hard on! (haha… 😉

It’s actually pretty ingenious if you you think about it… oh wait, don’t do that! Just kidding. Thoughts are fine when they are clearly seen not to be “you,” i.e.,  there’s no sense of self invested in them. You simply come fully to rest in the home you never left… always right here, right now, ceaselessly.

-Michael Jeffreys

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

You Don’t Want to Awaken!
December 30, 2011

The first step to awakening is to admit that you don’t want to awaken! I am serious. Look, and you may just see that a part of your Being is actively enthralled with the illusion… with wanting to figure it out as well as make the experience nicer, shinier, better. What not so subtle message does this send to your brain about the present moment?

Do you see? Your programming has set up the game so that you cannot allow yourself to be happy in the present moment! The programming is already convinced that THIS moment does not hold what it thinks will make it happy… and so, surprise, surprise… no happiness! Quite ingeniously really, the programming doesn’t care WHAT you think, as ANY thought keeps you from discovering its secret! The search itself is taking you away from your own happiness!! Why do you think you haven’t found it yet? Don’t you think if it were really “out there” you would have found it by now after, say 10, 20, 30 or 50 years? If just 10% of that time were spent looking inward and being still, the matter would have been settled by now.

-Michael Jeffreys

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