The illusion of Control: You can’t stop what you’re not doing. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 31, 2019

the illusion of control calvin and hobbes

You can’t stop what you’re not doing.

-Michael Jeffreys

LINDSAY: Do you mind elaborating?

MICHAEL: It’s pointing to the illusion of control. Almost everyone assumes that the thoughts in the head are “theirs.” But if you really could control your thoughts, you could tell them to stop and they would instantly stop. Or, you could tell them to only be positive and they would instantly obey. But the fact is we do not control our thoughts. That being the case, what to do?

The answer is something most find unacceptable. Do nothing. Simply let them be. Realize that like a dream, all is happening spontaneously, by itself. Thus we become a witness rather than a doer. Like watching a movie. You can’t crawl inside the screen and change anything about the movie that’s playing at your local cinema, likewise you cannot change whatever is presently appearing. By the time its showing up, it’s already on it’s way to changing into the next frame…

What’s more, if you take the time to look, can you actually find the one who is reacting to the thoughts in the head? And if you can’t find anyone, than “who” is reacting to the thoughts in the head? 

LINDSAY: Thank you! I can witness and then I feel like I forget and am caught up in movie again. Will I ever get it?? 

MICHAEL: Will “who” get it!? 

LINDSAY: no doubt!! 😀 



What’s Witnessing the Dream is not in the Dream. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 5, 2019


Your body is in the dream…

Where you’re looking from is not.

Michael Jeffreys

Being present with whatever is here/now. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 26, 2019

practice being present


It’s our inability to be present with what is, however it’s appearing, that’s the cause of our suffering. This includes thinking. You can either drift off into past-future with thinking, i.e., go along with the thought, or you can be present with whatever thought is currently arising. See the difference?

As Awareness you’re clear that you’re simply witnessing a thought, which came and will go. Whereas as the imaginary “me” you go along with the thought and into another dream of what’s not happening. When you catch yourself getting lost in thought, simply bring your attention back to here/now.

Awareness never goes anywhere. Mind is always changing. Stay home. Be present with whatever is here. It’s ALL you… give your love to everything and see what happens.

Michael Jeffreys

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