Author Archives: Michael Jeffreys

steps Philosophy

A Good First Step To Awakening

A good first step to awakening is to realize that you haven’t a clue what this moment actually IS. No story, no concept, ever touches the actuality of THIS moment. THIS moment doesn’t need my or your interpretation (no matter how well intentioned) in order to be what it already is. Indeed, EVERY interpretation is […]
offended Personal Development

How To Not Take Things Personally

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” – Eckhart Tolle When we take something personally we invariably suffer. Why? Because we are believing a thought that claims that reality, what is, should be different than it is. But is this true? Can the present moment be other than […]
couplekisss Blog

Sex, Dating & The Expectations Trap

I was surfing around facebook one evening when I came across a comment by Berkeley’s “radical philosopher” Benjamin Smythe. It was in response to a guy’s question about dating, and while I don’t remember the specific question, I do remember the gist of Ben’s answer: “If you are meant to have sex with her, the […]
2mysteryman Philosophy

You Are Nothing Conceivable Or Perceivable

You are as much your body, your thoughts, or your feelings as you are a car, an apartment, or a pen! When we say, “my car” or “my apartment” or “my pen,” we don’t mistake ourselves for the object. “My” is a possessive pronoun that indicates possession of an object. Something is claiming to have […]
girlthinking Personal Development

Without Your Story, What Are You?

“This moment, just THIS, however it’s appearing, when it’s for no one, is always more than enough. But when it’s for a “someone” we imagine ourselves to be, then it’s never enough, for the energy of seeking is never satisfied.” –Michael Jeffreys “The mind” (the reason for the quotation marks is because the mind, if […]
peace Spirituality

Want Peace? Stop Identifying With Your Thoughts

“My thoughts are driving me crazy!” “If only I could unplug my mind, I would be happy.” Because our thoughts often overwhelm, confuse, frustrate and even seem to torture us, there are times we wish the mind had an OFF button. That if we could somehow turn “the noise machine in the head” off, we […]
manalone Philosophy

5 Myths About Enlightenment

1. Enlightenment is a long journey that takes many years, decades, or even lifetimes to achieve. Enlightenment is realizing that what you are, have always been, and in fact cannot help but be is pure Consciousness. That you are not the “self-image” you have of yourself, nor your thoughts or even your body. Rather, your […]
woohoo Spirituality

Understanding & Becoming Spiritually Enlightened

“Enlightenment… it’s not a visit to the truth, it’s the awakening of truth within you. It’s not a fleeting state of Consciousness, it’s permanent truth-realization; abiding non-dual awareness.”   –Jed Mckenna Jed Mckenna does not exist. The name on the cover of Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing is a pseudonym for the actual author who wishes […]
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Learn How To Intuitively Make Decisions

One day I got an email from my sister asking me to visit her for the weekend in San Diego (I live in LA.) Like all brothers and sisters, we’ve had our ups and downs and I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to go. And yet, thoughts came like, “Come on, she’s your sister, […]
desires Blog

How To Be Happy Even When You Don’t Get What You Want

“The truth is, there isn’t a single desire you can name that your happiness depends on.” – Gina Lake Having desires seems so natural to us, so automatic, so ‘the way we are wired,’ that the idea that they could actually be the source of our suffering simply never occurs to most of us. After […]