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WELCOME HOME – Jeff Foster

No teachers, no students. No awakened beings, no unawakened beings. No path nor absence of a path. No gurus, no disciples. Simply life making love to itself, dancing as all of this, appearing as something we call ‘world’, as all that you see and all that you cannot see, arising and falling back into the barest emptiness, timelessly and forever…

And the emptiness is not a cold, dark, empty emptiness —but a rich, full, alive emptiness, pregnant with infinite possibility, saturated with this… incomprehensible intimacy that should, by all accounts, be impossible  —and yet, undeniably, is.

Nothing is not nothing, not the absence of all things, but also the presence of them, so that nothing is really everything…. and so it all ends not in nihilism, but in wonder, in fascination, in the kind of gratitude that breaks your heart.

Pic© E.Resendes

Yes, all that is left is a radical simplicity that cannot be taught, cannot be formulated, reified, systematized, and ultimately cannot even be named —but still, it is all there is, and all there has ever been, and all there needs to be, because only a separate mind would ever want more.

It’s right here and right now. It’s there in and as the cup of coffee on the table in front of you, in each and every breath, in the wrinkles on your father’s face, in the feeling of the wind on your cheeks as you walk to the supermarket, in the pain in the chest as the body dies —and you’ve been seeking it your entire life without knowing it.

It’s beyond ‘awareness’ and ‘contents of awareness’ – it’s not pure consciousness (a blank space devoid of the personal) because blankness needs content to be known and experienced as blankness, just as emptiness needs form to be known and experienced as emptiness and vice versa – it’s not the witness behind the world because it’s also the world in its entirety which nothing can separate itself from in the first place and call itself a ‘witness’ – it’s not Absolute as opposed to relative or vice versa because that very division never existed in the first place – it’s not ‘nobody here’ or ‘there is no me’, although those very personal viewpoints are allowed to arise and fall away naturally – it’s not ‘advaita’ as opposed to ‘neo-advaita’ or ‘neo-advaita’ as opposed to ‘advaita’ but it allows these man-made divisions to play themselves out – it’s not opposed to anything because it is everything including all opposition, even opposition to opposition – it’s not mine or yours but it does not deny the possibility of mine and yours and relationship between them – it’s not pure absence as opposed to presence or vice versa, but those concepts are allowed to arise too – it’s not a teaching, but perhaps, and only perhaps, it can formulate itself as a self-destructing teaching, a kind of teaching which annihilates itself in the end, a temporary language which has no authority but that which you give it, and in the end (and there is no end), has no authority at all. Because in the end (which is the beginning), life is the only authority, and all the teachings of the world burn up in the fire of unbounded freedom.

When you try to put this into words, you always fail.

Thank goodness it doesn’t need to be put into words.

And so, once again, beyond words or lack of them —Welcome Home to what you really are.

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Check out Jeff’s website: Life Without A Centre


Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. He holds meetings and retreats in the UK and Europe, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding the spiritual search, to the nature of mind, and to the Clarity at the heart of everything. His uncompromising approach, full of humor and compassion, shatters the mind’s hopes for a future awakening, revealing the awakening that is always already present, right in the midst of life.

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5 responses

  1. Andrew Rickert

    Beautiful words.

    Spot on too. It made my day.

    Great post!

    September 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

  2. Sherman Springfield

    Jeff,
    I have been wanting to allow your words to resonate. Trouble lies in grasping what is heard. Since the beginning of discovery of the spiritual path,does this lead us back to the beginning of the search? Am I no better off than I was at the beginning? What was the purpose? Just finish out my life as I was heading towards anyway? If this is the only message, why do we need to listen to any one? Including your message? No offense, I admire you greatly!! PEACE! Sherman Springfield

    September 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm

  3. Such a relaxation to see that ‘I’ have nothing to do with anything, that it all goes on by it self with or whithout the sense of a ‘me’ here. Although this can be (mis)interpret as no responsibility or “I don’t care..” but caring/loving is all threre is here. Love for the miracle that THIS is given.
    Lovely to see you here Jeff!

    Evalena

    September 17, 2010 at 1:50 am

  4. Rick Allen

    What you share here seems to present a peek at what it’s like
    to not have a thought or a single belief…unencumbered, fresh
    and limitless. But then as you say, words fail.

    November 22, 2012 at 1:00 am

  5. Rick Allen

    There is no me to have a thought, and yet there seems to be a me to not have a thought.
    At the moment it seems that ‘getting it’ will only arise through the release of definition of
    everything, and most particularly, me, I, One.
    It is as though I yearn to absorb through my pores, the essense of what you share, yet I
    type words that will be read as clumbsy and missing the mark. There is a fear that I will
    lose some sense of understanding by not capturing it, yet, as is known, words fail.

    November 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm

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