#4698 - Monday, September 3,
2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
An Extraordinary Absence: Guest
Teaching by Jeff Foster
JEFF FOSTER is a personal
favorite of mine for three reasons. Reason number
one is that he's English,
and Betsy and I are both hopeless anglophiles. Reason
number two is because
he's funny as hell, and almost always laughing--his laugh is
and infectious. I find myself grinning at YouTube, and sometimes
out loud. The third reason I like Jeff so much is that he's incredibly
clear. Sometime back, when I first finished reading The Wonder of Being, I
thought, "Well, okay, this guy has nailed it. Do I really want to continue
and writing on this subject, or shall I just go read comic books and
eat ice cream
from now on?"
~ Fred Davis
JULIAN AND CATHERINE (NOYCE)
WRITE, "THE FIRST TIME we heard
of Jeff Foster was in 2006, when he
sent us the manuscript of his first book,
Life Without A Centre. Our
friend and author, Nathan Gill, saw immediately
that here was a fresh,
clear approach; uncluttered by the influence of any other
completely authentic. We went on to publish Beyond Awakening and
Revelation of Oneness. Earlier titles were eventually re-worked into a
book called The Wonder of Being.
"WHAT WE PARTICULARLY LIKE
about Jeffs expression is that, despite his
intelligence and his
knowledge, there are no esoteric complications, no words
special meanings. At the same time he doesnt talk down to readers and
writing can be understood by anyone who has the experience of
which is probably most of us who are reading
AND NOW, HERE ARE EDITED
EXTRACTS from An Extraordinary Absence,
published by Non-Duality
The Heart of Nonduality
So often nonduality can seem so
heady, so conceptual, so intellectual. All those
concepts of nothingness and
absence and presence! Actually this is all about love.
Love is the union of
heart and mind.
Nonduality isnt about being detached from the
world, being the witness of
everything and taking part in nothing. Its not
about sitting on your mountaintop
and looking down at the world, pitying
those poor mortals who arent as awakened
as you are, those poor souls who
still have egos! No, love cannot stand back from
the world, because it is
In liberation, heart and mind are not
experienced as being separate. The heart
of presence radiates love.
Contraction falls away
But in the falling away of the self-contraction and
along with it, the contracted
world space in which all teachers and
teachings operate, the grace is revealed,
and it has nothing to do
with any sort of future event, or spiritual experience,
or shift in
perception, or transformation of consciousness, or anything else that
was promised by the dream teachers. And its shockingly ordinary. Its
a cup of tea. Its eating fish and chips. Except now, nobody
drinks the tea, and
nobody eats the fish and chips. Drinking tea just
happens. Eating fish and chips
just happens. Tea drinks itself. Fish and
chips eat themselves. Thats about as
close as we can get in
The paradox of being a person or not
What were talking about here is totally beyond all of
that. It cannot be
captured by any thought-created formula.
In fact, There is no person and
There is a person both miss the
point. There is choice and There is no
choice both miss the point.
Within the dream world, these pairs of opposites
arise together and
fall away together. But they cannot take you to where you
to go: your own absence.
Im not telling you to give up your spiritual practices;
giving up happens or it
doesnt. Spiritual practices happen or they dont.
And remember: Giving up on spiritual practices just becomes another
practice. The anti-spiritual practice ideology is just another
Watch out, the mind
will turn everything in this book into just another goal.
no person? I want that! The end of seeking? I want that!
And if youre not careful youll start actually
believing me when I say things like
Im not here. Its not a concept to be
believed. Its a string of words that are
attempting to point to something
that is totally beyond words. Once it turns into
a belief, a concept, in a
sense its no longer true.
The person who really believes that they are
not there and uses that belief to
separate themselves from you is
living with a picture, a very personal image of
themselves not being there.
Think about it.
Yesterdays awakening experience so easily
becomes todays ego-trip.
©2006-2009 Jeff Foster/Non-Duality
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