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BEAUTY IN THE BREAKDOWN

Oh yes, for sure, there will be heartbreak! And you will learn to get out of your head and into your immediate embodied experience, coming out of mental stories and conclusions, and contacting the raw energy of the here-and-now, directly feeling the devastation of your dreams rather than intellectualising everything away, letting the grief, anger and sorrow of millennia surge through your pores, rather than dismissing it all as an 'illusion', or distracting yourself with fresh dreams.

All your preconceived notions of 'enlightenment' will shatter into a million pieces, your happy ideas of 'spiritual awakening' will not survive this, oh no! You will be forced into a face-to-face encounter with life, without the comfort of mummy and daddy, without the shield of belief, without the protection of ego, without the bullshit security of fixed reference points. Even your most beloved spiritual gurus and philosophers will no longer be of any use.

The raw pleasure and the pain of it, unfiltered, at last! No longer numb, you will be as softly vulnerable as you were in the beginning, before you knew right and wrong, good and bad, God and the devil.

At first, this will be terrifying, this total reliance on inner authority, this absolute openness to experience, but you will learn to trust the path of no path at all, and you will make your nest in the warm bosom of insecurity.

And everything will be held in the most profound silence.

Oh yes, for sure, there will be heartbreak! Yet there will be joy, too, the likes of which you've only ever dreamed about!

- Jeff Foster
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THE PROMISE


In this presence beyond presence,

In this place that is no place at all,

In this warm embrace I call myself,

Even a ‘no’ is a secret yes,

Even resistance is deeply allowed,

Even doubt is a celebration of life.



Come, all you unloved creatures,

All you homeless waves in life’s vast ocean,

Pain, doubt, shame, guilt,

All you frightened orphans of light,

Crawl out of your hiding places,

Shuffle out of the darkness,

You are invited to a great feast.



Come, uncertainty, sit by my side,

Come, despair, drink from my cup,

Come, fear, do not be afraid of me,

I will not turn away from you,

I will not deny you a place at this table,

Now that I know the truth of myself.



I invited you here, long ago.

I have an ancient promise to keep.



- Jeff Foster
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LOVE'S BRILLIANT RETURN

And the night belongs to us, and the dawn too, and we shall never again forget this grace we have been given, never again abandon this day in pursuit of another. Love is not something you find, it is like an energy, flowing, sometimes soft, barely perceptible, pulsating, sometimes surging, volcanic, spilling out everywhere, filling the cracks in the sidewalk, the walls we erected to keep us apart, bubbling like a brook, finding its way into every space, unstoppable, unstoppable, searching for its source, looking for its home, flowing through trees, lakes, people, flowing into the open skies, past galaxies, backwards and forwards through time. A baby is born, a man takes his last breath in a hospital somewhere, who knows where, an army rises, is defeated, rises, a slave breaks his chains, great beasts walk the earth, not knowing how close they have come to the fires. Stars are born and explode, your first birthday, your graduation, the death of your mother, your father, weeping into handkerchiefs, challenges you felt you would never overcome, and you overcame, and somewhere in the middle of the night, out across some vast ocean, somewhere in the dark recesses of your heart, or perhaps near the limits of the known universe, I don't know, she remembers, she turns back, remembering the source, yes, she remembers the source now, and she turns back, not seeking but falling, not pushing but allowing herself to be pulled, and she falls back, through the light and the darkness, through the sewage of a million lost worlds, through mystery, through layers of bliss and pain, into you, into your ancient heart, into her home. She has travelled to the ends of worlds, beyond time and space, through indescribable horrors and ecstasies, and she has found you again, where she left you, where the search began. You take a breath now, you feel the heart beating, you feel your belly rise and fall, and this is not just some ordinary movement, some moment in a series of moments, this is eternity moving, breathing, infinite in nature, finite in form yet infinite in heart, and it was always you, it was always you, sought and found, lost and discovered.

It is just an ordinary day in your life, kids to feed, bills to pay, feelings to feel, but now you know, now you cannot forget, despite the dream, despite the journey, the dawn belongs to you, and the night too, and every call of every creature, and every pair of eyes, all yourself looking, wondering, thinking of home, and you shall never again forget this grace you have been given, never again abandon this day in pursuit of another, never seek love outside your own pumping heart, never doubt what you intuitively knew when mother ejected you into this world, kicking and screaming, broken and bloody but brilliantly yourself, that you are not a mistake, you are not a damn mistake, you are nature, you are whole, and worthy, worthy of the kind of love that travels aeons and light years and pulls itself through the shadows and the shit to return. From you she birthed herself, to you she comes running.

Home, mother, home!

- Jeff Foster
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INDESTRUCTIBLE

Abandonment.

It will kill you.
Make you want to die.

And - if you let it -
it will break you open
to the most radical kind
of self-love.

It will destroy your childhood dreams of love.
Yes.

But you will soon discover
that this love was never
outside of you.

Now, your breath is your Home.
And presence is your sanctuary.
And life itself
is your greatest lover.
And friend.
And teacher.

There is no abandonment,
here at the Source.

You are what's left,
when all is lost.

- Jeff Foster
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HOW TO FAIL BEAUTIFULLY

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions and hard work, your life doesn't go the way you had hoped or planned or dreamed.

Your heart is broken. You cry with disappointment. There's a raw, shaky feeling in the gut. An old feeling of dread comes to visit, a familiar sense of cosmic abandonment.

"I screwed up".

In the midst of your pain, you are tempted to turn against the world, or yourself. Blame someone. Attack someone. Seek revenge, retribution. Or attack yourself, with addictive behaviour. Quick, numb the pain. Drink something, eat something, buy something, try not to feel something.

You label yourself as 'bad' or 'wrong' or 'broken'. You call yourself a 'failure', a 'waste of space', words you learned when you were young. And then your mind spins off into the future. Not only a day of failure, today, but years of failure to come. A lifetime of failure, ending in death.

You've abandoned the present moment and been pulled into a dualistic narrative of past and future, success and failure, right and wrong, good and bad.

But the words are not the thing. So here's an invitation. Slow down. Get curious.

Invite open, curious attention to drop into the present moment. Can you allow yourself to become fascinated with the actual feeling of failure? How do you know this is failure? Where in the body do you feel it? Come back to the shaky, raw feeling, the visceral hurt that's alive right now. Come back to the nausea, the heaviness, the pressure, the sinking feeling in the belly. Just for a moment, don't run away or numb yourself from these movements. Get curious about the sensations here. Give them space; let them dance, move. Don't distract yourself from these precious part of you. They simply long for loving attention right now.

You are leaving the heavy storyline of 'me and my failure'. You are showing up for life; connecting with yourself at a moment when you need your own tenderness more than ever.

And out of the rubble of shattered expectations, a new and different life may grow. You may be shaky, broken open; your heart may feel tender and raw; your certainties may have crumbled to dust, but you are alive, and willing to feel what needs to be felt. And your greatest failure may turn out to be your greatest beginning, the time when you learned more about yourself than ever, the scene of the movie where you discovered humility, courage, and radical self-love.

Stay close; you cannot fail.

- Jeff Foster
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WHEN LOVE CRACKS YOU OPEN

Love does not always feel safe because love is pure potential and pure presence and in pure presence every feeling and impulse is welcome, however gentle, however painful, however inconvenient, however fierce.

So when you let someone matter to you and you let yourself matter to someone and you are not ruled by fear your heart will have no choice but to crack to the hugeness of love and you will not be able to control the results and that's why the ego cannot love.

Safe, unsafe. Happy, sad. Certain, uncertain. Afraid, fearless. Fragile, powerful. Worthy, worthless, and everything in between. There is so much life now trying to fill you up, and you can barely contain it all. You are full of life, penetrated by life, pregnant with life.

They lied to you about love, you see, they said it was always supposed to feel good and warm and happy, they said it was something you'd be given, something you'd have to earn, or deserve, they said it was all butterflies and angels and light, but really it was always you, naked, raw and alive, cracked, whole, vulnerable, shaky but real, inhaling a cosmos, exhaling euphoria and the darkness and the grief and the joy of humanity and sometimes not knowing what the hell you're doing or how you're still alive.

Good. Breathe. All is unfolding beautifully, here. Love is not only gain, it is also loss. The beloveds will die and the loved ones will vanish, but love will not. She will simply make you rise, you see, and fall again, and wonder again if you will ever rise. She will open you and close you and break you and humble you and laugh at your childhood fantasies of love.

But it is all natural, and it is all for you. You will come full circle before long, back to yourself, the Origin. You were only ever seeking your own Heart, and its multitude of reflections.

Love is here. Love is always here. Somewhere between the euphoria and the darkness she found you. And the very ground you stand on is blessed, and you are safe once more.

So cry, laugh, shake, vomit, doubt the ground; you will never be abandoned by the Heart.

- Jeff Foster
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The Way of Rest: A 5-day Retreat with Jeff Foster and Matt Licata

July 26, 2017, 7:00pm - July 31, 2017, 1:00pm

THE WAY OF REST: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF PRESENCE 5 Days of Mindfulness, Courage and Presence at the beautiful Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado with JEFF FOSTER and MATT LICATA For more info and to book: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-way-of-rest-a-5-day-retreat-with-jeff-foster-and-matt-licata-tickets-304... “Thank you for such a beautiful and powerful event. I came away with such a deeper understanding of the power of our presence and self-love through this practice. The retreat was lovely, and I felt such rest and relief.” “It was a life game-changer, a beautiful, rich and exquisite line of demarcation in my non-path path, journey without destination.” "A portal of healing was ignited by attending your retreat. A brain detoxing retreat!” * YOU ARE DIVINE, EVEN IN YOUR HUMAN IMPERFECTIONS... Beyond therapy, beyond self-help, beyond the Law of Attraction, beyond ‘Being in the Now’, beyond the exhausting search for spiritual enlightenment, beyond ideology, beyond belief, an invitation to stop trying to fix yourself, and rest instead in a loving embrace of this unique moment, exactly as it is…. What would it be like to live a life that is not based around fixing or improving yourself, transforming into someone else, healing all your childhood wounds, raising your vibration, opening all your chakras or becoming a spiritually awakened being? What would it be like, to awaken from the trance that you are broken, unworthy, unloveable and far from enlightenment? Join authors and speakers Matt Licata and Jeff Foster as they share a radical form of mindfulness, which is also an ultimate act of self-compassion: an invitation to be exactly what you are, and awaken from the trance that you are less than Divine in your beautifully imperfect humanness. On this popular 5 day retreat, we will take time out of our ordinary lives to turn towards the stillness of the heart, and discover the peace, joy, aliveness and, yes, humor, that is always, already here. We will come to realize that freedom is wired into us and is not dependent on whether we first improve ourselves, become worthy, find all the answers, or get “enlightened” by way of some sort of spiritual process. When it comes to the present moment, we are all beginners, all amateurs. There are no teachers and no experts, here in the aliveness of Now. Matt and Jeff do not have pre-prepared answers for you! They are not here to fix you or make you into something second-hand. They are original human beings, just like you, sharing from the depths of their lived experience, inviting you to come closer to yourself and perhaps find your answers there. On retreat, you become your own guru, your own therapist, your own loving parent. Matt and Jeff simply facilitate this Homecoming, inviting us in their gentle yet direct way to a radical self-love in which even our ‘unlovable’ parts are welcome… During the retreat, we’ll rest together in silence, share intimate dialogues and guided meditations, all the while tuning into to the power of the field of loving presence that is always around and within us. We will bathe in a radical yet simple truth: that we have already arrived Home, that we never left Home in the first place, that we are perfect exactly as we are, even in our imperfections… and that we can return to this realization in ANY moment of our lives! We will turn courageously toward our unmet heartbreak, grief, despair, and hopelessness – as well as toward our natural joy, peace, wonder, and bliss – and come into contact with the wisdom, the love, and the wild uniqueness that is always here. As we befriend ourselves and our immediate experience, through curiosity and an uncompromising and unapologetic kindness, we will touch a profound rest that is filled with the revolutionary qualities of love, compassion, and huge creativity. While not formally a silent retreat, we will be returning time and time again to the silence of the Heart, meditating and contemplating reality together and exploring the a life beyond belief. In addition to regular group meetings – facilitated by Matt and Jeff – there will be plenty of time to explore on your own, both the inner landscape of the heart as well as the natural world in the beautiful Colorado mountains. It is important to note that while these retreats often result in deep, therapeutic healing, they are not therapy groups. Rather than engaging in our personal narratives of past and future, we will be diving into a field of presence together in which we can rest in the dimension of the heart that has never been unhealed and is not in need of transformation, healing… or even understanding. ***REGISTRATION DETAILS: Please note that registration here at this EventBrite page is for tuition only. You must still register for food and accommodation directly with Sunrise Ranch (even if you will not be staying at the Ranch). For more information or to register online, please visit this link. If you prefer to register by phone, or speak with someone about accommodations, please call 877-786-0078. Costs for accommodation range from $45/ night (for commuters) and include camping/ staying at Sunrise's sister campus (please speak with them for details) ($75/ night), dormitory ($95/ night), triple rooms ($103/ night), double rooms ($113/ night), and single rooms ($143/ night). There are also accommodations available at a nearby hotel (around $150/ night) where it is possible to arrange pick-up and drop-off each day. These fees include three really good meals per day (plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), snacks and tea, as well as rooms. Please note that single and double rooms are limited. If one of these is important to you, we encouage you to register as early as possible. Please direct any questions about accommodations and Sunrise Ranch directly to the Ranch as niether Matt nor Jeff will be able to answer these questions for you. Again the page here is for tuition registration only, and you must contact and register with Sunrise in order to attend! Attending the retreat involves a two-step registration process. Thank you! A FEW TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS “Thank you for such a beautiful and powerful event. I came away with such a deeper understanding of the power of our presence and self-love through this practice. The retreat was lovely, and I felt such rest and relief.” “It was a life game-changer, a beautiful, rich and exquisite line of demarcation in my non-path path, journey without destination.” “So many meaningful moments from these past few days - thank you.” “A wonder-filled 5 days… I LOVED every minute of it!!! Your talks resonated deep within me, and I bow with sincere respect to your ability to hold this practice while listening to people's stories..” “Many thanks, for a spacious five days, that continue to roll out each new moment of NOW.” “The retreat was one of the best things I have done for myself.” “Over 25 years of jumping from one "next best method" to the next, feels like it's finally over. The lessons are so easily applied in daily life, don't have to burn special incense, ring a bell 33 times or squeeze myself in a vice grip while chanting in a foreign tongue. Loving this!” “Sitting in the many sessions, meeting people I might not normally meet, but hearing their archetypal struggles…. having the time and space to connect to an understanding that goes beyond … and coming away with a resonance from all this that has me gently smiling as I type you this message…” “The retreat with you and all of the other participants changed my life forever, thank you” “The experience was such a beautiful death for me. A death to my identity, as a concrete thing, a death to the old idea of relationship & attachment, a death to my idea of the world as it is/was. What I created was a place of EVER fluxing, riding the wave of the flow, finding my balance in the flux. Letting life breath me. This portal of healing was ignited, again, by attending your retreat. The brain detoxing retreat!” ABOUT JEFF FOSTER Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. In his mid-twenties, after a long period of depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’ and embarked on an intensive spiritual quest for the ultimate truth of existence. The spiritual search came crashing down with the clear recognition of the non-dual nature of everything, and the discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: intimate, open, loving and spontaneous, and Jeff was left with a deep understanding of the root illusion behind all human suffering, and a love of the present moment. Jeff was voted #59 on Watkins Review’s 2014 list of the world’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. Jeff has published five books in over six languages. His latest book Falling in Love With Where You Are is now available from Non-Duality Press. His new book - Way of Rest: Finding the Courage to Hold Everything in Love - was published by Sounds True in 2016. Jeff's website can be found at: www.lifewithoutacentre.com/ ABOUT MATT LICATA Matt Licata, PhD is a psychotherapist, author, and teacher, with clients and students worldwide. For 25 years, he has been on the forefront of the dialogue between therapeutic and contemplative approaches to healing and spiritual transformation. He mentors students seeking graduate degrees in psychology and spirituality, and is editor of A Healing Space, a blog dedicated to the exploration of the journey of embodied spirituality in contemporary life. Matt is author of the The Path is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You, which will be published in April of 2017. He is also author of the forthcoming The Only Way Out is Through, a behind-the-scenes look at the ways spiritual beliefs and practices can serve a defensive function in the avoidance of unresolved emotional wounding. Matt's website can be found at: www.mattlicataphd.com

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Jeff Foster LIVE Webcasts this weekend!

June 17, 2017, 11:00am - June 18, 2017, 10:00am

Jeff Foster's “THE WAY OF REST" weekend will be live-streamed in high defintion from Holland on 17th and 18th June! Come join us! “Whatever it is, stop trying to figure it out now. Let it remain unresolved a little while. Stop trying to fast-forward to the ‘answer’ scene in the movie of your life; trust the present scene of ‘no answer yet’. Allow the question itself space to breathe and be fertilised. Relax into the mysterious ground of Now.” ~ Jeff Foster More info and sign-up here: www.lifewithoutacentre.com/meeting-schedule/internet-live-stream-of-day-meeting-the-way-of-rest-p... You can attend these events 'in person': www.lifewithoutacentre.com/meetings/ Stop trying to heal yourself, fix yourself, even awaken yourself. Let go of letting go. Instead, bow deeply to yourself as you actually are. Be here. Honour the present scene in the movie of your life. Your pain, your sorrow, your doubts, your deepest longings, your fearful thoughts, are not mistakes, and they aren’t asking to be healed. They are asking to be held. Here, now, lightly, in the loving arms of present awareness… – Jeff Foster Jeff shares a radically inclusive form of mindfulness – that of the present moment as a raw and wild teacher, sometimes painful but ultimately trustable. Using language like paint on a canvas, with both light-heartedness and precision, he shares from the depths of his experience, stripping away every defence of the mind, leaving us with nothing but the simplicity and wonder of our very own presence. Through talks, intimate dialogues, guided meditations and restful silences, Jeff invites us to stop trying to heal, awaken or fix ourselves, and instead to slow down, breathe, and sink into a field of radical permission. This down-to-earth invitation leaves us with nowhere to go and nothing to become. It is disorienting but ultimately exhilarating, to be so deeply in the Now … and discover that we actually are the Now! What a joy and relief to realize that our true home, our deepest sense of belonging, has been right here all along, embedded in each and every precious moment, the only moment we have. If you are tired of the seeking, exhausted from the struggle, and longing for life’s sweet embrace … then welcome to The Way Of Rest!

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Don't say "I meditate".
The "I" doesn't meditate.
It doesn't know how.
Only you can meditate.
Silently watching.
The eye of the "I".

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Jeff Foster LIVE Webcasts this weekend!

June 17, 2017, 11:00am - June 18, 2017, 10:00am

Jeff Foster's “THE WAY OF REST" weekend will be live-streamed in high defintion from Holland on 17th and 18th June! Come join us! “Whatever it is, stop trying to figure it out now. Let it remain unresolved a little while. Stop trying to fast-forward to the ‘answer’ scene in the movie of your life; trust the present scene of ‘no answer yet’. Allow the question itself space to breathe and be fertilised. Relax into the mysterious ground of Now.” ~ Jeff Foster More info and sign-up here: www.lifewithoutacentre.com/meeting-schedule/internet-live-stream-of-day-meeting-the-way-of-rest-p... You can attend these events 'in person': www.lifewithoutacentre.com/meetings/ Stop trying to heal yourself, fix yourself, even awaken yourself. Let go of letting go. Instead, bow deeply to yourself as you actually are. Be here. Honour the present scene in the movie of your life. Your pain, your sorrow, your doubts, your deepest longings, your fearful thoughts, are not mistakes, and they aren’t asking to be healed. They are asking to be held. Here, now, lightly, in the loving arms of present awareness… – Jeff Foster Jeff shares a radically inclusive form of mindfulness – that of the present moment as a raw and wild teacher, sometimes painful but ultimately trustable. Using language like paint on a canvas, with both light-heartedness and precision, he shares from the depths of his experience, stripping away every defence of the mind, leaving us with nothing but the simplicity and wonder of our very own presence. Through talks, intimate dialogues, guided meditations and restful silences, Jeff invites us to stop trying to heal, awaken or fix ourselves, and instead to slow down, breathe, and sink into a field of radical permission. This down-to-earth invitation leaves us with nowhere to go and nothing to become. It is disorienting but ultimately exhilarating, to be so deeply in the Now … and discover that we actually are the Now! What a joy and relief to realize that our true home, our deepest sense of belonging, has been right here all along, embedded in each and every precious moment, the only moment we have. If you are tired of the seeking, exhausted from the struggle, and longing for life’s sweet embrace … then welcome to The Way Of Rest!

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