Spiritual enlightenment .... and being radically HUMAN too! <3 Come join me in Holland in December!
"What is true meditation? Being awake and alive to this precious moment." ...
The Way of Rest: 3-day Weekend Intensive with Jeff Foster
December 1, 2017, 5:30pm - December 4, 2017, 3:00am
*Some places still available*
THE WAY OF REST: Finding the courage to hold everything in love
A 3-day Weekend Intensive with Jeff Foster in The Netherlands
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“Stop trying to heal yourself, fix yourself, even awaken yourself. Let go of letting go. Stop trying to fast-forward the movie of your life, chasing futures that never seem to arrive. Instead, bow deeply to yourself as you actually are. 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
“This was a very good weekend, the catering and care were excellent, and Jeff was just Jeff: light, clear, funny, confronting, loving and touching. Enlightenment appeared again to be that ‘forgotten’ simplicity to ‘just’ live life…. I feel fulfilled, light and spacious after this weekend.”
“I am still very touched by your warm presence, compassion and humbleness last weekend…. I never saw unconditional love expressing itself so delightfully and so human before, although I’ve been to many wisdom teachers…. Thank you for your love, your clarity and patience, your humility, authenticity and humour… and thank you for listening and being so patient.”
On this weekend intensive Jeff Foster will invite you to embrace yourself exactly as you are (including the part of you that doesn’t know how to embrace, or doesn’t yet feel worthy of embrace…)
He will gently and lovingly guide you to recognizing the perfection in your imperfections, the beauty in your confusion, the sacredness in your sorrow. He will invite you to slow down, reconnect with the present moment, and fall in love with both the excitement and boredom of your days…
He will invite you to see how everything is a gift on this unbreakable path that you call your life – the laughter, the tears, the times of great sadness, the experiences of profound loss, the pain, the confusion, the times you believe you’ll never make it, even the overwhelming heartbreak of love. How it is all a divine path, all part of a greater perfection, all held in a loving non-dual awareness.
He will explain why life can be trusted absolutely, even when trust seems a million light-years away. He will talk about why spirituality is profoundly simple, as simple as breathing, as natural as gazing up at the stars at night and falling into silent wonder.
He will remind you that spiritual enlightenment is not a goal, it is your nature. He will help you bring acceptance and understanding to your body, your relationships, your work, your very sense of self. He will invite you to let go of your mind-made destinations, and fall in love with the place where you stand.
This will be a weekend of talks, truthful dialogues, guided meditations and restful silences; a weekend of seeing our struggles, our fears, our sufferings in a fresh new light; a weekend of resting deeply, of letting go of the exhausting search for ‘something more’. A weekend of being present, aware and alive, meeting whatever arises in ourselves and each other.
Jeff speaks from the heart. He holds a safe, loving, agenda-free space, where you are given full permission to think your thoughts and feel your feelings, however strange or uncomfortable they may seem at first. You are given permission to be fully YOU, and rest in the warmth of presence, amongst like-minded friends and fellow travellers.
Whether you are struggling with your life and are looking for peace and space amidst the chaos, or you are a healer or therapist interested in meeting your clients in a new way, this 3-day weekend intensive is for you.
We look forward to seeing you there! 😉
“Accept your non-acceptance in the moment.
Forgive your inability to forgive.
Surrender to your lack of surrender.
This is the pathless path!”
~ Jeff Foster
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"You attracted it because you desired it". "If you think there's a problem with another's words or actions, YOU are the one who's confused". "Everything is just your projection. Everything is in your mind". "Clear up your vibration and you'll stop attracting bad things to yourself". "You are too attached to the body. Go beyond the body. It's not who you are." "If you have doubts, fears, resistance, pain, anger, then you must be in your ego and totally unenlightened". "The past is an illusion. Let it go right now!".
Ugh. I'm so tired of all this New Age spiritual bullshit. I'm tired of ANY spirituality that doesn't fully honour our messy, unresolvable, first-hand, real-time, embodied human experience. That doesn't bow deeply to the struggle of our raw and tender hearts. That guilt-trips us for our imperfections and shames our limitations.
No, it's not always your projection. Yes, sometimes other people really ARE abusive and need to be stopped. No, everything isn't always "in your mind". Yes, your body matters. Your feelings too. No, your doubts and fears are not 'wrong' or 'bad' or 'unevolved'. No, you do not 'attract' abuse through a faulty 'vibrational frequency'. No, you do not deserve to be violated in any way, in the name of Truth, in the name of God, in the name of Love, or IN ANY OTHER NAME. Yes, your boundaries deserve to be respected, your 'yes' AND your 'no' too. No, it's not okay for spiritual teachers to abuse people "for their own good" - to shock them into awakening, to enlighten them, to help them drop their "ego". Teachers that use abuse as a tool are simply abusers, not teachers.
I reject any spirituality that dismisses our tender, vulnerable, fragile humanity. I reject any spirituality that shames us for our precious human thoughts and feelings. I reject any spirituality that begins any sentence with "if you were enlightened..." I reject any spirituality that divides self from no self, divine from human, sacred from profane, absolute from relative, heaven from earth, duality from nonduality, material from spiritual.
I once saw a popular spiritual teacher addressing a recently bereaved woman. He said, "Your heartbreak is illusory and only the activity of the separate self. One day the separate self will vanish, along with all suffering".
And in that moment, I saw a deep, deep sickness and inhumanity at the heart of contemporary spirituality. The invalidation of trauma, the false promises, the power games, the suppression of the feminine.
And I vowed to bow to that fucking broken heart as if it were God Herself. Until the end of time.
Invite all your old friends into the deep, warm bath of awareness.
Joy, doubt, certainty, excitement, sorrow, disgust, fear, bliss, even anger; there's enough room here; it's an infinite bath. Splash around, dive deeper, swim with sorrow, pretend you're a shark chasing fear, play hide and seek with boredom, rediscover your damn humour. Get wet and get soapy and get dirty and get clean and get real. Realise that it's all the self; there is no self in the bath; the self is the bath, the whole caboodle, and everything belongs. And it's always bath-time, here in the heart.
Got to get messy to get clean; got to learn to play with sorrow to know the joy of the depths; got to remember how huge awareness is, how much life it holds, and how much rubber duckies can teach you about love.
The truth will always come out. You can try to suppress truth, you can threaten, punish, enslave, crucify those who dare speak it, you can run from it, try to numb it, silence it, smother it, shame it, ridicule it, throw all manner of lies and half-truths against it. But in the end, truth will always come out. Because truth is LIFE.
And it takes courage to speak truth. You may risk losing your livelihood, your relationships, your reputation, your worldly possessions, your friends, your family, even your life. You may be quaking as you speak it, dripping with sweat, nauseous and dry-mouthed and on the verge of fleeing.
But in the end you cannot hold it back. It is more powerful than you. It will outlast you. Outlive you. You were born from it and will return to it. It speaks through you. You are a vessel for truth.
And when you know truth and declare it to the Universe and to all who will listen, you may feel the doubt and the guilt and the shame of it too, the terror of abandonment, old thoughts warning you to shut the fuck up. But you may feel so alive, too. So on your path. So aligned with your calling. So willing to face the consequences, moment by moment, breath by breath.
There is no greater power on Earth No more potent agent for change Than you, awake.
We were once a great Team. One truth, one family. Born as One, we divided. Tribes, factions, clans, nations, religions, ideologies, armies. My God versus your God. My truth against yours. Slaughtered each other in untold numbers. Stopped listening, stopped seeing ourselves in each other's eyes. Fell into delusion. Worshipped at the altar of belief.
Some of us, now waking up. One family again; one Team. Recognising ourselves and each other as presence; not many presences, but one. No religion, no lineage. Differences, yes; but no essential separation. Celebrating our diversity, remembering our shared nature.
As the delusion intensifies, so does the call to awaken. As the shadows grow louder, darker, the light source becomes more apparent, clearer. Darkness is only a call for light. As the ego dies, it roars.
Two cannot become one, of course, but One can remember it was never really two.
The MAGIC of Being Fully Human: Jeff Foster/Matt Licata in OJAI
October 14, 2017, 10:30am - October 15, 2017, 7:00pm
*A few places still available!*
THE MAGIC OF BEING FULLY HUMAN:
Embodied Spirituality and the Re-Enchantment of the Ordinary
A weekend gathering with Jeff Foster & Matt Licata
at beautiful Meditation Mount, in Ojai, CA.
**Including book signings with Matt & Jeff after the meeting**
October 14th & 15th, 2017, 10.30-5.00
(Please note: you may attend Saturday only, Sunday only, OR the entire weekend.)
FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFO:
What would it be like....
... To break free from the prison of fear, shame and self-doubt, and truly feel ALIVE in the present moment?
... To end the exhausting Self-Improvement Project - the endless search for “the next, better moment" - and rest in the timeless Now?
... To no longer resist or run away from your heartbreak, vulnerability, doubt, sadness, anger and confusion, and instead, love, honor and deeply embrace these very precious parts of you?
... To stop trying to rework your past and control your future, and to know in a direct, experiential way, the Sacred and Divine Presence in you that was never broken, unworthy, unlovable, unhealed, un-whole, or unenlightened in the first place?
.... To fully participate in life once again, deeply connected to your True Nature, yet joyously embracing your human flaws and imperfections too, dancing and playing with life in a spontaneous, creative, fun, artistic and authentic way?
Join authors and speakers Matt Licata and Jeff Foster as they share their simple yet totally revolutionary invitation: To be exactly what you are, not who you think you 'should' be in order to please others.
Matt and Jeff invite you to end the "self-abandonment project" and break free from the painful trance that there is something wrong with you; to dismantle the lie that you must shift, transform, heal, or become enlightened in order to be worthy of a life of intimacy, connection, freedom and aliveness; and to wake up from the dream that you must “do life right” according to the beliefs of your families, politicians, gurus, spiritual teachers and “experts” on the path of the heart.
Let us dare to set all of this aside and begin anew.
Let us dare to trust ourselves once again.
“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…”
“After a lifetime of spiritual quest, after all the insights, experiences, revelations, I finally found the missing ingredient that gives the courage to stay here, now, without the reference to my personal drama. The infinite tenderness that addresses the human being. Infinite, beautiful, human mystery..."
Weaving together the wisdom streams of nondual and tantric spirituality, somatic psychotherapy, mindfulness, and the intimacy of the relational field, Matt and Jeff will meet you exactly as you are, in an environment of empathic attunement, resonance, and healing, where you will discover together a freedom that is always, already here.
During the weekend we will honor our longing to feel alive, to be intimately connected with ourselves and our bodies, and to know the deepest, causeless joy buried in the core of our immediate, moment-by-moment human experience. Each day will consist of three sessions, where we will practice simple and gentle guided meditations, engage in Experiential Inquiries and Dialogues, and rest with one another in a crucible of presence, compassion, and unconditional love.
Are you ready to set aside everything you think you know about spirituality, healing, enlightenment, awakening, and intimacy, and plunge into the mystery of Now? Do you have the courage to drop out of the past and future and into the living moment, and be a beginner again, an amateur, standing in awe and fascination at the miracle that is unfolding all around you? Are you tired of being told how to live, what to believe, how to transform, how to awaken? Then you're in good company! Come and join Matt and Jeff at Meditation Mount! 🙂
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS
“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!”
“So many meaningful moments from these past few days - thank you.”
“A wonder-filled event… 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 few days, that continue to roll out each new moment of NOW.”
“The retreat was one of the best things I have done for myself.”
“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 THE DAY – PLEASE READ!
Meditation Mount is a remarkable place of peace and beauty. It is a sacred site on 32 acres of land at the east end of the Ojai Valley in Southern California.
Please arrive in the Auditorium for a 10.30am start. There will be a lunch break in the afternoon, so feel free to bring your own lunch and eat on the beautiful grounds, or it’s a short drive into town to enjoy the culinary delights of Ojai...
Our SCHEDULE for the day will be as follow:
10.00: Doors open for registration.
10.30-12.00: First Meeting with Matt & Jeff
12.00-1.30: Lunch Break
1.30-3.00: Second Meeting with Matt & Jeff
3.00-3.30: Afternoon Break
3.30-5.00: Third Meeting with Matt & Jeff
5.00-6.00: Book Signings with Matt & Jeff (books will be available to purchase)
No need to print your ticket – we will have a list of names at the door.
Please note: Tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis (the events are expected to sell out) for Saturday only ($125), Sunday only ($125), or the entire Weekend ($225)
PARKING: please check back here for details regarding parking prior to your arrival!
If you turn up on the day without a ticket, please bring cash. We cannot accept checks/cards.
Directions to Meditation Mount:
More information on visiting Ojai:
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.
Matt's website can be found at: www.mattlicataphd.com
"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…" SPECIAL EVENT: THE MAGIC OF BEING FULLY HUMAN: Embodied Spirituality an...
Stop trying to heal yourself, fix yourself, even awaken yourself. Stop trying to Fast-Forward the movie of your life. Let go of 'letting go'. Healing is not a destination. Be here.
Your pain, your sorrow, your doubts, your longings, your fearful thoughts: they are not mistakes, and they are not asking to be 'healed'. They are asking to be held. Here, now, lightly, in the loving, healing arms of present awareness…
Words are like ice cream. I mean, the kind of ice cream they give to astronauts.
Dad bought me some in the gift shop of the Science Museum when I was seven. It came in a shiny grey foil packet. It was dry and smelled like sour milk and the future. I think it was his way of apologising for everything else.
I have poetry in my head all day, you know. 99.9% of it never gets out. Giving it form would suck the life from it. (At least that's what I tell myself).
Thirty years later I knelt by dad's bed and sang to him. I imagined that he heard me. Maybe he was too far gone. Way out in space. I enjoyed singing anyway.
The nurse came in and told me to "stay strong". I didn't know what she meant. I was drenched with tears and happy beyond reason because nothing was wrong anymore.
When you’re a hundred thousand miles from Earth, maybe ice cream that crumbles is better than no ice cream at all.
Alright then. You win. I shall give you more of my mad self.