The wonder of being
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The Wonder of Being is a combined and revised edition of Jeff Foster’s first two books ‘Life Without A Centre’ and ‘Beyond Awakening’, which are now both out of print.
What if life is infinitely simpler than you ever imagined?
We spend our lives seeking wealth, success, love, fulfilment, and even ‘spiritual enlightenment’ in the future. Yet right at the heart of life there is an intimacy, a simplicity, a wholeness that is totally beyond words – and which cannot be reached through any kind of effort. In our attempts to change, to improve ourselves, or become ‘enlightened’, we end up ignoring this wordless intimacy which is our birthright and our true home.
The Wonder of Being points to the eternal freedom which exists beyond the seeker and the sought, and shows us the hidden assumptions that underlie our seeking activities. With great humour, compassion and clarity, Jeff Foster reminds us of something we have always known – that life, as it is, is a miracle… and beyond our thoughts, we are already free.
‘I am not here to teach you how to become an awakened or enlightened person, how to have spiritual experiences or enter spiritual states. All states and experiences, even the most blissful ones, come and go. They may be beautiful, and very pleasurable, but they are time-bound, and so they come and go.
This book is about that which does not come and go. It points to a possibility that goes beyond your attempts to awaken, your search for enlightenment, and your experiences of states of bliss, peace, joy, silence, and so on; a possibility that goes right to the core of who you really are, beyond who you think you are. It points to the wordless essence beyond the passing forms of this world, an essence which, in the final analysis, is not separate from the forms that appear. This is what I feel is the true meaning of the word ‘nonduality’.
It takes no time to be what you already are, but it appears to take time to recognise what you are not. As long as words are needed, this book meets you in your dream of individuality, to remind you of something that you’ve always known.
And when words are no longer needed, well, that’s when the adventure really begins.
With love from yourself.
Jeff Foster, Brighton, England, March 2010