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Beyond Awakening: The End of the Spiritual Search Paperback – June 14, 2007
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The author has done an amazing job using words to point beyond words. As Jeff says: "Words will never capture it, the absolute freedom of this, the undeniable and mind blowing clarity that is life itself.. and yet, the utter ordinariness and simplicity of it all, and how a mind locked in the search will never understand."
I think Jeff's writing has definitely improved since the first book which I loved (he's young for a spiritual teacher, only 26 I believe..) and I think this guy will just get better and better [...]
I have read several other nonduality books (Tony Parsons, John Wheeler, Krishnamurti, etc etc) but I think this really is the last word. After you've read the last page it's so clear there is NOWHERE to go!!!! As Jeff says:
"Your whole life, all your hopes and dreams and ambitions and goals: everything comes down to this.
Sitting on the toilet.Read more ›
This is not to say that Jeff's words are harsh. Quite the opposite. They resonate with honesty, integrity, and love--which imbues them with the power to go beyond just words--and mind.
I highly recommend this book to you. My wish is that it will make you as upset as it made me! They say that "The Truth hurts". But it also sets you free.
author,8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life.
Jeff points out that THIS, this present moment, is all there is. And in this present moment, the "ME" we've always taken ourselves to be is nothing more than a presently-arising thought, a belief and an appearance.
But Jeff says, let's not deny this appearance but see through the habitual seeking of the mind.
If you've been seeking for years and have only found frustration, this book explains why. Jeff debunks the myth of enlightenment and points directly to this open space which holds the infinite potentiality and immediate recognition of our beingness as Oneness, that which is already ever present prior to the seeking.
This is an AWESOME book and a must-read for the spiritual seeker.
Foster--who graduated from Cambridge University, with a major in astrophysics--came to the end of his spiritual search a couple of years ago while walking through the cold, autumn rain one afternoon in Oxford. Suddenly, he realized that the very effort to reach enlightenment "obscures the enlightenment that is always already present."
The 26-year old author goes on to astutely note that this was not an experience at all; but rather, "the ground of existence itself."
Though the book is only 140-pages long, it is dense with topics. They include love, death, nonduality, the myth of choice, and our essential and ever-present clarity ("Everything arises, does its little dance, and dissolves back into the nothingness that I am...and I remain untouched by any of it").
This handsome and affortable volume will make a fine addition to your spiritual/nondual library.
There is nothing to confess, therefore there is nothing but confession.
Or as Jeff puts it: "Everything is empty, and so everything is divine. Everything is illusion, and so everything matters absolutely." Living that truth, all you can do is confess it or claim it to be so, in an infinity of ways.
What's keeping you from seeing that? You won't know until you see it. You can do things to come close to that perception, such as meditate, do self-inquiry, engage body work, do Yoga, surrender to God, take psycho-active substances. You could have that perception for days, months, or years.
However, grace descends on some people - whatever that means -- and they come to see and know that "Everything is empty, and so everything is divine." They know it so fully that there is no one to know it.
Jeff describes this descent of grace upon him, though I don't know if he would call it that: "I was walking through the rain on a cold autumn evening in Oxford. The sky was getting dark; I was wrapped up warm in my new coat. And suddenly and without warning, the search for `something more' apparently fell away, and with it all separation and loneliness."
If the grace never comes down on you, you can at least recognize what it means when it does, and live from that disposition. That is, you can know non-separation and live out of the intelligence of non-separation, even if that life is not fully dissolved into the immediacy of what is arising.
Read Beyond Awakening and you will come to know what non-separation is like to someone - or no one - who lives in the recognition of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is always a treat to read writing shared from the awakened perspective, not just regurgitating someone else's truisms or reciting dogma. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Bracale
My pet peeve is any individual who does not practice what he/she is preaching. I find the lack of internal consistency in this book to be annoying. Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Peter Davies
When a pointer is revealed from living experience it carries the dear, dear capacity to invoke the same in the reader. Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by Leslie
Jeff Foster says at one point that he doesn't even know why he's bothering to write this book. Gee, I couldn't agree more. To hear him tell it, no one "gets" it but him. Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Elizabeth A. Boyer
I do not mean to sound like I am hammering this book. It is quite possible that I just didn't get it. The main theme dragged on and on. I couldn't even finish the short book. Read morePublished on November 27, 2008 by Bird dog
An indescribable book on an indescribable subject, but the author comes as close as any that I've read.
As for your awakening, how can you wake up what doesn't exist? Read more