Christmas Present Appearance (By Jeff Foster)

Santa's Sleigh - Christmas (Sxc.hu)

Xmas present appearance

…Christmas arises in a great open spaciousness in which everything is allowed:
the joy, the pain, the frustration, the whole damn mess
that is this strange and beautiful thing we call life.

All things arise, stay for a while, and pass,
but what is beyond all of this is the simple and obvious presence
that is this moment, and this, and this.

Present sights, present sounds, present smells, present ideas of "me and my life",
or "me and my xmas presents".

That's it – and to think we spent a lifetime searching for something more!
Just this present appearance, which includes everything,
so that it's not really a "present appearance" at all,
for this suggests that there may be
things outside of this present appearance.

Well, that's fine… language can never touch THIS…

And I've just realised the enormous pun potential in the phrase "present appearance"!
(get it… Xmas present appearance…!)

Anyway……Merry Xmas!!!


Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. After a long period of depression and illness, Jeff began a journey of seeking enlightenment to relieve his suffering; he started an intensive spiritual quest for spiritual liberation.

When he finally discovered the non-dual nature of everything his frantic search came to an end. In the clarity of his discovery, life turned into what it always was: an open, loving, spontaneous and intimate eternity in the here and now.

He believes that the truth – that which is present and alive – is absolutely free and cannot be captured by any religion, ideology, philosophy, belief system or person. Jeff presently conducts meetings and retreats in the UK and around the world as well as one-to-one sessions.

Find more of Jeff Foster's texts and videos about the subject of advaita (non-duality) on his website, including essays, talk transcripts, books, CDs and DVDs, audio and video: Lifewithoutacentre.com

You Are Not What You Believe You Are!

Kermit at the doctor: "Are we real?" A big shock. Advaita joke. Non-duality. This might lead to enlightenment!You are not what you believe you are!

The possible shock of realising this can help to wake us up. Advaita/non-duality teacher Guy Smith elucidates us in radical words who or what we really are.

Look, this is not ‘a computer screen’.

There may be the visual-presence of rectangularity, and colours, these little black squiggles called ‘words’ here; there can be the feeling-presence of something very smooth and hot (that gets (mis)conceptualised as ‘glass’ or again ‘computer screen’): but where in any of this is there actually ‘a computer screen’ or ‘this’?

Reality just isn’t like that. It is an indivisible, placeless presence, presenting itself as sensation – colours, shapes, smells and such – that never actually add up to anything… let alone ‘a world’ and ‘people’.

So everything breaks down: melts as some magical, pulsing, radiantly and infinitely alive psychedelic syrup! Well something like that!! Like I say: words just fuck it all up – turning everything into an idea, a dream… and that’s how it goes.

You are this omnipresent this-ness.
You are not inside a body, behind a pair of eyes.
You are the knowingness of body-ness and seeingness and everythingness… you simply are this.
You are. This is. That’s it!
 
Forget all this. It is utter nonsense. Just soften… lighten…
see that there is nothing really here…
everything just light… nothing… floaty… dreamy… empty… lost… gone…
 

This is an excerpt from Guy Smith's unfortunately expired website.
Guy, if you're reading this, contact us!