Jeff Foster: We are Acceptance
This interview was conducted by Sabina with Jeff Foster at Berlin in March 2012.
The deeper meaning of acceptance; in reality we are acceptance; all humans, all experiences and perceptions, all: waves in the ocean, in permanent movement; what we are does not come and go: consciousness, awareness, passion, presence – the ocean; no “No” of the ocean to a wave; all phenomena and perceptions do have the permission to appear already, otherwise they would not be here – this means acceptance; the present moment – allowed already on the deepest level; the reaction to all suffering – being cool with it; pain and sadness as invitation; each wave says: ”I am allowed to be here.” True healing does not intend to avoid or get rid of anything; the discovery of the ocean in the wave; conditioning, what are “bad” waves, which should not be here; to discover the place right now where all is profoundly okay; the permission to be here, seeing of everything which appears; no guilt because we do not have any control over the waves and the ocean; all are just humans, even the so called “enlightened”; running away from “enlightened persons”; separation and pain created by the claim of “being enlightened”; enlightenment is impossible – the ocean has awakened already; discovering that we are the ocean already; who is interested in yesterday’s enlightenment? Living moment for moment; enlightenment not relevant; enlightenment how exhausting; only THIS; total humbleness – all and everything just waves in the ocean; the urge of wanting to be special.
From Jeff’s story of depressions and self hatred; if one tries to escape pain and fear; the attempt to accept the unwanted; the image of the perfect guru and comparisons with it; the imaginations of the perfect life of the guru; the attempt to come up to an image; conditioning by the parents, who did their best; Jeff’s past obsession for enlightenment, because pain was so big; exhausted by the search; confusion through wisdom from books; simple recognizing, this is it, this is the chair in the bedroom; too simple to speak about it; radical all included; the insight: “I am not Jeff” – but I am the space, consciousness, not to be expressed by words; words do not have to be understood; when the waves are seen as what they are, just waves – already allowed to be in the ocean; the crazy ideas about enlightenment; the fundamental understanding, that all waves are allowed; the lie that all is about escaping the waves; the desire for a story about ourselves; when the statement: “There is no I” is used as a mental belief and thus creates separation; Jeff’s favorite metaphor of the ocean and the waves with god as the ocean; only one consciousness, which expresses itself as different waves; the same essence, everywhere – what makes humble; the not understandable ocean in unconditional love; the wrong understanding of non-duality; the invitations of everyday life; the teacher game: I understood but not you; not being identified with being a teacher or with enlightenment; the beautiful permission of just being.
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Jeff attempts to articulate the timeless message of nonduality (non-separation, Oneness, wholeness) - something that is ultimately impossible to put into words - in a simple, human and down-to-earth way, avoiding as much as possible the arcane, heavy, outdated and often self-righteous spiritual language of the past.
Last Updated: March, 30th 2013