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The Wonder of Being: Awakening to an Intimacy Beyond Words [Paperback]

Jeff Foster
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30 April 2010
A combined and fully revised edition of Jeff Foster's first two books Life Without a Centre and Beyond Awakening. 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.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality Press (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956309186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956309181
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

He presently holds meetings, retreats and private one-to-one sessions around the world, gently but directly pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment. He helps people discover who they really are, beyond all thoughts and judgments about themselves, even in the midst of the stress and struggle of modern day living and intimate relationships.

Jeff's teaching style is direct and uncompromising and yet full of humanity, humor and compassion. He believes that freedom is everybody's birthright. He belongs to no tradition or lineage, and makes his teaching accessible to all.

Jeff was voted #51 in Watkins Mind Body Spirit's 2012 list of the world's 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. Jeff has published four books in over six languages. His latest book The Deepest Acceptance was published in 2012 by Sounds True.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a beautiful combined edition of Jeff Foster's first two books. Very clear pointers to our true nature, spoken with great simplicity. I don't understand how one wouldn't resonate with much of what Foster has to say. I enjoyed it very much and the latter chapters touched me (or should I say no-one!) especially deeply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity 15 Sep 2010
This book's like finding a spring of cool, fresh water on a long walk; drink it in.
I sometimes wonder if we haven't really run out of things to write down, but I'm very glad Jeff Foster set these ones to paper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Edition ! 10 July 2010
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For anyone who would like to wake up to a joyful way of living then all of Jeff Foster's books are highly recommended especially this one & 'An Extraordinary Absence'.
This book 'The Wonder of Being' is mainly a re-edited version of his first two books (they were so popular they are out of print!) - however it contains some new material making the whole edition a most delightful enlightening inspiring read ! May you enjoy !It Happens by Itself: Dialogues with Isaac Shapiro
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear . . . . . . 20 Nov 2010
Having just reviewed another book of Fosters, 'An Extraordinary Absence: Liberation in the Midst of a Very Ordinary Life', which is very similar to this one, there is little left to add.

So, if you prefer saccharin to honey or sugar, plastic to earthenware, polyester to cotton and MDF to wood, then you'll enjoy Foster as he is just as artificial.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Totally misleading 27 Jun 2011
Unfortunately this is just like so many other books on awakening - totally misleading. Promises of intimacy and/or a new joyful way of living are just absurd. If you want intimacy, you'll find that you also get to be intimate with all the pain and horror of life too. You can't avoid that half of the equation, no matter how much you'd like to. And the freedom of the Absolute is of little benefit when offset against your sheer trappedness as a human body, mind and self.
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