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Hi. Welcome to my blog.  At the age of 23, to the dismay of my parents – I was an only child -- I gave up a promising job as a reporter on the London Daily Express and moved to British Columbia. I didn’t know a soul there. But there was a longing in my heart to know the Truth – to find a deeper meaning and purpose in life – and the longing said this was what I should do.

I got a job as a reporter on the Daily Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. It is a beautiful city with beautiful ocean vistas all around, and since I love the water, I soon bought a small sailboat. I named the boat Vision. What else was I going to call it?

When a vacation came up, I decided to go on a short cruise. I had never done any coastal sailing, and my navigational skills were zero. The weather was nice when I left Victoria, but in the afternoon a storm moved in. What had been a pleasant, exhilarating sail quickly changed character. The shore seemed a long way away as I struggled against a fierce headwind, not sure how much progress I was making -- or if I was making any progress at all.

After a difficult, challenging time I finally reached the safety of a secluded cove. With no other boat in sight, I left the open sea behind and entered a magic realm where the water was smooth and calm as velvet. The contrast was incredible. It was like being in a cathedral. With stars peeping out, and with barely a whisper of wind, I ghosted across the velvet surface enfolded in a cocoon of peace unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I felt at one with everything -- with God, with the water all around me, with the tree-lined shores of the cove and with the beautiful sky above.

It was wonderful to find refuge from a storm long ago in a remote cove on the British Columbia Coast. But I have learned, as the winds of change have gusted through my life, often in fierce, totally unpredictable ways that I do not have to go anywhere to find inner peace.

God is not separate from me, as I was brought up to believe. Quite the opposite. When I am still, in mind and heart, I feel the presence of Infinite Love permeating every part of my body. How could that Love be any closer? I feel its presence in every cell -- in my arms and legs, my chest and feet. It is the great organizing intelligence which animates all form everywhere -- and look, it finds time to repair my damaged finger.

Said the great Persian poet Rumi: “Out beyond ideas of right and wrong there is a field – I’ll meet you there.”

This is the invitation, I believe, that Life, or Being, or God is extending to each of us in this time of violent upheaval and change. Things do look pretty bleak from one perspective, that’s true. But from another perspective, what an extraordinary opportunity is being unveiled in these times.  It is the opportunity, I submit, to claim our true spiritual heritage -- to know ourselves at last as the beautiful, timeless, unconquerable Being we truly are.

I reach out my hand to you in friendship.  I hope you will find some inspiration and assurance, perhaps even comfort, on this site, and at the same time, I look forward to any comments or thoughts you may wish to share.  Poems are welcome also. I plan to put up new posts Tuesdays and Fridays, to start with.  Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will visit "The Happy Seeker" again -- Christopher Foster.

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Larry Pearlman June 9, 2009 at 11:35 am

Though I have known you for a long time, Chris, I hardly ever have the pleasure of your company. Yet, everytime I see you or read something you have written, you inspire me. Your blog posting has done it again. Thank you my friend. If we get to go sailing some time….let’s stick to the cove!

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colleen Johnson August 4, 2009 at 8:29 am

Beautiful writing, beautiful thought, beautiful soul! Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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Louise September 10, 2009 at 6:47 am

This blog site is nourishment for the soul. Thank you so much, Chris, for sharing your life and your profound wisdom so generously and articulately with us. You inspire me to access my own life experience to find the nuggets of golden truth contained therein. I look forward to continuing the journey with you.

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