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How quickly an intention can manifest

lion“Being is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. However, Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. But don't seek to grasp it with your mind. Don't try to understand it. You can know it only when the mind is still." – Eckhart Tolle.

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." – Matt. 6.6.

I surrendered to my own being this morning for half-an-hour. 40 minutes actually. It wasn't premeditated at all. I was finishing up my breakfast; JoAnn was quietly working at her sewing machine. The urge came up out of nowhere, or so I thought at the time, the same way an urge from within summoned me from the busy streets of London when I was a young man of 22 and said, "Go to British Columbia."

I sat down in my comfortable chair in the living room with the most pleasurable feeling of anticipation filling me from head to toe. I noticed soon after I sat down a rabbit had appeared on our little patio and was happily eating crumbs of bread that I had put out for the birds earlier this morning.

There was no effort involved. There was simply the profound relief of leaving my thoughts outside the door, so to speak, rather like in the old time Western movies when a cowboy was asked to leave his guns at the door of the saloon.

Most of the time I kept my eyes closed. Sometimes they were open, as I enjoyed watching the rabbit and the little family of sparrows that our regular visitors to our patio. I felt the peace of my own being enveloping every single cell and nerve and tissue in my body. It was like sinking gratefully into a warm, magical pool in which the outside world and its cares simply evaporated.

Once in awhile a thought rose up to the surface of my mind, but it didn't stay, because the experience of opening myself consciously to this invisible presence was a bit like having a massage. I relaxed totally. I felt all resistance to life draining away. Concern for circumstances vanished. I realized that this presence in which I was luxuriating with such bliss was the very source of healing and health and well-being - not only for my body but also for heart and mind.

It was an experience of the most profound and intimate love. Nothing going on except a man sitting in his chair. But I do not know what could be more exciting, or more fulfilling.

I bask in the glow still, and in the awareness that this "love affair" with the timeless can deepen and grow each coming day. I'm sure that I will want to spend a little time each morning and each evening engaging in this time of communion. From eternal Being I came into this world -- this is where I shall return.

I said at the beginning of this post that the impulse to spend a few moments in this way before going to my office seemed to come out of nowhere as I was finishing breakfast. But as I thought about it later, I realized this was not the case. Last evening, as I was writing in my journal, I wrote: "Let Being increase, let form decrease.”

How quickly my intention manifested itself. But perhaps I should not be surprised that life likes to move quickly as it goes about its remarkable, mysterious work.

I'd love to share any of your experiences along this line. My love and best wishes to all who may read these words.


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Jill Campana November 18, 2009 at 8:20 am

Chris, Your blog nearly moved me to tears. I could sense the peacefulness and relaxation of the moments you spent in the blissful awareness of BEING.

The returning cycles these days are immediate. One sets an intention, either consciously or unconsciously, and what comes back is very telling, yes? How beautiful to have set an intention to let being increase and let form decrease…and to have it manifest into such a vivid adventure of empty radiance.

Thank you for sharing!




Noel Gaughan November 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Dear Chris
Wonderful to read about your experience of what I might call communion with the Father or being in the Father’s house, which also is our house for all of us here on Earth who love the truth of life enough to know it.I am honoring that same urge which you so well describe in your post here now. It is pure pleasure to share something of the wonderful spirit of life right now in this moment as it is by my responding to the spirit in your words. I shared your poem “A time for heroes” during our European Emissaries phone hookup on Sunday last and it was very well received.
Thanks again.


Christopher Foster November 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Dear Jill! Dear Noel! Thankyou to both of you for your kind comments to this last post. I appreciate your words immensely. I felt just a touch diffident sharing a very personal experience of that nature; I’m very happy it worked for you. It’s a great pleasure to be in touch with you and others thru medium of this blog. I often think of the paradox that from one standpoint we have to think of ourselves as sovereign and “individual,’ from another standpoint we obviously are inextricably one. My love to you both. Chris


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