111. Suzanne Foxton

Suzanne FoxtonSuzanne Foxton is a mother, wife, writer and artist who works and lives in Kew in the United Kingdom. She was born a Hoosier (native of the US state of Indiana). She muddles along as best as she can, like most of humanity. Suzanne believes the particulars of her story are unimportant and she doesn’t take much of anything too seriously. Her blog, Nothing Exists Despite Appearances, is an attempt to point to the infinite, eternal, and ultimately non-existent nature of reality. She began writing the blog to avoid having to talk to anyone about non-duality, finding that the revelation of the true nature of existence tends to alienate people in manifested reality. Now she continues to write because it’s fun. Everything she ever thought was important is gone; what is left is everything and nothing, boundless and beautiful.

Suzanne’s blog

Suzanne’s book: The Ultimate Twist

Interview recorded 2/25/2012

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

56 thoughts on “111. Suzanne Foxton

  1. I resonate with what Suzanne said about the ‘gift’ of duality (or what Steve called the ‘curse,’ depending on the mood). Only if One is seemingly separated into two is acceptance or non-acceptance even possible. Or for that matter, any subject/object relationship, or experience. Again, therein is the spell of maya, duality, relativity, wherein one assumes a fixed and exclusive reference point, so as ‘somebody’ can experience ‘something.’ And thus it seems that this is what must happen, along with all the attendant longing and suffering. Until, by whatever grace, there is no longer a fixed reference point, no disconnectedness, no separate self, and there is nothing that can possibly be apart from Oneness to accept or not? Only that which One always is, by whatever name for the nameless. Within which providence, any return to duality is never really the same.

  2. Dressed for Kings road luv…..lol ? I miss UGC too….nice to hear from you.

  3. “Of course, in ‘choiceless’ awareness, from the perspective of Absolute Reality, where acceptance is naturally total of whatever occurs, nothing need be done or intended. ” ; Jill

    Know exactly what you mean here, Jill. Meditation can be an excellent medium for CA.

    I’m not so sure that the creation of any question, though… such as “who am I?…is CA?

  4. Peter – Two questions and one statement:

    Do you think it’s Absolute Reality/CA that’s asking, “Who am I?”

    Does Choiceless Awareness need a medium, such as meditation, to be choicelessly aware?

    This is the first time I’ve seen you acknowledge the existence of an Absolute Reality.

  5. I believe that I acknowledged choiceless awareness, Steve. That doesn’t man that I acknowledged Absolute Reality. I’m puzzled how you assumed the latter from the former.

    Choiceless awareness rarely affixes a label to what you are choiceless aware of. It wouldn’t be choiceless if you did, now would it?

    Choiceless awareness is not difficult to acknowledge from personal experience. I’ve used the term naked awareness, earlier, to describe a form of meditation that I enjoy practicing. The two, naked and choiceless awareness, are related.

    As for mediums for choiceless/naked awareness, everything that you do… or appears/dis-appears in your awareness… can be a medium for choiceless/naked awareness.

    Meditation does not have to be a distinct and separate event that you perform. It can also be an intention to be aware… nakedly/choicelessly… of everything that appears/dis-appears before you. Material, cognitive, emotional, and otherwise.

  6. P: “I believe that I acknowledged choiceless awareness, Steve. That doesn’t man that I acknowledged Absolute Reality. I’m puzzled how you assumed the latter from the former.”

    I assumed the latter from the former, Peter, because you seemed to be agreeing with Jill, when she spoke of “‘choiceless’ awareness, from the perspective of Absolute Reality” – “Know exactly what you mean here, Jill”. So, I’m a little puzzled, too. Is what Jill calls Absolute Reality what you call choiceless awareness?

    P: “Choiceless awareness rarely affixes a label to what you are choiceless aware of. It wouldn’t be choiceless if you did, now would it?”

    What you’re saying there sounds like nonsense to me. Do you mean choiceless awareness doesn’t choose what to be aware of? If so, I agree.

    P: “As for mediums for choiceless/naked awareness, everything that you do… or appears/dis-appears in your awareness… can be a medium for choiceless/naked awareness.”

    P: “Meditation does not have to be a distinct and separate event that you perform. It can also be an intention to be aware… nakedly/choicelessly… of everything that appears/dis-appears before you.”

    Of course choiceless awareness doesn’t need a medium. The implication of my question was, who does? Who needs a medium, such as meditation, to be choicelessly aware? Why would the intention to be aware appear? It’s not choiceless awareness that needs to have that intention, is it? You previously mentioned the gradual disappearance of the intention. Was there ever an appearance of a “someone” who had that intention? Did that “someone” then disappear, leaving just the intention, which will also eventually disappear, leaving just choiceless awareness?

    Does choiceless awareness exist, then, or does it also appear and disappear? In other words, is it Absolute, or relative?

    P: “I’m not so sure that the creation of any question, though… such as “who am I?…is CA?”

    Which brings me to my first question, who asks “Who am I?”. Do you know why that question would be created, why it would be asked?

    Do you know who you are? Do you exist?

    If not, then I’m really puzzled.

  7. Absolute and relative…concepts. Having fun whilst playing with those concepts arises, with seeming frequency! I’ve enjoyed this little play with concepts immensely.

    I’m not a teacher. In fact, I’m off to do yet another load of wash by hand, as the Miele broken again!

    The best teaching is existing in whatever form that seems to take, and noting what is made of that. Endlessly fascinating.

  8. The concept, “Absolute”, points to the unchanging screen on which the concept, “relative”, does it’s little arising/disappearing play. Without the One concept, the other would not be seen.

    I thought Mieles were supposed to be reliable!

  9. Sorry to disappoint Steve, but I’m here to tell you as well that the Maytag repair person is not as lonely as some would have us believe. The marriage of man and machine, alas, is not one made in heaven. Furthermore, having had the misfortune, once upon a time, of opening my son’s hockey bag after it had sat around fermenting for a week, I greatly empathize with Suzanne’s predicament, regarding washing the rugby kit by hand. :-(

  10. Hey Steve, thanks got the bonus concept-play. And don’t get me started on that damn Miele!

  11. You’re welcome, Suzanne. Glad that you were there to get it.

    If, at some point, you find that you’re not there, please get in touch immediately. I’ll want to know how you know.

    I do laundry about once a month…one of the perks of being a hermit!

  12. Steve, here now, so that’s about the size of it. If in the future I disappear, you’ll be the first to know, although the method of conveying that message may be troublesome.

    Laundry once a month eh? Is that because, being a hermit, you aren’t burdened by apparent others saying “Phew! What a stink”?

  13. I love you
    not for what you are
    but what you make of me.

    I love you
    for your thoughtful ways
    that set my spirit free.

    I love you
    for your caring touch
    that makes my life seem whole.

    I love you
    for your faith in me
    that soothes my weary soul,

    I love you
    for your patience,
    your kindness never ends.

    Inspires me to move on with life
    through all its curves and bends.

    I love you
    for your gentle ways
    when we both disagree,

    Of pointing out what you dislike
    without much hurting me.

    I love you
    for the friendship
    you give without pretense,

    that made me madly fond of you
    and miss you in your absence.

    I love you
    for your gentle kiss
    and warmth of your embrace.

    I love you
    for the boost you give
    so often without praise,

    For all these things
    and all these reasons
    that you’ve made me what I am.

    I love you too with all my life
    and all the person that I am.

    I LOVE YOU!:)

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