Failing to test the spirits, Foster followed his Quaker training in silence and meditation to reach an altered state of consciousness in which he believes to have met Jesus personally.
Sound bizarre? It should, but Foster taught this same meditative technique, step-by-step, in the first edition of "Celebration of Discipline," with the promise that if you visualize and focus on Jesus, it will be more than an exercise of the mind, and that Christ will literally, actually "come to you":
In this same volume Foster boldly declared, "let us embrace the New Age with abandon" (paraphrase-need to confirm source). Both of these statements have been carefully excised in later editions in order to disarm objections to these anti-biblical references.This is not Christian prayer.
 Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon, “Christianity Today and Richard Foster,” found at the Berean Call (http://www.thebereancall.org/); the article is found at: http://www.thebereancall.org/node/7174 (last accessed 2-11-09).