I sat down not too long ago with Andrew Cohen, the founder of Evolutionary Enlightenment, the former editor-in-chief of EnlightenNext magazine, the author of seven books, and the former spiritual leader of a community known as EnlightenNext, with centers in seven countries, for my Interviews with the Leading Edge video interview series.
Andrew has been a spiritual teacher for over 30 years, and over that time Andrew has been a different kind of teacher. He was fearless, taking aim at the sacred cows of the spiritual world and sweeping aside trite New Age thinking. His integration of postmodern cultural and scientific understanding with non-dual Advaita teachings had instant appeal to sophisticated westerners. They were drawn by his transmission, and sought to live by his evolving philosophy.
There is also controversy that encircles Andrew. Over its few decades of existence, the EnlightenNext community became an audacious experiment in consciousness that facilitated remarkable leaps in collective maturity. Yet simultaneously it was caught in a vortex of cultish behaviors that ultimately led to its collapse in 2013.
Andrew was totally frank and transparent during our interview about the collapse of EnlightenNext and what precipitated it to occur. In the interview, he also examines the traditional guru model and why that is no longer relevant for our present time. In addition during the interview, Andrew talks about his teachings of evolutionary enlightenment and its relevancy.
I invite you to watch the interview with an open mind, as it is a compelling examination of the ideas behind evolutionary enlightenment and its connected threads of awakening to the evolutionary impulse, innovation, creativity, genius, vocational arousal, the promise of utopia, and becoming an evolutionary, along with how to move past the mythic guru model.
The promise of a hopeful future and Quantum Revolution, which is the world our hearts tell us is possible, is predicated on a more enlightened way of thinking, from as many people as possible.
To get there, the concept of evolutionary enlightenment and Andrew’s teachings can be a path and road map for showing us the way to awaken to a more promising world ahead.
You can watch the interview I did with Andrew right here: Andrew Cohen interview.
For those interested in attending a workshop with Andrew Cohen, there is one scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 1 from 10am – 6pm in Saratoga Springs, NY, at the Spring Street Gallery. The name of the workshop is Awakening to the Evolutionary Impulse. You can learn more about it and register here: Andrew Cohen workshop: Awakening to the Evolutionary Impulse.
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