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Evolutionary Enlightenment - A New Path to Spiritual Awakening

This week, Archaeologist of the Soul and Life Re-Invention Coach, Corina Andronache features an interview with Andrew Cohen, a spiritual teacher, cultural visionary and founder of the global non-profit EnlightenNext.

I am pleased to introduce to you, Andrew Cohen, “a truly remarkable spiritual teacher on the cutting edge of evolutionary thinking and action.  He is playing an invaluable leadership role in the emergence of evolutionary spirituality: an integrity-based, deeply meaningful approach to life grounded in our best scientific understanding of cosmic, earth, biological, and human history.  Andrew’s writings and teachings are destined to make a real difference in the world.” - Michel Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution

Corina: What is Evolutionary Enlightenment?

Andrew: Evolutionary Enlightenment is a new spiritual path and practice that is culturally relevant for our time. It brings together the perennial mystical insight that the ultimate nature of reality is Oneness and the scientific discovery that we’re part of an evolutionary process that is going somewhere. In Evolutionary Enlightenment, we win our spiritual liberation through the experiential recognition that who we really are is not separate from the primordial energy and intelligence that created the universe. We experience that energy and intelligence as what I call the evolutionary impulse—the life-positive, perpetually creative inspiration that compels human beings to strive to give rise to new potentials. The realization that “I AM” the energy and intelligence that created the universe and not merely a psychological ego is the fundamental insight that liberates the self in the new evolutionary spirituality.

Corina: Why do you describe Evolutionary Enlightenment as being "culturally relevant?”

Andrew: The pervasiveness of mythical and magical thinking in the great religious traditions presents an enormous challenge for the highly educated person at the beginning of the 21st Century. Also most forms of mysticism, both East and West, throughout the ages have primarily been about transcending the world, about “being in the world but not of it.” The new Enlightenment that I speak about is based upon an evolutionary worldview. Science has taught us that the entire universe is one ongoing creative process that had a beginning in time almost 14 billion years ago. This new worldview reveals to us that our uniquely human, highly evolved capacity for consciousness and complex thinking is the very leading edge of that creative process. As Julian Huxley famously said "Man is nothing but evolution become conscious of itself." A new culturally relevant mysticism is being born based upon this profound revelation: that you and I really are the energy and intelligence that created the universe awakening to itself in human form. The moral, philosophical, and spiritual implications of that truth are deeply relevant for human beings searching for meaning and purpose in the twenty-first century.

Corina: How is it possible that our individual choices can affect evolution and what can one do to be an asset to the evolutionary process?

Andrew: To be an asset to the evolutionary process, we have to realize how important we really are. That means it must become apparent to us that if we want a better future for ourselves and the world around us, that future is dependent on the choices we make and the actions we take. Indeed, we have to ensure that the world is a better place because we've had the opportunity to participate in its ongoing development.

Corina: What do you mean by “spiritual self-confidence”? How is it different from normal self-confidence or self-esteem?

Andrew: Spiritual self-confidence comes from knowing who we really are and knowing why we are here. Normal self-confidence comes from having some special skill or being particularly intelligent or unusually attractive. Spiritual self-confidence comes from knowing who we really are beyond name and form.

Corina: Can Evolutionary Enlightenment help us address the overwhelming challenges we face on the planet today?  Global warming, gap between rich and poor, greed, hunger for power, war, etc.

Andrew: Evolutionary Enlightenment as a spiritual path does not address these kinds of questions. It addresses the spiritual predicament of the highly educated self trapped in modern and post-modern values, which give us no deep and satisfying answers to the perennial questions of, “Who am I?” and, “Why am I here?”. But through embracing an evolutionary worldview upon which the teachings of Evolutionary Enlightenment are based, we can discover new ways of seeing the world around us. We can gain a capacity for greater objectivity as we learn to see the trials and challenges of human cultural development from the perspective of the larger creative process. This bird’s eye view so to speak can help us embrace the increasing complexity of our global process with a greater appreciation for how we got to where we are and with an awakened inspiration to face the enormous challenges in front of us.

Corina: What are you ultimately hoping to accomplish with your work?

Andrew: I am endeavoring to create the conditions that will help to catalyze cultural evolution. Together with others, I’m trying to accomplish nothing less than a cultural revolution, similar in size and scope and impact to the one that emerged in the 1960s. As my friend, the great American philosopher Ken Wilber always reminds me, the Renaissance was initially catalyzed by only 1000 people. I don’t know what that number would have to be today, but it may well be within our reach. That’s what I’m living for.

Corina: I want to thank Andrew for the opportunity to learn from his wisdom through his new spiritual teaching meant to create deep paradigm shifts in the way we view ourselves in relations to the world and the evolutionary process.  I am honored, along with him and others, to be a voice of truth and progress in a world troubled with issues at all levels of experiencing life.  May we learn and grow together in order to create a new reality and a new world where all have equal opportunity to knowledge and true teachings!

Below is the link to Andrew's upcoming event occurring in the Chicagoland area on November 12th, 2011.

http://www.evolutionaryenlightenment.com/chicago.asp

PAM COFRE November 05, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Wonderful and so timely. We are changing the world, today
lisa walker November 05, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Beautiful and informative. Love it!
Corina Andronache November 06, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Yes, Pam...the world is changing...the 99% are out on the street...we are making history! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
Corina Andronache November 06, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Dear Lisa, a pleasure to share with the world the work of visionaries and world changers. You are one of them...Thank you for paving thr way and many thanks for reading and commenting. Love you...
Susan Fridkin November 06, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Found the article informative. I am not familiar with the teaching but I do understand: Spiritual self-confidence comes from knowing who we really are beyond name and form. I am not sure if it is a self-confidence I have, rather a perception of how I am evolving on a day to day basis. Life is a mystery and am not sure if I can or want to lable why I am here. Thanks for the insightful article. Susan
Erin Hugar Chavez November 06, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Hats off, Mr. Cohen! I love what you are teaching. If you ever would like my help, I am more than willing to step up.
Linda Berry November 06, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Thank you Corina and Andrew. Your wordsaare fortification for making conscious choices to impreve the world for all of us.
Corina Andronache November 06, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Susan, I am so taken by your wise words and the insight you show through your comments...I appreciate you being real and perceptive of your day to day evolution...The best life is lived in mystery...Your philosophy is correct when you say that spiritual self-confidence comes from knowing who we are beyond name and form...Dear Susan, your poetry is beautiful and real...Thank you for introducing me to the woman that left such an imprint on your life. Can't wait to hear more about her and you...Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment!
Corina Andronache November 06, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Erin, I am glad to see that you find Andrew's teachings valuable. He will hold a seminar in my area Saturday. Too bad you are too far, we could have enjoyed it together. Much appreciation for your constant contribution through your comments.
Corina Andronache November 06, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Dear Linda, we are all together involved in making the world a better place. I am glad to know that we belong to the same tribe of visionaries and world changers. My appreciation to you for reading and making a contribution through commenting. It means a lot to me!
Lindsay November 08, 2011 at 04:05 PM
What a great interview! I loved Andrew's point that "Spiritual self-confidence comes from knowing who we really are beyond name and form." Words to take to heart.
Sarah November 08, 2011 at 06:25 PM
interesting interview!
Kate November 08, 2011 at 08:27 PM
"future is dependent on the choices we make and the actions we take" my new mantra!
Corina Andronache November 09, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Yes, Lindsay...Knowing who we are beyond name and form makes us ponder on deeper issues...makes us look within ourselves and truly make the conscious choice of discovering who we are stripped of the image we have created about ourselves so far. When we let go of culture, labels, association, etc. what are we left with? When we let go of form, I assume the body form, what is there that goes beyond time and space? The search for ourselves has within the seed of transcending the here and now. It can transport us to the formless and nameless "self" that needs no name and form. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. Be well!
Corina Andronache November 09, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Indeed, Sarah! Great opportunity to learn from a great teacher! Many thanks for being here!
Corina Andronache November 09, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Yes, Kate our future depends on the choices we are making right now. It is a great mantra to take to heart and live by! I appreciate your comment and committment to create your life based on the choices and and actions in the present! Much success to you...

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