Founder, Andrew Cohen

andrew_centerAndrew Cohen is the founder of EnlightenNext and editor-in-chief of EnlightenNext magazine (formerly What Is Enlightenment?). He is also spiritual mentor to a network of students around the world.

Since a powerful spiritual awakening transformed his life in 1986, Cohen has been dedicated to helping others in their quest for spiritual transformation. His independent spirit and unusual willingness to question cultural assumptions and challenge sacred cows has led him, over his twenty-two years as a teacher, to forge an entirely new spiritual path. A radical departure from the Eastern tradition of his own teacher, Cohen’s Evolutionary Enlightenment redefines ancient mystical wisdom in the context of an evolving cosmos and a fast-changing world. His message is characterized by its unique combination of evolutionary urgency and uplifting passion for human potential. Through his work with his students worldwide, he is striving to put the principles of this twenty-first-century philosophy into practice and, in doing so, to demonstrate the possibility of creating a new culture.

A visionary thinker, Cohen is widely recognized for his original contribution to the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. Through his talks, intensive retreats, publications, and ongoing dialogues with leading philosophers, mystics, and activists, he is becoming a defining voice in an international alliance of individuals and organizations that are committed to the transformation of human consciousness and culture.

Cohen is author of Living Enlightenment: Evolution Beyond Ego, Embracing Heaven and Earth and Enlightenment Is a Secret. His forthcoming book, Evolutionary Enlightenment, is due for release in the spring of 2009.

"Traditionally, enlightenment has been defined as a profound awakening to the Ground of Being - an awakening in which the seeker finds liberation through transcending the world of time and space.

"But in the new enlightenment, which is redefined in an evolutionary context, the discovery of this primordial ground is not an end in itself. It becomes the essential foundation from which the individual is freed to participate wholeheartedly in the evolutionary process.

"What arises out of that ground is an impulse to evolve, which I call the Authentic Self, and the goal of Evolutionary Enlightenment is to liberate this creative principle in human consciousness so that it can transform us and the world around us."

- Andrew Cohen

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