Being and Becoming

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Being and Becoming

“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

"In evolutionary spirituality, we are more interested in the future than we are in the present moment. Why? Because the present moment has already happened, so there is not much that we can do about it. We've already arrived there. But the future, which always exists in the next moment, is something we can actually impact. The future is something that we can actually get involved in creating and take responsibility for in the most exciting way possible. When we begin to care about evolution, we feel a passion for the future that is all-consuming."

- Andrew Cohen