11 Days at the Edge: One Man's Spiritual Journey into by Michael Wombacher

By Michael Wombacher

In eleven Days on the area, the writer joins non secular instructor Andrew Cohen—a self-described idealist with progressive inclinations—in an exploration of an rising new non secular paradigm. during this paradigm the normal revelation of enlightenment is explored within the context of the evolving universe with really mind-expanding effects. Cohen, as soon as a instructor of "personal enlightenment," now teaches enlightenment as a collective emergence – the emergence of a "higher we"—which he sees because the floor for the emergence of a brand new tradition of enlightened values. right here we discover that position the place our religious longing intersects with our take care of the area, empowering either to degrees neither may perhaps reach by myself. Uncompromising in his demand human transformation, Cohen is gifted as an radical religious figure—unyielding in his call for for integrity—whose liberated recognition and ruthless deconstruction of the cultural and religious establishment have saved everybody speaking. In acceptance of his contribution to the philosophy of non secular proposal, in 2004 he was once invited to handle the Parliament of global Religions, an strange honor for a guy sponsored via no proven non secular culture.

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While, as is so often the case, they were thoroughly underappreciated by their contemporaries, they did hold Prologue: Into the Looking Glass • 37 taut a thread of development that is now beginning to bear fruit in a new time and culture. asp. You can also read his article, Tracking 300 Years of a Radical Idea, in issue 35 of What is Enlightenment? Magazine. 12. ” Check him out on the web. 13. To read more about the emergence of Andrew as a teacher see My Master is Myself (Lenox, MA: What is Enlightenment Press, 1989), a small journal that Andrew kept during the two week period of his realization and transformation, and Autobiography of an Awakening (Lenox, MA: What is Enlightenment Press, 1992), in which he chronicles his awakening, his early experiences as a teacher and the painful rift with his own guru.

Within moments we found ourselves huddled together, excitedly catching each other up on the most recent developments in our lives and sharing our anticipation of the upcoming retreat. As I talked in animated fashion with Gerard, Jason and Ronnit I also quietly considered how much had changed in the way Andrew approached his relationship with students since the time he had welcomed me to the “revolution” in early 1996. In those days the only real option for a profound engagement with the teaching had been leaving one’s entire life behind and moving to the community where, as he’d warned me, one had to prepare to have one’s whole life taken away.

10. A phrase Andrew had coined for the horrific emotional outburst one would be subjected to when the ego of another was laid bare and exposed to the light of day with no possibility of avoidance, denial or escape. 11. It must be said, however, that there have been, throughout history, intrepid thinkers who have, here and there, carried the torch of evolutionary spirituality through their time. While, as is so often the case, they were thoroughly underappreciated by their contemporaries, they did hold Prologue: Into the Looking Glass • 37 taut a thread of development that is now beginning to bear fruit in a new time and culture.

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