August 28, 2012
The Via Positiva and Evolutionary Enlightenment – Part Five
This is the final installment in our series of guest posts from British artist, engineer, graphic designer, and philosopher, Mike King, introducing the Via Positiva – a spiritual orientation that is life-positive and interested in engagement with the world – and exploring its historical roots and discussing the direction he feels it’s pointing us to in the future.
This last essay in the series is dedicated to Andrew’s work and how Evolutionary Enlightenment fits into the broader view of the Via Positiva.
Read the introduction to ‘Part Five’ below and then download the full essay in PDF form or, if you missed any of the other essays, check them out here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four. You can also now download the complete package here.
The Via Positiva and Andrew Cohen’s ‘Evolutionary Enlightenment’
In this last essay in this series on the Via Positiva I compare the Western Via Positiva with the teachings of American guru Andrew Cohen on Evolutionary Enlightenment. Cohen’s intense and extraordinary vision of a new enlightenment has a substantial following, publishing record and infrastructure to support his vision in various centers round the world. It is a vision coupled with an open invitation that Cohen has extended over many years in his dialogues with luminaries of all kinds, in effect an open invitation to come forward with a program to fulfill the vision.
The track record of Cohen’s open debates with other teachers is remarkable: it suggests an evolution in the very basis of guruship itself. It means that spiritual teachers are triangulating their own teachings with those of others, a step rarely taken before in history. This opens the door to new forms of spiritual collaboration.
In writing up the Western Via Positiva and contemplating the common ground and differences with Cohen’s Evolutionary Enlightenment, I realized that I was in effect constructing a candidate program for instantiating Cohen’s vision. I am calling it “The Dolphin Program” on account of the animal that took an evolutionary leap which was also a recapitulation of a previous form of existence. It suggests a program in which the “evolution” of Cohen could meld with the “recapitulation” of the Western Via Positiva…Click here to continue reading (to download the PDF, ‘right-click’ and select “save as”)
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