September 26, 2012
Consciousness & Development 2.0
Andrew was recently featured in the biannual, peer-reviewed Spanda Journal, which is published by the Spanda Foundation, a transnational non-profit NGO dedicated to catalyzing “long-term systemic change in the areas of culture, education, health, the environment and research.”
Andrew’s work appeared twice in their most recent edition, which is titled Consciousness & Development 2.0. The first is an article by Andrew himself, which describes the emergence of his evolutionary interpretation of enlightenment. The second is in an article written by Allan Combs, the Director of The Center for Consciousness Studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies, wherein he discusses Andrew’s contribution to the development of an evolutionary and integral spirituality.
You can read excerpts from both articles below:
The Evolution of Enlightenment by Andrew Cohen
“The spiritual seeker today, the postmodern seeker, is in a unique predicament. For those of us looking toward the future who long to develop at the level of consciousness, it is often difficult to find a spiritual path or practice that makes deep sense. It’s difficult to find a spiritual path that has a truly contemporary orientation – one that doesn’t compel us to embrace ancient belief structures that may no longer be relevant to our time.
This is the great challenge of spiritual development today, but it could not be more thrilling, because it is so pregnant with creative potential. It is up to us to create a new context for our individual and collective spiritual development, one that is appropriate for our twenty-first-century circumstances. It is up to us to create a new enlightenment…
…It took many years of deep introspection, dialogue with luminaries from all traditions and committed work with thousands of spiritual seekers around the world to begin to understand what this new enlightenment is all about, why it is so different from what has come before, and why I believe it holds the key not only to our personal development but to our cultural evolution. In the pages that follow, I will share with you the journey I took from the Old enlightenment to the New enlightenment, and endeavor to transmit the power and promise of this extraordinary potential…”
Coyote Enlightenment: A Story of Evolutionary Spirituality by Allan Combs
“…In 2006, with the publication of Integral Spirituality, Ken Wilber brought explicitly to spirituality, and also to philosophy, what Picasso and Braque had brought to art in the first decade of the 20th century through cubism, and Heisenberg had brought to physics in 1927 in the form of the uncertainty principle, and Bohr in 1928 with the particle-wave duality; namely a multi-perspectival understanding of reality…
…Few contemporary spiritual pioneers have taken full advantage of the space created by this new multi-perspectival worldview. Andrew Cohen, who is a personal friend and follower of Wilber’s thought, seems most notable in this regard…”
You can read the full articles by downloading the journal in PDF form (‘right-click’ here, select “Save as”).
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