All The Evolution of Enlightenment Articles

Meditations on the relationship between consciousness and culture.

  • What is the Evolutionary Impulse?

    I recently teamed up with a Canadian filmmaker named Ian MacKenzie to create a new video explaining some of the key points of my work. Specifically, Ian's piece beautifully expresses a spiritual principle called...

  • The Good, The True & The Beautiful

    I recently interviewed my friend Steve McIntosh, a Boulder, Colorado-based philosopher, author, and entrepreneur, about his forthcoming book on the subject of evolutionary spirituality (title TBD). Steve is the...

  • What Do I Stand For? The Postmodern Predicament – Part 3

    Over the past two weeks on BigThink, I’ve shared the first two of a three-part dialogue between myself and the Danish psychotherapist Ole Vadum Dahl (read part 1 and part 2). In the series, Ole and I are exploring...

  • What Do I Stand For? The Postmodern Predicament - Part 2

    Last week, I published the first in a three-part dialogue between myself and the Danish psychotherapist Ole Vadum Dahl. In the article, Ole and I are exploring some of our observations about what I call “the...

  • What Do I Stand For? The Postmodern Predicament – Part 1

    Last November, I published an article here on BigThink called, The Apocalypse May Already Be Here, or “Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark,” where I shared some of my thoughts about the state of culture in...

  • Fusion Food

    In response to my recent post, "The Bright Side of Globalization," my friend and colleague Jean Houston sent me an excerpt from her book Jump Time entitled, "Wok and Roll in the Rainbow World," on a similar theme....

  • A Meeting That Is Forever

    Recently, I’ve reconnected with some old friends. We’ve had the experience of immediately meeting each other at a very deep level despite having parted ways and not seen each other in many years. That’s because...

  • The Impossible Paradox of Life and Death

    When I met my last spiritual teacher, the revered HWL Poonja, in 1986, he taught me how to be free. He was such a powerful teacher that within minutes of meeting him, the most amazing thing happened. I asked ...

  • A Brighter Shade of Green: Rebooting Environmentalism for the 21st Century

    In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share an article written by my former colleague Ross Robertson for EnlightenNext magazine called “A Brighter Shade of Green: Rebooting Environmentalism for the 21stCentury.” His...

  • The Only Place in the Universe

    I had my first spiritual experience when I was 16 years old. I was sitting up late one night having a conversation with my mother about something I can’t remember, when for no apparent reason, the doors of...

  • Free Your Mind (and Your Body Will Follow)

    I just returned from spending a weekend with my friend Peter Ragnar at his farm in Kentucky. Peter is a modern-day Shaman, Taoist wizard, natural life scientist, and “self-master” par excellence. He claims to be a...

  • A Theologian of Renewal

    With Easter and Passover on the minds of so many millions of Christians and Jews this weekend, so are the deeper themes of renewal, promise, and liberation that these religious holidays represent. In light of...

  • India's True Prosperity

    India is still a magical place. What we hear most often about the Motherland these days is her extraordinary leap into the modern world, her burgeoning prosperity, and her enormous contribution to the global...

  • Progress or Pessimism: How Should We Think about the Future?

    Over the past couple of years, my thinking has been greatly influenced by the "Prophets of Progress"—people like Stephen Pinker, Matt Ridley, Stephen Johnson, Hans Rosling, and Peter Diamandis to name a few....

  • Living on the Edge of Everything

    Do you live on your own edge? Living on the edge is exactly what inspired, highly motivated people aspire to always do. Last December, I went to the grand finale concert of the Rolling Stones’ highly acclaimed...

  • Why the World Needs More Spiritual Heroes

    Here's a published dialogue that I did with my friend Deepak Chopra in which we discuss the challenges of standing up for Spirit in a secular culture. Enjoy! __________________________________ ANDREW...

  • The Bright Side of Globalization

      I’m an amateur jazz drummer. Last night, as I was surfing my favorite drumming site, drummerworld.com, I came upon the most astounding video. Four very young Japanese women all dressed in punk-chic attire...

  • Tony Robbins and the Buddha Compare Notes

    An imaginary round table discussion with Anthony Robbins and Gautama the Buddha on being the best we can be. I was musing upon an interesting idea: What would it be like if the historical master of...

  • Zen and the Art of Conviction

    There’s always something electric in the atmosphere when someone dares to assert spiritual convictions in a decidedly secular context. It’s almost like, “I can’t believe s/he had the courage to say that!” That’s...

  • Why It’s Important to Lose Your Mind (at least twice a year)

    I just got back from leading a 9-day meditation retreat in the wild and cactus-filled desert of Arizona. And I feel exuberant, inspired, and powerfully awake to the presence of immanent and seemingly infinite...

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