Andrew Cohen: On Music

Andrew Cohen is an American spiritual teacher, bestselling author, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and its award-winning publication, EnlightenNext magazine. His original teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment redefines spiritual awakening within the context of cosmic evolution and highlights a new understanding of God or Spirit as the creative impulse toward change in both self and culture.

His bestselling book, Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening is the product of his 26 years of work and has garnered praise from some of today’s leading spiritual and cultural figures as one of the most important spiritual works of our time. Andrew lives and works at the EnlightenNext headquarters in Western Massachusetts and spends much of his time travelling around the world giving retreats, seminars, and public talks about Evolutionary Enlightenment.

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Question: What does music mean to you?

Andrew Cohen:  Well, music is for me an unfulfilled desire because when I was a kid I wanted to be a jazz drummer, I wanted to be a musician, and eventually when I gave up my musical aspirations to pursue my desire for enlightenment I gave it up, but about nine years ago I began to pick it up again and slowly but surely it’s become quite a passion for me. So I would say that music for me is--  It’s an unfulfilled desire that’s now beginning to be fulfilled and it’s something that I love and also I think- I am often seen as quite a serious character and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that but when people come and see me play I think I- they see me as a human being, which of course I never pretend not to be. And that’s also very empowering to people and also seeing me play is also a very life-positive message to people, especially from someone who seems to be giving such a serious philosophical message. It means it’s okay to be a human being and of course that’s the way- who we- what we are anyway.

Recorded on: 04/28/2008


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