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.
Card: Is organized religion dangerous?
Andrew Cohen: Well, of course it is but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Whenever a group of individuals comes together and agrees on any truth that sets that particular group up in opposition to others. Now human beings have been agreeing and disagreeing in collectives since the beginning of human culture and that- and we will continue to do so. It’s just that there are certain lines that get crossed when these kinds of gatherings do become, quote, unquote, dangerous, but then I also want to interpret the word dangerous in a positive sense because I think we also want to know that when we’re taking great leaps forward, when we’re- great innovative leaps forward in to higher potentials, individuals and groups like that are also seen as being dangerous, but in this case they would be dangerous for the most positive of reasons.
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...