Andrew Cohen

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on states, god, cynic, stages, and practice

It is the experience of higher states that can convince even the most hardened cynic that in fact they have seen God. But in order for that glory that has been glimpsed in higher states to become the foundation for an actual level or permanent stage of individual and collective development, an enormous price has to be paid. More often than not, the mistake is made where simply because an individual has experienced a higher state they conclude that they have actually made that leap or transition to a higher stage. And that is rarely the case. Only with dedicated and consistent practice and committed engagement with the enormity of the task at hand can any individual or group actually make this momentous transition.

Andrew Cohen

Source: A Declaration of Integrity -- An open letter from Andrew Cohen to his friends and foes

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on spirituality, evolution, practice, endeavor, intersubjectivity, and ego

As far as I’m concerned, the spiritual life is just like any other endeavor—you can succeed or fail. And when the goal is actual evolution beyond ego in an intersubjective context, success or failure is plain for all to see.

Andrew Cohen

Source: A Declaration of Integrity -- An open letter from Andrew Cohen to his friends and foes

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on politically correct, narcissism, ego, enlightenment, consciousness, culture, and collective

I know it’s not politically correct these days to say that one is doing something “new,” but at the risk of offending a few more people, I really believe I am. Perhaps it is just my narcissism, but in the end, history will be my judge. I know that this will never become a mass movement, because for all the reasons I’ve explained and more, it is just too demanding for most people. But nevertheless, I am convinced that our success in transcending the ego together, so that a truly enlightened consciousness and culture permanently emerges and becomes stable, is inherently of profound significance for our collective future.

Andrew Cohen

Source: A Declaration of Integrity -- An open letter from Andrew Cohen to his friends and foes

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on ego, self-mastery, and impulses

I know there are those who are convinced that seeing ego as a problem is an outdated perspective that only adds fuel to the fire, and that simply “accepting” and “making space” for it is the more “enlightened” approach. But I beg to differ. It may sound good in theory, but the ability to recognize ego for what it is, in all its gross and often very subtle manifestations, to “accept” it and simultaneously not act out of it, requires a level of self-mastery that, to be brutally honest, is attained by very few. I have found that for most, transcending what would traditionally be called our “lower impulses” may require the willingness to struggle as if our life depended on it. Because if we want to evolve beyond ego in a way that is truly going to make a difference, it literally does.

Andrew Cohen

Source: A Declaration of Integrity -- An open letter from Andrew Cohen to his friends and foes

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on context, biggest possible context, and new enlightenment

This is our challenge at the beginning of the twenty-first century - we need to find the courage to see our own spiritual yearnings in the biggest possible context,  in such a way that is going to compel us to finally transcend our self-concern. We need to find the heart to come together in such a way that will enable us to face the challenges before us. And to do this, we need a new spirituality. We need a new enlightenment.

Andrew Cohen

Source: The New Enlightenment: A Complete Vision for Living a Spiritual Life in an Evolving World

Contributed by: Michael

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on authentic self, cares, awakens, awakening, and creative principle

The authentic self is the best part of a human being.  It's the part of you that already cares, that is already passionate about evolution. When your authentic self miraculously awakens and becomes stronger than your ego, then you will truly begin to make a difference in this world. You will literally enter into a partnership with the creative principle

Andrew Cohen

Source: The New Enlightenment: A Complete Vision for Living a Spiritual Life in an Evolving World, Pages: The Awakening CD track 11

Contributed by: Michael

A Quote by Andrew Cohen

The Future Is Not a Given

The future is not a given. What's going to happen is not already known and is not predetermined. So often, we tend to hold onto metaphysical worldviews that tell us that the higher levels and stages of development are already laid out. But they're not. This is a new way of thinking: the recognition that the structures of the future are yet to be determined, yet to be created. And they don't create themselves; they are created to the degree to which human beings at the leading edge consciously engage in the evolutionary process. Only those individuals who are way ahead of their time begin to create these new structures or grooves in consciousness, and in time, when others progress through the lower stages, they're going to follow those grooves that have been laid by the evolutionary pioneers who went before them. When enough people take that path, those grooves get deeper and eventually become stages that everybody is going to develop through automatically. So the awakening human at the leading edge today bears a profound responsibility to be an evolutionary pioneer—to be the one who is literally living in that place between the present and the future. There is no one else who can do this for us.

Andrew Cohen

Contributed by: jans

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on belief, change, courage, existence, faith, life, love, soul, spirit, truth, wisdom, enlightenment, and true freedom

A Sword in Each Hand

If you dare to take up the banner of enlightenment,

you will be attacked from all sides.

From the inside you will be attacked by your own mind

and from the outside you will be attacked by everyone else's mind.

Anyone who dares to succeed automatically presents a huge threat.

If true freedom is going to survive within you,

you have to be willing to fight for it.

You have to have a sword in each hand at all times.

One sword is for your own mind and the other sword is for everyone else's mind. You must be ready to use them.

Anyone who wants to be truly free must be willing to stand alone in the truth.

Andrew Cohen

Source: Andrew Cohen

Contributed by: Dree

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on enlightenment, freedom, and evolution consciousness

The mess of the human condition is that fundamental trust has not yet been realized. The true value of profound spiritual experience lies in the discovery of that fundamental trust.

The full realization of Enlightenment is the evolutionary leap to which all spiritual experiences ultimately lead. In deep spiritual experience a human being realizes that which is impersonal. In that realization a profound trust is found. In the discovery of that trust it is possible for a human being to liberate him or herself from tendencies toward aggression and permanently destroy the illusion of separation that those tendencies arise from. The result of this discovery is a level of integrity that is deep and profound and which manifests consistently at all levels of human expression. If the evolutionary leap is to take place then the final outcome of true spiritual experience must result in this kind of purity.

Spiritual experiences and their results are not meant for the individual. They are for the evolution of the whole race.

Andrew Cohen

Source: Enlightenment is a Secret

Contributed by: Cosmic

A Quote by Andrew Cohen

Freedom Has No History

Andrew Cohen

Source: Enlightenment, Freedom, Liberation

Contributed by: Cosmic

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