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By Michael Wombacher

In eleven Days on the area, the writer joins religious instructor Andrew Cohen—a self-described idealist with innovative inclinations—in an exploration of an rising new non secular paradigm. during this paradigm the conventional revelation of enlightenment is explored within the context of the evolving universe with actually mind-expanding effects. Cohen, as soon as a instructor of "personal enlightenment," now teaches enlightenment as a collective emergence – the emergence of a "higher we"—which he sees because the floor for the emergence of a brand new tradition of enlightened values. right here we discover that position the place our religious longing intersects with our take care of the area, empowering either to degrees neither may well reach by myself. Uncompromising in his demand human transformation, Cohen is gifted as an radical religious figure—unyielding in his call for for integrity—whose liberated awareness and ruthless deconstruction of the cultural and non secular established order have saved each person speaking. In attractiveness of his contribution to the philosophy of non secular suggestion, in 2004 he used to be invited to handle the Parliament of worldwide Religions, an strange honor for a guy subsidized by means of no confirmed religious culture.

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As such it represented not only our own freedom but our capacity to unselfconsciously give in a way that is inconceivable to the ego. I was struck deeply by this brief and seemingly passing exchange between us as Gerard and I sat there, crammed into our coach seats, streaking through the stratosphere at 600 miles an hour. As we talked I could feel into his depth and in so doing became more aware of my own. I could feel the pull of another’s integrity ignite the inspiration to step from my own level of engagement with life to one much greater.

It was that level of commitment to which I signed on after having left Peter. ” This was a direct response to practicing members, like myself, who found that they wanted to engage with the teaching in a dramatically more committed way, officially take Andrew on as a spiritual teacher, yet not leave their lives “in the world” behind. It was also a response to the growing recognition within his community that perhaps the community model, in and of itself, was incomplete as a vehicle for the growing nature of the teaching.

NOTES 1. Advaita: literally “non-duality”; a Vedantic doctrine that identifies the individual self (atman) with the ground of reality (brahman). It is associated especially with the Indian philosopher Shankara (788–820). 36 • 11 Days at the Edge 2. Kundalini: a yogic term indicating the latent female energy believed to lie coiled at the base of the spine. Through the practice of kundalini yoga that energy may be triggered, rising through the chakra (psychic energy centers associated with various aspects of human experience) system to open the chakra in the top of the head, inducing a state of enlightened consciousness.

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