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Andrew Z. Cohen

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A Meeting That Is Forever

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 12:22 PM

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 our original connection was not merely at the level of the personality. It was at...

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The Impossible Paradox of Life and Death

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 5:41 PM

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 him how...

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The Only Place in the Universe

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 3:55 PM

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 perception opened wide. In no time I was swept up in an...

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Free Your Mind (And Your Body Will Follow)

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 8:38 AM

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 senior citizen, but refuses to give away his age because he "doesn't believe in it."

In this short clip from a longer interview he and I did over Skype several weeks ago, he describes a remarkable metaphysical intervention that occurred during one of his strength workouts in his gym the day before our discussion. Events like this are common in the life of the remarkable Peter Ragnar. Peter's philosophy, like that of all true mystics, is based upon a different relationship with the mind. In this short interchange, he explains how and why a liberated relationship with the mind can be the door to our own infinite potential.


This article was originally published on Andrew's BigThink blog, The Evolution of Enlightenment.

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India's True Prosperity

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 5:16 PM

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 economy. And while this is all true, I feel her greatest gift to the...

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Living on the Edge of Everything

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:30 PM

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 50th anniversary tour at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. It...

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Why the World Needs More Spiritual Heroes

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 12:18 PM

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 COHEN: What I wanted to speak with you about, Deepak, is what it really means to be a spiritual hero. This...

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Zen and the Art of Conviction

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 8:00 PM

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 I was so interested when I heard that Jeff Bridges, aka "The...

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Why It's Important to Lose Your Mind (At Least Twice a Year)

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 8:35 AM

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 potential -- simply because I took a sustained break from our modern world and...

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When the New Year Doesn't End

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 9:43 AM

So on a day like New Year's Day -- a day of renewal when many of us, at least for a few moments, light up with a sense of inspiration -- the cloud of self doubt and the cultural climate of cynicism momentarily fade into the background. We find ourselves...

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A Friend You'll Never See

(26) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 1:02 PM

I recently read an excerpt from the controversial number one bestseller "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife" by Dr. Eben Alexander in Newsweek magazine. In it he describes, with a powerful self-confidence, a dramatic near-death experience that occurred after suffering from an extreme form of...

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2013: When the Apocalypse Doesn't Arrive

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 2:04 PM

The following was originally written on December 15, 2012.

Last weekend I published a post titled, "The World is Getting Worse (And Other Lies)" on in which I shared some inspiring data and anecdotes that have helped me to embrace what I consider to be "The Good...

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The Meaning of Your Life

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Ric Elias is a very lucky man. And it's not only because he survived a near-death experience when his plane (U.S. Airways Flight 1549) crashed into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. It's because he allowed this experience...

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In Defense of the Soul

(49) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 6:09 AM

In her new romantic comedy, "2 Days in New York," musician, actress and screenwriter Julie Delpy proclaims, "You know why I don't believe in the soul? Because the soul would probably mean an afterlife. And if there was something, my (late) mom would have tried to communicate with...

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Evolution From the Inside Out (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 10:52 AM

When most people think of evolution, they think of the growth and development of the exterior dimensions of reality -- the biological evolution of natural species, the development of the cosmos from the Big Bang to the present, or the rapidly accelerating advancement of technology.


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Peace Is Not the Answer

(5) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 10:44 AM

2012-10-11-Fotolia_28467243_XS.jpgI've been thinking quite a lot lately about what spiritual development and spiritual attainment actually mean these days. What is the purpose of being on a spiritual path for the most progressive people on the planet today -- those of us who have grown up...

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The New Spiritual Ideal

(9) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 3:32 PM

After I finished giving a lecture at the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, an American rabbi approached me. "I've been following your work for some years now," he said, "and you're doing something very important. You are defining a new position for spiritual aspirants, uniquely suited...

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Is Your Ego Big Enough for God?

(9) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 4:07 PM

The traditional teachings of spiritual enlightenment tell us that in order to be one with Spirit we need to shrink our egos down to the size of a pea. Those rare beings who are considered to be saints are said to be "selfless." Higher spiritual development, whether Eastern or...

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A Different Kind of Transparency

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 12:41 PM

There's a lot of talk about transparency these days. In the Internet age we are letting it all hang out -- whatever it is -- for better and for worse. And it looks like there's no going back.

Democrats want to know about Mitt Romney's bank accounts and tax...

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Teaching the Spirit in a Secular Age

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 1:22 PM

It's a big challenge being a spiritual teacher in a secular culture. What could be more disconcerting than being a religious authority in a world where there is no consensus about whether God actually exists! In traditional cultures at least, there was some agreement as to who God was and...

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