iOS app Android app

Evolutionary Enlightenment

Want More Happiness?

Sebastian Siegel | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Sebastian Siegel

It takes courage to let our enthusiasm shine through, and courage to respond with wonder in our expressions of appreciation for the simple and natural magnificence of it all. And this seems to be at the crux of recruiting happiness; curiosity, courage and appreciation.

The Only Place in the Universe

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

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.

India's True Prosperity

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

Underneath modern India's booming economy and ever-more-commercialized spirituality, the mystery of consciousness, of Brahman, still exists. India is still a magical place.

Living on the Edge of Everything

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

Those who seem to be most alive, most in touch with life and their own creative powers are individuals who are demonstrating what it means to live on the edge of their own potential.

Why the World Needs More Spiritual Heroes

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

"The way I see leadership is that a leader is really the symbolic soul of group consciousness. And the soul is our core consciousness, for lack of a better word, where we find meaning, context, relationships, and the yearning to access the larger archetypal being that we really are."

Buddha's Choice

Cindy Bird | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Cindy Bird

Siddhartha's choice led to his Enlightenment, to Buddhahood. When you face your choice, how will you answer? Which path will you choose?

Zen and the Art of Conviction

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 04.20.2013 | Media
Andrew Z. Cohen

The very fact that Jeff Bridges is "coming out" so publicly about the deeper truths that he apparently feels so passionately about in our overly secularized and often frustratingly shallow culture is in and of itself an admirable act of conscience, courage, and conviction.

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

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

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.

When The New Year Doesn't End

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

So on a day like the first day of the New Year, when you experience the thrill of renewal, realize that it is not merely a personal experience you are having. The universe is trying to evolve through you.

A Friend You'll Never See

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

As a self-confessed mystic and spiritual teacher myself, I have dedicated my life to bearing witness to this invisible yet fundamental and primary dimension of reality. Yet, whenever Spirit seems to speak to us or display itself in specific forms, I find myself growing uncomfortable.

2013: When the Apocalypse Doesn't Arrive

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

This archetype shows up consistently throughout history and compels human beings to believe that a huge shift or monumental transition is about to happen. In reality, the grand utopian visions and doomsday scenarios, so far at least, have never really come to pass.

The Meaning of Your Life

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 02.02.2013 | Home
Andrew Z. Cohen

It's only a rare few that come back from the brink of death deeply sobered and humbled by the event. In fact, it seems that too many of us are able to survive such confrontations relatively unchanged at a soul-level.

In Defense Of The Soul

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

At home and in my progressive education, we were never taught that there were deeper domains of ourselves or of life itself. But awakening to the infinite sooner or later brings us face-to-face with our own soul.

WATCH: Evolution From the Inside Out

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

When most people think of evolution, they think of the growth and development of the exterior dimensions of reality. But much less often spoken about is the evolution of our interiors.

Is Anyone Enlightened?

Robert Fuller | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Many gurus are treated like deities and hold absolute power over their devotees. As "enlightened beings" they're accountable to no one, and their foibles, appetites and excesses are given a pass. Of course, there were some teachers who, as far as I could make out, lived exemplary lives.

The New Spiritual Ideal

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

"Radical indeterminacy" perfectly captures the position of what I call the "new enlightenment," which is based upon a growing recognition that the human experience is in fact a small but not insignificant part of a cosmic evolutionary process.

Is Your Ego Big Enough For God?

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

While I admire spiritual exemplars and find the personalities of egomaniacs to be obnoxious in the same way that most people do, I'm not sure that shrinking our egos down to the size of a pea really makes sense in this day and age as the goal of higher spiritual development.

A Different Kind Of Transparency

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

It's easy for me to be transparent about who I am these days because I stopped experiencing the need to pretend or to live up to others' expectations a long time ago. Indeed, it's a big relief to be able to be an open book.

Teaching The Spirit In A Secular Age

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

What could be more disconcerting than being a religious authority in a world where there is no consensus about whether God actually exists.

The Case For Certainty

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

My hope is for a new spirituality that is based equally on the attainment of existential certainty and the ability to embrace complexity, subtlety and nuance.

It's Hard To Be Happy

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

Why should happiness be a birthright? Why should our spiritual aspirations be focused on the pursuit of inner peace alone? Did God create the universe so that you and I, at the beginning of the 21st century, could be happy?

An Esoteric View Of The 1960s And '70s

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Garry Gilfoy

The task of the West has been to forge an individualised consciousness that will see us into the next stage of our spiritual development. Eastern thought and practice, as it streamed into the West when we were ready for it, provided this seed.

When God Falls Out of the Sky

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

I believe we have reached a time in history when God, which I would describe as the energy and intelligence that initiated the creative process, is now completely dependent upon us.

I Learned More About Sex When I Gave It Up

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

I came to recognize that the sexual impulse, once awakened, has a mind of its own. It's not that I wasn't enjoying the ride. It's just that it was dawning on me how little control I really had over this overwhelming biological instinct.

Why Mysticism Matters

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

The transformative power of mystical experiences is that they can convey to us that no matter what happens to our bodies and personalities in the world of time and space, mysteriously, everything is always OK.