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Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening 1st Edition

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"Andrew Cohen is a truly remarkable spiritual teacher on the cutting edge of evolutionary thinking and action."

Michael Dowd, author of "Thank God for Evolution"

"If the fourteen-billion-year cosmic experiment that resulted in our lives is not to end in the next few centuries, it will require brave and brilliant steps in our spiritual evolution. With instruction at once tough and tender, Andrew Cohen gives us the inspiration and the means to accomplish the greatest of all endeavors for the human spirit. This is a spiritual masterpiece."

-Jean Houston, PhD, author of "A Mythic Life"

"Andrew Cohen is the most precise teacher of the essence of spiritual conscious evolution and its social contribution."

Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of "Conscious Evolution"

"In Evolutionary Enlightenment, Andrew Cohen has given us a compellingly new, important, even profound work on the nature of spiritual enlightenment in today's world. More than an intellectual discussion, this is a book of practice, of actually how to realize this new Evolutionary Enlightenment. It is truly one of the most significant books on spirituality written in the postmodern world."

-Ken Wilber, author of "The Integral Vision"

"I have admired Andrew Cohen for many years. He is a pioneer in the field of consciousness. Andrew has brought together ancient wisdom traditions, modern cosmology, and a knowledge of evolution to give us a contemporary understanding of the nature of enlightenment. I think he is one of the most important teachers of our time."

-Deepak Chopra, author of "The Soul of Leadership"

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In Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening, Cohen redefines spirituality for our contemporary world* a world characterized by exponential change and an ever-expanding appreciation for the processes of evolution. Based on 25 years of groundbreaking work as a spiritual teacher and the editor-in-chief of the award-winning EnlightenNext magazine, Cohen has synthesized an original path, practice, and philosophy focused entirely on aligning yourself with what he calls * the evolutionary impulse.*

His message is simple, yet profound: Life is evolution, and enlightenment is about waking up to this fundamentally creative impulse as your own deepest, most authentic self* so that you can play an active role in creating the future.


Change is a constant in today* 's world. Technology is accelerating, globalization is m


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in living a deeply meaningful and purposeful life at the start of the 21st century. Evolutionary Enlightenment, as Andrew Cohen has explained in his new book, is an original, contemporary spiritual teaching having its roots in traditional enlightenment but then going further to contextualize nonduality in an evolutionary context. It points to how we can consciously create a new culture between us based on continuously striving to bring into being higher levels of consciousness.

This book is not just about theory. Cohen outlines his Five Tenets for living an evolutionary enlightened life, and having been engaged in practicing Evolutionary Enlightenment for some 10 years, I find these Tenets ever fresh and new, and a constant source of further contemplation.

Andrew Cohen writes in the book, "The teaching is about catalyzing the miracle of emergence in the interior of the cosmos, in and through our own selves." What is significant about this is that it sets the biggest possible context for our human lives and puts the responsibility for change and creating the future directly in our own hands. Cohen outlines the awe-inspiring power of the evolutionary impulse when it manifests as the spiritual impulse in human beings. This is what Andrew Cohen is bringing to the world - this new and totally relevant interpretation of who we are, and why we are here. It confirms our potential for never ending creativity and integrity. The book is inspiring, easy to read, and totally engaging. It definitely has a transmission coming directly from Cohen. I just want to read it again!
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It's been a long time since Andrew Cohen published a book, but this book makes good on that as it is the long-awaited complete summary of his teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment. I knew it was going to be good, but I never expected it to be this accessible, complete, easy to read, and deeply captivating. Cohen takes you by the hand and walks you through time and no-time, all the way from the timeless ground of being and before the Big Bang, through the process of creation, up to this moment when you read this book and feel deeply touched by your own privilege to be alive just now. His language has always changed and morphed over the years, but I think in this book he has found the most direct, moving, profound yet accessible way to bring the evolutionary and enlightened journey across.

Oh, and that doesn't even begin to describe how this book is the "how to" for Ken Wilber's dense writings on Integral Theory, again in profoundly practical, jargon-free language.

While I was reading, I was thinking "I could read this to my mother and she would love it!". At the same time, my own copy is already chewed up, highlighted, and marked on every second page, quoted in my academic writings. I have no doubt this book will be an all-time classic as it brings the most profound teachings in a way that is so 21st-century, relevant, and accessible, that you don't need to "be spiritual" to get it - everyone can get this.
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Luckily I borrowed this book and didn't have to hand over hard earned cash for erroneous teachings, or interesting mind-food at best.

The book starts off great with a summary non-duality, and the traditional take on enlightenment, pure consciousness, and the philosophy of nothing every having happened in the universe, apart from the dream of our own false self, along with the remedy of transcending the false limited view of "self". There's lots of talk about meditation, stillness, and just Being. Although nothing new here, at least the author summarizes this in his own words, and generally tows the line of most traditional paths.

Things then take a strange spin-off (downward unfortunately), whereby the author assets that there's another perspective on nonduality & enlightenment.. one which traditional paths seemed to have missed in the last 10,000 years, and which involves the perspective of "Becoming".. so wait, it's not only about the Absolute which never changed and which never becomes (ie. Being), and which is found in meditation and stillness.. it's also about an impulse to "Become", and about the evolution of consciousness, and even aligning with the "sex impulse", in fact "Your own spiritual yearning is not separate from the big bang itself." OK.. so we're back onto a personalised self with spiritual yearnings, and this somehow also aligns with the universe.. (nothing new here by the way, for those into New-Age stuff such as the nauseating Law of Attraction literature).

Next stop, some practical information.. and things take an upturn.. the book gets back to meditation, stillness, and just being.
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The first book I read by Andrew Cohen was 8 years ago. It was called Embracing Heaven & Earth and it hit me like a lightening bolt. What struck me more than anything else was the clarity of Andrew's thinking and the powerful call for deep integrity, which I found quite rare and refreshing for a contemporary spiritual teacher. Now, 10 years after that book was published, Andrew has written a new book and true to its message, it represents a serious evolution in his thinking, in the depth of his transmission, and in the vast breadth of the perspective he brings to the spiritual path. And once again, it blew me away completely.

Reading this book is like attending a month-long intensive retreat with Andrew (and I have been on several), in that he perfectly guides you through a process of discovery that starts from a place of cosmic depth, then dives into the nuts and bolts of human development, then explodes out into the cosmic significance of Evolutionary Enlightenment on an even grander scale.

This is a must read for any lover of rationality with even an inkling of interest in the spiritual dynamics of the self. Cohen's approach is both precise and deep all at the same time. I found myself lifted into a higher state of awareness during most of the book and also more educated about my own experience of being human.
This book is going to change a lot of lives, I'm sure of it.
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