By Michael Wombacher
In eleven Days on the facet, the writer joins non secular instructor Andrew Cohen—a self-described idealist with innovative inclinations—in an exploration of an rising new non secular paradigm. during this paradigm the normal 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 flooring for the emergence of a brand new tradition of enlightened values. the following we discover that position the place our religious longing intersects with our deal with the realm, empowering either to degrees neither may 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 cognizance and ruthless deconstruction of the cultural and non secular establishment have stored every person speaking. In attractiveness of his contribution to the philosophy of spiritual inspiration, in 2004 he used to be invited to deal with the Parliament of global Religions, an strange honor for a guy subsidized via no tested religious culture.
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In What is Enlightenment Magazine, Issue # 26. page=1. 10. A phrase Andrew had coined for the horrific emotional outburst one would be subjected to when the ego of another was laid bare and exposed to the light of day with no possibility of avoidance, denial or escape. 11. It must be said, however, that there have been, throughout history, intrepid thinkers who have, here and there, carried the torch of evolutionary spirituality through their time. While, as is so often the case, they were thoroughly underappreciated by their contemporaries, they did hold Prologue: Into the Looking Glass • 37 taut a thread of development that is now beginning to bear fruit in a new time and culture.
My spirit awed and my mind silenced, it was time now to return to the others. Later that evening about ninety of us19 had been gathered together by Chris Parish, a slight, unassuming man in his middle years and one of Andrew’s closest students, to announce that we would be in silent retreat for the next eleven days. The silence would commence the following morning. It was not uncommon on retreat for Andrew to select individuals who had made a relatively serious commitment to the teaching to 34 • 11 Days at the Edge participate in very concentrated practice for the duration of the retreat.
M. m. m. m. m. m. m. I looked forward to the challenge and rigor of submerging myself in practice in a way I never could at home. This being my third silent retreat I had a sense of what to expect. ) We would also be segregated from the others on retreat, sitting in a separate area of the dining hall. Finally, we would be discouraged from making eye contact with one another. In short, we would be truly on our own with only the teaching to guide us through our experience. My first silent retreat had come about two and a half years earlier, had tested me in the extreme, and had revealed in a dramatic and surprising way the insidious and ravenous nature of ego as well as the door to freedom from it.
11 Days at the Edge: One Man's Spiritual Journey into Evolutionary Enlightenment by Michael Wombacher