Last week, EnlightenNext’s founder and editor in chief, Andrew Cohen, traveled to Europe for a whirlwind tour of talks and dialogues about his teachings of Evolutionary Enlightenment. Speaking in London, Edinburgh, Stockholm, and Copenhagen, Andrew concluded his trip in Paris, where he spoke at the inauguration of the new center for EnlightenNext France (the event was webstreamed, with listeners tuning in from around the globe). Two members of EnlightenNext, Carol Ann Raphael and Dave Pendle, have written brief reports about Andrew’s talk in London and the public dialogue he had in Edinburgh with Bishop Brian Smith, which they’ve posted on the EnlightenNext UK Blog. Here are some excerpts.
Andrew Cohen had been invited by Alternatives—a very popular London-based convener of lectures and programs of interest to seekers of all persuasions—to give a one-day seminar on his teachings [and] started off with a provocative query: Is being English a help or a hindrance to the evolution of consciousness? … But rather than delve into the landscape of British conditioning, he carefully laid out the very large context in which we would be exploring the implications of humanity’s fairly recent discovery of evolution and how evolution thoroughly and profoundly transforms our understanding of the meaning and purpose of life.
Sweeping through the vast expanses of Cosmic time, Andrew described a process that has been unfolding for far longer than our human minds can fathom. Doing so, he took us deeper and deeper into the infinities of space, time, and consciousness; indeed, into the very ‘mind’ of God, to that mysterious point where something came from nothing…. » Read the complete entry
And of Andrew’s dialogue with the Bishop of Edinburgh, Dave says:
Responding to Andrew’s inspired utopian passion and conviction in the positivity of evolutionary development, the Bishop put forward the well-known notion that most traditional religions saw suffering as an intrinsic part of spiritual life and wondered how this fitted in to the perspective that Andrew was propounding.
Andrew replied by pointing out that the force that initiated evolution from utter emptiness in the beginning was, in fact, a gigantic violent explosion. In describing the process within which galaxies collided and stars continue to collapse, Andrew made it clear that a quality of ferocity permeates every aspect of the evolutionary process. Evolution proceeds through stress and friction and is inherently imperfect; human suffering is therefore inevitable as we clamber along the path of evolutionary progress. Nevertheless, in Andrew’s view, the underlying dynamics of evolution are fundamentally positive and whole. » Read the complete entry
Andrew’s next public talk will be on Nov. 3rd for members of the all-new Evolutionary Enlightenment Practitioner Program, followed by a global virtual seminar exclusively for women, called “Women Forging the Future,” that he’ll be leading on the weekend of Nov. 13-14. For more info about Andrew’s upcoming events, including dialogues in New York City with Lama Surya Das and Deepak Chopra, click here.