Andrew Cohen is the founder of EnlightenNext and editor-in-chief of What Is Enlightenment? magazine. He is also spiritual mentor to a network of students around the world.
Since a powerful spiritual awakening transformed his life in 1986, Cohen has been dedicated to helping others in their quest for spiritual transformation. His independent spirit and unusual willingness to question cultural assumptions and challenge sacred cows has led him, over his twenty-two years as a teacher, to forge an entirely new spiritual path. A radical departure from the Eastern tradition of his own teacher, Cohen’s Evolutionary Enlightenment redefines ancient mystical wisdom in the context of an evolving cosmos and a fast-changing world. His message is characterized by its unique combination of evolutionary urgency and uplifting passion for human potential. Through his work with his students worldwide, he is striving to put the principles of this twenty-first-century philosophy into practice and, in doing so, to demonstrate the possibility of creating a new culture.
A visionary thinker, Cohen is widely recognized for his original contribution to the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. Through his talks, intensive retreats, publications, and ongoing dialogues with leading philosophers, mystics, and activists, he is becoming a defining voice in an international alliance of individuals and organizations that are committed to the transformation of human consciousness and culture.
Cohen is author of Living Enlightenment: Evolution Beyond Ego, Embracing Heaven and Earth and Enlightenment Is a Secret. His forthcoming book, Evolutionary Enlightenment, is due for release in the fall of 2008.
“In evolutionary spirituality, we are more interested in the future than we are in the present moment. Why? Because the present moment has already happened, so there is not much that we can do about it. We've already arrived there. But the future, which always exists in the next moment, is something we can actually impact. The future is something that we can actually get involved in creating and take responsibility for in the most exciting way possible. When we begin to care about evolution, we feel a passion for the future that is all-consuming.” Andrew Cohen