11 Days at the Edge: One Man's Spiritual Journey into by Michael Wombacher

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 floor for the emergence of a brand new tradition of enlightened values. right here we discover that position the place our non secular longing intersects with our take care of the area, empowering either to degrees neither may possibly reach by myself. Uncompromising in his demand human transformation, Cohen is gifted as an radical non secular figure—unyielding in his call for for integrity—whose liberated recognition and ruthless deconstruction of the cultural and non secular established order have saved each person speaking. In acceptance of his contribution to the philosophy of spiritual concept, in 2004 he was once invited to handle the Parliament of worldwide Religions, an strange honor for a guy subsidized through no verified religious culture.

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I have felt for some time that we lie at the crossroads of two ages, the current age of cultural evolution, which began some six millennia ago being quickly superseded by the age of technological evolution. This presents us with both good news and bad. On the one hand, our rapidly advancing technology promises to deliver us from many of the problems of our imperiled world. On the other, it threatens us in previously inconceivable ways. The ultimate outcome will be determined largely by how we cope with the cultural, philosophical, ethical and spiritual implications of such change.

My initial response to such ego starvation had been raw terror; there was no place to go, no one to turn to, and no way to distract myself from the full fury of the ego’s reaction to being marginalized to the point of perfect irrelevance. In that context its ugly face exploded from the dark unconscious into perfect view and, being strapped into silence, I simply had to bear it. This brought on the next surprise, which was that the mere presence of the extremely unpleasant did not in any way prevent the emergence of enlightened consciousness and its expression.

I have long felt myself drawn to spend time in the company of Andrew’s more senior students as they consistently emanated certain qualities I found enviable. First, everyone I’d met over the years who had been involved with Andrew in a serious way was impressively functional. ” On the contrary, many of these individuals had attained uncommon levels of success either before entering the community or while there. Gerard was a perfect example. As mentioned, he earned his living as a “mentalist,” and not just any mentalist, mind you, but one of the most accomplished in the world, commanding approximately $10,000 per performance.

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