Breaking News: Andrew Cohen's 'An Apology'
The Downfall of a teacher
In my opionion, it is a humble and honest confession that Andrew Cohen, self proclaimed spiritual teacher, looks at his own ego. It seems that Andrew could have continued to be the guru for thousands like he has been for the two decades, but perhaps his desire for true awakening is pushing him forward...- AS founder of NewRealities
From Andrew Cohen's recent Blog:
I'm fifty-seven years old and currently find myself facing the biggest challenge of my life. I've been a teacher of spiritual enlightenment for twenty-seven years. Enlightenment has always been and always will be about transcending the ego. Over the last several years, some of my closest students have tried to make it apparent to me that in spite of the depth of my awakening, my ego is still alive and well.
I've understood this simple truth—that we all have egos no matter how enlightened we may be—and even taught it to thousands of people all over the world throughout my career. But when I was being asked to face my own ego by those who were nearest and dearest to me, I resisted. And I often made their lives difficult as a result.
I'm aware that many of my students over the years have also been affected by my lack of awareness of this part of myself. And for those of you who are reading this, I apologize. As time passes I intend to reach out and engage in a process of dialogue with those of you who would like to.
In light of all this, for the sake of my own integrity as a spiritual teacher and as a human being, I've decided that I need to take some time off so I can make the effort to develop in many of the ways that I've asked other people to. Starting this fall, once I've fulfilled some prior commitments, I'm going to embark upon a sabbatical for an extended period of time. During this hiatus, I will be stepping down from the leadership of my organization, I won't be publishing anything here on my blog, and will not be doing any public teaching. My intention is to become a better teacher, and more importantly, a better man.
One of the most beautiful fruits of my work over the years has been the international network of people who have studied, collaborated, and trained with me for so long. They are all examples of Evolutionary Enlightenment in their own right, and I couldn't imagine a greater community of people to carry forward this movement. I'm looking forward to working with them in a very different way in the future.
To learn more about this network, you can visit www.enlightennext.org.