Being and Becoming Virtual Retreat 2020
“The purpose of this teaching is to create a receptivity within the self so that the evolutionary impulse can burst forth as who you are. And for this to happen, the ego must be displaced. In traditional mysticism, when the Absolute as the timeless, formless ground of Being, emerges in your experience, the ego falls into the background and what comes to the fore is infinite depth, overwhelming peace, inherent freedom, and profound clarity. In the same way, when you awaken to the Absolute as Eros, or the evolutionary impulse, the ego also falls into the background, but now what comes to the front is a liberated passion, fearlessness, courage, joy, and inspired readiness to evolve now.”
Over the two weekends of this virtual retreat, you’ll gain a radical new understanding of enlightenment, and find clear and straightforward answers to the most important questions that confront every serious seeker.
The first question that enlightenment or spiritual awakening seeks to answer is “Who am I?”. This is the principle enquiry of traditional nondual Advaita teachings, made famous by the great master Ramana Maharshi.
Awakening to the timeless, nondual Ground of Being rewards us with a direct answer to this question. However, we quickly realise that this is only half the story. The next question that inevitably arises is, “How do I actually live an enlightened life? How can I effectively practice awakening?”.
Evolutionary Enlightenment is a path and practice developed over more than three decades by spiritual master Andrew Cohen. From this new perspective, enlightenment is no longer found only in the bliss of timeless Being; it is also found in the ecstatic urgency of evolutionary Becoming.
Over two weekends, you will discover the synergistic relationship between Being and Becoming, and why both are essential in the context of Evolutionary Enlightenment:
- Discover a perspective on life and the human experience that is purely positive
- Experience the profound transformative potential of Evolutionary Enlightenment
- Learn how meditation really works
- Deepen your experience and understanding of infinite awareness
- Awaken to the Evolutionary Impulse; the part of us that is connected to the infinite power and intelligence that animates the cosmos
- Engage directly with a genuine master, spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen
- Discover the absolute nature of spirit as both Being and Becoming
- Join a growing community of like-minded individuals
This powerful teaching will ground you in enlightened awareness, empower you with an awe-inspiring vision for your role in the evolving cosmos, and provide you with the tools to translate that vision into meaningful daily action.
Andrew Cohen’s unique transmission of these two distinct dimensions of enlightened awareness will guide you towards a direct encounter with radical freedom – the freedom to give yourself fully to the process of life itself.
To learn more about each weekend, and the metaphysical and philosophical context for each of these two dimensions of enlightened awareness, read on.
Weekend 1: The Primordial Bliss of Being
(now available as a 3x 3hr video set)
When we really meditate, when we go very deep, we begin practicing what it means to be awake, to be enlightened. We discover and rest in the natural state of limitless freedom. This eternal, nondual depth dimension is the felt experience of Being – of unimaginable peace.
As we fall ever more deeply into pure Being, our awareness of the world, the ego, the frontal self and even our own physical form gradually falls away. There is no time, no history, and no karma. The universe has not been created, and we have not been born.
When we rest in this state of prior unity, we are awake only to the presence of pristine emptiness, infinite peace and perfect freedom - the primordial bliss of Being. We recognize the truth that we are always already free, and that we have never been unfree.
A spiritual master whose attainment is profound can miraculously open a portal to this dimension, allowing us to effortlessly recognise freedom as our natural state.
In the first weekend of this two part virtual retreat, Andrew Cohen will guide you towards the felt experience of enlightenment itself as pure Being.
Weekend 2: The Ecstatic Urgency of Becoming
The recognition of ourselves as one without a second – the discovery of nondual awareness in the form of Being – is far from the end of the story. In fact, it is only the very beginning.
From an evolutionary perspective, we understand that our universe is not static, but in constant motion – in a state of perpetual becoming. As we gaze in awe through this evolutionary lens, we begin to see ourselves as part of an inconceivably vast process.
This immense and ever-unfolding cosmic context contains a truth that implicates each and every one of us. The material universe is becoming conscious – it is awakening in and through us.
Within the vast complexity and multiplicity of cosmic, biological and cultural evolution, that primordial one without a second is emerging through the vehicle of the body-mind. Oneness is evolving as us.
When we sense the awesome vibration of this truth directly and consciously, we are awakening to the felt experience of the Evolutionary Impulse moving within us; the infinite power and intelligence that animates the cosmos is calling us to itself.
Now we begin to recognise that God, or the Absolute Principle, is creating the universe through this body, this mind, and this personality. We experience a sudden and overwhelming compulsion to respond – a feeling of ecstatic urgency.
Awakening to the Evolutionary Impulse reveals to us that authentic spiritual liberation has nothing to do with escaping the world. On the contrary, it uncovers a deep compulsion to transform it, and an inexhaustible source of courage and inspiration to do so.
Our world is in desperate need of such transformation. Within the blink of an eye, the certainty and stability to which we have all become accustomed has been ripped from us, and we find ourselves in a new and frightening predicament.
In collectively offering our hearts and minds to the Evolutionary Impulse, ego is miraculously transcended, unleashing a profoundly evolved capacity to face into the multiplicity of wicked problems confronting us all.
In the second part of this retreat, Andrew will reveal and transmit how enlightenment in an evolutionary context immeasurably deepens our capacity for self-awareness, creativity, autonomy and profound intersubjective communion.
Included in your booking
3x 180 minute teachings with Andrew Cohen per weekend
Live via Zoom video call, including in-depth Q&A with Andrew.
Video and/or audio recordings
Lifetime access to all the sessions, so you can watch and/or listen whenever you need a refresh.
Private Facebook group
Exclusive access to a private group where you can meet and discuss with all your course alumni.
Guidance for daily practice
Detailed and specific guidance for powerful daily practice directly from Andrew.
Dates, Times and Prices
You can now book for weekend two of the retreat. An option to purchase the complete set of videos for weekend one will appear when you click “next” on the booking form below.
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Virtual Retreat Weekend 2 - The Ecstatic Urgency of Becoming
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th August 2020
Weekend one video set: $14.00 (optional)
Includes three days of online teaching, meditation and dialogue. Sessions with Andrew Cohen last three hours per day at the following local times:
USA: 7.30-10.30am PST • 8.30-11.30am MST • 10.30-1.30pm EST
EUROPE: 4.30-7.30pm CEST
INDIA: 8-11pm IST
If you have any questions please contact us by email.
Full refund if cancelled 30+ days prior to Retreat.
50% refunded if cancelled 7 days or more prior to Retreat.
No refunds if cancelling with less than 7 days prior to Retreat.
- Andrew CohenResident Teacher
Andrew Cohen is a spiritual teacher, author, cultural visionary and inspirational speaker. His work has been acclaimed by luminaries from all walks of life, from academics to philosophers to spiritual pundits.
Andrew has become known for his willingness to boldly cast aside the sacred cows of the spiritual world. His work grapples with demystifying the wealth of knowledge found in the great wisdom traditions, and with making enlightenment deeply relevant to a post-modern audience.