Embracing Heaven and Earth: Navigating the Tension between Realism and Idealism in a World on Fire



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The dichotomy between realism and idealism often feels like a stark and intractable conflict, yet it holds within it the seeds of profound spiritual insight. Realism, with its clear-eyed acknowledgment of the world's chaos, invites us to confront the stark and often painful truths of our existence. It demands that we see things as they are, to engage with the messiness of life and the imperfections that mark the human experience. This perspective is grounded in practicality and a deep understanding of the complexities that govern our world.

On the other hand, idealism embodies the total positivity of the spiritual impulse. It is the whisper of the infinite within us, the unyielding vision of what could be—of a world transformed by love, wisdom, and higher consciousness. Idealism lifts our gaze beyond the immediate and the tangible, urging us to dream, to aspire, and to believe in the possibility of a more enlightened existence. It is this vision that fuels our highest aspirations and draws us towards the light of our true potential.

The tension between these two perspectives is not merely a conflict to be resolved but a dynamic interplay that can propel our spiritual evolution. Realism grounds us, keeps us humble, and ensures that our dreams are anchored in the soil of the possible. Idealism, in turn, inspires us to transcend the limitations of our current reality, to reach for the stars even as we remain rooted in the earth. Together, they invite us to engage with the world not just as it is, but as it could be, blending the clarity of the present with the transformative power of the spiritual impulse.

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Jun 30 2024


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 30 2024
  • Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm




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  • Andrew Cohen
    Andrew Cohen
    Resident 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.

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