ENLIGHTENMENT BLUES: My Years with an American Guru By André van der Braak

Enlightenment Blues is Andre van der Braak’s compelling first hand account of his relationship with a prominent spiritual teacher. It chronicles both the author’s spiritual journey and disenchantment as well the development of a missionary and controversial community around the teacher. It powerfully exposes the problems and necessities of disentanglement from a spiritual path.

“Enlightenment Blues is the account of a young man’s sincere and protracted struggle to transform his life according to the teachings of the American guru Andrew Cohen. Ruthlessly honest and unsettling, Andre van der Braak gives a vivid first-hand account of an uncompromising experiment in establishing Indian spirituality in a modern Western setting. This story is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the allure and pitfalls of surrendering one’s authority in the hope of spiritually transforming the world” Stephen Batchelor, Author Buddhism without Beliefs

“Narrated with the psychological subtlety and drama of a good novel, Enlightenment Blues is a precise, profound dissection of the guru-devotee relationship. It should be required reading for all who are currently engaged in or considering studying under a spiritual teacher.” John Horgan, author of Rational Mysticism

“A profound contribution. The maturity and balance of this book place it at the front rank of works on contemporary spirituality. All the major themes of the spiritual quest are here – reason versus emotion, the problem of the ego, the guru, self-doubt, the place of altered states. Andre van der Braak has the creative gift of being able to hold opposing ideas in his mind without moving towards premature closure. Hence this heartfelt account of his eleven years in the Cohen movement is a beautiful testament to one man’s quest to discover his own reality. Enlightenment Blues deserves the widest readership.” Len Oakes, Prophetic Charisma

“Enlightenment Blues is the personal story of one man’s eleven year journey into and out of a group of seekers of enlightenment with a charismatic leader who claims to be an exemplar of perfection. What distinguishes this book are the writer’s insights and honesty in portraying the workings of an authoritarian belief system that operates under the guise of spiritual revelations. Anyone who has ever belonged to such a group, or knows anyone who has, or who wants to understand what the appeals and dangers of surrendering to a guru consist of, would benefit from reading this book.” Joel Kramer, author, The Guru Papers

“Andre van der Braak’s story is our own story. We walked the ‘yellow brick road’ whether it was Zen or Yoga or Advaita. We desperately wished for or found a Guru who could help us find our way home and we wholly gave ourselves. Andre’s talk of it is fresh and innocent. He takes us by the hand through a hazardous trail. Neither bitter nor estranged, nor having lost his passion for the way, he remembers with us what really happened, and why.” Orit Sen-Gupta, Author, Dancing the Body of Light – The Future of Yoga

Andre van der Braak lived in Andrew Cohen’s spiritual community for 11 years, an involvement initiated shortly after Cohen had begun teaching. He was one of the original editors for “What is Enlightenment Magazine”. He was also an editor for Cohen’s first teaching text, Enlightenment is a Secret, which entailed reading over 4,000 pages of transcribed talks, and editing them into book form.

Today, he lives in Amsterdam where he teaches philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and at Luzac College in Alkmaar.

Andre van der Braak was born in 1963 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From 1981 to 1986 he studied at the University of Amsterdam, majoring in clinical psychology (comparing psychoanalysis and buddhist insight meditation using Ken Wilber’s model), as well as comparative philosophy (graduating with a thesis on Nietzsche and Buddhism).

His search for a synthesis between Eastern spirituality and Western psychology led him, via TM, yoga, J. Krishnamurti, advaita vedanta and Buddhism (he was a buddhist for five years, practising meditation intensively), finally in 1987 to Andrew Cohen.

He lived in Andrew Cohen’s community for eleven years, was editing his books and was the first editor-in-chief of the now well-known magazine ‘What is Enlightenment?’. In 1998 he left the community disillusioned. Since then he has worked for several years as an IT Consultant for ABN AMRO bank and as IT manager for various internet startups. Currently he lives in Amsterdam and has just finished up a Ph.D. dissertation on Nietzsche’s sceptical ethics of self-realization. He teaches philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and at Luzac College in Alkmaar.

Andre van der Braak can be reached at avdbraak@xs4all.nl

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Marianne Williamson ACIM Lecture Everyday Grace – Part 1 to 4

Marianne Williamson ACIM Lecture Everyday Grace 1

Marianne Williamson ACIM Lecture Everyday Grace 2

Marianne Williamson ACIM Lecture Everyday Grace 4

For more details on the book, Everyday Grace, view HERE

Adyashanti – Being Alone


Adyashanti – Being Alone …buddhist talk on destroying all thought, maybe.

New Consciousness for a New World How to Thrive in Transitional Times and Participate in the Coming Spiritual Renaissance By (author) Kingsley L. Dennis

About New Consciousness for a New World

A call for a paradigm shift in human thinking in recognition of the interconnectedness of all things–a new mind for a new world

• Explains how the instability of our current time is part of a larger cycle of human evolution that will soon turn toward renewal and regeneration

• Reveals how to participate in the process of conscious evolution to maintain resilience during these transitional times

• Examines new findings in quantum physics and quantum biology on the interconnectivity of all life and how to utilize this for conscious evolution

For centuries, indigenous wisdom traditions have talked of an epochal shift on the horizon, of a spiritual renaissance for the earth and her living family. Now the timelines are converging and the potential for an energetic “upgrade” for humanity is here, but first we must survive and evolve through the current period of transition.

Explaining that evolution is not a gradual process but more like a “shock to the system”–radical waves of transformation after a period of dormancy–author Kingsley Dennis reveals that we are currently undergoing an evolutionary leap and shows not only how to survive but also thrive in this period of global upheaval and change.

Examining the nature of evolutionary cycles, he explains that the instability we are now experiencing–climate change, economic meltdowns, and increasing political polarization–is the convergence of complex systems that have reached a critical state. What we need in order to push through to the coming spiritual renaissance is a paradigm shift in human thinking and perception, a conscious evolution in recognition of the interconnectedness of all things–a new mind for a new world.

Examining new findings in quantum physics and quantum biology on the interconnectivity of all life as well as opportunities for us to reawaken our slumbering souls, this book offers a glimpse of the new global society to come, a renewed humanity for the 21st century, and how each of us can best participate during the process of planetary transformation.

Kingsley L. Dennis, Ph.D., is a sociologist, writer, and a cofounder of WorldShift International. The author of numerous articles on complexity theory, technologies, new media communications, and consciousness, he spends his time between Andalusia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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A Message for the Future Years

A short 10 minute general talk on our future years; our new consciousness, paradigms, thinking, and vocabulary…

New Consciousness for a New World with Kingsley Dennis

Published on Feb 28, 2013
Kingsley Dennis, PhD, is a researcher, sociologist and futurist as well as a prolific author. He co-founded WorldShift International, and is a passionate advocate for conscious evolution. His books alert us to the dangers of societal collapse if we ignore the social, economic and environmental tipping points that are now upon us.

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