Waking up to Wisdom
In Stillness and Community

Becoming Truly Independent

--by Andrew Cohen (Apr 23, 2007)

Many people have told me that they find something and then lose it. They wait and they seek, and then find and lose it again. Most of the time, seekers are trying to rediscover or re-attain something that they tasted but lost touch with. The reason that we lose touch with that which is most important, precious and sacred, is not that it's far from us or distant, it's because it's not the most important thing for us. Often people take things for granted that are very near to them. Wives take their husbands for granted, husbands take their wives for granted, parents take their children for granted, children take their parents for granted. That which is most dear and so close to us is easy to forget the significance of.

This also has to do with our own heart. It's the easiest thing to move away from, even though in certain states of consciousness it appears to be the most important thing there is. Sometimes something is so close that we tend to not give it the kind of importance that it deserves. We live in a world in which most people give the greatest importance to things that are impermanent and ultimately insignificant, and very few people give the greatest importance to that which is imperishable and has the greatest significance.

This is about a willingness to re-educate ourselves. If we recognize ourselves to be unfree or not as free as we know is possible, it is because of choices that we make all the time, without being aware of it. If that's the case, we have to make the effort to find out which choices take us away from where we think we want to be. We have to remember that the goal is never moving from where we always have been, never straying from there, and never losing touch with what's most important -- always allowing that to come first before anything else. When we get to that point, our work is over: there is nothing left to do. Then we will become truly independent individuals.

-–Andrew Cohen

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On Apr 24, 2007 Q wrote:
just thought u should know ..........

On Apr 24, 2007 ADEYEMI ADEWALE wrote:
I have always had a conviction about life and existence in its totality that life in itself is all about choices. The choices you make for yourself about life determines your freedom or slavery either conciously or unconciously.

Our everyday decision influences our life style and make obvious our our being independent or not. I believe every man will be truely independent only when we see life through God's eyes.

Thanks for the article

On Apr 24, 2007 Cookie wrote:
Thought you'd like this!

On Apr 24, 2007 Timoteo wrote:
Now I realize the power of each thought and everyword.There is no word without thought and vice-versa.Powerful words and powerful thoughts are natural thoughts and natural words.There is no natural behaviour without natural thoughts and natural words.

On Apr 24, 2007 rajeev wrote:
Worship God in the Spirit of Truth and Life. Then and only then one enjoy's joy and freedom.

On Apr 24, 2007 Jay wrote:
These are great and encouraging words:"That the goal is never moving from where we always have been--never losing touch from what we know is most important. When we get to that point, our work is over: there is nothing left to do. Then we will become truly independent individuals." I think I understand what he is pointing toward--certainly this could become a mantra for mental health counselors everywhere. But will it hold up to the new 'timeline' and what appears to be the planet's latest directive.

I have not been priviliged to participate in Mr Cohen's intensive, "Evolutiionary Enlightenmen"--a workshop that I suspect deals with the seemingly, world-wide spiritual movement away from "independent individualism" and toward the collective consciousness of 'WE' energy--a new thinking that seems poised to define the present planetary transition period.

There are mulitple departure points from a wide array of philosphical, theological, and energetic leaders as they address the next important step in the field of human consciousness development.

From my observation, none of this leadership is touting 'independent individualism' as this jouney's next step--or that "there is nothing left to do".

I would love to better understand his "Evolutionany Enlightment" concept in light of this final paragraph.