Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Seattle earthquake drill

Over the loudspeaker: "BEEEP: This is an Earthquake Drill. Please drop and cover. Music will play to simulate the earthquake itself. Please remember to move away from the outside walls of the building, and stay on your floor as the elevators and stairwells may be unsafe. Thank you for your participation in this drill."

Music: "I feel the earth .. move .. under my feet ..."

Only in Seattle. :)

Monday, April 06, 2009

Rediscovering God

Those of us who have transcended mythical belief systems know without any doubt that there is no God up in the sky. But when we awaken to what I call the evolutionary impulse—the mysterious passion to evolve, to become, to develop on every level—we rediscover who God is. When we begin to experience the aspiration to evolve as that unique ecstatic compulsion in our own heart and mind, that's when the God who fell out of the sky is awakening within ourselves, as the urge to take the next step.

Fourteen billion years ago, there was nothing. Then, suddenly, there was an enormous explosion—an explosion that never stopped and is still reverberating here and now. So what I'm describing is a perspective and a state of consciousness in which the very first cause is waking up to itself as we wake up to our own impulse to evolve. That's Evolutionary Enlightenment: when the spark that initiated fourteen billion years of development becomes conscious of itself. When you realize this and recognize this at the deepest level of your being, and then choose to take responsibility for it, it is then that you know without any doubt that it's up to you to make this world a better place. It's up to you. In that realization, you discover a reason for living, which is spiritually empowering. It is where you will find dignity, self-respect, ultimate meaning, and purposefulness.

Andrew Cohen