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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
Posted by: Sandman ()
Date: February 24, 2011 07:29PM

This may have been mentioned before in this thread or elsewhere in connection with Andrew Cohen's 'EnlightenNext' but there is a property in London, UK owned by EnlightenNext called The Window which is being used as a corporate events venue.

On a recent visit to London, a friend who had taken part in a business seminar held by a company called Business Link, which is a UK government funded advisory service, pointed this out to me. She had attended the seminar at The Window, the website for which does not make it apparent that it is run by EnlightenNext.

Out of curiosity I went to see for myself and found that throughout the premises are displayed Andrew Cohen's books and EnlightenNext magazines, posters and placards, yet people and organizations visiting the place were obviously not there specifically to sample any Andrew Cohen wares.

A smart move on behalf of Cohen and his lackeys: they obtain a nice newly renovated property, make it available to all manner of top-level businesses and surreptitiously promote their products as a charity offering what might appear to be some vaguely benign spiritual self-development. Thereby they target the money-makers and draw them in by stealth.

Perhaps this is common practice in the international EnlightenNext community, I don't know, but thought it worth pointing out.

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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
Posted by: Stoic ()
Date: February 24, 2011 09:35PM

Sneaky. The only mention of Cohen's org that I could find on The Window site was on the map:

[www.thewindow.org.uk]

I wonder where the purchase money came from, that is prime commercial space and will be a prime cost.
The purchase of Foxhollow was funded by an inheritance manipulated from a besotted devotee--and later sorely regretted by that devotee.

The dispensers of our tax money should be fully informed about the organisation they are supporting.

The .org.uk usually means a registered charity in the UK.



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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
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Date: February 25, 2011 12:07AM

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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: February 25, 2011 12:09AM

Go to the search button on the upper right hand corner of the window for Ross Institute message board.

Put triodos in the slot and select all dates

See what comes up.

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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
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Date: February 25, 2011 12:54AM

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"We want to support non-coercive expressions of religious belief. We lend to a wide range of spiritual and religious groups that respect human freedom and nurture the spirit."

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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
Posted by: Martin Gifford ()
Date: February 25, 2011 06:01AM

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This 'getting to be independent people' can only be done one brain at a time and only accomplished, if it is ever to be accomplished, by the owner of that brain.

But we can disrupt the culture that is currently conducive to producing sheep.

And we can create a society that is conducive to producing independent people.

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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
Posted by: Sandman ()
Date: February 25, 2011 06:57PM

My friend who had attended a government-sponsored seminar at The Window told me everyone there was oblivious as to what EnlightenNext was about, even the Business Link organizers who'd hired the conference room. She mentioned it to a few people and none of them knew anything about it. One said they thought the place was run by some New Age self-development group but didn't see it as being of any significance.

When I visited the place, I saw lots of high-level business people milling about. A few were waiting to join whatever conference and perusing the Andrew Cohen books. When I made a false inquiry about hiring the space, I was informed it was run by a charity.

Triodos may claim that they support 'non-coercive' expressions, but The Window is clearly a planned attempt to subtly coerce members of the UK business community into consuming EnlightenNext products while at the same time make money out of them. They could at least explain on their website what they represent and what the money the place earns is actually supporting.

It is alarming to think that even the UK government is being drawn in to offering tacit approval of the likes of Andrew Cohen.

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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: February 26, 2011 12:28AM

Something that business people had better be aware of--it is time well spent to study the actual ideology behind a charity from which one rents space for conferences or retreats.

What is worth pondering is that there are situations in which it is not be able to separate a method from the ideology that gave rise to that method.

And that there may be limits to the adage, oh, take what you like and leave the rest.

If the charity's actual ideology is cruel, denies the inherant dignity of the ordinary, untransformed non wealthy human being, and if that ideology fosters a harshly competitve elitism, a group or business which trustfully rents conference or retreat space from such a group or, yet more trustfully, picks up a brochure and learns 'corporate psychology' from them, may unconsciously, be affected.

Perhaps long term, their own corporate culture may turn cruel. Its one thing to be a business. If your business is subtly socialized to see itself as part of an evolutionary vanguard, then the psychological shadow is--to despise anyone who is not part of this evolutionary vanguard. Ones competitors are no longer respected as men and women worthy of a handshake.

The sense of shared humanity between oneself and others is lost. One is only worthy if on that thin, always thin, cutting edge of the avant-garde.

There is a steely intensity, but long term, play and creativity are lost. One cannot take a joke if one is out to Evolve the Universe. Without humor and humanity creativity is stifled and---ones best and most creative employees will leave--they will dislike the cruel seriousness that begins to set in as ones company takes on the Evolutionary Mindset.

As a case study, we can glance aside from Enlightenext for a monent and look at a winegrower who laments that some of the pleasure has departed since too many other vintners are no longer content to love and grow wine but have bought into Steiners methods, even though they claim not to believe the Steinerian mindset.

It appears that methods derived from Steiners elitist mindset turned formerly nice persons into cruelly elitist types.

Here is a blog by a man who is a winegrower and who has a vineyard and been in the industry for decades. He expresses grief and dismay that biodynamics, derived from Rudolf Steiner's methods of Anthroposophical agriculture, has had a sadly divisive effect on what had once been a competitive, yet friendly industry.

Some of the winegrowers he refers to claim not to buy into or believe Steiner's ideology, but use the biodynamic methods. Strangely, though they are not conscious believers in Steiner, they are, from this man's report, behaving as though Biodynamics is not just one agricultural method among many but...a proof of superior moral standing.

When people believe they are saved, or of higher moral standing, this can be a community killer and ruin a corporate culture that once, though competitive, had enjoyed a sense of colleageality.

So there may be unforseen effects on corporate culture if one fails to fact check the ideology of a charity from whom one is considering rental of room space. If that charity has a concealed ideology that is cruel and elitist and teaches methods that are directed at the business community, anyone learning those methods, even if they never know or care about the ideology behind those methods may yet emerge with a harshness they did not have before.

Here is what the winegrower has to say.

Remember that Andrew and his disciples (at least the ones he has not yet driven away) believe they too are on a path of accelerating the evolution of humanity, a belief shared by Steiner, though Steiners cosmology was different.

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I was recently visiting one of my distributors and when this subject came up I was told that they often hear in their Friday morning sales meetings how Biodynamically grown grapes are superior and that Biodynamic farmers care more about the environment than conventional farmers. Nice touch for a once friendly industry!

It’s the “Big Lie” concept all over again that Biodynamic farmers care more for their environment than all other farmers. Biodynamic farmers do not have a monopoly on being environmentally sensitive farmers and I’m sick of hearing this lie from quasi-supporters, that goes something like this “Yes, Rudolf Steiner is a little wacky and maybe even a nutcase, but at least I know that Biodynamic farmers care about the environment and tread lightly on the land, and that’s good.” To me, that’s bunk, because it’s not true! I care for my vineyard, my soil and my environment as much or more than anyone else and I resent those who claim otherwise. But what I really resent is that Biodynamic farming is attempting to divide our industry, an industry that I love and have spent 40 years of my life working in, just to get a marketing edge. That’s shameful.

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Writing this blog has helped me better understand Rudolf Steiner and clarify the negative issues underlying Biodynamic farming. I’ve always taken offense that the Biodynamic supporters claimed superiority with their “living soils, healthy vines and better expressions of terroir,” and now I realize that they are also claiming that only through Biodynamics can your vineyard obtain its greatest potential and thus result in the most authentic wines. It reminds me a little of the Christian doctrine that only through Jesus can you find salvation. The clear implication is that if you’re not a Biodynamic grower your products are inferior and will always be inferior because you can never reach your vineyard’s greatest potential.

I’ve taken personal offense at these claims and resent anyone claiming they care more about their vineyard’s health, soil and wine quality than I do. But there was something more that I couldn’t identify and it left me unsettled. Personal indignation is all fine and dandy, but I felt I was only half-way there. That is, until recently when I recognized that what was bothering me was the divisive nature of Biodynamic farming. By publicly claiming superiority they, de facto, belittle and ridicule everyone else’s farming methods and wine quality for not being Biodynamic.

I can’t think of a better way to divide our industry than by pitting winery against winery and grower against grower – something I’ve never seen in my 40 plus years in the wine industry.


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In recent years Biodynamics has been embraced by an ever widening group of vineyardists and wineries around the world. Some of the world’s most renowned wineries farm Biodynamically and many consider Biodynamics to be the “Rolls Royce” of organic farming.

Yet, after reading Steiner, I conclude that Rudolf Steiner was a complete nutcase, a flimflam man with a tremendous imagination, a combination if you will, of an LSD-dropping Timothy Leary with the showmanship of a P.T. Barnum. His books, writings and lectures should be catalogued under “science fiction” because there is not a scintilla of truth in any of his writings. Reading Steiner is tough sledding because it makes no sense in our real world, yet when viewed as “science fiction” masquerading as some sort of Jim Jones new age cult you are forced to admit that Steiner was extremely clever and creative in actually making this stuff up. Unfortunately, it is quite sad that someone—anyone—would actually believe in this hoax and profoundly disturbing that the Biodynamic movement is gaining ground.

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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
Posted by: Sandman ()
Date: February 26, 2011 12:41AM

The Window venue is in Islington, London. The main local newspaper there, the Islington Gazette may be interested in publishing an article on The Window and EnlightenNext's dealings.

They can be supplied with the main points of reference such as the book by Cohen's mother,

Luna Tarlo
http://themotherofgod.com

American Guru by William Yenner
http://americanguru.net

the What Enlightenment? blog
http://whatenlightenment.blogspot.com

and relevant links at this forum.

Clients of The Window such as Business Link http://www.businesslink.gov.uk FutureBrand http://www.futurebrand.com Cafe Direct http://www.cafedirect.co.uk/index.cfm and others listed at http://www.thewindow.org.uk/clients.htm can be informed.

as can any of the partners of The Window listed at http://www.thewindow.org.uk/partners.htm

EnlightenNext should be obliged to provide information on their website as to what their venue actually represents. In that case, the local borough Islington, [www.islington.gov.uk] may also be informed. It is not within the interests of local government to be seen to support unethical business practices.

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Re: International Enlightenment Fellowship/Andrew Cohen
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: March 28, 2011 09:51PM

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In my opinion, protected by the First Amendment, I would suggest that this is an adroit use of derivative legitimacy. These gurus and teachers are in most cases deceased.

RabbiAbraham Heschel fought on the front lines for justice and civil rights[, against the very sort of oppression that has been described for years by Cohen's students.

Some had troubled histories (to say the least) Jiddu Krishnamurti, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (TM)

And some are still very much alive--Werner Erhard

Irina Tweedie was classified as a Sufi teacher during her lifetime. In her memoir, Daughter of Fire, she described what we unenlightened green meme scum would consider abusive brutal treatment by her master.

What Corboy considered a very irritating feature of Daughter of Fire was that Tweedie never in any way established who her teacher was, what his lineage and attainments were, to justifify or establish some social context for the deference he demanded from her. She also gave little description of India, as though it was all mere phantom not worth noticing if one was bent on spiritual attainment--a stance that I as a proud green memer, consider insulting.

Later on one of Tweedie's English students wrote his own memoir of studying with her, entitled The Face Before I Was Born. Tweedie responded to one minor and human lapse--letting copyrights for her book lapse, resulting in a temporary hitch in reprinting it in a new edition, by brutally cutting her student loose, as though in one moment he was human and in the next a mere object.

Her student in agony, went through contortions, rationalizing this as training.

I read it and was reminded of the behavior of persons who re-enact abuse or abandonment issues they suffered when young, by doing the same thing to others in their care, in the next generation- demontrating a lack of mastery over one's inner processes, not evidence of any mastery at all..

I go on at length about Irina Tweedie, because Luna Tarlo, in her 1995-96 memoir The Mother of God, mentioned that she was with some of Andrew Cohen's students who made a visit to Irina Tweedie some time in the late 1980s.

Tweedies memoir would be valuable to anyone seeking to rationalize cruel and unpredictable behavior.



Note that among the Masters mentioned is Jesus Christ and in the list--Ken Wilber.

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What is it that has always made the relationship between master and disciple so uniquely transformative? Does that traditional relationship still make sense for those of us pursuing more contemporary or alternative spiritual paths? In an age filled with so much cynicism about the possibility of living a truly enlightened life, how can this time-honored relationship help point the way to everything we most deeply long for?

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Lama Surya Das
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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
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Swami Chidanand Saraswati
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Rollie Stanich
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Michael Zimmerman and Patricia Albere
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Jeff Salzman
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Nora Bateson
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Gregory Bateson

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