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Women, Enlightenment, and the Evolution of Culture
Andrew Cohen & Ken Wilber in dialogue
Issue 37
Creative Friction
Community and the Utopian Impulse in a Post-postmodern World

Andrew Cohen & Ken Wilber in dialogue
Issue 36
The Utopian Propensity
An interview with historian Fritzie P. Manuel
Issue 36
A Living Experiment in Conscious Evolution
In their latest dialogue, spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen and integral philosopher Ken Wilber turn their attention to the dynamics at work between Cohen’s students, whose collective spiritual practice aims to push human consciousness to new levels.
Issue 35
The Only Journey There Is
An Exploration of Cosmic & Cultural Evolution
Issue 35
A Brief History of Evolutionary Spirituality
Three centuries of progressive thinkers reveal that evolution has always been a fundamentally spiritual concept
Issue 35
A God-Shaped Hole at the Heart of Our Being
An interview with evolutionary theologian John F
Issue 35
God's Playing a New Game
Integral Spirituality, Evolutionary Enlightenment, and the Future of Religion

Andrew Cohen’s twenty years of experience as a spiritual teacher provides dynamic counterpoint to Ken Wilber’s comprehensive integral theory. The result is more than an exchange of ideas, as “guru and pandit” bring their rigorous inquiry and passion to this lively exploration of Wilber’s new manifesto.

Issue 33
Kosmic Questions
“Ask me anything,” Ken told our curious editors, so we did...
Issue 33
Where Are the Women? Part III
Beyond the Divine Feminine
Issue 32
Creating the Future
The Guru and the Pandit

Cohen and Wilber take to the stage in Denver, Colorado, and explore the future of enlightenment—they also field a wide assortment of questions and articulate commentary from the audience—in their first-ever public dialogue.

Issue 32
Moral Hierarchy
The key to evolving consciousness
Issue 31
The Transmission of Consciousness
Reviving the Role of the Spiritual Master
Issue 31
Laying the Tracks for a Moving Train
Revelation, Right View, and the Challenge of Conscious Evolution

In this, their 11th exchange, Cohen and Wilber explore how transformation is sustained in people. This leads to a discussion about the value of both spiritual experience and the framework in which experience is interpreted, and how each can lead to enlightenment.

Issue 31
The Ultimate Black Belt Test

At a time when the gospel of self-acceptance is leading to ever-lowering expectations, an audacious martial arts training program strives to replace mediocrity with mastery.

Issue 31
Higher Integration
The Guru and the Pandit

What does a second-tier, or integral, perspective signify? What does it look like, and how do we acquire it? These are questions that Cohen and Wilber address in this dialogue, which advocates a commitment to the very biggest perspective.

Issue 29
The Resonance of Awakening
The Guru and the Pandit

The importance of how the spiritual experience is interpreted is the focus of this conversation between Cohen and Wilber. They examine the impact of evolution on both culture and spirituality and delve into the nature of enlightenment in a world of evolving form.

Issue 28
Democracy Gets a 21st-Century Makeover
An internet initiative is making plans for a post-UN global government
Issue 27
Awakening the Double Wisdom of Civilization

How to awaken our collective consciousness through the power of mass communication.

Issue 27
The Higher We
Issue 26
Conflict, Creativity, and the Nature of God
The Guru and the Pandit

The guru and the pandit discuss the relationship between belief systems, views of reality, and political orientation in this thought-provoking dialogue. In so doing, they describe the nature of the creative process and its role in the process of transcending old structures.

Issue 26
Come Together: The Mystery of Collective Intelligence

Is it possible for groups to access a level of wisdom far beyond what is available to individuals? WIE takes an in-depth look at the miraculous phenomenon of collective consciousness that many feel is the next step in human evolution.

Issue 25
Following the Grain of the Kosmos
States, stages, selves, and the directionality of development

Wilber and Cohen exchange their understandings of how the developmental trajectory unfolds. They discuss the evolutionary impulse, what it is and why it’s significant, and differentiate between stages and states of consciousness.

Issue 25
Enlightenment Unplugged
Not just a book review of Walter Truett Anderson's The Next Enlightenment
Issue 24
In Search of a New Moral Compass
The Guru and the Pandit

The importance of a moral context for spiritual experience occupies the attention of Wilber and Cohen in this riveting exchange. They confront the ethical ambiguities of our time and re-insert morality into the discussion of postmodern spirituality.

Issue 24
Exploring the Future of Religion
The Guru and the Pandit

What would “spirituality appropriate” to our rapidly evolving times look like? Ken Wilber and Andrew Cohen consider new religious structures and the potential they have for bringing people together in a context that transcends the individual.

Issue 23
Are You Ready to Change Now?
Enlightenment for the 21st Century

Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change! Join What Is Enlightenment? as we explore our evolutionary potential through new models of individual and collective transformation.

Issue 22
A Philosopher of Change

One of the new breed of evolutionary philosophers, Twilight Club Director Yasuhiko Kimura rails against the conspiracy of mediocrity plaguing the postmodern world, and shares his vision of the future human: homo universalis and beyond.

Issue 22
Do Here Now!
Introduction to this issue
Issue 21
Why Sri Aurobindo Is Cool
WIE proves that sometimes even dead gurus kick ass

A freewheeling tour through the fascinating life and work of one of the twentieth century's greatest evolutionary pioneers.

Issue 21
A Song that Goes on Singing

This contemporary Christian contemplative, passionate scientist, and philosopher speaks about the creative impulse behind the evolutionary design of the universe.

Issue 21
For the Sake of the Future
Seven Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Speak About Their Hopes for Humanity

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and others.

Issue 21
The Evolution of Enlightenment
The Guru and the Pandit

In this, the inaugural dialogue of a new serialized feature of WIE, integral philosopher Ken Wilber and WIE founder Andrew Cohen talk together about the implications of enlightenment in an evolving universe.

Issue 21
Toward Homo Noeticus

An evolutionary thinker gazes into the near future and sees the advent of a new kind of human being.

Issue 19
The Breaking Point

An evolutionary activist warns us that the fragile systems of our biosphere and global human community are rapidly nearing “the breaking point.”

Issue 19
I'm Optimistic

This Internet entrepreneur and philanthropist has a dazzling vision of a 2050 society and some bold ideas to get us there.

Issue 19
Comprehensive Compassion

A visionary cosmologist explains why this may be the most critical yet potentially transformative time on the planet in 65 million years.

Issue 19
Where Are the Women?

Noting the surprising absence of women at the leading edge of cultural change, Debold asks what happened to the revolution that women started in the last half of the 20th century—and calls women to once again aspire to transform the status quo.

Issue 29
The Business of Saving the World
Can capitalism become a force for a new global consciousness?

Innovative organizational change makers—and their corporate counterparts—are tackling one of the most complex problems facing humanity: the urgent need for big business to evolve from being a profit–driven machine to a living system working for the future of the planet.

Issue 28
A New Consciousness For a World In Crisis
Geopolitical activist Dr. Don Beck shines new light on our greatest global challenges

From AIDS in Africa to the war in Iraq, Don Beck provides surprising insight into the cultural forces driving the news of the day.

Issue 28
Coming Out as a Moral Cosmopolitan
What It Means to Be a Human Being in the New Millennium

A rousing call to forge a new world from the depths of our own souls.

Issue 27
Faster Forward
Impressions of Our Emerging Future

From the far out to the close at hand, four futurists zoom out for a bird's eye view on the global changes we're experiencing now and can anticipate in the future—each outlining both the unprecedented challenges and mind-spinning opportunities humanity faces in the minutes and years to come

Issue 23
Epistemology, Fourth Order Consciousness, and the Subject-Object Relationship
or... How the Self Evolves with Robert Kegan

Psychologist and professor Robert Kegan illuminates the intricate processes of human transformation, and describes how consciousness needs to evolve to master the demands of a rapidly changing world.

Issue 22
In Search of Babaji
WIE Tracks Down the Elusive Yogi-Christ of the Himalayas
Issue 21
On Darwin, Evolution, and the Perfect Man

Believe it or not, this trailblazing yogi (who first brought Vedanta to the West) had studied Western evolutionary theory and developed a spiritual critique of Darwin—in 1898!

Issue 21
Flow with Soul

This Hungarian-born painter, psychologist, and evolutionary thinker speaks about the flowering of human creativity and our potential to give meaning to the evolutionary process.

Issue 21
The Divinization of the Cosmos

Brain Swimme in a discourse on the work and vision of Christian mystic, paleontologist, and pioneer of evolutionary spirituality Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Issue 19
Come Together
Introduction to this issue
Issue 19
The Great Work
Reviewed by Susan Bridle

Susan Bridle considers eco-theologian Thomas Berry's resounding call to our ecological conscience.

Issue 19