Thursday, January 28, 2010

Enlightenment and change

I have probably posted this before but I came across it again today and it definitely bears repeating:

Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change. This is the simple, daunting truth that has been staring back at me from the eyes of countless seekers over the years. "I really want to get enlightened," they insist. "But are YOU ready to CHANGE now?" I ask. "What?" is the inevitable response—surprised and even slightly stunned. And I repeat, "Are YOU ready to CHANGE now?" What follows is always a strange and surreal moment of ambiguity, confusion, and backpedaling. "But I thought you wanted to get enlightened... "

-- Andrew Cohen


  1. Let's hear it for Andrew Cohen! Great quote!

  2. Yes, indeed, Sunrise. It's an outstanding quote, isn't it?

  3. Anonymous10:59 AM

    most awesome Thanks for posting.I plan to share and act enlightened now. Thanks for motivating my change.

  4. Um... are you being facetious, Anonymous?


  5. Anonymous5:53 PM

    no I was trying to be grateful for your wonderful blog. I gain much from your site

  6. Thanks for clarifying, Anonymous. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether people are being sarcastic or not on line. There's a lot of snarkiness in cyberspace, as we all know!


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