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Andrew Cohen Change?

The interesting commentary below is excerpted from the blog Worldwide Happiness.

Martin Gifford, having pointed out some very problematic history in the guru-disciple relationship as it plays out in EnlightenNext, wrote the following:

What’s the solution in this particular case? All that needs to happen is for both Andrew and his supporters to fully acknowledge his ego, and therefore his shadow. It’s a simple, obvious, and necessary step for progress to be made. However, for some strange reason, Andrew and his supporters are attached to the belief that he is perfect or nearly perfect. It’s blind love. If instead Andrew acknowledged his faults, and his supporters acknowledged their errors, then the illusions that caused the negatives mentioned above would all dissolve, and so the negatives themselves would all dissolve because their foundations would be gone. At some point the guru needs to learn something about himself from the disciples. It can’t always be a one-way street.

A subsequent comment was posted by Ellen:
I found your post informative and accurate in its analysis. The sticking point for me, however, was your hope that Cohen could somehow reverse the momentum of a lifetime and begin to learn of his own fallibility from his disciples.

Whilst such a hope is commendable, my reading is that both Cohen and his disciples are equally invested in seeing his worldview as perfect and righteous, and equally loathe to learn any different.

Cohen has been trading as ‘the enlightened one’ for a while now, more than [25] years. There have been numerous defections from the ranks of believers, that means that numerous devotees have spotted flaws in the Cohen gospel of perfection. None of these defections have so far caused Cohen to modify his stance as absolute ruler or have shaken his belief in his own superiority or his right to have such complete control minds and lives of others.

At some point we have to give up hope and admit that the man is just another malignant narcissist, unwilling and unable to learn from the consequences of his own behaviour and the reality of what is happening around him.

Much as I admire the idealism of the Christian doctrine that exhorts us to love and forgive all our fellow men, self-protection from predators such as Cohen tells me that expecting anything else but a continuance of such predatory behaviour is foolishness.

I’ve never been a follower of Cohen but I did inadvertently attend a talk of his [25] years ago. It was clear then that he considered himself something of a messiah and tolerated nothing and nobody unwilling to go along with that belief. In the intervening years I can see no evidence that he is advancing toward acknowledging his own human fallibility.

Whilst the wish to see all humans as intrinsically good is admirable, this rather overlooks the realities of human nature. Cohen has had many years to make different choices, many years to rectify his own assessment of himself as a superior being. He avoids doing that for as long as he can get his narcissistic supply of adulation from his followers.
His power game is working for him and he is unlikely to willingly give it up.

Like rabid dogs, some people are best just avoided.

Read the full post at Worldwide Happiness.