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IN A WORLD WHERE RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES TRIGGER INCESSANT ANGER AND VIOLENCE, IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE THE INNER WISDOM, DECENCY AND SPIRITUAL UNITY OF ALL OUR WESTERN TRADITIONS;
A FRESH NEW APPROACH TO THE ANCIENT STORIES:
THE DOOR IS OPEN: The 7 Steps of Spiritual Awakening that Western Scripture and Mythology Have Been Trying to Tell Us All Along, by Andrew Cort;
Tyringham, MA – Religion does not have to divide us. Religion is about spiritual awakening, not animosity or self-righteousness. For thousands of years we have been hating and slaughtering each other “in the name of God”. But rather than reading scriptures as literal history, or dire warnings about the consequences of moral failure – where each religion sounds contrary to all the others and insists that it, alone, has the only ‘real’ Truth – Andrew Cort shows you how to read the fabulous stories of different traditions in an inner symbolic way.
Bottom line: whether the metaphorical journey is called “The Return to the Promised Land”, “The Quest for the Holy Grail”, or “Muhammad’s Journey to the Seven Heavens,”
- They are all illuminating the same path to the same God;
- The different ways these stories are told attests to the marvelous range of the human imagination, and yet:
- The common underlying purpose that unites them (and us) is infinitely more striking than any of the differences.
When this is understood, the major motivation for religious hatred and war disappears!
Noted author and social commentator, George Gilder, has said of Andrew Cort’s work that he “rescues philosophy from the mathematicians, sex from the hedonists, religion from empty sanctimony, and science from barren materialism.”
Here is what the REVIEWERS are saying:
“A wondrous, sparkling fusion of wisdom and insight.” – Patricia Santhuff
“As a pastor in a mainstream Protestant denomination I work with groups and individuals searching to go deeper in their faith and want tools with which to do this. Many have turned to Eastern traditions where meditation and yoga “open the door” (to use his title) to the spirit within. Andrew Cort has provided a book so that within any spiritual tradition people can find the steps to spiritual awakening. His genius is taking ‘esoteric’ ideas and making them, through his gift as a writer, accessible to everyone.” – Rev. Janet E. McKinstry
“You have to be open to what Cort is explaining. What he has to say is fresh and insightful.” – C.K. Scott
“Cort transitions smoothly from Socrates to ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ to the Prodigal Son…. Zoroastrianism, Plato, Moses, Carl Jung, the Grecian Demeter and Persephone – they’re all here, and Cort skillfully blends their seemingly disparate and tangential philosophies with coherence and humor.” – Ariana R.
Dr. Andrew Cort is an author, teacher, attorney, and doctor of chiropractic. He is the host of Spirit of the Berkshires, a weekly interview show on CTSB-TV and available on his website. His books include: The Door is Open; Symbols, Meaning, and The Sacred Quest; From Joshua to Jesus; Love, Wisdom, and God; and Our Healing Birthright. You can find out more about Dr. Cort and his work at his website and blog, Spirituality and Religion, www.spirituality-and-religion.com. He lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com for interviews and speaking engagements.
The wonderful myths and legends of ancient Greece, as well as all the beautiful stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have the common aim of showing us, through symbols and allegories, a practical method for reaching enlightenment. This information has been lost and forgotten, even though it has been right before our eyes the whole time. As a result, our traditions have been reduced to mere literal fundamentalism and a childish belief in an “invisible friend in the sky”, while atheists scoff and many serious religious people turn to the East for ‘real’ spirituality. What I demonstrate in my book, is that when read symbolically and allegorically, the stories in our magnificent Western tradition all have the common aim of illuminating the soul’s journey of Awakening. Sometimes the story is called “Returning to the Promised Land”, sometimes it’s called “The Quest for the Holy Grail”, sometimes it’s called “Muhammad’s Journey to the Seven Heavens”, sometimes it’s called “Persephone’s Return to Olympus.” It doesn’t matter what it’s called. We are all on the same path to the same God, and the method of walking the path is right there in the stories. I enhance the information with practical and enjoyable exercises and activities – some very old and some of my own devising — at the end of each chapter.
2) You’ve said that THE DOOR IS OPEN can help reconcile the differences between religious people and atheists. How does it do that?
impossible demands for a rather hypocritical morality. If an earthly father treated his children the way God often treats the characters in the Bible, we would declare him crazy and have him locked up. But what I show in my book is that these stories are not meant to be taken literally. They are symbolic stories about the internal battles that an evolving soul must wage against its own negativity and weakness. It all takes place in here! The harsh treatment against ‘wicked people’ is really talking about how we can conquer and destroy our own negativity.
When the Bible is read this way, it’s not about “blind faith in an angry God” or “killing in the name of the Lord”. It’s about working on oneself to become all that a human being ought to be, here in this life, right now. There is nothing offensive about this to any open minded person, whether they call themselves atheists or believers.
3) You’ve suggested that all religions are really teaching the same thing, an idea that is certainly going to be offensive to many adherents of different faiths who believe they are following the only ‘real’ teaching. What do you say to them?
First I would say that they are right, they are following the only ‘real’ teaching. Because there’s only one ‘real’ teaching – just different ways of expressing it. Here’s an example of what I mean: When Jesus tells his followers that the “only way to the Father is through him”, it’s true. But this is not because Christianity has an exclusive path to God. It’s because the Level of Being that the Bible calls “Father” can only be attained through the Level it calls “Son”. The ‘Son’ represents the mediator between the Father and the material world, and this means that we are connected to God only through this very high Level of Being which is represented in Christianity by the Christ. You can’t get around it.
Even St. Augustine said, “That which today is called the Christian religion existed among the ancients and has never ceased to exist from the origin of the human race until the time when Christ himself came and men began to call ‘Christian’ the true religion which already existed beforehand.” [from Augustine’s ‘Reconsiderations’, I.13.3]
4) You’ve mentioned aspects of Christianity, Judaism, and Greek Mythology. What about Islam? Do you include Islam in your theory of the underlying Unity of religions?
Contrary to the foolish assumptions of a few Islamic terrorists (who are really no different than Crusaders and Klansmen and the JDL and countless other boorish fools who have misunderstood religious teachings and gone off murdering in the name of God), Islam is not about violence. Islam is the religion of harmony, a harmony that is brought about by Faith in God’s Oneness, Surrender to God’s Will, and moral Virtue which is achieved through the constant remembrance of God throughout the day.For people who worry that Islam teaches hatred, intolerance and war, consider this small sampling of statements from the Qur’an:
5) A common complaint among secular people is that religion degrades women: Orthodox Jews separate them off in Synagogues, Catholics refuse to ordain women priests, Muslims keep them veiled and at the mercy of tyrannical husbands. Do you discuss this issue in your book?
There is much, much more of course, but I’ll leave that to a reading of the book. Let me just conclude by saying that in THE DOOR IS OPEN I make it eminently clear that the reason we must restore the Sacred Feminine to her full divine stature in our lives and culture is because without her all spiritual evolution is impossible. Without her all the ancient myths and holy scriptures are useless! We cannot follow Demeter and Persephone back to Olympus, we cannot obey the Law of Moses, we cannot walk in Christ’s footsteps, if we continue to misconstrue the perfect equality, the required harmony, and the absolute inter-dependence of `Male’ and `Female’ at every level of Creation. If for no other reason, I hope people will read this book right now.
A native of Boston (and life-long Red Sox fan) who came of age in the turbulent 1960’s, Dr. Andrew Cort has followed a uniquely versatile path through life.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree(in English) and Master’s in Teaching (Science Education) from Colgate University. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College (he practiced in New York City for ten years,focusing on nutrition, exercise, applied kinesiology, and the mind’s impact on physical health), as well as a Law Degree from Boston College Law School (he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar). During his years in New York, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of H.E.A.L., Inc. (“Health Education AIDS Liaison”) and wrote his first book, on issues of health care and the environment, Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet (Inner Traditions, 1990, currently out of print)
Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in a variety of colleges and schools, private and public, including The State University of New York in Morrisville, NY; Bay State College, in Boston, MA; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cort has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Mythology, Business Law, General Science, and English.
In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the work of many spiritual traditions — from the Bible, Plato, the Qur’an, Dante, etc., to contemporary teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner,Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani, Sri Aurobindo, Mme. Blavatsky, Oscar Ichazo, and others.
Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics, history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture. He is also the Host of Spirit of the Berkshires on CTSB-TV, and available worldwide on Vimeo.com and on his website.
Andrew Cort lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com.
To listen to Andrew Cort being interviewed by Robert Rose on his program, “CONTROVERSY, CIVILITY and COMPROMISE” Click Here
To listen to Andrew Cort being interviewed by Rea Wilke on her program, “YOUR LIFE NOW” Click Here
Andrew Cort is the host of “Spirit of the Berkshires“, an Interview Talk Show on CTSB-TV. Here is a 30 sec clip. (You can watch all the episodes in full by clicking Here.)
Introducing George Gilder, author of The Israel Test