An 8-Week Online Course with Michael Richardson-Borne
Starting on August 22, 2020
Enrollment Open for a Limited Time
Applied Awakening

A 21ST CENTURY JOURNEY TO SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

& TRAINING FOR POST-ENLIGHTENMENT ACTION IN THE WORLD

Hi, I'm Michael Richardson-Borne.

Welcome to the Applied Awakening online course.

Applied Awakening is a program for you when you’re ready for an 8-week psychological journey designed to guide you to the doorstep of spiritual awakening and an enlightened life.

Please know I do not take this claim lightly – I come to you with full sincerity not a marketing scheme. There are plenty of gimmicks out there, I know.  Applied Awakening is not one of them.

Before you read further, if you’re feeling skeptical because the topic is “enlightenment” or need to be convinced about the authenticity of the offering, although you’re more than welcome to participate, it’s likely not a good time for you to enroll in the course.

On the flip side, if you’re interested in, even passionate about, spiritual awakening and would benefit from real support, then it’s probably time for us to talk.

You can rest assured Applied Awakening is not spiritual entertainment for your ego.

Rather, it’s a practical process that helps you question your ego as you come to know who you truly are, why the world is the way it is, and the only way you can change it.

If you feel this is the direction your life is leading you, let’s get to work.

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Will You Answer the Call?

Dear Friends,

In this time of great transition, the world is desperately calling for your awakening.

Economic disparity. Racial tension. Culture wars. Environmental destruction. The growth of authoritarian governments. The list goes on and on.

Have you ever asked yourself what these problems are trying to tell you?

Simply put, they’re continuous cries for you to awaken to the depths of who you truly are.

What you see in the world today is no longer gently coaxing you to take your personal growth seriously.

It’s literally screaming at you to get down to business when it comes to your full-on spiritual awakening, the only means to address fear and anxiety, and to course-correct the current crisis of separation in our world.

Right now, in this very moment, the question you have to answer is this

Are you one of the people who will respond to the call?

Although I don’t know how you’ll proceed, what I do know is I’m committed to you and your awakening process.

Should we come together face to face, I promise to be devoted to you as a living invitation to Applied Awakening.

I say all of this with relaxed urgency.

As I see it, when it comes to changing your life and the world, where you go from here is a crucial decision.

The fact you’re in a position to receive a message of this nature should be all you need to know.

not separate,

Michael

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"Post-Enlightenment action in the world, what I call Applied Awakening, begins with the realization of Non-separation."

–Michael Richardson-Borne
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What is Applied Awakening?

Applied Awakening is post-enlightenment action in the world.

It’s how your life functions after spiritual awakening where effortless understanding and spontaneous action are rooted beyond the ego or Separate Self.

What does this have to do with changing the world and living an enlightened life?

Well, Applied Awakening is literally the only type of action that empowers you to produce lasting change in a world that accepts the reality of a Separate Self as its foundational belief.

It’s also the only type of action that reveals you are leading an enlightened life where every moment of your existence is known to be lived as an invitation to spiritual awakening.

Applied Awakening begins with the realization of what I call “Non-separation” – a realization that must occur before changing the world and leading an enlightened life takes effect.

Knowing this, the question becomes less about what Applied Awakening is and more about how you get there.

That’s where this course comes in.

If you want to arrive at Applied Awakening, you’ll need to take a journey.

The journey is a self-inquiry process called The Path of Non-separation.

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"I spent years with Indian master Ramesh Balsekar. He always said someone would translate the awakening experience in a way that was palatable to “the West.”  It’s my feeling that Michael is that person and The Path of Non-separation is the way."
ALAN SHELTON
Author
Awakened Leadership: Beyond Self Mastery
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The Path of Non-separation

The Path of Non-separation is a contemporary self-inquiry process for those who are interested in or actively pursuing spiritual awakening – what I call Non-separation.

Over the course of 8 weeks, The Path of Non-separation provides a framework that supports you in gaining an experiential understanding of the 8 main levels of identity you need to pass through in order to reach the doorstep of enlightenment.

The Path of Non-separation is taught in a college-style lecture format via pre-recorded videos presented on a custom learning platform you can access anywhere with an internet connection. Each of the 8 lessons contains 3 to 4 lectures that are between 10 and 30 minutes in length.

Each lesson also has a contemplative component called a “self-inquiry exercise” and an associated “in the world practice” that you’ll engage for a week while you integrate one level of identity and experientially enter the next.

In addition to the lectures and practices, you participate in weekly group calls (via video conference) where you speak with me and other participants in the program to share your experience and to have all of your questions answered.

The Path of Non-separation is designed to easily fit into your daily routine by using a method called “relational meditation” – which means the practices are “activated” as you relate with people while navigating your day to day life.

By engaging The Path of Non-separation for 8 weeks, you discover how you constructed a Separate Self to create an identity, how to effectively question your identity to uncover deeper layers beyond the Separate Self, and how to experience these layers of identity in order to realize Non-separation, what is traditionally called spiritual awakening.

The “goal” of the 8-week path is to remember who you are as an expression of Non-separation, an “endpoint” that triggers Applied Awakening to become your lived existence.

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"It’s truly something when the experiences Michael describes actually begin showing up in your life. Every week is like finding a new treasure. Parts of my mind I never knew were there came into focus. This gave me the confidence to dig deeper. Until I met Michael, I always felt lost to some degree when it came to my spiritual path. But The Path of Non-separation is like a GPS. Just type in the destination “Non-separation” and the course Michael created will lead you there."

Mary T.
Course Graduate
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Who should enroll in this course?
People from all over the world and from every walk of life participate in the Applied Awakening online course. While the teachings in this program are designed to support anyone interested in spiritual awakening, the following groups of people may be particularly suited for the course:
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The Seeker
Those well-versed in spiritual teachings and ready to take "the final step" and those committed to awakening who are looking to add structure to their seekers journey.
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The Anxious
Those struggling to find peace in a chaotic world and those seeking a way to understand and transform feelings of fear about the future.
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The Changemaker
Those intent on changing problems like systemic racism, those who want to know why our calls for social justice never create lasting change, and those who are ready to incite "the only revolution left."
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The Curious
Beginners of self-inquiry searching for support, those who prefer memorable experiences over possessions, and those who've ever wondered about "this whole enlightenment thing."
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The Intellectual
Those interested in the intersection of psychology and awakening and those on a spiritual path that includes the study of philosophy ("eastern" and/or "western.")
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The Spiritual
Those practicing meditation and/or mindfulness, those wishing to make sense of past "oneness experiences," and those who've held esoteric or mystical belief systems that now seem "to come up short."
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"Michael illuminates the experience of awakening in novel ways that are captivating, and penetrate humanity's stubborn addiction to the illusion of separation and difference."
AMIR NASR
Author
My Islam: How Fundamentalism Stole My Heart and Doubt Freed My Soul

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Meet Your Guide

Michael Richardson-Borne is a transpersonal psychologist as well as the creator of Applied Awakening and The Path of Non-separation.

He has supported the launch of multiple successful startup companies in the field of transformational education and was formerly employed as the CEO of Globalish Institute, a privately funded think tank in Los Angeles guided by his research in developmental psychology. In 2016, Michael left his CEO position to focus on his private practice and to further develop his work in Applied Awakening.

In addition to his training in psychology, Michael studied philosophy on special student status at Oxford University and holds degrees in Biology and English. He is an award-winning poet and short-story writer as well as one of 50 global teachers selected for the inaugural Global Cooperative Forum. Young leaders of the New Arab Spring movement call him “a true voice for change,” and "the most dangerous man in America."

His primary spiritual support came from Alan Shelton, a retired CPA who spent a decade in India where he studied with Advaita teacher Ramesh Balsekar, the translator for renowned teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Michael now teaches online programs in Applied Awakening to students around the world. Program topics include everything from spirituality and transpersonal psychology to diplomacy, social justice, and the arts.

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"By the time I got to the 4th week, I was stunned. My life had already been transformed and I still had 4 more weeks to go! By the 8th week, I was pretty much speechless. I couldn’t believe how deep I’d gone in such a short time. As I sit here today, I am truly grateful because I now know without a shadow of a doubt I am a living invitation to Non-separation. I recommend this course to anyone who has ever wondered about enlightenment."

Frank L.
Course Graduate
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Here's what you'll receive in the course:
1. The Path of Non-separation Lecture Series

The Path of Non-separation lecture series is the foundation of your journey to Applied Awakening. The series consists of 8 lessons, one for each week of the course. Each week’s lesson contains 3 to 4 video lectures that are between 10 and 30 minutes in length. Over 10 hours of video are included in the course.

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2. Self-Inquiry Meditations, Journal Exercises, & "In the World" Contemplative Practices

In addition to the video lectures, each of your 8 lessons includes guided self-inquiry processes, writing exercises, and a contemplative practice to engage for the week. The self-inquiry processes and writing exercises support you in bringing a new level of identity into your awareness while the practice teaches you how to embrace this new identity experientially while you engage with the world.

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3. Weekly Zoom Group Calls

Each week you share a call via Zoom with me and the rest of the participants in your group. During group calls, I generally begin with a 10 to 15 minute talk about the week’s lesson. Then, I check in with each participant and inquire into their experience of the week's practice. Last, we have a group discussion before I end the call by introducing the topic for the upcoming lesson.

The number of people in each group is capped so that I maximize the amount of time I spend with each participant.

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4. Custom Online Learning Platform

Immediately after enrolling, you receive a username and password to the learning platform where you access all of your course materials. The platform is organized to guide you from one lesson to another so that you easily navigate the course and complete the materials in the correct order.

The platform also provides you with a growing catalog of supplemental video lectures as I continue to develop the course.

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5. An Invitation to My "Office Hours"

On Monday and Wednesday evenings at 9PM EST, I make myself available via Zoom for participants who have questions or just want to check-in and talk about how the week is going. These meetings are not mandatory – you are welcome to pop in for a few minutes to ask a question or to stay for the entire time. Totally up to you.

These calls usually last around an hour but sometimes last longer if someone from the West Coast needs extra time in order to attend.

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Plus receive these 3 bonus items:

BONUS #1
Applied Awakening Study Room
The study room is an online library that holds all of my essays, Q&As, books, research lectures, and film shorts. Everything in the study room is great supplemental content to study as you go deeper into Applied Awakening.
BONUS #2
Applied Awakening Teaching Studio
The teaching studio contains the total collection of my video lectures. Video topics range from self-inquiry and spirituality to politics, transpersonal psychology, and American culture.
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A Guide is Not Guidance

Receive an e-copy of A Guide is Not Guidance, a collection of transcribed question and answer sessions that delves into the internal explorations of Applied Awakening practitioners who are seeking the realization of Non-separation.

Here's everything you'll receive when you enroll:

1) The Path of Non-separation Lecture Series – 8 Weeks, 8 Lessons, and Over 10 Hours of Video Content

2) Self-Inquiry Meditations, Journal Exercises, & “In the World Practices” – Spiritual Practices that Easily Integrate Into Your Daily Routine and Guide You to the Experience of Applied Awakening

3) Weekly Zoom Group Calls – 9 Live Calls with Michael Richardson-Borne and All Group Participants

4) Custom Online Learning Platform – A Username and Password to Access All Applied Awakening and The Path of Non-separation Content

5) An Invitation to My “Office Hours” – Live Q&A Sessions with Michael Richardson-Borne Twice a Week

6) Bonus #1 – Access to the Applied Awakening Study Room

7) Bonus #2 – Access to the Applied Awakening Teaching Studio

8) Bonus #3 – Downloadable Copy of A Guide is Not Guidance: Inquiries into Applied Awakening & The Path of Non-separation
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We Begin Saturday, August 22 at 11AM EST | 8AM PST

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"Startlingly original work of sheer genius. Highly recommended, if you can handle it!"
KEN WILBER
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Integral Spirituality
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Applied Awakening Course Curriculum
Live Teaching and Q&A Discussion with Michael Richardson-Borne

You experience live teaching of Applied Awakening and The Path of Non-separation throughout the course.

With 9 group calls and an invitation to 16 office hours, you have access to over 25 hours of face to face time with me over the 8 weeks of the course.

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Week 1 – Relational Meditation

In week one, you learn how to perform relational meditation, the type of self-inquiry process used throughout the course to ground the teaching of Applied Awakening in experiential understanding.

The Experience:

Transitioning from an identity that exists one step removed from the “alive moment” to one where the focus on the external world is so complete that the personal experience of "presence" appears.

The Shift:

A shift from mental mayhem to consistent attention followed by a shift from consistent attention to centered focus.

Topics Include:

> Why, in your current state, you may only be experiencing a faint echo of life

> The difference between an unaware life and a life of continuous presence

What it feels like to have “total focus” on the external world and why this is important before you begin a self-inquiry process

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Week 2 – Story Identity

The Experience:

Moving from the sole focus on the external world to making the turn within, your mind and identity are discovered to be a collection of stories living as the total definition of who you are.

The Shift:

A shift from centered focus on the external world to centered focus on the internal world.

Topics Include:

> How stories limit the depth of your internal experience and create “self and other”

> How global systems are collectively rooted in Story Identity and why this creates separation in the world

How Story Identity obstructs your relationships and awakening process – and why existing at this level of identity is blocking you from making real change in your life and the world

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Week 3 – Personal Myth

The Experience:

Coming to know the mechanism by which suffering/separation/conflict is created within your identity, you learn to actively watch the gap between “the way things are supposed to be” and “the way things are.”

The Shift:

A shift from “unaware separation” to “aware separation.”

Topics Include:

> Why identifying the mental structure of conflict/separation, what the Buddha called suffering, is important for taking the next step toward spiritual awakening

> How to reframe your internal narrative to immediately experience feelings of interconnection with everyone around you

What a “oneness experience” is and how to stabilize it as your baseline identity

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Week 4 – Original Story

The Experience:

Transitioning your identity into a personal experience where the world is inside of you instead of outside, you gain the ability to observe your identity stories from the viewpoint of a “still internal presence."

The Shift:

A shift from a fragmented “many-storied” separation to a unified “mono-storied” separation.

Topics Include:

> How to drop all of your identity stories in order to recognize that a “deeper you” remains

> What it feels like to rest as “the observer” rather than be embedded in the stories of the observed

How to break free from a contracted identity and step into the emergent experience of personal being rather than personal doing

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Week 5 – The Separate Self

The Experience:

Gaining complete clarity on how stories fit together to construct the sense of separation you feel, you now confidently know what is hindering your own spiritual awakening and are fully prepared to move into the next phase of self-inquiry.

The Shift:

A shift from living life as a statement to living life as a question.

Topics Include:

> How to connect the three elements that compose your Separate Self and why understanding this interconnection is imperative before taking the deepest dive into self-inquiry

> Why you must experience your Separate Self as a question rather than a firm declaration when moving into deeper layers of identity

Why the foundational assumption of humanity is the belief in a Separate Self and how this belief creates a “Culture of Separation”

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Week 6 – Impersonal Experience

The Experience:

Seeing through the Separate Self, you locate an Impersonal experience of being that does not include personal experience.

The Shift:

A shift from the personal experience of separation to the impersonal experience of separation.

Topics Include:

> How a sense of individuality happened to you and why understanding this inquiry frees you of the Separate Self

> Why Impersonal Experience does not mean “detached” or “aloof” but rather reveals an intimacy beyond anything the Separate Self can experience

How a detailed understanding of “the absolute” and “the relative” leads you to the doorstep of awakening

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Week 7 – Non-separation

The Experience:

Seeing through the limitations of Impersonal Experience, you become the Impersonal Existence of being that includes all personal & impersonal experience.

The Shift:

A shift from the Impersonal Experience of separation to Impersonal Existence.

Topics Include:

> Why surrendering self-authorship is the final step of spiritual awakening

> How to wake up to the fact you are not personally or impersonally living life but rather life is living you

Why the Separate Self is real because observable, but has no independent existence of its own

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Week 8 – Applied Awakening

The Experience:

Being lived as Impersonal Existence, your life is the spontaneous application of the remembrance of Non-separation.

The Shift:

A shift from doing the living as an Impersonal Experience to being spontaneously lived as an invitation to Non-separation.

Topics Include:

> Why taking The Path of Non-separation is “the only revolution left” and how Applied Awakening is the only “outcome” that will enact real change in your life and the world

> How Applied Awakening effortlessly self-rightens the Culture of Separation

How Applied Awakening begins the instant you realize Non-separation, transforming your life into a spontaneous invitation to spiritual awakening

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"I’ve been a seeker for a long while and I must say, the course is illuminating. Many of the things I had read about and contemplated over many years, I finally got to experience. To say I am thankful is an understatement. I recommend Applied Awakening without reservation."

Thomas M.
Course Graduate
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An Online Course with Michael Richardson-Borne
Starting on August 22, 2020
Enrollment Open for a Limited Time
APPLIED AWAKENING

A 21ST CENTURY JOURNEY TO SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

& TRAINING FOR POST-ENLIGHTENMENT ACTION IN THE WORLD

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"Working with Michael was a revelation. I could go on and on about the course, but I’d rather talk about him. Michael is a great listener and went out of his way to make sure I was always satisfied with my understanding. It was obvious from the start he was invested in my journey. The man who recommended the course to me was impressed by what he called “precision of the teaching.” But what I will most remember is not the mental part but the “precision of the heart."

Cassandra P.
Course Graduate
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FAQ
Is the course live or pre-recorded?

Each week's lesson contains two to three pre-recorded video lectures. In addition to the video lectures, you attend one live group call per week. You also have access to my "office hours" which are live via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday nights.

What do you mean by “office hours?”

On Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 9PM EST | 6PM PST, I am available in my Zoom virtual office to answer any questions you may have. You receive a link to my virtual office immediately after enrollment. Office hours are more informal than group calls and are not mandatory.

I want to take the course but the timing isn’t right due to my prior commitments. How do I get contacted about future offerings?

Feel free to join the course waiting list and I will contact you when a new course opens enrollment. The wait time is usually 4 to 8 weeks.

I have further questions about the course. How do I contact support?

There are two options. You can send an email here or schedule a call with me here.

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