A 6-Month Program with Michael Richardson-Borne
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Applied Awakening

A 21ST CENTURY JOURNEY TO SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

& TRAINING FOR ENLIGHTENED ACTION IN THE WORLD

Hi, I'm Michael Richardson-Borne.

Welcome to the Applied Awakening Study Program.

Applied Awakening is a program for you when you’re ready for a 6-month psychological journey designed to guide you to the truth of spiritual awakening and an enlightened life.

Please know I do not take this description of Applied Awakening lightly – what I’m offering is an intensive program and I want you to understand that up front.

Working with me requires what many spiritual traditions call “earnestness” – what I’d define as serious commitment, sustained curiosity, and the solid willingness to work intimately with a guide all rolled into one.

In short, 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.

All that said, whether you’re just starting your spiritual path or you’re a more seasoned spiritual seeker, if you’re passionate about awakening, I’m confident you will thrive with the guidance the program offers.

If you feel inspired by what you read below, schedule a call and let’s talk about how I can be of service.

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Will You Answer the Call?

Dear Friend,

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 begging you to get down to business when it comes to your full-on spiritual awakening, the only means by which you will transform your life and relationships, heal your doubt, anger, fear, or anxiety, and become an active part of course-correcting 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 believe in you, I’m committed to supporting your spiritual journey, and that your awakening is the key to changing the world.

I offer these words with relaxed urgency.

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

So, will you answer the call?

I send you all of the encouragement I can muster as an invitation to say yes.

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.

This means the intended outcomes of the program are developing a detailed understanding of what the Separate Self is, learning how to properly question the Separate Self’s reality, and then transcending the Separate Self so that your identity is no longer embedded in a sense of separation.

To sum it up in a sentence, you will come to experience where the Separate Self ends and where Applied Awakening begins.

Growing beyond the Separate Self is traditionally called spiritual awakening or enlightenment.

I find these two terms a bit grandiose, so in this program we'll refer to them as "the remembrance of Non-separation,” a practical realization that must occur before Applied Awakening takes effect.

Knowing this, the question becomes less about what Applied Awakening is and more about how you get to the remembrance of Non-separation.

That’s where this 6-month program 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 6 months, 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 lived experience of Applied Awakening.

The Path of Non-separation is taught via weekly in-person one-on-one video calls as well as pre-recorded college-style video lectures presented on a custom learning platform you can access anywhere with an internet connection.

In addition to the calls and lectures, all lessons include a contemplative component called a “self-inquiry exercise” and an associated “in the world practice” that you’ll perform between calls as you integrate one level of identity and experientially enter the next.

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 6 months, you discover how a Separate Self was constructed to create your identity, how to effectively question this identity to experience deeper layers beyond the Separate Self, and how to integrate these deeper layers of identity in order to realize Non-separation, what is traditionally called spiritual awakening.

With the remembrance of Non-separation comes the lived experience of Applied Awakening, the spontaneous unfolding of an enlightened life.

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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 program Michael created will lead you there."

Mary T.
Program Graduate
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Who should enroll in the program?
People from all over the world and from every walk of life participate in the Applied Awakening Study Program. While the teachings in this program are designed to support anyone interested in spiritual awakening, the following groups of people may be particularly well suited:
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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 seeker's journey.
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The Anxious
Those struggling to find peace in a chaotic world, those seeking to improve their relationships, 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 months 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 program to anyone who has ever wondered about enlightenment."

Frank L.
Program Graduate
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Here's what you'll receive when you enroll:
1. The Path of Non-separation Online Course

The Path of Non-separation online course is the foundation of your 6-month journey to Applied Awakening. The course consists of 8 lessons, each containing 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 online course, 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 practices teach you how to embrace this new identity experientially as you engage with the world. Each lesson advances your understanding of Applied Awakening while guiding you to the remembrance of Non-separation.

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3. Weekly One-on-One Video Calls

Each week we’ll share a call via Zoom to deepen your progression toward Applied Awakening. During the calls, we generally begin with a 10 to 15 minute talk about the week’s lesson. Then, we have a conversation about your experience of the week's practice. Last, we have a self-inquiry discussion before we end the call by introducing the topic for the upcoming week.

There are 24 calls included in the 6-month program, each lasting one hour.

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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 program materials. The platform keeps you organized, guiding you from one week to another so that you easily navigate the program 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 program based on your questions.

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Plus receive these 4 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.
BONUS #3
A Guide is Not Guidance

A Guide is Not Guidance is 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. We study this book together in Month 3 as a means of integrating the first 8 weeks of the program.

BONUS #4
Amber Waves of Grain

Amber Waves of Grain is a training book about enlightened action. Over the course of 20 chapters, you’ll discover how Applied Awakening addresses specific challenges in the world. We use this book in Month 5 of the program when you’re studying the applications of Non-separation and focusing on how to see the world from the perspective of Applied Awakening.

Here's everything you'll receive:

1) The Path of Non-separation Online Course – 8 Lessons, 30 Lectures, 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 One-On-One Video Calls – 24 Live Calls with Michael Richardson-Borne to Guide Your Journey to Applied Awakening

4) Custom Online Learning Platform – A Username and Password to Access All Applied Awakening Study Program Lessons & Content

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

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

7) Bonus #3 – Downloadable Copy of A Guide is Not Guidance: Inquiries into Applied Awakening & The Path of Non-separation

8) Bonus #4 – Downloadable Copy of Amber Waves of Grain: An Applied Awakening Guide Book for Enlightened Action in the World
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Let's Get Started.
Schedule Your Free Intro Call Today

The intro call is a half hour meet and greet where we will discuss your goals and determine if I can be of service to your path.

If I feel I can be of service, I will invite you to a free 90-minute exploratory session where you will begin The Path of Non-separation. At the end of this call you will be prepared to decide if you’d like to enroll in the Applied Awakening Study Program.

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"Startlingly original work of sheer genius. Highly recommended, if you can handle it!"
KEN WILBER
Author
Integral Spirituality
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Applied Awakening Program Curriculum
Months 1 & 2

The Applied Awakening Study Program begins with a 2-month experiential journey of the 8 levels of identity traversed on The Path of Non-separation. 

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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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Applied Awakening Program Curriculum
Months 3-6

In months 3 through 6, we work together to advance your understanding of Non-separation by embracing a set of exercises and practices that reinforces Applied Awakening as your lived experience.

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Month 3 – Integration

In month 3, you integrate your understanding of Non-separation by studying A Guide is Not Guidance, a book you receive with the program that enhances your ability to navigate levels of identity while you deepen into your own experience of awakening.

A Guide is Not Guidance is a collection of transcribed question and answer sessions I’ve held with students of Applied Awakening. On each week’s call, we dive into their inquiries and discuss the ins and outs of my responses in a way that adds clarity to your experience of Non-separation from the first 2 months of the program.

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Month 4 – Communication

In month 4, we utilize the Oxford University tutorial system as I support you in writing and defending an essay on what you’ve discovered about Non-separation and Applied Awakening over the first 3 months of the program. If writing isn't your thing, don't worry – I'll be there with you every step of the way.

I’ve found the best way for participants to grasp Non-separation is to “teach the teacher.” This method demands that your approach to the realization of Non-separation be “from the inside out” rather than “the outside in” – which loosens your dependence on my perspective and frees you from my guidance.

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Month 5 – Application

In month 5, we focus on enlightened action by studying Amber Waves of Grain, a book you receive with the program that supports you in applying your new-found experience of Non-separation to “real world” solutions in your life and the world.

At this point in the program we shift our attention from the remembrance of Non-separation to the applications of Non-separation. Amber Waves of Grain is a book I wrote about the impact Non-separation has on a number of political issues in our world today. By studying this writing together on our weekly calls, you discover various ways in which your lived experience of Applied Awakening changes the world.

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Month 6 – Activation

In month 6, we return to the Oxford tutorial system where I support you in writing and defending another paper. Here, you utilize your experience of Non-separation to address an issue important to you as an exercise in showing your arrival at Applied Awakening.

Writing and defending this final paper reveals your grasp of Applied Awakening and brings you full-circle to the original promise I made about the program where I described it as "a 21st century journey to spiritual awakening and training for enlightened action in the world."

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"I’ve been a seeker for a long while and I must say, the program 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.
Program Graduate
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Let's Get Started.


A 6-Month Program with Michael Richardson-Borne
Schedule your free intro call today.
APPLIED AWAKENING

A 21ST CENTURY JOURNEY TO SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

& TRAINING FOR ENLIGHTENED ACTION IN THE WORLD

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"Working with Michael was a revelation. I could go on and on about the program, 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 program 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.
Program Graduate
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FAQ
How do I schedule my free intro call?

Simply go to my calendar here and select a date and time.

What happens during and after my free intro call?

The intro call is a half hour meet and greet where we will discuss your goals and determine if I can be of service to your path.

If I feel I can be of service, I will invite you to a free 90-minute exploratory session where you will begin The Path of Non-separation. At the end of this call you will be prepared to decide if you’d like to enroll in the Applied Awakening Study Program.

Why do I have to commit to 6 months?

After teaching the program for a number of years, I have found that 6 months is the minimum time needed to succeed for the vast majority of participants who enroll in the program.

Enacting and grounding change takes time, especially with the topic I teach. Awakening isn’t something that can be handed over like a baton. It’s not a theory or skill to learn, it’s something to become. This kind of fundamental transformation requires a significant commitment.

You’re a psychologist. Can the Applied Awakening Study Program function as therapy?

No. This program is meant for people who are pursuing spiritual enlightenment, what I call the realization of Non-separation. The Applied Awakening Study Program does not function as and is not a replacement for medical and/or psychological services addressing mental illness.

How much does the program cost?

This depends on a number of factors that we will discuss during our 90-minute exploratory session. I can tell you that it’s comparable to a psychologist’s hourly rate in my part of the United States. Nobody has ever been shocked or considered it unreasonable.

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

Schedule your free intro call here and we’ll discuss your questions during our talk.

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Let's Get Started.
Schedule Your Free Intro Call Today

The intro call is a half hour meet and greet where we will discuss your goals and determine if I can be of service to your path.

If I feel I can be of service, I will invite you to a free 90-minute exploratory session where you will begin The Path of Non-separation. At the end of this call you will be prepared to decide if you’d like to enroll in the Applied Awakening Study Program.

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