A brief description of the 8-week journey in The Path of Non-separation online course.
If you could arrive at the doorstep of enlightenment in 8 weeks, would you take the journey?
Hi, I’m Michael Richardson-Borne.
Welcome to The Path of Non-separation “In the World Retreat.”
It’s an online course for you if you’re a spiritual seeker who is ready for an 8-week internal adventure that leads you directly to the doorstep of enlightenment.
This course is for you when you are ready to take profound action, to move beyond the limitations of your Separate Self – and to powerfully step into discovering who you truly are as an expression of what I call Non-separation.
So, if you know you are committed to spiritual transformation and are truly ready to dive into 8 weeks of continuous discovery – I invite you to take the course I’m offering below.
If you can fully commit to The Path of Non-separation for 8 weeks, you’re on your way to a priceless discovery – one that takes you to the doorstep of enlightenment.
All you’ll need to do is open the door.
Let's take this journey together.
If you’re ready to enroll, simply scroll to the bottom of this page.
Is this course for you?
If you answer YES to any of the following questions, you’re in the right place.
If you could access a more contemporary path to enlightenment that is intellectually stimulating and driven by cutting-edge spiritual practices, would you be interested?
If you could access a path to enlightenment taught like a modern college course that fits a style of learning you’re more accustomed to, would you be interested?
If you could access a path to enlightenment that isn’t taught by a guru or “god-man”, but more of a "university professor" or friend, would you be interested?
If you could access a path to enlightenment that skips the spiritual non-sense and is instead taught as a common-sense, practical birthright, would you be interested?
If you could access a path to enlightenment that grounds you firmly in the world rather than presses you to transcend it, would you be interested?
If you could access a path to enlightenment that doesn’t require a single second away from your real life responsibilities or a bunch of financial resources for lengthy spiritual retreats, would you be interested?
If you could access a path to enlightenment that is powerful for beginners and instructional for the already realized, would you be interested?
If you answered yes to any of these, you are interested in taking The Path of Non-separation “In the World Retreat” – an online course that leads you to the doorstep of enlightenment in 8 weeks.
But before we get to the information you need to enroll in the online course, let’s take a second to introduce you to The Path of Non-separation.
A Short Description of the 8-Week Path
The Path of Non-separation is a contemporary spiritual practice for men and women who are seeking enlightenment – what I call Non-separation.
It provides an experiential framework composed of the 8 main levels of identity you need to pass through in order to reach the doorstep of enlightenment (and many even open the door.)
Each level has an intellectual component called a “self-inquiry exercise” and an associated “in the world practice” that empowers you to integrate one level while entering the next.
All practices are “relational” – which means the way they’re “activated” is through engagement with all of your current relationships.
The Path of Non-separation is taught in a college-style lecture format (via video) with weekly “office hours” (via video conference call) where you will speak with me and other participants in the program to have all of your questions answered.
By engaging the video lectures, self-inquiry exercises, spiritual practices, and conference calls for 8 weeks, your identity gradually shifts from “separation” to “not separate” – and with a little perseverance, Non-separation.
What You Will Experience in the Online Course
What is it? – A personal experience that exists one step removed from the “alive moment” and encounters only a faint echo of life.
Week 1 Practice: Elocution
The Experience: A shift from mental mayhem to consistent attention.
What is it? – That which is revealed when focus on the external world is so complete that the personal experience of "presence" begins to appear.
Week 2 Practice: Inside-Out
The Experience: A shift from consistent attention to centered focus.
What is it? – Moving from the sole focus on the external world to making the turn within, the mind is discovered to be a collection of stories living as the total definition of who one is.
Week 3 Practice: The External Not Separate
The Experience: A shift from centered focus on the external world to centered focus on the internal world.
What is it? – The mechanism by which living as a Story Identity creates suffering. It can be described as "the outcome of comparing 'the way things are' versus 'the way things are supposed to be’."
Week 4 Practice: The Internal Not Separate
The Experience: A shift from “unaware separation” to “aware separation.”
What is it? – The first story of individuality that happened to you. The personal "internal presence" that the Story Identity and Personal Myth define as one's Separate Self.
Week 5 Practice: Who’s Aware of the Story?
The Experience: A shift from a fragmented “many-storied” separation to a unified “mono-storied” separation.
What is it? – The impersonal experience of being that does not include personal experience.
Week 6 Practice: Living the Impersonal
The Experience: A shift from the personal experience of separation to the impersonal experience of separation.
What is it? – The impersonal existence of being that includes all personal & impersonal experience.
Week 7 Practice: Lived Non-separation
The Experience: A shift from the impersonal experience of separation to impersonal existence.
What is it? – The spontaneous application of the remembrance of Non-separation.
Week 8 Practice: Life Itself
The Experience: Being spontaneously lived as an invitation to Non-separation.
• It’s Guided
Speak with me weekly on a group video conference call to get your questions answered.
• It’s Modern
Taught as a university-style course that makes your journey to enlightenment more tangible.
• It’s Relational
Immediately apply the practices to your life as you interact with those around you.
• It’s Communal
Give and receive support to other practitioners you meet on weekly conference calls.
• It’s Real
No spiritual runaround here. If you're willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, we'll get along just fine.
“Startlingly original work of sheer genius. Highly recommended, if you can handle it!"
Ken Wilber, Author, Integral Spirituality
I’ve been a seeker for a long while and I must say, the course was 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 The Path of Non-separation without reservation.
Thomas M., Course Participant
“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 [email protected]: How Fundamentalism Stole My Heart and Doubt Freed My Soul
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 where there came into focus. This gave me 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 map Michael created will lead you there.
Mary T., Course Participant
Working with Michael was a revelation. I could go on and on about the course, but I’d rather talk about him. Michael is 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 Participant
"Michael quickly saw an elephant in the room blocking my development. He helped me resolve the situation quickly and with a minimum of pain. And so my journey continues with Michael. He’s an example of a “rare one” that all of us should be so lucky to experience."
Mark Goulston, M.D., Author, Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
"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
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 doubt I am a living invitation to Non-separation. I recommend this course to anyone who has ever wondered about enlightenment.
Frank L., Course Participant
Michael Richardson-Borne is 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, most recently, worked for five years as the CEO of Globalish Institute, a privately owned think tank in Los Angeles – an organization that globally recognized philosopher Ken Wilber called “startlingly original work of sheer genius.” In 2016, Michael left his CEO position to focus on his private practice and to further develop his work in Applied Awakening.
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 leaders selected for the inaugural Global Cooperative Forum. Young leaders of the New Arab Spring movement call him "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.
He now teaches programs in Applied Awakening. Program topics include everything from spirituality and transpersonal psychology to diplomacy, social justice, and the arts.
You will gain access to all course materials immediately after purchase.
A brief description of the 8-week journey in The Path of Non-separation online course.
Each of the 8 lessons begins with a few video lectures to set the tone for the week. There are over 10 hours of detailed video lectures in the course.
Each of the 8 lessons contains written self- inquiry exercises to help you discover deeper and deeper levels of your identity.
Each of the 8 lessons provides you with an "in the world practice" to engage for a week. They seamlessly fit into your day to day life and guide you toward the experience of Non-separation.
Speak with me once a week in a group conference call to answer all of your questions. My "office hours" are Mondays, 9pm EST, 6PM PST. You will be given my Zoom meeting room link – so joining the weekly calls is a simple process.