Michael Richardson-Borne is an American spiritual teacher and the creator of Applied Awakening and The Path of Non-Separation. Simplifying spiritual awakening into a series of “micro jumps” where many small shifts of identity experience accumulate to reveal what he calls Non-Separation, Michael’s teaching is now internationally recognized as a means to enact personal, cultural, and systemic change.
Michael’s work is portrayed in many mediums – everything from identity depth assessments with corresponding educational curriculum to spiritual, philosophical, and literary writing, lectures, and short films. He is currently working on a 4-volume series titled The Only Revolution Left.
Rather than living as a Separate Self in a nation filled with “others,” Michael’s life is a lived invitation to Non-Separation, a continuous call to establish a United States of America that no longer accepts the assumption of separative identities as the status quo.
In his early 20s, Michael met Guy Davenport (1926-2001), the man who would become his mentor and have the biggest artistic impact on his life. Davenport was a globally recognized polymath – a professor, a writer, a painter, a translator, and recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant.
Michael fondly remembers a snowy Saturday morning during one of his many weekend visits to Guy’s house where they first discussed Guy’s controversial novella, Wo Es War, Soll Ich Werden. The title was taken from a famous quote by Sigmund Freud that translates, “Where it was, there shall I be,” or “Where id was, there ego shall be.”
Inspired by their conversation, Michael wrote a collection of poems that emulated Davenport’s colorful use of language, blending it with a passionate interest in eastern spiritual traditions and an exploration of Freud’s concept of the ego.
Michael titled this early work Soll Ich Werden, as its motive was to reveal “where ego shall be” as known from an awareness he had experienced that was able to objectify the ego.
Soll Ich Werden stuck as the over-arching moniker for Michael’s aesthetic, one that lives at the intersection of contemporary poetry, American culture, transpersonal psychology, and the remembrance of Non-Separation.
Today, Michael continues to work on a large collection of poems titled Where It Was as well as an experimental novel called There Shall I Be. He is also experimenting with short films shot on his iPhone.