Earn a Degree in Applied Awakening

An Immersive 1-Year Learning Experience in Applied Awakening and the Path of Non- separation

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Hi, I'm Michael Richardson-Borne. Thank you for your interest in Applied Awakening and the Path of Non-separation. If you’ve made it to this page, it means, more than likely, you are either a spiritual seeker, an aspiring change-maker or a working professional curious about how Applied Awakening can impact your personal life and career. 

Regardless, odds are you’re feeling stuck in your journey to discovering the true self and/or wondering why your life and the world just don’t seem quite right.  If this sounds familiar, a 1-year degree in Applied Awakening from Richardson-Borne Institute may be right for you.

Whether you’re a seasoned student of Applied Awakening or just beginning the Path of Non-separation, this 1 year degree program offers valuable support as you journey deeper into your self inquiry process. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to call me.  If you prefer email, use the 'Contact' option at the top of this page.

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Program Overview


During your first semester, I’ll support you on a journey of self inquiry via the Path of Non-separation using a combination of video lectures, contemplation exercises, companion readings, written essays and 1 on 1 guided self inquiry.  

After becoming familiar with the basics of Applied Awakening, in addition to our weekly self inquiry calls, you will engage the Oxford University tutorial system to create original written work that functions as the foundation of our exploration together.  This system consists of independent reading assignments and online lecture study culminating in bi-weekly written essays that we discuss during our 1 on 1 calls.

In this tutorial driven self inquiry process, our work together is designed to move you from “writing about Non-separation" to “writing from Non-separation" to "being written as Non-separation."

Month 1
​​​​​​​We’ll start by exploring the basics of Applied Awakening to give you a firm footing in the Non-separation conversation before launching into more complex lessons.  We will use the six most important questions in Applied Awakening to frame our first week of 1 on 1 self inquiry calls.

We’ll explore the primary assumption of humanity, how to locate your original story, how to see through the stories layered on top of this original story and how to inquire into to nature of impersonal experience.  This exploration will constitute a deep dive into the Path of Non-separation self inquiry process and support you as you examine the separate self and learn how to identify the culture of separation.

You will learn how to walk back through your collection of personality stories and move towards discovering what I call your “original story.”  If located, we will begin questioning the nature of this original story. You’ll emerge with the knowledge of the basics of Applied Awakening and a new practice that supports you on your journey to the realization of Non-separation. 

Month 2
​​​​​​​In month two, we will start the Oxford tutorial system, and your bi-weekly written essays will begin.  You will read the most recent articles on Applied Awakening and study online lessons composed of video lectures and written pointers designed to guide you towards the realization of Non-separation.  For each online lesson, you will answer a set of review questions that we use as exploration material for our 1 on 1 discussions – which will determine the topic you will explore in your essay.

Month 3
​​​​​​​In month three, we will continue working on essays while intensifying our focus on the self inquiry process.  In addition to the essays, I will introduce a new contemplation exercise that further teaches you how to recognize the culture of separation.  You will take a deep dive into understanding the differences between the mechanics of the culture of separation and one aligned with Non-separation – and be taught to understand how a world of “not separate” is different from one attached to all that is "separate."  The semester will close with a discussion of where you’d like to go in semester #2 and we will create a syllabus that will best serve you.



How does enrollment work?
You can enroll in the Richardson-Borne Institute 1-year degree program at the bottom of this page.  Your program begins the first Tuesday or Wednesday after which you enroll and pay program fees.  Your start date and study session time will be agreed upon via phone or email after you enroll.

How do I earn my Applied Awakening degree from Richardson-Borne Institute?
​​​​​​​By completing a total of four 3 month intensives at Richardson-Borne Institute.

​​​​​​​How do study sessions work?
​​​​​​​Study sessions are 1 on 1 video calls where we explore the Path of Non-separation in a number of different ways.  The degree program has two 1 on 1 study sessions per week.  These sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays or Wednesdays and Fridays.  All study sessions are 60 minutes.  The Oxford University tutorial system is used for much of the program.

How do I schedule my study sessions?
​​​​​​​Just give me a call to set a date and time.  You can find my phone number here.

How will we meet? 
​​​​​​​We will use my virtual classroom on Zoom.  You will be provided a personal link to the classroom.  All you’ll have to do is click the link and I will be there to greet you.

What kind of degree will I receive?
​​​​​​​Richardson-Borne Institute degree programs are designed to complement formal, for-credit curricula and, due to the subject matter being outside the realm of mainstream academia, can not offer accredited degrees.  You will, however, receive a transcript of results and a Certificate of Completion for a 1-Year Degree in Applied Awakening (DAA) from Richardson-Borne Institute that can be used on your CV/Resume.

Can I earn college credits?
​​​​​​​Students who wish to negotiate academic credits at their home university or students who would like to receive tuition reimbursement for programs credited towards their degree should contact their individual universities for specific credit requirements.

How much does the degree program cost?
​​​​​​​The cost of the program is $2,497 per 3 month semester. 

Want to View the Course Syllabus?

Leave your information below and I will send you a copy of the First Semester Syllabus for the 1-year degree program .

The syllabus will provide you with an in-depth, day to day, look at how the course unfolds over the 3 month study period.

Program Instructor

I am a transpersonal psychologist as well as the creator of Applied Awakening and the Path of Non-separation.  I have 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.  In 2016, I left my CEO position to create Richardson-Borne Institute, a think tank with degree programs that focus on advancing the field of Applied Awakening.

I studied philosophy on special student status at Oxford University and hold degrees in Biology and English Literature.  My 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. 

Robert Rabbin
Author, Radical Sages

“Michael is an angelic trouble maker.  His teaching is profoundly unique and will be a blessing to all who find their way to it.”

Paul Taylor
CMO, Ubiquity University

“One of the most creative forces on the planet.”

Hannah Davis
Executive Assistant

“Michael is a natural born teacher.  He makes a difficult subject very easy to grasp.”

Ken Wilber
Author, Integral Spirituality

“Startlingly original work of sheer genius.  Highly recommended.”

What You'll Receive
Applied Awakening Semester #1
24 One on One Calls

The 12-week semester includes two sixty minute calls per week.

Course Access

You receive access to 3 online courses – over 40 hours of content.

Email Support

In addition to two phone calls per week, I will be available to support you via email.

Student Center

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