Leaders of Separation
American History is Not What You Think

An Online Course Taught by Transpersonal Psychologist and Applied Awakening Creator Michael Richardson-Borne​​​​​​​

Hi, I'm Michael Richardson-Borne.

What if I told you all of America’s most revered leaders were and are still embedded in a separate self and are leaving you blinded by a culture of separation in the name of freedom and change?  What if I told you there is a way for you to see through this culture of separation, and to become the ever illusive “change you wish to see in the world?”  If I told you this, would you be courageous enough to step into a process that would transform the way you experience the world?

Leaders of Separation is designed to support you in a self inquiry process that helps you remember who you truly are. It supports you in understanding how the belief in a separate self dominates every aspect of your life and culture.  By providing a way to break free of this unknowing belief in separation, Leaders of Separation reveals the illusion at the core of your experience and functions as a guide while you take a journey to align your life with what our leaders (past and present) have missed and are missing – the remembrance of Non-separation.

A Useful Analogy


Let’s open with an analogy.  Think of self inquiry, what I call the Path of Non-separation, as a journey from New York to Los Angeles – a journey that has an accurate, comprehensive map to show you how to get there. Now, think of being attached to a separate self as a journey from New York to Los Angeles whose map shows that Denver is the western edge of the world. Because the geography from Denver to Los Angeles is unknown by the separate self, it assumes Los Angeles doesn’t exist and leaves the pain associated with this extra distance untraversed.  On the flip side, self inquiry begins by traveling from New York to Denver – but instead of stopping at a limited separate self that suffers in what is thought of as the final destination (aka Denver), the nature of your separate self is questioned so that you can take the rest of the journey to Los Angeles.  

Leaders of Separation shows you how and why you are stuck in Denver.  It illuminates the fact that since the pain of a separate self still lives in your life, you remain in Denver and try to make the best of it.  It reveals how remaining in Denver is to remain in the culture of separation – a culture that leaves the pain of forgetting Los Angeles as the foundation of your life.​​​​​​​

In a nutshell, what I’m pointing out is, right now, you believe that you are something you are not – a separate individual in a world of separate individuals.  When you see through this false belief and remember who you truly are, this remembering changes the experience of what you previously thought was your individual life – and when this happens, outcomes are in sync with a truth that not only transforms the way your life is lived but also transforms the culture of separation as a whole.  This transformation, one that’s a transition from being lost in separation to being lived as an invitation to Non-separation, is what I call Applied Awakening.  ​​​​​​​

Leaders of Separation supports you in this transformation as you transition to being an aligned expression of Non-separation.

Discover the Path


So what is Applied Awakening and the Path of Non-separation?

Applied Awakening is the application of the realization of Non-separation. This usually leads to the follow up question, “Well, what is Non-separation?” Non-separation is the impersonal existence of being that includes the personal, a realization that functions as the pre-cursor to Applied Awakening. This is precisely why the focus of Applied Awakening is on teaching the Path of Non-separation – once Non-separation is realized, one is naturally lived as an invitation to awakening and the applications of this invitation effortlessly unfold.

Sound difficult?  It’s really not once you understand the basics – something that is covered in a detailed lecture series included with Leaders of Separation.  Let’s go over it one more time, just in case it’s useful.​​​​​​​

The Path of Non-separation is a contemporary self inquiry process for people passionate about taking a real world journey to remember the pre-existing unity of who you truly are. It begins by grasping that the primary assumption of humanity is the belief in a separate self, an understanding that means the formerly unquestioned belief in separation is, in fact, questionable. This understanding launches a self inquiry process that can move one from living a life based on an assumption of a separate self to being lived as the authentic existence of Non-separation – graduating one from being fully embedded in (and creating from) a personal context to being a new set of outcomes as a conduit of the impersonal. This new set of outcomes is the impersonal action of Applied Awakening.

Defining the Problem


In a world that does everything it can to keep you from seeking a re-connection with your true being, an invitation of this nature doesn’t come around very often.  Instead of this kind of invitation, you are inundated with education, media and marketing that blinds you to the possibility of receiving this invitation and keeps you strictly focused on and attached to the slight of hand deception presented by a slew of separative messages.  Your call-log, inbox and social media feeds are so full of separation that the clues which contain invitations to Non-separation either get lost in the ruckus crowd of information or get quickly deleted in the rush of your day.

This leaves you on a life-time treasure hunt, designed by the separate self, that caters to the continuation of the culture of separation.  This treasure hunt is one where education, culture and the leaders of separation give you a detailed digital map and GPS – but every time you arrive at the treasure’s destination, you only get your hands on the directions to a new, more profound, destination.  For some reason, there is never any treasure for you to claim – and the core of who you are seems to never quite get a handle on what you are yearning for.  So either you keep anxiously traveling on your chase for a promised treasure or you tire of the game, give up, and stop at your final destination.  Here, you emotionally and intellectually harden and protect your beliefs as the locale of your life’s bounty – and attach to your chosen leaders of separation to reinforce the illusion that you actually found the treasure you were looking for (one that doesn’t exist in the culture of separation.)

So where does this treasure actually exist?  

A Solution


The story above describes the hamster wheel and the hamster cage that the culture of separation keeps you on and in.  The separate self is either in constant need of new stories for its own survival or fills you with a fearful desire to protect the stories in which you’re already attached.  This is the crux of the culture of separation.

With all that said, Leaders of Separation is an invitation that extends an uncompromising permission to seek the depth of authenticity you intuitively know is real – but which you’ve never been given the space, guidance and encouragement to discover on your own journey to wisdom.  Everything you’ve been offered, to this point, has been at best, an invitation to live a life that is inauthentically authentic – to live a life of concepts that encourages you to become the best version of a separate self that only leads you further into the authenticity of the unreal, and away from understanding that true authenticity is the realization of Non-separation.

So, consider this course the first time someone has given you full permission to remember yourself – to challenge the nature of separation.  Consider this invitation a form of re-assurance that there is something to be remembered that you have forgotten – a re-assurance that there is something unseen right in front of your eyes.

While the culture of separation continues to do its “serious work” of perpetuating a system that unconsciously cultivates new outcomes of separation, our true being hums along under the surface, unnoticed, leaving every object in our world to function as a bright flare in the sky – a call to notice the pre-existing unity living all objects.  ​​​​​​​

Leaders of Separation is an invitation and permission to take a fresh look at these objects.  It’s an invitation to re-connect with what is contentless and free.  It’s a permission to break free from a culture seducing you into an experience that is not your own.  It’s an invitation to accept the permission to question everything you know as true – to question your own experience until this experience becomes the movement of the whole.  It's an invitation to break free from the culture of separation.

Leaders of Separation


There are 30 lessons in Leaders of Separation comprising over 4 hours of lecture content.  In addition to this, the Intro to Applied Awakening video series is included to give you a firm footing in Applied Awakening and the Path of Non-separation before you begin the course.  All lessons in Leaders of Separation are intended to be used as pointers to the realization of Non-separation, a teaching that highlights the glaring blind spot of our leaders (past and present) and reveals the foundation of true social change.

The leaders discussed in Leaders of Separation are:  Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Barack Obama, Charles Bukowski, Thomas Jefferson, Malcolm X, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Langston Hughes, Amelia Earhart, Tupac Shakur, Thomas Paine, Sylvia Plath, Sitting Bull, Jack Kerouac, George Washington, Rosa Parks, Benjamin Franklin, John Lennon, Huey P. Newton, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bernie Sanders, Walt Whitman, and Kendrick Lamar.

I hope what is being offered in the following course is useful to you as you remember the pre-existing unity that is living all of us.  Creating from the lived experience of Non-separation, what I call “Applied Awakening,” is the solution you are seeking.  Enjoy the journey.

No names, No nations, No political affiliations, No races, No genders, No separation.

Nothing to reverse.  Nothing to chase.

Just the realization of Non-separation – the remembrance of consciousness itself.

Just the action of Applied Awakening.

not separate,


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Course Design

Leaders of Separation is composed of 30 lectures, each about 10 minutes in duration, giving you over 4 hours of video content. In addition to this, the Intro to Applied Awakening video series is included to provide you a firm footing in Applied Awakening and the Path of Non-separation before you begin the course. Leaders of Separation is designed like a university course – a combination of recorded lectures and lesson reviews.  Click the play button to see the intro video from Leaders of Separation.

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, 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 create Richardson-Borne Institute, a think tank with degree programs that focus on advancing the field of Applied Awakening.

Michael studied philosophy on special student status at Oxford University and holds degrees in Biology and English Literature.  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.

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Intro Video Series

Mini-course on Applied Awakening Basics.

LOS Course

30 Lectures. Over 4 Hours of Info.

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Over 150 Study and Review Questions.

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