The Only Revolution Left
Discovering the Path of Non-separation as the Key to Changing the World

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

Hi, I'm Michael Richardson-Borne.

If you’ve made it to this course, it means, more than likely, you are either a spiritual seeker, an aspiring change-maker or an all out revolutionary. Regardless, odds are you’re feeling stuck and wondering why the world is in the state that it’s in and why we can’t seem to find our way out.  If this sounds like you, I totally understand.  And my hope is that the The Only Revolution Left will guide you to a new vision – one that grounds you in the possibility of real change.

With that said, please allow me to take a minute to briefly tell a story and to share a couple of key concepts that will help you get the most out of this course.

The Journey


So, why are things so stuck?  With all of the protesters and positive social progress, with masses of loving people working so hard with a mission of social change, with all of the acts of genuine kindness happening in our communities, why are we still failing to achieve lasting transformation?  This is the question that circled in my mind as I spent years looking outside of myself while fighting humanity’s greatest challenges – what I perceived as the “real issues” around me.  Yes, there were what I would call small victories here and there – but they all ended up being short lived and feeling empty at the core.

Consequently, I began inquiring into my own assumptions.  Maybe, just maybe, I was a greater part of the problem than I suspected.  Sticking with this line of inquiry, I eventually landed in an interesting place.  I noticed that my primary assumption, the assumption that colored everything I was doing in my life, was the belief in a separate self.  Even with my constant cries for unity and interconnection, in the deeper parts of who I thought myself to be, I noticed that I fundamentally believed in the story of my experience as one that was separate.

From here, I began asking what would happen if this narrow assumption of separation was replaced with an assumption that no longer accepted the separate self as unquestionably true.  I turned my life into an experiment, re-interpreting everything I experienced from the usual story of separation into a story with “not separate” as the foundational assumption.  Through this investigation of the separate self and through my exploration of the “not separate,” the Path of Non-separation was born.  ​​​​​​​

That said, what started out as a conceptual belief in “not separate” evolved into deeper and deeper understandings until the door of Non-separation flew open. It was open all the time, of course – it just took a little wandering along the Path of Non-separation to remember it.  As I progressed, I noticed the belief in a separate self was inherently violent and effortlessly set the stage for continuous conflict to arise.  I noticed that unity wasn’t something “downstream” that could occur in the future between a collection of individuals if we just worked hard enough.  No. True unity, what I call Non-separation, was upstream and had always already been the case. Realizing Non-separation, moving beyond the solutions offered by a separate self, is where lasting change would begin.  After seeing this, my life became an invitation to people to step into lives of what I call Applied Awakening through the remembrance 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 called Intro to Applied Awakening included with The Only Revolution Left.  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.​​​​​​​

Becoming the vehicle through which Applied Awakening lives renders what you formerly thought of as change no longer relevant.

Defining the Problem


So what does all of this mean in terms of revolution and social change?

The major point is this:  Most people who think they have broken free from the assumption of separation, in truth, have only moved to a different assumption called “not separate” – which is still rooted in the assumption of a separate self.  This assumption clouds the meaning of unity, interconnection and oneness, disguising them as reflections of Non-separation when, in reality, they are just forms of separation in drag.

This disguised separation is where all of our social change movements are coming from around the globe.  All of our revolutions are just iterations of a common theme – unknowingly playing on an arc of separation from an assumption of separation that can only lead to more separation.  

This is where the world, and probably you, are stuck.

A Solution


Right now, most, if not all, change-makers like yourself have left the inquiry into the separate self on the roadside, preferring, instead, to dive into what you consider “the real work.”  You’re so eager to launch into the world, to solve what you perceive are problems, that you’ve skipped the most important step – solving your own foundational problem, first.

Behaving this way is a little like wondering why your car isn’t running when it has no motor.  And instead of looking under the hood where the problem exists, you continue to change the tires and buff the paint every day in hopes that the motor will start.​​​​​​​

The Only Revolution Left is about finally giving you a look under the hood.  The Path of Non-separation is here to remind you that your motor’s missing and that no amount of changing tires or buffing paint is going to get you anywhere.  The good news is that once you see your motor’s missing, it’s actually pretty simple to take the Path of Non-separation to locate a motor to run your car – which will be what powers your new understanding that the realization of Non-separation, followed by the application of this realization, is the only revolution left.

The Only Revolution Left


There are 20 lessons in The Only Revolution Left presented in 4 formats – Q&As, Interviews, Visions and Revisions. All lessons are intended to be used as pointers to the realization of Non-separation, the foundation of true social change.

The Q&A lessons begin with a music video and are followed by a discussion about the video from the context of Non-separation.  The Interviews are with select well-known political figures where the usual questions are asked but the answers are given as an application of Non-separation. The Visions are short pieces of fiction that range from Congressional speeches to lullabies.  In the Revisions, I have taken comments made by political leaders at various press conferences and revised them into foundational lessons of Non-separation.

The Only Revolution Left has over 20 hours of video commentary and lectures that cover each of the 20 chapters in this course in detail.  

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.

not separate,


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Course Design

The Only Revolution Left is composed of 20 lessons, each with 3 teaching modules.  The course contains over 60 video lectures, hours of bonus commentary, and over 20 hours of total video content. The Only Revolution Left is designed like a university course – a combination of written lessons, recorded lectures, extra support materials and lesson reviews.  Click the play button to see the intro video from The Only Revolution Left.

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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