Miranda Macpherson is known for her depth of presence and refined capacity as a guide into direct experience of the sacred. Inspired by Ramana Maharshi, A Course in Miracles, and more recently the Diamond Approach, she draws from extensive study into the world's mystical traditions. Miranda has been guiding people in spiritual transformation internationally since 1994.
Born and raised in Australia, Miranda began her spiritual path at the age of thirteen after an initial awakening amidst a classic dark night of the soul. Since then she has explored many avenues of meditation, spiritual and psycholigical transformation within plural traditions, studying with various teachers and receiving ordination as an interfaith minister- counselor at the age of 26. Hers is a integrated apporach to awakening, grounded in what opens us to deeper dimensions of being, while unwinding the patterns of suffering that shape our everyday life.
In her twenties, while living in the UK, Miranda founded the groundbreaking 'OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation' in London at the request of her teacher Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. As spiritual director for a decade, Miranda trained and ordained over 500 ministers and spiritual counselors, creating a new possibility for non-denominational service in the wider community while creating models of spiritual awakening and counseling.
In her mid thirties she was graced by a spontaneous awakening into pure being in the cave of Ramana Maharshi in South India. This initiated profound changes in her inner and outer life, whicih began to coalesce a whole new understanding of the awakening process. It is out of this that her present teachings arise. Miranda emphasizes the practice of undefended presence: how to be still and relax the usual ego habits so we can drop in and through our direct experience to gain access to the boundless dimensions of who we truly are. She strongly believes in integrating psycholigical growth with spiritual awakening, so that we do not by-pass inevitable human challenges. Instead she guides people how to harness everything as gateways into deeper wisdom, which can then serve to liberate our lives and the lives of others.
Miranda teaches and transmits a unique apporach to self-inquiry that draws on ancient and contemporary wisdom. This is supported by meditation, devotional and embodiment practices so that we learn to stabilize our realization and live it in daily life. Her style is warm, real and deeply compassionate, and yet uncompromising in its dedication to the truth. She shares this with devotional music kirtan) to open and uplift the heart within the context of meeting what is. she believes that we each hold withinn us the guidance we need to unfold back into our true nature, and encourages others to listen discriminately to the inner unfolding of wisdom within. Within an atmosphere of unconditional love and compassion we can go within, be still, dissolve ego obstacles, and allow a deeper surrender.
Miranda is author of 'Boundless Love' (Random House), 'The Heart of Being' mantra CD, and 'Awakening the Soul' meditation series. She is based in San Fransisco where she runs the 'Awakening Love & Wisdom' sangha, and teaches retreats internationally.