The Journey of My Spiritual Awakening
My spiritual journey is a classic “it’s always darkest before the dawn” epic. Although now I am transformative spiritual leader, author, and musician, my spiritual journey began in substance abuse and attempting suicide before experiencing a redemptive spiritual rebirth. Along the way, I have taught thousands a way to exist in a heightened spiritual state while living authentic personal and professional lives. It’s what I strive for: “to walk the spiritual path with practical feet” and vice versa. And my platform, “The Yoga of Sound”, has been created at the intersection of my spiritual and professional journeys.
My unique background includes training as a monk and yogi in India, performing music professionally, and recording for the Indian film industry. Since moving to the United States over 25 years ago with the love of my life, my wife Asha, I have served on the faculty of leading educational institutions in California, teaching in graduate and post-graduate spirituality programs for 15 consecutive years. As I explain in my book, Jesus in the Lotus, “The new vision of reality that is being birthed in the world is being shaped here in America, where tradition is being forced to go through the eye of the needle so that it is made relevant to human development. This is why I’m here!”
Seekers wanting to experience my platform, The Yoga of Sound, can select from a broad range of offerings. The most intensive opportunity is a pilgrimage to India. This is a profound opportunity to shed everyday burdens, lifelong struggles, and pain, and directly experience a fresh way of spiritual living. Many hundreds of participants have been radically transformed by “Transform In India” that has been offered annually for almost two decades. We celebrate our 20th Anniversary in January 2018!
My spiritual journey begins when I was 18 and engulfed with despair. Life at home was dysfunctional; while outside, there was a tumultuous relationship with my then girlfriend. Against this backdrop, my boyhood dream of being a professional guitarist was coming true. To escape these issues, a spiralling descent into substance abuse, and, eventually, attempted suicide.
I was in a state of self-pity, and I believed that taking my life would wake everyone else up to the error of their ways. Hilariously, I woke up the next morning to life on earth, nothing had changed. I knew, at this point, that if I was to make sense of life, I needed to find a way that was free of substances, of toxic relationships and, in a sense, even free of death. It was the birth of this philosopher from within that led to my becoming a mystic. My name, “Russill”, finally came true, for my father named me after his someone he admired: the philosopher, Bertrand Russell.
Shortly after this awakening, I decided to become a monk and renounce the materialistic world to be uplifted by a life of spirituality, discipline, and intense introspection. For five years, I lived an austere life, far away from the life I once knew of rock n’ roll, alcohol, and romantic love. During this time, I discovered the power and scope of Indian spirituality, including yoga, meditation, devotional music and chanting. These became foundational experiences for my lifework, The Yoga of Sound, and drastically altered how I gifted the world with music, which now had a healing purpose in line with my spiritual path.
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