489. Miranda Macpherson, 2nd Interview

Miranda MacphersonMiranda Macpherson began her spiritual journey at the age of thirteen when, amidst a period of clinical depression, she was spontaneously opened into a profound state of boundless love. That experience initiated a lifelong dedication to spiritual practice, psychological depth, and the study of the world’s wisdom traditions. Her travels took her from her native Australia to the United Kingdom, where after completing seminary training, she founded the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation in London, at the request of her teacher. Over the next decade, Miranda trained and ordained more than six hundred interfaith ministers and spiritual counselors.

In 2005, a seismic shift occurred that changed the course of Miranda’s life. While meditating in a cave in India that was once home to the revered sage Sri Ramana Maharshi, she experienced a direct transmission of the true nature of reality that required total surrender. In the wake of this, Miranda found herself again moving to a new continent, this time the United States. There, in the years it took to integrate this opening, a body of teachings on Grace and Ego Relaxation began to emerge that brings ancient wisdom alive for our changing times.

Today, Miranda is known for her depth of presence and gift for guiding others into direct experience of the sacred. Miranda leads the Living Grace sangha in Marin and Sonoma counties, holds retreats internationally, and offers online programs through the Shift Network. Unapologetically feminine, joyful, and down to earth in her way of being, Miranda is dedicated to loving people all the way back into the freedom and wholeness of their true nature. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Bob Duchmann.



Website: http://mirandamacpherson.com

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Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded February 4, 2019

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:03:57 – The Relevance of Ancient Wisdom
  • 00:07:52 – Ego Relaxation and the Sense of Time
  • 00:11:39 – Introduction and Bio of Miranda Macpherson
  • 00:15:25 – Awakening to the Fullness of Being
  • 00:19:37 – The Infinite Ways of Realization
  • 00:23:28 – The Window Panes of Ultimate Reality
  • 00:27:11 – Healing and Transformation through Grace
  • 00:31:19 – The Sweet State of Ego Relaxation
  • 00:35:24 – Living in Alignment with Grace
  • 00:39:38 – The Blessings of Grace
  • 00:43:32 – Opening ourselves to beings of higher consciousness
  • 00:47:27 – Perpetual Ascension and Spiritual Ego
  • 00:51:23 – The Paradox of Spiritual Practice
  • 00:55:04 – Cultivating Virtues: Trust and Humility
  • 01:00:00 – The Fulfillment of Life and the Richness of Life
  • 01:03:08 – Surrender and Accountability
  • 01:06:54 – The Challenge of Surrender and Relaxation
  • 01:10:57 – Surrendering to the Way
  • 01:14:57 – Moving with Life
  • 01:18:38 – Finding Stability in Uncertain Times
  • 01:22:12 – Placing Faith in Humanity
  • 01:26:13 – Relaxing into Truth
  • 01:30:05 – The Partnership between Horse and Man
  • 01:33:59 – The Healing Power of Forgiveness
  • 01:38:02 – Right Action from Being
  • 01:41:44 – The Paradox of Ego and Passivity
  • 01:45:46 – Recognizing and Befriending Our Primal Drives
  • 01:49:38 – Practical Meditation Techniques and Practices
  • 01:53:07 – Resources and Online Courses
  • 01:56:42 – Music Intro