Born and raised on the outskirts of Boston, Michael engagement with the world included public policy studies in graduate school where he worked on an international commission on peace and recovery in Central America, followed by research and writing on environmental conflict resolution, work on a long-shot presidential campaign and managing a small group of consultants who specialized in climate change.
In 1996, Michael left his work to listen for what was next when a conversation with his heart revealed a desire to know the deepest potential of love, followed by a few strange coincides and a revolutionary force that tore through his defenses and left a startling new vision in which a sacred substance was bleeding from the heart's core.
Michael's early attempt to express this raw, private intimacy or Oneness led to exciting new work as a catalyst/advisor to unlock the potential of several groundbreaking nonprofit ventures until the felt sense of another threshold led to an experimental leadership gathering - where his work with the sacred quality of the heart drew him into a state of divine absorption (aka samadhi) and a talk about the "space beyond words" .
Without breathing a word of these divine revelations to anyone else, an inner prompt to "live each day as if it is the last year of your life" nudged Michael to give up his urban lifestyle and drive an old pickup truck across country until the engine seized outside a temple of all places- so he improvised by renting an adobe cottage in a small rustic village and wondered where this creative niche was supposed to land in the world.
As an outsider, the contemporary psycho-spiritual arena felt like walking onto a new planet that is nearly impossible to comprehend due to gaps that often exist between the words that the inhabitants use and the actual energy behind them, so Michael hung out a shingle as a handyman, tended to an influx of dreams and experimented with helping groups to tap into the depth and beauty and vision of their own hearts.
As the revelations continued in the high desert, a radical sage arrived in a dream to offer some advice for working with people, so Michael launched a series of small, informal dialogues around the country, followed by longer, experimental gatherings in the canyons of southeastern Utah and New Mexico, with an emphasis on converting the light of one's primal Self into a unique, embodied reality – that is the Work.
"Painting is my path to God, but insights that come from that process did not translate into my life and work. Michael's work bridges that gap and more." - B.K., workshop leader.
"I know that a deeper change is needed in my life but I also like how things are, which might explain why I have not seen you in a while (laughter) - S.C. executive coach
"People often misunderstand our work - it's not that Michael tells me what to do, he guides me to hear the deepest part of my Self." - D.S., spiritual guide
"There area not many people in this town who want to do the work that you offer." - C.T., buddhist teacher/therapist
"I have been in spiritual circles for most of my life, but never talked this way to my heart before." - E.M., freelance writer
"I know that it would be easier to have a title for your work, but there is no word to describe what you are". - V.B., pioneer in bioenergy/life restoration
"At first, I was surprised that the Work did not offer a formal period of meditation, but then in the middle of a conversation, a deep silence would break out and draw everyone in." ~ C.E. painting instructor/hospice nurse
“When I tell my husband that I have a session with Michael, I laugh and say that I am going to the hangman’s noose.” ~ K.H., tree climber/forest advocate
“I tried to get Michael to sympathize with the hurt that I felt with my former master, but he gave my story no room to maneuver.” - J.S., recovering non dualist/community builder
"It is tempting to say that I am learning to be more honest, but the more difficult truth may be that I am learning what honesty means for the very first time." - S.C., retired therapist
"People keep asking how you have changed since high school but I told them not much - there are just a few more people listening now." - P.S. pilot/outdoor enthusiast
"I found the experience amazing and transformative. I was not used to so much love ... to be so openly expressed." ~ D.W., feminist scholar/poet
"I can't help noticing that those storm clouds above the rim are strangely responsive to the work that we are doing out here.." - B.S., cosmic priest
"You sure do have a gift for bringing out the shadow in groups,." - S.B,. philanthropist
"I want you to know that I'm not always having a breakdown, just when I get around you." - G.R., leadership consultant/activist
“Before witnessing that exchange, I never imagined that caring and fierceness could be combined as one and need to bring that blend into my work too." ~ J.S., meditation teacher
"The revelations that you are describing are found in the most ancient scriptures from the East, even if you have not read them yet." - L.K., international yoga teacher
"Despite your work as a handyman, I think I know what you are really doing." - R.L., artist/healer
"Tell Michael that everything that he warned us about turned out to be true." - R.Y., chicano leader/activist
"It's like you came and went without a care in the world and left total chaos in your wake (laughter)." - J.O., leadership/change consultant
“We don't even know what to call Michael, but when anything new happens here, he is right in the middle of it.” ~ D.S., entrepreneur/philanthropist
"Wait a second, you don't have a job title, or any training, so how can this work be happening (laughter)?" R.S., science writer
"People don't miss the water until the well runs dry." - B.T., consultant/project manager