Miranda Macpherson is a contemporary spiritual teacher, counselor and author of the spiritual guidebook Boundless Love (Random House 2002). Miranda has been teaching internationally since 1995 and is known for her depth of presence, clarity, and refined capacity to guide people into direct experience of the sacred.
Born and raised in Australia, Miranda began her spiritual path at the age of thirteen, after a powerful initial awakening. Amidst a classic dark night of the soul, she opened to some of life’s deeper spiritual truths. This initiated Miranda onto the spiritual path, from which she began to explore many avenues of meditation, psychology and spiritual approaches to transformation.
Miranda’s professional career began in the media. After three years studying communication at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she came into early success as a television presenter, but was quickly disillusioned by the media machine. At the age of 22 Miranda dedicated herself entirely to further spiritual study and practice, and relocated to the United Kingdom. Within a few years she began a spiritual counseling practice, and has been in full time spiritual service since then.
Her spiritual training began as a teenager in philosophy and practice of Raja Yoga.
In her early twenties Miranda practiced within a Mevlevi Sufi order, read and loved the Christian mystics, and studied Zen meditation. During this time, Miranda became acutely aware of the need for psychological work so that spiritual wisdom could be integrated and be embodied in relationship and everyday human life. This led her to study various progressive transformational and healing modalities, including the spiritual psychology within A Course in Miracles. This path of radical forgiveness and love was her primary spiritual practice for fifteen years. Miranda wrote and taught extensively within this teaching stream internationally.
In her twenties, Miranda completed seminary training in which she studied the world’s spiritual traditions, their distinctions and the universal thread than runs through them all. She was ordained an interfaith minister in 1995 in New York. A year later, she founded the ground breaking educational non-profit ‘The Interfaith Seminary’ in London, where she was spiritual director for a decade. This was the first seminary training of its kind in Europe, during which she trained and ordained over 600 students and made a major impact on the spiritual landscape. The work Miranda pioneered made it possible for those outside conventional religious structures to receive quality non-denominational spiritual teachings and support.
During this decade, Miranda created new models for spiritual awakening grounded in universal spiritual principles. Additionally, Miranda ran a private counseling practice, spoke at conferences and facilitated retreats in renowned centers around the world, particularly at Findhorn in Scotland.
In her mid-thirties, Miranda was graced by a profound nondual awakening in the cave of Ramana Maharshi in India. This silent transmission of pure being beyond mind had a lasting impact on her awareness and changed the orientation of her life and teaching. She handed over the Interfaith Seminary into the leadership of others, to dive deeper into non-dual Self Inquiry as embodied by Ramana and other masters within the Advaita lineage. During this time, Miranda moved to the United States.
Miranda’s work today is a synthesis of Self-Inquiry, spiritual psychology, and feminine grace that embraces our everyday human experience as an entry point into the depths of who we truly are. Through a blend of silent transmission and articulate teaching, she leads retreats and offers private sessions oriented towards guiding people into direct experience in a contemporary context. Miranda shares from the heart’s wisdom and is a passionate advocate for the true feminine, leading from the ground of unconditional love, compassion, receptivity and surrender.
Miranda also co-founded the Feminine Wisdom School, a training program offering an in-depth exploration of the sacred feminine. She is currently writing a book on embodied awakening and lives in the San Fransisco Bay Area while continuing to teach internationally. She is married to Bob Duchmann, a teacher of the Diamond Approach at A.H. Almaas’ Ridhwan School.