My passion is helping others live an abundant spiritual life energized by love and graced with inner peace. I have worked towards this end for the past 30 years, bringing my gifts of healing music and knowledge of spiritual empowerment to the lives of thousands. I’d like to do the same for you, introducing you to powerful spiritual experiences that can enable you to never feel alone, to tap healing at a profound level of being, and to experience a consistent sense of empowered presence no matter what your profession.
I’ve been teaching spirituality in the west for 26 years at some of the most respected institutions, centers and conferences in the US and Canada. My formation was that of a Benedictine monk and yogi in India. Apart from teaching through my online programs and live events around the US and other parts of the world, I’ve been a professional musician for 35 years, a music producer for 25 years, and a published author for 11 years.
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It might be one of the most enlightening “it’s always darkest before the dawn” epics lived. In 35 years, transformative spiritual leader, author, and musician Russill Paul has gone from substance abuse and attempting suicide to experiencing a redemptive spiritual rebirth. Through his journey, he has taught thousands, a way to exist in a heightened spiritual state while living authentic personal and professional lives.
Russill’s platform has been created at the intersection of his personal and professional journeys. His 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 his life, his wife Asha, he has served on the faculty of leading educational institutions in California, teaching in graduate and post-graduate spirituality programs for 15 consecutive years. “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,” Russill explains. “This is why I’m here!”
Seekers wanting to experience Russill’s platform can select from a broad range of offerings. The most intensive opportunity Russill offers students 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.
Russill’s spiritual journey begins when he was 18 and engulfed with despair. Life at home was chaotic, and he had a tumultuous relationship with his then girlfriend. Against this backdrop, his boyhood dream of being a professional guitarist was coming true. To escape, he descended 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,” he recalls. “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.”
Shortly after this awakening, Russill 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, he lived an austere life, far away from the life he once knew of rock n’ roll, alcohol, and romantic love. During this time, he discovered the power and scope of Indian spirituality, including yoga, meditation, devotional music and chanting. These became foundational experiences for his current work and drastically altered how he gifted the world with his music, which now had a healing purpose in line with his spiritual path.
The decision to reenter the outside world as a deeply spiritual person, and maintain that precious center, has engendered the core of Russill’s revelatory lifestyle platform. Russill Paul has architected a life-changing spiritual state rich with joy that’s compatible with life in the bustling “real world” of bills, job pressures, and relationship challenges. “This is the new medium for transformation,” he offers. His method refreshingly liberates spirituality from 2,000 years of shackling modern-world abnegation such as celibacy, voluntary poverty, and constricting religious dogma.
Pondering his journey, and the life-changing influence he has had on others, Russill says:
“Some students see me as a guru, I do not encourage this, I always point to the importance of one’s own self-empowerment and self-discovery. I do, however, provide tools, experiences, and insights that come out of my own liberation from inner darkness. My message is with the right inner resources, life can be empowering and uplifting— a forward path lit by spiritual awareness and inner bliss.”
Besides his academic pursuits, Russill has garnered acclaim as an author and a recording and performing artist. He authored the revelatory literary works The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant, and Jesus in the Lotus: The Mystical Doorway between Christianity and Yogic Spirituality.
As a musician, he’s released several acclaimed chant CDs, including Shakti: Tantric Embrace and Shabda: Mantra Mysticism, recording with numerous world class musicians, including famed Night Ranger lead guitarist Brad Gillis and Indian sarangi maestro Ramesh Misra.
And, as a live performer, he’s graced some of the most prestigious venues internationally including, Propstei Sankt Gerold in Austria, and Chicago’s Grant Park, sharing the stage with music greats such as the legendary Arlo Guthrie and British rocker Arthur Brown. His latest album “Mantra Magic” offers a spiritual vibe with infectious musical dance grooves.