Saniel BonderSaniel Bonder is the author of Healing the Spirit/Matter Split and the founder of the Waking Down® work. He has been a pioneer in the widespread embodiment and mutual, evolutionary exploration of awakened consciousness for over a decade.
Born in New York to Jewish parents in 1950, growing up mostly in North Carolina, Saniel felt from early on that he “was going to be part of something that would change the course of human history for the better.” By the time he received a B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard in 1972, a quest for spiritual enlightenment had become the focus of his life.
During the years of his search he benefited from both Eastern and Western teachings and transmissions as well as from the training in integrity, tolerance, compassion, and perseverance he received from his parents and secondary school mentors. His quest culminated in December 1992 in the awakening he calls his Second Birth.
Within days his spontaneous transmission of this condition came alive and began to affect others. A year and a half later he entered the mysterious further intensification of bodily and cosmic enlightenment in love that he refers to as “the White Heat.”
Since awakening, Saniel has dedicated himself to democratizing this embodied, nirvanic aliveness and exploring with others how to create a sane human culture on its foundation. Saniel calls the total advanced teachings he and Linda personally offer “The White-Hot Yoga of the Heart™,” or, more simply, “The White-Hot Way of Trust.”
Saniel is also a tantric and a shaman, an eco-entrepreneur, an activist for nuclear disarmament, a golfer, and a flute player. He writes, “The heart of my life since bodily awakening as the conscious Self is being related to the great Mystery in Female form, the Goddess. Of all Her forms, the most precious to me is my beloved wife and partner Linda. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to her and for her every day of my life. We feel deeply privileged to serve others and the world together.”
He is extremely proud of the transitions he and Linda and their Heart-colleagues in the Waking Down community have accomplished. After almost two decades under his direction as the founder, their shared work and community life are now proceeding on a new, cooperatively created footing of democratic empowerment and mutual accountability.
With Linda, Saniel is the founder of the Human Sun Institute, a founding member of the Integral Institute and a charter member of the Integral Spiritual Center.