SoulBound is an expression of a life long journey; a journey which begun with a thirst for finding my own calling, a hope, a yearning to find that there is something more to life than I could see or experience at the time. For over 15 years, I’ve devoted my life to nothing else. An incessant search for the truth, an endless seeking towards the origins of my own soul. When I look back, my life story almost seems like a fairy tale or even an unforeseen myth, walking through so many paths, finding myself exploring different religions, different spiritual traditions, at times losing myself, at times finding my most inner being, experiencing the highest possible bliss… I’ve had the fortune to be enthused to study the deepest core of the mystical realms of human consciousness, be it through the numerous paths of Yoga, the timeless wisdom of the Tao, the practice of Qi Gong, through the ancient Buddhist texts and scriptures, through heartful mantra-chanting Kirtans to more esoteric forms of radical change and soulful transformation. I’ve met so many amazing souls along the way, close friends, fellow seekers of the path, great rishis I was fortunate to encounter and learn from. This path, inwards, towards finding our true connectedness, our most inner core, is a tricky one. There’s so much to learn and see, yet so many obstacles, and distractions. I know that walking a spiritual path could be overwhelming, frightening at times, and very discouraging, but with proper nourishment, with the proper care, those hindrances, and frustrations could turn and bloom into an amazing awakening.
SoulBound, is my humble attempt to share and express what I’ve learned, what I’ve found, and who I’ve become by taking this courageous and humbling journey. I can only hope that my words will find their way to inspire and encourage others to take this leap of faith into taking their own steps onto their own path and delve into the depths of their soul, diving in, to finally meet at that place where we are all one.
Ran Baron is a spiritual seeker and public speaker in the fields of theology, eastern philosophy, and mysticism. Having ventured through various spiritual paths himself, Baron was ordained as a Hindu priest (Brahmana), certified as a Yoga and Tai Chi instructor, and has been studying and practicing Buddhism, Zen, Hinduism and Yoga in many of its different flavors since the age of 14. Baron has instructed numerous meditation workshops and yoga retreats and has given hundreds of talks and lectures about the nature of spirituality and self inquiry. He continues to share his unique view and vast experience in his talks. Baron's teachings emphasize a non-dogmatic approach that allows for personal growth through an honest thirst for truth. Within the individual's experience, Baron sees all spiritual paths as but different colors and hues that one may utilize to paint one's own life story.