Bradley Bemis is an Orlando-based spiritual author, teacher, and guide who fully embodies the nondual wisdom and compassion of awakeness.
He experienced a completely spontaneous and deeply profound spiritual awakening in October of 2014. Within six months Bradley sold all of his possessions and entered into the homeless life as a wandering ascetic. He spent three months living on the streets of Seattle, sleeping in front of a bookstore at night and sharing his newly awakened insights through street-ministry work during the day. In 2015 he moved to Florida, began to offer public teachings, and in 2018 started engaging in formal studies to become a coach and counselor to augment his offerings.
Bradley is currently finishing up a 9-month Inner Presence Coaching program and completing his 1st-year of graduate studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the Center for Nondual Awareness, and the Science and Nonduality Conference. He established the ‘Nondual Orlando’ community awareness project in 2017 and founded the ‘Smiling Moon Sangha’ in 2018. He has spoken in a wide range of settings, including New Age and New Thought churches, Zen Centers, Buddhist Temples, open spiritual communities, and on-line.
He currently engages in one-on-one and small group dialogues, conducts larger group sessions in both public and private forums, and hosts occasional trainings and workshops throughout the year.
Before becoming aware of awareness as the core essence of all that is, Bradley was born in Bermuda, grew up in a military family, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1991. He left his final military assignment with Air Force Special Operations Command in 2000 and moved to Seattle Washington. In Seattle Bradley worked as an information security professional; doing cybersecurity consulting work for many well-known companies, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Boeing. He completed his B.S. in Information Technology Systems and began working on both an MBA and a PsyD; later switching to an MS in Education, and finally to his current graduate work in clinical mental health counseling.
He was raised Catholic, became an atheist, and then stumbled across Buddhism. Bradley studied in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition with the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and at the Vipassana retreat center of S.N. Goenka. It was not until 10 years later that this brief period of study would culminate in the awakening of conscious presence. In 2014, facing an existential crisis of character, Bradley naturally and spontaneously began inquiring into the question ‘Who Am I?’. With no formal exposure to any other kind of spiritual teachings, he had entered into the time-honored technique of deep inner inquiry.
Since 2014, Bradley has openly taught the core essence of nonduality as a way to clear the mind, open the heart, and realize the truth of who and what we have always been. His whole life is now lived in devotion and service to the underlying truth of this reality – and extending an invitation for others to investigate and discover this truth for themselves.
He currently lives in Orlando Florida, is a full-time student and spiritual teacher, and enjoys relaxing with his girlfriend Lisa and her son Evan.