Isaac Portilla's Biography
Isaac began his spiritual journey while maintaining a professional career. He recounts the only day he had to skip work for spiritual reasons as a very special occasion: “That morning I felt the obliging necessity to go home and sit in meditation. When I did, my body became bliss and light. The light, propelled by a powerful force, would reflect and spread in all directions. The experience was so complete that I thought it was the end of my spiritual journey. However, after a while, I realized that was not the case ― it was the culmination of a three-year intensive practice, the completeness of the Awakening phase, but not the end of the journey. It was a new beginning ― the beginning of my conscious spiritual evolution.”
Isaac Portilla is a thinker, author and teacher in the fields of contemporary spirituality and spiritual evolution. His working-project covers four major areas: spiritual studies; spiritual teachings; development of evolutionary spiritual practices; and culture and social-interaction studies. In his classes, he exhibits well grounded spiritual knowledge, a welcoming attitude toward dialogue, and an inherent capacity for transmission through presence. He has authored various books on contemporary spiritual practices (in Spanish), a verses book (in English, Spanish and Portuguese), and is currently reviewing his first major work, first to be published in the English language (an autobiographical study of mystical-spiritual experience). He feels comfortable communicating in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and has participated in various international conferences: Integral European Conference (Hungary); Science and Non-duality Conference (Netherlands and Italy); Inspire Saúde: ‘The Biggest Event of Health and Wellbeing’ (Portugal); India’s Week Festival (Spain). He has also traveled extensively, exploring the diversity of cultural environments and visiting spiritual places when possible, in Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. He is married, and has lived and worked in Spain, the U.S. and Portugal. Currently he is temporarily based in Kazakhstan.
Isaac holds a bachelor’s in economics (Complutense U. of Madrid) and a master’s degree in taxation (C. E. Garrigues). He worked for seven years in the U.S. as a manager in a tree-planting company owned by a major Spanish conglomerate. During this time he embarked on a genuine spiritual path, compatible with the responsibilities of his position and social life. At some point he felt the call to pursue a professional dedication to the spiritual field.
Along his path, he has accumulated substantial experiential knowledge of Zen Buddhism, Taoist energetic principles, Christian mysticism and Indian Dharma. During his early period (between 1996 ―2006) he got instructor’s certification in several modalities: Shorinji Kempo (a Zen Buddhist Budo); Walter Beckley’s Radiant Living System (Taoist meditations and breathing methods); Mantak Chia’s Universal Tao System (Taoist meditations, Chi Kung postures and healing). He also attended Self-realization retreats and studied various healing modalities, including the treatment of internal organs (CNT). Later on, there was an inflexion point in his journey. After that, he felt more identified with the evolutionary Indian Dharma (represented by Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo), because of their acknowledgment of the “descending processes” of the Spirit; and with evolutionary Christianity, because of its connection with the need of regenerating the human condition. All these experiences gave him a much needed frame of knowledge to develop diverse contemporary practices through a process of evolutionary synthesis.
One of the ideas that define his approach is that all-that-we-are is equally important ― “Spirit must be recognized, but it is not more important than the Physical Body, the Mind, the Emotions, etc.” Within this frame, some of the newly developed practices that he brings to the Wellness field are: a) effortless Regenerative Exercises (uniting physiotherapy and spiritual principles) which free the mind and unlock the body releasing its tensions and contractions; b) Internal Meditation Practices which recognize the vital electromagnetic field of the body to link it to the true Self, producing a regenerative effect; c) systematization of contemplative and enquiry practices to come to the experiential perception of the unity of life in a stable step-by-step manner; d) postures and movements (similar to Chi Kung exercises but with different energetic principles), to receive and embody the Spirit. These are all part of an evolutionary and coherent program (Regenera XXI) which can be learned through specialized courses.