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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio show that seeks to give voice to visionaries of a just, sustainable and equitable future. The show is called "Envision This!". Burl's primary passion is in the unity of world religions to science and the holographic nature of the universe in which the part mirrors the whole.
Burl has a master's degree in counseling psychology. He is currently retired from work that involved helping families with problem behaviors in their adolescents. From a larger systems issue perspective, this work helped to save the state money by keeping kids in the home.
The work Burl did with these kids helped him to consolidate a long felt intuition that the sociopathic behaviors of criminals, both adults and children, mirror the criminality of the primary system.
This helped to reinforce Burl's interest in the holographic theory of physicist David Bohm as well as the neurologist Karl Pribram. Both of these men came up with the holographic theory independent of each other (yes, the did meet).
IN essence, the theory states the part mirrors the whole. As such, Burl will often say that how a fetus builds itself in the womb via the interactions of the parts, then so does the Earth. Indeed, as far as the Earth is concerned, this is the primary thesis of James Lovelock.
Burl's job in writing is to try and flesh out this holographic pattern.
In addition to writing Sophia's Web, Burl has written fiction. He has a fictional book titled "Mermaiden's Tale" which is about a love affair between a man and a woman who wind up being on a different planet because the the Earth was being destroyed by the actions of the corporations and the government.
Burl also writes poetry. He is torn about publishing because poetry to him is highly organic and evolves constantly. Thus, Burl's best works are those written several years ago which have been changed over the years.
This brings us to Burl's basic message: Consistency is change. Everything in the universe is evolving in relationship to everything else. More than that, each one of us sparks an evolution on this planet in our being. Perhaps the best way to put this is that everything is in relationship to everything.
To use a simple example, as I type, I breathe out carbon dioxide, which the trees breathe in. The trees then breathe out oxygen which we breathe in.
The planet specifically and the universe in general is one system that is maintained in diversity. Could this be why the universe is comprised of "uni" or oneness and "verse" signifying versatile?
Or, as the saying goes, "all for one and one for all."
Grass, Soil and Hope with the Help of Carbon (1 comments)
This article speaks to changing our way of dealing with carbon dioxide as per the work of Courtney Whit. The problem with carbon dioxide is our putting it into the atmosphere.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Beyond Modern Day Socio-Pathology: The Piscataquis Village Project (11 comments)
What kind of communities could we build in which our needs for relationship, healthy lifestyles and a sense of love and belonging? Would these evolve organically as western civilization collapses? Or, could they be planned. This article speaks to one man's dream of the latter.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Sharing the Visions of New Englanders
In a roundtable hosted at Unity College and Northeast Permaculture, participants shared their visions for a more resilient, abundant and earth friendly discussion.
Palestinians and Israelis Refusing to be Enemies (2 comments)
All of us should be joining with these folks from Israel and Palestine in saying, "NO MORE WAR! We should all stand tall with them and say "NO MORE WAR!" Period. As Dylan sings in his "Blowing in the Wind, "How many times will the cannonballs fly, before they are forever banned." It is time we put an end to cannonballs.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
We Refuse to be Enemies: Vision Camp in Israel-Palestine (1 comments)
As the Middle East explodes into violence, Leila Dregger and Sabine Lichtenfiledsare beginning a 5 day vision camp in the Westbank. Their purpose is create a "frequency of calmness" in which mutual perception, sharing, deep listening, clear thinking and vision building is possible."
Meditative Explorations of the World as Sparked by Shaman Don Oscaara Miro-Quesada (9 comments)
This article speaks to the work of Peruvian Shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada. It is also a passionate cry to move beyond our idealisms, or thoughts about reality, in order to heal on both personal and planetary levels. If you think these two hearings are independent, then I would entice you to really explore this notion. Could it be that we do indeed live in a universe, a united versatility? A University, even?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Lisa Vunk Speaks: Sexuality is THE Essential Creative Dance of LIfe (10 comments)
Why sing a rational tune? As Shiller wrote in his poem, "Ode To Joy:" Joy thou spark from flame immortal. O' Heavenly born Goddess, we invade thy halidum. Let us give a thumbs up to Beethoven for putting this poetry to music in his 9th symphony. The ecstatic sense of joy is where I hope this article leads the reader.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Facts of Fantasy: The Fictional Non-Fictions of Sol Luckman (4 comments)
The devastation of our planet is a mirror to the devastation of the human mind. We are out of touch with Nature and thus have no sense of ourselves. This is why we are alienated. We are out of touch with our Mother Nature, the Essence of the Self that has taken form as us.
Lover's Path Home: A Spirituality Beyond Talk (14 comments)
We human being are at an important juncture of our history, or her story"..perhaps, better, our story. This article explores the notion of love bing our foundation. This is not like these Bible thumping preachers crying "God is Love" while arguing about hell, fire and damnation for not following a particular ideology. Indeed, if truth be known, you ARE beyond belief, beyond thought. Thus, be like an infant and be infinite.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Luscious Spirituality: Getting Religion Necessitates Losing Religion (11 comments)
Dare we sons and daughters of Adam and Eve bite off the fig leaf and become who we are in our Nature? This article speaks exactly to that point. Could it be that all our idealisms, philosophies, and theories need to melt away into one great big "YES!" to Life?
Sunday, June 15, 2014
ALisa Starkweather: The Empowerment of the Feminine and Natural Minds (6 comments)
As our Earth goes into decline due to our actions, there are people who are leading us into an evolution of sorts. One such person is named ALica Starkweather, who is a feminist empowering women. More importantly, what does the work of such a woman mean to all of us, women and men? ALisa does not go lightly on folks. Her intent is for people to evolve. Can we evolve past the mess we are in with our current system?
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Reclaiming Paradise: Homesteader Peter Baldwin Teaches How (3 comments)
Dare we choose to let go of centuries of conditioning? Of being driven, enslaved, and at the mercy of the Man, be he in the form of judge, politician or, the true boss of today, the corporation? What if we came into our own power. This article does so in two ways: (1) by discussing the Biblical story of Adam and Eve and the fall from Paradise and (2) by speaking to the work of Peter Baldwin. Can we reclaim paradise?
Friday, June 6, 2014
Crazywise: Phil Borges Questions the World of Mental Health (3 comments)
This article speaks to a movie being made called "Crazywise." The movie looks at mental health. It also questions the wisdom of defining certain behaviors and traits as being a mental illness such as schizophrenia. Indeed, the movie taps into ways in which ancient cultures treated those who today would be hospitalized and medicated. Those same people very well could have been the shamans with an important societal function
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Tipping Sacred Cows to Change the World: The Work of Filmmaker and Author Betsy Chase (1 comments)
This article speaks to the work of writer and movie maker, Betsy Chase. Betsy was involved with the popular movie, "What the Bleep Do We Know?" Betsy's newest book is called "Tipping Sacred Cows"
The article also speaks to Betsy's work as reflecting a new way of thinking about the world, which is not top down".and could be seen as bottom up"..but its more than that. Its about an organic way of decision making.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Helping to Evolve a New World: The Work of Anne Baring (7 comments)
This article speaks to the work of author Anne Baring, who currently has a new book out, titled "The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul." This article further asks us to question what we have been indoctrinated into in order to unfold a more ecologically sound environment in which human being, and, indeed all creatures, can thrive and survive and even evolve;.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Think Like a Commoner to Save the Planet: The Imperative Work of David Bollier (2 comments)
Ours is a planet in peril. Carbon dioxide levels are increasing, species of animals and plants are disappearing,, and we stay in a state of war or a state of threatening war. This article makes the argument that the entire planet should be regarded as The Commons. It also speaks to the imperative work of activist, writer and consultant David Bollier in championing the Commons.
Monday, May 12, 2014
The Way of Tamera: A Blueprint for a Culture of Love and Belonging? (2 comments)
This article points to the overall state of alienation of most people and how more natural lifestyles in ecologically sound settings can help diminish this alienation. The article also focuses on the ecovillage Tamarea, and how they are creating a village where people can be empowered while also cultivating a natural lifestyle.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Towards Planetary and Human Health: The Work of Darryl D'Souza (2 comments)
Darryl D'Sousa is a vibrant and committed holistic healer from India who edits a monthly online magazine titled CMSE, meaning Continued Medico-Spiritual Education. This publication helps doctors, holistic healers and the general public to learn from one another regarding health. This article speaks to his work as well as natural approaches to health
Making Wings to Fly: The Dedicated Work and Writing of Lynette Louise (4 comments)
The loving work of Lynette Louise is discussed in this article. Lynette is an author of two books, "The Wingmaker" and "Miracles are Made." Lynette is a healer and counselor of families dealing with members on the Autism spectrum, or other debilitating childhood conditions. Her work is a beautiful heart mending blend of personal caring and love as well as using techniques of high technology such as biofeedback
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Work of Laird Schaub: Publisher of Communities Magazine (1 comments)
Many people are looking at alternatives to kindle a healthy and sustainable world. One huge movement in this attempt is that of developing communities. These range from Transition Towns which focus on helping localities become more ecologically resilient. Another way of developing community is through the fostering of ecovillages. This article discusses the work of Laird Schaub, Publisher of "Communities Magazine."
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Beyond Fossil Fuels: The Ecological Work of Stephen Mulkey of Unity College (5 comments)
Dr. Stephen Mulkey of Unity College is one who is wide awake. HIs pioneering work as the leader of Unity is instrumental to helping the human race, and the planet to heal. His leadership has been to allow for the evolution of students in relating to the world, and thus lead us into a more natural state of being. This article introduces the reader to this deeply grounded man and his mission.
The Therapeutic Labors of Remo Roth in Resurrecting the World Soul (1 comments)
In modern psychotherapy, we are often behaviorally modified or we have our cognition "tweaked" in order to get us adapted to what is an insane civilization. Remo Roth's therapeutic work goes beyond this. He is one whose work takes us beyond this nightmare and returns us to sanity.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Towards a Corporate Independence: Creating a Food Forest in Seattle (2 comments)
It has been reported that ancient hunting and gathering cultures worked an average of 4 to 5 hours per day. And we tend to work how many hours? Is there a better way? Perhaps. In this article, we will explore the work of Seattle, Washington's "Beacon Food Forest" to see how communities can work together to reduce their dependence on corporate systems while developing a healthy lifestyle
Monday, March 24, 2014
Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels: The Work of Billy Rixon of 350 Maine (3 comments)
Will Obama ratify Keystone, or will he not. What organizations are out there that try to keep Keystone from happening? One of them is 350.org. This organization has its local groups. Maine is one of those groups. This article speaks to the work of Billy Rixon, a member of 350 Maine.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Physicist Tom Campbell's Big TOE or Theory of Everything (7 comments)
This is an article discussing the physics of Thomas Campbell regarding his Big TOE, or Theory of Everything. Ultimately, Campbell states consciousness as being primary in the universe and states that while it is huge, it is not infinite.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Questioning the Western Tradition of Thinking: The Visionary Work of Physicist David Bohm (9 comments)
David Bohm is possibly one of the greatest scientists to have walked the Earth in the past couple of thousand years. His work challenges our traditional, western ways of thinking, while taking us to an arena that lies within all of us, the Unmanifest Implicate Order. This order is not foreign to humanity. It has been spoken of in all the religions from Pagan, Hindu, Buddhist (Taoist), and Christian-Judea-Muslim.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Project Tri-Star: An Ecologically Sound Life within Planned Community (7 comments)
This article focuses on an ecovillage project called Tri-Star. Tri-Star is not for the faint of heart. It is a serious attempt at developing self-sustaining communities, off the grid and in preparation for an uncertain future that may include the fall of civilization.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Moving Beyond Fear and Into the Joy of Mindful Preparation: The Work of Carolyn Baker (2 comments)
A lot of psychotherapists in the past reflected on feeling good or thinking rationally. These therapies were about getting people to adapt to a decaying and dying culture. Only a few psychotherapists have ventured into venue of diving into the stench of manure instead of trying to paint a picture of sweet smelling roses. Carolyn Baker is one of the few therapist that know that without manure, flowers die.
Abolish War! Can We Do It! David Swanson says "YES! We Can!" (4 comments)
Is the abolition of war far out of our reach? How many times, asks Bob Dylan in his "Blowing in the Wind," does war continue? This article speaks to the work of David Swanson who wrote "War No More: The Case For Abolition" as well as other books. I ask, how many times do the Martin Luther Kings, Jesus Christ, and Ghandi come forth to teach the lesson and to motivate the populace. When do we make the dream manifest? Can we?
Friday, January 17, 2014
Building a New World: The Work of Handyman-Visionary Ross Laird (5 comments)
This article highlights the work of consultant, teacher, writer and creative artist, Ross Laird. Ross' work in woodworking, myth and addictions helps us to move beyond the corporate driven "more stuff, more money, more control and domination" mentality and into the creative essence that exists as our true spiritual, physical and psychological foundations.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Binding Chaos: Meditations on the Work of Heather Marsh (3 comments)
This article discusses the work of Heather Marsh, the author of "Binding Chaos: Mass Collaboration on a Global Scale", political theorist, human rights and internet activist as well as past editor on Wikileaks news outlet and Wikileaks Central.
Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers Speak: Is it Time for Us to Join Them? (2 comments)
How do we co-create a healthy future for the generations to come. This is exactly the question 13 indigenous grandmothers posed when they decided to speak. These women were able to think past themselves. Ultimately, they care about the future of children. These women are not of the "its all about me!" mentality of Western Culture, where we are happy to engage in 5 to 10 year plans primarily based on profits. And the result?
Sunday, November 17, 2013
ALEPH: Bridging Diversity and Unity (11 comments)
This article came about upon the author and his wife interviewing Amara Tia Ann Tay, founder of The Aleph Center for Accelerated Transformation. The author then suggests that (a) all religions reach towards the same reality and, most importantly (b)the creation myths of these religions point towards an infinite point of potentiality. Thus, the article asks, "if we can move beyond our conditioning, can we evolve?"
Reclaiming the Self and Nature: The Wisdom of Shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada (5 comments)
This article discusses the work of Shaman Don Oscar Miro-Quesada while also exploring the dynamics of our being indoctrinated into a belief in a non-living universe and how that belief has been a part of our destruction of the environment as well as being engaged in constant warfare. The article further discusses how Shamanism is about fostering the power of people and not so much a corporate belief system.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Robert Scott Bell Takes on the Corporate Food and Medical Establishment (5 comments)
This article speaks to the work of Robert Scott Bell, who has his own radio show that provides healing information. He believes that many of our diseases are due to our immune system being exhausted by the strike out combination of adulterated food, toxic medicine and environmental contaminants.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Rob Kall's 'Bottom Up' Revolution in Relation to the Plight of Bees (13 comments)
We often see life through a pyramid scheme in which the top 1-5% are at top, and in control, with the rest of us, and Nature, being at the bottom. What would happen if the base said, "no more?" This article discusses Rob Kall's "bottom up" philosophy in politics by focusing on how his work mirrors Nature's way by using bees as an example. Is bottom up the true way Nature functions? The author of the article thinks so.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Endre Balogh: Seeking the Core of Reality Through Art (2 comments)
What is the reason for being human? Ultimately, this is the foundational question behind philosophy, science, religion and art. Through music and images of sacred geometry, Endre Balogh allows us to go deeply into the fabric of the universe that is, also the foundations for whoever you are. Dare you find the universality of who you truly are?
The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade (12 comments)
This articles focus on the intense work of a daughter of slavery and a son of the slave trade.
For those who do not realize the drivers to the past behavior that brought about slavery, they are most likely to repeat the pattern that creates it. Is slavery truly gone in our day and age? Is it still a threat lurking in the back rooms of the human mind? Is it happening under the name of migrant work, outsourcing, etc?
Tamera Center: The Remarriage of Humanity and Nature (2 comments)
Throughout the world there are community movements that attempt to move beyond the politics of the day. This movement doesn't focus so much on the politicians and corporations/bankers. Rather, they strive to become more independent of these powers by empowering themselves. Tamera Center does just this. Are you open to something new that moves beyond the tyranny of corporations and governments?
Beyond Divisive Corporate Rule: The Unifying Genius of Filmaker Peter Charles Downy (1 comments)
Does the media have to be owned by megalithic corporations? Or do sites such as Oped and documentary films made by producers like Peter Charles Downy have a chance? Downy's latest release is "United Natures" which comes on the heals of his "Anima Mundi."
This article features Peter's work and speaks to the need to move beyond corporate rule and standardization.
The Marriage of Mother Nature and Father God (7 comments)
In modern culture, Nature and God are seen as separate. But, what if they are not? What if The Self, Yahweh, or I AM, is Nature? This article makes the point that Mother Nature and Father God are indeed married as one.