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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: Reclaiming Wholeness in a Divided World," which has been accepted for publication by Pari Publishing. 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 and his wife, Merry, are also hosts of a Blog Talk Radio Show called "Envision This!"
Monday, July 7, 2014 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.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 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
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 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.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 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.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 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.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 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?"
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 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?
Friday, October 11, 2013 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?
Friday, September 27, 2013 Push Buffalo!!!! Empower the People and Their Families Within the Community (4 comments)
This article focuses on the work of a community organization located in Buffalo, New York called PUSH, standing for People United for Sustainable Housing. PUSH is a local membership - based community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo's West Side.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 350 Maine Draws Line on Tar Sands Oil at Bowdin College in Brunswick, Maine (1 comments)
Throughout the nation and across the world, people are banning together to say "NO!" to Tar Sands Oil and the Canadian pipeline. In the small college coastal town, Brunswick, Maine, several people picketed a Bowdin College football game to express their dismay regarding tar sands oil
Friday, September 13, 2013 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?
Thursday, August 22, 2013 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.
Sunday, August 18, 2013 Moving Beyond Corporate Banking: Public Banking as Reflected in the Work of Ellen Brown (2 comments)
This article was based on an interview with Ellen Brown on Envision This! The article explore Public Banking in relation to, and as an alternative to Corporate Banking. The article also speaks to variety in banking and business models in line with Nature's focus on a diversity of life in maintaining healthy ecosystems.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 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.
Friday, August 9, 2013 From Top-Down to Bottom Up: The Work of Les Robinson (1 comments)
I don't think any of us would debate that major change needs to happen. Our freedoms are being taken away, the environment is being destroyed, and we have entered an era of corporate feudalism. Australian author is a change agent who helps us to move into ways of creating change that is empowering. His is the work of the future, if we are to have one.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Fighting Tar Sands Oil: The Devotion and Hard Work of Activist Bill McKibben (5 comments)
Bill McKibben spoke to a rally at Sebago Lake, Maine, where there are plans for a Tar Sands Pipeline. The protest and speech was attended by a couple of hundred land-lovers who floated in intertubes across a now serene area framed beautifully by a mountain range. However, if the oil companies have their way, this beautiful land will become a desert. The results would be catastrophic to animal, plant and human well being
Monday, July 22, 2013 Climate Summer Riders Help Bill McKibben and 359 Maine Keep Tar Sands Oil Pipeline from Polluting Maine Waters (2 comments)
How many of us wonder about the future of our planet, including future generations of human beings? It has been reported that ancient tribal cultures would judge their actions according to how they would effect the future unto the 7th generation. Bill McKibben of 350 Dot Org and New England Climate Summer Riders converge at Sebago Lake in Maine on 7/20/13 to rally regarding tar sands oil and its environmental impact.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 Telling Our Stories: The Creative Work of Patricia Morrison (2 comments)
Why is our world a mess? Could it be the stories that we have been taught since day one of our lives? Could it be that we need to create a new story and begin telling it? This article explores this idea in line with the work of Patricia Morrison, who envisions us all as co-creators of a just and sustainable future.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 Participating in a Co-Opoly While Letting Go of Monopoly (2 comments)
For several years, maybe even centuries, we've had a few in power. Many of these have been business people be they the landowners of Feudal times, or the corporations of modern. At any rate, the general population has been dis-empowered. How much longer do we tolerate this?
Monday, July 8, 2013 Challenging Western Civilization With Spell Breaker and Outlaw Shaman, Shonagh Home (3 comments)
Our world is falling apart. How is it the poisoning of our planet mirrors our minds? This article explores this issue by discussing the work of Shaman Home in relationship to the work of Deep Ecology and ancient Wisdom seekers such as Lao Tzu who wrote the "Tao Te Ching." This article speaks to the idea that if we are going to change from a polluting and warring species, we have to do so by reclaiming relationship to Nature.
Saturday, June 22, 2013 The Diversified Unitive Genius of F. David Peat (2 comments)
F. David Peat is a remarkable being whose work in quantum physics, education and the arts should be proclaimed as stimuli to the development of a truly humane earth based human culture on this planet. Peat has worked with the physics giant, David Bohm and has written several books that enlighten us to the Nature of Reality. Perhaps his work can enlighten us to know that the Nature out there is one with OUR Nature, or Self.