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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News while also blogging regularly on http://anewgaia.ning.com. 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!"
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.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 Reclaiming our Natural Health with Dr. Bob (5 comments)
This article questions the health of the health system. Are we truly receiving the care we need? Do we need to adapt a new approach, perhaps a health approach rather than one that is based on sickness? The article tells a story regarding the author's health in relationship to alternative health care.
Sunday, June 2, 2013 The Evolutionary Promise for Boys and Girls Behind Re-Empowering Our Daughters (2 comments)
The empowerment of the Feminine in general is necessary in this age of a patriarchal system gone crazy. In the United States, we are loosing our rights through a budding police state while also loosing our hard fought for benefits for health care, decent wages. The pattern is nothing new for Western Civilization. This article explores this trend for the past several thousand years and argues we need to empower the Feminine.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Farmer Sued by Monsanto for Planting Seeds (10 comments)
Upriser.com released a piece stating an Indiana farmer was ordered to pay Monsanto $84,000 for planting second-hand seeds Monsanto holds patents on. Just think, if you threw a tomato into your compost pile and it seeded and grew another plant, Monsanto can come after you. The article outlines Monsanto's role in the government as well as identifying its effects on the environment and our freedom.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Beyond Conditioning (4 comments)
Our lives have purpose and they arise from that purpose and the purpose is to serve all of life. From our writings, readings, breathing, elimination of waste, eating and so on, we fulfill our mission on life...to support the whole of creation. Ultimately, the universe is more verb than noun, Creativity more so than Created. It is via tapping into the infinity of Creativity that the new can arise from the depths of our being
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Little Free Libraries: A Community Builder for the Future? (1 comments)
In today's world, there are several ways people are becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on corporations and government. Some of these community movements are known as Transition Towns, Permaculture and there are others. This article explores this movement in relationship to a rapidly growing community based business, "Little Free Libraries".
Friday, May 10, 2013 Seeking the Resurrection of Life on Earth By Reclaiming the Original Wisdom According to Robert J. Wolff (6 comments)
Our world is a mess. We are constantly at war. Our civil rights are being violated. And, we are alienated from our home while facing possible extinction. Is there any hope for us hairless apes that are so maladapted to this planet? In this article, the work of Robert Wolff, the author of "Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing" and OpEd contributor will be explored. Yes, perhaps there is hope. Or not.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Beyond Eva's Pain: The Creative Labors of Zoe Hudson (3 comments)
Humanity is at a critical juncture in its history. Prophecy appears to be coming true. Indeed, the various religions of the world are being linked together as one (e.g., psychiatrist Carl Jung's work and mythologist Joseph Campbell). For many, it also appears that prophecy, as identified in the "Bible's" "Book of Daniel," may be coming true. Does this mean we're doomed? Not if Zoe Hudson's work is taken to heart.
Monday, April 22, 2013 Awakening to Wholeness: The Nature of Co-Dependent Arising (3 comments)
This article speaks to the notion of co-dependent co-arising. In this sense, the planet and the universe operated in its multiplicity as one. All things, in essence, make up the whole and are the whole. Thus we humans are both particle (part) and wave (whole). Rather than living in an "either - or" dichotomy, we live in a universe that manifests "both-and".
Saturday, April 20, 2013 A Future that is Now-Here, Not Nowhere! (16 comments)
We incorporate the future Now and Here. It is Here and Now that the future will unfold. It is Here and Now that change must occur.
Sunday, April 14, 2013 Creativity and Healing: The Work of Meryl Ann Butler (48 comments)
In this age, which the Hindus call the Kali Yuga (Dark Age), creativity has become the candle that enlightens the dark. Creativity is dangerous in that it taps into the unconditioned mind. It is in this sense, that the heroine of this article, Meryl Ann Butler, is a mover of humanity.
Sunday, April 7, 2013 Darryl D'Souza's Question: Do We Listen to Self and Nature or the Professionals? (3 comments)
How we eat, how we process food is related to the health of the planet as well as our own health. In our world of genetic engineering and corporate food systems, we may not be as healthy as what the mainstream tells us. This article speaks to the work of Darryl D'Souza who makes a similar point. What choice do we have? he ponders. The choice is blatant: "Be healthy or extinct."
Friday, March 29, 2013 Wise Woman Ellie Sparks Speaks to Stories, Farming, Ecology and Health (3 comments)
Ellie Sparks is a woman of abounding energy whose brilliance envelops her being a mother, wife, storyteller, farmer, philosopher and political activist. Most importantly, Ellie entices us to reduce our dependent on corporate food systems as well as changing the stories we tell ourselves...stories which have conditioned us to accept the ecological mess we are currently in.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 The Dangers of Feminine Empowerment (12 comments)
This is a meditation on the dangers of yin, or feminine empowerment. To tap into the mystic Feminine is to turn our conditioned minds on their ears. Thus the Tao Te Ching, as well as Christ, tell us to be newborn and thus free of ourselves. To be newborn is to be unconditioned. Our becoming unconditioned is the only way the world can be saved from the upcoming disaster.
Friday, March 15, 2013 Changing the World One Meme at a Time: Reflections on an Interview With Daniel Quinn (7 comments)
This article is based on an interview by the author and his wife of author of several popular books, Daniel Quinn. Mr. Quinn is a writer whose ideas are significant to humanity. Understanding his notion of "memes". Memes are the guiding stories we tell ourselves. It is our memes that are killing us. It is through our kindling of new memes that we can build a healthy world for our future generations.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Christianity, the Femininity of God and the Way Towards Unity (5 comments)
One of my comments on another article was tagged. It was suggested I write an article. This is it! This article gets into the unity of religions, and the Feminine in the Godhead. Can peace occur on our planet? I think that unless we begin seeing our unity behind the diversity, we are headed for extinction. Why should we survive? All things exist for everything else. Thus we are not doing our job.
Friday, March 8, 2013 Community Rebuilds: Energy and Affordable Housing for Low Income Families (1 comments)
Today programs for the poor are being cut by governments beholden to megalithic corporations. Perhaps it is time for us to think outside of the box, to create a new "meme" as Deep Ecologist Daniel Quinn state, in which we can build an ecologically sound culture while also eradicating poverty. The use of community resources for low cost, bale housing is one of the ways in which people are becoming independent. We need more.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 The End of Virtual Slavery Is In Sight (1 comments)
Family Farm defenders launched a campaign in Florida demanding the company provide a living wage for their mile and stop pushing GMO alfalfa on farmers and demanded they stop manipulating prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Friday, March 1, 2013 Julie Krull: A Voice of Wisdom in Troubled Times (3 comments)
Julie Krull is a contemporary spiritual teacher, soul care practitioner, ACE mentor, writer, speaker and coach. Julie has heard a deep calling to serve the wholeness of humanity. This article speaks to her work.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Rescuing Newton from the Rationalists (4 comments)
Many state that Newton was the "father" to the rationalist mindset. His was the beginning of the objective science. But what if there was more to Newton than what meets the eye? This article explores this in relation to other ways of looking at our world. At the end, the article leads to a PBS documentary regarding Newton and his relationship to mysticism.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 Danna Beal: Building an Extraordinary Workplace (3 comments)
Job satisfaction plays a major part in our happiness. This article looks at the drivers to job dissatisfaction, as well as looking at ways in which job satisfaction can be increased. The article also discusses the work of Danna Beal, author of "The Extraordinary Workplace: Replacing Fear with Trust and Compassion."