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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."
Donald Trump: A Sign That We All Need to Make a Deep Change
Our "leaders" in many ways are mirror images of our own inner being.
As such, we must ask, "how does a "Donald Trump"fit into the equation?
Is Donald Trump a metaphor for the greed and insanity of the masses? I am not giving my ideas on this. I do hope the reader thinks about it and if she or he wants to, share it.
How Trump May Foster Human Evolution
This article discusses Trump's "winning" the election. The article speaks to the pain of many who loath the likes of Trump, as well as a short criticism of the Electoral College.
This article also speaks to support of Trump by Nazi Groups. Are we going down the Fascist Right?
Yet, there is an answer to this. We need to see Trump as a catalyst for change by waking us up to the insanity of a Trump presidency.
Thursday, January 12, 2017(3 comments)
Fox News Defends Rival CNN Against Trump
This writing leads the reader to a Yahoo! article regarding Trump's criticisms of CNN.
Could it be Trump is wanting a world without "Free Speech?"
The question is, can the reader see the pattern?
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Home of the Brave? Tiny Solar Barns to Stop Dakota Pipeline
This is an editorial regarding protests of the Dakota Pipeline. The article also speaks to our next president, who is a climate change denier, bigot, misogynist.
This article speaks to yurts for the Natives. These yurts allows the protestors to survive the winter.
Monday, November 14, 2016(5 comments)
Forget Trump: Support Yourself and All Earth's Family Today!
Neither democrat nor republican care about the general population. That includes Donald Trump, whose primary goal is power. (As was Hilary's)
This article does not speak much to politics. It speaks to the reader's empowerment by not surrendering themselves to the likes of Trump (or even Obama or Clinton, as that goes).
When do we wake up and discover our freedom and power?
Are we ready for that?
Crooked River: An Alliance of TimeBanks
Elections are over and Trump is our next President. Is he our lord and savior, or are we?
This article speaks to the readers' empowerment via the "Crooked River: An Alliance of TimeBanks."
Can you imagine paying for a message with one time dollar.
Or perhaps someone can fix your child's bike for 2 time dollars.
Do we have to rely on the dollar bill to have our needs met? "No!" is the answer.
Sunday, November 6, 2016(1 comments)
The Center for an Ecology Based Economy in Western Maine
There is a wide and highly populated movement towards a "just, sustainable, and equitable future." Those in the movement are people that are revamping their community.
This article is about the "Center for an Ecology Based Economy in Maine." Ecology and Economy as having a united purpose?
Yes, its happening in Maine as well as other organizations throughout the world.
Explore Maine, then explore where you live.
Long Beach Time Exchange: A Bottom-Up Step Towards Freedom!
This article introduces the reader to the Long Beach Time Exchange. What are time banks or exchanges?
Its a "bottom-up" movement in which people are networking in their community to get their needs met by earning what are called "Time Dollars."
For example, this author can earn 2 hours for research, writing and editing this short article. This earns him 2 time dollars.
How could that benefit the reader?
Wednesday, November 2, 2016(1 comments)
Reclaiming Food Sovereignty in Denver, Colorado
Are we living a healthy life style? Do we sometimes feel that corporate foods are not healthy for our families or our health?
This article is a part of a series in which the author is researching what localities are doing to be sustainable.
This article focuses on a movement towards sustainable living in Denver, Colorado.
What is in your neck of the woods? Research it. Or, start a movement.
Saturday, October 29, 2016(3 comments)
Resilience in Baltimore: A Bottom-Up Example of People Taking Charge
This article is part of a series regarding what communities are doing to strengthen their local community and its families. This particular article speaks to what is happening in Maryland, including the Baltimore and Prince Georges area.
The point is, what's happening in the reader's neighborhood? Dare you research what's around you?
Tuesday, October 25, 2016(1 comments)
Ecology Based Economies in Maine
This article speaks to ecology based economies in Western Maine. Are these ways to empower ourselves within community? Western Maine seems to think so, do
Is this kind of movement something you may join or begin in your neck of the woods?
Research it, how can it affect your lives and those of your loved ones?
Saturday, October 22, 2016(1 comments)
Resilience Hubs: Empowerment for All
Are Resilience Hubs and other programs leading us towards true freedom and autonomy?
What do you wish to foster in the world? Is changing our political parties going to cut it?
Or are we the answer we've been seeking?
Monday, October 17, 2016(4 comments)
The Promise of Local Currency in Bottom-Up Cultures
Is our economy truly fair to all? Or is it rigged? Are there other means to get our needs met?
This article speaks to this issue by focusing on a general article regarding Local Currencies.
My goal is to interview some other resources regarding alternative currencies while also looking at Transition Towns and Permaculture.
And, yes, they do relate.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016(5 comments)
Terry Kok's Permanence Project: A Move Towards Empowerment and Freedom
We are in a physical, financial, family and personal mess in our culture. We are dependent on corporations, who have been diagnosed as sociopathic,:meaning they have no conscious"..a murderer killing without batting an eye.
We need to get past the corporations while becoming self sustaining in our communities. This article speaks to that through the work of Terry Kok.
We need to empower ourselves.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016(18 comments)
Hoodwinked by the Wizards of America Or Empower Ourselves:' The Choice is Ours
This article speaks to how we mirror the story and movie, "The Wizard of Oz." It speaks to the politics of the corporations and their underling government.
In writing the article, I hope those who realize what a mess we are in. It also speaks to our being empowered to get past the status quo (Munchkins) snd instead empower ourselves and our loved ones and friends.
It is we, ultimately, who have the power.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016(5 comments)
From No Child Left Behind To Children Evolving
Standardization is the norm these days. Our McDonald's hamburgers are standardized,as are cars. Meanwhile Burger King lies while singing "Have it your way."
This article spends time in fleshing out the ramifications of standardized schooling and testing.
This article also makes the point that standardized testing is resulting in a dumb down of our kids.
Sunday, August 21, 2016(4 comments)
From Devolution to Evolution: How Can We Right Our Wrongs
To Evolve and to Be or to Not Not to Evolve and Not Be? What do you say regarding this line, stemming from the famous, "to be or to to be, that is the question? It appears we may wind up not being not because of some external agent, but because of our behavior towards the planet that supports us. Our attitude towards the planet is one and the same with what we mostly get with politicians, lies as worse extinction at best.
Friday, August 19, 2016(9 comments)
From Evolution to Devolution Where Have We Gone Wrong?
This is part 1 regarding how we are not handling climate change. What are the ramifications? How does it affect us? Could it be our environment, that we have co-created, a reflection of our own "polluted minds?"
Is this what we want?
As Steppenwolf sings in "Monster," American, we need you now, don't you care about your sons and daughters?
I proclaim that we don't
What do YOU say? YOU do matter.
Monday, August 1, 2016(3 comments)
Letting Go of Corporate Psychopathology
Throughout the modern age, we have focused on a divide and conquer mentality that has led to alienation of people from the planet and from themselves and their loved ones. Within this we have focused on domination and control instead of fostering an evolution of potential. This in turn has led to a sense of alienation with the planet. Perhaps that alienation of the planet mirrors OUR alienation.
Thursday, July 21, 2016(6 comments)
Transition Into Sanity: Letting Go of Corporate Mentality and Dictatorship
How many of us feel that we are not free? We are under the thumb of corporations while many think of us as being ruled by politicians as the culprit (which they are in bed with the corporation). Yet, there is a monster lurking in the depths that we need to get out of our lives.
What would the world look like to you if we mustered our courage and make this happen. Perhaps the curse of God on Adam/Eve can be eliminated
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Re-empower Yourself: Where Do We Begin To Heal?
If we are going to save ourselves and the planet, we need to do some serious contemplation. This article speaks to how the "Bible's" "Book of Genesis" and how it spoke to the world.
The stories are not true, as in factual. They are true in terms of the patterns the ancients were seeing.
The question is, can we get to the "jist" of the pattern in fostering real change?
Bottom Line: Can we foster planetary life?
Taking Charge: The Beginning of a Peaceful and Sustainable Planet Lies in Us
South Sudan, the newest nation in the world, has urged its 12 million inhabitant to turn to agriculture instead of depending on declining oil revenues.
The world changes. Are we ready to make changes within ourselves? Or do we remain entranced by the theatrics of people like Donald Trump, Cruz, Bush, Clinton etc.
Go West Young Man, Go West: Transition Los Angeles
The world over, communities are waking up and fostering real local business while making corporations less important. Could we wind up with a whole new world? Is Transition Town one of the grass roots movements that can get us there?
Paint a New Story: Diversify the Economy Through Time Banking
Our economy is based on nothing. Our "dollar" bills are nothing more than a "0" (off) or a "1" (on) on a computer chip in this digital age. And dollar bills? Are they worth the paper they are printed on?
We live in a situation much like that put forth in the movie "Matrix." Our economy is a farce, an hallucination.
How do we make our economy more real? Series: Personal and Community Empowerment (5 Articles, 3271 views)
A Healthy Planet Awaits Us, If We Open Our Eyes
According to many biologists and earth scientists, we are witnessing the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We are the root cause of this mess due to our technology and life styles!
Is this a doom and gloom prediction? What do we do as individuals, families and communities to turn this around?
Hope lies in the reader herself. Are you up to the challenge? Personally, I have faith in you!
Sunday, December 13, 2015(3 comments)
Top-Down To Bottom-Up and Systemic: We Are What We've Been Waiting For!
In the "Wizard of Oz" it is the cowardly Lion that stood up for the sake of Dorothy (Soul). It is also the Tin Man that is so passionate that he rusts from tears she for a dead roach. It is the brainless Scarecrow that always comes through with intelligent ideas.
What do you have within you? ARe you like the lion and think you have no courage yet you speak up? Isn't it time we reclaim our power just like Dorothy"
Sunday, December 6, 2015(21 comments)
Corporate Psychopaths Housing Senior Citizens: A Personal Editorial
This article speaks to psychopathology in corporate behavior in relationship to care for the elderly. It speaks to the author's personal experience while also reflecting on what we as a people need to to do get out from under corporate rule.
Ready for change? Let this be a beginning. Or perhaps you are in the middle? At any rate, "Know thyself" by asking "what kind of world you would like upon becoming elderly?
Monday, November 16, 2015(1 comments)
The Transformative Work Regarding Death and Dying of Uma Girish
"To be or not to be, that is the question" wrote Shakespeare. Ultimately, we need to let go.
How do we process that letting go? Does denial and fear of death keep us from living fully? Does this question involve more than the loss of a loved one? Are we also seeing the death of our modern civilization? How are we handling it?
These are questions I ask as I write regarding the death and dying work of Uma Girish.
Sunday, November 15, 2015(1 comments)
The Foundations of Change are Now
This article speaks to a bottom-up or systemic power structure in which all things are relational to everything else. Or, as the saying goes, "a butterfly flaps her wings in China which affects the weather in New York".
Thursday, October 15, 2015(7 comments)
Connecting with Nature with Hobie Hare
According to some anthropologists, we humans work more hours than what ancient hunting / gathering cultures worked. Yes, they hunted, fished and gathered, and worked on average of 4.5 hours per day. And how many hours do we work on average? Could we reclaim a lifestyle that brings us back into a leisure society?
Monday, October 12, 2015(3 comments)
Authentic Alignment: The Seminal Writings of Rayna Lumbard and Co-Conceivers of the New Dawn
This article asks the question: Can we move beyond the lies we are living and become anchored to the Breast of Truth? To whom do we have an authentic alignment, in reflecting upon one of the co-authors of the book: "Authentic Alignment. Dare you go into the depths of your Soul in discovering who you are? To whom do you need to be authentic! Who authors your life anyway?
Friday, October 9, 2015(1 comments)
Empowering the Self: The Deep Exploratory Mission of Kathleen Kanavos
Deep within us is an intelligence that is without bound. In this article, we speak to a woman who taps into this intelligence in healing her cancer. Perhaps our healing is like fetal development, in which a fetus builds himself from center to periphery in the mother's uterus? Could we tap into such deep knowledge within us to empower ourselves in healing? What is God's name in Hebrew if not Yahweh, I AM. And who are you?
Sunday, September 27, 2015(4 comments)
The Labors of Janelle and Alex, PhD in Marrying Sex and Spirit
Sexuality is one of most tender of subjects. We are filled with shame, power struggles, and other states of consciousness that reflect our not being anchored in our true power. Isn't it time we awakened and see what sex is, the Song of Songs, the Song of God His/Her Self?
Reclaiming OUr Inner Power and the Power of Community and Ancestory: Mami Wata's Work in Vodun
This article is based on a conversation Merry and Burl Hall had of Mami Wata regarding Vodun. Now, don't get your toes into a twinkle. How are you conditioned to do your work? Education? And you are taught by teachers who use their words and those words are supposed to do what for you? And who are they getting you ready to serve? Who is their master? Is that unseen master also yours? What if you were your own master?
Thursday, September 17, 2015(3 comments)
Terra Nova: A Bottom-Up Manifesto Of Bottom-Up Governance in Local Community?
Is there a lifestyle that works towards making us less dependent on government and corporations? Can we empower ourselves within our communities and within the natural systems around you? (I know those in inner cities do not have an easy task).
This article speaks to his book that address this titled "Terra Nova" which speaks to true communities.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015(1 comments)
Providential Bridges and the Mystical Insights of Andrew Harvey
this article speaks to the work of spiritual author and mystic Andrew Harvey. Harvey has been an active participant in the global change movements. He is a well respected person who has studied various religions from the Hindu and Buddhist varieties to the Middle Eastern religions that include Christianity.
Reaching Out To Students Through Student-Author Visits Featuring Debbie Hilbish
To whom do we go if we wish for real change? How many times do we have a revolution, only to find it to be a revolving door. When do we stop revolving and begin evolving.
This article speaks to a free program for fourth grade classes that helps to foster a love for reading.
It is a program that is not run by the government. Its funding is simply donations. Yet, the work they do is of immense importance.
Sunday, August 30, 2015(1 comments)
The Power of Metaphor to Foster a Sense of Belonging
In today's world, many have said that we suffer from a sense of alienation. What is alienation? Webster dictionary defines alienation as: a withdrawing or separation of a person or a person's affections from an object or position of former attachment.
So why are many of us suffering symptoms of alienation? Why in an overcrowded world are we most abused by alienation? Some ideas I have are:
Thursday, August 27, 2015(5 comments)
Top-Down to Bottom-Up: David Morgan's Moving of Western Culture from a Monopoly to a Coopoly!
From top-down to bottom-up. From megalithic corporations (monopolies) to locally run businesses (co-opolies), we can become empowered. And, we can foster a more vibrant Mother Earth!
We are akin to fetuses pushing out poison that is killing our Mother Planet, and thus, ourselves.
Thus is the healing labors of David Morgan, who is working towards moving Westrn Culture from one that is not sustainable to one that is.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015(1 comments)
Sing to Me, I Will Hear Your: A Labor of Love Born of the Soul of Elaine McGillicuddy
Inherent in our human race, there are folks such as Elaine McGullicuddy who embodies fully the true meaning of religion, to connect or bind together. In her work, she does indeed bind things together as reflected in her practice of Yoga, literally meaning to bind together. Perhaps it is in Yoga, the binding together, that we can foster peace on our warring top-down culture?
The Transformative Work Regarding Death and Dying: The Passionate Labors of Uma Girish
This article is a meditation on death and the presenting of the transformative work of Uma Girish. How do you see the death of a loved one? And your own mortality? What happens afterwords? How have you lived your life? When dying, how will you look back at your life? Regrets and successes. This article does not want to give you answers. It just asks the questions. What is within you is what is important.
The Foundation of Change Is Now And In Our Hands
Radical change entails a letting go to our conditioning. This article speaks to the Virgin Birth as reflecting our becoming de-conditioned. This is the reason many of the virgin birth stories of old, including Jesus Christ, had armies set to kill the unborn child.
Who is that unborn child if not the one who rebukes the status quo? Dare that be you?