A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature
By Burl Benson Hall
With Merry Stetson Hall
The image above is by Pamela Matthews. It is an image we will be using for the front cover for Sophia’s Web. What are your thoughts? How does the image feel for you? And, the subtitle, “A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature?” The subtitle is a piece I’d REALLY love your feedback on.
In our upcoming appeal for funds, we will be offering some copies of this picture at a certain level of support. Yes! Yes! The picture will be autographed by Pamela!
Who is this Sophia? Let me speak from a time past, sometime in the 1990’s. This poem erupted from within me as I wrote the old version of Sophia’s Web, which was subtitled, Understanding the Unity and Diversity of Religion, Science and Ourselves. OK, OK, the subtitle sucked from a marketing viewpoint. GIVE ME A BREAK, OK!? I was in my early 40’s and still very immature. I still am very immature, and getting more so with every passing day!
OK, so back then I was still very much caught up in the scientific and academic way of communicating in scientific fashion. But, then the poetry, the non-rational “girly” stuff was coming through. True, joy-full labor looks like this for me:
Beyond this world of time and space
Sophia stands alone…
Complete and whole unto Herself.
Sophia is not anything or anybody.
She just is!
Or, perhaps, She is not?
Sophia strikes this “is” and “is not” together,
They blend together as one.
Negative marries positive
As the female takes in the male
Beyond this primal swirling ecstasy,
Sophia exists peacefully as pure unconditioned existence
The Essence, or Nature, of all that is.
In Her Nature
Sophia, Undivided Awareness
Can touch or fragment Her
Sophia is Marie
Infinite and Uncreated Ocean
Where we find our heart’s rest
Is there anyone out there
Who can conceive,
Infinite Being and
In Her ground,
Sophia is nothing at all.
She, the primordial Abyss
Exists before God
Though She is nothing,
She is the All shining forth
as the end of time
existing now, here eternal.
Can you go there?
The end of time
This realization of Her
or even Marie
Call this what you will
For Sophia in marriage
Is the nameless Tao.
Because She is Mother of the Word
Beyond thoughts and conceptualizations
She…the undivided Brahman
To Whom thought returns to naught.
The name Sophia means Wisdom. I see the process of Nature as Wisdom. Sophia is the Way of Nature and Nature is the Self. Who is Nature? Nature means birds, bees and coconut trees, right? “Yes, and it also means essence.” My Nature is my Essence! Thus, the Lord Thy God in Hebrew texts is named “Yahweh,” meaning I AM. I AM is the Self? Then there is Brahmin in Hindu, whose name literally means “The Self.” Nature means Essence. Brahmin is the Self. And, Yahweh is I AM!
And we have corporations doing this?
(From Yahoo Pictures)
Oh, boy. Wait till Mommy sees this one! Someone’s gonna get it!
Seriously, what kind of mindset is mirrored in this image? Is it one of abundance? Or is it one of poverty?
What say you?