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Our national epic has yet to be written – James Joyce

If you’ve ever listened to the song Running to Stand Still from U2’s Joshua Tree album you will have heard about the Irish town of Ballymun in the lyric “I see seven towers but I only see one way out.” Located on the northern periphery of Dublin city, Ballymun was at one time Ireland’s largest and – at least as much as my own experience has led me to hold – most unattractive public housing estate. Hastily conceived through a confluence of public and political pressure in response to a housing crisis in Dublin in the early 1960’s, the Ballymun Housing Project was missioned with providing relief from the wholly unsatisfactory conditions of the collapsing inner city slums for the region’s poorest and most desperate. Upon the project’s completion in 1966, the Ballymun estate featured seven fifteen-story tower blocks…

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A Ray of Hope in the Desert War of Palestine and Israel

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Sabine Lichtenfels states: “We cannot be against war if we don’t dare to envision a different kind of life…so I pray to our own higher self that we dare to awaken, that we dare to be who we really are…We have to step into trust and call all our brothers and sisters to raise the voices toward justice, peace and toward life.” Sabine is founder of the Vision Camp, co-founder of the Peace Research Centre Tamera in Portugal, theologian, and pilgrim in the name of Grace. She initiated the RING OF POWER-A GLOBAL SPIRITUAL NETWORK OF PEACE, a spiritual- political meditation network. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” So say our guests on Envision This!, Sabine Lichtenfels and Sami Awad. My wife and I interviewed these two, plus others, from the Vision Camp they have set…

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A Ray of Hope in the Desert War of Palestine and Israel

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Sabine Lichtenfels states: “We cannot be against war if we don’t dare to envision a different kind of life…so I pray to our own higher self that we dare to awaken, that we dare to be who we really are…We have to step into trust and call all our brothers and sisters to raise the voices toward justice, peace and toward life.” Sabine is founder of the Vision Camp, co-founder of the Peace Research Centre Tamera in Portugal, theologian, and pilgrim in the name of Grace. She initiated the RING OF POWER-A GLOBAL SPIRITUAL NETWORK OF PEACE, a spiritual- political meditation network. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” So say our guests on Envision This!, Sabine Lichtenfels and Sami Awad. My wife and I interviewed these two, plus others, from the Vision Camp they have set up on theIsrael-Palestine border.

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These people are putting their lives on the line in support of a peaceful settlement to the violence exploding that has killed more than 700 people with 100 children amongst them. Due to the extensive bombing of schools, mosques, hospitals and private homes people can no longer find protection or shelter. Hatred, fear and anger are at a peak in the whole region. In this turbulence, peace workers from Israel, Palestine and other countries are holding a five-day vision camp in the Westbank. In the middle of the war they hold a peace vigil and create a frequency of calmness in which mutual perception, sharing, deep listening, clear thinking and vision building is possible. They say, “Together we can give a clear sign to end the war.” To listen to the interview my wife and I did with these brave people, visit: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2014/07/28/envision-this-from-the-westbank-with-sabine-lichtenfels-and-sami-awad

 

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If you believe peace is possible, please support the publication of Sophia’s Web: Healing our Wounded Nature. This book helps us to see the unifying patterns behind the world religions, philosophies and ways of living. It furthermore helps us to understand who we are, both female and male, in relationship to the living universe. Can we indeed end the insanity and horror as we are seeing it unfold in the Middle East? Can we also end the insanity of corporate rule and the self-righteous arrogance of organized religions that say, “My way is THE way? What if all ways speak to The Way, in the verb sense that Lao Tzu so beautifully expresses in the Tao Te Ching. What if religion was walking in the woods, making love, or tending to the “boo-boo” on your child’s arm. Or, close your eyes and picture a child with her arms raised in an embrace of a starry sky. Could this be the true religion…a sense of belonging and connectedness? Can Sophia’s Web help to elicit that in you and others? Ultimately, The Way is simply Nature’s Process and is not a dogma for one to follow. Follow a dogma or not, you are still following the Way. To obtain more information and to evaluate if this is a cause you can invest in, please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sophia-s-web-a-passionate-call-to-heal-our-nature/x/6943290

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Envisioning Peace

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Envision This: a world in which the underlying order beneath the complexity and variety of all things is a unity. On a more specific level, consider that there is an underlying theme inherent in the various world religions.  Could that theme then be revealed to united them all in their diversity? Could Christ’s message that we are all brothers and sisters be a truth more profound than just a statement asking us to be nice?

Is there a place where Christian, Jew, Pagan, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist and Hindu embrace each other?

In the book Sophia’s Web: Healing our Wounded Nature, my wife Meredith and I speak to this underlying unity behind the diversity of religions. Indeed, the book ultimately reveals the United States motto, E Pluribus Unim, as being cosmic reality. This deeply wise and insightful phrase is the foundations of everything from religion, to our bodies as women and men and to…

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Envisioning Peace

Envision This: a world in which the underlying order beneath the complexity and variety of all things is a unity. On a more specific level, consider that there is an underlying theme inherent in the various world religions.  Could that theme then be revealed to united them all in their diversity? Could Christ’s message that we are all brothers and sisters be a truth more profound than just a statement asking us to be nice?

Is there a place where Christian, Jew, Pagan, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist and Hindu embrace each other?

In the book Sophia’s Web: Healing our Wounded Nature, my wife Meredith and I speak to this underlying unity behind the diversity of religions. Indeed, the book ultimately reveals the United States motto, E Pluribus Unim, as being cosmic reality. This deeply wise and insightful phrase is the foundations of everything from religion, to our bodies as women and men and to the planet and universe.

Could it be that Christ’s message to be brothers and sisters in the Godhead simply be the cosmic truth?

To learn more and evaluate if Sophia’s Web is a book for you, please visit the Indegogo campaign at:  

 https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sophia-s-web-a-passionate-call-to-heal-our-nature/x/6943290

 

Announcing Sophia’s Web

My book, Sophia’s Web:  Healing Our Wounded Nature is now ready to roll for funding for publication through Indiegogo.  This is an exciting and anxious time.  The book has been in the works since the 90’s and was self-published as Sophia’s Web: Understanding the Unity and Diversity of Religion, Science and Ourselves.  This time around, I had my wife, who holds a PhD in English, to help me with the book and wound up being listed as a sort of co-author.  Since the book has many personal experiences, she’s not truly a co-author but REALLY put a lot into the book…to the point that I consider it ours.

So, let me shut up and give you the url for the Indiegogo campaign.  We just put it up, so if you see any editorial issues, or any comments, please let us know. If you believe you can roll with the thesis of the book and its desire to move humanity into The url is:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sophia-s-web-a-passionate-call-to-heal-our-nature/x/6943290

 

The Ecstasy of Sophia’s Web

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Beyond this world of time and space, Mother Sophia stands alone, complete unto herself. Sophia is not anything or anybody. Indeed, she has no characteristics at all. She just is. That is, she is all. Or, she is not! Sophia is unconditioned existence, pure being and the Nature of all that is. She is Ramprasad’s shoreless ocean. Her dance is a striptease for she reveals herself as Truth, the naked essence of all that lives. She is our “isness,” our Divine Isis, the Roman version of the Egyptian Au-Set or Throne of Power.

Sophia is our beloved Virgin Mother whose beauty is incomprehensible to human imagination. After all, who is there in this vast universe that can describe or comprehend infinite Wisdom? Any attempts at conceptualizing Sophia will fail, for she is an unfathomable Ocean of Life with no shores, whose depths are without beginning or end…

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The Ecstasy of Sophia’s Web

Beyond this world of time and space, Mother Sophia stands alone, complete unto herself. Sophia is not anything or anybody. Indeed, she has no characteristics at all. She just is. That is, she is all. Or, she is not! Sophia is unconditioned existence, pure being and the Nature of all that is. She is Ramprasad’s shoreless ocean. Her dance is a striptease for she reveals herself as Truth, the naked essence of all that lives. She is our “isness,” our Divine Isis, the Roman version of the Egyptian Au-Set or Throne of Power.

Sophia is our beloved Virgin Mother whose beauty is incomprehensible to human imagination. After all, who is there in this vast universe that can describe or comprehend infinite Wisdom? Any attempts at conceptualizing Sophia will fail, for she is an unfathomable Ocean of Life with no shores, whose depths are without beginning or end.    She is an ineffable and unthinkable silence beyond sense, perception or thought. Formless and void; Sophia is the great abyss who exists as a dazzling and translucent darkness outshining all the suns in the visible skies. All these surface structures are mere shadows of her infinite light, her timeless consciousness.

The above is an excerpt of Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature. What is the vision of this book? It is simply a revelation of the unity behind the diversity of religion, science and philosophy. Could that realization help us to join hands with those who we consider opposites? Could this become your vision?

Envision This!: A world in which the left and the right; male and female and that vs that are seen as a unity. What if it were as Jesus Christ realized, that those we consider our opposition are our mirror images. Thus, could we bring an end to the combative nature of this nation vs that nation; or my philosophy vs your philosophy; or this religion vs that religion. By coming to peace within ourselves, could we stop warring with one another.

Now lets discuss the unified diversity of our sexuality. As a man’s genitals unfold down and out, with two testicles and a penis, are revealed to be a mirror image to the woman’s genitals, which are upward and inward (from vulva and vagina to ovaries and uterus). Women and men as opposites are mirror images.

And how is our world ruled these days? Outwardly? Are we more likely to surrender out power externally? Is this good for either women or men?

What would it be like for all of us, women and men, to reclaim our power?

Could Sophia’s Web be a catalyst for that future?

If you are interested in learning more, visit the film my wife and I made for our Indegogo Campaign to raise funds for the book. The campaign begins August 23rd and will last for a month.