Luscious Spirituality:  Getting Religion is Losing Religion

Luscious Spirituality: Getting Religion is Losing Religion

Wynn Manners, an online friend of mine, who goes way, way back to the early 90’s, suggested that I start writing what I used to write on my Yahoo! Groups page, called “Sophia’s Web”.  What I wrote were named Morning Meds.  By meds, there is the double meaning of meditation and medication.  Meditation is true medication.  So, this is my first “Morning Meds” Blog.  “Dude, pass the pipe!”

Today I wish to speak about oral ecstasy.  Yes, we are speaking of oral sex here, to some degree.  Aren’t all interactions an act of intercourse?  What are these words if not seminal inputs entering into the black hole called the pupil of thy eye and being conceived in the back of your brain as an image.

Why else would an idea be considered a concept?  Its a conception!  DUH!  Oh, tickle my fancies with Thy tongue and send me flying into heights unattained by any woman or man before me!

My main thrust in writing is spiritual. Writing is a form of oral sex.  Life is intercourse.  Everything is spiritual, including sexuality.  The term religion, in its epistemological roots, is reli-gere, literally meaning “to connect.”  Religion is NOT an idealism, its about relationship, about connection.  Religion is about holiness, which boils into wholeness.  Its about unity through intercourse.  What is this conversation?  Yet, if you are talking about religion in a dogmatic or rational way, you ain’t got it!  Religion is a sigh, or a “YES!” and sometimes simply “OHHHHH!”

If you are immersed in theologies and church doctrine, you’re way off base.  These are not religion.  They are idealisms.  If you are nursing a baby and feeling a deep connection in looking into those big brown eyes, you’ve got religion.  Anything else, dogma, theories, theologies, etc are simply ideal-isms.  Ideas are nothing more nor less than ghostly vapors arising from your mind…or in the case of indoctrination, someone else’s mind.

So, therein lies the title to this piece…getting religion is loosing religion.  You have to let go of the the theories, philosophies, and ideals and become as you were when you were not.  This is your beginning.  To be newborn, you have to do the striptease of the mind and be as nude as the day you were born.

So, take off thy institutionalized religious clothes and dance!

Now, all this gets to be even more fun and inspirational when you awaken to the fact that whole, hole and holy are one word. Knowing this unity is true religion, or connection. What is empty (hole) is what is full (whole).  Yes, empty thy mind of conditioning and be as “you were when you were not.” When you enter this nudity, you enter into a virgin state of mind in which infinite potentials abound.

But don’t follow me.  Experience it.  Become empty and be full!  Be newborn, be free of yourself.  IN that freedom from yourself, you will be full of yourself!

Oh, becoming virgin is the most remarkable state of sexual ecstasy you can ever encounter!  Just ask Maria.  Look at what She generated.  Ok, so the Roman institutional foundations got hold of the virgin birth story and the so-called Church became identified with Rome.   We’ll discuss that one another time.

By the way, being virgin means being unconditioned…..what?

“You mean to say, Burl, that all these years of schooling and conditioning and I’m to throw it all away in order to give birth to the sacred within?”  Yes, this is exactly  what I’m saying.

As the Tao Te Ching sings, “be newborn, be free of yourself.”  Or as Christ says upon looking upon a nursing infant, “be like him.”  You really think Lao Tzu and Jesus Christ were far apart in Nature’s mind?

Can you see why the Jews/Romans came after the Christ Child?  30 years of schooling and indoctrination and S(HE) is just letting go of all of it?

In meditation, you can experience all this.  The Holy works of the Bible, Upanishads, Vedas, Tao Te Ching, etc are ultimately within you.  These are only externalized expressions of what is within.  Even these words I write: where are they really if not within you?

Ultimately, words can never tap into the power of raw, nonverbal experience.  Yes, a delighted lover can only reel back and cry “YES!”

Gaze upon your Goddess/God and lie your head in Her-His chest and sigh deeply in the ecstasy of union, the true Divine Marriage.

This is what writing and the act of verbal intercourse is truly about.  Its about entering into a state of ecstasy.  This is the true function of writing.  Its all there as a dance enticing all of us to enter into the luscious and sensuous dance of Life.

Sophia’s Web: A Book Soon to be Published

Sophia’s Web is a book that will hopefully be published soon, probably through Amazon.  Yes, it will be on Kindle as well as having a hard copy to it.  So, part of this blog (and I know this one is rough, just trying to get the knack of working with WordPress…..I’m not a computer whiz) is about announcing progress in publication as well as hopefully enlisting your support in various ways, including advice.

For example, I am contemplating subtitles for the book.  Some of the ones I am contemplating are as follows:

Sophia’s Web: Reclaiming Wisdom and Understanding for a Peaceful World

Sophia’s Web: Peace Through Understanding the Diverse Unity of the World

Sophia’s Web: Fostering Peace, Love and Understanding in a Troubled World

Sophia’s Web: Embracing Religion, Science and Ourselves (this one refers a LOT to my old version, not good)

Sophia’s Web: The Marriage of Religion, Science and the World (this one comes up with a lot of evolution themes)

(The Diverse Unity of Religion, Science and Ourselves? Or, the Human Race instead of ourselves?)

Sophia’s Web: Embracing the World’s Unity in Diversity (did a check, a few came up)

Sophia’s Web: Fostering a World of Peace, Love and Understanding

Sophia’s Web: Transitioning a War Torn Planet into Peace, (or just peace) Love and Understanding

Sophia’s Web: A Loving Embrace of Earth’s Religions, Sciences, Philosophies and People

Sophia’s Web: Healing a Battle Torn Planet by Love and Understanding

Sophia’s Web: Reclaiming the Nature of Self, Planet and Universe

Sophia’s Web: The Unity and Diversity of Self, Nature and God

Sophia’s Web: The Unified Diversity of Self, Nature and God

Sophia’s Web: The Unified Diversity of Religion, Nature and Self

Sophia’s Web: The Unity and Diversity of Religion, Self and Nature

Sophia’s Web: Embracing All People and the Planet Earth

Sophia’s Web: Fostering Universal Love, Peace and Understanding upon a Traumatized Planet

Sophia’s Web: Healing the Great Divide Among Nations, Peoples and Religions

Sophia’s Web: Healing the Planet by Understanding

Sophia’s Web: The Kiss that Healed the World

Sophia’s Web: All for One and One for All

Sophia’s Web: Embracing the Planet Earth

Sophia’s Web: The Wholeness and Holiness of Nature, Humanity and God

Now, I’m not putting these out there just for the hell of it.  I’m asking for feedback.  What grabs your attention?  Consider also what would work for the search engines.  Hey, listen, this isn’t just about sales.  I’m getting older and want to make a difference in the world.  This book has something to say and I want to say it in such a way that it will get to people and inside people.  My work at this point in my life is about future generations.  I care about you and your kids, if you have them.  I’m not one to just brush off future generations saying “Oh, I won’t be around anyway.”  No, I’m a big believer in looking to the 7th generation when making a decision.  

I have not yet checked these titles in the search engines, as recommended by a professional regarding these sorts of things.  But, if you want, I would love your feedback on what “grabs” you.  The name Sophia literally means Wisdom, as in the term Philosophy, which means Lover of Wisdom.  In the Greek versions of the Bible, the name of God’s Wisdom and Understanding was Sophia Binah.  

In essence, the book goes into personal experiences and dreams and relates these to the various religions.  In essence, the theme of the book is to show a thread of continuity between religion, science and ourselves.  I self-published the book in the early part of this century, maybe even the late 90’s, under the title of “Sophia’s Web: Understanding the Unity and Diversity of Religion, Science and Ourselves.”  I didn’t do a great job at marketing the book, but since then I have come a long way in understanding Sophia and the world. The old book still has an amazon site, so you can read past reviews.  It actually did quite well in reviews.but I lost my financial shirt!  

So, now I have a team of people involved in the book and have some wonderful blurbs from some folks that my wife and I have interviewed on our on-line radio show, called Envision This!  The archived list of shows is at:

The show is about interviewing people who are into kindling a just, sustainable and equitable future.  

I have had several really good blurbs on this version of Sophia’s Web. Don Oscar, a Peruvian Shaman writes:

In Sophia’s Web: Reclaiming Wholeness in a Divided World, Burl Hall has masterfully articulated a long overdue vision of human evolutionary transformation found reflected within the inherent integrity of Creation itself. This is a book of deep scholarship and heart. It is a purposefully passionate proposal for humanity to once again ‘humanize’ itself by reclaiming Gaian consciousness as our birthright—a birthright inspired by the perennial wisdom of a planetary Goddess culture. It is a work of great merit–I highly recommend it!

don Oscar Miro-Quesada, co-author, Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life and founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH) Foundation

And I have others in line…Anne Baring, one of my favorite authors has also given a thumbs up to the book. Her most recent book is The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul.  

So, what say ye?  Any suggestions?  

In a past Yahoo group regarding Sophia’s Web, I did a morning meditation that called “Morning Meds.”  If my brain is up to it, I want to start that again.  If I forget due to the Alzheimers, please email me…  Just say, hey, dude, give us an update.  

Kidding aside, hope you become active in my blog.  Perhaps we can be the ones to truly foster a new world order….not of the George Bush variety, but of a variety in which we are not ruled by sociopaths but are, instead, ruled by the rule of Love, not Law, nor anything else.  Just Love.