1. Sophia’s Web

The Halls


THE BOOK: Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature


THE AUTHOR: Burl Benson Hall with Merry Stetson Hall

THE EDITOR: Maureen Peat of Pari Publishing

THE FOREWORD: Carolyn Baker, Author of Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times.

THE PUBLISHER: Envision This! Media (Our own “in house” publishing with POD from CreateSpace)

SUMMARY: Sophia, the Spirit of Wisdom, has woven the multi-dimensional aspects of our lives—personal, relational, cultural, intellectual, scientific, philosophical, and spiritual—into a cosmic web. Burl Hall follows the thread within this web that connects his research in these fields to his personal mystical experience. In Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature, he takes the reader with him ever deeper into the heart of divine Wisdom. Sophia’s Web examines Burl’s individual dreams, visions, passions, and missions, in the light of Wisdom (Sophia) shared by great thinkers in all disciplines. It encourages readers to discover how they can co-create individual, planetary and universal health.

THE BACK STORY: Sophia (yet to be named) has been an envisioned friend of Burl’s since very early childhood. Later adult dreams and visions led Burl to research goddesses and to recognize Sophia, the spirit of Wisdom, as his childhood visionary companion. He self-published an earlier version, Sophia’s Web: Understanding the Unity and Diversity of Religion, Science and Ourselves, in the 1990s. Thereafter, he met and married Merry Hall who helped him edit, expand, and update his manuscript for a 21st Century audience that he hoped would be more ready for the paradigm shift this book puts forth.Sophia's Web cover

WHY THIS TITLE? Sophia’s Web refers to the cosmic web of life, light, and love into which all aspects of universal life are woven. The subtitle, A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature, reaches out to the readers’ own vision, mission, and passion to heal the human psyche and the planetary nature that we have been destroying.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? Many people are awakening to the need to stop destroying the Earth and humanity and participate in healing and blessing them. This story of how one man experiences this conscious evolution can serve as an encouragement and guidepost for readers undertaking a similar transition.


Sophia’s Web is the saga of Hall’s journey from fleeting visions of Sophia in childhood to a mature, surrendered embrace of the Sacred Feminine which now underpins and informs his life, his work, and his connection with the earth community.

~ Carolyn Baker, author of Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times (From her Foreword to Sophia’s Web)

A most wonderful and inspiring book, incandescent with personal visionary experience and words that communicate in prose that is often poetry. It is offered to us by Burl and Merry Hall both as a revelation of Sophia as Divine Source and Container of all and, drawing on the work of outstanding scientists, the clear elucidation of a new paradigm of reality that supports this revelation. Knowing that we are all embraced by Sophia’s Web of Life could lift us out of our enslavement to the old dualistic patterns, old divisive beliefs and habits that are derived from fear and that now need to be transformed in a splendid affirmation of love for all creation. As they write: we need to awaken to the realization that “We are all a unity in the Godhead.”

~Anne Baring, author of The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul

I’ve long enjoyed the energy and heart that Burl Hall brings to his article postings at Opednews.com. Sophia’s Web weaves together Burl’s unique, heartful vision, in the process, taking it to a new level. Though non-fiction, the book has been written so it draws the reader in and induces a story trance in a spiritual and artistic way. Hall weaves his words beautifully, while bringing in ideas from such luminaries as Jung and Rumi. Indeed, Hall seems to have taken Rumi so deeply into his heart and spirit that there were points in Sophia’s Web where I thought “That’s Rumi speaking!” This book pulls together the holistic Earth-Wisdom of many physicists, philosophers, psychologists, and myths. This book will inspire you, get you thinking in new, out of the box ways and give you hope for the future of humanity within us all.

~Rob Kall, Editor-in-Chief of OpEd Magazine

In Sophia’s Web, 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.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Burl Hall is an author, online radio co-host of Envision This, philosopher (lover-of-Sophia), mystic, and retired counselor. He writes with the editorial assistance of his muse and wife, Merry Hall, a retired teacher, author of Bringing Food Home: The Maine Example, and co-host of Envision This which connects listeners to visionaries of a more resilient, equitable, and Earth-friendly future. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this. Together they enjoy grandparenting; permaculture gardening at their home in Sabattus, Maine; playing with their dogs, Sophie and Kali; and meeting and profiling the amazing visionaries they interview on their radio show.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: A passionate call to heal our wounded nature is vital at this critical evolutionary moment in human history. This call is currently going out in many forms, through many arts, from many visionaries; this book is our contribution to this urgent call. Our vision, passion, and mission is to help readers to discover how they, too, can co-create individual, planetary and universal health.



And the twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

~ Mark 10:8

And on the 8th day (today!) God said, “Let there be hope!” Why do those words come forth? Because, we are on the brink of disaster, perhaps even extinction, due to a dualistic philosophy, a way of looking at life, that doesn’t work. We think only of ourselves–our wealth, our security, and our convenience– in this day and age. While we fret over our own personal future, we forget how our children and posterity will live. We destroy the wellbeing of our Mother Earth.

We are experiencing various religious and political groups warring with one another to the point of bloodshed, heartbreak, hatred, and death. Each political or religious group calls the other an “evil doer” while being blinded to seeing themselves in the eyes of those evildoers. While these groups are diverse, they suffer one illness, self-centeredness. Both sides of each conflict (coin) are blind to the unity of humanity.

In search of ever more resources and production, we rape and pillage our Mother Earth. We are destroying our environment because we have gotten ourselves into a competitive framework. We see winning as having more access to resources and goods than someone else. This competitive mindset results in a depletion of natural resources. Our ultimate goal is to win dominance over Nature, yet that war is exposed to be against ourselves.

Our relationship to Nature, after all, is the same as that of a child to its mother. We are dependent on her for survival. What shall we breathe when we destroy the atmosphere? Is it wise for us to take a dagger to the womb that supports us?

If you don’t agree with the reality of Global Warming, listen to the reports of increased dead zones in the oceans. Why, there is even the reemergence of poisonous algae that went extinct millions of years ago in these areas! This “devolution” proves that nothing is truly gone. Perhaps what we think is extinct is but in sleep, a potential waiting to unfold. It is only our human arrogance that thinks we are top of the line.

All that appears linear to us, including evolution, may well be cyclical, just as the Earth proved to be round, not flat. There is, furthermore, a widening gap worldwide between the rich and the poor who are becoming more and more like slaves. Yet, if we attend to history, we discover that slaves tend to rebel. Their fear of being beaten, starved and killed serves as the catalyst for anger and revolution. The fear of this happening also enslaves the slaveholder, who is consumed by the effort to thwart such “terrorism.” Oppression breeds rebellion; rebellion breeds more oppression. Round and round we go in a vicious cycle. When will it stop?


These issues reflect an underlying philosophy called dualism that pits one thing against the other. Two men holding guns out at each other are said to be in a duel. Either you live and I die, or I live and you die. Such duels are a metaphor for our dualistic philosophy of life. Insanely we pit our views against one another. Hence, in today’s world, we have multiple wars, neurotic and psychotic illnesses, the battle of the sexes and rape.

All of this turmoil results from a dualistic philosophy. We are so egocentric that we cannot see the various ways of perceiving the world as being akin to multiple spokes on the same wheel. Spokes apparently going in diametrically opposite directions are necessary to the whole wheel turning in its own holistic cycles towards a goal neither spoke can fathom. Many of the world’s wars (or glorified duels) would disappear if we could accept an overriding truth: what is diverse is unified.

For example, animals have different ways of perceiving from humans and hence live in a different world. There are some birds that have the visual capacity to see upwards of 500 miles. Meanwhile we often struggle to see 90 miles ahead as we sit atop a mountain on a clear, sunny day. However, in our self-centered world, neither bird nor human give much credence to the other’s point of view.

Even within our own species, we are egocentric in our views of the world. We fail to see that spokes, which begin on opposite sides of a circle nonetheless, lead to one hub. We each tend to see our specific way of viewing the world as the way; we really don’t get that our way is simply a way. We are now reaching the “dead end” of our “one way” streets.

Yet, each way of perceiving from every individual in every species reflects God, just as the multitudes of colors we see are all refractions of one source of light, our sun. Imagine how “reality” would seem different if we could see ultraviolet and infrared, for instance. What if we could hear the rumblings of the inner Earth and the music of the dancing stars? Alternatively, consider that perhaps we can! Perhaps we just don’tknow how to look and how to listen past what we believe to be real.

LOCAL OUTLETS: We are currently contacting locally owned bookstores, realizing that supporting local economies is a major part of the change needed.

Meanwhile, Sophia’s Web is available directly from us at www.envisionthismedia.com/sophia-s-web.


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sophias-Web-Passionate-Wounded-Nature/dp/0692368248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439051543&sr=8-1&keywords=Sophia%27s+Web%2C+Burl+Hall

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sophias-web-burl-benson-hall/1121811418?ean=9780692368244 PRICE: $18.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Visit Burl and Merry Hall on the web at http://www.envisionthismedia.com. Email contact: merry@envisionthismedia.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burl.hall Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103042619286568084383/

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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