Poems by Mark Burwinkel.

Tell us about a deep soul connection that you’ve experienced. The longest relationship I’ve had with a woman is Kimberly, going on ten years now. With Kimberly I proved I knew what Love is. I got involved with Ipsalu Tantra; they had monthly practice potluck events that I attended. Kimberly and I became friends and at some point she initiated intimate kissing. She said she was drawn to kiss, that there was something I needed to give her. We never really dated. I fell for Kimberly good. I told her I would love her forever.

When the economy went south, Kimberly had to get local work and told me to find someone local to be with. She did, I met her with him and that hurt. I wrote poetry and went to the woods to talk to Mom and I healed. I kept a journal and sent it to Kimberly and we are still best of friends. She is whom I feel the closest to.

Describe one of the most soul-opening moments of your life. From 1981 to 1984 I was in the Army. I was working as a tower jockey, climbing communication towers. Shortly after my discharge I got a civilian job as a purchasing officer. In September 1986 I had a motorcycle accident, which left me paralyzed. Being paralyzed I got a lot of empathy from people, which opened me up. My sister-in-law was the first woman to nudge me along. Since then I have had the pleasure of many woman teachers. I hope I did good by them.

My mother taught me love. My early adulthood I was running from fundamentalism and I forgot who I was, so I had to be reminded. Life can be a cruel master. Around Tantra, I nicknamed myself Lovepuppy; the Tantra people liked and agreed. A dear friend calls me Magic Marker, because I mark people with love.

I don’t say "I love you" a lot, it is a generation paradigm shift, yet people know I do Love them. People remember from rallies, meetings, etc., when I may not remember them. I think of it that we are full of Love and I Love to the fullest.

When do you feel your most soulful? I feel most soulful writing poetry. I get in a juicy creative place and the words flow. Most of my poetry is about falling in love, I do it a lot. John Lennon said it: All I Need Is Love. Some of my poetry is about peace and justice.

Where have you felt the most in touch with your own soul? Where I feel most in touch with the Earth is in the forest. Forests are temples to Mother Earth; they are mine and I think our spiritual recharger. Forest are magical. It is criminal that we are decimating our forests, the Earth’s lungs and our salvation.

I go to the forest to:
Feel the magic,
Heal myself,
Recharge my spirit,
Talk with Mom,
Be with Mom,
Be with you…

I think this puts me in touch with my soul by putting me in touch with Mother Earth. And all beings.

Who is one of the most soulful people you’ve ever known? Jen is a free spirit and a musician. She started a band, like the Moody Blues, which had quite a following in Northside and finally ended it because something else called her. I feel like Jen is an angel sent to help me along. Jen made me more sensitive. I can’t even explain what Jen did, we just hung out for a while and she nudged me along.

I made a T-shirt: Made by Women, A Cast of Many. Women have had a great impact on me. My mom taught me Love and I have had many women teachers, since my accident/awakening.

What qualities do you feel a soulful relationship has? True Love, passion, compassion, forgiveness, kindness and understanding. I say true Love, because America has a pretty high divorce rate. I believe you can get divorced, I don’t believe you can get unLoved or you never meant it. I think passion is the fire of a soul relationship. Compassion is joy and pain and every relationship has both and I believe compassion makes a soulful relationship complete. If you can’t forgive your beloved you’re sunk. You need understanding to navigate all the pitfalls of any relationship. Kindness should be the bedrock of all relationships.

What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? I feel my soul’s purpose is to teach about love. First I have to write about love and before that I have to learn about love. I don’t think love is as complicated as it is made out to be. Love is the cornerstone of the universe, it is the building block of everything. I feel the creator loved everything into existence and we can be co-creators in that love, pretty cool. The first obstacle of the dream of a loving world is loving greed out of existence. Then we can light the darkness away. So many creative humans said this in one form or another and I know it is right, I see evidence of it. Light and Love are the same and darkness and hate are the same.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~MLK Jr.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us? I write Love with a capital to emphasize the importance I see Love having, an intricate place in existence; it is what we are. Love is magic, we are energy; we are Love, we are magic.

Just One
I look around,
Searching for more,
Yet find only one,
That one is generous,
Allowing us to be together;
In Love,
Or alone in fear.

If Mark has inspired you, please leave a note for him below! Mali & Joe, authors of The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships and creators of Mantras for Making Love and Overcoming Jealousy