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Johnny Stork
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Attends Middlesex University - Alef Trust
Lives in Gibsons, BC
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Why We Can Remain Hopeful

"There are solutions to many of the problems we face. New mechanisms for dialogue need to be created, along with systems of education to inculcate moral values. These must be grounded in the perspective that we all belong to one human family and that together we can take action to address global challenges." (Dalai Lama)

"It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the 21st century does not repeat the pain and bloodshed of the past. Because human nature is basically compassionate, I believe it is possible that decades from now we will see an era of peace — but we must work together as global citizens of a shared planet." (Dalai Lama)

"There are many reasons for us to be hopeful. Recognition of universal human rights, including the right to self-determination, has expanded beyond anything imagined a century ago. There is growing international consensus in support of gender equality and respect for women. Particularly among the younger generation, there is a widespread rejection of war as a means of solving problems." (Dalai Lama)

"Across the world, many are doing valuable work to prevent terrorism, recognizing the depths of misunderstanding and the divisive idea of “us” and “them” that is so dangerous. Significant reductions in the world’s arsenal of nuclear weapons mean that setting a timetable for further reductions and ultimately the elimination of nuclear weapons — a sentiment President Barack Obama recently reiterated in Hiroshima, Japan — no longer seems a mere dream." (Dalai Lama)

#dalailama

Almost six decades have passed since I left my homeland, Tibet, and became a refugee. Thanks to the kindness of the government and people of India, we Tibetans found a second home where we could live in dignity and freedom, able to keep our language, culture and Buddhist traditions alive. My generation has witnessed so much violence — some historians estimate that more than 200 million people were killed in conflicts in the 20th century. Today, t...
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The community of the Tinbetan Buddhists is running a parallel Tibetan govt in India under the guidance of Dalai Lama.A purely political ambition based on a particular religion and this guy talks about global citizens.First he is supposed to evolove global ideology.
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Protecting Your Digital Legacy

As more of our time is spent online, we create digital legacies of our existence on this planet. Who and what we are, how we lived, how we expressed ourselves, what was important to us, how we contributed to the global digital archive, becomes a lasting legacy of lives. So I salute Facebook for taking this first step to ensuring our digital legacies carry on in some manner, and that family members can now take over our accounts when we croak. Hopefully all the other social-media platforms (hello Google?) will follow suit with something similar.

#facebook #socialmedia #digitallegacy

A new feature allows users to designate a friend or family member to become the caretaker of your account should you die.
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Charge of the Goddess

I am the Great Mother, worshipped by all and
existent prior to their consciousness.
I am the primal female force, boundless and eternal.

I am the chaste Goddess of the moon,
the Lady of all magic.

The winds and moving leaves sing my name.
I wear the crescent Moon upon my brow and
my feet rest among the starry heavens.
I am mysteries yet unsolved, a path newly set upon.
I am a field untouched by the plow.
Rejoice in me and know the fullness of youth.
I am the blessed Mother, the gracious Lady of the harvest.

I am clothed with the deep, cool wonder of the Earth
and the gold of the fields heavy with grain.
By me the tides of the Earth are ruled;
all things come to fuition according to my season
I am refuge and healing.
I am the life-giving Mother, wondrously fertile.

Worship me as the Crone,
Tender of the unbroken cycle of death and rebirth.
I am the wheel, the shadow of the Moon.
I rule the tides of women and men and
give release and renewal to weary souls.
Though the darkness of death is my domain,
the joy of birth is my gift.

I am the Goddess of the Moon, the Earth, the Seas.
My names and strengths are manifold.
I pour forth magick and power, peace and wisdom.
I am the eternal Maiden, Mother of all, and Crone of darkness, and I send you blessings
of limitless love.

~ Scott Cunningham
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Living with Doubt

"I received a correspondence from a reader who wonders about “the triumph of judgment over spontaneity as we emerge from childhood into adulthood and the consequent obstacle it poses for living in psychic comfort.” In other words she worries about how to reconcile “a naturally felt purposefulness and zest for life against an intellectual sense of life’s essential pointlessness and its indifference to human concerns that give rise to the recognition of absurdity.” The only consolation she experiences is with her grandchildren “as they go about engaging the world with perfect unmediated wonder, boundless energy, and demands for attention."

#happiness
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Search for Happiness

"What is happiness? Your answer is likely different from that of every other person. Some people call it a sense of well-being or optimism, maybe a meaningfulness in life. Whatever it is, we know we want it, and that it’s a good thing."

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What is happiness? Your answer is likely different from that of every other person. Some people call it a sense of well-being or optimism, maybe a meaningfulness in life. Whatever it is, we know we. . .
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Until you step on the Sprinkler 😲
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Kids and Mindfulness

"The soft sound of the bell echoes. Bare toes wiggle against blue rubber mats. Tiny faces tilt towards the sun as they inhale and exhale slowly. Morning yoga kickstarts each day at the University of Delaware Laboratory Preschool’s five-week I Can Be Mindful summer camp."

"The camp aims to help rambunctious 4- to 7-year-olds navigate their social and emotional world. Throughout the day, children engage in activities such as yoga, song, dance and perspective challenges both in the classroom and around UD’s campus."

#mindfulness #children #meditation
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Want Happiness? - Buy Experiences Not Things

"Happiness can mean very different things to different people. How to achieve it is a lifelong question for most of us. Our religions and politics offer their own prescriptions. But what does science have to say about it? Psychology Professor Thomas Gilovich from Cornell University has made four studies on the subject over decades and came to the conclusion that happiness is derived from experiences, not things."

#happiness #joyful

Studies confirm that having experiences makes us happier than material possessions.
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I AGREE CAUSE IVE HAD EXPERIENCE AT LIFE AND ALL WERE NOT GOOD AT ALL. POLITICS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT MY TEST.
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Zizek on On-Line Dating

"Philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek dislikes the sense of self-commodification and self-manipulation innate in online dating."

Watch it to the end to hear his idea of "ideal sex".....he's an odd fella/philosopher to say the least!

#philosophy #slavojzizek #onlinedating

Philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek dislikes the sense of self-commodification and self-manipulation innate in online dating. People strive for perfection when they set up dating profiles. Žižek believes love isn't about seeing someone as perfect, but rather appreciating them for the reasons they're not perfect. Perfection is an illusion, he says. "Perfection" is plainness. It's innocuous and generic. This isn't necessarily an endorsement ...
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A few days of the new York NY to see if I t of a lot and then you can be in this email address is a few months of the way
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Pokemon Go

"The origin of Pokemon Go is as peculiar as any of the Voltorbs or Snorlaxes that players track and capture in the surprise hit game."

#pokemongo

Pokemon Go originated with a popular Google April Fool's joke in 2014. Here's the fascinating story of how it went from prank to (augmented) reality.
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Allow zoni. Χαίρομαι που σε γνωρίζω. Θα ήθελα να δω τη δουλειά σου σε βίντεο. Ευχαριστώ Giota Aleksanter. Giorgos kanellos
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Happiness

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." (Gandhi)

#happiness #joyful
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Fades from childhood to adulthood.
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Mindfulness Has Gone Corporate

"If mindfulness has gone corporate, then Wisdom 2.0 is its annual shareholder meeting. The yearly conference hosts tech royalty alongside media mavens like Arianna Huffington and Russell Simmons. Eyes may close for a meditation session, but a different ritual, perhaps even older, is perpetually enacted: see and be seen."

#mindfulness #business

Most information about mindfulness is disseminated by white people, in media controlled by white people, for the primary consumption of white people.
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Is Kierkegaard Still Relevant?

"There is a general tendency in the non-philosophical world to dismiss philosophy as being purely theoretical, with no connection to the types of problems that people are confronted within their everyday lives. But this is not necessarily true. Many philosophers struggled to find ways to improve people’s lives, by drawing attention to, and making people think about, fundamental aspects of life. A good example would be Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)."

#philosophy #kierkagaard

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No more enfade or nomentature for cause.
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Educational Technology Specialist, Linux Support Engineer, Web/Database Developer, Research/Statistical Consultant, Technical/Content Writer
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Critical thinker with in-depth knowledge of educational, technology and social media trends. More than 20 years of Linux, Windows and open-source implementations in educational, government and private sector environments. Project management, business/process analysis, technical writing, database development/reporting and knowledge/content management. Egalitarian and participative management style. Graduate level education and experience in psychology, research, marketing and statistics.
Employment
  • Open Enterprise Solutions
    Linux Server Administration - Database Development/Reporting - Data/Statistical Analyst - Technical Writing, 2000 - present
    Linux Administration - Open Source - Business Information & Communications Technology Services - Data Analyst - Database Developer & Reporter - Technical Writing. Windows Server management, deployment and monitoring services and solutions. Network management and security solutions, intrusion detection, firewall's etc. Database administration, development and reporting (Crystal Reports) on Oracle, SQL-Server and MySql. Web and content management development on Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla. Web application security solutions, server/web hardening. Server and network monitoring solutions with Nagios, Munin, Zabbix. Email system deployment and administration on Sendmail, Postfix, Exim, Scalix and Zimbra. Email spam and antivirus solutions with ASSP, Spamassassin, Mailscanner and BarricadeMX. Web analytics, research design, statistical analysis, search engine optimization, social-media integrations. Linux and open-source solutions for business.
  • Sophos
    Linux Support Engineer, 2012 - 2015
    Provide enterprise customer support for the Sophos gateway and network security products. Products supported include the Unified Threat Management (UTM - formally Astaro Security Gateway), Email, Web and PureMessage gateway solutions. Troubleshooting various Windows, Linux and network issues from SMTP, DHCP, DNS, QoS, NAT, OSPF and BGP. Debug and resolve network routing and topological problems, IPSec, RAS technologies (IPSec over L2TP, SSL VPN, IOS VPN), as well as endpoint-based antivirus, site-to-site VPN, Web Application Firewall, iptables and HTTP Proxy.
  • District of Squamish
    Linux Server & Web Hosting/Development Administration, 2007 - 2012
    In the role of Network and Server Administrator (Linux), assess, plan, deploy and manage new Linux servers for various roles with the District of Squamish. These roles include Hosting Server, Email, Gateway, Spam and Anti-virus Server and Network/Server Monitoring Solutions. Server and hosting management in a mixed environment consisting of Windows 2000 and 2003 Servers. Ensure that all Linux servers are deployed with enhanced security features, automated and managed updates, adequate management tools and provide documentation and training to DOS staff as required. Ongoing Linux server management, updates, security and performance monitoring.
  • Hatfield Consultants
    Linux Server Administration, 2007 - 2008
    In the role of Business & Technology Architect (consultant), gather-requirements and propose, deploy and manage new Linux servers for various roles with Hatfield Consulting. These roles include Email, Gateway, Spam and Anti-virus Server, Network/Server Monitoring Solutions, High Availability (HA) and Failover Solutions, MySql, Groupware and Document Management Systems. Responsibilities: Ensure that all servers were deployed with enhanced security features,automated and managed updates, adequate management tools and provide documentation as required. Ongoing Linux server management, updates, security and performance monitoring. Tools & Technologies Used: CentOS, ESX, VMWare, Webmin, chrootkit, Nagios, Hyperic, Zabbix, OPManage, Cpanel, ConfigServer Firewall (CSF), Login Failure Detection (LFD), YUM, Apache, Sendmail, BIND, PHP, MySQL, MailScanner, MailWatch, Spamassasin, and numerous open-source tools and applications.
  • Ministry of Health
    Business Analyst/Database Developer/Reporter, 2003 - 2006
    In the role of Business & Technology Architect/Analyst (full time), reviewed/revised the PBCO technology infrastructure and database systems to ensure interoperability with other Ministry of Health Systems and the utilization of approved Ministry technology standards such as XML and HL7. Hired developers to provide additional database development, architectural redesign and database reporting support. Managed all projects including the re-design of PBCO SQL-Server databases to ensure maximum data integrity, performance and extensibility to accommodate growth of the PBCO. Developed data collection protocols and completed numerous analytical and database reports. Reviewed and implemented sweeping technology changes with open-source and Linux solutions in the back-end with no disruptions to daily operations or client-side systems. Provided various data and statistical analysis support along with database reporting responsibilities.
  • Tesco Corporation
    Database Developer/Reporter, 2003 - 2003
    As a Database and Crystal Reports Developer (contract), work with Tesco developers to modify, create and standardize various Crystal Reports, SQL Server Views Tables and Stored Procedures. Responsibilities: Conversion of Crystal Reports based on SQL Server Views into Crystal Reports based on Stored Procedures. Modify existing reports to recently defined "Tesco Standards". Assist in various End-User and Developer Documentation for SQL, Reports, Stored Procedures. Produce various analytical and statistical reports through Crystal Reports. Tools & Technologies Used: Crystal Reports, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Enterprise Manager, SQL, Transact-SQL, SQL Query Analyzer.
  • Canadian Forest Products
    Business Analyst/Database Developer/Reporter, 1999 - 2002
    In the role of Business Analyst (full time), assist in the requirements-gathering process, project management and implementation of a company-wide Maintenance Management Software upgrade at all BC and Alberta locations. In the role of Database and Crystal Reports Developer, provide SQL, PL/SQL development support and Crystal Reports on Oracle and SQL Server databases. Provide analytical and statistical support and services to the Forestry Research Group. Tools and technologies used include: Crystal Reports, TOAD, SQL Navigator, SPSS, Oracle SQL Plus Editor, Oracle Reports and Oracle Forms. Microsoft Visual SourceSafe, Team Coherence (Software Configuration Management), Front Page, PHP and HTML development tools in a Windows NT/2000 environment.
  • Ministry of Forests
    Statistical/Research Consultant, 1996 - 2001
    In the role of Statistical & Research Consultant (contract), perform data cleaning, conversions, recoding on survey data. Assess data types and survey goals for optimal analytical/statistical methods and provide a summary report on survey findings and conclusions. Responsibilities: Ensure accurate and clean data source from original survey data, perform data cleaning and categorization. Numerous descriptive univariate and multivariate statistical methods were deployed including frequencies, central tendencies (modes, medians), nonparametric one-way ANOVA (Kuskal Wallis). Comprehensive reports and data analysis summaries were prepared. Tools & Technologies Used: SPSS (Statistical Program for the Social Sciences), SYSTAT,Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Madrone Consultants
    Statistical/Research Consultant, 1997 - 1998
    As Statistical & Research Consultant (contract), I worked directly with Madrone researchers designing data sampling and collection methods, data conversions and cleaning from various text, Excel and database formats. Various descriptive, univariate and multivariate analysis was performed along with final reports or contributions to publication ready articles. Responsibilities: Identifying suitable data sampling methods, variable selection, data cleaning and categorization. Numerous descriptive and predictive univariate and multivariate statistical methods were deployed. Comprehensive reports and data analysis summaries were prepared and some were submitted for publication to Forestry Journals. Tools & Technologies Used: SPSS (Statistical Program for the Social Sciences), BMDP, Minitab, Statistica, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.
  • Industrial Forest Services
    Statistical/Research Consultant, 1996 - 1997
    As a Statistical & Research Consultant (contract) with Industrial Forest Services, I worked directly with researchers designing data sampling and collection methods, data conversions and cleaning from various text and database formats. Various descriptive, univariate and multivariate analysis was performed along with final reports or contributions to publication ready articles. Responsibilities: Identifying suitable data sampling methods, variable selection, data cleaning and categorization. Numerous descriptive and predictive univariate and multivariate statistical methods were deployed. Comprehensive reports were prepared and some were submitted for publication to various Forestry Journals. Tools & Technologies Used: SPSS (Statistical Program for the Social Sciences), Minitab, BMDP, Statistica, Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and Powerpoint.
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Gibsons, BC
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Squamish, BC - Calgary, AB - Abbotsford, BC - Prince George, BC - Maple Ridge, BC - Port Moody, BC - Burnaby, BC - Williams Lake, BC - North Vancouver, BC - Richmond, BC - Creston, BC - Salmo, BC - Raunheim, Germany - Vancouver, BC
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Introduction

Passionate advocate for the responsible and humanitarian use of educational, communications and social technologies for professional, personal and spiritual development. I believe the efficient use of these interconnecting technologies, combined with a willingness to develop, communicate and share knowledge in a collaborative and participatory manner, creates many opportunities for professional, personal and spiritual development, as well as the advancement of humanitarian and globally responsible principles. 

I believe the more we honestly and authentically share with everyone - knowledge, wisdom as well as who we are in our essence - the more we advance opportunities for education, build the foundations for trust and cooperation with others and the more we realize how similar and fundamentally interconnected we are. At least in theory, this should lead to increased respect, identification with others, cooperation, awareness of global, humanitarian issues and ideally, the possibility of spreading universally beneficial concepts like global responsibility and universal compassion. With our expanding use of, and reliance on, digital & mobile communications, social-media and online learning, I believe we can build a global, technological infrastructure to support these many personal, social and humanitarian values across an interconnected planet. This is why I have chosen to advance and support the efficient and integrated use of educational, social and community-building technologies for learning, social, personal, spiritual and professional development.

Along with a background in business leadership and project management, I also have an extensive technological background in Linux, open-source, database development, web development, content management, statistics, social-media and educational technologies. I have been fortunate to have earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Applied Statistics, a Graduate Certificate in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia/ITP University, numerous certifications in Database Development, Database Management, Project Management and Technical Writing. I am currently in a Middlesex accredited Masters Program in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology through ITA Professional where I have also been afforded the opportunity to put into action, some of these technological, educational, social and personal development ideals.

Long Version

I am a spiritually-inclined and bliss-following survivor of child abuse with bipolar and obsessive-compulsive challenges currently struggling with the social invisibility and irrelevance that often comes with (post) middle age. Early in 2012, a couple months before my mother died in my arms, I decided it was time to begin pursuing something that had been building conceptually in my mind for years. This concept is what I believe is the natural, technological and epistemological evolution of the "open source" philosophy. The evolution of the notion of sharing software coding knowledge in order to improve computer programs for the benefit of everyone using it, to other forms of sharing knowledge, information and wisdom from science, education, spiritual/personal development and even professional knowledge. 

So with this concept in mind, I returned to graduate school late in 2012 to pursue a degree in integral, holistic and transpersonal models of psychology and spirituality. I would bring with me more than 15 years of open-source, Linux, business, research and various other technical skills. Combined with a passion for social-media and on-line education, the time was right to seek out an opportunity where I would pursue, explore and promote these concepts of open-access, open-learning and open-knowledge, while furthering my own education and interests in spiritual and transpersonal psychology, as well as human consciousness.

In short, I am in relentless pursuit of a philosophical, spiritual, social, educational and technological vision - I am following a dream - I am following my bliss. I am in pursuit of what I believe are the early stages of an epistemological paradigm shift, that will hopefully benefit the entire planet and all of humanity. I also believe that over time, an evolution of human consciousness may result from the exponential growth, and technologically supported expansion of, interconnected minds.

Put Another Way

Philosophically, spiritually and technologically inclined man with diverse passions, interests and goals. I am constantly seeking that perfect opportunity to contribute my education, skills, interests and passions towards a worthwhile cause or group. I am also on a life-long quest for learning, personal development and finding ways to give back to the world and my community. I abhor mediocrity and strive for perfection and excellence in everything I do. I consider unconditional honesty to one's self and others, devoid of social expectation or self-interest, to be the highest principle as well as the greatest example of integrity, that any person can hold. I am deeply introspective and endeavor to think critically about all choices or decisions where there are ethical implications for myself or others. I have made mistakes in the past, and likely to make more in the future. I believe I have learned something from every mistake.

I am a compassionate, patient and respectful man. But I am also intolerant of, and outspoken on, issues of abuse, prejudice, hypocrisy, dishonesty, apathy or any form of negligent or unethical conduct, particularly by those in positions of power or authority. I am also indifferent to social expectations or externally-derived value-systems. I am also deeply principled to the point of appearing self-righteous and so I am often grossly misunderstood. I expect others to hold me to the same level of honesty, integrity and ethical conduct I demand from them. Occasionally, I am considered a tall, ruggedly handsome, fine specimen of a renaissance man. Other times, I am considered dumb as a bag of hammers.

I am also a pervasively happy and perpetually grateful man. I am grateful for the spectacular privilege of being alive; the gift of being loved by, and in love with, a goddess; thankful for the honour of being father to a compassionate and intelligent son; and overwhelmed beyond words for the love and attention of two princesses and two musketeers.

Spiritual Philosophy

As a result of various personal experiences, decades of reading and learning about many of the world’s spiritual, philosophical and scientific traditions, I firmly believe that our civilization is in need of a significant paradigm shift in thinking, learning and communicating, if we are to succeed in the future. I believe this paradigm shift can begin through the collective impact of individuals recognizing and fulfilling their True Nature. I believe this True Nature, or Buddha Nature, the Ultimate Reality, the Perennial Philosophy is transcendent of traditional human sensory experience but can be experienced and reinforced through meditation and other spiritual or introspective practices. I also believe this True Nature can only be described, or defined, through metaphor and the creative expression of gifted artists. I also believe that all of the world's theistic and non-theistic traditions contain aspects of this True Nature and are thus united, equal on this level. They put us in touch with a deeper sense of our selves as well as a larger sense of us all - a recognition of, and connection with, the Collective Consciousness, the Source, our True Nature, our Buddha Nature, what the Hindu's call Brahman and North American indigenous people often call the Great Spirit.

"The ultimate, unqualified mystery is beyond Human experience." -- Joseph Campbell

I believe that our apparently obvious and self-evident perception or experience of separateness and individuality is the most common, pervasive form of collective human psychosis and mass delusion. Our perceived separateness from others, is an illusion and the basis of many of man’s individual and collective problems. The single most important message from most of the world’s spiritual, philosophical and even scientific traditions is one of UNITY. We are all truly a global community of One and need to think, act, communicate and collaborate with our fellow humans with this as our guiding principle. 

Tat Tvam Asi – We are It, Thou Art That

Bragging rights
Spent 10 years climbing in Squamish. I was the legal guardian of my younger brother at 19. My first girlfriend was related to Chief Dan George. I have had more than one near-death experience. Worked breifly as a male waiter on ladies nights. I used to drive a 1979 Ford Bronco with 18" of total lift on 40" TSL Boggers. Had a date with Mitzi Dupree (Ping Pong Queen). Came close to competing in the Olympics. Once owned a 1969 Dodge Dart that dynoed 425 horsepower at the rear wheels and could pull the front wheels off the ground. Helped develop and manage one of B.C's first treatment centers for adolescent sex offenders. Deadlifted the heavy end of a Suzuki. I know many goddesses. My first epiphany was watching my son being born. I am a proud father. I am called "Papa Johnny" by two princesses. I am.
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  • Middlesex University - Alef Trust
    (Master of Science ) Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology, 2015 - present
    Alef Trust is a non-profit organisation which promotes the applications of transpersonal psychology in professional fields. It is aligned with the International Transpersonal Association which defines the ‘transpersonal’ in terms of the larger scale of being that recognition of the sacred and of spirituality can bring into our lives.Our courses in consciousness studies, spirituality & transpersonal psychology provide intellectually-challenging programmes of study which focus on such issues as the nature of consciousness, the dynamics between psyche and soma, the psychology of self and higher states of being, creativity and transformation, and the psychological basis of spiritual and mystical practices. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, our courses are distinctive in valuing experiential approaches to learning and encouraging students to incorporate insights from the courses into their own life journeys. Our online MSc programme is a collaborative project of ITA Professional, the Professional Development Foundation and the Scientific and Medical Network; and we are validated/accredited by Middlesex University.
  • Simon Fraser University
    (Bachelor of Arts) Psychology & Statistics, 1986 - 1991
  • University of British Columbia
    (Seminar) Statistics, 1998 - 1998
  • Sofia University
    (Post-Graduate Certificate) Transpersonal Studies, 2012 - 2013
  • Simon Fraser University
    (Certificate) Technical Writing, 2012 - 2014
  • University of Northern British Columbia
    (Master of Science - Inc) Psychology & Statistics, 1996 - 2001
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