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Johnny Stork
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Rest in Peace Spock

Logic and utilitarianism - pretty good foundation for one's system of thought and actions in the world. Thank's Spock and live long and prosper wherever you may be now.

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" (Spock - Leonard Nimoy)

#spock   #leonardnimoy   #startrek  
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Meditation & Mindfulness - Anywhere, Anytime

Great post by +Tony A. Simien on making time to meditate.

"It just means we must integrate our single mindedness into everything we do. If we're doing daily chores then we do them single mindedly. We are with whatever is happening wholeheartedly. We must just keep our thoughts reserved for our current activity. That means if we're washing clothes then let our thoughts be all about washing clothes." (Tony A. Simien)
 

I have no time for meditation

Firstly, that which we commonly refer to as meditation is more accurately exercises in concentration and mindfulness. The potential outcome of this, is discovery of our innermost essence; the Unconditioned; the Unborn. The source of consciousness. That which lies buried beneath the dense mass of mental constructs. That which is before mind objects (thoughts; labeling, defining, describing, judging and desiring of objects). That is meditation.

There's always time for single mindedness. We do this by being one pointed in everything we do. Human beings are the Grand Masters at Justifying Their Actions. We have the ability to justify Anything. Whatever we do or don't do there is some excuse floating around in our cluttered minds waiting for our use. We will be 100 years old and still justifying why we can or can't do this and that. "Oh well, I'm too old, too crotchety and too decrepit to do that now." As a practitioner, I've been lazy ; I've been a slacker and I've been forgetful. But I always made the effort when I remembered to practice everyday, throughout the day. I used to read about teachers who said they never missed practice and thought IMPOSSIBLE! But actually it is not. We must really dedicate ourselves. It doesn't mean giving up our worldly life. It just means we must integrate our single mindedness into everything we do. If we're doing daily chores then we do them single mindedly. We are with whatever is happening wholeheartedly. We must just keep our thoughts reserved for our current activity. That means if we're washing clothes then let our thoughts be all about washing clothes. If we must think incessantly then let those thoughts be about our moment to moment actions or situations. If mind will not stop babbling then let the babble be about this very moment. Stay out of the past and do our best not to project into the future. The past is dead. It's a stinking rotting corpse in the ground. Regardless of whether times were perceived to be good or bad. Learn, mourn, rejoice then move on. Life is always fresh.  Reliving past moments incessantly destroys that freshness. We completely miss the joy of it. Then we must reflect back to remember those joyous moments that we have missed, because we were reflecting back on other moments that we felt we had to relive. Or projecting an imaginary future which may never be. Complete fantasy. Then if that imagined future does not occur as we had hoped, we suffer. We have created misery for ourselves and the thing hasn't even happened yet. Haven't we all done this? We worry about an event or situation which hasn't happened. We create stress and mental anguish then the thing imagined never happens. We just created worry where there was none. As if actual situations aren't enough to stress about We must create more torture for ourselves. What a complete waste of energy. Sometimes we must plan for the future. Think about it; manage it; then drop it. In the course of all this reflecting on the dead and soon to be born, we are missing the subtleties and vividness of life.Then we do it all over again. Our minds reload and play; reload and play; reload and play. Over and over and over again. And we miss the Now. That is misery beyond comparison. It may not seem so miserable now. That may be because we haven't known that peace; that even mindedness from being meditative as our normal condition. So we don't know. We can't imagine any other way of being.

Whatever our age, that is the number of years we have been conditioned. We have been this way our entire lives. If we wait it may be too late. Life is unpredictable. If we do experience some tragedy in our lives,  this change in attitude may benefit us greatly. Because we are learning, from doing and being, how to ease our suffering. We may still suffer, but maybe not as much. When our life situation is perceived to be reasonable, that is the best time to start practicing before all Hell breaks loose! Anytime is the right time. But that time is the most conducive to start practice. Then, when perceived problems arise, we may be more mentally prepared than if we had done nothing.

~Tony A. Simien
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A Calm Mind = Healthy Body

No surprise here with this recent research indicating a link between the inner peace, calm and awe we experience when viewing powerful works of art or contemplating the beauty of nature, and physical/mental health.

"Taking in the glory of nature at the top of a mountain peak, joining in a song of worship or viewing a breathtakingly beautiful piece of art are some of the experiences that fill us with awe and make us feel most alive. And according to new research, moments like this are both spiritually invigorating and good for our physical and mental health."

"The mountains are calling and I must go" (John Muir)

#spirituality   #wilderness   #calm   #transpersonal   #transpersonalpsychology   #spirituality  
Taking in the glory of nature at the top of a mountain peak, joining in a song of worship or viewing a breathtakingly beautiful piece of art are some of the experiences that fill us with awe and make us feel most alive. And according to new research,...
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New Online Courses in Transpersonal Psychology, Spirituality & Consciousness Studies

- Are you interested in transpersonal psychology, spirituality or consciousness?
- Would you like to study from home?
- Would you like to interact with experts in their fields, and students from around the world with similar interests?
- Would you like the flexibility of studying on your schedule and without the full demands of a formal university graduate program?
- Would you like to take courses now, but then apply those credits towards a Master’s degree in consciousness, spirituality and transpersonal psychology?

The new Associate Student Programme and many new courses with +ITA Professional starts on March 23rd 2015.  The lineup of new courses includes:

- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Creativity and Transformation
- Shamanistic Psychology
- Transpersonal Therapies
- Transpersonal Ecopsychology
- Kabbalistic Psychology
 
ITA Professional’s Associate Student Programme is for people who are interested in exploring topics in consciousness and transpersonal psychology without having to enrol in a university degree programme. You’ll be learning alongside students in our Master’s, Diploma and Certificate programmes, but you won’t have go through university enrolment process or submit any assignments. You can study at your leisure and pleasure! Associate Students use the same on-line educational, collaboration and social technologies as our graduate students and participate in the same online learning communities, forums, webinars and group activities with our instructors – many of whom are leaders in their respective fields of expertise. 
 
To find out more about these courses and the Associate Student Programme, check out the link below and drop us a line if you have any other questions.  

#transpersonal   #transpersonalpsychology   #consciousness   #spirituality   #mindfulness   #meditation   #onlinelearning  
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Being Jolly about Rejection

Good thing the Jolly Mystic Dude is so.....well Jolly.

After recently learning that someone I just met, and like immensely, is actually in pursuit of someone else, her "soul-mate", I was momentarily disappointed, but not much more.

Being a card-carrying Dude and ordained Dudeist Priest has few, well no requirements beyond being able to type in your email address. So I can't really attribute any Zen response to that recent experience of rejection to being a Dude. Probably a fair bit of my subdued and meh response is due to maturity and experience - not the Jolly Dude's first rejection. But I am certain the biggest reason behind my matter-of-fact response is a direct result of my expanding meditation practice, and the subsequent effects on my moods, reactivity, emotional stability and the general calm which has resulted.

But still, rejection sucks, it starts early, so get used to it! 

#rejection   #dude   #dudeism   #happiness   #meditation   #spirituality   #zen   #positivepsychology  
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Hey, Canada

Are you paying attention?

Or are you too preoccupied with dreams of sucking off the natural gas teats while you fantasize of Asian money? All the while participating in the raping of the planet and depletion of our natural resources.

By the way you rocket-scientist Canadian politicians, have you noticed that Colorado has collected so much excess revenue from the decriminalization of marijuana it needs to give $30 million BACK to the citizens!

The longer we (Canada) wait for the inevitable, the more stupid, ignorant and Johnny-come-lately we will show ourselves to be as a Country. And to think BC used to be known as a marijuana capital and around the world people knew about BC Bud! Now look at us, shameful I say.

We need to evolve past our adolescent phase of conventional moral reasoning and elevate our thinking towards a post-conventional morality where higher principles, individual rights and justice are the driving forces. Rather than our current rule or expectation of blind adherence to authority and social order typical of conventional moral reasoning..

Wake up Canada! The proven medical benefits alone - across a remarkably wide range of physical and psychological ailments - should be sufficient grounds to start shifting policies and thinking around marijuana.

#marijuana   #marijuanalegalization   #colorado   #canadianpolitics   #drugs  
New study: We should stop fighting marijuana legalization and focus on alcohol and tobacco instead
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So why aren't the tobacco and alcohol retailers in prison? 
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Would You Date This Guy?

After 14 years with someone I loved immensely, asking her to leave over 6 months ago because of drinking and other issues, resulted in a pretty big psychological and emotional hole. So I have been experimenting with on-line dating and after only one disappointing "date", I have revised my bio. I never know what to say and I have done so much in my life, and there is so much that makes up who and what I am, I find it hard not to go into way too much detail. So, how does this sound? 
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YOU

One of the qualities I seek in a future partner is an interest in life-long learning, combined with a deep connection with and desire for, spiritual, physical and creative development. If money, material possessions or social/professional status are important to you and how you define yourself and happiness, we will not be a good match. The goddess/woman/friend I hope to meet is honest, independent, interested in both physical and spiritual development, has a zeal for life and all the adventures it can provide. She will be more likely to spend time outdoors, at the gym, reading or listening to music rather than hanging out in the bar. She may also be inquisitive, passionate about improving the world we live in and likely to have a deep spiritual nature and curiosity about her inner world. She can laugh at herself and is not afraid to try new things or to be challenged. She may even have an interest in working with, fostering, or even adopting a child in need or giving back to the community in some other way.

ME

Ever since I returned to school when I was 25, I have been in and out of various university, technical, writing and photography programs - I love learning. So I am still in school pursuing a graduate degree in consciousness, spirituality and transpersonal psychology. Everything that I am now as a person, what I value most and where my future goals lie, and what I perceive my role to be in this world, is wrapped up in a pursuit of spiritual, psychological, creative and physical development. In the past I have worked with some of the most troubled (and abused) youth in our province and so working with children, or even adopting a child in need, is something I hope to do in the future. Within about 18 months, I will finish up my current program and plan to return to the world of psychology, specifically transpersonal psychology, with the goal of giving back to the world - possibly youth/children - the little bit of wisdom I may have picked up over the years and the little bit of knowledge I have accumulated over my many years in university. How exactly this vision manifests is still unclear, and I am not too worried about how to define it now as these things tend to find a way of working themselves out once you have the intention and set the wheels in motion. As one of my favourite scholars of mythology and comparative religion has said often "When you follow your bliss...doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else." (Joseph Campbell). Although I may not know exactly how this vision will unfold, one thing I do know for certain is that I dream of sharing this vision, this life, with someone special. Sharing a life of spiritual, emotional, creative and physical evolution while also helping and teaching others how to lead happy, full-filling and rewarding lives as well. 

US

So what might we do together? Well, I am very much a romantic and I would like to find someone who is comfortable sharing frequent displays of affection. I would love to meet someone I can spoil, someone I can pamper, someone to surprise with flowers & a poem. Someone I can hold hands with as we walk around the beach or one of the many lakes & trails around Squamish and Whistler. Someone to spend warm summer evenings with, walking around the top of the Gondola, stopping to meditate at one of my favourite spots & then enjoying dinner as we watch the sunset. Someone who would enjoy heading to Britannia or Nexen Beach to enjoy the sunset as we hold hands next to a small fire. Someone who would enjoy overnight hikes into the wilderness & mountain biking around Squamish or Whistler. Someone who might like to try kayaking or sailing in Howe Sound. Someone who might like to learn ballroom dancing & maybe to teach me yoga. Someone to cuddle up with in front of the fireplace with candles lit, incense burning & watch the latest DVD from Spiritual Cinema Circle. 
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And here is something which explains a little about how I feel about, how I would define, my soul-mate. I stumbled across this sculpture and bought it immediately because it reminded me of an old story about the origin of man and woman.

I don't know where this ancient story comes from, I thought  possibly Thales or some other pre-Socratic philosopher. Somewhat embellished, but in the beginning before there was man or woman, the god's were bored and so they created a Supreme Being. This Supreme Being was so wise, so powerful, so magnanimous, so compassionate, it angered the god's - they became jealous. So the god's decided to divide the Supreme being in half - thus creating man and woman. Alone, both man and woman are incomplete, only one half of their Supreme Nature.

One purpose of each life may be to merge with your soul-mate and realize your own intertwined and unified Supreme Nature through him, through her, through the relationship. From one Source, man and woman arise and when they find their counterpart once again, they return to the Source, their Supreme Nature. This is a love beyond Philia, beyond Eros, even beyond Agape. This is a love manifested through a divine, sublime and intertwined unity from which which emanates a shared Supreme Nature, the one Source.

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In reference to the time between relationships, people can be married yet separate .. isolated  due to various circumstances.  Personally, I say put yourself out there. Meeting new people is a wonderful way to see who has the same interests & energy.  The universe awaits ~
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Free Open-Source Monitoring Tools

I have tried all of these but there is no clear hands-down winner across all categories as each does some things well, while others do other things well. Anything built around Nagios is simple, clean and has the support of a huge community. Cacti's charting is where it stands out and Zabbix is a pretty comprehensive all-around monitoring solution.

#servermonitoring   #linux   #opensource   #linuxtools   #nagios   #cacti   #zabbix   #opennms  
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Net Neutrality Has WON!

"Today’s vote means that ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others can not restrict or limit internet speeds for profit. ISPs can also no longer charge companies for “fast lane” access to ISP customers. Nor can they throttle traffic coming from sites or services."

#netneutrality   #netneutrality2015   #internet  
After both sides of the debate shared their thoughts on today's historic vote, the FCC has voted to reclassify ISPs as Title II utilities and put these companies under its authority ...
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Online Courses in Transpersonal Psychology, Spirituality & Consciousness Studies

- Are you interested in transpersonal psychology, spirituality or consciousness?
- Would you like to study from home?
- Would you like to interact with experts in their fields, and students from around the world with similar interests?
- Would you like the flexibility of studying on your schedule and without the full demands of a formal university graduate program?
- Would you like to take courses now, but then apply those credits towards a Master’s degree in consciousness, spirituality and transpersonal psychology?

The new Associate Student Programme and many new courses with +ITA Professional starts on March 23rd 2015.  The lineup of new courses includes:

- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Creativity and Transformation
- Shamanistic Psychology
- Transpersonal Therapies
- Transpersonal Ecopsychology
- Kabbalistic Psychology
 
ITA Professional’s Associate Student Programme is for people who are interested in exploring topics in consciousness and transpersonal psychology without having to enrol in a university degree programme. You’ll be learning alongside students in our Master’s, Diploma and Certificate programmes, but you won’t have go through university enrolment process or submit any assignments. You can study at your leisure and pleasure! Associate Students use the same on-line educational, collaboration and social technologies as our graduate students and participate in the same online learning communities, forums, webinars and group activities with our instructors – many of whom are leaders in their respective fields of expertise. 
 
To find out more about these courses and the Associate Student Programme, check out the link below and drop us a line if you have any other questions.  

#transpersonal   #transpersonalpsychology   #onlinelearning   #onlinegraduateprograms   #psychology   #consciousness   #spirituality   #mindfulness   #shamanism   #creativity   #transformation   #meditation  
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Meditation Rebuilds the Brain

Those of us who have been meditating for years don't need science to tell us the brain (and mind) changes as a direct result of meditation. But for those of you who may need a bit more convincing, results of a new Harvard study adds to the growing pool of scientific evidence indicating short and long term brain (and mind) changes from meditation.

Numerous studies have indicated the many physiological benefits of meditation, and the latest one comes from Harvard University.

"An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter."

#meditation   #brain   #benefitsofmeditation   #psychology   #mindfulness  
Source: www.collective-evolution.com | Original Post Date: December 11, 2014 – Numerous studies have indicated the many physiological benefits of meditation, and the latest one comes from Harvard University. An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the …
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ISO - My Soul Mate

After having recently experienced what a truly spiritually driven, heart and soul manifested sacred space REALLY looks like, I am most certainly not finished re-sculpting my own space. One small piece of art, symbolic object, mythical figure, divine symbol at a time.....

This one grabbed my attention instantly when I saw it fly by my Facebook Wall from the Squamish Buy and Sell. After two failed attempts to locate the house to pick up this exquisite piece, they are now on my mantle, front and centre as a reminder of my own soul-mate quest.

I don't know where this ancient story comes from, I thought  possibly Thales or some other pre-Socratic philosopher. Somewhat embellished, but in the beginning before there was man or woman, the god's were bored and so they created a Supreme Being. This Supreme Being was so wise, so powerful, so magnanimous, so compassionate, it angered the god's - they became jealous. So the god's decided to divide the Supreme being in half - thus creating man and woman. Alone, both man and woman are incomplete, only one half of their Supreme Nature.

One purpose of each life may be to merge with your soul-mate and realize your own intertwined and unified Supreme Nature through him, through her, through the relationship. From one Source, man and woman arise and when they find their counterpart once again, they return to the Source, their Supreme Nature. This is a love beyond Philia, beyond Eros, even beyond Agape. This is a love manifested through a divine, sublime and intertwined unity from which which emanates a shared Supreme Nature, the one Source.

#relationship   #soulmate  
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  • ITA Professional (Middlesex)
    (Master of Science ) Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology, 2013 - present
    ITA Professional 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.
  • Sofia University
    (Graduate Certificate) Transpersonal Psychology, 2012 - 2013
  • Simon Fraser University
    (Certificate) Technical Writing Program, 2010 - 2013
  • University of Northern British Columbia
    (Master of Science - Inc) Psychology & Statistics, 1996 - 2001
  • Simon Fraser University
    (Bachelor of Arts) Psychology & Statistics, 1986 - 1991
  • University of British Columbia
    (Seminar) Statistics, 1998 - 1998
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Educational Technology | Personal Development | Professional Development | Social Media
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.
Work
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Educational Technology Specialist, Linux Support Engineer, Web/Database Developer, Research/Statistical Consultant, Technical/Content Writer
Skills
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
  • Sophos
    Linux Support Engineer, 2012 - present
    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.
  • Open Enterprise Solutions
    Linux Server Administration - Database Development/Reporting - Data/Statistical Analyst - Technical Writing, 2000 - 2012
    Business Information & Communications Technology Services - Data Analyst - Database Developer & Reporter - Technical Writing. Linux (RedHat, CentOS, Ubuntu/Debian, Suse) and 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.
  • 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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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