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.
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.
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