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Thing in Itself

Every thing is a thing in itself and NOT the words we use to describe or categorize that thing. To see things in themselves, to see people in themselves - as unique yet interconnected self-conscious expressions of the Universe, the Planet Earth - is to see Truth, is to see Brahman.

"The Earth "peoples" like the ocean "waves" (Alan Watts)

Atman (individual self) is identical to Brahman (the eternal soul), in essence.

Tat Tvam Asi (Thou Art That) - You're it baby!

#atman   #brahman   #hinduism   #spirituality  
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A Successful Business Model = Compassion & Empathy

I have been in the work-force for nearly 40 years and the list of jobs or career's I have had is long and extremely diverse. Some of the jobs or careers I have had include: magician's assistant, gas station attendant, painter, foundry worker/moulder/pourer, male waiter (ladies nights), gym manager, miner, youth worker/counsellor, statistical consultant, research assistant, marketing analyst, business analyst, web developer, database developer, Linux support engineer and various consulting practices. Say what you will about my "jack of all trades master of none" approach to life, one thing is certain. I have done EVERYTHING to the best of my ability, effort, focus and passion. I don't see any point to doing anything at all, if not with abandon and single-minded projectile attention - like a man with his hair on fire, seeks water.

As a result of this broad experience in many areas (both as an employee and business owner) I have seen a wide range of work environments and certainly my share of unscrupulous, unethical and even abusive employers or clients.

It was not too long ago where the attitude of rigid authoritarianism, corporate selfishness and a sweat-shop mentality was considered the norm in many work environments. It had become a common practice to hate one's job or boss and many would sit around after work complaining about their work environment and dreaming of the day when you could stomp into your bosses office and say "take this job and shove it!".

We live in a different world today and it is not longer acceptable to treat your employees like expendable slaves, violate Employment Standards or be disrespectful or inconsiderate of their needs. And as far as I can tell having witnessed many examples of such treatment of employees by more than one business in Squamish, it seems there is room for improvement with some of our employers, especially in the service industry. However, there are also examples of some extraordinary employers who show compassion and respect towards their employees, focus on how to ensure the work environment is encouraging and comfortable and provide not only a fair wage but many other perks and benefits which place the needs of the employee's front and centre.

When a small business adopts the attitude that short-term profits are the goal often obtained by cutting corners with the Employment Standards Act, forcing/expecting your employees to work long, sometimes excessive hours or not paying them a decent wage, you can be assured of one thing - you will see reduced performance, increased sick-time, and a very high turn-over of employees. In other words, it is not only short-sighted but a ticket to business failure if all you focus on is short-term profits and working your employees to the bone for minimum wage without treating them fairly, with respect and most of all, with compassion and genuine respect.

Employers need to think about their employee's emotional, psychological and financial needs FIRST because if they do, then they will end up with happy, productive, hard-working, enthusiastic employees who will stick around and will WANT TO COME TO WORK every day. This is pretty basic psychology and now, the norm for many of the world's largest and most successful companies. So Squamish employers, what have you got to lose besides the costs and frustrations of dealing with a high turn-over of employees. Start thinking about how to treat your employees fairly, comply with the Employments Standards Act, invite your employees to participate in the evolution of the company, pay them a fair wage and ensure that the work environment you create for them is safe, comfortable and filled with a sincere and compassionate desire to make them feel good, feel valued and respected.

Happy employees are productive employees who stick around and not only does this save you money, but their joyful attitude will be seen and felt by your customers, which means they are more likely to return. Compassion and ethical business practices lay the foundation for a SOUND and long-term business model, along with being the "right thing to do".

#compassion   #ethics   #ethicalbusiness   #squamish   #squamishbusiness  
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JRiver Media Center & Jim Hillegass

If you are looking for a mediaplayer, stay far away from JRiver if you expect to buy a product which has support, or where you expect to be treated respectfully!

I have been using the JRiver Media Player for many years and diligently paying for all the upgrades and now a Master License since I run it on both Windows and Linux platforms. I had had a few bad experiences with "support" over the years since they tend to send users to the forums and don't actually give you any support, other than monitoring the forums and responding. The process has worked reasonably well I suppose, but on more than one occasion I sensed something of an arrogant and even dismissive attitude, usually from a guy named Jim Hillegass, the CEO of +Jriv

Well, recently I had trouble (as I do every year) with their CRAPPY upgrade form which often seems to report errors in spite of all the correct info. Since I used the word "crap" in my forum posting asking for help with the forum, I GOT BANNED FROM THE FORUMS by Jim Hillegass and since that is where we download the beta releases, and get "support" I have NOW PAID FOR A PRODUCT FROM THIS INCOMPETENT COMPANY and CANNOT EVEN DOWNLOAD WHAT I BOUGHT!

After posting my issue on a few different Audiophile groups and mailing lists, I found that many other's have had bad experiences with JRiver and *Jim Hillegass* along the same lines. There has also been mass censorship on the site and *Jim Hillegass* will remove posts that he does not agree with. I am not talking about posts which are clearly offensive, just posts he does not agree with. I am not sure what is wrong with *Jim Hillegass*, but clearly he has "issues" so if you are looking for a product with support, if you expect to be treated respectfully and ethically, stay away from JRiver Medial Player.

#jriver   #mediaplayers   #jimhillegass  
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Guan Yin on Tantra

"The essence of the path of Tantra in Tibetan Vajrayana Yoga is “to weave method and wisdom”. The method here refers to bodhicitta, seeking buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings and the wisdom refers to wisdom realizing emptiness."

_"Insight into emptiness is a deep wisdom. When you understand emptiness you understand that the self you have created is also empty, devoid of existence. When you empty your self, the nature of the mind is revealed as clear and luminous and into this clear luminous limitless light Our Mother is able to BE.
The potential for attaining the qualities of the Buddha of Compassion, Our Mother Guan Yin, lies naturally within all of us."_

#tantra   #buddhism   #guanyin   #kuanyin  
 ART : Quan Yin ~ by  Mystiqueink @ DeviantArt.  ______ ♥ ______   MESSAGE FROM GUAN YIN ON TANTRA   MESSAGE FROM GUAN YIN I am Guan Yin, Lady of the Earth. I bring to you the teachings of Tantra o...
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Real Men are GIRLY Men

Men, do you have difficulty "...articulating your inner feelings, especially feelings like hurt or vulnerability—or needs to be held, sexually desired, or admired"? Are societal gender roles or stereotypes strangling the expression of who you are, how you feel? Do you have trouble translating your feelings into words?

Then maybe you are dealing with normative male alexithymia. Wow, that sounds terrible so why don't we just call it notgirlyman syndrome.

The Jolly Mystic Dude cries all the time, expresses his emotions openly, freely, fully, verbally and without fear of social condemnation or judgement. Including in public as some of my male, and female friends will attest. Usually they are tears of profound joy and gratitude - honestly. I don't think I could have survived some of the shit I have been through without this capacity to fully accept and express my emotions freely.

So give it a try boys, and if you struggle with putting your feelings into words, go ask any woman or any number of men who have a strong connection with the softer, emotional and feminine side.

Real men are GIRLY Men!

#masculinity   #stereotypes   #genderroles  
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thank you for your honest input. As a therapist working with incarcerated young men for 22 years, I taught Relating To Women and Self Esteem courses to these incarcerated youth. I was know as the "feelings" counselor. It is OK to feel real feelings, deep inside your belly.
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Evolving The Religion of Scientific Materialism

Yes I did intend on referring to science as a religion. Why? Because it's a belief system with many holes in it - in other words the evidence from the work of science itself no longer supports the premise of a completely reducible and material world. And if you don't believe this, then you are holding on to a belief system (a religion) without even knowing anything about what you are actually believing in. 

"Essentially, materialism is a ‘belief’ that reality and everything in it, including ‘consciousness’, can be reduced to matter, yet this is an unproven and dogmatic philosophy."

Therefore, scientists around the world are proposing a Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science. If you believe yourself to be a "scientist", or just someone who believes in "scientific facts", then you at least need to accept the fundamental logical requirement of the falsifiablity of all theories (Karl Popper) - and make no mistake about it, materialism (or reductionism) IS A THEORY! So if you accept that even the theory which underlies all science can itself be falsified (the demarcation point between science and "non" science), then read the manifesto linked in this article and if you are truly an adherent and believer in scientism, then you need to accept the possibility that the underlying premise CAN be falsified and after reading the manifesto, then it is hard not to accept the truth. Which is.....

The Emperor of scientism has no clothes and its time for a post-materialist science.

"Regardless, the illusory reign of a purely mechanistic and material universe has come to an end and the majority of people are slowly waking up to it, including many scientific experts who won’t admit it publicly in fear of it impacting the success of their careers. In response to this unscientific state of science, eight respected scientists developed a “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science … to visualize what an emerging scientific view may look like” and have called upon the scientific community to face their hypocrisy."

Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science:
http://goo.gl/zydqfC

#materialism   #science   #reductionism  
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Authentic Sexuality

Sexual dysfunction, anxiety, resentment or even just dissatisfaction or unmet sexual needs can create significant problems in a relationship which go well beyond the bedroom. In fact, sex (and money) are the two greatest causes of divorce in North America so your odds of having a successful long term marriage or relationship go up significantly if the sex is respectful, authentic and mutually enjoyable.

"Getting honest about our sexual desires can be a struggle, even in a supportive environment. To become sexually whole, it is important to learn and practice techniques to consciously engage and embrace your authentic desires, and share them honestly in a healthy, fulfilling, consensual manner." (Galen Fous)

However, society doesn't help us out very much when it comes to how sexuality and intimacy is represented. With all the socially, culturally and religiously derived taboos or even what is portrayed in the media and television, it is easy to see why many couples (or individuals) develop unhealthy or inauthentic means of sexual expression. 

"It is a tragedy that many couples avoidance of honestly discussing their sexual yearnings, prevented them from discovering the depths of sexual intimacy they might have shared if they were not so afraid of revealing their desires to their partners." (Galen Fous)

From my own personal experiences (and some education on the topic), I have found that two factors contribute to setting a foundation for a fabulous, open and mutually enjoyable sex life:

1 (Trust): This is the big one. if you don't have complete trust in each other, then the second important factor which contributes to a healthy sex life will not be possible. If there are trust issues in a relationship, then NOTHING else matters and so if you are unable to resolve this on your own, marriage counselling may be your best bet.

2 (Honesty/Authenticity): When you can feel safe and fully trust your partner with the deepest aspects of your sexual experiences and desires, then a whole world of sexual exploration and intimacy opens up to both of you. This honesty may also include sharing details of unpleasant or painful sexual encounters in the past which may still be impacting your relationship with your own sexuality.

If you are looking for more expert advice on sexuality than my own personal opinion, look no further than +Galen Fous who has been counselling couples on their fetish and non-fetish sexual challenges for over 15 years. Galen offers a wealth of valuable advice and basic tips on how to welcome your sex creature. Check out Galen's recent article below for 5 keys to being sexually free, conscious and empowered.

"But whatever path is right for you, I want to encourage you to raise your authentic sexuality out of the shadows to its rightful place alongside of your intellect, emotion, creativity and spirit as an integral aspect of your personality." (Galen Fous)

#sexuality   #fetish   #sexlife   #healthysex  
5 keys to being sexually free, conscious and empowered. Being sexually authentic is your birthright. Sharing your deepest sexual truths with a trusted partner is one of the most loving, liberating, intimate and ecstatic of human experiences. Many men and women hide authentic aspects of their sexual desire…for good reason! Sex-negative social and political groups, family, religions and even our relationships often prohibit us from revealing or dis...
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Open the Doors

Society, education and ego cloud one's awareness of the infinite. Fortunately there are multiple ways through which the doors of perception can be cast open, revealing the fundamental unity behind all that is physical and metaphysical.

"Here, where there is neither past nor future, the doors of perception are cleansed, and we see everything as it is – infinite." (Alan Watts)

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite." (Aldous Huxley)

#alanwatts   #aldoushuxley   #perception   #consciousness  
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Drug Addiction (Alcohol)

Definition of a "drug": "a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body."

We human's like to arbitrarily fiddle with language and other forms of communication (and marketing) in order to delude ourselves into believing what we want to believe, and not what is in fact the truth. A classic example of this is how we glorify, romanticize and defend the use of one of the most dangerous drugs around (defined as costs to health, family's, healthcare system, number of deaths etc) - alcohol - while making illegal and vilifying the users of nearly benign drugs like marijuana (certainly FAR less "dangerous" and with medical benefits to boot). Just take a look at how often we use the expression "drugs and alcohol" as if alcohol were something different than "drugs". This is absurd and a lie, alcohol IS A DRUG (although also classified as a depressant), make no mistake about it.

"Alcohol is not just a drug, but the archetypal drug: the drug most widely used and the drug that causes the most addiction, disease, and violence."

For those of you who drink regularly, and would find it difficult to just stop drinking, well sorry to break it to you but YOU ARE A DRUG ADDICT, simple as that. So if you are looking for reason's to give up your drug addiction, consider some of these findings:

"Only 6 minutes after consuming an amount of alcohol equivalent to three beers, changes had already taken place in their brain cells, Live Science reports. Their brains began to run on the sugar in alcohol instead of glucose, the normal brain food."

"This probably means that alcohol triggers changes in the composition of cell membranes."

"...plenty of evidence showing structural damage in your brain as well as other detrimental effects, even when consumed in small quantities."

"...numerous studies clearly indicate that alcohol consumption causes too many directly negative neurological complications to say that it has any real benefit."

"They concluded that the brain shrinkage reported as a result of low to moderate alcohol consumption offers more support for the contention that alcohol is, overall, more detrimental than beneficial to your brain health and cognition."

"My position is that its never a good idea to drink alcohol. After all, alcohol is a neurotoxin - it can poison your brain. Even moderate amounts of alcohol are not recommended."

"...alcohol consumption has also been found to blunt the responsiveness of your hypothalamus to immune and other non-immune signals. An impaired physical stress response is believed to affect several body systems, including your immune system’s ability to fight infection, and, again, can hinder your brain cells’ ability to learn and remember."

Is Alcohol a Drug?
http://www.samefacts.com/2013/07/drug-policy/is-alcohol-a-drug/

#drugaddiction   #alcohol   #alcoholism  
Many know that studies have suggested that alcohol in moderation may promote heart health, and even ward off diabetes and dementia. But fewer people know that no study has ever proved a causal relationship between moderate drinking and lower risk of death, only that the two often go together. In other words, it is just as likely that moderate drinking is just something healthy people tend to do, not something that makes people healthy.
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Beyond Thought - Beyond Categories

"The ultimate mystery of being is beyond all categories of thought. As Kant said, the think in itself is no things. It transcends thingness, it goes past anything that could be thought. The best things can't be told because they transcend thought. The second best are misunderstood, because those are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which can't be thought about. The third best are what we talk about. And myth is that field of reference to what is absolutely transcendent....That's why it's absurd to speak of God as of either this sex or that sex. The divine power is antecedent to sexual separation.” (Joseph Campbell)

"There is a transcendental dimension beyond language...It's just hard as hell to talk about!" (Terence McKenna)

Image: Psychedelic Maniac

#terrencemckenna   #josephcampbell   #transcendence  
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Rest in Peace Windows Phone

No surprise here....

When you understand the open, collaborative and shared-knowledge principles behind successful and often open-source technologies, then the failure of Microsoft to produce a viable alternative to Android or iOS based phones was inevitable (although I am not speaking only of OS's). Technological superiority combined with a globally focused ethical foundation which benefits everyone (sharing knowledge and information), is how we transform our use of technology (and species) into something self-perpetuating, rather than self-destructive.

The Jolly Mystic Dude is just sayin....

#windowsphone   #nokia   #android   #ios   #operatingsystem   #opensource   #globalethics  
Microsoft, saddled with the losing mobile hand that is Windows Phone, has pretty much folded with Wednesday's layoffs.
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Mindfulness Improves Health

In the past few years there has been an explosion in the amount of scientific research and evidence demonstrating the many benefits to training one's mind through meditation and mindfulness.

"Mindfulness is incredibly simple, but can have great benefits for your mental, physical, and emotional health."

This increase in research and evidence has been followed by a corresponding increase in the number of articles in the media, and of course people looking for guidance or lessons to begin their own meditation practice. Although getting started with a class or local meditation group is valuable and provides you with an opportunity to meet and learn from other meditators, all it takes is 15-30 minutes a day, in a quite place, where you can simply sit and calm your mind. What have you got to lose but anxiety, stress and emotional reactivity! 

“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~Lao Tzu

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~Sylvia Boorstein

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different than they are.” ~Allan Lokos

“Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” ~Marcus Aurelius

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ~James Baraz

“Always hold fast to the present. Every situation,indeed every moment,is of infinite value,for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

#meditation   #mindfulness   #spirituality   #transpersonal   #transpersonalpsychology   #consciousness  
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  • ITAP (Spiritual Psychology)
    (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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Open Source and Linux | Educational Technology | Personal & Spiritual Development | Mindful Management | 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.
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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.
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  • 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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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