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Healthy Ego

With all the talk about being "egoless" or "that's the ego talking" and "diminish the ego", "ego is bad", ego this, ego that. Whatever happened to appreciating the ginormous ego's of great men/women? Nietzsche had rather an enormous ego, and look what he accomplished. With a moustache like that, you need a massive ego!

But then again (depending on which story you believe), Nietzsche lived out his last days in a delusional state of mental collapse, possibly due to syphilis (allegedly contracted from his frequent visits with prostitutes), or brain cancer.

“It is my fate to have to be the first decent human being. I have a terrible fear that I shall one day be pronounced holy.” (Nietzsche)

“It seems to me that to take a book of mine into his hands is one of the rarest distinctions that anyone can confer upon himself. I even assume that he removes his shoes when he does so — not to speak of boots.” (Nietzsche)

"To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities — I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not — that one endures." (Nietzsche)

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Musical & Video Shaman

Time to re-share this most wondrous sound and soul journey of breathtaking and sublime visuals from the musical prophet Nahko Bear. Should you ever doubt there is sublime beauty, poetry and grace in the world, give this a gander.

“Each day that I wake , I will praise, I will praise." 
"Each day that I wake, I give thanks, I give thanks”
"Each day that I wake, I will praise, I will praise."
"Each day that I wake, I give thanks, I give thanks.” (Nahko Bear)

“We know what we are for. And how we became so informed. Bodies of info perfoming such miracles. I am a miracle made up of particles. And in this existence. I'll stay persistent. And I'll make a difference. And i will have lived it. “ (Nahko Bear)

#spirituality   #creative   #nahkobear   #transpersonal  
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Distractions of a Human Experience

Jeff Lieberman (MIT graduate) does a great job of tying science, physics, neuroscience, consciousness and spirituality together to deliver the oft-stated message of most spiritual traditions – our separateness from each other is an illusion which ultimately creates most of the suffering we experience. Recognize your fundamental interconnectedness with other humans, all animals and all life, and you can no longer exploit the planet, harm animals, judge other people or see the world, or your place in it, the same way again.

“Maybe I am not a human being with consciousness. Maybe I am consciousness shaped into a human being" (+jeff lieberman)

"The experience of consciousness can never be reduced to words, because consciousness makes words" (+jeff lieberman)

"Maybe the one thing that keeps us from solving all the other problems in the world is this persistent and flawed thought that we are separate from the world. Maybe its time we changed our minds" (+jeff lieberman)

#consciousness   #spirituality   #transpersonal   #transpersonalpsychology  
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Consciousness

"Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different . . . No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded." (Carl Jung)

#consciousness   #alteredstates   #transpersonal   #transpersonalpsychology  
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Reminds me of this observation, by H.P. Lovecraft:

"With five feeble senses we pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos, yet other beings with wider, stronger, or different range of senses might not only see very differently the things we see, but might see and study whole worlds of matter, energy, and life which lie close at hand yet can never be detected with the senses we have.”
― H.P. Lovecraft, From Beyond / The Haunter of the Dark
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Spiritual Paths

The word “spiritual” can make some people cringe almost as much as the word “religious”. This is conditioning or judgement, nothing more. If you drop the possible judgements or misconceptions you have about these words, you find that following a spiritual path is no different than following a path of purpose where you strive to become something more than what you are now.

Maybe your life is currently filled with stress, frustration or disappointment and all you want to do is become less stressful, less frustrated, less disappointed and ultimately happier. Well, that is a spiritual path as you are working towards feeding your soul and nourishing your heart and spirit in a direction that will bring you more happiness. Or, maybe you wish to become a better person by judging people less, becoming less angry when you are frustrated or finding ways to help others in need. Once again this is another spiritual path where you are striving to evolve yourself morally, behaviourally, compassionately for the sake of others as well as yourself. Or, maybe you wish to train your mind to be more calm, less reactive and to be constantly aware of the joy in the present moment with little or no wandering or obsessive monkey-mind to distract you. Once again, another spiritual path where meditation, contemplation and training your awareness are part of your personal, emotional and spiritual development.

Or, maybe you just need to feel the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and the smell of the ocean while surrounded by a wilderness and mountain paradise while a Jolly Mystic Dude takes your picture and admires your beauty as you meditate on the sandy shores of Nexen Beach.

And maybe, like myself, your spiritual path not only includes all the examples listed above, but also includes the shared spiritual journey than can occur when you find your spiritual soul-mate. I am a man blessed with many good fortunes living in the spectacular mountain and ocean paradise of Squamish BC.

#squamish   #nexenbeach   #spirituality   #followyourbliss   #spiritualpath  
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Buddhism - A Religion for the Future?

Many people have emotional knee-jerk reactions to the words "religion" or "spirituality" which are often based on ignorance - a lack of knowledge and a perspective or opinion often based more on social, cultural or media-driven stereotypes and almost always with no in-depth first-hand knowledge of, or experience with, either. So this makes those who pass judgement on religion or spirituality just like most of us on many other topics. But it does not have to be that way, and often we only need to look towards those who have already demonstrated their genius to us in other ways, for useful and valid insights into things we may not fully understand ourselves - like religion or spirituality.

I think most of us would agree that Albert Einstein was a pretty bright guy - ok, he was a fricken GENIUS of epic proportions and fundamentally changed the world of physics and the way in which we understand the origins and evolution of the universe. So, here is what one of the most brilliant human's that has ever existed, has to say about Buddhism.

“Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spiritual; and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism." (Einstein)

#buddhism   #einstein   #religion   #spirituality  
“Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spiritual; and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. “If …
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Gratitude is the Attitude (RCW)

Sure hope that Red Crow Woman (RCW) doesn't mind that I borrow her phrase. Not all happy people are grateful, but ALL grateful people are happy! And our own hearts are effected by the hearts of those around us, so the message here is simple - if you want others to be grateful and happy, be grateful and happy first. Since the heart is the body's largest muscle, and muscle activity fires neurons which produces electrical currents, and electrical currents produce magnetic fields, it is no surprise that hearts in the vicinity of other hearts, are effected by their magnetic fields.

"Studies show that when people cultivate positive feelings, the heart’s frequency changes and its waves become smoother and more consistent, while anxiety or stress caused waves to be shorter and less organized. Though most positive feelings were capable of affecting the heart in this way, researchers noted that gratitude changed the heart’s rhythm more easily and faster than any of the others."

#psychology   #gratitude   #happiness   #positivepsychology  
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Dream the Dream of You - Go Be Dude

We all have struggles, suffering, unexpected events or trauma in our lives which challenge our ability to see and feel the joy, the beauty in the world and the privilege of being alive. I am going to let you in on a not-so-secret secret. A perspective changing clue handed down to us from the wise sages, mystics, philosophers and spiritual leaders throughout history.

There is no God "out there". There is no happiness "out there". There is no you "out there". Everything there ever was and ever will be, is within YOU right now. When you look up at the beautiful blue sky, or shimmering turquoise ocean, what you are seeing is not "out there". What looks "out there" is completely constructed out of your own consciousness and the brain's ability to transcode electromagnetic fields of energy into something your mind is able to comprehend - colors, textures, smells, forms and concepts.

The ultimate reality is beyond shapes, forms and constructs. The ultimate reality is beyond words, beyond space and even beyond time. Since we live in the world of space, time and constructs, how then can we know or experience this ultimate reality, your True Nature?

The Hindu's have an expression in Sanskrit (ancient spiritual language) which is Tat Tvam Asi - Thou Art That. This is the same thing, the same message. YOU are the Ultimate Reality, Brahman, Atman, the Self.

Everything there ever was and ever will be, is within YOU right now.

YOU are IT, YOU are the Ultimate Reality and by "dreaming the dream of living the life that you are actually living today", right here, right now in this spectacular mountain and ocean paradise called Squamish, you can touch the essence of your Self, the Ultimate Reality, the joy that comes from the realization of being YOU.

"everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. Not god in a politically kingly sense but god in the sense of being the self; the deep down basic whatever there is. And you’re all that! Only you’re pretending you’re not." (Alan Watts)

So stop pretending you are not this amazing, beautiful, sacred, blessed, privileged and remarkable spiritual creature manifested temporally, and spatially extended, within a human body. Go out and live, go out and experience the wonder of being YOU.

Go out and love, cry, laugh and breath in the tonic of what YOUR life in Squamish has to offer.

Go be Dude!

“Who is your enemy? Mind is your enemy."

"Who is your friend? Mind is your friend.”

~ Buddha.

#spirituality   #alanwatts   #squamish   #transpersonal   #transpersonalpsychology   #zenbuddhism   #zen  

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Well said,  +Johnny Stork.  The world would be a more peaceful place if more people heeded these words.  Yes, whatever you seek, seeks you for it is within.
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Spirituality vs Religion

All too often people lump these two together, which is unfortunate because they are very, very different. The short version of the differences are that most religions typically have a strict set of rules (dogma), are often ethically based (right vs wrong), threaten you with punishment if you don't follow their rules and are often exclusive and intolerant of other belief systems. The Western (Abrahamic) religions and their variants are typical examples (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), but with varying degrees of such rigidity. Spirituality is more about inner peace, personal growth as well as love and compassion for all creatures as well as the planet.

But don't take this as sweeping criticism of religion as most people who follow a religious path do so with great love, compassion and a since desire to help others. It just seems that some of these religions, and some of their followers, will exploit a literal misinterpretation of (carefully selected) scriptures to condemn, subjugate (particularly women) or even kill others. This is not the sort of belief system that will unite or evolve the planet in a sustainable manner.

"This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries." (Jimmy Carter - Losing my religion for equality)

Although you can find many different definitions for what it means to be spiritual, some of the common attributes revolve around a concern for transpersonal issues. Concerns which go beyond (trans) your own self interest (personal). This includes a concern for the welfare and happiness of other people (compassion), animals, the planet and of course developing a love and respect for yourself. A spiritual person may also be concerned with expanding or developing their own inner being - encouraging a state of equanimity (calm and even-tempered state of emotions). An unperturbed and calm-abiding state of mind.

The Jolly Mystic Dude abides as often as possible - which is most of the time.

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." (Dalai Lama)

1: Religion Makes You Bow – Spirituality Sets You Free
2: Religion Shows You Fear – Spirituality Shows You How to Be Brave
3: Religion Tells You The Truth – Spirituality Lets You Discover It
4: Religion Separates from Other Religions – Spirituality Unites Them
5: Religion Makes You Dependent – Spirituality Makes You Independent
6: Religion Applies Punishment – Spirituality Applies Karma
7: Religion Makes You Follow Other Journey – Spirituality Lets You Create Your Own

#spirituality   #religion   #transpersonal   #transpersonalpsychology  
by Dejan Davchevski. A lot of people mistake Spirituality for Religion or some mysterious, supernatural occurrence. Some even think of it as a sect but this is because of their lack of knowledge and their fear of being manipulated. If we move past this and try to study and understand what ...
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Shamanism

"Shamanism can be defined as a family of traditions whose practitioners focus on voluntarily entering altered states of consciousness in which they experience themselves or their spirit(s) interacting with other entities, often by traveling to other realms, in order to serve their community” (Roger Walsh)

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Growth in Mindfulness Research

It's hard not to pick up a paper, or read an online magazine, blog or business site and not read something about meditation and mindfulness lately. The growth in research into the benefits of meditation and mindfulness seems to be feeding a corresponding increase in interest in these practices. Hard not to find value in something that is free, you can do anywhere and any time, and has so many psychological, emotional and even physical benefits.

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Follow Your Bliss

Yes we hear it all the time and in many forms. "Find your passion", "do what you love", "find your purpose" and of course one of the most well-known quotes from Joseph Campbell, "follow your bliss".

"If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time." (Joseph Campbell)

This is all great advice for those of us who KNOW our passions, our purpose, what "floats our boat" and "puts the wind in our sails". But what about the rest of us who have been diligently following along with life, family and society's expectations or duties, and not really doing that which we love. Those of us who have been responsibly doing what we feel we are required to do, what we are expected to do? Those of us who may not have even asked ourselves the question "what is my passion, what is my bliss?" What about us/them?

"Our life has become so economic and practical in its orientation that, as you get older, the claims of the moment upon you are so great, you hardly know where the hell you are, or what it is you intended. You are always doing something that is required of you. Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it." (Joseph Campbell)

Well, this article does a pretty good job of explaining this notion of "following your bliss". It's never too late to intend a life of fulfilment, abundance, deep satisfaction and pervasive joy. The first step is known what you want, knowing in the depth of your soul what truly brings you the most joy and then simply putting that knowledge into action. This is simply the will behind intention. And as we already known, and popularized in the book The law of Attraction (like attracts like), once you begin down this path, you meet like-minded travellers along their own journey of discovery and bliss, doors begin to open, opportunities arise and soon, before you know it, you are truly following your bliss.

#followyourdreams   #followyourheart   #followyourbliss   #josephcampbell   #spirituality  
"You have to learn to recognize your own depth." In 1985, mythologist and writer Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904–October 30, 1
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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.
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Educational Technology Specialist, Linux Support Engineer, Web/Database Developer, Research/Statistical Consultant, Technical/Content Writer
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Critical thinker with in-depth knowledge of educational, technology and social media trends. More than 20 years of Linux, Windows and open-source implementations in educational, government and private sector environments. Project management, business/process analysis, technical writing, database development/reporting and knowledge/content management. Egalitarian and participative management style. Graduate level education and experience in psychology, research, marketing and statistics.
Employment
  • 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