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Hands around earth, international friendship conceptIf you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion“. (Dalai Lama)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” (John Muir)

The deepest level of truth uncovered by science, & by philosophy, is the fundamental truth of unity. At that deepest subnuclear level of our reality, you & I are literally one.” (John Hagelin)

 

In a paper I am currently writing on the limits of material reductionist science as the only mode to approach studies of consciousness, I am focusing on the need for, and value of, investigating mystical experiences. Not only as an additional source of knowledge and understanding of consciousness, but more for the transformational and humanitarian effect of these experiences.

So what exactly is a mystical experience? Well according to Wikipedia they are closely related to mysticism but emphasizes the role of the experience itself which is one of a brief, spontaneous moment of ecstasy, or an altered state of transcendent consciousness experienced as an insight into an ultimate reality often described as a feeling of unity or interconnectedness with all things and all life. These mystical experiences are often ascribed religious or spiritual meaning and have a transformational effect on those who experience them.

The most fundamental aspect of the mystical experience is the deep, profound sense of fundamental unity. A sense of interconnectedness. In Buddhism this is known as dependant origination which is translated from the Sanskrit word Pratītyasamutpāda. Most, if not all of the Eastern non-theistic spiritual and religions traditions emphasize this Fundamental Truth of Unity which also happens to be supported by many areas of science including quantum physics (Niels Bohr, David Bohm, Nicholas Tesla, John Hagelin, Einstein and many others).

The separation, the “reality” we all see and experience in our daily lives is an ILLUSION which Einstein pointed out when he said “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” (Einstein)

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Warriors of light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.
(Paulo Coelho)

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.
(Don Juan Matus)

 

Young boys and men of today still face many of the same outdated, often contradictory and destructive gender roles and identity definitions of the past. Society imposes on them an outdated false image of masculinity and strength often defined by emotional toughness/closedness, aggression (even violence), risk-taking, competitiveness and ambition (typically of the financial/material kind). And many of these imposed gender roles effect men not only by preventing them from realizing their true selves or developing healthy relationships, but they also impact men negatively by reinforcing disrespectful attitudes and behaviors towards women.
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Goodybe My Friend

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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” (Marcus Aurelius)

A day after hearing the painful news that a relationship I had for the past year filled with joy, adventure, spirit, goddess and wilderness had ended, I learned of the passing of a very dear friend. Later that week I attended his Celebration of Life in Lumby BC. Words alone are always inadequate as a means of expressing the depth of such a loss, the meaning of such a wonderful man, but here is my attempt.

 

Hello everyone, my name is Johnny Stork.

Although I don’t know most of you here today, I share with all of you the loss of a dear friend, a husband, a brother, a father, a son. I have never spoken at a funeral or Celebration of Life before, but there was simply no way that I could not come today. As is always the case with the most important, powerful, heartfelt experiences in life, words alone fail to adequately express the depth of feeling, the breadth of meaning, of such a loss. Please forgive me as I attempt to express with words alone, what Richie meant to me. Continue Reading »

debutcarbonespritdc_5-001Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong” ~ Donald Porter

Every contact we have with a customer influences whether or not they’ll come back. We have to be great every time or we’ll lose them” ~ Kevin Stirtz

 

A few weeks back I posted on Facebook something about having a bad day and that for the first time in maybe more than a decade I called someone an idiot straight to their face. I am typically far more respectful to everyone and so what might have precipitated that momentary outburst?

Back in October 2014 I purchased a Project Debut turntable from (what once was) my favorite audio gear shopLotusland Electronics and Music on Alma street in the West End of Vancouver. This shop is an audioporn paradise of vintage, mid-range and high-end used audio equipment which also has a great selection of vinyl. Although I have only purchased maybe a thousand or two dollars’ worth of gear from them (so far), I certainly planned on buying more down the road, until recently.

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The more we exploit nature, the more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival.” (Morris Udall)

What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?” (Thoreau)

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.
(Margaret Mead)

 

Squamish is currently wrestling with the difficult moral, economic and environmental questions around a proposed liquid natural gas (LNG) plant along the shores of the recently revivified and somewhat healed Howe Sound waters. There is no shortage of opposition to this project as can be seen in articles from the Georgia Straight, Squamish Chief, Vancouver Observer, The TyeeGlobe and Mail, Huffington Post and a Facebook Page titled No to LNG – Squamish which currently has nearly 5000 likes. This proposed re-industrialization of Howe Sound, in combination with other proposals, has also generated new concerns and opposition if its own. Although the Woodfibre Liquid Natural Gas project also has it’s proponents, this article is not about presenting any sort of balanced coverage and so there are no links to any articles supporting the project. This post is about my own personal reasons for opposing the Woodfibre Liquid Natural Gas Plant on the shores of Howe Sound and near the small mountain community of Squamish BC – my home.

The communities of Howe Sound have already been through decades of polluted waters, reduced salmon stocks, reduced whale populations and other damaging effects of a mining operation at Britannia Beach which operated from 1905 to 1974. Cleaning up the devastating environmental damage from those decades of copper mining effluent polluting our waters has been a long and costly process. But this cleanup effort has been a resounding success and to the amazement of many, whales and dolphins have become a regular occurrence again in the waters around Squamish and Howe Sound. Although past environmental regulations and oversight were nothing like what we have today, and the potentially damaging effects of a mine vs an LNG plant may not be comparable, there is still a potential risk to the environment if the LNG plant and subsequent increase in tanker traffic goes ahead. And regardless of the size of this potential environmental risk, an LNG plant INCREASES the probability of environmental damage and INCREASES the chances of a plant catastrophe with potentially devastating long-term environmental and economic effects to Squamish.

Summary of My Opposition to the LNG Plant:

Reason 1: I am opposed to the Woodfibre Liquid Natural Gas Plant on moral grounds – it is the RIGHT thing for me to do since I value the health of the planet and our local environment far more than personal employment opportunities or economic development.

Reason 2: I am opposed to the Woodfibre Liquid Natural Gas Plant because I believe we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels as an energy source, in order to create a sustainable future for the planet.

Reason 3: I am opposed to the Woodfibre Liquid Natural Gas Plant because it would contradict the growing reputation and image we are presenting to the world as being an environmentally conscious community.

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