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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Crossing the River: OM Meditation

Today's post is spiritual in nature. It is a simple reflection on a path I have taken now for many years that is a supportive role in my life. It is the path of OM Meditation. You see, growing up in Connecticut as a "Christian" youth, I grew up feeling alienated from other cultures and religions around the world. The traditional path of Christianity is very exclusive in nature and either you tow the line or are considered a non-believer. I have never liked this radical and heartless path of Christianity.

In my fifty years of living, people across the board from many religions, cultures, nations, and belief systems have been there for me in many ways. So, how does one reconcile many different belief systems and find peace knowing that many of these belief systems are at odds and exclusive in nature? It took me about 40 years of living, but eventually I discovered an ancient meditation practice called OM Meditation. You see, OM is a natural sound in the ether that we all experience. OM is said to be the sound vibration, according to advanced yoga masters, that is the true heart and essence of all living beings, human beings, and the cosmos itself. So, by chanting "OM" and meditating on this sound, you are becoming "one" existentially with life, presence, being, and more, transcending limitations falsely imposed by religion, politics, nationalism, culture, and more.

The Divine Sound "OM" was revealed to advanced meditation masters (called yogis) many thousands of years ago, in ancient India. According to these men (also called rishis, or divine seers), God is a Formless Spiritual Being that is beyond physical form, but who can assume form if needed as in the form of an avatar, and OM is the method by which this being created the universe. So, we are literally made "out of" the OM sound. So, by chanting OM and meditating on this Divine Sound, we re-connect our consciousness to our true source and in this way re-merge with our Divine Source, which some call "God" and others call "Divine Source".

Today, interestingly enough, we have words like Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent. The essence of each word is the OM prefix, meaning unlimited, or infinite. And of course our Divine Source is Infinite in nature, hence the appropriate call or invocation of "OM" honoring that truth.

I would love to set up a simple OM meditation ministry, with your financial support. Right now I just survive and work a job like everyone else but if I could get the financial support of anyone out there who honors what I have shared here in this post, I will create free e-books and even perhaps set up a simple free meditation center focused exclusively on meditation, and not theology or religion. This center will become a beacon of light and hope in a world divided by exclusive and divisive belief systems. Like the Buddha said (and even Pink Floyd sang in one of their songs) "Together we stand....divided we fall". I could not agree more. Thank You.



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Google's Project Fi: Looks Interesting

About three weeks ago I received an invitation from Google to sign-up and wait for an invite for its new telecom network called "Project Fi" - and I am assuming "fi" is from the word "wi-fi". 

What is unique about this new telecom carrier network is its ability to work with a combination of wi-fi hotspots along with towers from Sprint and T-Mobile. I am currently a customer of Consumer Cellular which uses AT&T towers which are very reliable and good, but I am always eager to be part of Google technologies as they usually have something unique and of high quality.

The only real caveat of this new Fi that you must have a Google (Nexus) phone. So, you cannot just transfer your iPhone or number over to Fi. It does not work that way. Perhaps you can transfer your number over to the network but you must switch devices.

Google technology is always great....let's see what Fi has in store and if I do in fact make the switch in a few months.

Cheers, Keith

Author, The Google Productivity Guide  

Monday, November 2, 2015

Google RankBrain: Search with Artificial Intelligence

Dear Friends and Visitors:

Google has recently "raised the bar" when it comes to sophistication in its Search Algorithms. Specifically, and just a few days ago, according to reputable tech-websites on the Internet, Google is now using a form of artificial intelligence called "RankBrain".

According to several reports I read, when Google Search experts (Google employees) took on a challenge of interpreting search requests and finding the best possible matches and returns for those searches, RankBrain outperformed Google's own staff by about 10%.

Moreover, due to the extensive amount of Web Searches done today - across all devices - phones, tablets, and computers of all types - and especially through the Google app and main Search portal - this new AI will come in very handy because Google wants to remain as top dog in Web Search.

This is a relatively new technology that Google is using to enhance its Web Search results for users.

Google admits that it has a long way to go - but this is great considering that the web itself is growing and when you search at or with its app - you want essentially what you are after.

Best Regards.

Keith Charles Johnson, MBA MS Education
Senior Tech Writer and Software Trainer
Hollywood, Florida, USA
Author of The Google Productivity Guide
Author of The Affirmations Productivity Guide

Dharma: A Guiding Light in My Life

Dear Friends and Visitors:

There is a word from Ancient India's Sanskrit Language which is very dear to me. It is the word DHARMA. Dharma sounds similar to "karma" but it is unique. Specifically, DHARMA means spiritual support through awareness. The idea behind this term is that the way Spirit is able to support us all is through total awareness centered in love and compassion.

We also must strive to serve Dharma because by mindfully serving the needs of others through love and compassion and also wisdom, this builds our positive relationship with our Divine Source.

When we lead our lives in ways that are pleasing to the Dharma Masters (like Christ, Buddha, Krishna and others), then positive results will follow. There are no shortcuts to true and lasting health and success.

Dharma is always a light in my life because truth radiates spiritual light 24/7.

There is always peace and happiness and contentment in Dharma.

Thanks, Namaste.

Keith Charles Johnson, MBA, MS Education
Senior Tech Writer and Senior OM Meditation Practitioner
Author, The Affirmations Productivity Guide