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Who wants to join me for Na No Wri Mo Month?

Okay, all you closet writers, who wants to join me for National Novel Writing Month in November?

Na No Wri Mo is a fun-filled month of frantic writing if you are anything like me. Why is frantic? Glad you asked, it is because you agree to write 50,000 words in 30 days. For me and my wring process that’s a lot! There are many organized and informal writing events or opportunities that go on with Na No Wri Mo to help us along

I have participated twice in Na No Wri Mo, once formally in 2015. I went to the designated meeting spots (one was a Husky 24 hr. Restaurant) in Calgary where I met with a dozen or so crazy writers and we waited until exactly 12:00:01 am on November 1st before we started writing. It was a lot of fun, to be with a plethora of young enthusiastic writers.

I also participated in a second Na No Wri Mo in 2016, which saw me chained to my own computer. Which was just as successful. But not nearly as fun!

I’d love to have a group of us form an informal writing support group. I don’t know what this could look like. But I’d love to hear from you if this interests you! Drop me a line at neil@shindao.com

Personal Philosophy – Shin Dao

In 2008 I had a life-changing epiphany. I was blessed with a rock solid core understanding that “Love” for ourselves and others was the primary ingredient in all that we do if we ever wanted to be truly happy.

My observation of others and myself was that at some level our personal misery came from a huge disconnect. We lacked love in our lives, for ourselves or others.

Many people, including myself, had lost the ability to live from a heart-centered way of life. We became trapped in our stories and perceptions and we became prisoners in our own lives. Unable to embrace life fully and live with compassion for ourselves and others. We had lost the magic of life.

Thankfully, I was gifted that fateful day with “Neil, you need need to live from your heart, you need to Live the Way of The Heart.” When this epiphany washed over me I was driving a car on a very busy highway. It took all the concertation I could muster up to get myself safely over to the shoulder and parked. Before a wave of love and joy filled my entire body. It was an incredible experience, a true gift.

Later that same day I found myself talking to a Kanji Master. I have to smile at the way fate interjects. Who finds themselves randomly talking with a Master the day of an epiphany? All I can say is, “Truth is stranger than fiction!”


  1. a system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters.

As I told the Master of my epiphany he excitedly expressed, “I need to Live the Way of The Heart.” Then he graciously offered me the characters, Shin Dao. He sent me his artwork at no charge. The artwork we still use today for the Shin Dao.






After my epiphany, it took me a few days to be able to articulate without becoming a babbling fool what it was I had experienced and share the overall message of my epiphany.

I present to you, The Shin Dao

The Shin Dao is a Path to Loving Who You Are and What You’re Doing with Your Life.

The Shin Dao is a Movement from intellectual, Mind-based living to Compassionate, Heart-based Living.

The Shin Dao is a Philosophy that fosters Wholeness, based on four guiding principles and twelve tenets.

The Four Guiding Pillars of the Shin Dao:

  • Develop Your Body
  • Inspire Your Mind
  • Open Your Heart
  • Elevate Your Spirit

Experience the Magic of Life, by living the 12 tenets:

  • Connect with the Earth
  • Let Go of Your Busy-ness
  • Celebrate the Present
  • Seek Meaning to Your Life
  • Embrace Life, Embrace the Sacred
  • Love Freely, Love Deeply
  • You Affect Others
  • You Never Walk Alone
  • You Are the Light
  • Celebrate Life’s Little Joys
  • Your Body is a Temple
  • Go in Peace

Stop longing… Start Living!

Check out my personal mission

Sell em’ What They Want, Give Them What They Need

I first heard these words from T. Harv Eker in and around 2007 when we attended one of Peak Potentials Training various programs. Harv owned Peak Potentials Training which was a very successful personal growth training company up until about 2011??

T. Harv Eker was a master NLP facilitator and trainer. He sold and in many cases gifted his entry entry-level program, the Millionaire Mind Intensive to those looking to change their financial status.

Then over the course of the weekend, he slowly revealed that it was your personal perceptions, fears and your limiting beliefs that stopped you from achieving success.

Harv got you into the audience (bums into seats) by selling you what you wanted! (Increased Wealth). Then over a short period of time, he seamlessly switched the focus of the programs to give you what you really needed. (Personal growth opportunities – training.)

This was the start of many large scale personal development companies. Many businesses followed and still do follow the Peak Potentials business model.

It was also the start of the “Fake It Till You Make It” movement. People were hungry for change, many attending these seminars it was their first time in their lives to see or experience their own personal greatness. To see and get a glimpse that the possibilities of a better life were awe-inspiring and terrifying at the same time for many.

In 2005 to 2008 the personal growth was a booming multi-million dollar industry. Filled with many charlatans. People who truly weren’t as successful as their marketing material claimed they were, stood in the front of large crowds, “Claiming” to be successful. But weren’t even close.

In my hunger, or quest for knowledge, I personally met a number of them. I (we) paid good money for the privilege of learning what “Great” marketing material could do for a speaker! $$$$$

Equally as important, we learnt to read into the marketing material and we discovered and experienced some truly gifted “Masters” teachers that knew their craft, had done their personal work to develop and grow!

Blessing and thanks to all my teachers, event the ones with the incredible marketing material and little substance. You taught me profoundly as well!

Good teacher