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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!

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The Power Of Joy

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The Power of Joy

Joy is a divine quality of our true self, which is inherently lighthearted, playful, and free. You can see the full expression of this joy in young children who haven’t learned to worry or take themselves too seriously.

They play and laugh freely, finding wonder in the smallest things. They are infinitely creative because they haven’t yet built up the layers of conditioning that create limitations and restrictions. They are in touch with their intuition, which is a form of intelligence that goes beyond the rational mind. Far from being superficial or trivial, joy is an experience of our deepest spiritual nature.

The path to joy is a return to wholeness. It is about shifting our perspective from ego to spirit. Our ego’s fear and insecurity cause it to puff up with self-importance and attempt to control the uncontrollable, while our spirit, knowing it is eternal and infinite, simply allows life to unfold. This creates a natural state of ease, which predisposes you to lightheartedness, joy, and laughter.  – Deepak Chopra


Question: “Is there a difference between joy and happiness?”

Happiness is an emotion in which one experiences feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure, often triggered by external circumstances. Joy is a stronger, less common feeling than happiness, that is triggered from within, often from witnessing or achieving selflessness to the point of personal sacrifice and/or feeling spiritually connected.

“When you move toward that which is most fulfilling and life-enhancing with joy and pleasure, healing follows.”
Christiane Northrup, M.D.


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