Randy Lanier — Day Off Reflections

Randy Lanier, Post Release 10-15-14Randy Lanier reflects on freedom during a day off from work.

Today is my off day from work.

I started the day with a light yoga and meditation session.  Afterward, I rode the stationary bike, and worked out with some weights.

Feeling the iron is a great feeling. Each day I experience a feeling of being pleased with myself. This is an important aspect of knowing God.

I have come to an understanding that we need not take life, or ourselves very seriously. Matter of fact, the less seriously we take ourselves the lighter and freer we feel. By not taking things so seriously, life will never feel like a burden, or struggle. By this practice, we flow with each moment without effort.

Often what causes us to feel bondage is the conditioning of our mind. By becoming free of conditioning of the mind we become liberated. When this happens the world is as it is each and every moment . When this happens we are free from expectations. We live in an equal balance of consciousness.

Life is Good!


Randy Lanier — Thoughts on 30 Days of Freedom

Randy Lanier Upon ReleaseGreetings Friends!

Today marked the 30th day of residing  outside of prison walls.   Every moment has been experienced with an abundance of gratitude.

Throughout my years of incarceration  yoga and meditation have helped transform my thinking .  I feel truly blessed to be experiencing these moments in my life each day.

I walked to the bank a few days ago to deposit my first payroll check. On the way , I paused to watched squirrels run up a tree  jump on a power line, and cross the road by walking the power line.   As I continued walking I smelled the sweet scent of flowers.  One hundred feet before I arrived where they were growing,  I paused to take in their beauty and to smell their sweet fragrance .

When I paused and smelled the flowers I became aware we  all are only witnesses and all of this is God’s play. We all can know and experience the absolute true  nature of our SELF.

It felt like I was a part of all of life. I thought with 100 percent conviction that we all are only witnesses and all of this is God’s play.   I am right where I am supposed to be . WE ALL ARE RIGHT WHERE WE are supposed to be.

I feel like my dearest dreams and deepest ambitions are being realized. The amazing thing is this feeling is constant. My inner SELF is showing me glimpses of truth.  I say this because truth is eternal and never changes. It is love . It is our inner SELF. It is real and we all share it.

By practicing having an expanded perspective we can go beyond the senses. True happiness and great love is something we all experience by turning within.

In these first 30 days I have seen and heard  many changes in society.  As I was riding a stationary bike the other day I was listening to a radio station. A commercial came on advertising vaginal rejuvenation.  Never heard these kind of ads on the radio in the 80s. I also notice they sell body sculpture clothing  to make it look like you have a bigger butt.

Is this really necessary? It seems that society is entranced by cell phones .

Prison has brought me an awareness of the greatness of simplicity.

Peace .

Much love,



Randy Lanier — Post Release Thoughts

Randy Lanier, Post Release 10-15-14

Randy Lanier after his release after 27 years of incarceration. 10-15-14


Thank you for visiting my website.

This is truly a wondrous time   in my life.  For nearly three decades I have been housed in a Maximum Security Penitentiary and over the years through meditation, contemplation, and yoga, and the many dramas that have occurred I have learned a powerful thing.  The secret to happiness.

It is the power of the SELF.   We all create our own situation and circumstances by our thoughts, actions and emotions. Our innerself never changes. It remains the same throughout eternity. Our physical body is only a shell. It is not who we really are. The most important responsibility we have is to know our SELF.

I will be blogging about my transition into society, life in prison for marijuana, the cruel and unusual punishment of life in prison without parole (a natural death sentence) for violating marijuana laws, the ways to happiness, the inner self, racing, and many other areas of life.

Please stay tuned for more to come.



RANDY LANIER HAS BEEN RELEASED! Life Sentence for Marijuana

(Note from site admin Cheri Sicard, this is Randy Lanier’s first photo post release and how he felt upon release after 27 years of incarceration.)

Randy Lanier Upon Release

Seeing, smelling, and feeling the ocean is a delightful experience.  I felt freedom engulf every pore of every cell of my body.

Toes in the water.
Ass in the sand.
No worries in the world.
Trees, birds, and cars.
No prison bars.
Life is good today



Auction of Prisoner Randy Lanier’s Art – Life Sentence for Marijuana

“The Tunnel” by Randy Lanier, serving a Life Sentence for Marijuana

This oil painting of a race car going through a tunnel is a Randy Lanier original.  It will be going up for auction at eBay.com starting this Sunday, July 12, for one week.  All proceeds of this auction will go on Randy Lanier’s books to help support him in prison.  Auction will be posted Sunday night by Cheri Sicard (AKA FabulousCheri at eBay).

Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of history, an original oil painting by 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and Cannabis POW (for life without possibility of parole), Randy Lanier.


Prisoner Randy Lanier’s Art – Life Sentence for Marijuana

The Squarestream in the Redwoods by Randy Lanier, serving a Life Sentence for Marijuana

Randy Lanier has taken up oil painting while in prison.  This painting of an Airstream B-190 camper van (AKA The Squarestream) was done as a gift to his friend (and admin of this site), Cheri Sicard.

Oil Painint by Randy Lanier for Cheri Sicard

Oil Painting by Randy Lanier serving a life sentence for marijuana.


Happy Independence Day — Life Sentence for Marijuana

Photo: Danny Bradbury

Photo: Danny Bradbury

Randy Lanier’s Prison Diary – Life Sentence for a First Time, Non Violent Marijuana Offense

“What Freedom Means To Me”

Happy 4th of July !

The fourth of July is the only holiday meal when we get watermelon. We also will have BBQ chicken and a hamburger. The chicken is baked with a BBQ sauce on top. I enjoy the holidays meals.  Years ago in Leavenworth we use to have the 4th of July holiday meal cooked on grills.

I am looking forward to cooking on a grill someday. It seems like on the 4 th of July I take extra moments out of the day and reflect on what freedom means to me.

Often I find myself being limited by my thoughts , belief and emotions. The truth of the matter is life is far beyond the mind.  By taking a moment each morning to practice being free of thoughts I become free from the basic underlying limitations.

Too often most of us limit ourselves by thinking we must be a certain way. By keeping it real we can do something new and unexpected at any moment. This in itself contains joy . When we experience joy our life feels full and our heart feels content.

By understanding that freedom goes beyond external appearances a lot more will be revealed.  There is more to life than our thoughts , beliefs and emotions. There is a higher power.  The essence of freedom is within us all.

All forms of joy and delight arises from the Self.  Anyone who recognizes the  Truth and lives accordingly flows on a free course in this world.  We all can experience liberation by tracing the feeling joy  and love to its’ source. The Self! See the Self everywhere and within everyone and you will feel freedom.



Life Sentence for Marijuana — Happy Father’s Day!

Randy Lanier, Life Sentence for MarijuanaGreetings Friends, and Happy Fathers Day.

Being a father has helped me realize that it is not what I have, or have not accomplished in life that is important. What is important is the feelings I share with others.

There are many things we may think are important.  Just the simple act of showing kindness is a wonderful thing.  Each morning I as sit and practice meditation I actually experience the love within.

We all can experience the same love by quieting the mind. To some this may sound like bullshit.  You do not have to believe me. You can experience this for your self. All you have to do is practice taking  a moment out of your day to quiet the mind.  Giving  gratitude for all the things you do have will start the day on a positive note. The love we contribute comes form our inner greatness. This is what we all have in common. It is our inner self.



Life Sentence for Marijuana — Criminals and the Insane

Randy Lanier, Life Without Parole for MarijuanaRandy Lanier’s Prison Diary – Life Sentence for Marijuana 

Greetings friends,

On Monday while we were waiting for an afternoon activity move, an inmate was assaulted .  He is now at a local hospital being kept alive by a breathing machine.

Several men have been locked up. Most likely they will be transferred to a SMU  program — special management unit. There they will remain locked in their cells 23 hours a day.  They will be afforded one hour of rec in a cage five days a week.

There they may be able to take anger management classes.  The insane and criminals do not have very much consideration for others.

Being a mentor, I am often counseling young men that are susceptible to gang influence. It is hard to believe that so many people in gangs will allow others to make decisions for them. Decisions that effect their entire lives and their families lives as well.   If only they lived by the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do to you.



Stingers and Fire — Life Sentence for Marijuana

Randy Lanier, Life Without Parole for MarijuanaLife Sentence for Marijuana — Randy Lanier’s Prison Diary

As I mention in the last post, we recently came off being locked down. Now that it is over, it is so nice to have hot water and warm food again.

When we are locked in the cells, the only hot water we can get is water heated from a stinger or water heated from a fire. I usually keep a stinger, but when I went to the medical facility in Springfield MO, I left mine with a friend. When I returned, he told me they had confiscated it while I was away.

A stinger is two pieces of wire each connected to a piece of metal with something between them to keep them from touching. They are tied together with dental floss so it can not come loose and touch.

We fill up a half gallon water container, and drop the stinger in the water.  One of the other ends of the wire is then inserted between the light switch and one is touched to the screw outside the light switch for the ground. If you can not get the wire inbetweet the lightswitch a hole can be drilled into the switch. If it does not work, often an inmate can get the switch apart.

The water takes about 10 minutes to boil. I like to fill up a separate container such as a soda bottle or coffee bag and drop this into the boiling water. This way I do not get any of the metal filing that comes off of the stinger. We usually use any kind of metal such as finger nail clippers or pieces of a fence. Stainless steel is best.

Another way we heat water is by burning toilet paper or pieces of blankets. By holding a container of water over the fire we can have water for soup or coffee. . We do not have lighters or matches so we must take small strips of foil from packs of oatmeal or grits and scrap an AA or AAA battery. We make a wick out of toilet paper that we use to light. We then touch one end of the small strip of foil to the negative end of the battery and the other end to the scraped part of the battery.  This creates a spark that lights  the wick.  If the battery is weak we use two batteries touching the negative part with both parts of the strip of foil. The positive sides of the battery must be touching metal.

The other way we heat water is we roll up toilet paper or a strip of a blanket to look like a donut. We then sit this on the toilet or near the exhaust vent and light it with the wick. We fill up a paper milk container or some other container and hang it over the fire tied with  a piece of sheet or string through the container so the container is right over the flame.

Anyway, being back to normal operations we have the convenience of a microwave and a hot water dispenser once again, so these necessities are put away until the next lock down.

I have much gratitude for the small things in life.