It is amazing and nice that we can meet like this. When I got arrested in 1987, this way of meeting did not exist. The way people corresponded, and met was limited. Now there are many venues that allow people to meet and share space together. By allowing our perspective to go beyond the limited ways of meeting people, we expand our personal universe. This causes us to experience a more varied, and expanded world. Experiencing an expanded world increases our awareness, which in turn causes us to experience more than a limited perspective.
Even though we can communicate by email, text, phone, letters, internet, and the physical senses, there is another realm that exist. That realm is where our feelings, and emotions exist. It is our inner state. By becoming aware of our feelings, and listening to our heart we learn to be more open, and therefore we become conscious of the subtle vibrations others are sending us.
With this understanding we learn that only the mind is what causes suffering, and struggles. This world of appearance is only the play of consciousness. If we can learn to establish ourselves in this awareness, we will live in love, peace, and happiness.
I wish for the holidays to bring everyone inner peace, and may we all come to realize that there is more to life than what appears before our eyes.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
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!
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.
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.
(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.)
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
“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.
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.
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.