Update on Post Release Life from Randy Lanier

Randy Lanier 2015Randy Lanier reflects on life after being released from prison after serving 27 years on a life sentence for a first time, nonviolent marijuana offense.

Greetings Friends,

Since I last posted we all have experiences the start of a new year.  After being released from prison, I continuously experience a feeling of a new beginning.  I have a sense that something great will occur.  Each day is full of wonder and excitement.

As I approach this new beginning and develop new relationships and experience long standing relationships I notice that my heart and mind is profoundly awakened by the context of these relationships.  This instills within me the feeling of loving kindness.

The response I have received from family, friends, and the community is overwhelming.  I have been offered the opportunities to drive in a few races in a series called “American Endurance Racing.”  I also have an offer to do some laps with a race team when they test.  It is an amazing feeling to have such great people in my corner.

The halfway house that I currently reside in took away accessibility to the one terminal that allowed internet access and email.  Some residents got caught watching porn.  

My daughter recently went back home to Colorado. She and my son, along with my ex-wife, have been taking me to work.  My daughter left her car with me.  Driving gives me a sense of independence and freedom.

Gratitude is a large part of my daily life.  One thing I have been noticing is the enticement of immediate gratification.   I find it is difficult to stay in touch with my deepest self due to desires of immediate gratification.  It is easy to get caught up in the surface world of desire.  I do not reject desire.  I believe desire can help us experience love and tenderness and we then experience being in the moment.  However, finding the correct balance with desire is important.

I have come to understand that it is very important to develop tolerance and have much patience.  It is easy to focus on outer relationships.  However, when we do this we find we forget about the inner self we all have.

Focusing on the inner self allows us to see people for their lovable selves instead of the image they be portraying…or the image we may not want to see.

I have two months remaining in the half way house.  I am looking forward to putting my toes in the water, along with a fishing line.  I am looking forward to visiting with family and friends when I want.  I am looking forward to all life has to offer.  I am looking forward to freeing my mind from my past conditioning.  Freedom is near!

Peace.

With much love,

Randy Lanier

Life Sentence for Marijuana: Randy Lanier on Richard DeLisi

Randy Lanier, Life Without Parole for MarijuanaI recently spoke with WUFT radio station about my thoughts on  Richard DeLisi, serving a life sentence for marijuana in the state of Florida.   I relate to his plight as I just did 27 years in federal prison for being a “principle administrator  of a continual criminal  enterprise” that imported and distributed marijuana.
The cost on  society for incarcerating so many people is vast. People like Richard  DeLisi, who has been given a sentence that is not appropriate for his crime, is  exacting  an excessive cost not only on our  communities but on the many families that have to endure the many years of hardship that it causes.
The economic impact is vast , the humanitarian and social issues that over incarceration produces are too numerous to list.  It is time that our voices be heard. Sentencing reform needs to be  addressed and inappropriate sentencing needs to be a priority within the justice system.
Randy

A Holiday Wish from Randy Lanier

Randy Lanier Upon ReleaseRandy Lanier’s Holiday Wish 2014

Greetings Friends,

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!

Randy

In the Presence of Loved Ones — Randy Lanier

Randy Lanier Upon ReleaseFrom Randy Lanier:
Greetings friends,
I hope this finds each and everyone of you living in a high level of contentment, and happiness.
It is truly amazing the energy we can experience, when we are in the presence of loved ones. Five days a week a family member transports me to, and from work. During these rides, there is always an undercurrent of energy being passed back, and forth. Whether or not we are conversing, it is exhilarating for me. Having an awareness that my own state of being, my own attitude, and my own approach to life is simply the play of consciousness.
I realize the truth of the statement “The World is as you see it”.
Our relationships are basically what is happening inside of us.  As I encounter people at the halfway house, or work, be it briefly or long periods of time, I understand that I do not need to be so concerned  about how that person treated me, or what that person thought of me.  The important thing is to focus on my inner experience, when I am around this person.
All of you have taught me something special. What you all have taught me is that our inner love can manifest as emotional support. Love, and emotional support is the most important thing we can give to each other.
Thank you!

Peace!
Randy

 

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!

Peace

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

 

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

Greetings,

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.

Peace,

Randy

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

Randy

 

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.

tunnel

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.