Interview – Lisa

 

Nobody is a Stranger

 

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“Everything happens for a reason and nobody is a stranger.  I grew up in a mixed religion home. My Dad was Christian and my Mom Jewish. It was hard, and through this I discovered my own true spirituality, not any particular religion, just the realization that God is God. In the end, what will matter is how much we loved ~ our children, our mates, our families, our friends, everyone we knew, everyone who traveled with us during our brief visit to this unbearably lovely place. What will matter is the good we did, not the good we expected others to do.  Recognizing, accepting and expressing our authentic interior reality lies at the heart of honesty; only when we are honest with ourselves can we speak honestly with anyone else. In the sense of integrity, honesty entails acting in line with higher laws despite negative impulses to the contrary.  Tell me what you know and you will entertain me, but tell me how you feel and you will intrigue me.  I wish for a future where people are more highly evolved. A world where more connect as a whole at a spiritual level, rid of oppression, war and contention, and a people able to connect regardless of religion.”

Interview – Nazanin

 

A More Conscious World

 

“Avoid stereotypes. We need to not judge people. Like, if you know someone is Muslim, or Jewish or a different ethnicities, or from different religious backgrounds. We must avoid stereotypes.  We need to try to know each person on an individual level; if everyone would practice that, the world would be a much more peaceful place.  Too many people get victimized by general stereotypes that other people create, either politicians or ordinary people.  It does not matter where it starts we just have to treat each other better.  I’m quite idealistic, I know, but I hope that all countries will one day merge under one government. A government that keeps things in order, but I’m a liberal, so a government that does not too much meddle in people’s lives.  People forget what horrible things are happening in other parts of the world and it is happening; people are getting killed.  I would like to see a world where everyone has a more awake consciousness towards other humans.  The problem is that this just doesn’t come ordinary to them in focusing on the fact that people are getting killed or dying of hunger or all that.  I just hope for a more conscious world.”

Interview – Jerry

 

Expression and Experience

 

“The age-old question as to what is the meaning of life is found in two words: expression and experience.  Every living and non-living thing is expressing a quality of that which created it.  So what we express… we will experience… Period!
Look at an atom, electrons spinning around, communicating, the nucleus is the mother and the electrons are the children. And that analogy pulls it all together so you can see it very clearly.  I used to work with Uri Geller on the Powers of the Paranormal. Uri told me to be careful with my gifts and to not show them off. I was under a contract to perform and at that moment I realized I had to change my life.  I was getting famous, it was turning me into a product and I did not like it. That is when I went into finance. I negotiated out of the contract and that is when I moved into the financial business.  I was very successful… became very rich in five years. But due to the greed and dishonesty of others I lost it when I moved from Texas to California.  I even realized that my marriage was under false pretenses, so I gave what I had left to her and I’m much happier now.  The world at large? Thoughts and things are very much alike. And, we should approach life as if it is a thought and not a thing.  Move the words around, things are thoughts, and not thoughts are things.  Your experience meets with your expression to create unique points of attraction. Not so much as drawing something to you. That requires a great labor of thought. But if we can learn to use our thoughts as platforms to reach out and tether onto the dream and draw it in. I call it Metaphynetics.  I see democracy coming around!  It’s too beautiful of an idea to throw to the wayside, because none of the other systems have worked as well: And with that, most of the world population being Muslim and when they start seeing how to separate church and state, then that progress will relieve much poverty. You see most of those impoverished nations are Muslim nations.  It not so much the religion, but you can’t do business with someone in the name of Ala.  Faith, that being the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.  Faith: that’s what our currency is based on but we are the collateral.  So if we have faith in each other, and that the system of democracy, the one that is as close to God’s system of man doing business with man. It will all go right back to expression and experience.  Patience is the expectancy of good. And when you are waiting for something good, it seems like it takes longer. It feels that way because the body has a clock in it… Call it saccadic rhythms. What we fear seems to come quicker because we are on Adrenalin at that point.  After I lost my wealth, it made me check my core.  The whole field of humanity opened up to me, and it will for anyone if they operate from love… No matter where they are… and if they are truly doing it.  In five of ten years… Islam will create a separation of church and state. Technology will overrule, and peace will start to expand."

Interview – Patricia

 

Baby Steps

 

“Awareness is the only way we can make change.  Our behavior as humans being, for all of us, is a default mode. It is like a computer. It’s how we have programmed ourselves. We have to reprogram ourselves from the past. You cannot change the present if you disregard everything you have done up until now. And that default mode is there for a reason. And, if you want to change, you have to be aware. In our comfort zone we are in that default mode that we did yesterday, and the day before, and the year before.  You have you have the desire to change; you have to look outside of that default zone, even if it is uncomfortable. You have to want to change, and for many that’s not easy.  Too many people are trapped in the concept of how old am I? What does that mean? And how old you are? Whatever number it is, it only tells us how long you have been here. It really does not tell us much of anything else, does it?  You have to ask, what are you doing here and why are you doing what you do while you are here? It is far more important than how long you are here.  We should be laughing more, if you focus on time only you are putting yourself in a prison. If you want to do something… do it. Stop looking at time. Age is an excuse.  Find a way to have fun in whatever you do.  Life is nothing more than an experience. It’s all about us interpreting and making choices and how we interpret. We are born to see if we can see through the illusion. Fear creates an illusion that we ‘can’t,’ and if we buy into the illusion it become real.  There is an infinite intelligence, one presence, one power in this universe and we are not separate from it.  It doesn’t matter what religion you may practice, or doctrines you follow, if you are breathing right now then this one presence, this one power, one life is breathing you to be you… so you are not separate from it. It permeates through every cell of your body, vibrates in all your energy.  With this you can always know that you are connected, there is no ‘alone.’  Second, I would tell people, ‘beauty’ has nothing to do with what someone or something looks like.  Beauty is a feeling.  When we look at the ocean, the mountains, a painting, a person, it is the feeling it gives us that determines if we think it is beautiful.  So actually, beauty is in the heart of the beholder.  Spend less time worrying about how long the path is and focus more concern on what you’re doing on the path.  It’s never the number of years that matter; it’s what you do with the ones you have.  Baby steps will get us to the top of the mountain.”

Interview – Johnny

 

Work Hard,

Play Later

 

“Live life to the fullest, Time to work is time to work, time to play is time to play. I’m in for anything that brings people together. Work hard, play later. Money is not everything. Health is golden. Be willing to sacrifice wasted time to stay focused. Live life to the fullest. It’s not an unusual thing to get a high-five from an unknown fellow biker. As a kid I liked speed; biking is a big part of my life, it frees me and allows my to relax. Be your own boss, based out of my home, Vietnam. To be the biggest import/export business in the world.”

Interview – Dez

 

Be Present

and Mindful

 

“Be present and mindful. Not an easy thing to do, to not think about the past, or the future, but to live life in the moment. And Kindness can come from there.  To do it you have to follow your heart and be aware enough to know we are all swayed by the media, politics and society.  Enforce your self-authority over all these outside influences in doing what is right for self and others.  It’s all about ethics and morals.  There are so many good, kind and caring people in the world.  I moved to Los Angeles to follow an acting career.  After awhile I realized that my heart was not into it. I wanted to look beyond myself in helping others.  When I started school, I wanted to work with children and trauma. But as I spend time in my internship, working in a community mental health center, I’ve been exposed to many different cases and am learning a lot. I think I’ll stay here for now and hope to work with more families.  I work at least sixty hours a week, class, my unpaid internship and my moneymaking job (administrative assistant).  Why did you commit to a 365-day project with all you have to do?  First, I was a little bored and was looking for a challenge.  A little bored? Sixty-plus hours a week and a little bored, but the more I got into it, the better it felt. It is great to be a part of something positive and I’ve grown from the experience. We will always be evolving and there is much to learn.  If I could do it all again, I would study neuroscience. There is so much going on in that field, and it would be exciting to be part of it. What is fascinating is how study of the brain is linking to the treatment of trauma.”

Interview – Bronwyn

 

Spend Time Outside!

 

“Spend time outside!  Tomorrow I start a new job, so I’m getting in all the outdoor time I can find before I go to the office.  I’m tired of the little gestures.  If we are going to change, we have to do more, get involved, and educate ourselves.  It is amazing how little knowledge our current people know about the environmental impact of industry and population.  I’ve been studying this stuff for years and I haven’t even touched the surface of it.  Sure, it is a good thing to recycle our plastics. The positive impact of that alone is great.  Yes, I realize we are all busy and can’t find time to know it all. Bronwyn even accepts this in stating, ‘I have been studying the environment for years, and there is no way I can know it all.’  We need to push a little harder in doing our part.  I’d love to see a day when we are doing more good for the planet than harm.”

Interview – Curt

 

What Was

I thinking?

 

"I spent my time not playing with my toys, but taking them apart.  Wanting to know how they worked, I took apart my Transformers and Millennium Falcon. What was I thinking? I lately saw a similar toy, now collectible, selling for $7,000.  My Uncle and Grandfather were machinists, I loved what they did, and I’ll never forget them. I’m a family business and am grateful for our growth.  Find something you love to do, and, if you can make a living at it, good for you!  Get to the point where I can do nothing but tinker.”

Interview – John

 

I Have to

be Careful

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“At 50 I have to be careful.  This is not the only photography that I want to do, but I’m in the network and making a living.  I was young; part of the reason I have so many tattoos.  I’m growing with photography and videography and am striving to expand the work I do to other areas of the profession.  Is the world a better place because I was in it?”

Interview – Irina

 

The Power

of Apology

 

"Stay in the moment and don’t worry.  This may sound cliché we need to start working at peace, not so much about world peace, but the people on an individual level. There is too much personal fighting and not getting along.  I’d rather see a lot of people doing small acts of kindness and good works than to see one great effort of one. We need to start working at peace, not so much about world peace, but the people on an individual level and we underestimate the power of apology."

Interview – Gina

 

I Don't

Love Myself

 

“Never trust anyone.  I don’t love my self; we can go there if you really want to get deep.  I love life, open space, air and everyone. I’ve learned to compartmentalize anger and to open my mind to go outside of my comfort zone. I’m always looking for new things, experiences or people.  Life moves too fast, you have to slow down and look around.  I don’t drink or party any more, there is nothing in it. It is just trying to escape a mundane life, and that is tragic. Plus, the people you at clubs are not that cool.  Before emerging into this artificial world, consider living in the real world.  I’m happier than ever, living in the real world.  Plans don’t always turn out the exact way you plan. You have to be open to change and here is the best part. THINGS TURN OUT BETTER.  Open your mind, break the cage to structure, explore and be you.”

Interview – Rex

 

Don't Be Afraid

to Step Up

 

“My youngest brother is very wealthy and will not speak with me and I have lost contact with the rest of my family.  Many years ago I refereed youth basketball and football and worked as a team portrait photographer.  I have a reason for being here. I’m doing something about the injustice we receive.  I don’t lie, I don’t cheat, I don’t steal. If there is anybody who needs help I’ll help them, even if I have to give the last possession I have, I will, if it helps someone else in greater need than myself. That’s the way I am.  I’ve been beaten too many times to count by our local police, and I’m not scared to talk about it. They use us as test dummies for training.  Many are too intimidated or crazy to speak up, but I am not.  People need to know how we are treated.  Many of us do not choose to be out here.  Some are here by choice, but many more are here because of illness or bad fortune.  It’s that simple.  It’s terrible how we are singled out and brutalized in the name of law.  Yesterday I received my letter of incorporation: The Coalition of Disabled and Homeless, Inc.  We are beaten in the name of training the law. They tell rookies: It’s ‘breaking the cherry.’  Here I am, at gunpoint of an obvious rookie in training. I look at his senior and ask, ‘Tell this guy to put the gun down, he is going to hurt someone.'  To the homeless: Don’t be afraid to step up, voice your thoughts, words and opinions with knowledgeable people, or other people who can help the homeless cause. Do your part. Go en masse to the councilman’s office.”

Interview – Myly

 

Leader of the

Community Brigade

 

“Don’t settle. Find what you are passionate about and go for it! I was freaked at first [when I was laid off], but then I realized it was a gift. As a child I always collected things. I’ve never thought of myself as an artist, but more of a businessperson. I never dreamed that I would one day be supporting myself with the stuff I make. It’s totally rad. We are only just starting the outreach and the community is responding to it. My goal is to turn this farmers market into an artistic destination. One day I want to have a storefront loft space. Upstairs will by my place to dwell. Downstairs will be for you, with gallery, shopping, coffee/tea bar and cool place to hang out at night.”

Interview – Ann

 

United We Stand,

United We Grow

 

“If you take life too serious, undue stress is the only result. You need to see life, not avoid it. Every day is an adventure, and every day is a day to better your life. Things are crazy sometimes, but I’m loving the experience and learning how to think and how to enjoy life. Don’t smother your kids. Give them room to grow. Let them make mistakes, how else will they learn? Be vigilant, talk to them from the minute they learn to speak and understand. Be silly and playful, but don’t paint life as a fairy tale, teach them what is real, and the consequences of both good and bad choice. Give them rope, but be involved in guiding them. Be honest, communicate with them and allow them to tell you anything without fearing that you will judge them. Most powerful, teach them respect: for self, for each other, for parents and for others. Disrespect is not tolerated, we have no yelling, no cussing, no pushing, no fighting, and ‘hate’ is a word that does not enter our house. And I’m happy to say, ‘All our kids get along.' As parents, don’t fight, argue or contradict each other in front of your kids. Stay united, your actions can either divide or unite. If your kids see you divided, so to will they do the same. It’s our responsibility as parents to set the tone.”

Interview – Molly

 

Animals Don't

Have a Voice

 

“Things happen for a reason. Just this morning I said this on my Facebook; I’m going to make a mark in the world. [I want] to give a voice to the animals, I want my Mom to be proud of me. My mother showed me a PIDA video when I was 18; it changed my life. Animals are my thing. By the time I’m thirty, I want to have a family, a house and be working full-time as a wildlife researcher. If it weren’t for them, the world would be a lot different. I learned at an early age to be independent. Find something that you are passionate about and do it.”

Interview – Alice

 

Fathers Be Good

to Your Daughters

 

“Fathers of daughters, you have a great responsibility in determining the kind of women your girls will become. I plan to go into law enforcement, It’s more than a job choice, it’s a calling that I feel deep in my heart, and I know it is what I am supposed to do. I want to do my part to ensure that those in need get the justice they deserve. And, I want to be able to protect young girls and keep them safe from harm. We need to love others above ourselves, how else can we understand each other. If we step into other people’s worlds and stop living in our own little worlds, the world around us would be a better place. As best as we can, we need to have more compassion and love for others. You have to look at it differently, its really just hurt, and despite how difficult it may be, and they still deserve to be loved. I see myself married, with kids and helping other young women in every area in of their lives, I want to help young girls grow into healthy womanhood. So many of them have a void that has never been healed. The void of loneliness, and a lack of real love, love that sometimes gets filled by a bad example of an earthly father."

Interview – Amanda

 

Good Guys

Can Finish First!

 

“I don’t understand how people can be mean to each other. We don’t have to be best friend with everyone, or take abuse, but we also don’t have to contribute to the downfall of human kindness. Good guys can finish first! It’s not about how much money you have or where you live, but the feeling you have at the end of the road. I can tell you that, because I told it to my friends face. I gave her a book to read, ‘Be Nice or Else,’ reading it changed her life, and she thanked me for that. At times, I’m sad about the world. We have to be careful or we’re going to be in trouble. Where will I be in fifteen years? Married, with adopted children and running my own business. Do your part for the world; we need big change in how we treat each other and the planet.”

Interview – Kevin

 

Everybody has

Their Own Desert

 

“Here is my council to the world, ‘Be good to one another, and kindness goes a long way,’ that’s just the way it is here. Everybody is like an old friend. I used to live in Phoenix, fourteen years ago we did our first Quartzsite event, a very small tent, and ever since then I have not missed an event. I love it here, so much so that we moved here eight years ago and have not looked back. Everybody has their own desert, for me, it is the desert; this is where I connect with my soul. For others, maybe it is somewhere else, but we all should be lucky enough to find it. Things are kind of hard right now. I’m going through a divorce, we are still great friends, but it is hard. Be good and kind to one another.”

Interview – Eric and Ivona

 

We are Optimists

 

“Our advice to the world: enjoy what you have, don’t stress the small things. What is important is family and friends. They are your support system. We are optimists. People need to think more about each other, not like in politics, where the thinking is not always about the people. This is who we are and what we believe. Family is first and enjoy what you have.”

Interview – Rusty

 

Something for Everyone

 

“In Missouri I started as a Minister, then I got into comedy. My comedy was clean and for families, but my heart is still in the Ministry. I’m working two jobs to make ends meet, here and at Wal-Mart. I see a lot of people and have this to tell them. Slow down, everyone is in too much of a hurry. It’s a shame; we miss out in striving for things we may never get in life. If there was a little more respect, we would not have as much trouble. I see too much of it’s about me, and not enough of it’s about us. Working at Wal-Mart, and with the holidays, I see this every year: people fighting over plastic junk, junk that is only to be returned the next morning. Take what you need, no more, no less; there is enough to go around. Greed is the downfall of man. Life is like a buffet; there is something for everyone. We have to all realize we are here for a reason and learn not to judge, we have the power to set a positive example. And if we become negative, we can do no good. God created the Earth with enough beauty around for everything. We just need to appreciate it, and each other. We are all in this thing together.”