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Whatever you’re thinking in life, you’re crazy if you don’t think what you do makes a difference.

We’re all taking part in the change. Do what you love, what your heart tells you to (do), and you’ll find your bliss.

That’s how we all wake up folks, or so it seems. Its part of it really, but its all happening as it is.

Life really is mysterious, when you look at it.

I write it from on voice, and then the other, so those who understand get the one message, and those who don’t, become confused (or curious).

Do you create your perceptions of reality, or choose to react to what is there ?

[a relaxed alertness] awaits you

all you must do is choose to […]

wow, how fun to realize what i was doing. and get the realization well who else would be doing it when asking was i doing that.

but part of me fears what if the world doesn’t awaken? i know it’s gonna happen but…. it’s a risk but that’s all part of how it unfolds.

or is it a trick sir? an attempt to take my freedom?

beyond expectation,
beyond belief.

a far cry from normal,
i create my own path.

Its like the whole thing, all of life, was a big conversation between variations of the same inner person??

after tasting some of the juice joe made, and recently watching fat, sick, and nearly dead, i decided to try juicing. i went to whole foods last night and picked up a refrigerator-full of food that’ll last about 6 days of juicing 3 times a day.

joe’s juice is a slight variation of the mean green juice joe cross and phil used in the movie for the reboot program. the recipe is:

1/2 cucumber
1 carrot
5 leafs of kale
1 red apple
1 green apple (i substituted a fuji apple as i didn’t see any organic green apples at the whole foods i went to)
1 lemon
6 leaves of spinach
1 thumb-size of ginger
4 sticks of celery

the finished product:

i got a little more than two 16-oz glasses from the juice. i had both glasses as one serving, and plan on having three total servings per day. for ten days i’ll eat nothing else, and other than the juice, i’ll only drink water. here’s the second glass:

both glasses went down pretty smoothly, almost as smooth as drinking water!

if you need a juicer, here’s the one joe has: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juicing Machine (if you’re purchasing one, even a different model, please click this special link to amazon as it helps support this site. thanks!)

Update: I added a salad the last 3 days to help re-train my stomach to process solid food, and tweaked the recipe a bit, adding beets and switching the types of apples. I also ate some strawberries and blackberries as an early celebration on the last day. I had juice the two mornings after the 10 days as I transitioned back to eating solid food.

Every child is born with innocent irreverence, but it's canceled by the osmosis of cultural repression. It’s retrieved by those of us fortunate enough to break through society's brainwashing.

- Paul Krassner

Dance with your own brilliance

- William Linville

Goodbye Chicagoland.. the time has come for us to part as I embark on my journey to pick up my camper..

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

- Steve Jobs

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I am grateful as we continue our journey from the age of information to the age of inspiration.

yes, photography, and time-lapse photography, and some videography/cinematography.. my lens-based art is really about perception and perspective, and exploring these methods of seeing through the lens as a metaphor for ways of seeing the world. it’s become clearer lately, though a part of me has known all along what it has been about. when i have more time, i really want to sit and explore it some more, and allow the feelings to come through into words that can describe […]

Inspiring someone is awakening a viewpoint that realizes that something that seemed impossible can actually be done.

- Harry Palmer

i will go to sleep, knowing life is amazing [if we choose to allow it to be]. i showed up here for an amazing experience, and i know it’s only beginning! :) i love life; it is awesome! change how you look at the world……. the world really does change! crazy, or so it seems!?

Your inner guidance is all you need. Your heart is telling you exactly what you want to do. Just listen closely, quietly (silencing the mind), and you will feel exactly what needs to be done (to get to where you want to go). That’s the message back. The communication in return. It doesn’t come the same way that you think it. Get it?? It’s funny. Life is fun, and funny!

Wow, silence. A low hum from the air conditioning vents, or so it sounds like.. i’m sure it is. though sounds a little different than i would have imagined. feeling is interesting. it’s like you have to let go of yourself. put all your attention into what you’re feeling to really, truly experience it. but part of me can’t go all the way there. i’m afraid i won’t come back! so i only feel so much into it. not fully. […]

wow, so many realizations come to you as you become more aware..

Life is wierd. Looking at it from a higher perspective, it really is quite absurd. These little things we do, who would have imagined? It is quite crazy to see it all! And they think we’re the crazy ones! truly absurd!! and just watching myself type these ideas into words on the screen is quite odd as well. why am i even doing this? is it a message to those on the other side who do not quite understand? cody […]

if you think too fast
the feeling won’t last

It’s like I’m seeing what’s going on in my mind in the “real” world.

Relax and enjoy the process. You don’t have to handle everything all at once. The journey is one step at a time (and it is there where you will find true perfection).

Once again, I find myself desiring to create some sort of inspirational center. There is such great energy at the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago, and lots of fun activities happening. Though, will I find this community in other places as I travel? I yearn to have such a connection wherever I may go. Especially as I travel to nature, and experience the beauty of the land. Perhaps what I must create is an escape, a place where one may experience a retreat for their own growth and creativity. Those who live in urban places can still explore what remains there, though when they need to take a break, and escape from the chaos found in the city, they may go visit the inspirational center I desire to create. Whether it be a long or short visit, friends and exploration will await at the inspirational center. Some may choose to live there for extended lengths of time or permanently. Everyone can share their talents and inspire others, while absorbing the high energy of a beautiful, natural setting. This is the place I seek. The place I will create. The center will also grow its own food and be completely self-sustainable so those who visit will have an abundance of fresh food to live off of and not have to worry about the basic necessities as they take a moment or two to visit during their journey of life. And a part of the entire experience will be learning to live in a unique setting, very much an alternate to the conventional city life. This unique experience of disconnecting from the ordinary, everyday life may be the catalyst in inspiring someone to follow their path, their passion.

an interesting interview, and an interesting look at one’s own perspectives (and how one is perhaps either quite engaged right away or stops watching before getting into the heart of it)

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To my friends in Chicagoland: I just arrived in Elgin last night and will be around here for a little bit. Lemme know if ya want to get together.. I'm going to the city tonight for a meditation and the Oneness Blessing at the Bodhi Spiritual Center if anyone wants to join me.

Jami Lula performed his original composition “Perfect” at Agape on 8-1-2010, and is joined by Michael Bernard Beckwith towards the end of the song.

It is truly beautiful to see the world as it is. Today, just a bit earlier, I had a moment of clarity. I felt more present in the moment, and was able to see details of the world around me more clearly. It’s funny, it occurred just as I was finishing dinner with Linda. We were discussing ideas for an upcoming project we’re starting with Joe, and at the end, I was telling her about the time I felt so […]

Really rare awakening movie now available in English.

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went for a drive north, ended up in Buffalo Park Forest Preserve.. at first it seemed just like an ordinary park, though after relaxing a bit, I began to feel connected to nature and the energy there. I spent a good little bit of time photographing and exploring [will process and upload these images sometime soon].. then decided to drive up to the top of one of the garages in Elgin afterwards [which was a little nerve-racking as despite the […]

Enjoy the progress [we’re all making]. Yes, it may be slow at times [or seem to be, if that makes any sense at all? (or perhaps i’m just repeating myself)]…..

but we’re all getting there. and the world is changing, day by day, for the better. if you don’t see it, you’re just not looking [in the right places!].

it’s quite fascinating to see the messages from god. and how it all unfolds. it really is in every moment, if we allow it to be.

[i had a beautiful experience of unexpected awareness earlier.]

It seems like life is a constant expansion of one’s comfort zone — where true life occurs. If one sits around for too long becoming comfortable, life tends to get boring. Or one becomes afraid of trying new things, and really living life to its fullest. Yet, I wonder, do I get bored too quickly with certain types of things or projects? Is that why I try so many new things with my photography and art.

It’s funny.. I seem to go through life getting lost along the way, but somehow still getting there. interesting feeling.

[clarification: there being the place i decided to go in the beginning, or so i do suppose]

Consciousness is a crazy thing.

All sorts of possibilities.. and what is it that is chosen?

Turning and yearning and burning but not learning? where does one go when all one does is say no? to life not as a strife shall one open the heart to expression and art? or close the door and lie on the floor? trying to figure it out will only leave you with more doubt.

True beauty can only be found in experiencing life as it is.

Life is funny. We do create all of it (the worries and challenges included)! I’d been caught up (for quite a while) in wondering if I’d have enough money to pay off my truck loan and then be able to spend a little on having fun while saving up for some land.. A couple or few weeks back, I told myself I’d have enough by the time summer came around. Earlier last week, I got enough to be able to […]

to reflect or to illuminate?

Life is awesome! I love feeling alive and excited to be here!

Steve Jobs narrates the first Think different commercial “Here’s to the Crazy Ones”. It never aired. Richard Dreyfuss did the voiceover for the original spot that aired. However Steve’s is much better 1997

my truck nice and clean, still dripping a little water after Jay had the guys wash it for me!
Jason Hopkins was very helpful throughout the entire process of getting my truck!

The Awakened One sees everything as perfect. The unawakened one sees everything as imperfect.

- Sri Amma Bhagavan

I'm gonna make a trip to Chicago this Sunday before leaving Illinois in a week or so. I'll be heading over to the Bodhi Spiritual Center in the morning then seeing Doug from the Oneness Community speak. Afterwards I may bike around the city.. Let me know if you want to join me or hang out for a bit.

I found this beautiful video on Gwen Bell’s site last night. I’ve only briefly skimmed through a few pages on her site, though from what I’ve seen, Gwen’s perspective resonates a lot with how I see the world. Check out her place at

What you’re feeling is what you attract (and the lens you see the world through). Yesterday afternoon, a couple hours before sunset, I felt connected to the trees, plants, and nature in the park I discovered when I went for a drive a little north of here [photos will be added later and found under yesterday’s date]. I am grateful for the opportunity to go explore in nature and spend lots of time there growing my awareness, especially when I get my truck camper in the next couple weeks. Do whatever it takes to continue to live your dream and experience your passion.

i thought of driving to lake geneva on the weekend though the forecast called for rain, so i decided to take a break from work and go for a ride while it was still partly sunny..