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Angel of Love, We have Found Our Way

“It’s bigger than you and me, its about love, peace foundation and family” ~ Randy Ponzio

These are the words and personal mission of an incredible friend Randy Ponzio. This past week I’ve really reflected on the life and message of an epic earth angel soul. Randy was a great friend, a incredible father, humanitarian and musician driven to transform the world through his music. From the first minute I heard him play I’ve remained inspired by his spirit and passion. At the time I met him I had not yet in my life ever been privileged to be in the beautiful energy of a musician, artist and activist so driven by one pure intention. Love. The energy of the room instantly transformed the second he stepped to the mic. Music flowed through him and a message of hope, possibility and inspired action poured through every word, every stroke of the guitar and with every note he sang. It was in attending this night of music I really was inspired to use my art as a vehicle for transformation and to plant seeds for a better world for all. That night I knew I had met a soul brother and an incredible friend. Randy’s heart was always bursting with love for everyone he knew and met. A powerful force worked through him, the best way I can describe it is as source energy. He was dialed into the greater picture and used this connection combined with his talent and passion to spread a message that will indeed change the world.

” My music will not change the world, but it could change a person. I bring a positive message in the songs I write. Even though some songs speak of dark days, there is always that overall resolution of hope and persistence that people can hopefully relate to. The art is bigger than you and me” 

I’ve been reflecting on this quote for days and really getting the impact of his mission. Here are but a few of the many lessons I have learned from my dear friends beautiful life.

Authenticity and Acceptance:

First and for most Randy was fully open and authentic through his music that life on this planet is sometimes challenging, and part of our journey is to learn to honour and respect the lessons the darkness provide for our personal evolution. One of the major factors in universal transformation is getting to a space of acceptance. Acceptance of all aspects of our being. Each of us is made up of darkness and light. Its the Universal Law of Polarity and Randy through his acknowledgement of his own experience granted others permission to explore all aspects of their humanity and make a conscious choice to choose love and light.

Speaking Truth:

Randy spoke up and said the things that many are to fearful to say. He spoke his truth each day and in every song he’s ever performed and written you will indeed hear this passion and truth. The lesson here for me and hopefully for many more is to speak up, speak truth, speak love. Even in times when we seemingly stand alone in declaring the truth of our humanity, the words of the heart ensure that in standing for something greater than ourselves we are always supported by a community of souls who are also on this epic mission. Again, when we speak our truth we give others permission to do the same. Speaking truth is one of the biggest catalysts for universal change.

Personal evolution changes the world:

When we begin on a individual level to dive deep into our truth and align our hearts and minds the world as we know it also begins to change. One person connected to their truth, one person connected to their passion, one person connected to love will begin to elevate the universal consciousness through their inspired love energy. The investment we make into our personal growth, evolution and love changes the world in a more profound way than our conscious minds are able to fully perceive.

The Power of Community: 

What we saw happen from the day Randy went missing was a collective global community come together united in love. People from all over the world sent their love and prayers while the local community in vancouver searched streets, and canvased for his safe return. The outpouring of love and stories of how this man touched and moved every person who knew him and those who never had the chance to meet him personally is testament to the power of love. An incredible vigil held in the streets of Granville where Randy was famous for busking and sharing his vibes was filled with hundreds of friends and family. This newly formed tribe is committed to ensuring his light lives on, his message manifests in the hearts, minds and actions of people all over the world. Randy is a pure example that one person can indeed change the world and bring together a community of people united in one single mission, Love. The community is present, we love and support each other and we are here to make the biggest difference the history of humanity has ever seen. So while my dear friend mentioned his music will not change the world I can report based on what I’ve witnessed this last week and a half him and his music have indeed transformed the world. 

Passion, Art and Positive Self expression as change agents: 

Art of any form is one of the most powerful tools of possibility, positivity and change. There is a universal oneness uniting us all together. In art and more specifically music, we always hear elements of our own personal experience and lives in the stories and lives of others. Expressing our truth, spirit and mission through creativity is one of the greatest gifts we can give to each other. Music is a universal language one that inspires generations and movements. When we connect to our individual gifts and express them for the world to experience wonderful things begin to happen.

What I have learned from my friend is there is so much we can do every day to contribute to an elevation of the collective community. Randy did epic work through his short lifetime. Now his legend lives on and the seeds he planted are beginning to sprout and grow into a beautiful global garden where we all reside in love, peace, foundation and family. Randy has inspired me to really look at whats important in my life and only do things that feed my soul. There is an opportunity each day to be guided by a force greater than ourselves and I choose to focus my attention on serving the world community through my art, through my love and through my voice. Randy dear friend I feel your spirit guiding this epic mission and I am blessed to know you soul brotha. Your message will live on and grow so far beyond what we can consciously imagine. Thank you for your light, thank you for your love and thank you for the blessing you are to this world. Rest your soul brotha, and all of us earth angels and love beings will keep dreaming, creating and living the way of Love, Peace, Foundation and Family.

“Power to the people to think, power to the people to dream, power to the people heaven be your sequel this what I believe. Heaven your sequel beautiful people may you find your way” ~ Randy Ponzio

Randy’s music can be purchased on iTunes and donations for the family he leaves behind can be made here: http://www.randyponzio.com/

Only Love,

Kelsey

Pictures 3 and 5 courtesy of Christopher Guy

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What Can We Learn From Superdogs?

Upon arrival at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) in Toronto today, we didn’t really know what to start with (it really can be overwhelming!), so we spotted that our timing corresponded with the second showing of Superdogs. As we didn’t have much planned, we decided to check it out, and move forward from there.

And I am so, so glad I did.

If you’ve never watched Superdogs (www.superdogs.com), it’s a company whose product is a core group of friendly, loving, extremely well-trained dogs who do a bunch of tricks. But here’s the catch: unlike those stiff, serious competitions where the dogs are judged by measurements and performance and then awarded (or not)  – an environment where what colour ribbon you come home determines the level of the animal’s worth – Superdogs is just about plain, old-fashioned, having fun!! The whole event is MC’d by a guy who makes up his own numbers in the sports that are friendly competitive, and often dogs are trained to purposefully rig the game, or cheat, just to keep the seriousness OUT and playfullness IN. (I’m thinking of the moment when there were a lineup of dogs bounding over bars on a Dog Jump, and the very last one was cantering towards the jump, anticipation in the crowd was high, the trainer made an almost indecipherable move with her arm … and suddenly, instead of jumping over the bar, this pup skidded to a stop, grabbed the bottom bar like a stick, and ran off the stage, chased by a fake-angry trainer! It was HILARIOUS – talk about taking away the serious and putting in the FUN!)


As I was watching this, I realized I was just as pumped up about the pups as the the 6-year-old girl in front of me. And I mean, how could you not, when you are watching a pug fly over jumps, racing a border collie, all for the sheer joy of the game? And I got to thinking, what can we learn from Superdogs?

1) What’s the point if you’re not having fun?
So take the pup, Leap of Faith, in the picture above. He holds the Guiness World Record for highest-jumping dog in the world. But what does that mean for him? What does a World Record mean to a pup who gets such bliss just from jumping just for the sake of jumping?

See, it’s not that these animals HAD to jump over hoops in order to survive. It’s not that they “weren’t feeling like it”, so they lay on the couch and watched TV instead. Nope — these animals were in their bliss just jumping, playing with focus, and hanging out with their trainers. They just loved to use their body, and play with their trainer so much that, no matter what they were “feeling” at the time, they were just stoked to be in the game. Which brings me to my next point….

2) It’s actually really easy to be IN THE ZONE

Hundreds of people going crazy in the stands, maybe thousands of yummy smells reaching up to their nostrils, and each puppy’s eyes were locked on their trainer for the duration of the time on stage. Perhaps they’d lose focus for a moment, but the trainer would snap her fingers, and the pup would be right back there, ready to complete the job.

Of course, it couldn’t hurt that the trainer had (highly nutritional) treats, hugs, and rope toys waiting for them upon completion. But hey, isn’t that what motivates us as people anyway? How can we create our own treats, hugs, and rope toys to complete a task that takes some concentration?

3) It’s totally OK to fall, just get back in there!

I think one of my favourite parts of watching these dogs do their thing was watching them mess up. There was one routine – led by a father and his 11-year-old son, actually, who did a cute mini-acrobatics routine while throwing big frisbees for their dog, who would jump REALLY high to grab the frisbees. Sometimes he’d miss, but would he dwell on that missed one, think about what he did right and wrong, and feel sad? Heck no! He had his eyes on the next one, and would often jump even higher and catch even better!

I’d say this amazing pup caught about 90% of the frisbees thrown. An impressive number, right? But how often do we either congratulate ourselves on the 90% or berate ourselves for the missed 10%? And then miss the next Frisbee because we’re too busy being in ego?

4) Where you come from doesn’t matter.

Did I mention that over 40% of the puppies from Superdogs are rescue animals from various shelters? And yet every single one was pure joy.

5) At the end of the day, It really isn’t about the final result — but about the bliss in the action.

To be totally honest, the audience couldn’t have cared less about how high Leap of Faith jumped. Though it was nice to know that he’s a world-record-holding dog, I have to say, the true enjoyment came from watching him just LOVE to jump. In fact, the most amusement came from when the puppies were just being in personality, not in how well they fulfilled their job.

To see doggies in action click -> HERE!

I gotta tell ya, these dogs made my DAY. Not only was it great to have some nice life lessons to ponder,  but along with the Blue Bees theme of late of vibe raising… talk about an instant lift!!

So I ask you, today, how can you live your life like a Superdog?

Love, hugs, and bliss,

Megan 🙂