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.
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.
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
Pictures 3 and 5 courtesy of Christopher Guy
I just returned home from an epicly delicious adventure on the Hawaiian island of Maui. I was blessed to participate in creating a world changing event and witnessing the power of inspiration, community and collective love vibes.
Awesomeness Fest is a 4 day long event for anyone who is up to a BIG game in life and intends to meet other high vibin epic peeps and build one big deliciously juicy tribe. Each year the location changes and it brings together people from all walks of life to learn, express and connect. One of my favorite parts of Awesomeness is the focus of unity. What’s especially delightful is the no hierarchy/everyone’s equal policy meaning there is no distinction between a speaker, presenter, crew member or participant. We all hold the same value, significance and incredibly unique messages of transformation.
It was a serious life changing week. For all of you game changers, movers and shakers, love puffs, thought leaders, world changing visionaries and epic souls committed to contribution and a new world paradigm this is totally the place for you.
One of the highlights of my Awesomeness Fest experience was participating in a volunteer outing at the Ke Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centre. It was here we got to give back to Gaia and the Hawaiian people for the hospitality and amazingness they had shown to us during our stay. For the morning a crew of us Afesters got right into the dirt, weeded and planted, and connected with an incredible group of Hawaiian youth. These kids were incredible. We laughed, danced and sang all while building an incredible garden for the centre.
To our surprise after lunch Lisa Nichols and Robert Hirsch showed up to share their stories of transformative success and inspiring these kids to step beyond who they have been told they are and who they maybe even believe they are, into their greatness and shine their light and awesomeness into the world.
A few days later after the experience we got word that the kids had been incredibly impacted by our time there and since working together and hearing Lisa and Robert speak, there was a newly developed feeling of hope and possibility present in the hearts and minds of these kids.
We never really know the impact we have on people. All we can do is our best each day to love someone unconditionally, to share our light and our wisdom and to make someones day (or as we see with these kids, their lives) better through our full contribution and open hearts. My question to you is how will you serve today, how will you express love, gratitude and contribution in your life and in your community to serve the greater good? If we all do what we can each day this world will open up even more as we begin to shine abundance, possibility and love in our hearts~
Mega gratitude to my soul sista Rebekah for sharing her light and the opportunity to serve. She’s the founder and director of a wikid program called Voluntourism. Check it out if giving back, travelling and being awesome is your kinda thing 😉 If you wanna check out more HAWT pics of the shenanigans and true amazingness of Awesomeness Fest check out our incredible photographer Moriah Diamond’s site. And finally if you are diggin this vibe of the Awesomeness Fest tribe begin making plans for next year to join us! Word on the street is Bali just might be our location! BOOM!
In love, gratitude and humble service