The Man Who Quit Money

Above: The Man Who Quit Money from Sacred Resonance on Vimeo. Length: 23:37

Meet Daniel Suelo

I watched this video several times yesterday, and I really love what Daniel Suelo has to say about living without money. And even more, I love what he says about breaking from the money-centric-mindset which dominates our society. He does it with a philosophically way of speaking which is grounded in the reality of having lived the life, having walked the talk.

This video conveys a message of hopeful truth: You can step outside the money system, and here’s an example of someone who doing just that, right now – and has been doing it, joyfully, for a number of years.

Here’s the little blurb about this video from Vimeo:

Meet Daniel Suelo. He’s been living without money for 12 years. When our paths crossed synchronistically in Moab, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to learn from this wise man. I interviewed him and found his philosophy and way of living inspiring and visionary.

For more about Daniel and his experiment of living without money, check out

video source:

Learn More – A Great Book About Daniel Suelo


While we’re talking about Daniel Suelo let me tell you about a book I read this last week.

The book is called The Man Who Quit Money and it is, in short, a well-written exploration into the fascinating life of a very interesting subject, Daniel Suelo, while also discussing a wide range of topics from the money to religion, from faith to healthy living in a freegan-style, from life in Moab, to life in a cave – and so much more…

I found it to be a great reading experience. Thank you Mark Sundeen for writing this book! Really, I mean that.

Note – Mark Sundeen, the author of this book, has not quit money, so buying his book would create no great moral dilemmas – no one’s ethics will be violated if you buy a copy. Heck, we’re even going to buy a copy of this book to keep in our library. As they say, “This book’s a keeper.”

My friend Josh loaned his copy of this book to me saying I would probably enjoy it… thank you very much Josh, you were right!

Once I started reading it, I devoured it in nearly an entire sitting which lasted until sometime after two in the morning. It was that excellent – even more than excellent!

Tania is reading it now, so Josh might not get his book back for a bit…

Here’s the blurb about the book from

A Walden for the 21st century, the true story of a man who has radically reinvented “the good life”

In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings—all thirty dollars of it—in a phone booth. He has been living without money—and with a newfound sense of freedom and security—ever since.

The Man Who Quit Money is an account of how one man learned to live, sanely and happily, without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. Suelo doesn’t pay taxes, or accept food stamps or welfare.

He lives in caves in the Utah canyonlands, forages wild foods and gourmet discards. He no longer even carries an I.D. Yet he manages to amply fulfill not only the basic human needs-for shelter, food, and warmth-but, to an enviable degree, the universal desires for companionship, purpose, and spiritual engagement.

In retracing the surprising path and guiding philosophy that led Suelo into this way of life, Sundeen raises provocative and riveting questions about our relationships with money and the decisions we all make, by default or by design—about how we live and how we might live better.


Watch, read, and enjoy!

Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Being Human

Consciousness Is The Ground of Being

I watched this on Friday evening. It’s about an hour long and very interesting, if you’re into stuff like consciousness, quantum physics and being human. I had never heard Dr. Amit Goswami speak before, but he covered many ideas which I think about a lot.

At this point in time (2013), the study of consciousness is still on the fringes of scientific study. As I mentioned to a friend the other day, “You could homestead in the field of consciousness and still not have a neighbor for miles around. That’s going to change soon…”

In my opinion this is going to change entirely in the next twenty years as “trans-humanism” starts becoming a reality. I think some of the most important subjects in science from 2035 to 2050 are going to be these questions:

  1. What is consciousness?
  2. What does it mean to be human (in the face of technologically-enhanced humans, cyborgs and humans uploaded into a virtual world)?

“Consciousness is the ground of being” is the profound idea which moved Dr. Goswami’s work, meaning, everything starts with consciousness, that’s when possibilities become an actual, manifested reality.

In this interview Dr. Goswami talks about many of the basic concepts (built on the idea stated above) which give physicists a good starting point as they begin to study this important part of our reality. Of course, he explains it a lot better than I do in this interview.

While watching this I said “Yes!” and “That’s right!” so many times. It was nice to have so many ideas I’ve learned intuitively are right on track.


Description From YouTube – Published on September 1, 2012

Dr Amit Goswami ‘Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Being Human’ Interview by Iain McNay on ConsciousTV.

Author of many books including: ‘How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization,’ ‘The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist’s Guide to Enlightenment’ and ‘God Is Not Dead’ talks about his life and how discovering that consciousness Is the ground of being changed his scientific thinking and also his approach to life as a human being.

He also explains downward causation, quantum non-locality, free will, intention, the observer effect, quantum collapse and how consciousness creates the manifest world.



PS. I’d like to thank Zen Gardener for posting this on his website, which is where I discovered it…

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

In honor of the first day of Spring I recommend a wonderful and uplifting short story of what one human being can do to improve the world around them… simply, quietly and without fanfare.


Read The Story

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

The story begins in the year 1910, when this young man is undertaking a lone hiking trip through Provence, France, and into the Alps, enjoying the relatively unspoiled wilderness.

The narrator runs out of water in a treeless, desolate valley where only wild lavender grows and there is no trace of civilization except old, empty crumbling buildings. The narrator finds only a dried up well, but is saved by a middle-aged shepherd who takes him to a spring he knows of.

Curious about this man and why he has chosen such a lonely life, the narrator stays with him for a time. The shepherd, after being widowed, has decided to restore the ruined landscape of the isolated and largely abandoned valley by single-handedly cultivating a forest, tree by tree. The shepherd, Elzéard Bouffier, makes holes in the ground with his curling pole and drops into the holes acorns that he has collected from many miles away…

read more here:

Link to story:

Watch The Video

Below is a really good animated short film made from the story. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1987.

Above: The Man Who Planted Trees from MrGreatShortFilms on Vimeo.

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Joshua Tree – Hidden Valley Campground – 24 Views

My mind in on Joshua Tree this week, due to an upcoming camping trip…

There is so much beauty to see in Joshua Tree National Park – there is the land itself along with the iconic namesake trees. There are the small flowers, the lizards, snakes, plants of various kinds – and then there are the boulders. I love the boulders!

This video, which was filmed in 2006 in Hidden Valley Campground – one of the best rock-climbing locations in the world – consists of 24 views, each one 10 to 15 seconds long, filmed in the warm, afternoon light…

One of the many reasons I return again and again to Joshua Tree National Park is to watch the light play across the boulders. It’s a very slow form of beauty and it’s worth spending all day just watching the light change the color of the boulders, re-drawing them over and over again into new and interesting variations.

When I’m back in my regular city life, and I daydream about camping in Joshua Tree, I imagine these boulders in the warm afternoon light…and what I imagine is what you see here – Enjoy!

Credits – the music is by Scenic, and the song is called “Lunar Afternoon” – it’s off of their album called “Acid Gospel Experience”, which I highly recommend.

All video segments were filmed by Jon, onehumanbeing.

Hell Broke Luce

A song for the moment – I recommend it be played repeatedly and very loud…

“Hell Broke Luce”
by Tom Waits

I had a good home but I left
I had a good home but I left, right, left
That big fucking bomb made me deaf, deaf
A Humvee mechanic put his Kevlar on wrong
I guarantee you’ll meet up with a suicide bomb
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce

Big fucking ditches in the middle of the road
You pay a hundred dollars just for fillin’ in the hole
Listen to the general every goddamn word
How many ways can you polish up a turd
Left, right, left, left, right
Left, right
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce

How is it that the only ones responsible for making this mess
Got their sorry asses stapled to a goddamn desk
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce
Left, right, left

What did you do before the war?
I was a chef, I was a chef
What was your name?
It was Geoff, Geoff
I lost my buddy and I wept, wept
I come down from the meth
So I slept, slept
I had a good home but I left, left
Pantsed at the wind for a joke
I pranced right in with the dope
Glanced at her shin she said nope
Left, right, left

Nimrod Bodfish have you any wool
Get me another body bag the body bag’s full
My face was scorched, scorched
I miss my home I miss my porch, porch
Left, right, left

Can I go home in March? March
My stanch was a chin full of soap
That rancid dinner with the pope
Left, right, left

Kelly Presutto got his thumbs blown off
Sergio’s developing a real bad cough
Sergio’s developing a real bad cough
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce

Boom went his head away
And boom went Valerie
What the hell was it that the president said?
Give him a beautiful parade instead
Left, right, left

When I was over here I never got to vote
I left my arm in my coat
My mom she died and never wrote
We sat by the fire and ate a goat
Just before he died he had a toke
Now I’m home and I’m blind
And I’m broke
What is next

Area 5150 – The UFO Take Over Mix

Abducted by Aliens…

Some people might have been wondering where I’ve been lately… maybe abducted by aliens or something?

In a way I have been, as the last week was taken over by this project and the ideas that it plays with…


Above: Jon, onehumanbeing working on Area 5150 – Photo by Tania

About The Video

This is a sound collage visualscape taking you on a journey into the world of space alien true believers, Area 51, UFO conspiracy theories and shadow governments…

Most of the video material used in this project was taken from found videos and are about real events or real people…

I appropriated them, altered them, sampled some audio clips, and created a new story for your auditory and visual pleasure…



5150 – from Wikipedia

Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act or “LPS”) which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him or her self, and/or others and/or gravely disabled. A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 (pronounced “fifty-one-fifty”) can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself.


Original music and sound collage by Jon, onehumanbeing

Directed by Jon, onehumanbeing

Video Sources

All of the pieces I used for this sound collage visualscape have been re-edited, altered, color and time shifted and manipulated in a number of ways to achieve my final results… but here are the originals if you would like to delve into the “real” stories.

Prophet Yahweh – Nevada Man Summons A U.F.O. Using The Hebrew Teachings Of Moses – Las Vegas Channel 13 News story of a man named Prophet Yahweh calling down UFOs…

Area 51 : The Frantic Caller – This is the man who sounds paranoid and like he’s about to have a nervous breakdown. He is a caller into the Art Bell radio show… see the original video for more info…

Eisenhower ‘s TV Warning about “Military Industrial Complex” – In 1961, as President Eisenhower leaves office he warns the nation in a Television address about the growing power and influence of the Military Industrial Complex…

Nice video about a man inside an alien craft – Video showing a picture album of  photographs taken by a person named Billy who says he traveled on an alien space craft…

UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied – The Disclosure Project – Shadow governments, conspiracies and UFOs – oh no…

Atomic Bomb Test on human subjects – I went looking for footage of atomic bombs exploding and military people and found this piece… just what I needed for images of the military and their bombs…

FREE Download!

Would you like a MP3 copy of the sound collage to listen to on your iPod or other portable music device?

Download Instructions

Right click (with your right mouse button) here with your mouse , and choose “Save link to…” and then select where you want to download the MP3 file. Click enter and the download will begin.

Area 5150 – The UFO Take Over Mix | Size: 13mb | Length: 7:17 | Bit Rate: 256 kbs (very high quality)

And A Last Photo From The Studio


Above: Jon, onehumanbeing creating the Area 5150 Visualscape – Photo by Tania

Happy New Year – 2010

Do You Realize…

I love the ecstatic humanity expressed in this video, and it contains many of my hopes for 2010…

Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize – we’re floating in space
Do You Realize – that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize – that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes – let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don’-go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize…

Lyrics from “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips

Don’t wait for tomorrow to appreciate and support those you love today. Let them know you realize… and remember – You have the most beautiful face!

The Once In A Blue Moon New Year’s Eve Party – 2009 into 2010

The Once In A Blue Moon New Year's Eve Party Logo

We spent the last hours of 2009 with some good friends at our The Once In A Blue Moon New Year’s Eve Party.

We talked, ate and drank, counted down til Midnight, had the iTunes playing a New Year’s Eve party playlist, cheered with Champagne, ate sauerkraut for good luck and everyone went home safely with a commemorative button in the early morning hours…

Here’s a small selection of photos… A few friends that arrived just before midnight or later didn’t make it into our photos from the night (we set the camera down somewhere and forgot about it…)

We finally fell asleep around 3:30-4:00 in the morning and didn’t wake until noon.

Our dogs, Moseley and Suki, had a great time too and have spent the whole day today sleeping… just the thing to do on New Year’s Day.

Thank you to all that attended our party, we were honored that you choose to spend New Year’s Eve with us!

2009 – Hope, Change and Let Them Eat Cake

I read a bunch of good articles today that did a fine job of reflecting on the sorry state of affairs that we call the first decade of the new millennium… here’s a few of them:

The End Of A Decade: We Are All Harry Whittington – Jason Linkins

A few weeks ago, Newsweek produced a video, which condensed the major news events of the past decade into one seven-minute mashup video. This interested me! So, I merrily sat down at my desk, queued it up, and prepared to watch it unfold. At the time, I thought: “Oh, this will be fun.”

It was not fun. Not at all. You know what? This past decade was pretty terrible!

Read more here… The End Of A Decade: We Are All Harry Whittington

A Decade Far Worse Than a “Big Zero” (1999-2009) – Joseph A. Palermo

…What we had in the 2000s was far, far worse than a “Big Zero.” The last ten years have been so miserable for the United States that a “Big Zero” would be an immeasurable improvement compared to what we got. If we could freeze time and move the country back to January 1999 it would be like hitting the jackpot! With all its squandered wealth, wasted lives, despoiled environment, growing inequality, and a Supreme Court stacked to favor corporate power, a “Big Zero” is a distant, unattainable goal.

Read more here… A Decade Far Worse Than a “Big Zero” (1999-2009)

The Jack Bauer Decade – John McQuaid

Revenge fantasies are durable, reliable entertainments because they allow us to experience actions that aren’t allowed in real life, and that most of us wouldn’t truly want to experience even if given the chance. That would be fine if we were just talking about pop culture. But during the 2000s, the revenge fantasy escaped the realm of fiction. It came to dominate our politics and — for a while — overturned centuries of established U.S. policy and tradition toward prisoners.

Read more here… The Jack Bauer Decade

And here’s one for New Year’s Day…

Decembuary 0: A Cure for the World’s Hangover – Una LaMarche

…Which brings me to Decembuary 0. This should take the place of the traditional January 1st, and act as a sort of transitional day between the years. This way, you can feel awful and disgusting and piss away your day watching TV in the same pants you’ve been wearing for the past 36 hours without feeling like the new year is getting off to an discouraging start.

Read more here… Decembuary 0: A Cure for the World’s Hangover

But that’s all behind us now – it’s 2010 now – a new decade and a new year with new possibilities, as they say…

Happy New Year!

Quail’s Nest – The Video

Here’s a video (see below) I made back in 2006 for a client of mine – I was a freelance graphic artist at the time, having left the Gazette Newspapers in January of 2006 after 6 years in the art department.

I met this client – Erik Bueno, a local real estate agent – when I was working at The Gazette, and after we became friends he offered us (Tania and I) a chance to go up to Carmel and stay at his cottage, the Quail’s Nest. (We got to go up again this last October for our anniversary… you might remember my post from then…)

We made a video of our trip and sent Erik a copy… and when I moved on to freelance work, he hired me (us) to go back up to The Nest and shoot another video… and paid me too…

Well, you too can go stay at the Quail’s Nest… Erik has launched a site to take reservations and this is the video I made for him is on it… you can find that here.

Quail’s Nest – A Short Tour

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(the button on the right side of the player, between the time and the volume control, will make the video full screen size)

Video Length 15:07


  • Intro
  • Quail’s Nest – the tour
  • Quail’s Nest – the garden
  • Erik’s Favorite Walk
  • Walking to Carmel and Dog Beach
  • Point Lobos
  • The Monterey Aquarium
  • Big Sur
  • Closing and Credits

note: yes I know there is a misspelled word in the video…

STEW: election 2008

STEW will continue tomorrow, I’m too busy watching the election on CNN. I mean, really, who wants to miss out on this great moment?

What the heck is STEW? If you haven’t read the first two parts of STEW, start here…

After the election we’ll have The Twins Story: The Birth of Esau and Jacob – or – The Two Party System


Greed Stew for Esau: How Esau Despised His Birthright – or – The Poison of The Moral Majority

Blind Stew for Isaac: Isaac Is Old – or – The Sunset For The Reagan Era

Jacob’s Hope Stew: Rebekah Steers The Future – or – You Are What You Watch, and Think, and Believe

and other allegorical analysis of what we have just seen happen before our eyes…

Till then,

Best of health to everyone, and pray for peace and understanding to prevail.

Jon, onehumanbeing

Video Collage | 2201 E. 2nd St.,Long Beach CA – April 14, 2008 – 6pm

This is a video collage that I did back in April of a corner here in Long Beach on the edge of the Bluff Park neighborhood…

I constructed it from a number of shots, each about 1 minute in length, laid out so you can see over 180 degree, literally seeing in front of your self and behind yourself at the same time. If you’ve ever taken a multi-photo panorama you know how that’s done, except this collage is with video…


Video Collage | onehumanbeing self-portrait

Here’s a video self-portrait I did in early June, 2008… but really I’m using this post to test a video plug-in for Word Press call WordTube that embeds video in your Word Press blog page…

How do you like this presentation? Is the video quality good enough? Any problems?

Thanks in advance for any feedback,



Video | Where It’s At | Beck with Jessica Dobson

This is our bible-study friend Jessica Dobson who is touring with Beck as his guitarist on the Modern Guilt tour. She started in June, and has been playing all over the place since then.

Tonight our bible-study group (I was sick and stayed home but my wife went) got to go up to a bar/club in LA to see a secret Beck show. Unfortunately Beck was sick also and the show got canceled…

Jessica is the worship leader at our church – Grace Harbor here in Long Beach. We meet at the Bixby Park community center every Sunday at 10ish – come check it out if you like. Any way, Jessica brings a sweet, old style, almost Carter Family-like sometimes, feel to the worship and you know it’s from her heart and where she’s at.

And with that, here’s the video: Where It’s At by Beck Hansen with Jessica Dobson on guitar.


This video was originally post on YouTube by 1goodthingaboutmusic (I did not shoot this footage), you can click the link to take you to see more Beck videos with Jessica.