Monday, October 8, 2012

Thomas Brown RISE video journal 41

Sorry about the SBomb dropped at the beginning.  I wasn't expecting the dramatic left turn.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thomas Brown RISE video journal 40

Yes, another grand delayed reaction.  All, I can say is the last month was...powerful.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thomas Brown RISE Video Journal 32

This video is a tad bit behind.  I apologize for this.  We were having technical difficulties.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RISE in Greeley, CO

Making more headlines in Colorado, this time in Greeley.  The article is in the Greeley Tribune.  The link to the article is below.

RISE Makes headlines in Longmont, CO

RISE makes headlines for the second time in Colorado, this time in the Longmont, CO Times Call.  The link to the article is below.

"Arizona men cycling for suicide awareness make Longmont stop"

Sunday, April 15, 2012

RISE in Pueblo, CO Paper: The Pueblo Chieftain

We made headlines in the Pueblo Chieftain a local paper in Pueblo, CO.  Click on the link below to read the entire article.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Story of R.I.S.E. according to Thomas: Chapter 4

Divine Connectivity:  The Power of Inspiration

Inspiration is a powerful abstract force, one that can catapult a human into the vacuum of the infinite.  It has the ability of to freeze time as one is caught in the grips of inspirational rapture.  Some inspiration is fleeting and only exists for that one singular moment.  Others have the ability to stay with us and possibly carry us into our personal destiny.    What is it about a song, a painting, experience, or situation that stimulates us, taking us to a higher state of consciousness? 

Inspiration is not a theme that is confined to human creation alone, it is found in the world at large.  It is within the wilderness, the larger animal kingdom, and beyond our blue home.  For the sake of confusion, I would like to talk about the shared inspiration between humans.  To inspire or be inspired is yet another example of human connectivity; the ability to relate or the feeling of motivated empowerment to do something new for oneself.

As human beings, our creations…our lives generate a level of energy that can alter the way others perceive reality…or the world in which we live.  This is a magnificent interaction that can take place between two individuals that have never even shared the same space, let alone have seen one another.  Most important is what one does with inspiration.  When touched, what do you do with it?  Do you let it pass and become that fleeting moment that may or may not be captured by memory?  Or, do you hold onto it, make it your own, and use it to create something new and beautiful that you can share with the world.

What ever the cause for your inspiration, what it can manifest is absolute beauty.  There is no reason at all while the source has to reflect the manifestation.  What ever your creation or manifestation may be, it is now apart of a larger world and can be its own source of inspiration for others.  I feel that it is important to share ones personal narrative, whether that narrative is grim or ecstatic.   All has value and importance that reaches further than what we can comprehend.  To deny what we are, and all that we have to offer is robbing others from the connectivity that is inspiration.

Outside of losing my brother to suicide, there are four individuals that have inspired the path that I have taken. These are people that I have never had the pleasure of meeting, but have left a profound mark on my life.  The individuals responsible are Terence McKenna, Alex Grey, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Daniel Quinn.  Each a fantastic visionary with fantastic interpretations of the world we live in, where we came from, and where we may be going.  Their philosophies/art, along with my personal experiences have become a driving force behind my passion to begin RISE with Zak.

What and/or who has inspired you?  What do you wish to do with that inspiration? My hope is for this bike tour to inspire within others to fulfill their passion.  Never forget your potential to empower another to begin the journey that calls to their soul.  We all have a roll to play, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world community.

To learn more about those individuals mentioned above.  Links to their websites are provided below.

Terrence McKenna

Alex Grey

Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Quinn

Sunday, March 4, 2012

RISE TEAM Video Journal 1 San Francisco

Stay Tuned!

RISE media in Santa Cruz, CA

We have been welcomed with open arms in Santa Cruz, CA.  Nothing but love for those that we have met thus far on our journey.  Below is the link to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.


Cross-Country bike ride to raise awareness for suicide prevention


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thomas Brown RISE Video Journal 18

The Adventure Continues...

The RISE Bike Link Necklace

Show your support for the RISE community while supporting our journey across the country.  Purchase your bicycle link necklace today.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Story of R.I.S.E. according to Thomas: Chapter 3

The Suicide Phenomenon

Fractal:  A curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole

What is this concept we call suicide?  We like to think that we have it all figured out.  Taking a certain pride in packaging these ideas in small, very tight boxes.  This doesn’t suffice for me.  There is much more than the words in which we connect to people, places, things, or activities.  There is always an underlying current.   Most of us, for whatever reason don’t feel the need to bother oneself with digging deeper for more details.  This is my attempt to go further into the concept of suicide and why this bike ride is necessary.

Again…what is suicide?  It goes well beyond the act of one taking their life.  Beyond the actual surface there is some sense of truth, which lies much deeper.  Where did it come from? What does it feel like?  What does it look like?  What reveals itself at that moment when one wishes to extinguish the light from their eyes? How does one get to suicide?  I have experienced the aftermath.  I have washed the stains in an attempt to conceal the painful reality.  I have tried to out run the vast reaching shroud, yet I continue everyday to understand.

Zak said it the best when he defined suicide as a symptom, but a symptom to what?  Before you can really begin to peel the layers to the onion, you have to know your onion by name.  To name suicide as a symptom is to realize there are deeper issues at hand.  Obviously…but before we go further toward any nameable root, I am interested in discussing connectivity.  Suicide, in my mind, is connected to every aspect of life.  How is this possible?  To live is to have at your finger tips the infinite possibility of unlimited potential and opportunity.  By ending it, you pretty much end the possibility of the infinite unlimited potential. 

It is this obviousness of such connectivity, which is troubling, particularly regarding how suicide is looked upon, both consciously and unconsciously.   Suicide is one of those lucky subjects that is categorized as taboo.  Because of this sad truth, the cultural dialog has been vacant in raising real understanding, with the exception of the organizations that deal directly with the phenomenon.  This lack of a national discussion has only emboldened the stigmatization of the subject, and is the basis for such fundamental breakdown.   It is this breakdown that destabilizes communication, understanding, and compassion.  To ignore the phenomenon of suicide is to delegitimize a very serious and important aspect of the human condition.

That which is above, also exists below.  Suicide is a microcosm.  It is a direct reflection of a world in crisis.  Outside the realm of mental illness, suicide can be considered for most, an impulsive act fueled by depression.  Compounded experiences and perceptions interpreted by society’s expectations, is the backdrop and frame of a path one can find him or her self on. This is a depression that breaks away from self-sovereignty and self-empowerment.  What promotes this break down is lack of internal communication.  With loss of this internal dialog, we lose understanding, trust, and compassion.  Sound familiar?  These attributes serve as primary characteristics to a harmonious functional system.

The break down that can occur on the individual level shares the exact characteristics that can destabilize a community, city, state, nation, and the planet.  As much as we believe that we are separated from other individuals or any other planetary systems, we are not.  The level of sophistication of connectivity is abundant in its examples:  sports, family dynamic, work environment, nature, nations, etc, etc.  To ignore suicide is to ignore a pertinent piece of the human drama.  Only through conversation & community can we protect our environment both on the individual level, as well as the global.

What is suicide?  In my understanding, suicide is the symptom of a systematical break down of a harmonious system.  That system could be a person, a neighborhood, or nation and so on.  To categorize suicide as a taboo is only adding to the problem by isolating both the individual and/or the entire community affected by suicide, which of course stifles greater communication.   Open, honest, and compassionate dialog on this subject is essential to understanding the circumstances that involves suicide and how we can help one another cope.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thomas Brown RISE Video Journal 16

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                                  ...RISE with US!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

United We RISE


           The words above are the RISE creed, and they are the heart of the RISE philosophy.  A group of individuals, no matter how different, can make a powerful effect on the world by working together.  This sentiment resonates with the philosophy and cyclists of RISE now more than ever.  Below is a plea for donations.  These donations will help support the tour in every aspect from food, support vehicle, supplies…and most importantly, a documentary film.  This purpose of the film is to bring a greater understanding to the phenomenon of suicide, hopefully breaking the cultural and social taboos surrounding the subject.  Please help us by making a donation (which is tax-deductible) and also, by forwarding this message through out your network.  Together…anything is possible.

Thank you for your support.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ~Margaret Mead


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Bridge and other Resources

If you haven't seen the documentary "The Bridge"  I highly recommend you check it out.

One of the more compelling stories in the film is the tale of Kevin Hines.  Check out his website to learn more.

Other Resources:
American Association of Suicideology
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

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