what is god for you?

richard kennedy
date of birth.
place of birth.
long beach, california, usa
if the sky is the limit, then i will see you in space.

mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
rk. god for me is everything; you know, it's like waking up in the morning, interaction with people, just the small little essences of the world. i am god, you are god, we are all god in a different sense. god is not to me the "blonde hair-blue eyes''; it is much greater than that; the earth and the universe is god.

mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
rk. recently it is becoming less controversial for me. it can only seem controversial because it is something that elicits an intense reaction from people, whether it be a great or really bad reaction; it is not controversial by any means because i do far more controversial things myself, but it is definitely a sensitive and loaded subject.

mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
rk. i do, just because it has been programmed into me for my whole life; but i don't really associate them with one another.

mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
rk. i believe a little bit of both, i do believe that things happen for a reason but i believe also that the choices we make, no matter how big or small, lead us to the places we are or where everything happens; so i feel to give all the power away is not really smart; it is a very dangerous approach. so i do believe it is a bit of both.

mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
rk. i am just going through a break-up, so i don't really know anymore; love to me means a lack of fear, and a deep passion, and lack of fear of connecting with someone; like i feel everybody goes through the motions of thinking they know what love is but that's not actually it. i am one of six and i love my brothers and sisters so deeply that i cannot even put it into words, and i love my parents in the same way, as well as my nephews and friends, and i think love is just something you can't explain; it is so deep and a natural element that is just there and it is scary and exciting and dangerous and invigorating all at once.

mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
rk. yes, love is the "through line" of the universe, it is the thing that connects us all. i cannot talk to a dog or a cat but i can feel that animals affection for me, and i love that. so yes i do think we are all connected.

mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
rk. nothing. nothing can make anything last; the only thing we are guaranteed is that we will die. i think fearlessness, understanding and acceptance as well as loving someone at their best as well as at their worse. which is very hard and so this is the conflict; people can get so wrapped up in the honeymoon phase and when this phase is over people can have a hard time staying or leaving; i am always progressing and at a rapid rate, and finding someone to progress at that rate would be hard.

mig. what have you learned about life so far?
rk. my catchline used to be 'life sucks and then you die' but then i thought that isn't really a very good thing for me; now i have learned that everything is going to be ok and then you die. in the moment things seem so devastating, for example with the first time i fell in love, i remember the break up and i sobbed uncontrollably for probably 5 days…and now i don't care. so i have learned to keep my power and to maintain my power no matter who i am or where i am; whether i am in a palace or a trap house or an elementary school or an opera house. to just hold onto whoever i am at all moments and remember that everything is going to ultimately be fine and when it's not going to be fine then its time to move onto something else in a much larger way; to go onto the next life. so this is what i learned. i also learned that i can't do it alone, because i grew up in a small town and you built this really hard exoskeleton to protect yourself from everything around you and from being let down and from not having your love reciprocated. when i was seventeen, i thought that there was nothing worse than being in love and having someone only love you; because being in love and loving someone are two completely different things. so i learned to really listen - I'm going to be twenty-nine so i am ending my twenties, so I'm thinking "ok, i have learned to listen and to be open, and to not be closed off to those experiences of god."
i was just in california for a month and i was very much open to things that i would never have been open to in the past. i have had a couple of instances where i do believe there are angels that walk amongst us, and sometimes you meet them, and you are just open to it and you just let people deliver the message that you are meant to have in that moment. you know i was in los angeles, and my friend had dropped me off and i was walking and this guy calls me over, and i went over and smoked with him and he said "you know what attracted me to you was that i could see you were free and open and just out here." i thought "this is what i am here for, to establish myself as free, and if this person can feel this from across the parking lot; then i am in the right place at the right time," but i chose to be there and i chose to interact with him and he set me free; being open to that and being open and conscious to my environment and my surroundings allowed me to have that moment where someone solidified what i had been waiting to hear, that i am free; i was coming out of a period where i was feeling pretty trapped. that is just what i have learned, to be open and to open my eyes and to have human compassion.

mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
rk. i think that we are a lot further along that people want to believe. i am african-american and clearly very mixed. if i think to 100 years ago, when my grandma was born in 1919, not even 100 years ago, and she was bi-racial in the south, and what she had to go through was far more intense than anything i have ever had to go through. so i feel that humanity as a whole now has room to keep moving along, but is not so bad. and i think that there are more and more people reaching a higher level of consciousness and who are not afraid about being open about this level of consciousness; having grown up going through creative schools i meet lots of people who i feel need to be set free, and that is kind of one of my things in life; i don't know how many peoples' parents forbid them from hanging out with me and not because i was bad, since they were worse than i was, but more so because i was setting them free and letting them know that their parents were full of it. so i think that humanity is full of faith; i am choosing to have faith in it; i think if more people are choosing to have this faith then things will get better; people are pessimistic and negative, which can be built into the culture of being creative; if you go into a gallery you see the paintings of blood and war; but i think that humanity is… we are animals and when people realise these animalistic instincts, and we are more in tune and connected to them, then things will get better.

thank you richard kennedy for your participation in the 'mig' project.

videography by mig. all rights reserved 2014.
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