Once about every two weeks, around sunset, Oceanside's José Vasquez dons his tie-dyed, peace-sign T-shirt, parks along the busy Coast Highway in Carlsbad, climbs on top of his signage-laden truck, and meditates for unconditional love and peace for all people, all races, all religions, and all nature.
Vasquez, a machinist by trade, was told by his family of his ancestry as a Taíno — the native people who first met Columbus in the Caribbean.
“They raped and pillaged our villages and enslaved our men,” says Vasquez. He believes he is part of his ancestors’ legend of the Rainbow Warriors — people coming together after 500 years to bring peace and love to the planet. “It started in 1992,” says Vasquez.
Last week, Vasquez took time out of his meditation to share his philosophy on a printed handout, trying to enlighten walkers along the boardwalk. He talked about the trillion dollars wasted in Iraq and how the money could have been better spent.
One of Vasquez’s beliefs is that the solar system will be passing through a galactic photon belt, which will end our quarantine from the extraterrestrial community.
“I realized I'm not just a guy that goes to the refrigerator to get food,” says Vasquez. “I am part of nature and nature is a part of me.”
Most of all, Vasquez encourages others to remain in the vibration of love, and not to fear or hate.