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Truth… Justice… Heart

In order to find what you seek, sometimes you just need to take a step back and think it over again.

So this was originally just gonna be a drawing about Apollo, but then I decided  to make this a Thought Route drawing instead. Whenever they start thinking like this, I imagine they’re just floating in the ‘space’ their thoughts, ignoring anything outside of their focus. I decided to make each attorney’s “Line of thinking” a color corresponding to their main color, instead of just making it red. The “Truth” and “Justice” parts that are behind Phoenix and Apollo represent the thing they fight for the most. I put “Heart” behind Athena because of her Analytical Psychology. While technically everyone is fighting for the truth, I thought it’d be more appropriate to to just give Truth to Phoenix and give a different word to Apollo and Athena. This was also just another drawing for me to practice my new method of drawing.


“He was the first of the celebrity youth to stand up, educate and inspire his peers and fans to help make changes for a more peaceful world. It took great courage to lead in this way, and I believe he accomplished more in his short life than most people are able to do in their entire lives.” - Heart Phoenix

River Jude Phoenix born 44 years ago today; August 23rd 1970, in Metolius, Oregon. The first child of Arlyn Sharon Dunetz and John Lee Bottom.

Phoenix’s parents named him after the river of life from the Hermann Hesse novel Siddhartha, and he received his middle name from The Beatles’ song “Hey Jude”.

 “At the moment River is sitting on a low sofa in a softly coloured, airy Los Angeles hotel suite. If you didn’t know who he was, you wouldn’t think celebrity. He has the restlessly upbeat manner of a hyperactive optimist. Faced with things that upset him, you are liable to get a decidedly original response. Like the story of the Japanese businessman who wants to take his Van Gogh painting to the grave with him: ”I think that he should be kissed silly until he gives it up. That’s the best way to do it. Love conquers all, even the assholes who don’t want it.“ And on leaving his teens behind, he exclaims: ”What a relief! One day you just wake up and feel your age.

- Girlfriend Magazine, April 1992.


River was my first born. He introduced me to motherhood and has been the strongest influence on my life. I feel blessed to have been the woman who held him deep within my being as he grew from a tiny seed. I birthed him at home, suckled him to a chubby 2-year-old and then held him in love and awe until his safe passage on Oct. 31.

It was incredible to watch River grow. From the beginning, he was a soul filled with passion and a sense of service for others. At a young age, he took on the responsibility of sharing the wonderful gifts that were given him. He diligently taught himself guitar at 4, sang on the streets from Venezuela to Westwood, Calif., and wrote music and lyrics, seeking to open hearts in a new way.

Many of you have been able to experience his openness, gentleness, beauty and vulnerability on the screen. He chose characters that reached inside the souls of the audience, awakening long-forgotten feelings. With River’s passing, people the world over have been touched by the loss and once again their deep feelings have surfaced.


River made such a big impression during his life on Earth. He found his voice and found his place. And even River, who had the whole world at his fingertips to listen, felt deep frustration that no one heard. What is it going to take? (…) If River’s passing opens our global heart, then I say, thanks dear, beloved son, for yet another gift to all of us.


River Jude Phoenix (August 23rd, 1970 — ∞)

“He sent a very sweet letter and a present after Larry [Olivier, her husband] died. It was a tuning fork, and the message said, ‘Tune into life.’”
— Joan Plowright

"When the wind blows, I see River. When the sun shines, I see River. When I look in someone’s eyes and make a connection, I see River. To have death transformed into another way to look at life is his huge gift.”
— Heart Phoenix



An Indiegogo  campaign has been started in order to raise funds for a documentary following the lives of 20 teenagers during a week-long transformative camp!

As People magazine reports

‘Teaming up with Be More Heroic and The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, Phoenix, 39, is working to raise $40,000 to produce a film that will follow the journey of teenagers from across the country as they attend CAMP MORE. 

“I’d like to share with you an opportunity of how we can change 20 lives in seven days,” Phoenix says in a video promoting the project. 

The teenagers attending the seven-day camp in Big Bear, California, this July have all dealt with personal challenges, from transitioning genders to suffering paralysis. CAMP MORE aims to mentor these teens and to help them develop relationship and communication skills, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution skills, and most important, a sense of purpose.’

You can donate here and receive awesome perks like signed goodies from Joaquin Phoenix, Heart Phoenix and Rain Phoenix. It’s definitely worth checking out, and supporting if you can.

The campaign closes in 5 DAYS so be sure to get involved ASAP!

Until I read this just now, I had not realized that yesterday was River’s birthday, and I wanted to share a funny thing that happened with you. My granddaughter is named Phoenyx, and yesterday, at the farmers market, she met a little boy who she was laughing and smiling at…he was talking to her, and it was so cute. His mother asked me her name and when I told her, she said, “that’s funny, his name is River.” We both giggled at the idea, and a strong image of your beautiful son came to mind. I had no idea it was his birthday, but apparently he was coming through in the joy of the children. I thought you might enjoy hearing this. Love and Light to you and your family
—  Amie Hyson on a Heart’s facebook post.

Arlyn Phoenix’s labor lasted three days and without assistance of professionals. And, finally, at 12:03 pm on Sunday, August 23, 1970, River Jude Bottom came into the world.

He was named River after the - river of life in Herman Hesse’s ’Siddhartha’, - and Jude after The Beatles “Hey Jude.❤️


The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

More than 18 years after his death in Hollywood at age 23, actor River Phoenix’s family has turned a nonprofit organization he started nine months before he died into a Gainesville center to promote peace in his name.

While family members had valued their privacy about River, his mother, Heart Phoenix, said they wanted to “create the continuing story of who River really was, not how he died.” River died on Oct. 31, 1993, in Los Angeles in what an autopsy concluded was an accidental drug-related death.

“We wanted to do something in his honor, and we weren’t quite sure what it would be,” Heart Phoenix, a Gainesville-area resident for the past few decades, said in a recent interview.

Then, it clicked.

Already lobbying the federal government to add a Cabinet-level secretary of peace, Phoenix said she decided to start at the local level.

The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding opened last year, and while there isn’t yet a walk-in office, it is up and running, providing mediation and communication programs through local schools, teaming up with University of Florida law students and working on partnerships with the State Attorney’s Office to curb the cycles of violence — schoolyard, criminal, domestic or otherwise.

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River was my first born. He introduced me to motherhood and has been the strongest influence on my life. I feel blessed to have been the woman who held him deep within my being as he grew from a tiny seed. I birthed him at home, suckled him to a chubby 2-year-old and then held him in love and awe until his safe passage on Oct. 31.
- Heart Phoenix