ON THE DAY OF THE BIRTH OF NUTOPIA – 1 April 2014

Nutopia is a country that exists in all of us.

John and I created this imaginary world.
We called a press conference and produced a white handkerchief from our pockets
and said “This is a flag to Surrender to Peace.”
Not Fight for Peace, but “Surrender” to Peace was the important bit.

All of us represent Nutopia.

On this day of the birth of Nutopia,
Let’s all wave the white flag or handkerchief in our minds
And say ” I love all of me” and have lots of fun.
Because we deserve it.
Each one of us.

John had said that we were all ambassadors of Nutopia. And so we are.
When you come to our apartment,
you’ll see that there is a gold plaque on the kitchen door, that says Nutopian Embassy.
John put it there.
Strangely enough, now friends just like to come in from that door, and not the front door.
It seems the plaque made the kitchen door our front door.

Ambassadors of Nutopia,
Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace and let people know to IMAGINE PEACE.
Pretty soon, the whole world will realize that we all belong to Nutopia.
Together, we will let the other planets know that that’s what’s happening here on our planet -
That we are all together, and living life in Peace.

Lots of love, yoko

Yoko Ono Lennon
April 1st 2014

DECLARATION OF NUTOPIA – 1 April 1973

DECLARATION OF NUTOPIA

We announce the birth of a conceptual country, NUTOPIA.

Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of NUTOPIA.

NUTOPIA has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people.

NUTOPIA has no laws other than cosmic.

All people of NUTOPIA are ambassadors of the country.

As two ambassadors of NUTOPIA, we ask for diplomatic immunity and recognition in the United Nations of our country and its people.

John Ono Lennon
Yoko Ono Lennon

Nutopian Embassy
One White Street
New York, NY 10013
April 1st 1973

Citizens of Nutopia Facebook group

 

SURRENDER TO PEACE

Yoko Ono Lennon
New York Times, 25th Dec 1982

John and I were part of the huge crowd of world youth who grew up believing in the American idealism and its claim for human rights. We lived in societies under lingering Victorian influence while sharing the American Dream in our hearts.

The dream still lives. This is evident in the letters I receive from the world in sharp contrast to the prevailing pessimism here in the States. The world has witnessed American Spirit rising with remarkable resilience when it’s most needed and often when it’s least expected. No doubt it will again. My concern is how. We don’t need another martyr. We have had one too many.

Compare the two last times when the American Spirit has surged to bring justice to and for the nation. One being the Vietnam Peace Movement and the other, the Watergate Incident. No blame intended to any individual and group heroes, there was much painful bloodshed connected with the Peace Movement whereas there was none with Watergate. Heroes involved there were either silent or masked, and the incongruity of it was directly responsible to the unfolding of the case. I observed this as strong evidence of our growing awareness, that emotional radicalism is power play with emphasis on play, and peace nurtures peace as justice seeds justice. Sanity is allowing dichotomy, unity is discovering empathy, and harmony is a celebration of polarity. Our purpose is not to exert power but to express our need for unity despite the seemingly unconquerable differences. We as the human race have a history of losing our emotional equilibrium when we discover different thought patterns in others. Many wars have been fought as a result. It’s about time to recognize that it is all right to be wearing different hats as our heartbeat is always one.

I would like to propose a Nationwide Peace Poll to vote for peace versus nuclear holocaust of any size. The Poll should be clearly independent from Nuclear Disarmament and/ or gun control issues for now, as many of us feel a strong need for nuclear defence while regarding gun control a non-priority cause. Combining either or both of these issued with the Peace Poll would immediately reduce the Poll to a minority venture. The Poll should be authorized and organized by the Congress as a national undertaking for the sake of expedience alone, with the balloting through the media to minimize administrative expense. What the Peace Poll will do is to 1) show us where we stand in terms of individual and collective commitment to World Peace and 2) inspire the rest of the world to follow.

There may come a time, sooner than we imagine, when the world would feel safe to curtail production of nuclear arms. The cost cutback alone would be a direct financial gain to every country. Already some of us are starting to feel suspicious of the old myth that war is more lucrative than peace, especially after observing that the world’s largest weapon merchant, U.S.A, has not been exempt from the world economic crisis.

One could say that because of the times the people of the United States and their government have been given an opportunity to initiate World Peace. To take this initiative is to leave a tremendous legacy to our offspring, a legacy of our true concern for the future race and our planet. How can we ask our children to be caring when we ourselves show indifference to their fate? Smile to the future and it will smile back to us.

I pray that in the end gun control will cease to be an issue, as today’s misuse of guns may be due to the world tension for fear calls fear. A day may come when we will see governments offering to buy private guns for recycling, to, say, make domestic robots. A few guns perhaps would remain in museums next to the Early American spears for example as reminders of days when we used to kill each other to put stop to our lives before our natural deaths. Would they ever understand how much sorrow was caused by this instrument and its ritual I wonder? The true motivations for murdering one’s fellow human is and will be and eternal mystery to us.

In the beginning there was the Word. If the Universe was initially created by a word and its air play of seven days, wouldn’t it be a comparatively modest effort on our part to work together through affirmation and reaffirmation of our unity, to ensure the survival of our already existing planet? If, as we know now, all of us are only using less than 20% of our brains, it is not an exaggeration to say that our awareness knows no boundary, and a miracle is what we make of it.

The Eighties has become the most unusually beautiful, enlightened period in the history of the human race. It is as though the very tension has forced us to wake up from the long embryonic period we held on to. We are witnessing a unique society where all our feelings and thoughts have been brought out t the surface to be shared and re-examined. Not only that we have become closer to each other and wiser, but the wiser have become meeker and the meeker have become wiser thus making us truly one world.

In the summer of ’73 in New York City, John and I invited the press to announce the founding of a conceptual country called NUTOPIA. Anybody could be a citizen of this country. Citizens were automatically the country’s ambassadors. The country’s body was the airfield of our joint thoughts. Its constitution was our love, and its spirit, our dreams. Its flag was the white flag of surrender. A surrender to peace. We wished that one day we would take the flag to the United Nations and place it alongside the other flags as Nutopia was just another concept, as were concepts such as France, United States, and the Soviet Union. It was not a concept founded to threaten any other. At the time, the idea of “surrender” did not go down too well. A radical friend of ours expressed that he, too, disliked the term. “Surrender sounds like defeat,” he said. “Well, don’t you surrender to love, for instance?”, I looked at him. “No, he wouldn’t” I thought. “Are women the only people who know the pride and joy of surrender?” I wondered. “It’s a waste of time to explain to a macho radical, didn’t I tell you?” said John, a man who surrendered to the world, life and finally to Universe. “Anyway, don’t worry, Yoko. One day we’ll put it up there. You and I. I promise.” I still believe we will.

It is time for you to rise. It is you who will raise the flag. I feel that John and I, as a unit, have done our share. The rest of my life belongs to our son, Sean. It is your effort. Your flag. So remember, We Are Family. You and I are unity. In the Joy of Harmony, the World is One to Infinity. Speak out. Speak out of love and you need not fear. We will hear. America The Beautiful.

Surrender to Peace.

I love you.

Yoko Ono Lennon

December 25 ,1982
New York City.

 

Addendum: December 1982

Just recently, I received a call that a friend, Jamie Lubarr, was shot to death on Christmas Eve. He was walking on the streets of New York to go to a party. Two people came from behind and shot him with no apparent reason.

I’m sorry Jamie. It was too late for you, ad for the approximately 24,000 sisters and brothers who were shot to death this year in U.S.A just with handguns alone (F.B.I Unified Reported Crime Statistics, Washington, D.C from January to October ’82). This means one every thirty minutes. The rising violence is a world phenomenon in varying shades of cruelty. Closing our eyes to it will not make it disappear.

I have not slept well since John died. One beside light is always lit through the night. It is as though I have no right to sleep in the comfort of darkness. I have my moments of joy and laughter. Night is when I face myself, John, and the dreams we dreamt together. There is anger and sorrow. Still, gun for gun is not the way. If we took that route, pretty soon, you would be hearing me say, “Well, thank God, we’re alive. That’s ’cause my son is such a good marksman.” I don’t want to live that way. Forget the moral implication for a moment. How do we sleep? There is always a better marksman somewhere.

So I say it again. Speak out. Speak out of the wisdom of love- through love we have the power to create Heaven on Earth as Love is heaven and heaven is love. The Man said, “Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you.”

Love,
Yoko
Studio One
1 W, 72nd Street
New York City 10023

 

Addendum: October 2007

This was my statement in the 80′s.
I am amazed and saddened that the situation is incredibly similar now.
But we overcame in the 80′s. We can overcome again now.
We are larger in numbers now.

So, I’ll say it again.
Remember, We Are Family.
Think PEACE, Act PEACE and Spread PEACE.
Together, we will shift the axis of the world to PEACE.

I love you!
yoko


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  3. Sharon Williams says:

    I never knew the story behind “Think Peace, Act Peace, and Spread Peace. “What a beautiful concept!

  4. Ms.Rene'e Bruske says:

    Dear Yoko, Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary. My entire Rented Condo Unit is now Nutopia Embassy. Love you – today, too! Rene’e

  5. mariacristina says:

    Ciao Yoko vorrei fare parte di Nutopia I NOSTRI GOVERNI SONO DELLE DITTATURE.Spero che john sia vivo come anima . A volte mi sembra di sentirlo vicino all’anima e di parlargli.Vorrei tanto conoscerti .un abbraccio mariacristina

  6. tommie rose says:

    Yoko,
    New orchestrated piece…..

    Catch The Wind

    Walk the clouds,
    Catch the wind,
    Touch the heavens,
    Time without end.
    Embrace the light,
    Dance and sing,
    Laugh & smile,
    With gentle peace.

    A tender heart,
    Uplifts the soul,
    Purely divine,
    Goodness sown,
    A joyful smile
    Humble and kind,
    Patience shown,
    A heart that shines.

    Walk the clouds,
    Catch the wind,
    Touch the heavens,
    Time without end.
    Peaceful flying,
    Forever gliding,
    Catch the wind.

  7. Annita Whisman-Rackley says:

    I’m in. (This isn’t an April Fool’s joke is it, Yoko.) No, you wouldn’t joke about something as serious as peace.

  8. Alana Carpenter says:

    EVERY religion and every national creed declares that we are all one. Let’s declare that we who live on this beautiful planet and in this blessed Universe are all one as citizens of Nutopia.
    Thank you for the reminder, Yoko.
    Pax,
    Alana

  9. tommie rose says:

    Yoko,

    I grew up as a boy in Mississippi during The Civil Rights Movement…. I witnessed the first people of color picketing the Courthouse… This had never happened before… I was aware of several churches bombed while in Service killing many people… I remember the day the President was killed….
    I was aware of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the possibility of nuclear holocaust at any given moment.
    These are the memories of a small boy…
    I have watched as the “Military Industrial Complex” has placed a strangle hold upon the entire world.
    Controlled by elderly men who relish power, control, and greed.
    I saw the freedom and message of the Hippies… I gravitated to the movement quickly…
    The Tibetan monks and the Hippies have always believed in World peace…
    From the 60′s until now,,, we were always right….
    I began to seem the reality of becoming a “Spiritual Warrior for Peace”
    If John & Yoko could stand strong, then I could do the same.

    “From Africa, America,
    Europe and the East,
    People are dancing to a
    universal beat,
    As the planet spins,
    We learn to love again…
    Peace & harmony,
    When wars cease,
    World beat, World Beat
    Karma has set a direction,
    Do you know what it speaks,
    Awakening happening,
    To you and me,
    We will discover,
    The truth we seek.
    Peace & harmony,
    When wars cease,
    World beat, World Beat.”…

    much peace & joy to you Yoko………..

  10. Reena says:

    Love and Peace is all we need in the world to get rid of negativity and negative forces in our lives. We must learn to see past all of this and that War doesn’t solve anything- it just brings hate. The more love, the more peace, the more peace, the more love. John & Yoko started this amazing thing called Nutopia- and it’s real- we have no choice but to carry it on- Nutopia is real and Nutopia exists.

    You Rock Yoko- and I love your song “Kiss Kiss Kiss” on Double Fantasy!!!!!!!!

    Luv Reena xo

  11. says:

    ☺ says:
    I am not a pacifist, but I still want peace. Personally, I am a leftist but you don’t have to on the left to want peace. NUTOPIA is a good idea and a communist one too(lol).

    Please, NUTOPIANS, unite no matter your political beliefs(expect for wanting peace of course) and have peace!

  12. Rodina Sarah says:

    Nutopia is also a place where people are unconditionally kind. No discrimination only love. No racism and judgments, only acceptance and oneness. No competitions and charging money only to help people remember knowledge that they simply forgot. We have all the knowledge already, we just need to find it from within. From the unseen. We are big (not egotistical big) but we are all whole and perfect. We are one with the plants, trees, insects, animals and life everywhere.
    Black Elk once said…. Peace Comes Within the Souls of Men when they realize their Oneness with the Universe, when they realize it is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
    I have been a member for many years. Even life times ago. Glad to be reunited.
    Spread the Acorns…

  13. William C says:

    I seek peaceful asylum in Nutopia every day.

  14. Sharon Biro says:

    Thank you John and Yoko
    I declare awareness of Nutopia and surrender to peace.
    I love you.
    Sharon

  15. Alexis says:

    Love the concept! :) If everyone was for peace then we would have it. I hope you are well Yoko.

    Sincerely,
    Lexi

  16. Sandie says:

    April 1, 2011 ALOHA FRIDAY

    YOKO-SAMA,

    MAHALO= HAWAIIAN WORD FOR THANK YOU, FOR THE PEACE MESSAGE.

    HAWAII IS A LOVELY PLACE OF PEACE…WE HAVE THE ALOHA SPIRIT…

    I AM SHARING YOUR http://WWW.IMAGINEPEACE.COM WITH MY FRIENDS..

    WAYNE AND I ARE GOOD FRIENDS AND WE SEND YOU OUR ALOHA…

    WITH DIVINE ALOHA JOY..SANDIE FROM HONOLULU, OAHU ISLAND, HAWAII

  17. BIA says:

    How lawful of Yoko! I will always believe in PEACE and LOVE, this light will never fade, change begins within us that always reflects our attitudes and our words. God bless you. I feel a great love for you and John.

    Many flowers for you.

    Peace and Light in your heart!

    BIA

    PORTO ALEGRE – BRASIL

  18. I declare awareness of Nutopia and surrender to peace. Thank you!

    Love and joyful singing dancing freely being,
    Christine

  19. Jessica says:

    That is so beautiful I can’t even express it….

  20. Sign us up! I have been looking for a new country of residence, and Nutopia fills all requirements….will spread the word… Aloha from the Big Island!

  21. Cyberquill says:

    Only people. No pets at all?

    • says:

      That is probably not what they meant like when the founding fathers wrote the USDOI they didn’t mean only men were given rights. Well, maybe, but for this, it was an accident.

  22. Caroline Good says:

    I will try to be worthy to enter the world of Nutopia. It sounds like a better world than the world that seems to be developing, the world of Dystopia. Sorry for the pessimism, but the world seems to be bent on being war-like and dangerous.

    Just when we think we have won a battle for equity, we have to refight the same battle a few years down the line, maybe by another group. I fear that there aren’t enough people learning and lining up to continue the fight after some of us warriors for peace have ended our fight.

    Thank you Yoko for reminding us of the messages from John. Many of us are still empowered by what you and John did. Hopefully Sean will honor that legacy and continue to pass on the message. People have such short memories.

  23. My wish is to establish another Embassy of NUTOPIA, where all may delcare their awareness of NUTOPIA [sign the guestbook] and thereby become ambassadors of our great country.

    NUTOPIA was conceived in the Mind. My intention is to establish here-on-Earth NUTOPIA the country where all may live and abide in the glory of PEACE.

    One suspects NUTOPIA will one day be the largest of all countries, and will be recognized accordingly by the United Nations.

    ‘Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace’ – Be PEACE! Here ‘we are all together, and living life in Peace.’ Gratitude to John and Yoko Ono Lennon!

    Join us…

    Embassy of NUTOPIA
    #4 Bahia de Papalote Campo #9
    Baja California, Mexico

    Contact: Roberta Lenhart
    044 646 113-8378 [within Mexico]
    818 745-9770 [from United States]

  24. Can gratitude for the deepest love known in modern time be the springboard reaching and achieving blessed PEACE, the foundation of your energies, art and lives together?

    Is it possible to transform the pain of great loss into the LOVE it represents, strong and pure, as a motivating force capable of attaining the goal of both lives?

    Is it possible to replace any pain with the strength of the JOY you hold for each other and the world?

    Here in NUTOPIA, we are all together, and living life in PEACE.

    Blessed are your souls,

    Hugs of love & gratitude….
    Roberta Lenhart

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  25. Can gratitude for the deepest love known in modern time be the springboard reaching and achieving blessed PEACE, the foundation of your engergies, art and lives together?

    Is it possible to transform the pain of great loss into the LOVE it represents, strong and pure, as a motivating force capable of attaining the goal of your lives?

    Is it possible to replace any pain with the strength of the joy you have for each other and the world?

    Blessed are your souls, greater than this world can contain. Best wishes for fullfillment of PEACE.

    Hugs of love,
    Roberta Lenhart

  26. bambola7 says:

    I think that this is a wonderful concept. If everyone could be free thinkers and pacifists the world would be a wonderful place. Too much hatred and violence created and perpetrated by people that have been brainwashed with beliefs that are nonsensical.

    I remember years ago when you and John had your love in. It was amazing.

    Happy anniversary and happy birthday.

    Leona Sykes aka bambola7

  27. catalina centi says:

    Aloha! Happy anniversary! Last year, after finding out about Nutopia right before its anniversary, I held an event. In front of God, us, and the cameras, people signed citizenship after hearing Surrender to Peace. It has been my dream and others, such as Paul Fosselman from imaginenation.tv, and Robert from Baja to create other places that can carry the honor of nutopian embassy. We all have some very real possibilities, so let’s carry on this dream and follow the path john and yoko started! I was born two days after his death…and I hope that means he met my spirit in heaven before I was born to pass on instructions!
    Catalinacenti@gmail.com
    8083891518

  28. Yoko Ono says:

    Hi, Leona! Thank you for your encouraging words. Love, yoko

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