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Friday 21 August 2015

Betül Solmaz
Hi Yoko! How are you today?

We had a great soft wind blowing all day. A wind that made you feel like you were in the middle of Spring. It was great.

Mari Mcnamee
Hi Yoko! I have been using a mental image of your “Forget It” sculpture, that is at your MoMA exhibit, to keep my mind from overthinking certain difficult situations, and just do what I can and then move on. That may not even be the way you intended it. How did you intend it to be interpreted?

Well, Initially I was creating a psychological dichotomy. You say forget it, and nobody could forget it. But the piece rapidly changed into something deeper – ‘Forget it’ to keep your mind from overthinking certain difficult situations, just do what you can do, and move on. You are right on.

Richard Johnson
Hi Yoko. Do you believe having faith in a spiritual life, rather than following a religion, could bring humanity closer together?

By setting up one religion, you are creating a separation amongst the human race between that religion and the rest. Let’s not separate us.

Albert Murrian
How big of a role does luck play in success? Do you think there are lots of talented artists who never get their big break?

We all get a break. Only some of us do not want a break that fast, and some of us do. Also, some of us never want a big break, which may interfere with other parts of our lives. Some of us want sympathy from people and not loneliness, since loneliness seems to be difficult to cope with. We all attract the kind of life we want, whether we know that we are doing that or not.

Shannon Weatherby-Garza
Hi Yoko, How did you get through the grief of losing the people you love? I lost my father and I don’t know how to find myself as his death took a part of me. I want to be happy again and learn to live with the loss. How did you cope with the loss of John and other family members?

It is something that is not changeable. Our back is against the wall on it. So we have to find a way to get through. Each one of us is different. So the method we come up with to cope with the difficult situation is also different. I wish you all the best.

James Jeffers
My hand shakes as I think you might see this…. haven’t seen you since Ann Arbor. Do you still play piano? Oh Yoko!

Yes, I do. Only to check out a new song that came to me.

Gustavo Ferrante
What can i do ? When it seams all my creativity is playing games , forgetting about me ? i feel sad and anxious about it.

You should find how to play the game of life. It can be a very serious game but it is a game. Find out how you would play it. However you do it, do it well.

Michelle Fontaine
Does the experience of spiritual realization come to us in cycles like an orbit or a season?

Spiritual realization is always with us. We just don’t know it sometimes. But if you look into yourself, you will find it waiting for you to recognize it. it comes in anyway you want- cycles, orbit or season.

Linda Brandt
What’s the best A+B painting you have seen happen?

I have yet to see it.


jiali88 ‏@JialiLuo
Dear Yoko, what can arts do for disasters?

Art will help you to recover from disaster – by giving wisdom to bring positive energy into your life again.

Vanne ‏@_Vanee_______
Hi Yoko, what is the best part of being an artist?

It makes you see things in perspective and gives your mind a good balance.

kingleo_8 ‏@kingleo_8
Dear Yoko, did you and John have a special place where you both would always go together? and do you still go today? ✌

We went everywhere together, except for that big separation period.

Maximiliano Monti ‏@maxi_monti
What do you think about solitude?

Solitude gives you the energy that you need to work things by yourself.

Lisa G ‏@lisa_ghanime
How do you unwind from a long day?

I like to relax with good old indian music.

Jean Klein ‏@Minnieola
While you were growing up & attending school, did you ever encounter anti-Japanese attitude?

I have always encountered anti-Yoko attitude from some people, and good attitude from others. I don’t have to be of a different race or of a different sex. We all get bad treatments from some people. It’s a given.

Lyna ♡ // BEATLES AF ‏@sparklerlyna
What’s your favorite childhood memory?

I had a great childhood. Thanx to my parents and people who cared for me. Therefore, I cannot think of one special memory that I favor.

CJ Fly ‏@FLYestintheeERA
How did you shoot the “FLY” film in 1970?

I did it in one night. It was an amazing experience.

WebsterB ‏@WebsterBda
Hi Yoko what will be the next BIG innovation in the music and entertainment industry?

We will see how music will become stronger and stronger and finally make us open to all communication we don’t have now – communication with other animals and other beings in the universe.

~Poet of Life~ ‏@LonelyLiliana
How do you deal with unrequited love?

Love thyself. Is the answer.

SAM DEMRO ‏@Sam_Demro
What advice do you have for a high school student about entering the “real world” of adulthood?

There is no line to cross to adulthood. We are all in the real world from the time we were in our mothers’ womb. We had the wisdom of the highest being from the time we born. Yet we have not lost the innocence of a child as we have become adults.

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24 Responses to Yoko QandA day – Fridays on Twitter & Facebook – latest answers here:

  1. lynn gallen says:

    yoko what does it mean ” I’m in phase 9 now”,( your response to fact you don’t cook but put energy else where) what is is significant about the # 9? Does John’s Revolution #9 share a meaning?
    with a handshake in thought.
    Lynn Gallen

  2. Lisa says:

    YOKO, THIS MAN Jacque Fresco’s, HAS DEDICATIED HIS WHOLE LIFE TO A NEW WORLD FOR US TO LIVE IN PEACE, BUT NO ONE IN THE USA WILL LISTEN OR LOOK AT HIS ART AND DREAMS CAUSE OF HIS EDUCATION.” IMAGINE” IS WHAT HE IS ALL ABOUT AND HOPEFULLY WITH YOUR HELP SOMEONE WILL LISTEN TO HIS WONDERFUL AND AMAZING IDEAS! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK OVER HIS WEBSITE AND YOU WILL SEE WHY I FEEL THIS MAN JUST WANTS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, JUST AS YOU AND I DO. I LOVE YOU FOR LOVING ALL OF US, AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT YOU AND JOHN DO TO SEARCH FOR PEACE FOR ALL OF US!

  3. Jeanette says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question Yoko :)

  4. joseph martin says:

    Joseph Martin john is a light that will never go out for all you need is love will continue to feed this light
    he was a poet, songwriter, composer, a father, a champion for peace but most of all he was just a man. unlike paul m. he could feel and write a…bout pain and longing and reach the depths of dispair and somehow it was beautiful Help i need somebody, so i sing a song of love for julia, mother you had me but i never had you, women you understand the little child inside a man, i was dreaming in the past and my heart was beating fast, if you want money for people with minds that hate all i can tell you brother you’ll have to wait, war is over if you want it, no need for greed or hungar a brotherhood of man,but most of all IN MY LIFE I LOVE YOU MORE
    happy birthday john you are loved and i and millions more will miss you

  5. Felipe says:

    Yoko, your message is beautiful and we still believe in Peace.

    Here in South America we fight everyday for our beliefs, our ideals, our peace motives and for the beauty of life.

    Sometimes is very hard to swim against the currents, against over consumption, against the media, against the powerful and their money.

    But when i saw you and your willpower to keep screaming for peace and love for everyone, i feel alive now and i’ll keep yelling and working to build a better world for us all.

    Thank you Yoko. Mata ne!

    Felipe Nadeau.

  6. Shrujana says:

    i need your help!…i’m in a big emotional crisis and i don’t think i’m handling too well….

  7. Jen says:

    Hello Yoko, thank you for being available. I was at MoMA this past weekend…I screamed and made a wish. Thanks for bringing me full circle…and thank you for your he(art). I will be thinking of you and John tomorrow. Xo jen

    • Yoko Ono says:

      Hi Jen! It’s nice that you participated in the scream piece and screamed. Your scream joined all the other screams of that piece performed in MOMA, and is sending out a strong vibration and making a strong statement to the world. love, yoko

  8. Patti W says:

    Many years ago in NY you and John did a TV show on channel 13 which I attended. I have never heard anything relating to this show. Could you please let me know why.
    Love and God Bless

  9. Jos Witteman says:

    My next cd with my poems / music will be dedicated to you and John. This because of the good vibes you’re givin’ to the world. More than thanks, and with lovin’ greetings from The Netherlands,

    Jos Witteman

  10. Nestlenathan says:

    Once again thank you very much for taking the time to answer the questions your much appreciated n loved..cheers, thanks.

    Live forever

  11. Kallie says:

    HI Yoko,

    I am doing a write up on Cut Piece. I was wondering what is a message or representation you were trying to say with this piece?

    Thanks,

    Kallie

  12. Sonia says:

    Thank you for the answers that you shared to me especially about questions related when you were expecting a baby with John.. One of my favorites is you are craving meat and cabbage and about morning sickness.. hope if you don’t mind I could post some questions that was bugging in my head. it is all about Sean when he was not yet born (I mean inside your womb)… again thank you…

  13. Love your response to my query, thank you so much for your work. You’re absolutely right about love.

  14. Nessus says:

    Yoko, God bless you, love nessus

  15. Sue says:

    Yoko, one day I drove through Florida and felt incredibly sad, for no apparent reason, later, I found out Nam June Paik had died, how did you feel on that day? do you remember?

  16. mcszg says:

    Love your work Yoko !!!

  17. mellepixie says:

    Yoko, do you believe in “an eye for an eye”? those who kill should be killed in return or anything like that?

  18. Jay Thomas says:

    Thank you Yoko for taking the time to answer these questions. Your ideas inspire me.

    -Jay

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