Friday 25 July 2014
Last week in my weekly Facebook & Twitter Q&A, I received so many questions about what to do in the light of the open-ended violence added by the conflict in Israel and Palestine. I answered them faithfully (below) with all the wisdom I could muster.
For this week, I feel it is good to repeat those questions and my answers, including the mundane ones, to commemorate the important Q&A that happened last week between us. It shows what people wanted to know at the most urgent moment… and also includes the other similar questions that have come up this week, like what book I am reading, etc.
I also urge you to read my new writing, UNCOVER – at http://imaginepeace.com/archives/20557
Friday 18 July 2014
How are you doing these days? You’re the best
I am deeply saddened by the added violence in the world this week.
Peter Leslie Rowe
Dear Yoko , I looked at the TV in disbelief as the news broke today. Deplorable – absolutely outraged . Sorry to vent. I see what’s going on in Israel and Palestine and I think – well, how do we wake these people up? I am baffled – do you think maybe they need another en masse song to stir global consciousness? I am totally apalled and saddened . Meanwhile the string masters do what they always will do – grind the wheel and push the masses . RIP and condolences to those effected . PS If this has to go to The Hague – then so be it – it really should shouldn’t it. Thank you
By all means let the Hague know, though I have a feeling that they already know. For your information, the US has never signed the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague, just as they have never signed the International Treaty banning land mines.
What on earth can a human do to try to stay calm and positive when reading, watching and hearing all the atrocities Israel is exercising against the Palestinian people.
This is a very complex situation. Instead of seeing what is happening on the surface, it will be nice if we could find out what is really going on. But that is almost impossible. So all of us will have to wait until we find out what each one of us can do to help. Meanwhile, it is good to send strong love vibration to all parties involved in this terrible situation. Naturally, they all feel that nobody understands them except the Israelis and the Palestinians who are involved in the situation. They feel they are all alone in this mess. It means that they are forsaken by the world. Which is not true at all, because the whole world will be affected by what they do. So we certainly don’t want to forsake them! You may think that I am telling you a very lame solution. Yes again – send love?! What kind of solution is that?! But for us, we have no choice but to try to send our love to all of the people involved in it without knowing the whole situaition. Strangely enough, that is what is asked of us to do, when our children who are getting independent from us are in trouble. Send Love without knowing what is happening. We do it, and find out that our children committed murder or suicide. So what should we have done? What could we do? But that is the only thing we can do now to send love.
I’ve tried to live for love and peace (which i believe and is easily attained) or acceptance or (hide your head in the sand) tactics. Though when you see deep rooted, generational, genocidic hate in people and a hate so bittered with self belief they what they stand for is so right and others challenging are wrong with no compromise. Catholic v protestant, white v black, muslem v alot!! Indian v pakistani, russia v ukraine, etc etc then the acceptence may be that’s the way it is. Can we change it? We try. Will we change it? If one is saved and a million aren’t then maybe!!!!! Think thats a question L&P
When you said “Can we change it?”, you immediately got on the right track. In the darkest moment like now, to ask that question may even be considered crazy. But Yes, we can change, and we are doing it. Right now. What they need is love, and more love. The people who are fighting do not feel that they are getting your understanding and love. Send love. As much love as you can when we don’t know what the hell is going on! But there is a great situation we are given, and we forget. When you send love to your loved one, you are not just sending love to the special person in your life, you are sending your love to yourself, our planet and the Universe automatically. That makes it a bit easier for you who is wanting to know how you could vent your hatred to some group of people, whether it is a racist issue, sexist issue, or whatever. Your love is touched by all of us, especially the ones who are feeling unloved. So be extra careful of what you think. Give the utmost consideration in what you say and do. I do understand how pained you are. We all are. I love you! yoko
Dear Yoko…I caught the news yesterday about Flight MH17 that came down on Eastern Ukraine soil. For some time now, because of recent events, I have started to have these feelings that we as a human race are on our way to a world war III. Do you think that the deaths of all these people from all kinds of Nationalities could be the trigger? What can we as people do to prevent that our political leaders are starting a war?
Don’t jump to conclusions. Know that you are part of the world and it’s conclusion. What would you like: War or Peace? Peace, I’m sure. Then act like a person of Peace. Don’t act like a person who is angry because the leaders of the world betrayed you. They did not betray you. They did not know that you were thinking differently from them. And if they knew, they would still follow their insticts, I’m sure. Listen to your heart, follow your intuition, make your manifestation, There’s no limitation. Have courage. Have rage. We are all together. And make sure that you know that your rage is only to yourself, feeling helpless in this situation. Your are not helpless. In your mind, go way, way up into the Universe, and you can see them and love them for what they are. I love you! yoko
Yoko, today is my birthday. Is there any advice you have for me for another year of life?
Happy Birthday! We have been born in this particular time so we will need to open our super wisdom to go through this time of darkness. And we will.
When those peace concerts were being announced in early 70, and you pulled out, was john worried about safety or worried about being deported?
Which concert did we pull out of? I don’t have to know which one. With all of them, we felt that it was important that we stayed till the end, and we did.
Robert T Schaar
Did John golf while growing up in Liverpool?
I don’t think so.
Bought your books at Vanås art centre in Sweden a few weeks ago!! Really love your words!!! Hope you will come back soon!! Hugs
Thank you for your encouragement. It’s nice to know that I am not just typing my words for the polluted wind! yoko
What is one book you think everyone should read?
Reading books is such an important, interesting, exciting and fun thing to do, start with any book and end with again any. In fact, don’t end. Just keep on reading anything you can get your hands on. Woops, your head on…! Here’s my recommended reading list.
What enabled you to find the inspiration/power to break Japanese social expectations on women to become who you are?
Just like I had to get over European, American, and all Asian countries prejucices to breathe and survive. We will have to get over God’s prejudices towards us… and we are not crazy.
Renegade Bowl @pmb445544
Does mankind amaze you with its ability to achieve so many things but depress you by “still” being one step from a savage.
Don’t be so sure it’s only one step!
Renegade Bowl @pmb445544
To achieve peace you have to achieve the death of all ego and maybe even the resignation of personality to free yourself. Agree?
No. I don’t think we have to work so hard to achieve World Peace. In fact I know we don’t need to. And I know we can achieve it in 7 mimutes once we know what we have to do. I kept saying that in the Glastonbury show, and nobody wanted to know. Amazing! Isn’t it? I feel guilty that I cannot tell you how we can do it just now. When you need to know it most urgently, well, you will get it very soon. That’s all I can say.
Torbjørn W. Engel @TorbjrnWEngel
John sang on “Woman” that “it is written in the stars”. Do you think there is such a thing as destiny, and in love?
John and I were such cynics by the time we met, there was no way then we could have believed in anything like destiny and the stars. But once we had met, it got weirder and weirder, and it’s still getting pretty weird. If there is such a thing as destiny, I hope John’s and my destiny will be a good one for all of you as well.
Do you believe in Angels?
Don’t ask. In fact, you won’t be asking when you see them.
British Dreams @Pollytwilight
What do you think future will be like?
Depends on what we do.
What inspired ‘Bad Dancer‘? ps I hope you’re doing well
Well, I am. Thank you. But you sound like you got concerned about my sanity since watching Bad Dancer. Don’t wory, that was just fun.
How do you wind down and get a good night’s sleep after making music at night?
You don’t. When you are one with music, you don’t feel like you need so much sleep.
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