Dear Friends,

On Sunday, I was in Reykjavík with our son Sean to relight IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, and celebrate his and John’s birthday – October the 9th.

In a boat big enough for Sean and me and all our friends who came all the way from New York, Liverpool and Tokyo, we slowly sailed our way across the moonlit waters of Kollafjörður Bay, to the island of Viðey to join over a thousand Icelanders and visitors from all over the world who had also travelled across the bay to be there on this special night.

It was such a beautiful evening, with the choir singing IMAGINE in Icelandic.
We all made a wish as the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER lit up to begin its lighting cycle for October 9th to December 8th.
The strangely big, silver moon was shining high in the sky.
And the famous but very rarely seen Northern Lights came out behind the Tower as the waves of the water reflected all the lights in Reykjavik harbour.

We all sang along with John to IMAGINE and GIVE PEACE A CHANCE as IMAGINE PEACE TOWER burst into the sky, all the way up to the end of the curve in the sky at the very top.
This happened in all of the three previous years we have done this ceremony.
To see the strong light hit the top of the sky always touches our hearts in a very special way.
It’s a great thing to witness.
No wonder so many people put it in their calendar to come to Reykjavik, even a year before the ceremony!

After the ceremony, at the birthday dinner for Sean, I noticed something wonderful.
All the people had shining eyes.
Looking wide-eyed and romantic like they were very, very young.
I know it sounds crazy, but that is the only way I could describe it.

I think the incredible amount of prayers coming to us from all over the World gave us a boost which created a very beautiful change in us all.

So what was happening?
I think we all knew.
We were seeing the power of people of the World, all wishing to bring World Peace, strongly focussing their thoughts that night to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.
We were shown that when World Peace comes, we will all be young, shining and feeling good – like the people of a very special village called the Planet Earth.

And we’ll surprise the visitors from other planets!
“What’s the secret?” they will ask.
All wars are over on our planet! That’s what.

I think we, Earthlings are lucky people. We have the power to change the world.

I love you!


Yoko Ono Lennon
Reykjavík, Iceland
10th October 2011

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER lit by Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon & friends in Iceland

Tonight (9th October 2011) at 8pm (Icelandic time) Yoko Ono lit IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on the Icelandic island of Viðey, Reykjavík, to honour John Lennon’s birthday today and to celebrate the birthday of their son Sean, who was born on the same day as his dad.

Yoko Ono was tonight joined by her son Sean and guests from all over the world as she re-ignited the light of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on the island of Viðey, Reykjavík to celebrate the birthday of John Lennon today, October 9.

In a moving ceremony on the island, 1,000 people joined Yoko & Sean to sing “Imagine” as the tower was lit at 8pm.

As today’s world map from shows, millions more across the world watched a live stream of the event on

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER remains lit between Oct 9 and Dec 8, the day of John Lennon’s passing . It is also lit at other times throughout the year.

Yoko said today: “I am so happy that friends and family have joined me here to celebrate John’s life. October 9 is also the birthday of my son Sean so today is a day of very deep emotions for me. On this day I urge everyone in the world to IMAGINE PEACE for our planet”.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, with Yoko, Sean and the usual core members, will play a very special concert at Harpa in Reykjavik on October 13, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Festival.

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It’s so beautiful and tonight is especially beautiful because of the beautiful moon.

I don’t know why that happened but the moon is especially beautiful and I’m feeling very good about this. Because when we started this I never knew where it was going to go and it could have deteriorated into nothing but instead it started to grow into something fantastic.
And I know that it’s going to go on growing because all of us are wishing for world peace.

And that wish, the strong wish, is in here (points to her heart).

It’s not half a million people – I think it’s over a million now.
We have wishes from over a million people that came to Iceland.
And now wherever I go, they make this wish tree and put the wishes on and then they send the wishes here and that’s going on for maybe 20 countries a year and they are all doing that.

It’s a very kind of difficult time now, in our world, and so I particularly wanted to read this poem that I wrote that is an Affirmation so it doesn’t have much negativity.

You might think “Well, in this negative world what are we doing?“
Well, there are many beautiful things that are happening in this world now too. And we have to recognize that.

One of the things that is very beautiful that is happening, is us.
We are alive.
And we should be very thankful of that.

We stand on this beautiful planet enjoying
the sunrise, the sunset, the change of seasons
the oceans, the mountains, the clear sky
and the lovely towns and cities we’ve created together

We cherish the moment of peace and quiet
We cherish the moment of having fun
We cherish every moment of warmth and love
We laugh, we heal, and we embrace

With what we’ve learned and experienced
With our wisdom and the sense of unity
We protect our world from destruction
For our hearts beat in unison
Even when we fight with one another

We breathe for life
We’ll survive
Remember: we are one

A big hug and kiss to each one of you
I feel privileged to share this time with you
Thank you for being in my life
at times as teachers, as angels, and friends
always as blessings, always with love
Without you, I would not be here

Today is the beginning of our joyful lives
Let’s dance together in our hearts
and play the game of life
with love

We breathe for life
We will survive
Remember: We are one

Thank you.

Let’s make a wish as the light comes on.

Let’s send light to each other and let’s send love!

One, two, three

John, we love you!

Happy Birthday John! and Happy Birthday Sean!

Thank you.

Yoko Ono Lennon
IMAGINE PEACE TOWER relighting ceremony
Viðey Island, Reykjavík, Iceland
9th October 2011

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER 9th October 2011.