On New Year’s Eve 2008, a MySpace friend wrote to me
and asked: “What can I do to help the Peace Movement?”

This was my reply:

Dear Jake
This is an age where one hero cannot conquer Evil.
Evil is a dis-ease presented to us as our fate.
Many times, it is presented to us as an illusion of goodness
– so we get confused, don’t free ourselves from it, and become destroyed by it.

To conquer evil, each one of us must first clearly see what it is.
That it is a curable dis-ease.

Then work to release us from its power in a way we can.
Luckily, there are so many of us in the world, it is enough
for all of us to do what we can do with joy
and not feel depressed that we are not doing enough.

We should first IMAGINE PEACE
since we create our destiny by first IMAGINING what destiny
we want for ourselves.

We should ask others to IMAGINE PEACE as well.

You cannot be violent while you are IMAGINING PEACE.

If all of us in the world IMAGINED PEACE at all times,
there will be no time for us to create dis-ease of any kind.

The next thing we should do is to ask to heal the world
by asking your healing power to come out in a big way.

Your intent of healing will start to show it’s power by just asking for it.

Sometimes, you will be healing a situation
which is not near you, so you won’t see it’s effect.
But healing is being done, regardless.

Again, when all of us in the world ask the world to be healed, it will be.

Know that it is that simple.
Because all of us are one.
We affect each other right away.

We affect each other even when we are in fear, confusion, anger,
and wanting to destroy the world and help to increase the dis-ease.

That’s how effective we are.

Start doing what you can do.
The Universe will be affected right away
as you start to think in the right way
to correct the dis-ease in our world.

Start with something small.
Do one nice thing a day.
Call your mom and tell her you are thinking of her.
Look at the tree and admire it’s beauty in words and in action.
Send a message to your friend what you respect about her/him.
Send your message through the internet how you love life and why..well, that’s big!

If you keep doing that for three months you will see the difference in your life.

Be creative.
Do what you can do.
By that, you will be starting the wheels of goodness to turn.

Lots of love,

Yoko Ono
New York
1 January 2009.


Yoko Ono: WAR IS OVER! / IMAGINE PEACE: Times Square, New York January 2009 by you.
Between 6 Jan – 2 Feb 2009, look out for the IMAGINE PEACE / WAR IS OVER! billboards 
in Times Square, New York (W46th St & Broadway – to the left of Virgin Records
and Washington DC (6th Street & K Street NW, Washington DC, USA 20001-2646).