You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
In a gallery in New Orleans I came across an art book of John Lennon’s time in New York, first on Bank Street in the West Village and then in 1973 to the Dakota. Sometime in New York City by Bob Gruen, John Lennon & Yoko Ono is an amazing, intimate collection of photos & recollections providing insight not only to the creative process but also to the life of John & Yoko as New Yorkers. As this beautifully packaged collector’s edition is now valued upward of $750.00 I was thrilled with the opportunity to be able to look through it and take it all in.
After spending time going through the photos and personal insights I went back to read the pages at the beginning of the book for more information, and came across the forward by John Lennon. I had to stop and read it a few more times, take a picture of it and call my husband over to witness this sign. In a gallery in New Orleans I found two of my mantras in a forward written by John Lennon: “I still believe in love and peace and positive thinking” and “we’re all human”.
Imagine – a moment of Jung’s theory of collective unconscious right there on Chartres Street! In that moment I felt understood, justified and convinced that it really is that simple. How we approach our lives and the people in it is entirely our choice and within our control. We can choose to see ourselves as a positive force regardless of the situations we find ourselves in. In addition, if we can remember throughout it all that we are all only human we can find understanding and forgiveness for others, and more importantly for ourselves.