Friday, August 19, 2005

Heroes Descending & Ascending


John Lennon was the first musician to open my eyes to the possibilities that existed in music as an art form. There's an interesting article at The Free Liberal on John and the religious and spiritual aspects of his music and influence on the world. Some claimed John committed a sacrilege with his song Imagine and with the words, "Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try, no hell below us, above us only sky, Imagine all the people, living for today." I believe he connected to his Higher Self in order to pen these beautiful words and was always in touch with his creative energy. It's a moral sin against humanity the wisdom in this song is lost on those who will not see or hear.

John would not have wanted any comparisons to Jesus or to be looked up to as a "saving figure", in fact it was what he sang about and railed about most of his post-Beatle's life. But this is what happens to men and women, against their wishes, when they they speak for the masses, are revered, and are looked up to. Although the article reaches at times, it's still a great writing on the hero and the journey.

Each of us is undertaking a similar journey whether we realize it or not. We are each in a certain phase of the hero's journey with important lessons to learn and then impart to others either with our words, art, music, writing- or more importantly, by how we chose to silently live our lives. Not everyone of us is destined to change the world in the manner John Lennon did, but make no mistake about it, each of us is destined to change the world in some fashion or manner. The question is...will we make changes consciously, where and when we can with Love and Peace at the center of our being, or will we leave behind us a broken pathway where no one will chose to ever follow?

3 Comments:

Blogger Trev Diesel said...

"It's a moral sin against humanity the wisdom in this song is lost on those who will not see or hear."

A group of my friends and I were just talking about this song on Wednesday. It is indeed a shame that those who took offense to the lyrics missed out on the point entirely.

"Not everyone of us is destined to change the world in the manner John Lennon did, but make no mistake about it, each of us is destined to change the world in some fashion or manner."

Absolutely. It just so happens that in John Lennon's "world" he had access to influencing large numbers of people worldwide. But all of us have our own "worlds" - and "worlds within worlds" - to influence, inspire, and encourage.

"...and we all shine on..."

10:48 PM  
Blogger "James" said...

Everything and everyone is interconnected. This teaching is always on my mind. Especially whenever I take action. I try to ask myself, "How will this affect others?"

2:14 PM  
Blogger Bernie Quigley said...

Isiah Knows - I enjoy your blog & the other Buddhist blog links - & I am glad you enjoyed parts of my article in The Free LIberal about JOhn Lennon - I've got a much more extensive piece in my blog "Quigley in Exile" - if you Google that it comes up - I have a Taoist/Tibetan Buddhist perspective & in as essay called "Orange Monk" about JOhn Lennon and SAlvador Dali - the artist, in a work exters the same space/time place - Cheers, Bernie

5:33 PM  

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