Love Letter From John And Yoko
To People Who Ask Us What, When And Why
May 27, 1979
past ten years we noticed everything we wished
came true in its own time, good or bad, one way
or the other. We kept telling each other that
one of these days we would have to get organized
and wish for only good things. Then our baby arrived!
We were overjoyed and at the same time felt very
responsible. Now our wishes would also affect
him. We felt it was time for us to stop discussing
and do something about our wishing process: The
Spring Cleaning of our minds! It was a lot of
work. We kept finding things in those old closets
in our minds that we hadn't realized were still
there, things we wished we hadn't found. As we
did our cleaning, we also started to notice many
wrong things in our house: there was a shelf which
should never have been there in the first place,
a painting we grew to dislike, and there were
the two dingy rooms, which became light and breezy
when we broke the walls between them. We started
to love the plants, which one of us originally
through were robbing the air from us! We began
to enjoy the drum beat of the city which used
to annoy us. We made a lot of mistakes and still
do. In the past we spent lots of energy in trying
to get something we thought we wanted, wondered
why we didn't get it, only to find out that one
or both of us didn't really want it. One day,
we received a sudden rain of chocolates from people
around the world. "Hey, what's this! We're
not eating sugar stuff, are we?" "Who's
wishing it?" We both laughed. We discovered
that when two of us wished in unison, it happened
faster. As the Good Book says -- Where two are
gathered together -- It's true. Two is plenty.
A New Clear Seed.
and more we are starting to wish and pray. The
things we have tried to achieve in the past by
flashing a V sign, we try now through wishing.
We are not doing this because it is simpler. Wishing
is more effective than waving flags. It works.
It's like magic. Magic is simple. Magic is real.
The secret of it is to know that it is simple,
and not kill it with an elaborate ritual which
is a sign of insecurity. When somebody is angry
with us, we draw a halo around his or her head
in our minds. Does the person stop being angry
then? Well, we don't know! We know, though, that
when we draw a halo around a person, suddenly
the person starts to look like an angel to us.
This helps us feel warm towards the person, reminds
us that everyone has goodness inside, and that
all people who come to us are angels in disguise,
carrying messages and gifts to us from the Universe.
Magic is logical. Try it sometime.
We still have a long way to go. It seems the more
we get into cleaning, the faster the wishing and
receiving process gets. The house is getting very
comfortable now. Sean is beautiful. The plants
are growing. The cats are purring. The town is
shining, sun, rain or snow. We live in a beautiful
universe. We are thankful every day for the plentifulness
of our life. This is not a euphemism. We understand
that we, the city, the country, the earth are
facing very hard times, and there is panic in
the air. Still the sun is shining and we are here
together, and there is love between us, our city,
the country, the earth. If two people like us
can do what we are doing with our lives, any miracle
is possible! It's true we can do with a few big
miracles right now. The thing is to recognize
them when they come to you and to be thankful.
First they come in a small way, in every day life,
then they come in rivers, and in oceans. It's
goin' to be alright! The future of the earth is
up to all of us.
people are sending us vibes every day in letters,
telegrams, taps on the gate, or just flowers and
nice thoughts. We thank them all and appreciate
them for respecting our quiet space, which we
need. Thank you for all the love you send us.
We feel it every day. We love you, too. We know
you are concerned about us. That is nice. That's
why you want to know what we are doing. That's
why everybody is asking us What, When and Why.
We understand. Well, this is what we've been doing.
We hope that you have the same quiet space in
your mind to make your own wishes come true.
you think of us next time, remember, our silence
is a silence of love and not of indifference.
Remember, we are writing in the sky instead of
on paper -- that's our song. Lift your eyes and
look up in the sky. There's our message. Life
your eyes again and look around you, and you will
see that you are walking in the sky, which extends
to the ground. We are all part of the sky, more
so than of the ground. Remember, we love you.
Lennon and Yoko Ono
New York City
PS. We noticed that three angels were looking
over our shoulders when we wrote this!
the back page of The New York Times
Sunday, May 27, 1979