Imagine World Peace

01/11/2013

~ Imagine Our World At Peace ~

John Lennon ImagineJohn Lennon’s song IMAGINE is so popular because it resonates within us. It touches our soul, our psyche. The response to this song is rarely, “Oh, it’s okay I guess.”  We more commonly hear, “That’s my favourite song of all time!”

It has become an anthem of sorts. An anthem for World Peace. And we need an anthem about peace now more than ever.

We need to remember how important, how essential it is that we practice acceptance of perceived differences. We need to realize how this one step is critical to creating lasting peace in our lifetime. This year. Right now.

Let us move beyond the schoolyard manner of thinking and acting upon the outdated belief that ‘my religion is better than your religion’ or ‘my geographical location is more important than yours’ because these attitudes only keep us frozen in archaic battles.

chicago fire 'Mouch' actor christian stolteAs a fan of Dick Wolf, I’ve been enjoying his latest addition: Chicago Fire. In one episode we observe a secondary character named ‘Mouch’ express his intense hatred for Canadians when a couple of fire fighters from Toronto visit the station. He could not stand to be in the same room as they were. Towards the end we learn how he had fallen for a girl from Ontario through a website, and sent her money to come to Chicago, but she was a cruel person who scammed him and broke his heart. Through this one event, in his humiliation and heartbreak, he’d written off an entire country, dismissing with disgust anyone with that nationality.

It felt like a pretty good example of one way that exclusion, even racism, can begin to fester in a person’s heart. And everyone who allows these types of wounds to grow while refusing to forgive a larger group of people based on the actions of one or a few, are contributing the problem.

I choose to be a part of the solution. I choose to focus on peace, and the best way for me to foster a peaceful world and make a real difference towards world peace, is by ever deepening the love within my own heart. Peace within individuals grows outward to become peaceful communities, cities and nations. Peace in our hearts is the primary thing we all can do towards creating world peace.

i-dont-see-any-borders-do-youAs John Lennon invites us to imagine, what if there were no countries? No borders? I don’t feel borders. And I don’t see borders on our globe. To me, I feel like a resident of the continent of North America. And on a larger scale, as OAK at Only Abundant Knowledge wisely states in her blog, I am an Earthian and to be human is enough.

There is only one race: the Human Race. And I feel as much compassion, love and concern for my human ‘kin’ in Toronto, Aurora, and Newtown, as I do for my fellow ‘kin’ in Delhi, Sudan, and beyond. In my prayers, I feel deep compassion and love for all my fellow residents of this planet, and do my part to send my highest light towards these places where people are hurting and are filled with sadness.

I like to imagine the world at peace as John Lennon dreamt of.

I like to imagine a shift in consciousness, when enough of us on the planet pray for and believe in peace, when the angry ones suddenly wonder ‘what are we even fighting for?’, put down their weapons, and reach out with aid for others who they can now see as their ‘kin’.

And yes, that may make me a dreamer. To which I say thank God for John Lennon and his eternal anthem for peace, and for helping all of us dreamers know that we’re not the only one.

34 responses to Imagine World Peace

  1. 

    Well said, Gina. Thank you for saying it.
    Russ

  2. 

    Beautiful post, Dear Gina! I linked it to my B4Peace post today 🙂

    Tomas

  3. 

    Ah yes, you and I and a vastly growing global circle, hand in hand, and singing for peace in perfect harmony! Your comments and and kind friendship mean so much to me. Therefore I am hardly surprised by the amazing synchronicity between your comment about the well-known Coke commercial and a blog post I enjoyed by ‘Raven Corwin aka Meggie’ only a couple of hours ago, where I happily learned that the Coca-Cola company donated the first $80,000 in profits made from the beloved song to UNICEF. I am feeling pulled from within to reblog her lovely post, but for now here’s her link.
    Hugs to You! xo Gina
    http://ravencorwin.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/pgw-33-harmony/

  4. 

    Reblogged this on OAK.

  5. 

    Very beautifully put. Thank you 🙂 “We need to remember how important, how essential it is that we practice acceptance of perceived differences.” “I like to imagine a shift in consciousness, when enough of us on the planet pray for and believe in peace, when the angry ones suddenly wonder ‘what are we even fighting for?’, put down their weapons, and reach out with aid for others who they can now see as their ‘kin’.” 🙂

    • 

      Thank you so much! It means a lot to me that you took the time to read, choose a couple of favorite statements of mine, and share them in your kind comment. Feedback is everything in this big beautiful world of blogging, isn’t it? With gratitude, Gina 🙂

  6. 

    One day at a time, one beautifully written post, such as this one, at a time…

    Imagine all the people,,,living life in peace…It is happening Gina Thank you xo

  7. 

    And God created the heavens and the earth…and eventually man and woman… I don’t see where He created religion, politics, borders, or hardened hearts. We are called to worship Him and if we all do that I can imagine a world filled with the love that God He created all those years ago. When we love then we will have peace.

    • 

      Hello Patty, thank you for this lovely and loving comment! Yes that is so well put… where did He create religion or politics or hardened, unforgiving hearts? He didn’t! We can only help create peace on earth by accepting others and allowing for differences, as we wish to be accepted as well. At our core I believe we are all His children and are all brothers and sisters. Thank you again! Blessings, Gina

  8. 

    Gina, I really like your example of how one incident can turn someone bitterly against a whole race or culture!

    It’s so good you wrote about this…we all need to check our thoughts and attitudes! This subject needs lots of air time!

    • 

      Thank you so much ~ this means a lot. I included that story even though of a fictional character because it does need ‘air time’. We need to acknowledge how hurts can blow up into larger forms of hatred and bigotry, and as you pointed out, we all need to check our attitudes 🙂 Hugs of gratitude, Gina

  9. 

    “There is only one race, the HUMAN race.” — Love that! 🙂 Thank you for this uplifting post Gina, as always. Bless your heart! 🙂 ~Nadine Marie~

  10. 

    Greetings Gina on Friday Night, Feb. 1, 2013! Gina! Something happened tonite, can you feel it? I felt it, and there’s no denying. I have never seen the stars sooooo bright! 🙂 : “Peace is coming to us all…”

    • 

      I love that you can see the stars and share your excitement with me! While I am under clouds this evening, I too feel awash with love. I do feel peace. It is coming, and inmates are saving children as you reblogged, and wonderful writers and artists and people of all walks of life are uniting in our need, our longing, our birthright for peace. I am with you on this 100% 😀

  11. 

    Hi Gina, I love revisiting these precious jewels of wisdom now and again. Keep up these awesome posts! Peace to you. 😀

  12. 

    Nice post…full of compassion . There’s so much wrong in this world that the ones who are more fortunate can start to be apathetic.

  13. 

    It is not often that I am lost for words to describe something; and yet, this seems to be one of those times. I will just say, “Thank you, Gina, and bless you for your profound sharing. Someone once asked me, “What religion do you belong to?” Without missing a beat I replied, “I’m a citizen of time”. The answer was not what was expected, I am sure; however, I walked away smiling! Big hugs, Cher xo

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      Hello Cher, my fellow citizen of time! What a great comment – it definitely makes me smile 😀 and applaud you. Way to go! I love the Thomas Paine quote ‘My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.’ Thanks for commenting! Guess you didn’t mind me sharing a link to this post. (silly ol’ Mouch) Big smiling hugs to you my friend, Gina xo

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        Hi Gina! Thank you so much for your kind words. Ah, I love that quote! I love Mouch, bless him!!! Thank you! I love that we are all citizens of time; and yet, it is for some reason that we seem to go about our daily activities not adhering to that which we truly are. The rest of the nonsense shows up, piles on top, and it takes a bit of work to remember where we put it: our connectedness as citizens of time. 🙂 Big hugs to you, my fellow citizen of time! 🙂 Cher xo