Imagine Peace

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Last night I had the great pleasure of attending Yoko Ono’s annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy island, off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland.  (she says, casually 🙂 )

I know, right?!  An amazing, surreal and joyful experience.

 

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As we set off on the small ferry to the island, to our left the setting sun cast an amber glow upon the boats in the harbour

 

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While to our right, yet another enormous Super Moon, perhaps the Superist of the year, rose magically above the snow capped horizon.

 

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We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful evening or clearer sky.

 

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With my dear friend Olivia on the ferry

 

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Making our way down the path to the Peace Tower

 

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The white stone tower is engraved with the words “Imagine Peace” in 24 languages and the light power provided by Iceland’s unique geo-thermal energy grid, using approximately 75 kW of power.

 

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Yoko gave a brief, but lovely speech, and the tower was lit. The first chords of “Imagine” began, John’s beautiful voice and poignant lyrics filled the air as beams of light pierced the frosty night sky above Reykjavik.

Amid the stars, the Aurora Borealis and glow of the Super Moon, Yoko began to dance… inviting everyone to come join her.

I told you it was surreal.

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Peace, love & light…and music

 

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Making our way back up the hill after the ceremony.

 

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The tower will continue to be lit every night from the 9th of October, John’s birthday, until the 8th of December, the day of his passing.

Life goes on and we celebrate and remember all the good things and good people in this world.

 

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A father playing with his little boy in the moonlight on Videy Island.

 

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We say good-bye.

 

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“The light is cleansing spiritually, mentally and physically.  If you can’t go there, just think about the fact that it’s there and you know, it is going to unite and connect all of us”  Yoko Ono

 

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 Instagram photo

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A Message from Yoko

Dear Friends

Tonight, October 9th, I will be on the island of Viðey in Reykjavík, Iceland, to relight IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in memory of my late husband John Lennon, on the occasion of his 74th birthday.

Please ask all your friends to join us by Tweeting wishes to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER (@IPTower), which you can do here at IMAGINEPEACETOWER.com. You can also send wishes by post, email & Facebook.

Tell all your friends. Spread the word!

I hope the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will give light to the strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet. And give encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world now filled with fear and confusion. Let us come together to realise a peaceful world.

Love is our energy.
Wisdom is our power.
It’s time to shed light to all corners of the world.
Enjoy the trip we make together.

Join our live coverage every night from Oct 9th until Dec 8th here at IMAGINEPEACETOWER.com at 8pm in Reykjavik, 9pm in London & Liverpool, 4pm in New York, 1pm in Los Angeles, 5am in Tokyo.

love,
Yoko Ono Lennon
9 October 2014

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For more information on The Peace Tower  a video, live feed of the Peace Tower light (and some beautiful music 🙂  )

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Peace. xoxo SP

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*First image a screen shot from the live camera feed on the link above.

** 8th image not mine

*** We all want to be using whatever skincare Yoko’s using. Seriously.

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43 Comments

  1. This seems to be the “it” country to travel to. Besides the incredible event you witnessed I have had several friends report it’s a worthwhile place to see. I always appreciate your posts about the wonderful places you visit and the things you see.
    Happy fall.
    Karen

  2. Slim, is it always in Iceland? and if so, do you know why she chose Iceland?

    That song always brings tears to my eyes, just what I needed this week:)

  3. Wow! What a great experience….she is not so bad after all! I gained a new respect for the “Women who broke up the Beatles”!

  4. I was just looking at vintage John/Yoko pics today…I had no idea she was still so involved and committed. hhhmmm…this might be my 50th birthday present for 2015. thank YOU for spreading the peace.

  5. It looks lovely. John was a visionary and is missed. I still remember where I was when I heard the unreal news of his death. His gifts live on. His presence will continue to enlighten people because that’s what music does.

  6. As I a child of the 60’s – I really mean it – A CHILD! Young! – this has special meaning …we all thought and believed “peace had a chance!” I love that Yoko is keeping it alive in our IMAGINATION! Give peace a chance!!!

  7. This is beautiful. I looked it up on Wikipedia and was surprised to see it was unveiled in 2007 – I had never heard of it before. So glad you got to experience this and so glad you shared.

  8. Omg, that picture of the moon over the mountains. Breathtaking. Such a beautiful country. I had never heard of this event and now I have a new bucket list item! So happy that you were able to experience it, AND that you so kindly shared it with us.

  9. Hi Slim, I am not going to be able to stop this from playing in my head! “You May Say I’m a Dreamer, But I’m Not The Only One, I Hope Someday You’ll Join Us…and the World Will Live as One!” My absolute favorite song of theirs, just awesome! Thank you for taking us along, I really can’t IMAGINE! It was gorgeous and surreal, seriously thank you! The most surprising and mind blowing thing to me is that he would be in his mid-seventies…WHAT? My first album was Abby Road, I was twelve! That is crazy, we are all too young! BTW you look amazing! What a surreal and mind blowing experience, thanks again for taking us along!

  10. Dear Slim,
    Wow just wow Slim. Stunning pictures. John Lennon and I shared the same birthday. This is an awesome celebration of all that he was and sadly all that he might have been.
    Thank you for sharing this with us all.
    Kate Bx

  11. Such a wonderful experience to share Slim. Thank you. As I lay my head on my pillow not too far from now, I will “think about the fact that it’s there” and hope “…it is going to unite and connect all of us…” at a time when it is so very needed xo

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