I wrote the following blog a few years ago but never posted it. This is because I'm not sure if what I wrote is true. I came across a lot of information about John Lennon after writing this blog that may contradict everything I wrote. Stuff like the Beatles were created by the British government and John didn't write any of the songs, that the Beatles were ran by a mind control agency called the tavistock institute and other ideas such as the the idea that Lennon isn't actually dead but just faked his own death. I can't get a definite answer about any of this stuff. So giving the benefit of the doubt and disregarding all conspiracy theories here is my John Lennon Blog:-
John Lennon:- One of My Favorite Spiritual Teachers
Some may find it hard that John Lennon is represented here as a spiritual teacher. There have been many books written about Lennon that pinpoint in great detail all of his shortcomings, addictions and aberrations. I think enough evidence is out there to suggest that Lennon’s death was very suspicious and that he was hounded and feared by the American government. There is also enough evidence to suggest that his wife Yoko Ono had her own well-orchestrated agenda and pretty much destroyed, consciously or unconsciously, Lennon’s career and mental health. So why do I consider john Lennon to be a modern spiritual master?
For me Lennon sums up the crux of the matter, the spiritual path, and spiritual development, is about following your heart. I don’t believe Lennon was some kind of guru, not artistically, not esoterically, not philosophically, and not politically. Where Lennon really excels is in his unflinching dedication to following his heart. He never declared that there was one way to enlightenment, or indeed that he believed in a definite type of enlightenment. But he tried to be true to himself. In trying you will obviously fail but every now and then you will get it right, when that happens, especially within the arts, art can be magic. Lennon excelled at creating amazing works of art and the study of his life always brings a slice of magic. If you write a song truly from the heart it will resonate with the magic of the moment, at this Lennon was a master.
This is why John Lennon must be studied as a modern day saint. He is a saint of the new religion the religion of the true, truth seeking individual. It isn’t about being a genius, or being right or being good, or for that matter bad, it’s about trying to be true to yourself. The realization is that in the core of our hearts is pure enlightenment and it is when we are truly balanced and in harmony with ourselves that we shine in enlightenment. I don’t think Lennon was particularly good at this but he did seem to be trying to do this throughout his life.
Lennon was confronted with a lot of death as a young man, his beloved uncle, his best friend and his mother all died at crucial points in his young life. Until someone we really love dies we are all in a kind of dream. When someone we love dies we are shaken awake. When it happens we get an emotional shock. The depth of the emotional suffering can be a huge source of inspiration and energy.
It appears that Lennon used this energy as a catalyst and an ongoing drive for his career. To really succeed at something we need to be in top gear so to speak. Very few people ever get into top gear and become energized and motivated to achieve anything special. The level of hard work and determination that John Lennon employed whilst performing his music in Liverpool, Germany, the wider U.K, Europe and eventually the world was truly amazing.
Many spiritual traditions attest to the fact that incredible determination and effort leads to realization and abundance; whether it is of a material or metaphysical kind. Many different traditions from Zen to Sufi all suggest that individuals have a certain psychic frequency and that through hard, determined work we can get into top gear and raise the vibration of our psychic frequency. In intensifying our vibration we can access powers of creativity and mental power beyond the average man. I believe that this is exactly what Lennon achieved through his relentless work in motivating and working with the other Beatles, the product of this work was world fame and an exquisite art in the form of pop music, an art so powerful that it changed the world.
John Lennon Quotes:
“Help me by helping yourselves. Just think that the militant
revolutionaries . . . ask them to show you one revolution that turned
out to be what it promised militantly. Take Russia, France, anywhere
that had civil war. They all start out with good intentions. What they
do is smash the place down then build it up again and the people
who build it up hang on to it and then they become the establishment.
You guys are going to be the establishment in a few years. It’s not
worth knocking it down ’cause it’s convenient to have the rooms
and the machinery. The thing is to protest, but protest nonviolently.
Violence begets violence, you know, and if you run around wild
you get smacked, and that’s it. That’s the law of the universe. And
they’ve got all the weapons and they’ve got all the money and they
know how to fight violence ’cause they been doing it for thousands
of years, suppressing us, and the only thing they don’t know about is
nonviolence and humor. There’s many ways of promoting peace, and
we are doing it with humor and nonviolence.”
From I met the Walrus.
“Make your own dream.
"That's the Beatles' story, isn't it? That's Yoko's story, that's what I'm saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It's quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don't expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself."
"That's what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be."
"There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you.”
“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.”
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”
“You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.”
For me what john embodied most of all was the truth that you don’t need religion or Gurus’ that you have everything within you to achieve what you need, apart from that love is the only other thing you need for it will lead you to wisdom and compassion.
“Love is all you need.”
“You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
The effect that Lennon and his songs had on people was truly astonishing. He opened people’s hearts and minds. I remember when I first got into meditation I would go to a lot of different Buddhist or Hindu meditation sessions and meet all kinds of different people, you wouldn’t believe the amount of people I met who said that they had started meditation or changed their whole lives because of John Lennon’s music. The effect he had on people’s lives cannot be marginalized; he really did start a peaceful and spiritual revolution in the minds of thousands of people.
The real teachings of Lennon are in his songs:
“There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...”
“Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.”
“We all shine on...like the moon and the stars and the sun...we all shine on...come on and on and on...”
“Imagine all of us living in peace, it's too beautiful to just be a dream.”
“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.”
“There’s nothing you can do that can't be done.....”
“Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe.”
"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."
"Don't let them fool you with dope and cocaine, can't do you know harm to feel your own pain"
"Free all the prisoners everywhere, all they want is truth and justice, all they need is love and care."
"Imagine all the people sharing all the world."
"Love is free."
"Love is real, real is love, love is feeling, feeling love."
"Love is the answer and you know that for sure. Love is a flower, you got to let it grow. -"
Lennon didn’t hide from his dark side he embraced it as much as he embraced his light side. He explored all of the different areas of his life; some of it was dark and hateful. He studied his philosophies, his morals and his daily habits and tried to take full responsibility. He never limited himself to any one way of thinking or being and continuously experimented with ways of living and perceiving.
The last ten years of his life were certainly chaotic and Lennon obviously lost the plot on many occasions. But this is part of the path. We must experience failure, addiction, abuse and horror; we must take the blame, suffering, pain, loss and childish tantrums in order to grow. If you don’t experience and express the negative side you absolutely do not grow.
A lot of people give up on the path because they can’t face the dark side, especially failure and humiliation. As we progress along the path to selfhood mistakes cannot be avoided. It is only through experiencing something ourselves that we know if it is harmful or beneficial to us.The hope for all of us is that we have enough time, enough years on this Earth to explore our minds and get it right. The hope is that we may find balance and peace before we die.
Unfortunately Lennon had this opportunity stolen from him. Had he not been murdered he may just have had a very profound effect, more so than he already has, on the future well fare of mankind.