Everything man has accomplished, he has first imagined.

I imagine a day when the global family of man learn they can live together in peace. I have always dreamed and imagined this.

Growing up during the Kennedy years, in the Vietnam era, during Peace Marches and Free Mandela Marches,—growing up with heroes like Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, I have always believed that we can create our own reality through the power of our minds. I have seen the dreams of my heros become realities. Kennedy dreamed we could put man on the moon, an impossible dream, but he did it. Martin Luther King had an impossible dream. We live today in the realizations of that dream. Nelson Mandela imagined his nation united and at peace, when it was ripped apart in apartheid civil war. It was an impossible dream. With the simple secrets of forgiveness, understanding, and compassion, he unified an apartheid nation. These men taught me that it is possible to imagine an impossible dream, and see it happen.

I was 38 years old when John Lennon sang “Imagine”.

The songs of our life are like time machines, whisking us back to the sights and sounds and delights of moments long past. Imagine is a song that is threaded through so many moments of years years in my life.

The first time that I heard it, I was instantly captivated by the inspiring words— and by the feelings of deep love I heard within the sounds. These words became an integral part of who I am today, This song has became my life’s theme song.

John Lennon wrote the songs for this album, to use as the soundtrack for “Imagine”, his 1988 documentary film. His “Imagine” was one of the most beautiful art films that I have ever experienced. It is, of course, the best documentary film on John Lennon ever made. The timeless songs composed for its soundtrack are woven hypnotically though it.

It has been said that John Lennon used 528Hz frequency in his music. I find this very interesting. A guy named Dr. Horowitz published research on the 528Hz frequency, According to his theory, as he puts it, this frequency is the “center of the musical-mathematical matrix of creation”. He describes it as the pure tone equalling love and healing.

Experience it here

The words of this song speak straight to our soul

Watching this video always makes me cry

At 63 I am still dreaming and Imagining World Peace. And still marching!

My brother, Bruce took these pictures. He remains an untiring Peace Activist. He has taken me to his marches and I share in his enthusiasm.

My brother is also a dreamer. I am so thankful that I am not the only one!

Photo Credits: All photos are mine. All rights reserved.

Respect for fellow man, equal dignity for all, understanding, caring, forgiveness

We can live together as a peaceful, united, global family of man. If we can imagine it, it can happen.

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  • Graceonline Feb 01, 2014 @ 5:18 pm
    Sierra, I haven't had a chance to read it or follow-up with any vetting research, but I did Google and bookmark Dr. Horowitz's web site, which you can find here if you are interested in learning more about his theories: http://www.drlenhorowitz.com/.
  • sierradawn Feb 24, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
    Thank you for the link and the visit! Sorry to have taken so long to get back to you. I have been moving again. I will go check out your link.
  • CHANGECOACHER Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:50 am
    Thanks for writing this....for reminding me about this. Today I will imagine more. Another great spirit said ?Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.? Albert Einstein
  • sierradawn Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:53 am
    I am so happy to see you and really appreciate your comment! Albert Einstein is one of my favorite heros!
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Jan 15, 2014 @ 11:13 am
    Let's always imagine. What a powerful song to choose to review. I can appreciate who you are and your back story with this iconic song.
  • sierradawn Jan 16, 2014 @ 3:06 am
    Thank you for your lovely comment! I am always so delighted with your visits!
  • RubyHRose Jan 13, 2014 @ 11:58 pm
    Great review on another favorite of mine. I love learning new things too. Didn't know about the frequency, that is so cool. Gonna look into that some more too.
  • sierradawn Jan 16, 2014 @ 3:09 am
    Thank you so much RubyHRose! Please let me know what you find out.
  • smine27 Jan 13, 2014 @ 8:07 am
    What a great review of one of my favorites.
  • sierradawn Jan 13, 2014 @ 5:37 pm
    Thank you so much smine27!
  • RoadMonkey Jan 12, 2014 @ 1:51 pm
    Great version of "Dreamer". Loved that!
  • sierradawn Jan 12, 2014 @ 9:28 pm
    Thank you so much, RoadMonkey, I am delighted to meet you!
  • dudexyx Jan 12, 2014 @ 11:24 am
    John Lennon! One of my all time favorite artists!
  • sierradawn Jan 12, 2014 @ 9:30 pm
    Thank you dudexyn! I am so pleased to meet you! He was indeed a genius!
  • Brite-Ideas Jan 12, 2014 @ 12:05 am
    Congratulations! This song has that 'where were you when you first heard it' impact - forever it will remain as part of the human fabric
  • sierradawn Jan 12, 2014 @ 9:31 pm
    Thank you so much Brite-Ideas! I love you comment and completely concur!
  • Steve_Kaye Jan 11, 2014 @ 10:21 pm
    We remember the people who helped make the world better by working for peace and social justice. Those who opposed them are forgotten. Thank you for publishing this review.
  • sierradawn Jan 12, 2014 @ 9:33 pm
    What a beautiful comment, Steve_Kaye! I completely concur! Thank you so much for your important words!
  • clevergirlname Jan 11, 2014 @ 6:21 pm
    Great! Good job :)
  • sierradawn Jan 12, 2014 @ 9:34 pm
    Thank you so much, clevergirlname! I am very pleased to meet you and have been enjoying your lenses.
  • Papier Jan 11, 2014 @ 4:07 pm
    I missed this and yet I absorbed it because it was in the air I breathed and on the road I walked. Can't wait to see the video.
  • graysquidooer Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:25 pm
    I didn't know about the tech stuff of 528Hz frequency John used, it quite strange and sad that someone who offered peace through music - came to such a brutally abrupt end to his life
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 9:17 pm
    I feel the same, John's assassination was such a cruel blow. I believe he was killed because of this song. Thank you so much for your visit! I am delighted to meet you!
  • Graceonline Jan 10, 2014 @ 3:12 pm
    Wow! Just stopped back by to congratulate you on having this lens selected as Review of the Day. Well deserved!
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 3:23 pm
    Oh my, Graceonline, I did not even know that it was! Thank you so much for coming to let me know!!!!
  • LindaJM Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:54 pm
    Beautifully said... imagine peace, and there it is!
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
    Each thought we think sends out energy. Each thought united with a like thought, magnifies this energy. With the world wide web, like thoughts now have the power of being multiplied together into an infinite force. When the secrets to living together with each other in harmony are so simple and so right, and since the global family of man does really want to live together in peace, World Peace is very easy to IMAGINE.
  • nancycarol Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
    Well done, sierradawn! Dreamers are the creators in our world. If you can dream big, you can create big. And I especially like what you said here: "The songs of our life are like time machines, whisking us back to the sights and sounds and delights of moments long past." Lovely. Congratulations on Review of the Day! :-D
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
    Thank you so much for this beautiful comment, nancycarol! I am finding that the Dreamers and Creators are all here writing lenses on Squidoo. I become more and more convinced of this with each and every new writer I meet here, and with each and every new lens that I read here!
  • KFRaizor Jan 10, 2014 @ 11:24 am
    I enjoyed reading your well-written lens. I have to admit, though, I'm the oddball -- I HATE this song. I never appreciated the notion of a multi-millionaire living in a million-dollar home singing, "Imagine no possessions." It just rings false. I also don't want to "imagine there's no Heaven." People who suffer on this earth have nothing to imagine but the hope of a better world.

    I'll say this, however: lyrical content aside, the melody is beautiful, and this may be Lennon's best vocal performance since "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)."
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 4:48 pm
    Thank you so much, KFRaizor, for your comment. You are appreciated! My Dad spent many years of his life as a Baptist Minister, as well as being Chaplin's Assistant in the Air Force. Our family practice daily bible readings, a tradition that lead me to many years of my own personal daily Bible reading. It is the hope of an Afterlife, a meaning to our sufferings, that Heaven is. But the teaching of Heaven has been used as a powerful tool in subjecting slaves. It has been used, along with the horrors of Hell, to justify 500 years of horrific torture in the Inquisition. Just in the years between 1540 and 1570 at least 900,000 men and women were tortured and burned alive, ---in order to redeem their souls from hell and purify them for heaven. The Inquisition was by the direct order of the "Vicars of Christ", Pope Innocent III and Pope Gregory IX. The examples are endless. All peoples of the globe have their own concepts of the after life. Their beliefs are as real and important to them as all the differing beliefs. I believe in an after life. But I do not believe that one man's beliefs in the afterlife should be enforced upon another, especially when it is done with bloodshed. I believe that it is possible for mankind to understand another man's differences and their right to have differences. "Heaven" and "Hell" and religion have been used to divide the global community of man. This song is about eliminating the concepts that put divisions among us.

    Yes, ---Lennon staged the video to this song in a spacious white room. Towering windows, draped in luxurious white curtains graced the space with opulence. A magnificent white grand occupied the focal point. The whole setting Lennon used here was totally opposite of the concepts of "Imagining no possessions." But each of these items played a powerful and deeply meaningful part in presenting this song. Yoko continues her tireless work in her foundation for "Imagine Peace". Lennon was assassinated because he wrote this song.
  • serendipity831 Jan 10, 2014 @ 10:30 am
    John Lennon was a genius and Imagine is one of my all time favorite songs. Great lens!
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 4:50 pm
    I am so happy to meet you, serendipity831! Thank you so much for your visit! I am always excited to meet people who share a love for my song and John Lennon!
  • esmonaco Jan 10, 2014 @ 9:47 am
    Wow!!! What beatuiful words here, what a well writen and spoken lens. Thanks for This. Great job!!!!
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 4:51 pm
    Thank you so much esmonaco! I am delighted to meet you! Your visit is very appreciated!
  • Wednesday_Elf Jan 10, 2014 @ 9:35 am
    John Lennon's words -- and the message they convey -- have long 'spoken' to me. Nothing can happen without someone first 'imagining' it. May world peace be known in our lifetime ... or at least that of our grandchildren. It's time.
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 4:55 pm
    So beautifully spoken!---"It's time" indeed, dear Wednesday_Elf! "May world peace be known in our lifetime---or at least that of our grandchildren"! I so dream this with all my heart! Thank you so much for the energies you are putting out toward the realization of this dream!
  • Mellithorpe Jan 10, 2014 @ 9:20 am
    Beautiful lens. Also one of the all time great songs. My daughter played it all of the time when she was pregnant with my granddaughter. After she was born and anytime the song was played, she would stop whatever she was doing to listen to it. She's 12 now and still does the same.
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:06 pm
    Thank you so much for your comment, Mellithorpe! It is so amazing the powerful effect that music has on us! Its power does indeed begin with the songs we hear in the womb! I am connected to those songs they say I heard, and my daughter is very connected to the music I played when she was in the womb.
  • Merrci Jan 10, 2014 @ 8:23 am
    Very sweet review for a beautiful song! Thanks for sharing.
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:07 pm
    Thank you so much, Merrci! You are very appreciated!
  • flora-crew Jan 10, 2014 @ 8:07 am
    Wow, that was a really good presentation. I am a Beetles fan and I also love that John Lennon song.
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:08 pm
    I am delighted to meet you, flora-crew! Thank you so very much for your visit! You are appreciated!
  • trevorjb1406 Jan 10, 2014 @ 7:44 am
    A nice lens and a nice dream. Let's hope it comes true one day!
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:10 pm
    Thank you so very much, trevorjb1406! I am so happy to meet you. Thank you for hoping that this dream comes true! Hopes and dreams are powerful things. With enough people hoping and dreaming this dream, it can not fail to happen.
  • PaigSr Jan 10, 2014 @ 7:15 am
    I had a radio show in college. And every week I would have two songs that started my show. The second one was Imagine. And if you are curious the first was In the year 2525 by Zager & Evans.
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:11 pm
    I was so hypnotized by that song, 2525! I have no idea why, but I just could not hear it enough. I sure wished that I could have listened to your radio show! I would have LOVED it!
  • tonyleather Jan 10, 2014 @ 7:13 am
    Absolutely brilliant album by the iconic John Lennon! Great Lens!
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:12 pm
    Thank you so much, dear tonyleather!
  • Graceonline Jan 09, 2014 @ 4:32 pm
    We share a driving desire to vision and make real a peaceful world. Like you, I have long been enthralled with John Lennon's Imagine. It never fails to inspire and to return hope when I despair. I did not know about the 528Hz frequency concept. I must do research and discover more!
  • sierradawn Jan 10, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
    I feel so very blessed to have gotten to meet you! Let me know what you find out about that 528Hz frequency thing. I am fascinated by it but have never really did any research into it.