Shining lights



“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You,..

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 be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You,..

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 be as one”

Imagine – John Lennon

A deep, unrelenting feeling of sadness has swept the world over the last few days. 49 people murdered in Orlando in a terrorist attack against those who stand true to themselves and their sexuality. Then, a Member of Parliament in Great Britain is murdered on the streets of her constituency in a terrorist attack against an individual standing in her truth in wanting unity in Great Britain, in Europe but, more importantly, the world.

But, at a moment of true, heart wrenching loss, Brendan Cox – the husband of the brutally murdered Jo Cox MP (who I have heard described beautifully as a 21st century Good Samaritan) – stood up and posted the most stunning tribute to his late wife.

I have shared these words at the head of this blog. I have read them over and over again. These words are a message to the world; a message to the power brokers who weld such control over the world; a message to the political leaders who expound their arrogant, hypocritical nonsense; but, more importantly, a message to the masses to stand up and as one be counted.

“Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives.” I pray that the lives of Jo’s family can be strong in the memory of what an incredible person she clearly was. It is sad but, in equally measures, inspiring that it is only in her being taken so tragically early that the majority of us learn what an inspiration Jo clearly was. The work that she did globally – through Oxfam, in Syria to name just two – and locally in uniting the diverse community that Jo represented in the Government.

But, this has to be a new chapter for us all. We, the global population, MUST learn that hatred achieves nothing. Actually, that’s wrong! It achieves something incredible. It achieves a uniting if right minded people to stand up and shout NO! We will not allow hatred to rule us. We will not allow hatred to bring fear into our lives. We WILL use this hatred to unite us in love for humanity.

But, this can not be a short lived unity. This has to be the start of a new chapter of unified understanding that we are all one – regardless of beliefs, gender, colour, sexuality, origin, ‘class’ (horrible word / concept), status, so on and so forth.

We need to look to our political leaders to learn from Jo Cox MP; to look at what she stood for, and to look at what she believed in and represented. Again, it is only now that the majority learn about her values and objectives. But it is my firm belief, if more of her fellow MPs in Great Britain but, equally, the equivalent around the world, stood true to why they were elected, we could be somewhat closer to the unified planet that both Jo and many, many others strife for and dream of.

“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people”.

We can not let that energy and zest for life go to waste. A path has been laid; roots have been planted and that path must be trod by the masses to ensure that the hard work and those beliefs grow in our hearts and we stand up and be counted. Jo Cox must now be firmly planted in all of our hearts and we must unite.

I have talked regularly in previous blogs at the need for the population to stand alongside each other, to join hands, to to walk forward together – as one. Now is that time.

The push to unite must now be relentless and we must be unbreakable in our drive to be one. In our desire to pick up those who have fallen; to heal those who are broken; to love those who are in fear; and to challenge those who seek to divide; to show those who seek to inspire fear that they will not be victorious. The winners will be the masses who unite to be ONE in the name of Jo Cox and all others who gave been taken too early through the hatred of the few.

“… We all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate does not have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.”
It is the global community’s responsibility to join in the name of Jo Cox, and those who were murdered in Orlando, and to unite in love to overcome fear and hatred. We are one, and as one we can overcome anything.

I have included the beautiful words from Brendan Cox about their children and family because I feel they are such a powerful message for us all. But, we must respect their need for privacy and to channel love to them at this dreadfully difficult time for them.

The final words of Brendan’s tribute says it all – “Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full”. We must all be inspired by these words and to grow and be strong through the life of a beautiful woman and inspirational soul.
And to close, I include in all of these words my love to those in Orlando who tragically lost their lives through an attack driven through hatred. These were lives cruelly taken, of people standing in their truth, and living life as it should be. We must all stand as one, unite with the gay community and all communities to state that we will not be divided. We are the same, we are the people, and love will conquer all. The global community must join hands with EVERYONE.

As John Lennon said “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 be as one”

Love to all.

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