Posted by Roberta Grimes • January 11, 2014 • 0 Comment
Afterlife Research, Human Nature, Letters From Love Series, Understanding Reality

I never was a Beatles fan. I found their early stuff unappealing, and as soon as I began to appreciate them Paul went and married Linda and broke my heart. Every girl I knew had a favorite Beatle, and the one you chose told us who you were: Paul appealed to the romantics, Ringo to the motherly types, George to the New Agers, and John to the hippies and flouters of tradition. John was too sophisticated for a sober conventionalist like me.

So I wasn’t paying attention when John Lennon’s Imagine came out in 1971. I was religious at the time, and deeply into investigating the afterlife, so when eventually I noticed the song its first lines struck me as a direct assault on everything that I was certain was true based upon the evidence.medium_11659735555 I wrote the song off as just more of John Lennon’s hippie foolishness.

After I published The Fun of Dying in 2010, I began to meet people who had lost loved ones. Among the most extraordinary of these is Maria Pe, an attorney whose two beautiful sons were murdered by their father on June 21, 2011. What Maria has done with that tragedy is a glorious story for another day, but soon after meeting her in mid-2012 I went to her sons’ website,

When you open the site, John Lennon’s glorious paean to human freedom and individual worth begins to play.

           I was stunned. I had never before listened to Imagine. Each of the words struck me individually; each was a separate revelation. And there was a portrait of this beautiful visionary who was himself murdered much too young, and portraits of two angelic murdered boys. The experience was life-changing for me.

John Lennon was singing about Atlantica, the center of my series of novels, the place where human life finally works. I was astounded the first time I heard these words. John Lennon had seen Atlantica, too.

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…

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 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 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

The afterlife evidence shows us more than the fact that our lives are eternal. It also reveals that there is no heaven and no hell: John Lennon was right about that. God neither judges nor punishes us. After we die, we find instead a glorious eternal series of afterlife realities in which John Lennon’s dream is everyday truth. And these afterlife realities work because our minds are glorious and inextricable parts of eternal Mind. Each human mind is perfect by nature: we are one with the consciousness-energy that creates the universe.

            Knowing what I know now, I see John Lennon as a visionary and a seer. He might be the greatest visionary of the twentieth century. His dream of human unity and freedom of mind has been glimpsed by so many great Americans, including the two that I consider to be our greatest: Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. And it animates the teachings of the greatest mind of all, the beautiful teacher and seer who is Jesus.

Dear friends, John Lennon’s dream is not only possible, but it is inevitable. He has envisioned for us a glorious future in which people have finally learned who we are, and when at last – once we have tried everything else – humankind will have discovered that we can live as One because in truth we are One.

Roberta Grimes
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