“When you’re in the bag, you don’t see anything; you just communicate directly, soul to soul.” - John Lennon
This sketch by John was his depiction of one of his and Yoko's peace campaigns in the late 1960's. John said that by living in a bag, you couldn't judge (or be judged) based on the color of your skin, the kinds of clothes you wore, your gender, etc.
You would only be able to communicate with your heart and soul.
Yoko said that bagism was inspired by the theme of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, which was "One sees rightly only with the heart, the essential is invisible to the eyes." She hoped that the bag, by hiding her and John's physical appearance, would make their essence or the essence of their message visible.
John also said that it was part of his and Yoko's whimsical and comedic way of making a point by being silly and outrageous, so that the press would cover what they had to say. He said, "Yoko and I are quite willing to be the world's clowns; if by doing it we do some good."
I don't think this card is suggesting you put a bag over your head, obviously. But I think it is a reminder to listen with your heart and your soul, rather than relying on your senses, which give you information through your own filters of preconceived thoughts, feelings and even prejudices.
It seems today that so many are trying to get their messages (political and otherwise) across, that much of it becomes white noise. And what does get through is immediately attacked as being part of an agenda of one side or the other.
It's not always easy to take all of that out of the mix, and winnow it down to the specific point. The quest for ratings and social media followers can make the desire for theatrics become almost as important (and in some cases more important) than the message itself.
Of course, this isn't just about politics. We all do this in our everyday lives. Friends, family, co-workers all may have something to say, and we only hear it through our filters of what we already know, or think we know, about whoever is talking to us.
And the same is true for us when we're communicating with others. Hyperbole and exaggeration, along with whatever other agendas we may have, can color what we say, and how we say it.
Communicate with your heart and soul. You'll be amazed at the results!
This card comes from an oracle deck I created based on the artwork of John Lennon.
You can hear me read from this deck for callers on Psychic Tapestry's Love Show, with Toni DeMaio and Julia Hoffman, Friday's at 5:00pm Pacific on Blog Talk Radio!
I will also be giving readings with this deck at Myztic Isle in La Mesa, CA Monday from noon to 5:00pm. Get directions or make an appointment by visiting Myztic Isle's website RIGHT HERE!