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Keep Working On Love, Johnathan Livingston Seagull

Updated on December 24, 2011

Johnathan Livingston Seagull. A story about a bird? How can a flying scavenger be considered philosophical? What on earth can a bird teach us humans? Well, far more than us battery humans think. Bach, the writer, puts the storie's hidden context over so well that the reader cannot help examine it. We must all keep working on love, just as Johnathan Livingston Seagull, and it is in this article that we reveal more to this book than just a story about a bird.

From the dust of yesteryear, we pluck forth a gem for you to enjoy. Introductions to love is not just academic, but soulful.

Are you touched? If not, then be like Johnathan - keep working on love. If you are, then keep loving. In the meantime, read on for a love attack.

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Energy Exemplifies God

What if God was one of us? What is the essence of a spiritual being? How would a society treat something that they didn't understand?

Richard Bach demonstrates this in his fascinating story about a rather special seagull - Johnathan Livingston.

The energy within Johnathan exemplifies that God operates within him and all.

The loneliness and lack of understanding from the flock because Livingston's truth conflicts with their own. Hey-ho, they are all perfect for their stage, but then, so is Johnathan!

A life where no one really 'gets you' is a lonely life, isn't it Johnathan? But then you fly high and free - you concern yourself only with love. You ascend and, boy, ascend you do!

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The Philosophical Story By Richard Bach

Johnathan Livingston Seagull is a philosophical story of the development of a spiritual being.

Richard Bach cleverly portrays the wisdom of the development of the soul through the birth, adulthood, death and transition of this wise bird. This helps the reader, or viewer, to identify and connect to their own spirit. For the time you spend with Johnathan, you will know love and what it is to be a whole being. It is a good, heart-felt story which anyone can identify with.

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Johnathan Livingston Seagull: The Film, The Music

Watching the film of Johnathan Livingston Seagull, first released in 1973, it is just as fresh and true today as it was then.

If you like visuals, then you will like this. It is accompanied by some great music inspired by Bach's story in the height of the career of a man who, many would say, is spiritually inspirational in his own right.

So, who is he? It is, of course, the great Neil Diamond.

Timeless music by an artist who has true understanding is hard to come by, but no one could have been more fitting than the crystal light of the Diamond!

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Neil Diamond Anthem

Keep Working On Love, Johnathan Livingston Seagull

From the depths of the pulpit of your stomach, it is touching, emotional and far reaching. If you are on a journey of the heart, then the music alone is necessary on your pathway to truth and love.

So, Johnathan Livingston, why are you so sad? Do you not feel exhausted by your isolation? Do not despair, life has real meaning and, as you forgive those who banish you, so will you reach Nirvana and become the wise gull you really are. You really are the best you can be. You are love. You are loved. Keep working on love, Johnathan Livingston Seagull.

© Shazwellyn 2011 - This work is covered under Creative Commons License

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      lone77star - absolutely. I can not add more to this valuable comment. Bless you.

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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Shaz, a loving tribute to a most loving bird. No wonder the book was such an international bestseller.

      We each have within us the seeds of creation. We too can fly as Jonathan did, if our hearts are filled with nothing but love. Ego (the essence of selfishness) has no place there.

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Welcome to my world CMHypno and blessings!

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I don't think that I have read Jonathan Livingston Seagull for about 30 years, but we all had the posters at college. Thanks for the reminder shazwellyn, and working on love is, I agree, our life's work

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Abaya - Torah's comment above might help you with 'getting it'. Further to this, what you need to remember, is that although Johnathan Livingston Seagull, reached enlightenment through love, it is something that we all need to strive for. We all need to keep working on love, just as Johnathan Livingston did - rise above and keep climbing higher and higher!

      Love to you and have a wonderful journey toward enlightenment x

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      Anaya M. Baker 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reminding me of this work! When I was a kid, my parents had a copy of the book. I remember reading it multiple times, always pretty bewildered. But I also knew there was something I wasn't getting, and kept trying to figure it out. I also saw a showing of the film, and while I enjoyed watching it somewhat more than the book, it is a visually stunning piece, again, I just didn't quite get it. I'd love to revisit this work, so perplexing to a nine year old, again, both to revisit a childhood mystery and in hopes of maybe actually "getting it." Thanks for the hub, voted up and beautiful!

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      dallas... the process is love! *wink*

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Flag up and awesome. Love is a process!

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Billy... it is wonderful that all these musical snippets can bring us back to the joy of love. I love the way the universe works - I love that we are all stardust and come from the same source. One love for all!

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Shalini - yes... love 'across the universe'. Blessings to you x

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      As Bob would say "One Love"

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      One of my favourite books, shazwellyn. And I love the way you've 'analysed' it. All we need is love :)

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Lovely to 'read' you too, Billy.

      I have the feeling that this reminder has come to you at the right time. Keep working on love, Billy!

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Tora - thank you for your valued comment. This is exactly what the reader needs to find out - read the book - after they have read my article! lol

      However, we should all remember to keep working on love - every moment of every day. Sometimes it is easy to allow our base instincts to take over.

      Our feelings are indicators of where we are at any given moment in time.

      If we feel love, we don't have to work on love - we are already there.

      If we feel anger, we need to work on love.

      If we feel nothing, we need to work on love.

      If we feel sadness, we need to work on love.

      Johnathan felt these things and worked on love. His reward, therefore, was love, despite the struggles that he experienced.

      Love to you Tora :)

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Shaz how are you! I have not been on Hubpages for a while and great to see your hub when I logged on! Your Jonathan Livingston Seagull article has brought back great memories from primary school. Now I know why it has stuck with me through the years - clearly the message entered the subconscious mind. Thank you for the in depth analysis.

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      ToraMyuu 6 years ago

      I've read that book probably 50 times, and I plan on reading it another 1000. So actually, I dont think Johnathan Livingston Seagull needs to work on love the way you say he does. Because it is Johnathan himself who decides that instead of reaching the next level of enlightenment as his "heavenly" mentor does, by honing his flying (enlightenment) skills, he goes back to the flock that condemmed him to die alone as an exile. Then he makes a very Jesus-like return with a group of young seagulls that have come to believe in what he teaches them: Love and Enlightenment. Johnathan doesnt have a problem with love, he's the bird we should be listening to.


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