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Author cites evidence that a new age of enlightenment began on November 11, 1968 and was ushered in by the full frontal nude photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono on their avant-garde record album titled, “Two Virgins.”

LIGHTNING RELEASES (2/14/2014) – You can’t tell a record album by its cover but you might be able to pinpoint the exact beginning of the current Age Of Enlightenment. Author Alan Helgasson contends that whether it was a coincidence or a cosmically influenced stroke of genius, the fact is that the November 11, 1968 release date of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s avant-garde album titled “Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins” synchronizes with the beginning of the end of the Piscean Age.

“The significance of this is astounding,” Helgasson says. “While the world may have dismissed the decision to publish a nude photograph of themselves as a mere publicity stunt, John and Yoko appear to have been making the profound statement that everything, and everyone, would soon be completely exposed. Once exposed, mankind would no longer feel obliged to hide behind facades. As a result, the liberation of the mind, soul, and body would emerge throughout all of humanity. That liberation would, ultimately, lead to peace and understanding which were clearly the prime focus of the efforts of both John Lennon and Yoko Ono as expressed through their music and their art.”

The Age of Enlightenment began during the end of the Piscean Age and continues into The Age Of Aquarius. The Piscean values of money, power and control are being replaced by Aquarian Age values of love, brotherhood, unity and integrity. Helgasson believes John and Yoko were sensitive to the emerging changes and did everything in their power to try to communicate to the rest of us about the good news of an approaching kinder, gentler, more enlightened mankind. Unfortunately most of us didn’t listen.

In Helgasson’s novel, “The Thirty Something Snap,” his characters re-create the cover photo from Two Virgins for the sake of promoting a Japanese avant-garde installation artist. In the story, the fictional rock star wanna-be, Peter Braun, poses nude with the very real Tomoko Takahashi as a publicity stunt to generate interest in an art exhibit at The Museum Of Modern Art in New York City. 

Just as avant-garde art was a difficult sell for artist Yoko Ono, Tomoko Takahashi’s installation art is similarly misunderstood and often dismissed by art critics. The public relations agents in “The Thirty Something Snap” recognize this challenge as they brainstorm the idea to create a campaign that includes a mimicked full frontal nude photograph of the John and Yoko look-alikes along with the campaign slogan of “Give This Piece A Chance.”

Helgasson says, “We gave Yoko a lot of grief in her day and today we’re giving that same grief to new pioneers in art.”

The good news is that the characteristics of an enlightened society are beginning to emerge, albeit slowly, as mankind continues to evolve into a more tolerant and compassionate race. We have a long way to go and Helgasson believes the Two Virgins album should be recognized as a pivotal point of change in that evolution.