Everything I Needed to Learn, I Learned from Michael Jackson
On August 29, 1958, a bright star was born in Gary, Indiana. He would change the game of music forever and his style would be imitated by children for decades to come. Short films were revolutionized and re-written by this musical genius. Michael Jackson would have been fifty-four years old today had he lived.
The world may have gone a little dimmer and something shifted in me on June 25, 2009 when this creative light left us. I felt sadness and confusion while I began an intense research of who this man truly was. In the process I have met lovely people from all over the planet; Michael’s Soldiers of Love. Soldiers who have been relentless, and determined to spread the truth about Michael Jackson’s godly motives and selflessness and how unique, caring and loving he was. In my humble opinion, being an advocate of Michael Jackson is an honor and I will defend him until my last exhale.
I discovered the serious, well written books by Joe Vogel, who delves carefully into Michael’s creative process and his genius. I’ve learned of groups like MJ Truth Now which is comprised of an editorial team whose goal is advocacy for Michael Jackson. The team collaborates in bringing factual information to those who want to know the truth about Michael Jackson. What I love about MJ Truth Now is no one person is responsible for the content rather there are several contributors for each communication. I’ve also found VindicateMJ; whose primary goal is justice for Michael. Each blog is carefully researched for accurate truth to reveal the injustice Michael suffered.
I think Michael suffered unbearable injustice and those hardships not only made him beautiful but he became a fierce advocate of life. There was beauty in Michael’s brokenness. When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe when something has suffered damage and has history, it becomes more beautiful. Michael had to deal with so many lies and betrayals. Phil Collins said “The people who don’t want anything from him are children. Everyone else wants something. They want to flirt with glory…He’s a tabloid victim.”
I believe one of Michael’s greatest gifts was understanding as an five year old that he had a greater purpose to aspire to. Michael, when it was all quiet, heard the truth. He listened to his calling and devoted his life to making music, spreading love and light while giving to those less fortunate than him. I think Michael Jackson was the most judged person on this planet yet he was the most creative. Why? Because he honored the wisdom of his soul’s purpose. He wasn’t just an eccentric genius, he was the archetypal misunderstood artist. He was committed to his creative vision while the world continued to judge him. Eventually corruption from people destroyed him without scruple and I think his sensitivity and vulnerability were too soft for this world.
I was once again witness to a sea of love in remembrance to him at Forest Lawn Glendale on the anniversary of his birthday with homemade cards, roses and sunflowers sent from all around the globe. He led a compassionate, giving life spreading joy and love with his gifts to the world as he inspired us to understand how helping others can help ourselves as well. The passion Michael Jackson’s fans put into their videos (see three at end of blog), flowers and gifts is testament to the care and love we all feel for him. I met Nicoletta who said “I came to Los Angeles from near Portafino, Italy from 27 August until 3 September just for Michael.”
No matter how much the negative nellies, the cynics and haters try to pass around lies, no matter how the media tabloid tried to make him into a caricature, Michael’s heart will always outshine the medialoid ( mainstream media infected by tabloid journalism). Even though Sneddon’s prosecution of Michael was so malicious and lasted for so long that it became a lifelong persecution and in spite of the witch hunt, Michael’s heart remained open and forgiving.
I started to think about why Michael Jackson means so much to me and how he taught us by example. Everything in quotes are direct from Michael Jackson.
Live for and be kind to others.
“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”
Reach for your dreams.
“Please go for your dreams. Whatever your ideals, you can become whatever you want to become.”
Practice your passion.
“The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.”
“Believe in yourself, “Study the greats and become greater.”
“I’ll always be Peter Pan in my heart.”
“But no one can take my heart away from me”
“I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole new world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go any place you want to in reading.”
Tell the Truth
“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court.”
Believe in G-d.
“But for me the sweetest contact with God has no form. I close my eyes, look within, and enter a deep soft silence. The infinity of God’s creation embraces me.”
Stay innocent, not judgmental.
“And that’s what innocence is. It’s simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view. If you are locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked. You miss the freshness and magic of the moment. Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades.”
Look for the stars.
“I’m going to search for my star until I find it. It’s hidden in the drawer of innocence, wrapped in a scarf of wonder.”
Care for each other.
“We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones to make a brighter day so let’s start giving. There’s a choice we’re making. We’re saving our own lives. It’s true we make a better day just you and me.”
Care about our planet.
“Heal the World, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race, there are people dying, if you care enough for the living, make it a better place for you and for me.”
Don’t take it personally.
“I just want you to recognize me, in the temple you can’t hurt me, I found peace within myself.” – Jam from Dangerous.
Fight against injustice.
“All I gotta say is they don’t really care about us.”
Recognize the Other Person Is You
“We’re taking over, we have the truth. This is the Mission. To see it through. We’re sending out a major love and this is our message to you. The planets are lining up, we’re bringing brighter days. They’re all in line, waiting for you. Can’t you see? You’re just another part of me.” –Another Part of Me from Bad.
“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”
“To give someone a piece of your heart is worth more than all the wealth in the world.”
“If you listen to his lyrics they are those of a modern day prophet and it beseeches us to listen to him and what he sang.”