“IT HAS BEEN MY PASSION FOR A LONG, LONG TIME TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.” Michael Jacksonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu2pADzptiM
I am honored to devote this article to a project that has deeply touched my heart… HEAL YOUR WORLD BOOK FOR CHILDREN…Artwork and Wisdom from Children created by Heaven Leigh. To really grasp the enormity of this upcoming creation, I want to revisit Michael Jackson Truisms. Michael placed teachable moments everywhere in his artistry. Channeling the music of the spheres into twirling energy, luscious sound, and magical language, he has empowered a global humanitarian surge of ceaseless ripples emanating from diverse souls. Traversing flames of abuse which touched on every aspect of human injustice, Michael reached inside the hearts of masses of people depositing seeds that continue to germinate. The fires of injustice, greed, jealousy and racism illuminate the man’s character, burning a bond so strong that Fans actively search to continue his message almost five years after his passing. So, what truisms are honored in Heaven’s upcoming book? As always, I turn to Michael for the answer, saying, “What would Michael do?”
“Our children are the most beautiful, most sweet, most treasured of our creations. And yet, every minute at least 28 children die. Today our children are at risk of being killed by diseases and by the violence of war, guns, abuse and neglect. Children have few rights and no one to speak for them. They have no voice in our world. God and nature have blessed me with a voice. Now I want to use it to help children speak for themselves. I have founded the Heal the World Foundation to be the voice of the voiceless: the children.” Michael Jackson June 23, 1992
HEAL THE WORLD
The Foundation has three main goals:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC49th-Jf0s
1. To make the safety, health and development of children the world’s highest priority.
2. To be the voice of the voiceless by focusing worldwide attention on the needs and rights of all children and by providing children with a forum to express their unique vision for healing the world.
3.To help create a world where children will live without violence, where children will be free of disease and have healthy lives, and where each generation will have the opportunity to grow into fully participating members of the world community.
G&P Foundation Award for work fighting cancer
“I’m honored, Mr. President Clinton, to receive this award in your presence and I thank you for the years of dedication and service you’ve rendered to the American people, you’ve been an incredible President and I love you. Cancer is the number one killer of children and it is only when we join together on evenings like this, that we can summon the courage and determination to stop it from ever robbing another child of the precious gift of life, or a parent of the joy of watching their child grow.” Michael Jacksonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWPoVq7ruRQ
“Join hands and reach to the heavens…don’t do it because I’m asking you to, do it because it’s the right thing to do. Now I ask you for a moment of love and silence…And tonight we all stand united and ask WHAT MORE CAN I GIVE? and when we leave here tonight let us take this love and give it to all the people everywhere in every corner of the Earth…To the families of the victims of September 11th that are here with us tonight, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You are in our hearts, you are in our thoughts and you are in our prayers.”
“What we need to learn from children isn’t childish. Being with them connects us to the deep wisdom of life, which is ever present and only asks to be lived. Now, when the world is so confused and its problems so complicated, I feel we need our children more than ever. Their natural wisdom points the way to solutions that lie waiting to be recognized within our own hearts.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuDsmqEp5GE
WISE LITTLE GIRL
“She took my heart in her hands and made it weightless as a cotton puff, so that it was impossible for me to even begin to think…WHAT A TERRIBLE THING. All I saw was light and love. In their innocence, very young children know themselves to be light and love. If we will allow them, they can teach us to see ourselves the same way.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRzBgFg76fI
“When you get right down to it, survival means seeing things the way they really are and responding. It means being open. 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.”
As J.K. Rowlings said in Harry Potter, “It is not our abilities that show us who we truly are, but it’s our choices.” Michael Jackson had unparalleled abilities and talents…gifts he freely shared and continues to share. Greatness is measured by what we create and who we include…Michael created every minute he walked the planet and, everyone on earth was and is included.
Heaven Leigh’s choices for this new project reflect all of the Michael Truisms mentioned here. Of course, I could continue to write from Michael’s life for his teachings are unending, putting language to every human condition in need of help. Instead, I want to shine a light on the purposes for HEAL YOUR WORLD FOR CHILDREN. This is an opportunity for children to have that voice Michael spoke about…a chance to reach out to all the children around the world, sharing pictures and words that give their wisdom when searching for peace, harmony and love. It is an opportunity to donate to WORLD CHILD CANCER CHARITY helping children have a better life with their cancer. It is a project that empowers children as they offer us their wisdom… informing a better world. And, it gives adults hope in an effort to rediscover their own childhood. Michael said he wanted to help adults rediscover the child hiding in them…any adult that is open to that idea will find energy for it here.
David Nordahl, the artist that created masterpieces for Neverland Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, has graciously given a beautiful piece of his art to be used for the cover of this wonderful book. The piece Heaven has chosen is entitled, THE STORYTELLER. Michael opened his autobiography, MOONWALK, with this…”I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul…” He did that with every facet of his artistry…from lyrics to songs, concepts and stories for his short films, choreography, as each of his dances were interpretations of the music. The children’s drawings and languages in this book will do the same. MICHAEL IS CERTAINLY SMILING!
My Dear Friends, I would encourage you to view each of the embedded videos in this article. They provide a richness for Michael’s truisms.
I am truly honored to have been able to write this article in an effort to reveal the magic that is taking place. I can hardly wait to see how it will all turn out. CONGRATULATIONS TO HEAVEN LEIGH AND LEANN FICKES AND DAVID NORDAHL. You are continuing Michael’s loving messages in a beautiful way. I love you.
And, Dear Friends…thank you for all YOU do to spread Michael’s message around the world. Each of us is sharing our gifts…and, as Michael said…”If you share your gift, and I share my gift, we can help others find their gifts.” WE ARE DOING THAT AS WE PAY MICHAEL AND HIS TEACHINGS FORWARD. I love you!