“Love is a funny thing to describe. It’s so easy to feel and yet so slippery to talk about. It’s like a bar of soap in the bathtub-you have it in your hand until you hold on too tight.
Some people spend their lives looking for love outside themselves. They think they have to grasp it in order to have it. But love slips away like that wet bar of soap.
Holding onto love is not wrong, but you need to learn to hold it lightly, caressingly. Let it fly when it wants. When it’s allowed to be free, love is what makes life alive, joyful and new. It’s the juice and energy that motivates my music, my dancing, everything. As long as love is in my heart, it’s everywhere.”
Michael Jackson DANCING THE DREAM 1992
A LOVE REVOLUTION
Today is the 55th month since Michael left this earth. I was reminded of that by Brenda Jenkyns in her beautiful poem this morning. And suddenly, she inspired me to reflect on a journey touched by wonder…a kind of wonder unknown to me before. Michael’s death has in no way ended his giving. Someone said, “I only miss him when I’m breathing”, and that describes a love given completely by many. Miriam Shahzad called it “A LOVE REVOLUTION”. There is a great truth in that. Michael Jackson’s Global Family reaches every corner of this planet. He often spoke of the power of the people as he reached out to inspire and lead. Heaven Leigh said it best on her blogtalk radio show when she said, “There will never be another Michael Jackson. There never needs to be. His spirit will never leave us.” Here, in January, 2014, I am blessed with a growing Michael Jackson Family. Each morning, I look forward to what will be shared, what new and exciting things I will learn and where they will take me in my own writings. I feel that freedom Michael speaks about, that love that makes my life joyful. The passion in me grows. Although I have never met my new angel friends in person, I love them. But, of course, that comes as no surprise. I have never met Angel Michael personally and I love him with all my heart.
This day, the 55th month anniversary, I realize that I am beginning CHAPTER TWO of my journey of grace inspired by art. Chapter One was a path of intense research as a solitary pilgrim. Chapter Two is going to be collaborative. “When the student’s ready, the teacher will appear.” Michael’s teachings include collaborations on so many levels. And, here I am, about to become a collaborative writer. He has given me that.
And so, I have decided to honor some amazing collaborators today. I have learned that those who are drawn to Michael possess his qualities of generosity, caring, honesty, humility, charity, humanity, and unconditional love. We all reach out to Michael. “WHATEVER YOU BELIEVE, YOU BECOME.” Michael’s words describe his Army of Love. We believe in the man, the legacy and we have become a part of it, we defend it and we PAY IT FORWARD. Or, as Virginia Urbach said, “SHARING IT FORWARD!”
55 by Brenda Jenkyns
The time you have been gone
The time I have been loving you
The age that I am
One month for each year I have been here
It must be a time
To renew my promise
Made 55 months ago
To love you forever
To share your LOVE with the world
To do my part
To always say YES to my heart
To follow where you lead
Knowing you love me more
For eleven months of each year of my life
I was asleep
I will always regret that fact
But the last 12th of my life
Which I share with you
Has given me more joy
Than I knew existed in the universe
Your sacrifice was not in vain
I take this time today
To tell you once again
For the 55 millionth time
I love you Michael
I am yours
How may I serve you today,
Tomorrow and Forever
“You are more than a Fan. You are becoming love’s hands, feet and mouthpiece on Earth. It is happening all over the world. You are not crazy. You are loved and you love…deeply enough to answer the call of an angel. The key is that he meant it when he said, “YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER PART OF ME”. It’s a phenomenon, a movement, a ripple effect of love that cannot be stopped. A love this deep cannot be forgotten, cannot fade. It will forever continue to grow. He came to HEAL THE WORLD. He’s just beginning…and YOU are KEY to unlock a better world. There will never be another Michael Jackson. There never needs to be. His spirit will never leave us.”
“Thank you so very much for all you do to keep Michael’s legacy of LOVE alive in your hearts and to spread it around the world. See you this and every 25th. It would be wonderful if you could help spread the word, too, to all FANS across the world…TO HEAL THE WORLD WITH LOVE IN HONOR OF MICHAEL JACKSON. Thank you with love, the MLP Team.”
Michael Jackson’s Legacy
“We are dedicated to the welfare of children and animals, the protection of the environment, and the elimination of needless suffering, in his absence.”
THE SEVEN VIRTUES
“Modest behavior, selflessness, and the giving of respect. A spirit of self-examination and charity toward people you disagree with. The courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious, or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved. Reverence for those who have wisdom and those who selflessly teach in Love. Giving credit where credit is due, not unfairly glorifying ones own self. Being faithful to promises. Refraining from despair and the ability to confront fear and uncertainty or intimidation.”
Michael Jackson A VISUAL COMMENTARY 1958-2009
“Michael, I am so sorry that you are gone. You were and always will be the best! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your great inspiration and for all the opportunities you have given me. Your spirit will live on forever, and I will promote the truth and your legacy wherever I can.”
AN ANGEL AMONG US
WE CALLED HIM MICHAEL JACKSON…A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
MS. ELIZABETH MICHELLE BILLEAUDEAUX
“I know that when I listen to His voice, especially certain songs, I actually seem to vibrate on a cellular level. His pitch, His resonance, His melody, His timing…all seem to touch my inner core, who I think of as “me”. This is how He seemed to bring us all together. He knew about this: tonal vibration and the rhythms of time and space. He married these concepts with His music and dance, and gave birth to a worldwide movement of love and peace among all peoples of Earth. Through His music, we all swayed to the same beat. We all vibrated to the music of the spheres. We came together and all felt closer to God.”
A LIFE OF LOVE
Bloemen, Dobler, Lohr
“…a personal portrait and a vivid picture of a man whose declared goal it was to heal the world and who started ‘the man in the mirror’ by showing the utmost respect to fellow human beings. With his message he inspired millions to follow his cause. To join the line of those keeping Michael Jackson’s message alive, all proceeds from this book are being donated to charity. May this book inspire even more people to follow his lead and to do their share to make this world a better place!”
DEFENDING A KING-HIS LIFE AND LEGACY
Dr. Karen Moriarty
“I would like to acknowledge Michael Jackson’s fans everywhere. In my experience, you are the most open-minded and open-hearted people I’ve known. It has been a joy for me to join the fold, knowing that it is truly worldwide in scope and pervasive in its sense of kinship and purpose. Michael Jackson longed to bring unity, peace, harmony and love to this planet, to countries of all shapes and sizes, to people of all shades of color, belief systems, and ways of life. The Michael Jackson community-strengthened by his passion and example, by his tragic passing-is working to continue his vision.”
EARTH SONG Inside Michael Jackson’s Magnum Opus
“Before AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, before AVATAR and WALL-E, before “going green” became a catchphrase, same MICHAEL JACKSON’S EARTH SONG, one of the most unusual, audacious protest songs in popular music history.”
PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS IN NEVERLAND WITH MICHAEL JACKSON
William B. Van Valin II MD
“Michael would invite several grades from area schools to come to the Ranch to have lunch or dinner, go on rides, visit the zoo and see a movie. He did this frequently. I would hear Michael say a number of times, “No one pays for anything in Neverland.”
Robert E. “Rob” Swinson
“If my friend Michael Jackson were still here today, I would tell him, Thank you, Michael, for allowing me to share some of your footsteps on your path through life…I hope you have found the peacefulness so much desired, and may God bless you for what you were able to accomplish during your too brief of a lifetime here on Earth!”
Michael’s love resides in the hearts of these beautiful people. To be sure, there are many, many more who I have not quoted today. Michael said often that his trust came from love. “All the messages from Michael were about tuning into your heart, healing from the inside out.” Heaven Leigh We see that love in one another in this community brought together by Michael. It is a LOVE REVOLUTION. We have been CHOSEN just as Michael was.
And so, My Dearest Angel Friends, I am honored and humbled by this second chapter of collaboration I am on. I am truly grateful for all of you. I am strengthened by Michael’s music, his voice, his soul, his timeless gift of humanity. (Dorit Koppel) I love you.
You are a kind and beautiful soul, and I am so blessed to know you. Thank you for all you do for L.O.V.E. I adore Michael’s writing about LOVE, how it is slippery like that bar of soap. I found this writing in “Dancing the Dream” after I’d written of Kenji and his game with the bar of soap in my book Nina’s Story. 😉 It was a fun moment that lifted my heart – to see how Michael’s influence can be in our writing even before we realize it. 🙂
I am grateful for all the bubbles the soap makes too! Floating free – having FUN, dancing in rainbow colors through the air. “Mira happily crooned her favorite bath-time song to Kenji as he squeezed the cake of soap out of his hands and sent it flying through the air…” LOVE you MORE, dear Jude. Keep blowing those beautiful bubbles of love throughout the world! Hey, I wonder if that was why Michael called “Bubbles,” Bubbles? Hee hee LOoooooove!
What a journey we are on!.. and how Blessed I am to share it with such amazing souls such as you, dearest Jude. You are His angel and an incredible testament to Him. Thank you xxx
Thank you for this wonderful piece, Jude! Lovely to see other people’s work here too. My faith is restored in decent, straightforward writing!! Much love and thanks for all you do. xx
You have put this all so perfectly. YES! This is a journey of a life time…of life times! I am so happy to be haring it with you, and His soldiers of love!!!
peace, light & MichaeL~O~V~E to you sweet Sister! <3
thank you jude michael’s death changed me in alot of ways, he is my inspiaration. I love the way all michael’s fans come together. it’s all for love and making the world a better place. I can’t thank michael enough, and the fans too. I’m learning to become a better writer and reader because of michael. he loved to read. we have to educate our selfs. and I am closer to god thanks to all. blessings everyone.
For a fan of Michael Jackson we have all come together in the most upsetting way, the passing of a King. I was beside myself with grief, and had to hold back the heartbreak that I felt. How could this be, this has to be another scam on Michael dying like once before…..my head kept spinning…this is one of the most devastating news that could ever be. I have loved and lost a lot of cherished people in my life…my mom the hardest to handle. I mourn her especially in September, she was taken away from this earth and my life at a tender age of 13. It hurt and is a pain that runs deep. Now here’s the funny part of my journey. On that day I was on a train going to NYC, and inside all the taxis was the announcement that he did die. Those images will never leave my memory as long as I live here on earth. I walk around like a mindless zombie feeding off of the brains of the knowledge waiting for an April Fools kind of thing to happen. It didn’t.
Every day since that day, 55 months as Jude has pointed out. I will never lose the lump in my heart, the ache I feel when I breath, and the most agonizing pain I ever could imagine. I want to wake up from this nightmare, these thoughts swirled around like a blizzard in my mind. One night I was sitting in my room hiding from the mocking eyes of my family and I stumbled, I don’t know how or why, people around the world coming together on Amazon. The only thing in my life that made it bearable to go on everyday was meeting the most wonderful, loving, and caring people who shared and understood my pain. At the end of a day after being on here talking to you loves of my heart my soul feels revived . Michael had the most amazing quality for loving us all no matter where we were around the globe. He gave me and I know you all agree with this statement. He took all of our hearts and he took our souls. But like a family member in his will he left us love, consciousness, empathy, but the most powerful thing he left us in his will was everyone one of you beautiful people. What a wonderful inheritance! life
You all feed me with knowledge everyday. Each day is an enlightening experience of love and knowledge that you all bring to the table. I start my day out looking for all your posts, your love, and compassion. Is this the message that Michael intended for us? Yes it is. So even though there are days that seem like I can’t get through them, I come home to my sisters and find my home, peace and sanity. Thank you Michael your gifts are never ending and you love is globally acknowledged. I love you all more..I love you Michael most!!!
Michael’s Love is still with us he may not be here physically, but his spirit is with us, and walks beside each and every person who loves him deeply, and wishing to carry on his legacy of “bringing LOVE back into the world”. Thank you Jude. <3