~To love in spite of all is the secret to greatness…and may very well be the greatest secret in the universe~
“I love to look at the world and know that everything is a gift to us from Him, everything beautiful and terrible an opportunity to elevate, to become LOVE for HIM.”
“I’ll never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to. He said continue to love. Always love.”
Between the dreaming and the coming true, we realize the love that has found us, catching us when we stumble, showing us something good on a dark day. Every moment offers a second chance. With Michael we have a healing balm, a sacred partnership. The more truth we tell, the more possibilities for truth to happen, for we know that changing beliefs leads to changed behavior, ultimately changing the choices we make. The past and future meet in how we remember, what we remember, and why we remember, forming a personal map of our individuality. Although each of us has a different character story, we truly understand the concept that good things are meant to be shared. Eileen Mayhew reminds us that tears water our soul, and we have cried an ocean of them with a loss that has shaped our futures. This is a story worth telling, a story that strikes most nearly to the heart. (Caitlin Matthews)
~Loss creates desire and it’s only desire to live and love again that heals loss~
And so, we take from Michael’s words: I thank my fans around the world. I love you. I couldn’t be ME without YOU. With the energy of a pulsing love that does not stop, we are guided toward who we are and what we can become. One wonderful revelation leads to another.
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices, and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”
Michael’s artistry, his character in the face of great opposition, his unyielding choices build a picture of his day to day life, and sear into our souls the epic life we will never forget. Two thoughts emerge: You can tell a lot about a person by who they admire. Is this who we want to be? Although life often feels like wandering through treacle…we know without a doubt: Michael Jackson’s life and artistry are a clear blueprint for the world we desire. “A new world will be won not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded, but by those who are in the arena.” Nelson Mandela Michael spent his life speaking for cause. His messages touched on humanities’ struggles, delivering UNITY, SENSITIVITY, EMPATHY, WISDOM, TRUTH, LIGHT, LOVE, AND TRANSFORMATION (In the Arms of the Beloved). This is not a spectator sport. We join Michael in the arena.
~Michael is synonymous with sharing, empathy and respect. The nature of the essence of Michael Jackson is of cooperation, of union and love, not prejudice, attacks, preconceptions, competition, egotism, and vanity~
“He was a man who gave his whole soul into the world. When can you write about a man who offered total and unconditional love and contribution to the happiness of millions of people around the world. Through his music, not to mention the many who he visited, sick children in hospitals in many countries around the world. Who gave generously and sincerely…gifts, tickets to his show, and lifted spirits to help them improve. I am the mother of one of those children. My son and I had the opportunity to meet Michael in the children’s hospital in Sydney on November 18, 1987. I won’t forget that day as long as I live. When Michael arrived at the hospital with an abundance of toy animals that he generously offered all the children in the room…he went from room to room and personally visited every child…softly saying words of comfort. I’ll never forget the joy of those children, and the medical staff and parents visiting the children that day. Michael, I know you’re with angels. God bless your soul. You will live in our hearts forever. Thank you for the music.”
Ours is a celebration of life. Each day, we forward Michael’s life and legacy in an array of creativity, diverse and powerful. ~In a world arena, we educate~ It is with a love that wakes us to the wonderment in the world. And, on June 25th and August 29th…we pause awhile to simply join hands and sing.
~from Dr. Hubert Eaton 1915~
~I believe in a happy eternal life.
~I therefore know the cemeteries of today are wrong because they depict an end rather than a beginning.
~Forest Lawn shall become a place where lovers, new and old, shall love to stroll and watch the sunset’s glow, planning for the future or reminiscing of the past; a place where artists study and sketch; where school teachers bring happy children to see the things they read of in books.
“My 4-year-old girl woke me up at 3 this morning, came into my room and said she couldn’t sleep. I asked her why, and as I tucked her back in bed she said, ‘I can’t sleep because I’m sad. I’m sad because Michael’s in heaven. I wish Michael was back in this world.” It took every ounce of strength to finish tucking her in without breaking into tears as I whispered to her, she fell asleep…’So do I, Baby Girl, every moment of every day.'”
~He was known as the King, but he reminded me of the Little Prince. What moves me so deeply about this sleeping prince is his loyalty to a flower, the image of a rose shining within him like a flame within a lamp, even when he’s asleep…And I realized he was even more fragile than I had thought. Lamps must be protected. A gust of wind can blow them out. Michael’s sensitivity was even more extraordinary than his talent. And his true truth resided in his heart. As the Little Prince also said: ‘Eyes are blind. You have to look with your heart. What’s most important is invisible.’ Michael saw everything with his heart~
Brooke Shields July 7, 2009
~We couldn’t BE without YOU, Michael~