Michael’s definition of SOUL began like this:
“THE BLACK TRADITION IS A TRADITION OF SOUL WHICH IS A GIFT OF LOVE AND JOY. SOUL IS THE MOST PRECIOUS THING YOU CAN SHARE BECAUSE YOU’RE SHARING YOURSELF AND THE WORLD NEEDS THAT GIFT NOW MORE THAN EVER. THE CHILD WITH AIDS IN THE GHETTO IS WAITING FOR YOU ALONG WITH THE STARVING PEOPLE IN AFRICA…AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO NEEDS HEALING. MAKE THE WORLD A MORE BEAUTIFUL PLACE BY SHARING WITH ME THE WONDERFUL FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOUR SOUL IS LIFTED UP TO BECOME PURE LOVE.”
With his long, deep, vulnerable, humbling bows, hands clasped, head bowed, often down on one or both knees, arms outstretched, Michael offered himself to his FANS. He offered his very soul to all who were fortunate to cross his unique path. He was PATHOS INCARNATE: possessing the quality of power in his music, storytelling, dance…all forms of his creative expression which evoked feelings of compassion and sympathy in others.
HEAVEN IS HERE
You and I were never separate
It’s just an illusion
Wrought by the magical lens of
There is only one Wholeness
Only one Mind
We are like ripples
In the vast Ocean of Consciousness
The birds, the bees
The infinite galaxies
Clouds and Valleys
Are all a pulsating pattern
Alive with cosmic energy
Full of Life, of Joy
This Universe of Mine
Don’t be afraid
To know who you are
You are much more
Than you ever imagined
You are the Sun
You are the Moon
You are the wildflower in bloom
You are the Life-throb
That pulsates, dances
From a speck of dust
To the most distant star
And you and I
Were never separate
Wrought by the magical lens of
Let us celebrate
The Joy of Life
The Dance of Creation
Michael Jackson DANCING THE DREAM
Yes, Michael evoked feelings of compassion. But, it doesn’t end there, for Michael was a teacher. He used the tools he had been given. HE WAS CHOSEN. Lessons came in many forms and were delivered to masses of people on every corner of the planet. His art taught us how to live. He believed in our power to make change. Michael’s entire life was an art form. Much was stunningly beautiful; his songs, his dance, his films, his performances, HE himself, his astounding good looks and sensuality and sexuality. And, there was pathos evoked by great tragedy.
THE SUFFERING SERVANT
God uses the Suffering Servant to do what we cannot do. The Suffering Servant remains silent and follows his destiny. The Suffering Servant takes all the consequences in his single purpose which will not stop in his pursuit and willingly chooses to do what God wants. (“What is it you want me to do next, God?” Michael Jackson.) We thought his punishment was for his sins, but he was bruised and wounded for our sins. He was oppressed, yet he never said a word. It was the Lord’s plan to bruise him and fill him with grief. This righteous servant will make many to be righteous before God. He has poured out his soul unto death…ISAIAH 53 (This is the passage Michael was reading on his way to court in 2005 to hear the verdict.)
The totality of Michael’s soul and pathos has brought about massive creativity from every possible corridor of life. Music, art, speeches, dance, film, tributes, articles, books, poetry, blogs, activist groups….all inspired by THE ORIGINAL. In my lifetime, I have never before witnessed such a prolonged, vibrant, authentic and passionate outpouring of LOVE ART. People from all over the world continue to be connected because of MICHAEL JACKSON. It now reaches FIVE AND A HALF decades of work. And, there are no indications that it is slowing down. On the contrary, it is a speeding train. The energy is boundless. Speaking from my little corner of the world, I have seen a surge of interest in MICHAELJACKSONCHOSENVOICES.COM. I am surprised daily by the spirituality and limitless love.
Michael provides me each day with THERAPY FOR MY SOUL. When I get stuck, when I am discouraged, when I feel defeated, Michael feeds my creative spirit and gives me the strength I need with his artistry and his inexhaustible humanitarian role model. He inspires me to be better. He excites me with his visionary talents. HE IS MY INSTANT ANTI-DEPRESSANT. With Michael, I discover MAGIC AND MYSTERY AND WONDER all over again. I return to the fantastical world of my childhood. And, at the same time, feel the passion of a woman. I find a sense of purpose for my writing, and for my attempts to give what I can to a world that needs it badly.
Let me give you a glimpse into the creative works of others who move in the world of Michael Jackson. Each of these women have been given great talent in writing and art and I have been blessed to be allowed to share in their respective worlds. Heaven, Michelle, Siren, Brenda, Mimi, and Liz have all been hugely generous in sharing their art with me and with you. Each of these women have inspired, just as all of us are inspired by Michael.
Elizabeth Michelle Billeaudeaux AN ANGEL AMONG US…We Called Him Michael Jackson and MICHAEL IN MY LIFE
DEAR MICHAEL Messenger of Love Elizabeth Johnson
ART AND SOUL
A Spiritual Tribute
This book is a personal tribute to an incredible inspiration, spiritual teacher, and the greatest example of Universal Love of our time.
I’ll never let You part,
For You’re always in my heart…
Brenda Jenkyns and Kathy O’Garren
Michael Jackson’s message of Love, peace, and tolerance changed our lives forever. We hope that FOREVER LOVED, and our previous book, EVER AFTER, will contribute in a small way to help his legacy continue to change the lives of future generations.
A Magical Romance
Story by Heaven Leigh
Illustrations by Mimi O’Garren
MICHAELUNA is a beautifully illustrated Fairy Tale that asks: What if Michael’s muse was a real being, watching over and inspiring him, as she had done for great musicians down through the ages? But, something unexpected happened when she began her musical relationship with him. Magical and confusing feelings disrupted the realm of this heavenly goddess of song. She fell hopelessly and impossibly in love. Wouldn’t you?
No one can explain Michael Jackson better than MICHAEL JACKSON. And so, My Dear, DEAR Friends…I always ask myself when I am writing to you…WHAT WOULD MICHAEL SAY…WHAT WOULD MICHAEL DO?
“Thank you very, very much, Prince Albert. I am incredibly honored to be chosen to receive his award. I’d like to thank the World Music Awards and, especially, THE FANS! You are the reason that I continue to do what I do. I’ve been performing since I was five years old, so I haven’t had what you’d call an ordinary life. But, I’ve been blessed with so many extraordinary opportunities and so many wonderful friends all over the world, that I wouldn’t change a minute of it. Really! I love you more! I’m so proud. I thank God. I’m so proud that God gave me the gift of song and the world gave me the opportunity to be heard through music. And, it’s because of moments like this, I can say with all my heart that I’m proud to be an entertainer. And, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN YET! I LOVE YOU.” Michael Jackson Artist of the Millennium Award 2000 World Music Awardshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znKQtBCAlqQ
I love you, My Dear Friends. Thank you for all YOU do to PAY MICHAEL FORWARD, being an activist in protecting Michael’s life and legacy.
YOURstory Please take a moment to read the amazing, profound and loving comments you have shared…I am always so very grateful when I can read YOURstories and learn from them. YOU INSPIRE ME. I LOVE YOU! Jude
Your enthusiasm and devotion to following your heart is very inspiring. You are making a difference and changing the world by being You. Thank you!
So beautiful, dear Jude! This is my favorite of Michael’s poems, as well. 🙂 Your L.O.V.E. and spirit are inspirational to me! Thank you for your gift with words. “An instant anti-depressant!” A great expression of how Michael affects those who listen to his spirit. I’m so blessed to be your friend. MichaeLOVE and hugs, ~h~
Please let your readers know about my upcoming Heal Your World show where I will be welcoming Reverent June Juliet Gatlin, Michael’s Spiritual Advisor. January 17, 2014 Heavenly World Network, Blogtalk Radio. They can find the event on Facebook – and also on my website by clicking on my name above from these comments. Thank you SO much. Reverent June is amazing – and was so dear to Michael, as he was to her.
Wow, Jude… how much I love what you wrote about the “Suffering Servant”. It’s incredible.. YOU are incredible. Thank you for speaking Michael’s Truth so boldly and beautifully. I am humbled by and grateful for all that you do in His name.
Jude this a marvelous post. I remember having a shallow understanding of the genre of “Soul Music” until discovering Michael Jackson. He gave it a whole new meaning. Everything he did came from his soul, and touched our collective Soul. Thank you for sharing about the passage in Isaiah. I was unaware of his reading this on the way to the reading of the verdict. Where did you learn this?
Heaven is Here is my favorite poem in DTD. It made me fall in Love with Michael on a spiritual level.
Loved this, Jude. I did not know of him reading this passage on the way to the trial verdict either. Yes the ultimate antidepressant as we were discussing just the other day!! It’s so true how Michael feeds our creative spirits. Lovely to see the work of others here. Thank you. xx
Thank you so much for pointing us back here today, dearest Jude. I am empowered by your words of L.O.V.E. The beauty of God’s Glow shines from you. I feel Michael smiling. xoxoxox