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Things I Learned from Michael Jackson: #10 One in Service, Celebrating Michael / Happy Birthday, Michael!

♥ ♥ ♥ Oh, beautiful Michael, we love you! May this love light your heart like a million suns, May it shower you in the sweetest of bliss, Yet even so, it could never express one billionth of our thankfulness! God bless you, today and forever, dear Michael. With love and joy we celebrate YOU on this 29th day of August, your blessed birthday. You are always in our hearts and in our souls. Thank you for everything! With all our love, for all time ~ L♥VE

One in Service, Celebrating Michael by Diana Foley
(Things I Learned from Michael Jackson:
#10 "One Person Makes a Difference

In thinking about service to our fellow humans, the idea is so incredibly overwhelming, it’s easy to feel immobilized. The world is so big and there are so many needs to be met. I am reminded of the Peanuts comic strip in which one of the characters remarks, “I love Mankind…it’s People I can’t stand!” It’s easy to think about “service” in the abstract, but it’s more difficult (and the needs are so vast) to think concretely about what I can do in the here and now. Where and how does one start?

I love the story of the Starfish: it is probably familiar to most of you, but I think it bears repeating. (original story by Loren Eisley):
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they will die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you know there are miles and miles of beach, and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference.”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the ocean. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one!”
What can one person do? I recall a sermon I heard years ago. Relying on VERY long term memory (and with undying respect for Rev. Jenny Warren), it went something like this: Noah saved all the animals and his family from being lost in the great flood. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. Abraham listened to God and became the father of a great nation. Esther saved her people from extinction by using her influence with the King.

Think of each of these people, who was “ONLY ONE PERSON” before you bemoan the fact that there is little one person can do.

Each of us is “only one person.” Michael was “only one person.” Yes, I know the comparison doesn’t seem fair on the surface. But, suppose he had been overcome with the idea of “I’m only one person?” Think hard about that, and you will realize what the world might have never known.

I believe that each of us comes to this life with our own 'marching orders'. “There are many gifts, but one Spirit that gives them.” (I Corinth. 12:4). We are not here by accident. Each of us has our own role to play in this Dance of Life, each of us has our own unique contributions to make for the betterment of the world. My prayer for each of us, is that we find (or expand) what we are supposed to do, and do it with gusto. That, I believe, is the real celebration that Michael would want. ~ Diana, in Call For Love, Aug 28, 2011 (thank you, Diana, for allowing us to post here too :)

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Beautiful music for your August 25th prayer...

Note: Some pre-scheduled Twitter tweets were delayed in the queue without our control and may go out via the service at inappropriate times, even hours after the August prayer. We did send manual reminders earlier for those who were logged in and the August 25th prayer took place as usual at 2pm L.A. time. We apologize for any confusion. THANK YOU & MUCH LOVE to everyone! See you Sept 25th.

This month's Major Love Prayer is TODAY! At 2pm Pacific Time on Thursday, August 25th (see global time chart) we will harmonize all around the world, as ONE, sending out a major love. And as we turn our focus to LOVE, the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation, here are two beautiful videos to accompany your visualization if you'd like, made with love by fellow MLP participant, Elmira (thank you!). Please know, all of you, that your support and commitment to keeping this prayer going month after month is greatly and lovingly appreciated. We thank each and every one of you for believing in Major Love Prayer and for recognizing in our beloved Michael the genius, love and innocence that is our inspiration. He always brought us together with love and he continues to do so. Did you know that this month is the 24th time we've gathered together in spirit for MLP?! Amazing! May this continue for all time, with love, for love, together. Thank you all, thank you, dear Michael. You are loved and missed. ♥

Note: the video above may be blocked in some countries. Sorry :(

We'll see you all again in September, as we join with the Call for Love initiative for special prayers and visualizations as the trial begins in Los Angeles. And of course for a special MLP September 25th. Thank you and much love always! ~ the MLP team

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Reminder: Major Love Prayer is TODAY, Aug 25!

Please help us spread the word, everyone! Let's harmonize all around the world! :))) If you possibly can, please stop what you're doing at 2pm Pacific Time on Thursday, August 25th and each out with your heart to connect with thousands of MJ fans across the planet as we pray for, feel and grow the energy LOVE and PEACE within and without, so it may shine from above and across the globe, healing the world with LOVE and LIGHT. Thanks and much love, ~ the MLP team

How to Participate/Instructions (in 19 languages)

Global Time Chart for August 25, 2011
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August 25th MLP & charity projects for MJ's birthday

We are here to change the world! And change begins within. By focusing on unconditional love, we strengthen its power within ourselves. By connecting to each other with unconditional love, we foster the spirit of understanding and forgiveness within our community. By consciously encompassing our planet within a global web of unconditional love with our united hearts, we help awaken compassion within ALL. Let us continue to join together, to help give a glimmer of hope on that deep level within, so that it may continue to rise to the surface of awareness all across the world, so that humanity can turn to each other with greater light. As the darkness of fear and ignorance is expelled by the light of compassion, we naturally take action to end the cycles of violence, oppression and suffering. But it starts within. With LOVE.

Imagine the power of the WHOLE MJ fan community joining together as ONE; all religions, all beliefs, all nations ... for LOVE ... love, pure and simple... every month, all around the world! We've been gathering like this EVERY MONTH since September 25, 2009, but we still need your help, as there's no MLP without YOU! Please help us spread the word by linking to this page, sharing/tagging this photo on Facebook, updating your MJ forums and reminding your friends. Thank you all SO much and much love to each of you! ♥ ♥ ♥ We send out a major love every 25th at 2pm Pacific Time, which is 5pm Eastern, 10pm in the UK, 23:00 CET in Western Europe, 01:00 in Moscow. (See global time chart).


And just a few days after our August prayer is Michael's birthday. There are several amazing charity projects by fan groups, so please check out the links below! (And feel free to add more in comments if you know of others, thanks!)
  • ♥ 2300 MAKE A PACT http://www.facebook.com/2300makeapact recently collected donations for the Dresses from Neverland campaign, that is providing dresses to girls affected by the tornado outbreak in the US earlier this summer. The latest project is to send a child to the Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Cirque du Soleil show via Make A Wish!

[Note: MLP is a fan-created and maintained group project and is entirely not for profit. Our only purpose is to continue Michael's legacy of love via the monthly prayer, by helping to promote charity projects and by sharing your creative works that emphasize the power of love. The prayer/meditation is entirely adaptable to your own spiritual or other beliefs, as we are a global community with thousands of members and do not therefore try to promote a specific belief system... other than LOVE.]

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August 2011, Major Love and You

♥ ♥ ♥ IN LESS THAN A WEEK, ON AUGUST 25th WE'RE SENDING OUT A MAJOR LOVE, to spread love throughout the minds and hearts of humanity and heal the planet with the power of intention/prayer. We hope you'll be with us all at 2pm PT (10pm UK) as thousands join hearts worldwide to increase positive energy & raise vibrations with a giant wave of LOVE! Please share this on Facebook and Twitter and help us spread the word! Thank you all so much :) ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ The One Rose for Michael Facebook group is raising funds for UNICEF for Michael's birthday. Your $2 donation, sent in Michael's name, pays for a child's vaccination against tetanus, measles and polio.

Heal the World for Children is again holding festivals in cities around the world for Michael's birthday (August 29). A $20 donation will also enter you into a drawing for an autograph Michael signed in 2009. Please see their FB page for details.

Michael Jackson Birthday Charity is a fan group that is organizing for everyone to donate to Orphan's Lifeline of Hope International on August 29th in honor of Michael.

And please donate what you can (see post and links) to help the children of Somalia today!

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"We is not a choice anymore" Please help the children of Somalia

"We is not a choice anymore, not if you and I want to grow with one another. We unites us, increases our strength; it picks up our burden when you and I are ready to let it fall. The truth is that you & I would have given up long ago, but We won't let us. It is too wise. 'Look into your hearts,' it says. 'What do you see? Not you and I, but only We.'" ~ Michael Jackson ('I You We')

Everyone, please help Somalia and surrounding countries in the Horn of Africa by donating whatever you can. Over 3 million people (and so many, many children) are affected by the biggest famine in 60 years. Aid agencies say they will be out of food in 3 weeks ... unless WE do something NOW...

UNICEF: MJ Fans Unite for Famine Relief Team
♥ UNICEF | ♥ World Food Programme | ♥ Mercy Corps
♥ Save the Children | ♥ World Vision | ♥ Doctors Without Borders
♥ Shelter Box | ♥ Catholic Relief Services | ♥ Oxfam America |
♥ Int'l Rescue Committee | ♥ Int'l Medical Corp

Plus, many children are dying from completely preventable diseases like measles and mumphs. The One Rose for Michael Facebook group is raising funds for UNICEF for Michael's birthday. Your $2 donation, sent in Michael's name, pays for a child's vaccination against tetanus, measles and polio.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

"We Are the World" is a song and charity single originally recorded by USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. The promotion and merchandise aided the success of "We Are the World" and raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US. (~ Wikipedia)

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Mobile 'MajorLovePrayer' is here

We're pleased to announce that a mobile version of our website is now accessible and should load automatically on most smartphones. It can be accessed on other mobile devices at http://www.majorloveprayer.org/?m=1. The mobile version gives you an easy to read summary of the latest posts and articles, with the option to read the full story, view thumbnail images and comments. At the bottom of the mobile page is a link to view the web version in case you need it to access other links or information. We hope this makes our site easier to use on the go. Thanks everyone, for all the lovea and support :) Our next global prayer is August 25th! ♥

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Things I Learned from Michael Jackson: #9 "We Are Love"

Things I Learned from Michael Jackson:
#9 "We are Love" (by Niamh)

Michael has re-awakened in me the knowledge of the Love from which we come. Michael has taught me that our essence is Love – every one of us. Michael lived from that Love, every day. It shines through him, every smile, every gesture, every hug, every glance.

Michael has shown me that each person has a role, and each person can make a difference. He is one man, but simply look at his effect on the entire world. I am so grateful to have been on earth at the same time as Michael, even if I didn’t realise his message or his impact until he passed on.

Many of us are broken and hurt, because of experiences in this life and perhaps other lives, because of people who have let us down or hurt us, because of trials we’ve had to endure. Our reaction is to lash out, like a wounded animal, to look for someone to blame, to get revenge, to tear someone down. We attack one another. But in our true form we are Love. Michael has taught me to try to see that in everyone, even if I disagree with their behaviour, or I am hurt by their actions or words. It’s not easy – it’s really not easy!! But it works. If we really try to see the Love in all people, we can have more respect for one another, and stop the cycle of violence and hurt and pain. No matter what the question, Love is the answer.

If I believe I am Love, it inspires me to live better. And maybe, if we look for the light and Love in others, they will begin to see it in themselves, and live from it too. Maybe, we can really change the world.

Michael embraced all, and left no one behind. Despite his own pain, he continued to Love. His strength and constancy are inspiring. I am inspired to act from Love, challenging as that can be. Michael is our teacher, our guide, our Light. He is showing us how to live and how to heal the world. ~ Niamh

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We'd love to post your contributions to this series. If you'd like to write something, please consider thoughtfully something you've learned from or because of Michael (examples: about love or life, how to forgive, not to judge, how to follow your dreams, etc) and send your story to admin@majorloveprayer.org. Don't worry whether what you write is eloquent or simple, a full page or only a couple of paragraphs. The important thing is to just be yourself and share your insights in honor of Michael, to inspire others or just to empathize. The same lesson (like LOVE!) can certainly be written about more than once since we all have our own unique understandings. Thank you and much love! ♥
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