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Things I Learned from Michael Jackson #11: "We are Michael Jackson"

Things I Learned from MJ: #11
'We are Michael Jackson'
(by Franziska)

During the days and weeks (meanwhile it are months) after Michael left this world I continued to ask myself why this loss hurt so much. Why did the death of a man I never spoke to personally touched me so much that it put my whole world upside down? Why was I unable to sleep for so many nights? Why was I in total denial for several months? Why do I still start crying when someone mentions his name or when something reminds me of him (even if it is only the full moon that makes me recall the Moonwalker)?

Yes, I love his music and it does mean very much to me. His way of expressing his innermost soul be it musically, with the help of lyrics or through dancing always touched me and made me feel at home, made me feel secure. For me, Michael was always there at the same distance. No matter where I was, how far away from family and friends, he was always there as he had always been. No matter how lonely or abandoned I might have felt Michael was always there. His music, his voice always offered me a safe haven. The mere knowledge that he was out there allowed me to feel close to him and gave me hope and strength to live in a world that for sure did not always feel like “Neverland”. In his humanness and gentleness he was a good example for me. His vulnerability and weakness allowed me to accept the truth and importance of my own fragility.

Over the years I met many people who felt equally and it was always a pleasure to share those emotions and those experiences with them. And even more: I could share his message of love and friendship with them more than it was possible with others, those who did not understand him the way I felt that I understood him. I was truly “not alone”.

And then there were those rare occasions when I had the honor to see him in person. Whether it was a concert or one of his other appearances, it was always (despite all the chaos) a magical experience. Being close to the man who influenced my life in such a lasting way made me feel as if I was taking a holiday from reality, as if for some hours or days that what was most important in my life also received my full attention. And yes, sometimes seeing Michael in the window of some hotel or on some stage or even just in a car made me feel stronger as if his mere presence approved my whole being. Close to him I felt good with being myself.

So how does it feel to live in a world without him? It feels as if the colors were taken away from this world, as if the only force that shielded me from the “cruel world” was taken from me. But what exactly have I lost? I lost a mentor. Someone who let me see the world as a good place to be in, someone who showed me what is possible with a little faith and trust. I lost a friend who showed me how much joy and happiness simple “being” can bring, how important it is to never stop dreaming. I lost a guide that was by my side for years, through good times and bad times. I feel like a tree that has lost a main branch and is now completely out of balance and deprived of an essential part. And now I am afraid that if I try to accept his death, if I try to live with it, that I would somehow betray his memory. Sometimes it seems as if the only way to remember and to love adequately is to suffer.

Mourning is like living in an upward spiral that starts at Michael’s passing away. I will come across this date or a memory of him again and again and yet every time this happens more time has passed, more experiences were made and I have grown a bit “wiser”. So how can I “sufficiently” store him in my heart and at the same time reduce the suffering? What do I do with the wound that is left from the branch? Maybe I will just try to do the same as the tree. Grow a new branch. No matter how tiny, how weak, how seemingly unimportant and insufficient this branch might be at the beginning, it is there for sure. I do not believe that we were made to suffer so there simply MUST be a little branch. Maybe I should allow myself to look at it. It is by no means there to replace Michael in any way but as time goes by there simply IS something that is growing from this wound. What could that be for me? Maybe I could try to lose my fear of this big, scary wo rld and try to see things more in the way he did. That is what he tried to teach us anyway. So why not simply take a risk and try it? Why not attempt to live, to be what I admired in him? Be more human, be more caring, more giving, less receiving, simply: more loving! Michael was always a great teacher and I truly believe that he would appreciate it if I, if we all, finally followed his path. We might not reach his mastery but that is not our goal anyway. The goal is simply to try it, to never stop trying, never stop dancing Michael’s dream. It is through us that he continues to live. Through our words, our deeds, our love. Now WE are truly the ones to make the world a better place. We have not lost Michael! He is there, maybe even closer to us than ever before. “Michael Jackson” is no longer a man; he is a concept, an idea. WE are Michael Jackson! There is no need to be sad; there is no need to despair! We have lost a messenger, not the message, a lover, n ot love! This world needs his message and we are the ones who will continue to live it. Because We Are The World! ♥ ~ Franziska N.

[The essay above was submitted to us by Franziska and is used here with her permission. It is also found in the wonderful book "It's All About L.O.V.E.", copyright 2010.]

Read more of this series: Things I Learned from Michael Jackson.
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! ♥

Thank you, Love gives by loving

♥ ♥ ♥ Unconditional love is all-encompassing. It forgives, because it doesn't know how not to. It doesn't discriminate or ask whether someone 'deserves' it. It doesn't judge anyone as unworthy, for such a concept is unknown to the soul. All have worth in this cosmic dance, and all emanate from one source. Love gives by LOVING, and by loving it knows itself. That is a major love. Can you feel it? ♥ ♥ ♥

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Sending out a major love TODAY! First prayer of 2012!

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Hello, Lovely Ones! Today is January 25th and we're sending out a major love in our first prayer of 2012! Please check the time chart if you need to and let's meet up, hearts and spirits, at 2pm PST / 22:00 CET to send positive, healing energy to all the Earth.

If you're new to Major Love Prayer, please check out the Guide To the Prayer (available in 19 languages). It works like this ... at the appropriate time we focus our hearts on LOVE and then reach out to each other around the world with this love energy, connecting and forming a grid of love across the globe. Then we expand it, expand it, until it fills everything and everyone. Please feel free to include any spiritual or religious prayers you wish into your Major Love Prayer, or none at all. It's up to you and your own personal beliefs. The most important thing is to take a minute or two before the top of the hour and just breathe. Relax. Let go of the stress of the day. Think of your loved ones, no matter where they are. Remember happy times and the joy you've shared. Think of how thankful you are to Michael and that thousands of people around the world are sitting quietly in their homes or offices right now, just like you, ready to put love into the world, believing it will work, knowing it will work. Think of anyone and everyone you LOVE and send that out into the world. To everyone. We are are all ONE! Please feel free to leave comments here or on Facebook about how the prayer felt for you! Each month is different.

Note: Also, Tomorrow (January 26th), Michael's children will be in Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese Theatre to immortalize their father's hand and footprints in concrete. Let's send them some extra love and positive energy! Thank you! Much love, everyone!

Reminder: Wednesday is January 25, 2012!

Reminder! We're sending out a ♥ MAJOR LOVE ♥ on Wednesday, January 25th at 2pm PST / 5pm EST / 22:00 GMT / 23:00 CET (time chart)! Please remind your friends, forums, etc.

We can truly make a difference when our hearts unite and form a grid of LOVE ENERGY across the planet. We're raising the vibration, lifting consciousness, bringing light and love into the world, affecting the deepest within to create change.

Change begins first from the seed of our thoughts and emotions ("we're sending out a major love!") planted with sincerity, hope and the knowing that it WILL grow. When we keep it nourished, when we CARE for it, the seed sprouts and grows. Each time we do this prayer/meditation/visualization we are nourishing that seed. Will you join us? See you on Wednesday, with much L-O-V-E! ♥ ♥ ♥

One Commandment - LOVE!

Reminder: January's MLP is Wednesday, January 25th at 2pm PT - 5pm ET - 22:00 GMT - 23:00 CET (time chart)!

♥ ♥ ♥ There is really only one commandment, the one from which all others spring, and this is it: "LOVE". It is Commandment #0, the alpha & omega, of the ten expressions you know and the heart of all spiritual truths across all the religions. How should you live? It is simple: LOVE! Love your neighbors, your parents, your siblings and friends, your children and your neighbor's children, your nation, all nations, your enemies and detractors, the oceans, the forests and fields, the flowers, the animals, the insects, the Earth, the galaxy, the universe, each other, yourself, God. Let LOVE be your motivation, your movement, your gift. When you have mastered this you will be Home. When you are Home you will see that you have never left. For you have always been LOVE. ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ Please join us this and every month on the 25th at 2pm PST (22:00 GMT) to unite as one, sending out a MAJOR LOVE, lighting up the planet with the powerful energy of love, healing the world from the inside out, with joyful intention and peaceful hearts in unity. For more info and time charts, please see http://www.MajorLovePrayer.org. Thank you! ♥

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