15. Through The Eyes of Love
As we say goodbye to 2010, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me in my work to love, honor and celebrate Michael Jackson on behalf of the MJTP.
Since he passed away, I’ve used my articles & videos to capture and convey the heart and soul of Michael in an effort to show the world who he really was: an exceptionally talented, loving, creative, sensitive man who wanted to bring joy and escapism to people through his music and make the world a better place.
My work has focused almost entirely on motivating, educating and inspiring people to look at him through the eyes of love, but moving into 2011, my heart is telling me it’s time to make a slight but powerful shift from looking through the eyes of love at Michael to looking at love through Michael’s eyes.
In his performance at the 1993 Super Bowl, he made a very poignant statement. As he began to touch the crowd with his outstanding colorful display of "Heal The World" he spoke these words of unity: "Today, we stand together all around the world, joined in a common purpose to remake the planet into a haven of joy, and understanding and goodness. No one should have to suffer, especially our children."
Michael touched the hearts of millions of people, and as a result he became very influential, a fact that can be threatening to some. He used his fame to bring awareness, awakening and hope to people, but as I mentioned in my article What Michael Jackson Taught the World, due to some injustices that were thrust upon him, the world was so busy judging the messenger that his message couldn’t be heard. Yet he never gave up.
He planned to revive his message and bring it to the masses again in his This Is It concerts at the O2. He knew humanity is being urged to do something to make the world a better place, and he knew the answer is that humanity must learn to love itself. His plan was to inspire the world with that message. Unfortunately he never got the chance. That's where we come in. We have to continue the work he started.
The telling words in his beautiful song "Another Part of Me" seem to fit here:
So how do we remake the planet into that wonderful haven of joy Michael spoke about? He told us the solution often. His son Prince reminded us of it in his brief speech at the Grammy awards when he and Paris accepted the lifetime achievement award on his behalf. John Lennon also knew it. To change the world, "All you need is love."
Although I agree love is the answer, I’m very aware that knowing it and applying it are two different things. Most people have to be inspired to love. Our heart has to be engaged and those feelings have to be evoked. Michael was a master at doing that. He seemed to realize that by showering people with the energy of his love he could have a profound impact on them…and he did. His love changed people for the better.
In the coming months my efforts will be focused on looking at the world through Michael’s eyes in an effort to connect with that energy of love; motivating us to uplift humanity the way he did, educating us about how to take the messages in his songs and implement them into the world and inspiring us to give awareness, awakening and hope to people, on his behalf.
We have to know love the way he knew it, feel love the way he felt it and share love the way he shared it, so we can stand together all around the world and continue the work he started in remaking the planet into a haven of joy. I believe it’s one of the best ways we as a community could possibly honor him.
Happy New Year MJFam! I hope you will stick with me in 2011, because as Michael used to always say, "The best is yet to come."
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