May 14 2010

Love is the Ultimate Truth At the Heart of All Creation

Category: Ecstasy,Photos,QuotesSeven @ 11:02 pm

Love is Creation

Love is Creation

With guys like Michael and musicians in general, when you get a chance to work with somebody who’s really really good it doesn’t really matter what genre they’re from because these people are amazing. Ray Charles was one who no one expected me to play with, who I got together with for a while. And Michael is one of those guys. He transcends labelling, he was just an amazing talent. I had a great time with him. He was a great example of a work ethic, of focus, of passion for what he does. And that’s what I’m all about. So I really related to him and was influenced by that.Slash

Creative affirmations Michael Jackson probably very much lived by, both instinctively and intentionally

  1. I am a channel for God’s creativity and my work comes to good.
  2. My dreams come from God and God has the power to accomplish them.
  3. As I create and listen, I will be led.
  4. Creativity is the Creator’s will for me.
  5. My creativity heals myself and others.
  6. I am allowed to nurture my artist.
  7. Through the use of a few simple tools, my creativity will flourish.
  8. Through the use of my creativity, I serve God.
  9. My creativity always leads me to truth and love.
  10. My creativity leads me to forgiveness and self-forgiveness.
  11. There is a divine plan of goodness for me.
  12. There is a divine plan of goodness for my work.
  13. As I listen to the creator within, I am led.
  14. As I listen to my creativity, I am led to my creator.
  15. I am willing to create.
  16. I am willing to learn to let myself create.
  17. I am willing to let God create through me.
  18. I am willing to be of service through my creativity.
  19. I am willing to experience my creative energy.
  20. I am willing to use my creative talents.

And Speaking of Slash – Here is Michael and Slash Rehearsing  for the 1995 VMAs . . . “I wish you could trash it!”, said MJ

Here’s what Michael likely meant when he said “I wish you could trash it!”


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{ Thanks to my friend Ivana for the Pearl S. Buck quote that is so apropos for Michael! Thank you to Anne for the Slash article and quote. Thank you to my friend Rashmi for the MJ & Slash videos! Creative affirmations are from the book ‘The Artist’s Way‘ by Julia Cameron -Seven }


Jan 08 2010

“All art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine.”

Category: Ecstasy,MJ Quotes,Photos,QuotesSeven @ 3:16 am

Michael Jackson had an intellectual and spiritual depth to him that many people are not aware of. To fully appreciate his spiritual and intellectual depth, it’s important to read the things he said and wrote himself about his art, why he created it and what artistic creation meant to him. This is something the tabloids and mainstream media rarely covered about Michael, preferring to stick to negative, superficial, inaccurate, twisted and sensational stories about his appearance, personal life, and manufactured scandals. It’s very sad that the World missed out on really knowing what a magnificent intellect, spirit, heart, and soul Michael had – and only got to hear negativity, lies and silly rumors about him from the media.

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I really believe that God chooses people to do certain things, the way Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci or Mozart or Muhammad Ali or Martin Luther King is chosen. And that is their mission to do that thing. And I think that I haven’t scratched the surface yet of what my real purpose is for being here.

I’m committed to my art. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. And I believe that that is the very reason for the existence of art and what I do. And I feel fortunate in being that instrument through which music flows. … Deep inside I feel that this world we live in is really a big, huge, monumental symphonic orchestra. I believe that in its primordial form all of creation is sound and that it’s not just random sound, that its music.  You’ve heard the expression, music of the spheres? Well, that’s a very literal phrase. In the Gospels, we read, “And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.” That breath of life to me is the music of life and it permeates every fiber of creation.

In one of the pieces of the Dangerous album, I say: “Life songs of ages, throbbing in my blood, have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood.” This is a very literal statement, because the same new miracle intervals and biological rhythms that sound out the architecture of my DNA also governs the movement of the stars. The same music governs the rhythm of the seasons, the pulse of our heartbeats, the migration of birds, the ebb and flow of ocean tides, the cycles of growth, evolution and dissolution. It’s music, its rhythm. And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. Its like, my purpose, its what I’m here for.

-Michael Jackson, Ebony/Jet 2002 interview

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Michael Jackson instinctively knew what the rest of us have to (re)learn and that is:

Creativity is the natural order of Life. Life is energy. Pure, creative energy. We are ourselves creations of the Great Creator. And we are in turn, meant to create by being creative.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And, if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. -Martha Graham

These quotes are from ‘The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity‘ by Julia Cameron, who has instructed those such as Martin Scorcese and others in being creative artists and in (re)connecting with the Divine through creativity, an ability we all have, but have been talked out of by the responsibilities and logistics of the material world. How many of us have been told to “get a real job” rather than being an artist, writer, sculptor, musician? But creativity is part of what we all are – creation. Stifling it is to stifle the spiritual and the divine in everyone and to stifle each of our abilities to ecstatically connect with the Divine – who or whatever you believe that to be.

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Dec 19 2009

“He was the man in the mirror and the one holding it up for us to look.”

Category: Ecstasy,Justice,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 1:33 am

The Man in the Mirror

"He was the Man in the Mirror and the One holding it up for us to look." -Barbara Kaufmann

This is a TREMENDOUS write-up about Michael from a person who was ‘converted’ so-to-speak, after Michael’s passing, and after seeing This Is It. Barbara Kaufmann (ie: Wordsmith) shares her appreciation for Michael the Performer, which she always had and that’s nothing new. Practically the entire World appreciates Michael for that. But ultimately and finally, she found she appreciated him for Michael the Human Being – that being his final brilliant and precious gift for those who are sentient and compassionate enough to recognize and accept it.

THANK YOU Barbara for your brilliance and honesty in writing about Michael and for understanding the Universal love for him not only as the best entertainer who ever lived, but also as the beautiful, abused and misunderstood human being he was.

Here are some excerpts from Ms. Kaufmann’s magnificent missive:

Once again I stand guilty of not appreciating someone enough until they are gone never to return. And so it is with Michael. I call him by his first name now because I know him personally—but only so after his passing and only after seeing his movie “This is It.

I finally understand Michael the man, both the human being and the creative genius, and I see the incredibly wide love for people and the planet that came from this singular figure.

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… Living most of his life without healthy boundaries brought great aspirations and ambition but also intense pain, betrayed trust and the anguish of being constantly misunderstood. Michael pushed the envelope; he pushed relentlessly and hard. He was showman, businessman and genius. The grand genius of his works, and especially his concerts were the transcendental experiences. “Transcendental” takes us somewhere else beyond the personal self, to a place where the self and the world become something more and we become something more. Michael was loved for what he showed us was possible. He was the man in the mirror and the one holding it up for us to look.

I always loved his dancing but wondered why the sexual “beyond innuendo” in some of it. Watching him in the act of creation—I now understand that it comes from the passion of someone who “rocks it” not because he wanted to or had to but because that was what came through him, through his body. The driving beat of Michael’s music carries an intensity that demands the body move, gyrate, leap, growl and grind. The intensity centers in the groin and solar plexus because it comes from the “seat of emotion.” Intensely emotional, it is the language of pure passion. Hindis have a name for that passionate grinding, grounding energy that rises from the place in the human body where spirit meets matter, where physicality meets soul. It’s the energy of gestation, birth, genesis, of force and forceful release—that rises into and becomes creation. It’s the impulse energy that rushes hot and upward along the backbone from the groin and solar plexus. It is the place of the Kundalini force, the juice of life. And it’s explosive. Like orgasm, that creation energy sends waves of physical earthquakes up the backbone. It is obvious that Michael felt it in his music; it exploded through the music, through him and through his body.

This is It” left me with some questions:

How do you live with the paradox that millions of people around the world love you but you cannot leave your home? How do you never push a cart down the aisle in a grocery store? Never enter a music store where your recordings are on sale? Never go to a baseball game, a parade, a zoo or picnic in a park with your children? How do you never be left alone yet be so very, very alone? How do you write so well of loneliness? And when you’re with people, how do you sort out if someone is being authentic with you or playing to your public persona? How do you be so painfully shy and have such massive talent that it cannot be contained? How do you never say no when and because the music hounds and haunts until it comes through you? How do you rehearse for hours to exhaustion because you can’t NOT share the bigness of your creative genius with the world? How do you stand up and be a superstar in a world with so much shadow? How do you keep writing lines that highlight or attack that shadow? How do you survive when the shadow turns on you? I understand now it was a calling—the kind that no one could turn their back on because it possesses them. Oh yes, Michael was called. Look at his lyrics—most of them are prayer.

And how do you live so naked in public light knowing that for some, you are everything and for others, you will never be enough? How do you remain steadfast in the the beacon called “public scrutiny” allowing yourself to be a larger than life target for opportunists? How do you bear continuing vilification perpetuated by unscrupulous exploiters when the unthinkable accusation doesn’t even live in your consciousness, your world? How do you come to show up for court another day to listen to them excoriate you, shred your very personhood, destroy who you are being? How do you get out of bed? Out of your pajamas? How do you reconcile being accused alone even if found “not guilty” of unspeakable acts to children when you have always loved children because of their wonder, their innocence? How do you trust ever again after someone gained your confidence and left the best part of you on the cutting room floor and called the remainder tabloid film a documentary of your life? How do you survive a mad dog mentality in the legal system bent on destroying you? The very system that is supposed to protect you? How then do you gather up the carelessly flung about pieces of your life? And in the midst of it, or in its aftermath, how do you even show up for life?

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I wish “we” could have loved and accepted you just the way you were. I wish we could have cradled you and your face with our minds. But the world is not kind to blemish and imperfection. But you knew that didn’t you Michael? Being the perfectionist and artist you were, you kept changing your face. You always empathized with the downtrodden, disabled and disfigured– you were closer to them than any of us knew. You hid it from us so well.

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How do you pay for children’s’ artificial limbs and transplants in an unknown act in an unknown hospital in an unknown country meanwhile bearing an accusation of deliberately causing harm to children? How do you navigate the vitriolic damnation of some who haven’t heard you were found not guilty? Or couldn’t hear it because of their own shadow?

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Above excerpts (c) B. Kaufmann 2009 and beyond. Reprinted by permission from http://www.onewordsmith.com

MUCH MORE here – please do read Barbara’s entire article. It’s a very worthy read!:

http://onewordsmith.blogspot.com/2009/10/michael-thank-you-for-mirror-gift-from.html

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Nov 23 2009

Ecstasy

Category: Ecstasy,MJ Quotes,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 3:48 am

Ecstasy


Feeling free, let us fly
Into the boundless, beyond the sky
For we were born to never die
To live in bliss, to never cry
To speak the truth and never lie
To share our love without a sign
To stretch our arms without a tie

This is our dance, this is our high
It’s not a secret, can’t you see
Why can’t we all live in ecstasy

Ecstasy Ecstasy
Why can’t we all
Live in Ecstasy.

–Michael Jackson, ‘Ecstasy’

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Nov 12 2009

Divine Ecstasy

Category: Ecstasy,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 8:34 pm

Divine Ecstasy

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