FROM THE ARCHIVES: Soul’s Code columnists, spiritual teachers and readers share their insights about the King of Pop’s passage
SOUL’S CODE — When the Indian “hugging saint”, Amma, perhaps the most-loved person on the planet, enters an ashram or a hall or a tent in her world travels, all rise. Her presence is so supernatural, so beyond celebrity or personality, the rite acknowledges a rare phenomenon: the “godhead” has touched the floor which you, too, touch.
So it was with Michael Jackson. When his feet touched a stage, his presence touched a deep energy and knowing in us all. The “godhead” touched earth. Our columnists and readers share how they were touched . . .
Vicki Woodyard — No matter how one may have felt about Michael Jackson, watching the memorial service opened one’s heart chakra to an amazing degre, not unlike the service for Princess Diana. It is easy to see why.
In the sorrowful hour that we all face sooner or later, when a loved one has left the body, we face ourselves empty and alone. Tears fall and strangely enough, we are rendered kinder than we might have thought possible. Forgiveness rains onto the hard earth of the human heart. We need this.
Our culture does not know how to mourn; there is no tribal ritual until someone as famous as a Princess Diana or a Michael Jackson or an Elvis Presley dies. Then we unite via satellite hookups to shed virtual tears together. Strangely, they plop down our living human cheeks, and this is a good thing. A good thing indeed.
I don’t know what I thought about Michael Jackson and it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I am a human living on this earth. Whoever takes us one step closer to each other is helping to heal the planet. Our nature and our destiny are one. We are made of paradox and stardust. We rise and fall like waves and in rejoining the sea, there is somehow an exultation tied in with the tears.
Lisa ‘Dane’ McCullough — To the best of my understanding, I believe that Michael Jackson was the bearer of profound love and profound negativity/confusion for the masses. He was a sensitive soul that played out his role on earth to perfection even though it wasn’t our idea of how he should be. I cannot fathom how he lived a life of so much attention, expectation, etc.
He clearly gave life his all at times and was incredibly gifted. His passing is an invitation for each of us to assume responsibility for giving our lives our all. Perhaps now we can own more of who we are — in all of our light and shadow. I don’t own a television and did not feel the desire or need to watch any of the events yesterday. Furthermore, I think that the timing of his and Farrah’s passing is fascinating. Her being the ‘angel’ and him being the bearer of the darkness. Even their physical appearances were polar opposites. Something big and universal got balanced when they passed.
I felt the energy shifts for days afterwards. The summer solstice and the shifting of the light played in here too. That is enough to share for now though.
Elaine Springer — Just incredibly sad; sad that someone so beautiful and gifted suffered in so much pain. The people who knew and loved him understood him. The media and the masses never could.
Chelsea Langan — Few people will admit that they will never know what and if anything ever happened, although from a spiritual perspective, it wouldn’t even matter. Due diligence is required on an individual basis, and everyone in judgement of others tribulations will have to deal with the due diligence forced by the judgements themselves. However, none of this compromises our connection to Source, it only makes the journey a bit more twisted.
He was no doubt the brightest soul on earth since the advent of media and technology, nothing less. He let his Energy and Love emerge and flow on Earth better than anyone, and we could all take notes!
Anita Burns — I think he was an enormously talented, yet troubled man-child. Perhaps his life became so unbearable that he unconsciously brought on his passing. Too sensitive for the onslaught of media hounds looking for anything to sell their stories or get more ratings.
These are just thoughts. I may be way off. I got so tired of the news media feeding on his death, that I mostly turned it off.
Laurence Koike — The memorial was beautiful especially from 11-year-old Paris. A moving ceremony to honor someone. We have memorials for people but it’s all about us and how we feel. The dead cannot really appreciate it, not in the physical sense. I say “not in the physical sense” because I believe we each live on forever in another consciousness. The physical being passes away but the US that is the Universe lives on. We care and we feel as the living.
As far as the man or “man-child”, I agree he was a troubled person. He was exploited as a child, and exploited even in his death. Perhaps all those accusations about child molestations (alleged since we do not know the truth) was his way of controlling what he could not control. His reaction to being ‘used’ all the time by others. What kind of psychology would you nurture if your whole life was living in a “fish bowl” (quote from MJ).
Anita Magnoli — After watching the event, I really had an appreciation for his life. Michael Jackson was a world-wide figure and he really brought the music industry to the next level.
He has definitely left his legacy. . .RIP MJ
Paul Kaihla — PIECES OF AN AFTERLIFE: Was it an accident of celebrity that Michael Jackson and Britney Spears performed together? Or was it an alignment of what self-help author, Caroline Myss, calls “energy anatomy” ?
Britney was Michael’s tabloid mirror-image for the millennials, both raised by parents who manufactured their kids to be fame-making and money-making widgets. Maybe Britney was most honest about it in her 2007 song, Piece of Me.
Before his children, Michael’s most beloved mate was his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, now, in real life, alive in an animal sanctuary.
You can forever experience Bubbles and Michael, immortalized, in the permanent collection of San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, in the larger-than-life porcelain sculpture that made Jeff Koons’ 1988 “banality series” so famous:
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