International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year:
Jackson's Quest for Paradise Lost
of Michael Jackson played out like a Shakespearean tragedy and was
a timely reflection on how not being true to ones' self ends in
an early demise. Michael had no shortage of expert advice from doctors,
religious ministers, expert coaches, and gurus, however, none helped
to save him from his delusions. Great stars have come and gone too
soon because of thoughts lacking wisdom, detached from their true
self of naturalness and one must question how valid is expert advice?
Michael was a victim
of his circumstances own making, within his fame and fortune...The circumstances
emanate from self-delusory, egotistical images that existed outside
his exceptional, God given talent. The false images he built up in his
brain, projected from ignorance of truth, made him do all the erroneous
actions that brought about his early demise. Right up to his death,
he never realized he was a victim of his narcissistic brains dominance
over his heart and everything he held dear, within his intrinsic values
He was faithful to his fame image transmitted by his ego/intellect,
but treacherous to his valid hearts intelligent contentment. His talent
was his saving grace but it was not able to steer him in an authentic
direction. This is a woeful tale to reveal and is an alarm bell that
should go off in every person's mind that is not living true to themselves.
The seven questions that Michael needed to answer, to be true to himself
Is the need for fame and fortune more significant than the importance
of personal health and peaceful contentment?
Was he a slave of other peoples advice, so much so, that he could no
longer locate the difference between expert opinions (which are just
opinions) and the truth of each point in his life, which requires trustworthy,
Did he consume too many medications that may upset the biological chemical
balance of his mind and body? Did taking medication become so habitual
that he lost control in trying to change his lifestyle?
Did his famous lifestyle and media, influence his decision making in
every area of everyday living? Did his thoughts soak up all the toxic
sensational hype that the media feel they need to project?
Did his belief system help or hinder his true enjoyment of life, so
much so, that being correct in other people's eyes was more important
than living in serene genuineness?
Did he feel stress and try to mask it with medication and advice that
does not solve the cause of the distress?
Most significantly, did he ever define who it was, inside his head that
was making his decisions for him?
If Michael Jackson could have answered these questions in an authentic
manner, no doubt he would be alive today, happily living with his family
Michael fooled himself most of his life by his famed self-image, into
thinking he was true to himself. In the end his heart had to break the
news, in a terminal, dramatic manner, how unsound and mistaken he lived
out his final years on earth.
Michael certainly wove many intricate webs of self deception into believing
in its own reality. He tried to find his lost childhood's paradise but
never could... He enjoyed fairy stories and nursery rhymes ... As with
Humpty Dumpty's shattering fall from grace, all the doctors, all the
religions, all the expert guru's, all the spiritual coaches, all the
media did not know how to put Michael Jackson's true groove together
again, in his moments of need ... Simply because the intellectual brain
cannot discern, Truth ... from ... Beliefs.
In the final analysis it is vital to understand; neither naturalness
nor spirituality can be learned. It comes naturally at birth and all
we can do to get back to the naturalness is to strip the conditioned,
memorized new normality from our minds. Michael understood he was meant
to live in paradise, sadly he never found it and one of the greatest,
God given talents, finally, has found its true self and now rests in
"This above all...
to thine own self be true,
And it must follow,
as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell; my blessing season this in thee!" Shakespeare
Michael Levy is the author of nine inspirational books and radio talk
show host. Michael's poetry and essays now grace many web sites, newspapers,
journals and magazines throughout the world. He is a prominent speaker
on health maintenance, stress eradication, wealth development, authentic
happiness and inspirational poetry.
Michael's web site: http://www.pointoflife.com/
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