God, faith, spirituality, consciousness, unity
"God has always been in my heart and a part of my life and my family's lives. It is through Him that we draw our strength."
“I don’t consider myself religious in order to form part of a dogma in particular. I consider myself to be spiritual. I think there is a field of knowledge in which we experience our universality. I read all kinds of religious literature because I believe that the truth is in all of them.”
"I avoid using the term 'religion', because many people say 'my religion' this and 'my religion' that. Why should it be 'my' religion?
I just believe what’s in the Bible with regard to which religion is involved. I simply believe.... I believe in it and I get down on my knees every night and thank God and ask Him to lead the way."
Michael Jackson in a 1979 Ebony Magazine interview
"Michael’s family was famously religious - they were Jehovah’s Witnesses and Michael occasionally disguised himself to join his fellow believers as they went from house to house, inviting people to think about God. As a grown man, he has moved beyond denominations of faith - his concern is not with religion but with spirituality. This gives him strength, but I think it is the joy he takes in life which keeps renewing his vitality - that, and a second factor which I shall describe in a moment."
"My mother knew her polio was not a curse but a test that God gave her to triumph over, and she instilled in me a love of Him that I will always have. She taught me that my talent for singing and dancing was as much God's work as a beautiful sunset or a storm that left snow for children to play in.
Despite all the time we spent rehearsing and travelling, Mom would find time to take me to the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses, usually with Rebbie and LaToya."
"Each day I take time out to study the Bible, no matter where I am. The teachings of the Bible have added a new dimension to my life. It, somehow, makes me whole."
Michael Jackson, "Black Stars" Magazine interview, 1976
"To say God is not everywhere is like a fish saying water is not around him."
"During the meals I've had with him, he did pray silently. When he prayed out loud, it was always to God, but that doesn't mean he didn't use any other names. We would talk about god and grace and humility a lot. One day MJ and I were working on some new music, and during a break we started talking about the name Michael. He said "Hey, Bearden! Do you know what our name means?" I didn't know. He said it means "most like God." And then he said to me, "We can't be big-headed about it. We have to be humble or God could take our gifts away. Promise me you'll be humble!"
Michael´s message to his spiritual advisor rev. June Gatlin (May 9, 2008):
"Michael maintained his integrity, a Christian-like attitude, a sense of humbleness and kindness, even when he was being torn apart by the wolves. That says something. I believe that came from his faith and from the love of God that filled his heart."
"God was his guide. He was a Christian and believed in Christ. His life went through so much that his faith was what restored him and kept him. Michael was very spiritual and had enormous faith. He studied all religions and was open to a lot of different practices, however, ultimately, he was a Christian and believed in Christ fully."
"On my second trip to Neverland, Michael Jackson hosted a private lunch. He asked us all to connect by holding hands and saying praise. He said a prayer, the peeping sun rays shot through the house setting in his honour, his energy was spiritually magnetic, encapsulating each of us with his engimatic aura leaving all of us in tears. He was an incredible light.
´THIS WAS WRITTEN FOR ME IN THE BOOKS. I HAVE PROVEN MY PART. NOW GOD WILL BE THEIR JUDGE´ Michael Jackson said on the evil do-ers who lied, cheated and betrayed him.
I BELIEVE GOD WAS HIS GUIDE, THAT IS HOW HE LIVED AND COPED IN THIS CRUEL WORLD."
Taymoor Marmarchi, who worked on humanitarian projects for Michael Jackson
Part of Michael Jackson´s poem Magical child from his book Dancing the dream
Rev June Gatlin on Michael Jackson & spirituality: