His Aura, Light, Love... the effect he had on others
"This is one of the most beautiful creatures on Earth"
Jennifer Batten's first thought when she saw Michael Jackson
"I know he' s my brother but I've never met anyone as sweet and gentle as he was."
La Toya Jackson, Michael´s sister
"I´ll always remember how he wasn´t a man of many words but he didn´t have to, because his energy and spirit would totally light up a room."
Patti LaBelle, in a book "Michael Jackson for the Soul"
"When u were in Michael Jackson's presence, u felt the energy shift, he had a special presence that is unexplainable. (He was) born special."
Keya Morgan, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur & CEO
"Michael had a charisma which could be FELT and I was standing there, enjoying the feeling and had the strong desire to hug him."
Heidi Laurito talks about her experience in March 1998 in Munich in the book "It´s All About L.O.V.E."
"The more I watched him the more I loved him. He was simply magic. He was the most noble person in the world. No man on Earth can compare to his inner and outer beauty. I met so many stars, talked to them, worked with them, but no one was even close to Michael’s charisma. (...)"
Ruska Bergman, Michael´s stylist in second half of 2000´s and a friend
"When I first met him it was really love at first sight. When you get to know Michael, you understand his nature of charisma. … He looks at the world with the innocent eyes of a child."
Sophia Loren, actress
"I tell you, to know Michael was to love him. When I was around him, I felt as though I was in the presence of greatness! He emitted a special aura, and he was very aware that all eyes were upon him in certain settings."
Call Gill Street, singer in The Velvelettes
"He was like a MAGNET attracting the public wherever he went. He was incredible!
It was only after I got to know his real character and who he really was that I understood people’s enthrallment towards him."
M. Aileen, tutor of Michael Jackson´s children
"Michael seemed to have the appearance of an ancient king. There was something imperial about him. So absolutely comanding with his presence..."
"No one comes close to having the power of this man's essence. Michael's beauty radiates with a glow that touches the soul. It comes from knowing Michael's heart - knowing...and loving the man from the inside out. ♥
Michaeline James on Facebook
"His smile was brighter then The Sun and could have lit up the entire galaxy that day. He had a presence that was truly magical."
Diana Dawn DiAngelo about the day she met Michael Jackson
"We could not believe how much charisma floated around Michael when he was near. It was late at night, but we all had the impression that Michael glowed in the dark and his magical presence blew us away!"
German fans "The Appleheads" about meeting Michael after his Oxford speech in 2001, at 2 am when it was raining a lot and Michael had a broken leg - from the book "It´s all about L.O.V.E."
"He was a human being, but don’t get me wrong, he was just definitely touched by God. He had something a little more than the average person. Yes, he was a human being and he had his faults, but he was different—he was almost like an angel living on earth. He would walk in a room and captivate everyone. We would go out in disguise, shopping or to have dinner, and he’d be all wrapped up, nobody could see his face, but he had this aura about him and people knew it was him. Just his aura and presence was so strong and captivating."
Frank Cascio, friend
"He's a genius. Just to be in the same room with him, I felt everything I wanted to accomplish in life has been achieved. That aura...That's how incredible that aura is. We're about to shake the world up, man. You know how you'd be with somebody and you can't even explain the feeling? I used to sit and think, 'How does somebody sell so many records and dominate a whole business genre, to a point where nobody can't be a part of that without associating with you?' The way he thinks...Some artists think regional, some think national. I was thinking international. He thinks planets. It's on another level."
Akon about Michael Jackson, 2007
"I'm grateful to have worked with the King (& always will be King) He was a gift to the world, he is a bright light."
Valmai: Jonathan, people speak of an energy around Michael; a light. Did you ever feel that?
Jonathan Sugarfoot Moffett: All the time, every time I am around him. That’s why you know you are in the presence of greatness. That’s why you know you’re in the presence of somebody special. Just count the number of fans and people and the multitude that love him around the world. He’s one man loved by... CNN said that over one billion people mourned Michael from all the remote areas of the world, as well as all the known areas. What other human being can draw that much sympathy and that much hurt from their loss. Michael had something special, a radiance, and when you were in his presence the whole room changed.
People would say, "Michael’s coming," and everybody got nervous. As soon as you had the vision of him, even just knowing he was coming, you felt something, like a tingle happening. Just to watch him walk through the door, it’s like all the molecules in the air stop and you can pinch them with your finger; pick them up. It’s like you could see the smallest speck; you could see the molecules in the air when Michael walked in the room. He changed them; the molecular structure of the air. And that’s the equation of what happens when Michael enters, and everybody in the room felt it and knew it. Then their attitudes and personalities would change. They would perk up their attention, but they would always say, “There’s something with him. When he came in I got nervous. I felt something!” And I would hear that over and over again and I would say, “I know, I know. I’ve been feeling it for thirty years.”
And he was just so pleasant; just something with his imagery. Everybody radiates from a different frequency, and Michael had the highest level of energy I think without being from another world. His gift and his humanity of spirit were just so powerful and great and deep. He was a different human being from most of us; from all of us. He did affect everybody that came around him, from leaders of the world to normal folk, from children to people, grandmothers. Every single person that’s been around him said they felt something, that I remember seeing or talking to.
And that’s why people cry. People absolutely cry. I would sit on stage and watch them pass bodies, like back in the medieval days when people died of the plague. You would see them lift bodies, arms dangling and legs, heads swinging, and there was like an ocean of people with their arms up passing bodies to the front, to the gate. There would be a line-up there of emergency vehicles... five, ten of them lined up. There were stretchers and triages back there. One by one, people were passing them forward; sometimes a multitude of bodies moving across the crowd being passed to the rescue people. They would give them smelling salts and try to revive them. Some people were just totally gone, unconscious, you know, like totally no life in them, and that’s just from being in that stadium with Michael. I just got to just sit back there and marvel at it. It was just the most powerful thing to see, and that’s just from that one man in the center of the stage. He made even men pass out; women and men. That’s a power and Michael knew it. He knew he was gifted with something special, a purpose; uniting the world and uniting people.
Source (the whole interview): valmaiowens.blogspot.com/2011/03/interview-with-jonathan-sugarfoot.html
"It is the light in him that attracts us like moths to a streetlight. We want that light, we need it, and yet, we don't realize that what we are seeking, is God. Michael had that light within him becaus...e he allowed God to work through him. He was a vehicle of light in that way. But some, when they can't have the light for themselves that they see in another, they seek to destroy. This is what happened to Michael. Michael's light came from God. The only way to have that light, is to get to know God. We need to take our eyes off of devouring Michael and a sense of ownership of Michael. Nobody has ever owned Michael, except Michael himself, and God. Sometimes, in the fan base, the disagreements come over a feeling that somehow, Michael is our property, that this group or that group owns him in some way. Michael was a messenger, a man of talent, a man of God. We never owned him. If we put our eyes back on God and seek that light from the Creator, we can come closer to the kind of world that Michael always spoke of and we can help to heal this world and this community of fans."
Debbie Kunesh, Reflections On The Dance www.facebook.com/#!/ReflectionsOnTheDance
"Above all, Michael was a very caring person. He had a lot of love in his heart. He cared about everybody, especially the people on the street. He wasn't stuck up - he had no ego, and he
tried to make time for everybody because he didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. If he thought he did something wrong, it would really bother him. He had more love than anyone I know. (...) Above all, Michael was about love."
Miko Brando, son of Marlon Brando, Michael´s friend
"Michael was very nice, I mean that just when you were with him, you were happy."
Chris Tucker, a comedian and a friend of Michael
Moderator: "If Michael Jackson had one word to describe what would it be?"
Leon Jones (painter): Love. Because that's all what he was.
From an interview on the radio
Stephanie Mills: "You know, Michael was so sweet and innocent. I do not think that the world was ready for such a person as he was."
Monique: "He was love."
Stephanie Mills: "He was love."
Monique Show (January 2010)
"Michael is love, love, love. I want to be like him!"
9-year old boy, after Michael read a prayer in the Basilica of "Our Lady of Peace" at the Ivory Coast (90´s)
"Michael is a magical, spiritual, sensual, exciting, lovely, magnificent, amazing, perfect. He is love!"
Jackieneeley, a fan
"Michael was magic, pure and simple. He was a man who believed in the goodness of mankind and embodied pure unncondicional love for the world."
Kellie Parker - Katie from "Moonwalker"
Question (via Twitter): Karen, why do you think Michael was such an emotional impact on people?
Karen Faye (Michael's makeup artist and friend): There is a small percentage of people who walk or walked the earth, radiating unconditional love. Love is the strongest force in the universe. All beings are attracted to love. The answer and solution to every problem can be "love."
"In every generation, there are a handful of people who come into this world equipped with the ability to change it for the better because of their heightened sense of awareness about the power of love. Those people understand love, not as a feeling, but as a state of being, a way of relating to the world. They have a certain light about them; a way of living that encompasses being kind, caring, compassionate and empathic. Through their ability to connect to love, they have the potential to heal the world. Michael Jackson was one of them.
In an attempt to define love, I’ll defer to Marianne Williamson through her book called "A Return to Love." She says, "(Love) is our ultimate reality, and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life."
Michael seemed to truly understand that concept. His connection to love was so strong that he had an enhanced ability to deeply touch other people with his light. When someone who is that connected to love focuses their attention on you in a positive way, the result is a flow of energy that penetrates your soul and the outcome is a feeling of pure joy. Once that joyful feeling is experienced you want more, so you’re continually drawn back to the source of it, which in the case is Michael.
Lisa Marie Presley touched on it in her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. When she was asked why she fell in love with Michael, she said, "because he was an incredibly dynamic person. If you were in his vicinity and he showed you who he was, if he was willing to do that, in any way, man I’ve never felt so high in my life. He had something so intoxicating about him." Fans know that feeling all too well. We were always the focus of his attention in a positive way, but it was good to hear that those who were close to him felt the same effect.
Oprah even let on to the fact that she was taken in by it, "When I first met him before the interview in 1992," Oprah said, "it’s like he shines his light upon you. When he opens himself up and lets that light through, you just want to be in that, you want to be around that."
Lisa Marie went on to describe him as her drug. "I felt like I just always wanted to be around him. I always wanted to be part of it. I felt so high. I’ve never felt that way around another human being except for one…which is my father."
Michael’s light, which affected millions all over the world, was so powerful that even in death it keeps pulling people back in. It’s been over a year and a half since his passing and the world can’t seem to let him go. (...) Once you have been on the receiving end of his light, it’s hard to let him go. You’re drawn to him forever, because it was through him that you experienced the power of love. (...)"
Linda Higgins, 2010 (Source: www.michaeljacksontributeportrait.com/article.php?article_id=229)
"He had that inner light and he always considered himself to be extremely ugly. He said he's not a handsome man. 'That's why I don't do interviews and I don't go on talk shows.' He said 'First of all, I don't lead an interesting life, I work all of the time' (and that's what he did, he worked all of the time).
He never did really understand that he had that inner light.
Sitting and talking to Michael I would look into his eyes and I could see for 1,000 miles. He had these most incredible eyes. They come off good on film, but nothing like in person. When you're actually sitting across there looking at him. Those eyes were unbelievable. There were times it would just stop me in my tracks and there were times I'd be around him where I'd kind of forget who he was and then it would dawn on me....'I'm sitting here next to Michael Jackson.' I never really got over that. There were times he would do these quick little step things and they were like lightening. It was just so quick, so precise and just amazing."
David Nordahl, the painter and Michael Jackson´s portrait artist
"Michael can´t recognize deception in others because he is incapable of deception. He sees only good in people, even if that goodness is merely a reflection of his own light."
Talitha Fluttrby, a fan who met Michael many times
"Here is my EXPERIENCE with TRUTH. Did you ever feel just too tired or sick to go to work? Or maybe something dramatic happened in your life, which made it difficult to go to work. After 27 years, I had days like that, even with Michael.
BUT once I enter the room, where Michael was, I was immediately bathed in energy. He was constantly GIVING energy. He was not doing anything, but being there. He didn’t have to dance or sing. You could also see, everyone in the room was affected by this energy also. I never left a job working with Michael depleted. I left inspired. I know all of you have felt it too.
Michael taught me to choose a seat next to someone who has built a wall around them, and try to break through it with the energy of love."
Karen Faye, Michael´s make up artist and friend
"I really don’t think this world was ready for the kind of person Michael was. You know what I’m saying? He was love. That’s all he knew. He loved children because children are innocent, they’re not tainted, and they don’t judge you, they don’t want anything from you. And that’s why he felt comfortable being around children."
"He is extremely beautiful, fragile and totally unearthly. I always had the feeling that he is not standing on the floor but slightly floating on air. Michael Jackson knows that he appears like that on others and he also knows how to employ it."
Gottfried Helnwein, austian-irish artist
"I have seen Michael Jackson for the first time in Duisburg, on stage of ‘Wetten Dass’. His music only interested me marginally, therefore I was quite calm while standing next to the lifting ramp on which Jackson was supposed to sing ‘Earth Song’. But that was to change within the next eight minutes. I felt Jackson before I saw him. You feel such a presence/aura within a human being only a few times in life. His music hit me like a hammer, his voice hit me like light. The man is a carnal experience, such as pain or overwhelming joy."
Christian Marks, Michael’s biographer, 2001
"When he came to the podium, was full of love. The love you can see, even though you are standing 100 meters away from him. In some moments, had tears in his eyes and could not sing. We cried and we were thus moved. Frantically, we cried, we left him not to sing, just could not. It was amazing. "
T. Marierose about her experience of the World Music Awards, November 15th 2006
"While all others (fans) were screaming, I could only stand there and look up at the windows with my mouth open. There he really was. You could see a white t-shirt, a black hat and black mask, all hiding behind the white curtain. So, some might say you couldn´t really see ANYTHING, but we all knew it was him. WHy? You could just FEEL it. Even though I had only see him once on stage begore on stage and he was about 30 metres away hiding himself behind the curtains, I just knew it was him. I could feel that incredible aura again, such a warmth and feeling of familiarity. It was magical in a way. I felt his bond, this happiness, this love that you normally only feel for people you are very close to, your family and good friends. At the same time it was more intense, it really felt like love at the first sight, but not like a physical love, more like a spiritual love, I could feel his soul. Never before and never after, have I felt anything like that. At that moment there was nothing else in the world, it felt like the world had stopped turning and it seemed like forever to me. In reality he waved and was gone again ten seconds later. I felt like I needed a pinch. But there was no time for that for there he was again, this time without the mask. YOu could see his smile behind the curtain and him having fun waving at us. This time I managed to only not stare open-mouthed, but also scream ´Michael! I love you!´ He smiled again, waved once more, closed the window and disappeared back into the room."
Brigitte Bloemen about her experience from March 1998, in the book "It´s all about love"
I am not a fan of him. I don’t even have one of his CDs at home. I do this job for 20 years now, but never in my life I met someone like him… I love him. I would do everything for him. To me he’s… a saint."
"He’s what the French call a 'monstre sacre', a 'holy monster' - someone who is absolutely unique."
Gregory Peck, the actor
"When you were with him, you really felt like God was within him. He was an amazing, superhuman kind of person, but he always treated you as an equal. He would be your friend and he never asked for anything in return. ... I know that people looked at Michael and thought he was strange, but to me, he was fascinating. ... He was the most inspirational person in my life. His one dream was to cure all the sick children in the world. And when I'd say, "Isn't that impossible?" Michael would just start to cry. He was very emotional about things that moved him. I guess you'd have to say he was a pure innocent in a world that wasn't so innocent anymore."
“And people just melted around him. One time when he was taking his kids to Disneyland, word had gotten out that he was coming and everyone knew his favorite ride was Peter Pan, so there was gridlock by the time he arrived. But he just held his hands up and the crowd opened up like parting the Red Sea. Then he would watch the parade from the Main Street rooftop and eat hot dogs and French fries with his kids. I thank God everyday that I was graced by this angel and am reminded even moreso that we can’t take our time here for granted. There is no tomorrow promised and you’ve gotta let people know you love them. That’s what Michael was about.”
Qadree El-Amin, Southpaw Entertainment
"Michael takes his time (to talk to people)... This is the miracle of Michael Jackson. He had time for everyone. No matter who, what position, who they were, he just pleased everyone. He didn´t have to, but he did."
"When we first met, around 1988, I was struck by the combination of charisma and woundedness that surrounded Michael. He would be swarmed by crowds at an airport, perform an exhausting show for three hours, and then sit backstage afterward, as we did one night in Bucharest, drinking bottled water, glancing over some Sufi poetry as I walked into the room, and wanting to meditate.
That person, whom I considered (at the risk of ridicule) very pure, still survived -- he was reading the poems of Rabindranath Tagore when we talked the last time, two weeks ago. Michael exemplified the paradox of many famous performers, being essentially shy, an introvert who would come to my house and spend most of the evening sitting by himself in a corner with his small children."
Deepak Chopra, a spiritual speaker and author, in A Tribute To My Friend Michael Jackson