I have previously reviewed Michael's book Dancing The Dream, but now I would like to list some of my favorite quotes from this awesome book; words that I have read over and over again. He has inspired so many people around the globe with his music, talent, generosity and charities; I truly believe he was sent to us to complete a job by trying to make the world a better place, and now that he is gone, he continues to inspire us even in death. I hope you get as much out of his wisdom as I have.
One thing Michael always said was "Rise Above It" - a simple statement that says so much; this 3 word sentiment has helped me in many situations and has become my mantra.
"If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with."
"My idea of magic doesn't have much to do with stage tricks and illusions. The whole world abounds in magic...........Nature, the best of all magicians, has delivered another thrill. She has exposed the real illusion, our inability to be amazed by her wonders. Every time the sun rises, Nature is repeating one command: "Behold!" Her magic is infinitely lavish, and in return all we have to do is appreciate it."
"It's easy to mistake being innocent for being simpleminded or naive. Yet there is a deep truth in innocence. A baby looks in his mother's eyes, and all he sees is love. As innocence fades away, more complicated things takes its place. When you get right down to it, survival means seeing things the way they really are and responding. It means being open. And that's what innocence is. It's simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view. If you get locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked. You miss the freshness and magic of the moment. Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades."
"Trusting yourself begins by recognizing that it's okay to be afraid. Having fear is not the problem, because everyone feels anxious and insecure sometimes. The problem is not being honest enough to admit your fear. Whenever I accept my own doubt and insecurity, I'm more open to other people. The deeper I go into myself, the stronger I become, because I realize that my real self is much bigger than any fear."
"When I think of courage, I think of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard Of Oz. He was always running away from danger. He often cried and shook with fear. But he was also sharing his real feelings with those he loved, even though he didn't always like those feelings. That takes real courage: the courage to be intimate. Expressing your feelings is not the same as falling apart in front of someone else - it's being accepting and true to your heart, whatever it may say. When you have the courage to be intimate, you know who you are, and you're willing to let others see that. It's scary because you feel so vulnerable, so open to rejection. But without self- acceptance, the other kind of courage, the kind heroes show in movies, seems hollow. In spite of the risks, the courage to be honest and intimate opens the way to self-discovery. It offers what we all want; the promise of love."
"Some people spend their lives looking for love outside themselves. They think they have to grasp it in order to have it. But love slips away like a wet bar of soap. Holding on to love is not wrong, but you need to learn to hold it lightly, caressingly. Let it fly when it wants. When it's allowed to be five, love is what makes life alive, joyful and new. It's the juice and enemy that motivates my music, my dancing, everything. As long as love is in my heart, it's everywhere."
ON CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
"..........A child's mind needs the nourishment of mystery, magic, wonder and excitement. I want my work to help people rediscover the child that's hiding in them."
ANGEL OF LIGHT
"You can pray to the angels and they will listen, but the best way to call them, I am told, is to laugh. Angels respond to delight, because that is what they're made of. In fact, when people's minds are clouded by anger or hatred, no angel can reach them."
A CHILD IS A SONG
"When children listen to music, they don't just listen. They melt into the melody and flow with the rhythm. Something inside starts to unfold its wings - soon the child and the music are one. I feel that way too, in the presence of music, and my best moments of creativity have often been spent with children. When I am around them, music comes to me as easily as breathing. When I begin to feel a little tired or burdened, children revive me. I turn to them for new life, for new music. Two brown eyes look at me so deeply, so innocently, and inside I murmur, 'This child is a song.' It is so true and direct an experience that instantly I realize again, 'I am a song also.' I am back to myself once more."
These are only a few of the wonderful inspirational words in this book. There are poems, reflections, and other works from Michael about children, baby seals, elephants (these are particularly intense) God, nature, and more that we can all learn from. Michael was truly a wise man who was able to look to the beauty of nature, the innocence of a child, the horrors going on in the world, and make everything seem so beautiful by looking beyond. This is a book I truly treasure; not only because it was written by Michael, but also because of the intensity and wisdom that comes from it.
What did you think of this review?
Fun to Read
About the reviewer
I love to read mysteries and thrillers; I am addicted to scary psychological thrillers and horror movies; "The Exorcist" and "Silence of the Lambs" being 2 of my favorites. I love … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
Dancing The Dream, a book of reflections and poems written by Michael Jackson. Originally published in 1992 and reprinted in 2009 after his death. A wonderful introduction by his true and close friend Elizabeth Taylor and dedicated to his mother.
This book is 149 pages long, with silky pages and wonderful photos. A truly beautiful and inspiring book.