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Eight Years Since The World Was Left - Empty

Updated on August 25, 2017

A Dream

The Music Was Not His Greatest Gift to Us

Healing the world and making it a better place was not just lyrics to Michael. It was his whole life. In death he punctuated those words. "Heal The World" is 6 minutes and 25 seconds in length.

Whenever I try to put thoughts about Michael into my own words, I get stuck. I need his help to let the words flow, spill out, in a way that feels different than when I'm just writing and editing, and editing and editing.

If you don't believe in channeling, it's okay. It doesn't stop the words from flowing. I believe that everyone can "tune in." We're just spirits in physical bodies, living this Earth experience. When we "channel" it's just other spirits helping us survive down here. Am I channeling a spirit that was Michael?

It was never my intent to channel anyone. It's kind of embarrassing, actually. It feels like there is a part of my being that has merged and melded with a spirit that seems to be the one we once knew as Michael Jackson. I don't know how else to explain it. I was NOT a "huge fan" before Michael passed from this earth. I never attended a concert. I didn't have a T-shirt with his face on it - then. Now I think there are at least ten in my closet...did I just admit that?

Sometimes I seem to be doing this in spite of myself. I come from a background of religious beliefs that are extremely similar to what Michael grew up with. Maybe that's the connection. I've tried to stop. I don't want to be known as "that goofball that thinks she's getting messages from Michael Jackson." So what's the deal?

It seems to me, that he wasn't finished healing this world. There's so much he still wants to do. He had such an essence of compassion while here, it makes sense that he would still want to help us. He never felt understood - as expressed in many of his songs, especially "Childhood."

But he doesn't need attention for himself anymore. He doesn't need people to worry about him. I think he just wants to keep helping us - from a position of pure power and spirit. It's kind of amazing, really.

The Most Powerful and Clear Messages

I too loved Thriller, Billie Jean and his spectacular dancing, videos and short films. But I truly did not pay that much attention to the man, except to ponder the changes in his face, and feel sad for him, as I would any person who was falsely accused and made into the butt of countless late-night talk show jokes. He told us that it hurt him. What if NOTHING was true of the accusations? Michael's life was an example of how we see celebrities as our personal property at times. Entertain us!!!! You have feelings? Shut up!

What are we? Where's the gratitude? We make so many demands. They exceed and electrify stages for us - then they have problems - and we're done with them. What does that say about us as people?

I went through a time of wondering if he was guilty of the terrible accusations. I don't think I ever could have deeply believed in his guilt - I never sensed a creepy vibe from him at all. And he wrote song after song about healing our world. It didn't make sense.

I was most confused when one of his close family members made a compelling statement regarding the accusations. That scared me. I felt sick inside, because my daughter adored him and wanted everything MIchael, Michael, Michael! My daughter did have a T-shirt. After I heard the family member's statement, I gave the T-shirt away. It made me sad though. I wasn't sure. I couldn't get that distant memory out of my mind or heart - of my then two-year-old daughter singing "Heal The World." She had sung it with such conviction years ago. But I'm a mom first. I didn't want my daughter to make a hero of someone who could harm children. Fear does stupid things. Is that why some abandoned him?

When your star rises that high, is it fate that brings it smashing to the ground in a colossal explosion? In this case, fate had help from jealousy, greed and a vindictive district attorney.

As evidence came out - and I actually paid attention to the types of people accusing Michael - (unlike the media at large). I saw the accusers motivations and seriously doubted that any of the things said against him were true. When his family member finally recanted the statement, I wondered how Michael could ever forgive this person. That took an amazing heart of compassion. I was even more convinced of his innocence, after seeing how forgiving he was.

When he was found innocent of all ten counts on June 13, 2005, I thought he would have some peace - hopefully regain respect - and the comedians would apologize and get better material. Geez - I didn't know much about the entertainment world or the world of mash-n-slash media.

Unfortunately, Michael made it easy for people to worry or wonder about him. But there was something that far outshone the excessive surgeries or erratic behavior. He was so incredibly generous to those in need! He never gave up, though his heart was surely broken when public opinion remained mixed and many saw him as a joke or worse.

I don't know what form he takes now, but his purpose seems clear.

His spirit is infusing thousands with his dream of helping and giving to those in need. I have seen a school being built in his name, toys sent for holidays, charities flooded with donations, artists giving their original works to make donations to charity, authors donating money earned from their books, people buying his music to give it away to those who can't afford it - just to name a few - and all because these people wish to keep his dream alive - to embody Michael's dream of making the world a better place.

There is definitely something MORE happening here than just "fans out of control." The people I've met are educated, loving, sane people whose hearts were touched so deeply by Michael's generosity in life that they are compelled to continue it in his name. It is a growing consciousness, a tribute that doesn't require dance lessons.

It's channeling LOVE. Love doesn't need any other name. But that's what Michael always talked about - "It's all for love."

He's not done. His love for humanity is unbreakable.

"Empty" original song written and sung by Heaven Leigh


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    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, dear Mycee. xoxoxox Lots of "MichaeLOVE" here, yes. Big hugs to you!

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      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      You really did great on MJ series heavenleigh. Excellent hubs

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Heaven Leigh, I call myself Bravewarrior, and have for many years, because simply put, I am! Nothing gets me down for long and I ALWAYS pick myself up by the bootstraps and carry on......... Thanx for the interest!

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      7 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Victoria Lynn - wonderful to meet you here! I am a fan of yours now too! Loved your Hub about Michael and how his passing affected you. It's true - someone like Elvis or Michael (there aren't any others like Elvis and Michael) ;) reallllllly became part of our lives - their music was revolutionary - their styles and auras commanded attention. So many songs of Michael's accompanied so many landmark teen experiences! We can't help it. :) You're right. Thanks for connecting my hub to yours. I did the same for you. :) Shamone! ;)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Finally--a like mind! I still miss MJ and actually wrote a hub about it, too. I couldn't believe that he did those horrible things to children. He was just childlike himself and wanted happiness in the world. I am so sad that he is gone as he was truly interested in making the world a better place. I LOVE this hub and am going to link it to my hub about Michael Jackson. Thank you!

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      7 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Bravewarrior, Yes - birth name is actually "Heaven Lee." After my daughter was born, in 1990, I decided to change the middle name spelling to "Leigh." It was a fondness for Vivien Leigh that prompted the change. My mom used to call me "Scarlet." LOL No, not hippies, my dad did always have a deep love for God. I got my spirituality from him. Other people have asked if my parents were "flower children." :)

      It certainly is a name that no one could possibly live up to. ;)

      I think for that reason I want people to know that I didn't make it up for myself - and btw I was never a porn star. LOL!!!

      I do love the names Summer and April!!! :) Many thanks for your interest in my name stuff. I LOVE the energy in YOUR persona, "Brave Warrior!" That's something I'd like to borrow at times! Keep Shining!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Your birth name is really Heaven Leigh? Wow, that's awesome! Your parents either are very close to God or are hippies or both! More power to 'em! Much more celestial than Summer or April....

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      7 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Dear Lord, (do you get that a lot?) ;) Thank you so much for your comments - and understanding the beauty of one man's message to the world, Lord De Cross. :) Thank you for your kind words about my song/voice too. Much appreciated.

      I do my best to reveal what I sense and feel about the truth of Michael's heart. It simply would never allow him to hurt children. In that way I hope the truth is revealed "in Heaven" on earth. Hee hee!

      Couldn't help that. With a name like Heaven - I have to jump on those opportunities. Tough not to be "punny." ;) I don't know why in the hell my parents gave me such a "loaded" name - but I try to use it to its best advantage. One of my aunts told me once that she tried to talk my mother out of it. LOL

      Thank you, Lord. hee hee Our names kind of compliment each other. Excuse me for having fun with that!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Heaven Leigh,

      You have expose the humanity frim Michael. We learned to dance with him and still can make our moves. Despite acussations and misunderstandings Michael overcame his own Iconic figure. That song.. heal the world put a few tears in my eyes; the video was excellent and came on time. Someday the complete truth will be revealed either here or in heaven, but for now we admire Michael Jackson for his powerful message. Thanks for writing with so much emotion!


      P.S. Great voice of yours..."Empty"

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      7 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you, dear Snow!

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      7 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Heaven... this is an excelletn work. i agree with sir billy here.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      7 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Bravewarrior: Yay for album collections! Yes, I did compose the song. It's from my Faith in You CD. Thank you for asking. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      They both live on in my album collection!

      BTW, did you compose the music to your song? It's beautiful.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      7 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Bravewarrior - thank you so much for your comment and your understanding of Michael, the person, as well as the message of love. My intent is to empower people to realize that we all have magical powers! We can learn from others, famous or not - but we all can make miracles through the power of love! Your insights mean so much to me. Yes, John Lennon's voice lives on, as well! As long as there is love - these spirits will be close to us - maybe even choosing to come back and live among us again on Earth someday. ;)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! You truly live up to your name. Your voice, heart, words and sentiment are truly heavenleigh!

      Michael Jackson was such an amazing artist despite his troubled childhood. He was pushed and pushed and soon felt "ugly", which is what let to his many surgeries.

      His focus, as you say, was to better the world, especially with regard to children. He wanted them to feel cherished and live life as children, not commodities. Michael was giving, caring and tormented at the same time.

      It was a trajedy that rocked the world, much as the death of John Lennon, when Michael died. You just never considered life without his voice and influence.

      You've brought his beauty and message to the world back to life thru this hub. Thank you for that, Leigh. And thank you for sharing your beautiful talent. Music is the universal language. Let's keep the message moving!

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      7 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you, my new Hub-god friend! :) That means a lot coming from you!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are an excellent writer! Your voice is strong and yet compassionate and the central theme of this a message I will endorse until the day I draw my last breath.

      Excellent work my new friend!


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