Michael Jackson the Spiritual Teacher

The legendary Michael Jackson came to be known as many things during his short lifetime, but I never remember ‘spiritual teacher’ being one of them.  I, however, was sent on a mission to find the lyrics of Jackson’s Man In The Mirror  after reading the following passage by the 1920s spiritual philosopher, Ernest Holmes:

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” (1)

Taken from Holmes perspective, Jackson’s lyrics are prophetic:  “I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways…If you wanna make the world a better place, Take a look at yourself, and make a change…”(2)

Dr. Success Challenge:  The next time you pass a mirror, and take a quick unconscious gaze, STOP.  Take note of what you silently said to yourself about yourself as you passed your reflection.  In that unconscious nanosecond you told yourself what you think about yourself.  How you think about yourself is how you view the world.  Does your thinking need to change?

Albert Einstein supposedly observed that there were two kinds of people in the world, those who thought the world was antagonistic and those who viewed the world as friendly.  I cannot find the exact attribution for that quote but laughed when I found this one:  “I like quoting Einstein.  Know why? Because nobody dares contradict you.”(3)

Happy gazing.  Happy thinking.  Happy changing.


(1)  E. Holmes, Science of Mind, p. 322

(2) Man In The Mirror lyrics AZLyrics.com

(3) Studs Terkel, as quoted in “Voice of America” in The Guardian (1 March 2002) Wikipedia


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Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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