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Lightman and En-light-enment

Michael Jackson’s plan to showcase the giant “Lightman” in the concerts planned for the O2 Arena and its prominence in the film “This Is It” carries a message beyond the aesthetic. It is no accident and it contains a symbolic communiqué that many metaphysicians would recognize. Another semiotic piece encodes a message just as so much of Michael’s work does. During the HIStory tour, Michael takes us on a journey through time in a space capsule as a spaceman who can time travel. He highlights the past along its historic trajectory and tells us to be mindful that each day we are creating our history and leaving our legacy in our wake. We travel through time with Michael as our guide.

The “Lightman” is our arrival at the destination. Lightman points toward the future. He is a reference to the future—the future world and a future “man.” Michael was a messenger and spiritual teacher for our time. He encodes the way to the future and the future human in a most unusual language: a simple symbol in a concert featuring an entertainer and pop star. The messenger hides in plain sight along with the message. What is Michael saying with Lightman in that venue and with that precise voice given him by the creator? “Voice” meaning the sound that comes from Michael and his throat and vocal ability of course, but the “voice” Michael has on a stage become a worldwide podium or his voice in the world. He is doing what he has always done; he is speaking to us subliminally: in the language of symbols, parables and metaphors. He is bypassing the mind and intellect and suggesting something to our inner self or soul– using our human senses as the translator.

Michael points us toward the way of the future. He brought us through history, showcased some significant events and even demonstrated for us the modern man in the giant sculpture dressed in military garb in the midst of chaos. In a single symbol Michael showed us our collective human psyche with its cultural values. It (and he) says “tribalism.” Tribalism is the human propensity for making “other” those who are not like self. Tribalism makes “other” the enemy and is militant in approach to those considered “other.” Tribalism says “mine” and “ours” and confines “them” to areas demarcated by dividing lines on the planet called countries. It is a “turf war on a global scale.” Those lines keep “others” out and demonstrates an affinity for instruments of war and war making. Tribes solve their problems and settle disagreements with war. With this sculpture, he illustrates the glorification of self and individual ego. That was and is our history: tribalism, self (or tribal) glorification and superiority and war making while making the “other” a threat or enemy. And we see the sea of humanity showing its loyalty and dedication to this way of being in the world historically adopted by our species—humanity. Those who understand the term “military industrial complex” would understand this giant symbol of man’s treatment of those he makes “other.”

Instead of embracing “other” as part of the human family (“You’re just another part of me”) and understanding that we are one—one species, one family, one spirit, we as a collective society have not grown up; we have spent our adolescent years in the pastime of infighting, killing and war making. In This Is It, he warns us. He says “This is it.” It seems we matured a little from our experience of nuclear age that took us up to the edge of a complete annihilation of all human life. But now we face the demise of the planet through our irresponsible use of its resources and our failure to grasp the magnitude of what we have done and the consequences. (“Look what we’ve done to the world!”) Michael now guides us along the journey to the new human, the new human experience and the new world we are destined to create.

Or not.

How? “Lightman!” The message is all about evolution. Evolution of the human species is not just material but biological; it includes consciousness. The evolution of consciousness is also along a trajectory of history and the human thrust toward enlightenment. The question is: “Will be become an enlightened species?” Will we come to understand that we are all one—that we are one big human family and that our modern dividing lines are the beliefs we hold? Enlightenment means the light dawns in the human mind—the spiritual evolution of humanity is about grasping some truths about us and our condition. It is the spiritual evolution of the human that “Lightman” speaks of and it is about light, about alchemy and transfiguration. Michael encodes something amazing in this work. There are many artists who have shown us a similar message. Lightman is not a new concept although encoding it in the language of music and through a modern and unlikely messenger or prophet hidden in plain sight on a world stage is novel. It appears both Michael and God have a sense of humor.

It’s an old struggle, duality. The dark vs. the light. Good vs. evil. The dark shadowy mind or the enlightened one. Lucifer who was called “the light bearer” and Archangel Michael who wields his sword for God.  Think Luke Skywalker and his light saber and Darth Vader in Star Wars and his shadow persona. Think Cocoon and the aliens being light-beings who lose their lightbody when humans unwittingly drain their energy by swimming and absorbing their hibernating bio-energy. These are aliens who are light beings that disguise themselves in human casing, in human skin and human form. And older humans cause the demise of their energy hosts in the pool by absorbing the light energy that has the power to rejuvenate them and reverse aging. Think Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the light beings and message encoded in the music. Think Avatar and beings who leave behind light in their footsteps. And for that matter, beings who dance on sidewalks and Moon Walk and leave eerie light in their footfalls and everything they touch yet who cannot be captured by cameras or the naked eye. All that glitters is not always gold; sometimes it’s light or a metaphor for light. Or a way to say “I am in the light; I cannot be found.”

Lightman represents a being of light and is a silent parable and metaphor for the enlightened human. In This Is It, Lightman is actually a lighthouse or beacon that points the way to a life more enlightened, a world that is a better place and a planet in immediate need of custodial stewards. Gurus have always spoken of enlightenment, the path to enlightenment and the light body.  A body infused with light and the god vibe is radiant—a bioluminescent entity. It is an attractor field. It resonates at a high frequency. And people can feel that. Students of masters and disciples of gurus can tell you about that and about the lightbody.

In the more advanced Michael Messages we have been exploring the Chakra system. The chakra system is a spectrum of light that overlays the human body. It constitutes a rainbow—the red frequency at the groin that contains and resonates to the base and basic needs of the human—procreation and survival. The rainbow then ascends up the body with yellow in the sacral region, green in the heart, blue in the throat, Indigo in the forehead and purple at the crown. It is a map or reference for the spiritual development or ascension of the human spirit. The chakras correspond to certain esoteric characteristics and functions of the human as it demonstrates a path to enlightenment given us by ancient cultures of the Hindus. Other systems and symbols refer esoterically to this spiritual path and these same traits—the Christian cross, the Caduceus or Aesculapian staff symbol in medicine, the Kabala, Jacob’s Ladder and some even point to the structure of the DNA molecule as representational of this ladder of enlightenment or ascension to the enlightened being.

The chakras are spinning wheels of energy that may be open or closed depending on the various stages of development of the individual. So what happens in the light spectrum when you blend all of these colors? It is a scientific fact that black is the absence of color while the presence of all colors blended gives us white light. Hold a prism in the light, and the prism breaks down the white light into the light spectrum that includes all colors—a prism produces a rainbow. Superimpose a full spectrum rainbow over the human body and you get white light. Open all the chakras through the development of certain spiritual attributes, and you get a light being. Lightman!

This journey to enlightenment was recently featured in another modern “Lightman” at the  Comomnwealth Games in New Delhi, India last week. The opening ceremony featured a Hindu or Buddhist Lightman with the chakras prominent and lighted.

Did Michael Jackson know about enlightenment stuff and did he incorporate that symbol deliberately? Well he was certainly inspired. He often spoke of the divine and he credited his creativity and inspired work as being “created in space.”He talked about “channeling” the creativity—the creative fire we spoke about in the last post. And he credited God. He was reading the spiritual and mystical poetry of Rabindrath Tagore, Rumi, and Hafiz. He read Christian mysticism texts and he meditated. He was taught the Hindu spiritual system of chakras by Deepak Chopra. Michael fasted, meditated and ate a pure vegetarian diet—all spiritual practices known to increase the capacity of human being to hold light, develop their lightbody and radiate that light through their field.

Luminescence is referred to often in scripture from the bush that burned to the angels surrounded by light and how a holy etheric “light shone around them.” Halos and bio-fields are commonly mentioned in scripture and modern metaphysicians reference the cultivation of light and the lightbody. Metaphysics teaches about frequency and vibe and about light. Science says that light is the fastest thing in the Universe and that as an object approaches the speed of light it begins to flicker and eventually disappear because it can no longer be seen. (“I am in the light where I cannot be found; it’s as if I’m standing here in this place called hallowed ground.”)

When Michael says “created in space” he is referring to the field. Scriptures talk about the manifest and the unmanifest. The unmanifest is a reference to the abyss or the field of that which does not yet exist. It is the place before creation. Comparably science might call it a black hole or antimatter. And the edge is called the event horizon—the place where a kind of transfiguration occurs. The greatest unmanifest field would have existed before the “big bang.” The manifest refers to everything which has come into being since then. The unmanifest holds what is possible but is not yet in existence.

All things have a field, sometimes called “attractor field.” The attractor field appears magnetic and draws everything of its same frequency into its orbit. An analogy is the black hole—it attracts everything and swallows whatever comes into its gravitational pull. Has anyone ever asked what you “gravitate toward?”

“Field” refers to the sphere of possibility. Rupert Sheldrake wrote about M-Fields, short for Morphogenetic Fields. Lynne McTaggart just called it “the field” and wrote about the effects of intention even defying the accepted laws of linear time and Larry Dossey who studies non-local consciousness in healing and distance healing in particular. They speak about the field that surrounds and interpenetrates all physical matter. There is a biological aura or energetic field also that interpenetrates the human and surrounds the body. Alternative medicine recognizes this bio-field and uses it for healing in Acupuncture, Reiki and energy medicines.   

Human evolution is more than biology, the organic or genetic aspects of human development traced through anthropology. It also refers to the evolution of consciousness. If our consciousness were to evolve to that stage of enlightenment, we would become light bearers. In the symbol of Lightman in Michael’s This Is IT, you notice that the surface is reflective. It is a mirror. A mirror man. It reflects what is projected onto it. It becomes a reflection of what is projected onto it.  A man with a mirror?

If we, humanity were to adopt the idea that we are indeed all “one” and were collectively to evolve to a consciousness where we live from that knowledge and embrace all “others” as brothers, we would end wars and begin to see the divine inherent in all beings. If we were to activate and engage our divine blueprint, fully develop our light within (Inner Michael) and embody our bright shadow and express It in the world, we would become beings of light—Lightman! We would shine our light into the world and the world would be a mirror of that.

Or not.

That is one powerful message. One powerful challenge. And yes, this is it.




  1. Jan said . . .

    Yes, indeed, Rev. Barb. This post is so en-lightening. I am reminded of Michael Bush’s comment to an individual who went to the exhibit of Michael’s clothing at the Autry Museum in Southern California. He commented on the energy that Michael emitted and said that he literally ‘glowed’ … that he could light up a room or a stadium. The fan then commented that “only God could do that to him.” and Michael Bush looked straight into her eyes and said, “YES!” Then walking away, he turned back, looked her straight in the eyes and said, “Yes” again before joining the rest of the crowd. I pray that the individual who spoke with Michael Bush doesn’t mind me relating her story. It is available on her blog. But the incident speaks so relevantly to your post. Michael was our ‘Lightman’ … and he still is … because that field that you refer to contains us all – incarnate and immortal – within it. It supports and sustains everything and everyone who ever existed and Michael’s light is the sun …and its reflection … the moon within that field. Thanks for another inspirational post.

    Posted October 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Permalink
  2. Anne UK said . . .

    Dear Rev Barbara,
    What an absolute joy to find your post today.The journey I started on with you a year ago has been so rewarding, so uplifting and so very educational. Never once did I feel that I would ever learn as much as I have. I now understand where Michael was coming from and what drove him to always inspire and delight. My journey with you has led me to walk down many roads that I would not ever have encountered if I had not been introduced to you and your amazing writing. Each post gives more food for thought and through you I strive to learn and understand more. I know I am not the same person that set off on this path a year ago. Changing the world is what Michael dreamed of, his legacy is stronger now than ever and will continue to shine through. So many of us started with small faltering steps that thanks to you grow more confident with every post. You surely must be Michael’s personal lightworker. If we can all begin to see what outcome could be produced by fully developing our “Inner Michaels” then we could all start to bring about the change. We can and will become “lightman” Thank you Rev Barbara for showing us the way. With much love, Anne UK.

    Posted October 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink
  3. karen said . . .

    I just wanted you to know that I look forward to and read each and everyone of these articles even though I don’t comment on them. They make me think deeply about many things and I agree with most of them… I just wish Michael was available to enjoy all of the nice things said about him and that people as well as myself, understand what he was trying to convey all these years. His thoughts seem so complex that only God could truly understand them. Thank you for another interesting article…

    Posted October 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
  4. lmat said . . .

    Someone just made mention that they are different now than a year ago. That struck a cord because I feel the same. Just the fact that I can read this post and it makes sense to me is stunning. This whole experience has been and is amazing. I too am so glad that I found this site and you, Barbara. I shudder to think of continuing in my ignorant bliss. How did that man intuit or know these things? Was he conscious of what he was expressing at each step in his life? I often wondered what the producer in This is It meant by Michael seeing the relation to Hamlet in the globe he held. Did the gift of genius extend to the gift of seeing and understanding what the human future would be? Did he know his place in that historical process? And if the answer to those questions is yes, then the power that brought that pop star to the world stage is where that love Michael spoke about begins and ends.

    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:40 am | Permalink
  5. admin said . . .

    Did George Lucas know what he was doing with “Star Wars?” Did Spielberg know the message in “Close Encounters?” Did James Cameron know what he was saying with “Avatar?” And when did they know? Before? Was the discovery made during? After? They are all inspired works. These creative minds were all willing to be made instruments of the message. Michael gives us clues: “I really believe that God chooses people to do certain things. I haven’t scratched the surface yet of what my real purpose is for being here. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal that union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine.” ~ Michael Jackson; “He say one day you will see his place in world history. He dares to be recognized- the fire’s deep in his eyes.” Lyrics: HIStory; “Seems that the world’s got a role for me; I’m so confused will you show to me you’ll be there for me and care enough to bear me?” Lyrics: Will You Be There. I’ll let you decide for yourself. ~Rev B.

    Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  6. Jennifer said . . .

    Thank you Rev.
    Indeed, Michael experienced, lived the “Field.” He shared the light, the love, the message. I so miss “Lightman,” but I know he is right here… in the Light.
    “Researchers think that if humans with full individuality would regain group consciousness, they would have a god-like power to create, alter and shape things on Earth! AND humanity is collectively moving toward such a group consciousness of the new kind.” ~From new studies on DNA in Russia

    Posted October 12, 2010 at 5:22 am | Permalink
  7. Dina said . . .

    Hello, I believe he was a spiritual person. His spirit made a change with many people when he left. I feel a deep love for him and nature, our kids and so on. And this deep feeling comes after his death. For this I believe that he was really an soldier of Love from God, to show us what we must do. I love Michael and miss him so much.

    Posted October 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink
  8. Anne Mette Jepsen said . . .

    Thank you Rev. Kaufmann!

    Posted October 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
  9. Dalia said . . .

    It has come to my attention that the earth song video was made more than 15 years ago when the ravages of global warming and the misuse of resources were not so obvious, but Michael was already at that level of awareness and concern for humanity. The message in this video points out that we are one human race, different races but the same feelings, should be aware and take responsibility for any errors, correct them and look to the future. It is a wake up call for us to react, to awake from our slumber. Michael was a tireless fighter, he was always one step ahead of us, as an inspirational guide.

    Posted October 14, 2010 at 3:57 am | Permalink
  10. SILVIA DIEZ said . . .

    Barbara, you are our LIGHTWOMAN! Thank you one more time! Also you really are an inspiration for me! I am very happy for meeting you. Stars only shine in darkness. God bless you for your beautiful and bright work! All my L.O.V.E. and gratitude for you.

    Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink
  11. MariJosee said . . .

    Have you recieved the chart I sent you? “Lightman” is a word that shows us the path towards our truth. Michael as that man has given me the courage to follow my inner voice. Thank you for a wonderful essay. With love a sparkle, MariJosee

    Posted October 21, 2010 at 4:01 am | Permalink
  12. okunuga said . . .

    Thanks for another wonderful post

    Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink
  13. Micheal Jackson is the anti-Christ. St.John 15:26 says how God gifted us with the spirit of truth which is the holy spirit. God haves shown me a Vision about the anti-christ. In the spiritual realm, I saw millions of people worshiping this one man. The angels have spoken to me, and told me that Micheal Jackson is the anti-christ. Acts 2: 17-18 says in the last days God will pour his holy spirit upon all flesh ,your sons and daughter shall prophecy young seeing vision, old dream dreams Even on my servants, both men and women,I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they will prophecy. Mathew: 24; 3-40 tells us about the last days as you can see that is being fulfilled in 2013. I hope fans of this anti-Christ will come out of her Revelation: 18: 4. This man haves sold his soul to Satan long time ago as a kid in 1970’s . He have fake his death to set his self up to become this anti christ. Thank you jesus for the holy spirit. It’s the truth. I have seen the Lord’s face in 2009 in two visions. ht first one in August the second one in December. I thank God for sending his son to die on the cross for my sins. America wake up. Every day something evil has happen on the news. 120 pope that has just been elected is seting up for the anti-christ. The roman empire nailed jesus to the cross. WAKE UP NOW. God wrath is near for this generation. Prophet Daniel saw this Generation. The bible is being fulfilled now. If you don’t know jesus Christ as your lord, and savior. REPENT, FAST, AND PRAY. Turn from your wicked ways. 1 corinthains 6: 9-10. Ask God for the holy spirit. st. john 14-16 chapter. I love you, and i pray you recieve this message people. God is coming soon. No one knows the time or hour. But he coming soon, very soon.

    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
  14. Michael jackson is the anti-christ. God’s angels have told me though the spirit he is the anti-christ. God is coming soon. REPENT, FAST, AND PRAY. Stop doing 1 corinthians 6: 9-10. God said to test the spirit to see if is from him, or from the evil one, 1 John 2: 18-19 talks about the anti-christ spirit. Acts 2: 17-18 says the last days God will pour his spirit upon all flesh, your sons, and daughter shall prophecy, young will see vision, old will dream dreams, Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. The bible is being fulfilled now. Matthew 24: 3-40 talks about int he last days as well. the anti-christ spirit is in the churches as well. If the holy spirit is not in your church, GET OUT. God haves shown me two visions. The first one was in August, the second one in december. God haves revealed himself to me. Just like moses, and the others in the Holy bible. If you don’t know jesus as your lord and savior get to know him now. because time his runnig out for this planet. come out of her Revelation 18 : 4

    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  15. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Natasha, please take your medication.

    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
  16. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Please take your medication Natasha. And don’t ever come here and bring your Bible to beat up on people whose only “sin” is LOVE. I don’t think Jesus would be so happy with you.

    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink
  17. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Take the meds, please.

    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink
  18. Eva Maria said . . .

    Dear Barbara,

    Thank you for this very generous explanation of the Lightman.
    In my mind,when I saw MJs last speak when he said:This Is It,this is the
    last curtain-call,I thought:well,what do he means with that? What is he
    telling us?

    I saw all his clothes with the lion, the crown,the jackets with swarow
    si -stones,I heard him saying: You know I love the light, and he burned his
    jacket.There are so many hidden symbols and messages. I was going to

    Michael´s light shines stronger then ever and I guess billions are opening
    their hearts to move forward,to wake up!
    Namaste MJ I love you more

    Posted April 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

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