What was CONDITIONING for Michael Jackson?
While all of us are waiting for weeks for the judge to give his ruling on the matter that can be decided in five minutes (that Robson’s claim shouldn’t go forward) I looked into one word which is widely used by Michael’s haters. This word is conditioning.
I found it on a hater site where they discussed it in connection with Macaulay Culkin and Jordan Chandler and interpreted it in the only way they know it, and the same day was lucky to come across Michael Jackson’s interview in May 1992 where he also spoke about ‘conditioning’, but in the meaning he really attributed to this word.
This chance couldn’t be missed – first of all, it was interesting to find out what Michael meant by that concept, and secondly, the year 1992 is very special to us as at the time Michael was friends with both Robson and Safechuck, and there is no doubt that he shared his thoughts about ‘conditioning’ with his younger friends (which had nothing to do with the sex, of course).
There is one other mystery about conditioning. Those of us who read Jordan Chandler’s interview with Dr. Gardner of October 1993 were baffled to find that according to Jordan, ‘conditioning’ came in the context of levitation and defying gravity.
Strange, but against the background of all those sexual lies the levitation episode made me think that even Jordan’s garbage could contain an occasional grain of truth. This episode struck me as the only genuine one in the whole interview because talking about levitation is something extraordinary and there was no reason for Jordan to invent it, especially since the sexual interpretation he gave for conditioning didn’t in the least explain what levitation had to do with it.
So if there is some small grain of truth in that story it should be carefully separated from lies and put on a separate shelf for further use.
HATERS ABOUT CONDITIONING
As usual, MJ haters who are wholly obsessed with sex are putting the word ‘conditioning’ into a context suiting their agenda. In their interpretation of Jordan’s interview Jordan was allegedly told by Michael that their ‘relationship’ would not be understood by others as the rest of the people were too ‘conditioned’.
The first correction to the above is that Michael never said it and the second correction is that Jordan never said that he did. Michael Jackson spoke of conditioning in connection with levitation, and it was Jordan’s supposition that conditioning could also be interpreted as something sexual. This was his own explanation to Dr. Gardner which was obviously prompted to him by his advisors who coached him how to ‘say it right’.
This is what Jordan said to Dr. Gardner in October 1993:
–…he would talk about people who levitate, you know, it was weird.”
– “He would talk about people who what?”
– “What does levitate mean to you?”
– “Rise up from the ground by means of meditating.”
– “And what did he say about levitation?”
– “That the people who levitate are unconditioned. It’s confusing; it took me a long time to understand it.”
– “When you talk about unconditioned, what does that mean?”
– “That they were not conditioned to believe that gravity existed, and I suppose that that meant that those who are unconditioned would find what Michael was doing was not wrong. Do you understand that?”
And this is how Michael’s haters interpret it:
“Jordie told this extremely bizarre story about how MJ told him that meditators were “unconditioned” by gravity, and could levitate over the ground, but how normal people were ignorant and wouldn’t understand this. He would compare this to the physical relationship he and Jordie was now engaging in. As they were “unconditioned” too, but people out there would never understand and see it as wrong.
If this is what MJ really told Jordie, it gives us an interesting glimpse into MJ’s messed up mind.
From my experience in researching so-called ‘boy-lovers’, I would say that is completely consistent with how they think: they don’t believe the sex is wrong, and it’s “unconditioned people” (i.e. society) who believe otherwise.”
The above transformation was a quick and easy way MJ haters turned Jordan’s supposition into Michael’s actual words which they then found ‘completely consistent’ with what real boy-lovers have to say about the subject.
‘Boy-lovers’ can of course interpret it the way they like, however Michael never said it in the first place and secondly, by conditioning he meant something totally different, and it is no accident that in Jordan’s story it came in a combination with ‘levitation’ and ‘defying gravity’. From Jordan’s words to Dr. Gardner it is clear that Michael was speaking of all these concepts taken together and it was only Jordan (and his advisors) who selected just one word and built a sexual story around it.
To me it sounds too far-fetched that “rising from the ground by means of meditation” and “not believing that gravity exists” can be something sexual, so the haters’ sexual dogmas absolutely won’t do here, and for a true interpretation of these words we need to go somewhere else – for example, to Michael’s interview with Ebony. And in order to find out why they discussed conditioning there at all we also need to look at the events preceding the interview by a few months.
A TRIP TO AFRICA
It was a trip back to his roots. He also made it a priority and even a condition that in the four countries he went to he would visit orphanages and children’s hospitals first.
Michael was greeted by throngs of people and at the very beginning of the tour, in Ivory Coast was crowned king. The choral group of aged and revered women in white robes welcomed him on the land of his ancestors and hailed him as a “prodigal child of the Bible”.
The media couldn’t stand the triumph of the tour and embarked on a huge negative campaign against Michael portraying him as a conceited pop star who “held his hand to his nose because the African nations smelled”, “refused to shake hands with Africans” and was “neither Black nor White and not a good role model for children” (!).
It was long before any allegations but they were already saying it.
As usual the lies told by the media had nothing to do with the truth. The tour organizer Charles Bobbit reflected about it:
“I was impressed with the interaction between Michael and the children. He sat on the bed with children who were deformed and children that were ill. He sat there and talked to them, hugged, cuddled them. He shook hands and did not wear a surgical mask like he does sometimes in America…
The myth of Michael Jackson is that he is afraid of germs. This is absolutely wrong because he cares about children. Many people say it but he does it. He cares. That qualifies him as a role model for children–his deeds and not his looks.”
It was during that visit that Michael spent three days in a Gabonese village. Miss Bongo Ondimba, granddaughter of the then president of Gabon, who was 7 or 8 at the time said he liked everything about Africa, except food (he only liked vegetables and the way they cooked chicken) and she would never forget the look on his face when he saw them eating monkey:
“My best memory is when my cousins and I tried to teach him our African language (so hilarious). He really loved everything about Africa (except the food) and wanted to know everything about it. Michael Jackson loved his race and loved Africa, he was fond of the African arts, mostly the tribal mask and the pygmy, and he was obsessed with traditional African dance. He talked a lot to his kids about Africa.
About the food… it’s because in my country, and especially my ethnic, we eat a lot of meat like crocodile, “game animals”, porcupine, wild boar, snake, so if you’re not used to that then it’s kind of weird. But he loved the vegetables and the way we cook the chicken.
He tried a lot though, and he didn’t want the people cooking the food to tell him what meal he was trying to eat. I don’t have any funny stories about the food, but I will just forever remember his face when we were eating monkey! So hilarious.”
We can imagine the expression on his face considering that Michael once saved a chimpanzee called Bubbles from a cancer research testing laboratory. Eating monkey was for him like eating his best pet. And chimps do look and behave almost like humans…Michael and his chimp were photographed in 1986 by Kenny Rogers who said of the animal:
“Bubbles was so human it was almost frightening. He would take Christopher [Rogers’ son] by the hand, walk over to the refrigerator, open it, take out a banana, and hand it to him. Christopher was amazed… we all were”.”
The journalist and photographer from the Jet magazine who accompanied Michael on the African tour were astonished by the media coverage of the tour which was dramatically anti-Jackson. They even sat down to collect the press clippings and listed 10 biggest lies about him.
Among the things like “touching nose”, “smells” and “not shaking hands” the media back home claimed that the trip was “a public relations disaster” and it left behind “confusion about why he came to Africa in the first place”.
The journalists were indignant – they were eye-witnesses that it was not true.
While the Jet journalists were “peeved over the media mess” Michael remained unruffled, largely because he refused to read the stories and said that he preferred to let his deeds and his songs speak for him.
He had just expressed his attitude towards this media adversity in a song on the Dangerous album “Why You Wanna Trip On Me”:
“They say I am different, they don’t understand, but there’s a bigger problem that’s much more in demand. You got world hunger, not enough to eat…”
It was against this background that Michael spoke to the Ebony magazine in May 1992.
No wonder that after this unjustified media frenzy over the African tour Michael discussed conditioning and stereotypes that drive people to do what they do (actually conditioning is yet a mild word for the lies and cynicism people are capable of) and that children are different in that respect – they don’t judge, they don’t gossip, they are open-hearted and innocent, and it is due to these qualities that Michael marveled at them and looked at them with awe.
THE EBONY INTERVIEW
Here is an excerpt from the 1992 Ebony interview that gives us a glimpse into the real world of Michael Jackson’s thinking:
EBONY/JET: I notice on this trip [to Africa] that you made a special effort to visit children.
JACKSON: I love children, as you can see. And babies.
EBONY/JET: And animals.
JACKSON: Well, there’s a certain sense that animals and children have that gives me a certain creative juice, a certain force that later on in adulthood is kind of lost because of the conditioning that happens in the world.
A great poet said once. “When I see children, I see that God has not yet given up on man.” An Indian poet from India said that, and his name is Tagore.
The innocence of children represents to me the source of infinite creativity. That is the potential of every human being. But by the time you are an adult, you’re conditioned; you’re so conditioned by the things about you–and it goes. Love.
Children are loving, they don’t gossip, they don’t complain, they’re just open-hearted. They’re ready for you. They don’t judge. They don’t see things by way of color. They’re very child-like.
That’s the problem with adults: they lose that child-like quality. And that’s the level of inspiration that’s so needed and is so important for creating and writing songs and for a sculptor, a poet or a novelist. It’s that same kind of innocence, that same level of consciousness, that create from. And kids have it. I feel it right away from animals and children and nature. Of course. And when I’m on stage. I can’t perform if I don’t have that kind of ping pong with the crowd. You know the kind of cause and effect action, reaction. Because I play off of them. They’re really feeding me and I’m just acting from their energy.
EBONY/JET: Where is all this heading?
JACKSON: I really believe that God chooses people to do certain things, the way Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci or Mozart or Muhammad Ali or Martin Luther King is chosen. And that is their mission to do that thing. And I think that I haven’t scratched the surface yet of what my real purpose is for being here. I’m committed to my art. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. And I believe that that is the very reason for the existence of art and what I do. And I feel fortunate in being that instrument through which music flows …. Deep inside I feel that this world we live in is really a big, huge, monumental symphonic orchestra.
I believe that in its primordial form all of creation is sound and that it’s not just random sound, that its music. You’ve heard the expression, music of the spheres? Well, that’s a very literal phrase. In the Gospels, we read, “And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.” That breath of life to me is the music of life and it permeates every fiber of creation. In one of the pieces of the Dangerous album, I say: “Life songs of ages, throbbing in my blood, have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood.” This is a very literal statement, because the same new miracle intervals and biological rhythms that sound out the architecture of my DNA also governs the movement of the stars. The same music governs the rhythm of the seasons, the pulse of our heartbeats, the migration of birds, the ebb and flow of ocean tides, the cycles of growth, evolution and dissolution. It’s music, its rhythm. And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. Its like, my purpose, its what I’m here for.
EBONY/JET: What about politics?
JACKSON: I never get into politics. But I think music soothes the savage beast. If you put cells under a miscroscope and you put music on, you’ll see them move and start to dance. It affects the soul…. I hear music in everything. [Pauses] You know, that is the most I’ve said in eight years ….. You know I don’t give interviews. That because I know you, and I trust you. You’re the only person I trust to give interviews to.
Let us be frank – how much of the above could a child understand? The idea of humans living in the same rhythm as the ocean and possessing the same infinite creative force is difficult to grasp even by adults, so what could a teenager like Jordan Chandler make of it?
Well, the very first thing Michael Jackson’s interview shows is a stark contrast between the primitive and vulgar interpretation given to ‘conditioning’ by some sick minds and Michael Jackson’s innocent views on these matters and clean thinking that took him to very high realms. As to the ideas he expressed they are so serious that I won’t even pretend to understand them all.
What I do understand is that children were a huge inspiration for Michael. It was their inherent purity and innocence that helped him to survive and make his music in the aggressive world of adults which was probably even frightening for him.
When he was in the company of children he saw God in their faces and God was a boundless source of creation he drew inspiration from.
He also called this life force love. Love is a driving force of all creation and this creative power is pure, innocent but mighty (look at the blade of grass breaking through the asphalt).
All humans possess it when they are children, however then this love goes and gets lost in the process of growing up and getting conditioned by the society. This conditioning sort of cuts our wings, narrows down our huge creative potential and limits it by social prejudices, standard thinking, scepticism and stereotypes of perception.
This world outlook is characteristic of Eastern tradition and it is no accident that Michael mentioned the Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore whose thoughts he fully agreed with (in 1913 Tagore became the first non-European Nobel prize winner in literature).
Michael’s concept of ‘conditioning’ is also probably coming from Tagore. Tagore spoke about the need to emancipate our consciousness from prejudice, classification and self-interest, and it is only then that we will be able to see the world in its inherent beauty:
Spiritual life is the emancipation of consciousness. Through it we find immediate response of soul everywhere. Before we attain this life, we see men through the medium of self-interest, prejudice or classification, because of the perpetual remoteness around us which we cannot cross over.
When the veil is removed, we not only see the fleeting forms of the world, but come close to its eternal being, which is ineffable beauty.”
From Paulo Coelho blog: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2010/07/15/rabindranath-tagore/
If you come to think of it, conditioning may explain very well why some people are still die-hard haters of Michael Jackson – their mind is so conditioned by standard dirty perception that they are incapable to look at Michael’s association with children through any other prism. In fact their views about him tell us more about them than about him.
Tagore might have also inspired Michael to think that music, sound and rhythm govern the world of nature turning it into a huge symphonic orchestra. At least Tagore worded it in suspiciously similar terms:
Music fills the infinite between two souls.
The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day in rhythmic measure. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into numberless waves of flowers.
Same as Michael Tagore regarded love as the ultimate truth and heart of creation:
Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
Same as Michael Tagore spoke about children’s boundless potential, which shouldn’t be limited by the older generation and by what we know:
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
And same as Michael Tagore revered children as the best creation of God whose ways can teach us even more than priests and the church:
For every child that is born, it brings with it the hope that God is not yet disappointed with man.
From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest.
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
Children, love and freeing your mind from prejudices ….. was Tagore a pedophile? Oh, my God, certainly not. His views on children and the world amply testify to his clean thinking and this is reason enough for us to never even imagine a thing like that about him.
But Michael’s views were the same, so why do people allow themselves to doubt him? His difference was only in the unfortunate fact that in his time people were much more conditioned to believe some sexual dirt and disbelieve that cleanliness of thought and intention is still possible for some human beings. But this was what Michael was really thinking about and it just happened to be right at the moment (1992) which some despicable liars are now describing in terms of most cynical sex abuse. However their claims are simply incompatible with the ideas he was living by and his general frame of mind.
On a personal note let me say that previously I couldn’t understand Michael when he said that if it weren’t for the children he would throw in the towel. However the present horrible world situation finally brought it home to me. In times of monstrosity, when the world of humans is drowning itself in the sea of lies, absurdity and madness there comes a moment when you suddenly develop an acute feeling that the only straw you can grasp at is the innocence of children, who are not yet corrupted by cynicism and deceit, as well as the wonder of animals and nature. These powers are indeed inherently pure and innocent, unable of any vice or betrayal and are the only hope for survival in times of great disillusionment and frustration.
Imagine what a horror it would be if the world were only man-made and devoid of the beauty of nature, the devotion and love of your pets and the funny questions and trusting eyes of children? Life wouldn’t be worth living at all – even if you have all the money in the world.
All-around harassment of Michael Jackson also drove him to a condition when he lost all hope in humanity. Seventeen years after the 1992 Ebony interview Michael expressed his deep disillusionment in human beings, at least in the present generation of them, and said in his last interview that it would probably be only the next generation who will be able to change the evil course of things.
HIS LAST WORDS WERE ABOUT HEALING
By his last interview I mean the conversation recorded by his rogue doctor Conrad Murray, of course.
That recorded monologue confirmed two things to us.
The fact that his own trusted doctor taped him for some unsavory reason fully confirmed Michael’s thoughts that humans reached a new low in their degradation process.
And the fact that even in a half-asleep state Michael spoke of the need to heal children provided full proof that these ideas were no pretence or just small talk for him – these thoughts were really deeply ingrained deep in his mind.
Let me repeat – in a state when people can’t control themselves and usually betray their innermost thoughts Michael was worried about depressed and abandoned children and spoke of healing (and not abusing) them.
Hence my question to Michael’s doubters: how is it possible for you to choose the liars’ cynical stories over Michael’s own words especially when he was physically unable to lie?
This is what the sad Michael said on Murray’s tape:
“Don’t have enough hope, no more hope. That’s the next generation that’s gonna save our planet, starting with — we’ll talk about it. United States. Europe. Prague, my babies. They walk around with no mother. They drop them off, they leave — a psychological degradation of that. They reach out to me — please take me with you.”
“I want to do that for them. I’m gonna do that for them. That will be remembered more than my performances. My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream. I love them. I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt. I can deal with it. ‘Heal the World.’ ‘We Are the World.’ ‘Will You Be There.’ ‘The Lost Children.’ These are the songs I’ve written because I hurt, you know, I hurt.”
“I’m taking that money, a million children, children’s hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson Children’s Hospital. Going to have a movie theater, game room.”
“Children are depressed. The — in those hospitals, no game room, no movie theater. They’re sick because they’re depressed. Their mind is depressing them. I want to give them that. I care about them, them angels. God wants me to do it. God wants me to do it. I’m going to do it, Conrad.”
When you hear what Michael said about children (whether in a conscious or half-conscious state), when you recall how much he did for them (both at Neverland and in hospitals he visited and brought medical equipment to), when you remember what a fantastic father he was for his own children, one can only wonder where Michael’s haters take their crazy ideas from?
Why don’t they see that Michael’s innocent thoughts about children laid bare in his interviews, and in hypnotic séances forced on him (by Uri Geller) or recorded tapes (by Murray) are incompatible with the dirty thoughts and deeds attributed to him by the various rogues?
Some creatures can only crawl while some are able to fly, so Michael and they belong to totally different planes of existence, and they are like parallel lines that never cross!
But how does levitation come into all this?
Believe it or not, but various Buddhist and Hindu sources claim that “there are many witnessed accounts and first hand stories of great yogis levitating through the use of special powers achieved through meditation”. Western sources say that “in the East, it is not uncommon to hear Buddhist claims that defy our understanding of science. Whether they are true or not is another story, but in the Buddhist world, such claims of levitation and the like are hardly unheard of.”
Indeed, whether these claims are true or not is another story – what’s interesting for us is that those who believe in levitation say that the biggest obstacle for learning to float in the air through yoga and meditation is conditioning.
This was admirably described by a Los Angeles journalist Keith Varnum who allegedly experimented with it and claimed that he lifted off the floor, but only until a moment he became aware of the rise and his mind cried out a thunderous “NNNOOOO” to this startling experience after which he immediately crashed to the floor. He tried it several times but the levitation lasted only for a few moments until his mind interfered and the loud and forceful “NO” pervaded every cell of his body. This is when he dropped to the floor and even doubted that the levitation had really taken place.
His explanation is that westerners are so conditioned to think that “it is impossible” that they don’t believe it even if it happened to them, not to mention others. According to this journalist those who were in the same room with him and also saw their teacher levitate, believed and remembered it only until the next day when their mind reinterpreted what they had seen, invalidated it and made them forget the experience. The journalist explained it by conditioning:
“What a lesson in the filtering power of our programmed preconceptions. We only see what we’re conditioned to see. We only perceive what we expect to perceive!
Over the years, I’ve found this perceptual filtering often goes along with the witnessing of supernormal abilities. The mind works fast to cover up any evidence that contradicts its own rigid parameters regarding what is possible in its world”
Let me say it again that the legitimacy of the story is not the point. The point is that Michael could also read similar stories and could discuss them with his young friends – complete with ‘mediation’, ‘levitation’ and ‘conditioning’. We see now that levitation does come in combination with conditioning and this alone is overwhelming proof that this was the real context in which Michael spoke about it with Jordan Chandler (and why it was so difficult to understand).
Astonishing as Keith Varnum’s account of levitation is, the explanation given to it by his spiritual mentor Michio Kushi is even more astonishing – it sounds like an exact replica of what Michael said about the sound and rhythm, and the role they play in nature and the world!
Though this excerpt from Keith Varnum is rather long it is simply a must to compare it with Michael’s interview to Ebony:
“Then he proceeded to tell us how to levitate. He spoke casually, as if he were describing how to ride a bicycle, “You simply empty your mind and clear your consciousness. Eliminate yourself of ego and self-absorption. When you are completely purged of awareness of the small self, or identifying with the personality, you are free to move with the natural rhythm of the universe. You are no longer weighted down with self-concern and limiting beliefs. You are then able to utilize the electro-magnetic wave energy that moves between the earth and the sun, moon, planets and all the heavenly bodies in the universe”.
Sensing that he was losing his audience, he paused and then elaborated, “On a hot day, you can actually see the wave motion of this universal energy as it undulated the air over hot pavement. You can measure the powerful effect of this energy on the ocean: this invisible force causes the sea to rise and fall, creating the ocean tides. You can see this pattern of universal pulsation in the rolling of the ocean waves, the rhythm of rock strata in canyons and formation of sand dunes in the desert.
This universal, undulating motion creates all the spiral patterns you find in nature – from whirls in sea shell, twirling plant growth, twisted tree trunks and swirling ocean current to water funnels going down the drain.
The natural flow of life is an energy wave motion, up and down, in and out. All the wavelike patterns and spiral formations you find in nature exist because natural elements are fluid and flexible enough to flow with the natural wave energy current of life.
When you become light enough, clear enough of ego-concern, you can let this wave energy move you as well. That’s all levitation is.”
Sensing his audience was close to grasping his meaning, Michio tossed out examples for them to identify with. “Observe children, dogs and wild animals tap into this universally available energy source. To them, it’s natural.
Haven’t you seen children and dogs in a park or on a beach as they run and jump all day without getting tired? If a child or dog feels especially happy and carefree, you’ll see them jumping two or three times higher than they normally can.
We all know wild animals have extraordinary abilities to jump and leap, as well as run long distances very fast and long. Indigenous, tribal natives who retain their childlike innocence and openness in adulthood can run 100 miles in a single day without being tired.
This is because they are light and empty enough to flow with universal energy. They allow the natural energy pulsation between the earth and other bodies to propel them. That is what the Star Wars screenwriter meant when he said, “May the Force be with you.” His characters had learned how to surf the Force. When you become fluid and malleable, you also can ride this energy and float.” http://www.hinduwebsite.com/selfdevt/mental/meditationlostart.asp
This explanation is simply staggering. Not because it is necessarily true (which it may well be) but because it is almost word for word what Michael said in his Ebony interview in 1992. The ideas are exactly the same and they come in exactly the same context of levitation, conditioning, children, dogs, animals, nature, and even the childlike innocence and openness in adulthood retained by some tribal natives that makes them capable to do things we can’t even dream of.
This makes it absolutely clear that Michael learned of these ideas from the East and that he was very well read in Eastern philosophy, religion or poetry (whichever it is for you).
And it was surely in this context that he spoke about conditioning with his young friends teaching them not to go for stereotypes and learn how to fully develop their creative potential by freeing their mind from conditioning.
This is probably how he came to promise Wade Robson that he would be a “greater film-director than Steven Spilberg”. In Michael’s view if children grow up remaining open-hearted to the creative power ruling the universe they will be able to reach enormous heights, but we know that Robson fell victim to the worst cynicism and lies the world of humans could offer him, so from the point of view of his creative potential Robson is finished (of course if we are to believe what Eastern philosophy says about it).
Finally here comes an example of levitation.
In this video the magician and illusionist Dan White seeks out a reclusive Buddhist monk in Nepal and asks him if he could show him his ability to levitate. The monk says that levitation is not an illusion and that he doesn’t do it in the presence of other people, but finally agrees to meditate and indeed rises above the ground.
The video may be sham, but whether true or not, Michael was surely intrigued by this phenomenon and knowing how fascinated he was with all sorts of magic and illusion, we can very well imagine him talk to children about the wonders some people are (probably) capable of.
This is how the words “levitation” and “defying gravity” in combination with ‘conditioning’ found their way into Jordan Chandler’s interview.
The story is true, and it is only the sexual interpretation of it which is wrong. The context for conditioning was totally different from the one imagined by Jordan and Michael’s haters and was absolutely innocent – meditate, clear your mind of your ego and stereotypes and you will probably be able to fly.
By the way the farewell words of the Buddhist monk to the visitor from the West were: “Remember this… Keep your mind open and always continue to learn”.
Didn’t Michael always say the same?