About the Author

Riding-Miss-beachIn 1982 Lisa Brisse was a 13-year-old, small-town girl growing up on a lake in Minnesota and a fan of Michael Jackson like millions of others. Then, in 1987, a series of synchronistic events began to occur, revealing a deep connection between these two improbable souls. It was a journey that not only opened her to the magical world of spirit, but eventually led Lisa and her family to California and the unfathomable reality of her mother, Judi, working for the King of Pop at his Neverland Ranch in the mid ‘90s.

From very little on, Lisa was in tune with animals and nature, and had a deep caring and concern for the planet. Growing up in a musical family, Lisa developed a deep love and appreciation for music, and though it was Michael’s music that first drew her attention to him, it was his profound love for the planet that captured her interest as to who he was as a soul. While spending many hours of her childhood riding horses, Lisa dreamed of traveling and experiencing the world, and more importantly, she wanted to help “make the world a better place.”

In 1993 Lisa graduated from Pepperdine University, Malibu, with a degree in Sports Medicine and has worked as an Exercise Physiologist, Life/Wellness (Heart) Coach & Spin instructor ever since. After seven years teaching at the world-renowned Pritikin Longevity Center, Lisa founded her own business, State of the Heart Fitness, in 2001 where she and her team coach people of all ages, health concerns and fitness levels to living their best life with heart and from the heart.

In her lifelong quest to find a deeper meaning and purpose to life, Lisa has spent many years studying all aspects of spirituality, and more specifically, how health and well-being manifests through the physical body via our thoughts, beliefs and emotions. Through her studies and her personal life experience (much of it thanks to Michael’s ongoing spiritual presence in her life), she has come to the conclusion that within our heart lies the Truth of all: that LOVE is who we are, and when we heal ourselves of the ego/mind’s belief in separation—the epidemic malady that has put the planet on a path of destruction—we not only have the potential, but the responsibility, to heal the world.

Following her heart’s passion, Lisa has traveled extensively including backpacking trips throughout Europe (spending three months one summer in the Greek Isles), South America (hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu), Australia (while experiencing the Sydney 2000 Olympics), as well as travels to Bali, Thailand, the Philippines, & Central America. She believes that there is no greater education or heart/mind opening opportunity than what is experienced through travel and the submerging into other cultures. It is because of this that Lisa, through State of the Heart Fitness, periodically leads heart-opening wellness retreats to various parts of the world.

Lisa currently lives in Santa Monica and the Santa Ynez Valley in California, and believes life is meant to be joyful and fun. She loves to share her childlike spirit with all who are in her life and credits Little Miss, her horse of 32 years, as not only her most precious companion, but also her greatest life teacher!

Contributing Author – Judi Brisse

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Judi Brisse grew up in Minnesota–the state of 10,000 lakes and all of it’s spectacular beauty. Yet that same beauty brought harsh, severe winters and as a young child, having grown up in a poor family in a small town, she was fortunate enough to have been surrounded by music, laughter, nature and animals.

All through her younger years, Judi and her siblings were trained by their mother, Angie—a professional singer and member of the locally famous 1940’s singing group, The Theisen Sisters—to sing and harmonize while performing many talent shows in the area. As a teenager, Judi used her singing skills to perform for various high school varsity shows and concerts which included her greatest accomplishment and earned her the “Best Dramatic Achievement” Award in the lead role of her senior class musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown; the award was created and given for the first time in the high school’s history because of her outstanding performance. At the time, Judi also became a part of her brother, Max’s, rock and roll band, The Sons of Adam, along with her eventual husband, Allen Brisse, in the late ’60s.

Working as full-time musicians through the ’70s while raising their two children, Lisa and Eric, Judi and Allen were activists from the ’60s (protestors of the Vietnam war) and believed in living a self-sustainable, simple life off the land. In growing gardens, milking goats, raising chickens, chopping firewood for the cold winters and building their own house by hand, they provided a unique and solid upbringing for their children. The back-to-the-land movement of the ’70s was an inspirational time for them, and kids, music, animals, along with self-sufficiency in every way were themes of their life back then.

Aside from being a musician, and in addition to Judi and Allen owning a sign business throughout the ‘80s, Judi was also extremely progressive in her ideas of health and living a healthy lifestyle. Even before it was mainstream, especially in the Midwest, she was doing her own research on food, supplements and alternative medicine, and believed in raising her family (and animals) with the best nutrition possible. She worked many years in the health food industry and in 1984 attended a 2-year program in northern Minnesota (International Center for NaturoBioHolistic Health & Medicine) where she studied biology, reflexology, iridology and became a massage therapist. Though many people at the time didn’t always understand her natural therapies, no one could argue with how she could help heal people and animals without the use of drugs or conventional medicine.

In April of 1990—six months after Lisa moved to California—Judi and Allen sold their home on their Minnesota lake and relocated West with their son, Eric, to the Santa Ynez Valley in California. It was there that Judi worked at a health food store in addition to doing childcare at the Alisal Guest Ranch, as well as working as a freelance massage therapist. In 1993, she was offered a housekeeping position at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Ranch where she worked until 1996.

Judi still resides in the Santa Ynez Valley while raising her chickens, growing her gardens, keeping up on the latest health and wellness research, and finds great joy in taking care of Little Miss, Lisa’s horse of 30+ years. Music continues to be a part of her life in some way, shape or form and she nurtures her love of music and art on her Facebook Music Appreciation Page. Kids, music and animals continue to be the theme of her life.