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The Opening of Doors

Jim Morrison

Yes, much of the hard work is done. In fact some of it was already done during the mid sixties. Jim Morrison in The Doors would have turned seventy 8th of December 2013 if he had still been around. Many of those poetic and epic lyrics he created are still highly relevant. The existential message from a time of big movements with music as a catalytic power still makes great impact and more than ever before with a sweet feeling of humbleness.

Since this echo from the past has been following me for 1,5 years I have observed an increasing interest for The Doors. (See links at the bottom for further exploration on your own) There are numerous blogs and pages with interesting content and photos of the band. My personal reflection is that we unconsciously feel a connection to this era. Astrologers are referring to planetary constellations shaping these doorways of consciousness through history. Cyclic changes or cyclic evolution are other ways to describe this.

Civil rights, the student and sexual revolution were some big movements then. Surrounded by psycedelic and experimental currents all creating significant shifts of consciousness. What struck me is that the shift we are experiencing right now most likely is a closing of a cycle. It is time now to harvest those wisely planted seeds.

Take your time and listen to this interview (also included in the Spotify playlist below) with Jim Morrison that speaks for itself. Or read some extracts here.
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Some inspirational extracts from lyrics and interviews

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down

People are strange when you’re a stranger

Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down

Extracts from an interview by Lizzie James. Read the complete interview here
Interviewed by Lizze James, Jim explains the meaning of the verse ”My only friend, the End”:
Jim: Sometimes the pain is too much to examine, or even tolerate… That doesn’t make it evil, though – or necessarily dangerous. But people fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah – I guess it is a friend…

From the same interview:
Lizzie: How can we break through the rules and lies?
Jim: By listening to your body – opening up your senses. Blake said that the body is the soul’s prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the “windows of the soul.” When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience…Jim Morrison

And another one
Jim: I offer images – I conjure memories of freedom that can still be reached – like the Doors, right? But we can only open the doors – we can’t drag people through. I can’t free them unless they want to be free – more than anything else… Maybe primitive people have less bullshit to let go of, to give up. A person has to be willing to give up everything – not just wealth. All the bullshit he’s been taught – all society’s brainwashing. You have to let go of all that to get to the other side. Most people aren’t willing to do that.
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Let 2014 become the year when we dare to become our authentic selves without just becoming fake copies. Dare to speak and live our deep wisdom. Find a saint, artist, philosopher or writer that speaks to your heart. Listen to wise elderly people and learn from the young ones. Let that which inspires you the most lead you towards your own authenticity. Know that many have travelled these roads before us and note that no one has travelled yours. We are all beginners at this time on earth.

The doorway you may find works as an entrance to the void. I refer to the void as the ultimate source from which our authenticity is pouring. From this place the possibilities are infinite. When you feel ready to take this step don´t hesitate – allow yourself to become your own true self. Without judgment or expectation, just choose it. Are you ready to choose?

Please note that I am sharing this from pure interest and as an observer, I have no authority to be an expert on either the sixties, The Doors or Jim Morrison.

If you´re a big fan of The Doors you might like this page:

Some info on a film project – Before the End – with an aim to portrait the true spirit of Jim Morrison:
Jim Morrison Documentary Begins Production

Biography by John Densmore:
The Doors’ John Densmore Talks About the Band’s Ugly, Six-Year Feud

Heres a link to an article about the reunion of Robby Krieger and John Densmore:
Doors Survivors Reunite, Reflect on Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek

About Ray Manzarek´s death last year: Ray Manzarek, Doors Keyboardist, Dead at 74

Interview from CBC interviews

Extracts from interview by Tony Thomas
Los Angeles, California, May 27, 1970.

Listen to the complete interview on YouTube

Question: Life does seem to become more involved and complex. You know we´re becoming computerized and dehumanized in that process. That bugs me and I want to hear what bugs you and your generation?

Jim: There does seem to be a trend toward a turn to a kind of primitive outlook on life. A more tribal attitude. I think it´s a natural reaction to industrialization but unfortunately I think it´s kind of naive because the future is becoming increasingly mechanized and computerized as you call it and I don´t think there is any turning back. Just figuring out a way to survive, thrive, in that kind of society. If there is any chance of going back… Look at it this way to: The hippie lifestyle is really a middle-class phenomena, and it could not exist in any other society except ours where such an incredible surfed of goods, products and leisure time. I think that´s the reason for it because generations immediate preceding ours had world-wars and depressions to contend with. For the last ten or fifteen years in this country there is time enough, and there is money enough to live a kind of a flagrant outrageous lifestyle which was not possible before.
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Question: You have written a line of poetry which reads: “The spectator is a dying animal.”
Jim: “…To me there is something incredibly sad about a bunch of human beings sitting down watching something take place and just when you think about it… I love movies as much as anyone else but the spectacle of millions and millions of people, sitting in movie theaters and in front of television sets every night, watching a second or third hand reproduction of reality going on. When the real world is right there in there living room or right outside in the street or down the block somewhere. I think it´s a tool to hypnotize people into a kind of a waking sleep. But I think the major influence in the next decade or so is going to be the people. I don´t know what you should call them except maybe “the connectors”, the people who are able to assemble masses, huge masses of people into one spot as we witnessed in pop-festivals in last two or three years. The kind of people that can assemble huge crowds in one spot I think will be the major influences on mass culture in the next decade. I think the rock music enthusiasm have created some of the, probably some of the most exiting music and theatrical events on the planet. I think they´re fantastic.”
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Question: Jim, when talking about life we have the business of the sexual relationship, the relationship between men and women and we all wonder how much it has change. The role of the man and the woman of modern life. We even have a horrible thing called unisex which terrifies me. Do you think there is much of a difference in the style of life affecting the man-woman relationship today?

Jim: Well, you know, when you look at history, it seems to be cyclical. There been many periods in history when women were the major controlling influence in life. Matriarchal societies and all that kind of thing. I think … I think women are becoming increasingly important. I mean I mean it´s a ridiculous thing to try and talk about, really in such simple terms but I think… the influence of women is becoming more and more felt. I am not sure I can expand on that but I think you know what I mean… I think, you know, the unisex trip is really a cop out. What´s happening is life is becoming more and more feminized… I think so.

Question: That the male is now less masculine because he has no need to be very masculine..?

Jim: Yeah, that´s true. And yeah there is no frontier to conquer and hunting and fishing and all that… you know it´s not as a basic survival thing and I think life is becoming increasingly feminized.

Question: Softer for a man, you think that´s good?

Jim: Sure. Well I think women have it all over men.
I really think they have the right idea.

Question: Which is what?

Jim: Less inclination toward intellectualizing things and the need for formalizing and idealizing life and just simply accepting it, living it.

Question: We tend to think of women as being starry-eyed and romantic but if you think about it – most of the romanticizers and idealists are men…

Jim: Very true

Question: Do you think that would change?

Jim: Yeah, I think it´s cyclical though I think, in a highly complex and industrialized system, which we are engaged in, machines take the place of an earnest day-to day tackling of survival and when that disappears then you get increased feminization.

Question: You are a student of the cinema, you´ve studied cinema at the UCLA and one of the things that you´ve written about the cinema is this; It is wrong to assume that some have done that cinema belongs to women. Cinema is created by men for the consolation of men. Would you enlarge upon that?

Jim: Well who makes all the films? Who runs the projection booth? You know it´s a… somehow it´s that masculine desire to dominate life, rather than just accepting it and flowing with it and I think that is responsible for the creation of films and a lot of other things…

Question: Men are dominant as they are, aren´t they? As writers, composers, actors almost everything…?

Jim: Yeah, they´re very few female artists.

Q: Do you think they´re wise to keep out of it?

Jim: Well… yeah I do. Although, you know, it´s a contradiction because I´m totally hung up in the art game. But I think, you know, woman have less need to reestablish a connection with life because they are life.