Jim Morrison: A Shaman Who Was Never Meant to Be

The difference between a madman and a shaman is that a shaman comes back, they gain something and use the tools they have learnt to heal others through their own survival guide. ~ DiosRaw, WordPress Blogger

Possibly a non-professional photo, in France, in his last days on Earth.

When I read the book “Shamans of the World,” by Bradford P. Keeney and Nancy Connor, I learned that shamans often have a life or death type situation that they have had to overcome before they achieve the enlightenment worthy of such a high person. I feel like Jim Morrison was a shaman or a chieftain or philosopher of some type, in another lifetime. I have also learned that elements of our past lives transfer forward.  Jim Morrison may have been a genius but he was not strong enough emotionally to beat addictions. His words have great meaning, for him and they can teach us something about his life. However, it was all too much for him to handle.

I believe he was a highly sensitive person (HSP) and possibly an empath. The former, is seen through his inability to let go an image of Natives in a car accident, when he was a toddler. HSP’s can not handle disturbing images. His bio on Wikipedia states that he would elaborate on the story, according to siblings and father. When I read his take on this, through poetry and songs, I see that he is describing what the image felt like to him. As an HSP myself, after the image sits with us, and we try to explain it to others, we are focused more on how it pains us inside and thus the image becomes larger than life because a person could not really have a sense of this unless we came from our heart. Sometimes knowing too much intellectually, academically, spiritually, can create a crisis. If only, he had had a guide. The shaman might have emerged.

Jim suffered from a crisis in his mind. His words seem destined for a prophet but instead, he succumbed to drink and drugs. I assumed that he had been exposed to some form of family trauma. I read in his bio that his parents were against corporal punishment, favoring emotional abuse or battering instead. His father would eventually become an admiral in the Navy and so the term “dressing down,” a military form of discipline is what he was familiar with. When a child is berated and humiliated in front of others, it takes a toll on them spiritually, physically and mentally. He is also the eldest child. Generally speaking, the older sibling – the first – suffers inexperienced parents trying to do it right. A man in the military will want their children to be an example of them. (I have not yet heard stories of how women handle their children who are in service). The racing thoughts can be seen in some of Jim’s work. His father thought he was a lousy writer (from his bio).

A band member described Jim Morrison as a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of person. One, when he was drunk and the other when sober. I see the juxtaposition between his music and poems. His songs are very clearly stories. In American prayer he states “Music inflames temperament” (this was written by multiple people though). In “The End,” he enthusiastically yells out that he wants to kill his father and rape his mother (he added this to the song). This signals to me, he wants to destroy himself, by annihilating those who brought him into the world. His poems are metaphors with hidden secrets from his life, more ambiguous than the songs. They are direct and do not rhyme which I am fond of. I love that at the end of some of his poems, he is clearly stating what the sonnet was all about (not needing a title, as they don’t seem to have them in most cases). Page 25 of The Lost Writings… begins with “Men who go out on ships,” (obviously his father) and ends with “To kill childhood, innocence in an instant.” Yet, he also gleans beauty and a great fondness for the past when on page 17, he states in the last part of this poem, “The fragrance fills the forest children pause & heed the smell, which will become nostalgia in several years.” (the poem is laid out differently than I am showing it here to separate thoughts, i.e., forest ends one line and children starts another) Page 14, the poem ends with “a longing for family & the safety magic of childhood.” (& SIC) I see a more gentle soul in the poetry, then in the songs. The difference though is that the music is out loud (screaming what he is passionate about), the poetry is coming from the shadow self, I suspect, (that part of us we don’t want others to know). A shier aspect of ourselves.

I was turned on to Jim Morrison through the movie “The Doors,” played by Val Kilmer. I found the movie very erotic in the way they portrayed him. Perhaps that is what they were going for. When I look at footage of Jim on stage, it seems that Val Kilmer did a very good job in portraying him. At the same time, I feel the same way when I listen to his music. It is very sexual in nature. He is such a passionate man that, apparently didn’t have any inhibitions. This is good and bad. As a celebrity, it works for them. I don’t believe he did anything illicit or illegal – in that, he was with consenting adults. The average person is beginning to come out of the closet with their sexually deviant behaviors, but it is not appreciated in decent society.

As the title states, the shaman was never meant to be. He could have been one, had he emerged from the darkness of his mind and allowed himself to be the beauty of who he was within.

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