The Ascordia Center Presents
(This is a transcript of a channeling session held by Amy Bortner on June 18, 1992 at the Ascordia Center in Chestnut Hill, Pa. During this session, Jim McStravick, a friend and student is speaking to Amys controls (The Guides) and after a fashion, The Guides decide to bring in Jim Morrison, former rock star and leader of the band, The Doors, to speak to him. The following is the conversation between Jim McStravick and (the former) Jim Morrison)
(Jim Mc Stravick): "Why does Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon want to speak to the public right now?"
(Guides): "Give us a moment then, and well ask them directly .."
(Jim Morrison): (Clearing of the throat) ."Well, were both named Jim"
(J. McS.): "Jimmy Morrison or Jimi Hendrix?"
(Jim Morrison): "Jim Morrison. Jim Morrison."
(J. McS.): "How do you do?"
(Jim Morrison): "How do you do?"
(J.McS.): "Its a pleasure to meet a poet."
(Jim Morrison): "Indeed. Thats how I wanted to be known, in my epithet rather epitaph. Indeed. Well, it is a little difficult, in the beginning, isn't it, to communicate through another person. And I only did this once before so give me some time here to re-establish the connection. Im not so sure I can do this real well, but I will try my best. I was just given the call to come through at this time to tell you a few things cause I understand now that there is a question about me and others like me who were rock stars not too long ago and the question seems to be, "why are we back? (pause) "why are we here " and Id say (to that question) "We never left!; we never left!"
We just left our bodies and weare still here and why were back, say, in bodies again (in a manner of speaking) is to say that we can render a change in attitude, in the public eye, of the validity of the understandings about life after death and re-incarnation. That we can embody these concepts literally by showing that we can come in and out of bodies; that we are spirits that can come in and out of lifetimes; that we are entities that can come in and out of situations, at our free will disposal.
As a poet, I wanted to make that clear too, to people, that they had always a choice to look at themselves at a deeper level. That they had a choice, that they could always see the depths of their being, meaning, then, that they could see that they were spirits in flesh, in forms, in ways, not only in this time but in other time periods as well. As I had said before, when I had come through before, I was a Greek man, a student of Aristotle and I wanted to re-impose this image, then, in my present sixties rocker persona. So that it was said that I looked like a Greek god or a Greek man. And this was my way of allowing people to associate me with that time period, that intellectual climate of questioning, of examination and of analysis. And this is what I wanted people to do with my music and my poetry, was to question and examine and analyze basic presumptions of their everyday life. To see beyond the superficial to see beyond (pause), to see the depths of their involvement with life; to see the symbology of meaning in everything they did!
And we are back, then, because ..... (we want to say that we left our bodies but weve been here since the sixties observing the seventies and the eighties and the nineties.) We want to come back now in the nineties, because we feel that this a better time, that many people would be willing and able to open themselves up to "suspend their disbelief"; to observe phenomenon that they have never observed before, just like in the sixties, when people suspended their disbelief and took drugs so that they could open up their minds. This time, now, they dont have to take drugs but they can listen to channelers instead. Its the same thing (channeling), its the same kind of drug, it's the same kind of effect that drugs have on the body, in a way, in that it stimulates the pineal gland . So thats another reason why we decided to come through again, so that we can have a similar effect as drugs did in the sixties, hallucinogenic without the damaging side effects, if you know what I mean!"
(J.McS.): "I certainly do!"
(Jim Morrison): "I was quit damaged by the time I died and its unfortunate because I didn't really think I was damaged that much, because, you lose your sense of judgment, you know, after a while, so your judgment says to you, youre o.k., even though youre not and so I kept taking drugs even though I knew that I wasn't o.k. (but most of me thought I was o.k. ) So, I was split, too. You were talking about schizophrenia, werent you, before, Well, I was sort of split, too, by the end of my life, split down the middle and I had a good side and a bad side too. And ..well, thats not relevant here, but to say that we also want to show people that we are now on the good side, that we dont have, necessarily, a bad side to work with anymore but the good/bad differentiation is part of the human experience and not of the spiritual experience. So, in a way, were back also to show you that you can unify all experience into a love experience, into an experience of love. Love, then, integrates the good and the bad together. Its seems like thats what the Guides were saying to both of you, earlier, to observe phenomena that seems bad with loving eyes so that it can lose its bad-ness, its bad qualities.
(Jim Morrison): Do you have a question for me?"
(J.McS).: "Yes. Are you still working or do you still think about language and the way language can change content if it emphasizes certain lyrical and rhythmic qualities?"
(Jim Morrison): "Sure, sure." Im not doing too much poetry now but I can say to you that anything that will emphasize a beat is good, because it entraps your interest, it entraps your .. It entrains, rather, your brain wave patterning, if you establish a beat with the rhythms of the sounds of the words. I dont know if you know this but there are ways in which the body can hypnotize itself, rather the brain or the mind can hypnotize the personality. It can create a hypnotic effect on the personality through the use of the repetition of sounds; through the use of a certain rhythm of sound; in the use of certain words and lyrics and punctuation.
So that, once you get the brain/mind in a certain framework of consciousness, then you can "zap" it,... you can throw in concepts that would otherwise not be understood as easily. So, with a poem (or song), you start out on an even keel, pure and simple, with a lot of heavy rhythm and then in the body or framework of the poem itself, you alter the rhythm but (also begin to) alter the concepts, as well, so that they become more complex or intricate, so that they build on earlier, more simpler concepts. Concepts take on a more symbolic form in this middle section of the poem. And then you want to "retrace back", through repetition of sounds and rhythm, again, so that the mind is re-entrenched with these concepts. Thats how I created a lot of my poems for my music, in this way .. So I could entrain the mind in a certain, Id call it alpha state or even the beta state , so that concepts could be introduced more quickly into the mind. Do you understand that, .about what Im saying?"
(J.McS.): "Yes, yes."
(J.M.): "It may be a different approach than what you were thinking of "
J.McS.: "My own, my own approach is ..I don t know if its that interesting, but certain tones ., it would be more tonal with me "
J.M.: "Yes, you can do tones, too, you know. Thats also a very appropriate approach to poems, to poetry "
J.McS.: " I was told to stick to Gaelic, you know, because there was some connection between ancient Druid priests and certain sounds that are made in Gaelic."
J.M.: "Yeah, I think thats probably a correct assessment. I am not interested in that subject myself, but it does sound very intriguing and would probably be a good thing to do. I would say, then, as I would say about any poem, that you start out simple enough, you start out with certain key images, that are very powerful images that will again, bring you in, bring the person in to the body of the poem.
Its like, what I would say is, a woman, you know. You see the outer shell first, you know, you see the clothes and you see the hair and you smell the perfume and then you take it off and then you see the body itself, the core of the being of the person as you explore her, say, through sexual interplay, or through encounter and then, you put the clothes back on, put the (outer shell) back on, and its complete, the process is complete."
J. McS.: "Yes, I understand now."
J. M.: "Yeah, thats why I was kind of interested (also) in women as they, to me, were the apt metaphor for my poems, you know. "L.A. Woman" was, then, a poem about a woman but it was also about Los Angeles which I thought was a city that had very feminine qualities. very highly intuitive, feminine qualities, which I was rather captivated by. Or captured by, if you will."
J. McS.: "I thought it was a great song. And such a great album."
J. M.: "I liked it very much. I liked all my songs a lot. They all seemed to represent for me a synthesis of a lot of work I did at other levels, in other lifetimes. This was kind of a culmination of several lifetimes of work as a poet and a musician that this lifetime, as Jimmy Morrison ,was like bringing it all together. And so, Im particularly proud of this lifetime, for this particular reason, for this reason only"
J. McS.: "Is there anything else youd like to say? To talk about?"
J. M.: "Not much really, um, I could talk a lot more about my poetry but I think you could talk to me about that in a separate session. I m just observing now, a lot of people in the rock scene and observing whats going on in terms of the kinds of ideas that are being promoted. And actually, the deep conservatism that is spreading out now in all areas of society has hit the music scene too . So, I say not too much is going on and so Im just kind of watching and waiting for a time when music will begin a renaissance again. But that will only come about when people are really ready to open up to new ideas. And so, thats another reason why we come through, now, so that we can get people ready to experience new and creative art forms, its another reason.
Its another reason so that we can say "Hey, were thinking about it, we are helping others to do it, to create new and better art forms; to express the development of consciousness as its coming into its own now, towards the close of this century."
J. McS.: "Thats great. I know my, uh, I think thats so important because I think there seems to be more of an emphasis on the purely visual or dance numbers in rock, now, It seems to be pretty much the MTV , which seems to have pretty much set the tone with the music scene. There seems to be an emphasis on the production rather than the content."
J. M.: "Yeah, yeah theyre more like musical productions, musical shows or little theater, musical theater pieces. And again, youll notice theyre very hypnotic."
J. McS.: "Yes, they are. Theyre quite effective. I mean, uh, Madonnas stuff is , well, its incredibly well produced."
J. M.: "Right. Well, its got a purpose too, in that it does produce a certain state in the brain, a brain wave activity, that is narcotic, ultimately, its sedative. And thats not "my bag", but what the "bag" is right now. So, again, our "coming through" will allow for new forms to come through that will wake consciousness up rather than to sedate it (which is what I see is happening now.)"
J. McS.: "I see."
J. McS.: "I don't know but I think you "passed on" before the music of Renaissance came onto the music scene. I guess you can hear it (music) up there where you are?"
J. M.: "Well, we can hear anything we choose to."
J. McS.: "Are you familiar with Annie Haslam?"
J. M.: "Yeah, she's got a really great voice." And she would have been good with some of my music, too. She could do some of my music, she could, she could do it justice. It would have a different quality but she could do it.
J. McS.: "I'll tell her that."
J. M.: "Yeah, I'd like that, you know. To have a female sing my songs, would be to do it poetic justice, which is what I'm interested in ,also, is poetic justice. As I said, the other time I was here talking,( in a former channeling session), I'm interested in poetic justice. People receiving poetic justice for their work, you know, for their activities and....you know, I received poetic justice in the way I died (laugh) because I was a profligate druggie. But, I would say, you know, that's o.k. and.... it all clears out in the wash (laugh), so to speak. So I'd say yeah."
J. McS.: "The media gave the impression that you were (in the movie, especially) more an alcoholic."
J. M.: "Well, I did equal time with both. I started out with drugs, but went into alcohol later in my career. I found it a quicker high and a kind of sedative kind of thing. Umm, also, as a counteractive to some drugs I was taking. I was taking a lot of speed, too, especially towards the end of my life. It all kind of works on each other, it all kind of builds up and has ... you sort of start to need different drugs to counter the effects of other drugs. And that's a vicious cycle that we all got into, unfortunately. But, like John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix said, we had special bodies that could take a lot of drugs. And so mine was no different than theirs in that I had that ability (to handle a lot of drugs).
If I could do it over again, though, I would do it without the drugs. I would. I would definitely do it without the drugs. But I would probably do some kind of training, mind training, I'd probably become like an EST nut for awhile or get involved in the, you know, the Guru or that kind of thing. I had to have something to alter my original state of being, I would say. I had to allow myself to surrender to the control of my being to another higher power, a higher force. And in order to be, lets say, transformed, like the shaman transforms itself when it goes out on the vision quest, you know, and allows the animals and spirit beings to peck at it's body and destroy it and then re-assemble it....That's the way I felt when I went out and did my thing with drugs and with alcohol. It sort of pecked at my body and I had to re-assemble it the next day! And so I was constantly recreating a shaman's perspective."
J. McS.: "I see. I understand now. There was definitely a purpose."
J. M.: "I didn't know that even consciously, but I had the shaman's discipline to constantly re-create myself everyday, to keep fresh in my perspective."
J. McS.: "O.K. Jim."
J. M.: "Well, I'm happy to have been able to have talked to you and I'll be glad to come through again, even if it's on TV., you know, I know I don't quite look the same through this person, but I could probably give them a good rendition of "Light My Fire"! (laughs) So I'll say good bye to you now and I'll let the other guides come through now again."
J. McS.: "Good bye."
J. M.: "Good bye."
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