The doors

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“If the doors of perception were cleared, everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite.” William Blake from The Wedding of Heaven and Hell.

“There are things known, and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors” William Blake.

There are many doors in our minds and we are continually opening and closing them. If you are emotionally hurt in a love relationship, you can close the door on love and block love from entering your life from any source. The same can be said if you live from the point of view of opening yourself to all positive possibilities, you will receive the same.

I have been greatly influenced in my life by the poetry of Jim Morrison. Many of you will remember him for being in the rock group The Doors. They took their name from the above quote by William Blake and from the teaching of Aldous Huxley-The Doors of Perception. There was so much more to Jim Morrison than just being a rock superstar.

At an early age he was exposed to shamanism and throughout his life he realized that he was a spiritual teacher. To many, he did not present himself as such, but when you read his writings and study his life, you realize that this man saw spiritual truths and tried to convey them through his music, poetry, and performance.

According to Morrison, one of the most important events in his life occurred as a child in 1949, during a family road trip in New Mexico, when he, his parents, and his grandmother came upon the scene of an accident in the desert. Morrison realized that the Native Americans were bleeding to death, and he was afraid. He came to believe that the souls of recently dead Indians were running, “frightened,” and that one of them had pounced on him. This experience greatly influenced the content of his songs, poems and interviews.

As Jim Morrison himself said of poetry:

“True poetry says nothing, it just marks the possibilities… it opens all doors, you can go through any that suits you. If my poetry is meant to achieve anything, it is to free people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.”

Greatness was forced upon him at a young age; he was a superstar at 22. The pressures of being a rock star were overwhelming for Jim Morrison and he eventually used excessive amounts of alcohol and drugs to kill the pain of not living the life he really wanted, which was to be a mere poet. Sometimes our life catches us and we don’t know how to undo the cobwebs that surround us.

I have learned to open all the doors that come my way and to walk through anyone that I feel led to. This has taken me to places I would never have dreamed of as a child. I call this true faith. I don’t live my life in a constant state of fear. I trust that no matter what happens they will take care of me. And I’ve jumped off many cliffs, figuratively speaking, and I’ve always been able to build my wings as I go down and never hit bottom.

Opening the doors of your perception can often be terrifying. Society does not teach us to think outside the box. We are supposed to follow the normal and not go beyond that limit. The people who achieve greatness in this world are the ones who dare to live life to the fullest.

Truly we are infinite and our bodies are only the house of our souls. When you can truly accept this, you will not be afraid of anything and you will be able to live a happy existence and not feel pressured by friends, family, society or the media. Open the doors of your mind!

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