In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to discuss the freedom to feel and draw upon some words of wisdom by Jim Morrison.
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Now, let’s talk about the freedom to feel and draw upon some words of wisdom by Jim Morrison.
Almost two decades before the book “Feel the fear and do it anyway” by Susan Jeffers PhD became a best seller in 1987, lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison was promoting the same message:
“The only solution is to confront them – confront yourself – with the greatest fear imaginable. Expose yourself to your deepest fear. After that, fear has no power, and fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
In the 1969 interview with Lizzie James, Jim Morrison discusses and shares his philosophies on freedom.
One of the most meaningful points he makes is about distinguishing the types of freedom:
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your senses for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. ….You can take away a man’s political freedom and you won’t hurt him – unless you take away his freedom to feel. That can destroy him.”
Lizzie James – ‘But how can anyone else have the power to take away from your freedom to feel?’
“Some people surrender their freedom willingly – but others are forced to surrender it. Imprisonment begins with birth. Society, parents – they refuse to allow you to keep the freedom you are born with. There are subtle ways to punish a person for daring to feel. You see that everyone around you has destroyed his true feeling nature. You imitate what you see…”
The same principle is a key message in the now classic novel “1984” by George Orwell, where it is forbidden to feel real emotions. (Read the closing pages when Winston and Julia meet again and he places his arm around her.)
Today, in so many ways, we are either afraid to feel, we suppress our feelings, we control our feelings or we simply choose only to reveal those feelings we believe will be accepted by society and even by our friends.