unique personal myths, operating mostly as “strange attractors”
outside your awareness, are guiding your life’s path. This workshop is
a once in a lifetime opportunity to have one of the world’s foremost
experts help you find the myths you are living and show you how to
find the greatest opportunity for personal transformation precisely in
the dysfunctional parts, that which is no longer working.
Dr. Stanley Krippner is an internationally known and loved teacher,
co-author of both Personal Mythology and The Mythic Path, past
President of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, recipient of
numerous awards and the author of hundreds of articles. There are few
people alive today with such an understanding of how to help you find
these unconscious stories that are living through you.
--Student: John Anderson
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Dr. Krippner recently shared the article
Jim Morrison: Failed Shaman (Krippner,
2007). Coincidentally this article was received just days before Jim
Morrison, prematurely-deceased lead singer of the legendary band The
Doors, made 2010 headline news on December 9. The singer had been
accused of a misdeanor in the State of Florida much to his fans
astonishment and for years a debate had flamed around this perceived
injustice, unresolved since his death at age
27. Though he died without his innocence ever proven, his fame has
made him a legend in spite of the controversy. Some fans claimed he
was a shaman. In this article, Dr. Krippner discusses what it takes to
be a shaman and why Jim Morrison is not one.
Morrison, the rock musician, was influenced by shamanism, and
performances of his group, The Doors, contained ritualistic elements.
One of their songs was titled “Shaman Blues,” and another contained
references to “the Lizard King,” an appellation for Morrison himself.
can be made that
Morrison served shamanic functions for his “community” of fans.
However, he lacked the commitment to this community and the
disciplined use of altered states of consciousness that characterize
traditional shamans. When he died in 1971, shamanic references
abounded. However, at best, Morrison can be considered a failed
shaman; nevertheless, The Doors recorded five gold record albums in a
row, and the surviving members of the group still perform.
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© Copyright 2003
Stanley Krippner Ph.D.
Krippner, S. (2003). Jim Morrison: A failed shaman. In R.-I. Heinze
(Ed.), Proceedings of the twentieth annual international conference of
the study of shamanism and alternative modes of consciousness
(pp.109-113). Berkeley, CA: Independent Scholars of Asia.