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Was John Haunted By His Inner Emptiness?
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John Lennon was somebody who seemed to be restless and never fully satisfied with the way life had gone for him, this is just my humble opinion and his words regarding this are interesting.Constantly searching, but at his core he believed utterly that love and peace was the answer and he had to undergo personal changes to arrive at his beliefs.

He said '' those who want to improve the world would be wiser to first go inside themselves. If we first do what no one else can do, transform ourselves, then we can positively influence those around us and ultimately, like ripples spreading out from a stone dropped in a pond, change the world''.

He also advocated keeping peace on the front pages of newspapers saying ''keep peace on the front pages, keep politicians and their empty promises off the front pages'' i am quite certain that those sentiments are as relevant today as they were when John first said them.

One thing has never changed as far as i can see though, in all of the time we have been here since John's passing, LOVE really is all you need for PEACE on earth to become a reality.

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I've often wondered why John didn't get some real psychotherapy (I don't consider Primal Therapy to count as legitimate). Why didn't he see a therapist who could help him work through his anger and his self-esteem problems? Do you think he was afraid to reveal the "real" John Lennon? Therapists can't discuss their cases...he needn't have worried about that. Do you think he was afraid of what it would reveal about himself? I know he spent a lot of time looking inward and searching for who he was and why. I just wondered why he wouldn't seek out professional help for his "demons."

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

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If John had conquered all of his demons I doubt that he would have written many good songs after that. He was not like Paul McCartney, who can just keep writing whatever happens.  When John had a relatively happy home life (by his standards, not ours) from 1975 to 1980, he hardly produced anything.

I think it took his relationship being on the rocks (with Yoko almost divorcing him in 1980) and his stormy encounter with the sea to shake him up and make him write again.

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John was a Dreamer, he dreamt away to escape from the reality of his life ("Living is easy with eyes closed, Misunderstanding all you see").  The ability to physically manifest his dreams through his art and music was his therapy, the Primal Scream Therapy was just a temporary extreme measure that helped get him back on track after being somewhat forced to "face his demons" after being finally freed from the chains of being someone that he wasn't for a very long time, and being just John as opposed to being Beatle John for the first time since his youth in 1970 ("I was the Walrus but now I'm John") was quite a traumatic experience for him, as any abrupt change if even for the better can be (such as quitting smoking).  Psychotherapy likely wouldn't have worked out at all for John Lennon, any Psychotherapist could learn far more from John then he could ever from them because Lennon learned his valued life lessons from unimaginable experiences that they could never learn through any Psychology Educational Institution.

 

His "Inner Emptiness" drove him, he channeled it through positive means for both himself and countless others, I'm not sure that "Haunted" is the right word here.  If some of John's best work appears to be dark or reflections of his "Inner Emptiness", it's perhaps that because when things were going well for him he was too busy enjoying himself and couldn't be bothered to stop and write it all down.  I'd reckon that he was quite fulfilled inside on many fronts and made conscious efforts to counter his shortfalls or mistakes made along the way.  When Sean was born, he knew deep down that he had to do a better job at Fatherhood, and knew full well exactly the negative impact of playing the game as a Beatle had had on his strained relationship with Julian, he vowed to do it differently right from the outset and turning a negative experience into a positive is absolutely a sure sign of someone who's come to terms with himself.  He appeared to learn from mistakes made during his first marriage as well and chose to do things differently with Yoko.  Many believe that his Peace Campaigns were inspired from his pension for violence at an earlier age, this appears to me to be a man who not only didn't require professional help, but could help show many others a thing or two about "confronting your demons" as effectively as he did...:-)     

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Ahhh Girl said

Billy Rhythm said

John was a Dreamer, he dreamt away to escape from the reality of his life ("Living is easy with eyes closed, Misunderstanding all you see"). [snip]
 

Interesting. I never thought of those lines from the song that way. I always thought he was making a comment (mockingly) about society at large not paying attention to what is going on all around them and/or not interpreting it correctly.
 

 

'Strawberry Fields Forever' is very introspective, John was confronting himself here in Fall 1966 in much the same way he did in 1970, he wasn't really a Beatle for a brief period here while filming 'How I Won The War' in Spain, he struggled to escape from the pressures of domestic life without The Beatles which had long been his "crutch", if you like.  He was longing for the inner peace that he'd felt years ago while escaping to Strawberry Fields Orphanage, a place where he'd dreamt many hours away, a place where "Nothing Is Real, and Nothing To Get Hung About"....:-)

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