In our staff meeting this afternoon, Sheryl, Cynthia, and Keisha read from Alan Cohen's book A Daily Dose of Sanity: A Five-Minute Soul Recharge for Every Day of the Year. Today's reading talks about seeing through illusions and laughing through confusion and fear.
Keisha also reminded us that the Fool archetype is a major part of Western symbolism and represents the ability to see old circumstances in new ways, free of preconceptions and with the perfectionist burdens of "should" and "must" laid aside.
Fool energy is not about trickery, pranks, or casual entertainment. In fact, the ancient European courts included jesters, clowns and fools, and the court fool was most free of all courtly staff to see, to speak, and to suggest.
The highest expression of Fool energy isn't laughing at the misfortune of others. It's supporting others in revising how they see their circumstances and the roles they can play in their story. A common fool may wear a costume and mock and joke, but a Fool will see beyond the mirage of fear and the illusions of the status quo, and invite us all to step into a larger reality.
Alan Cohen writes: "If you look back on the people and events that once frightened you, you will realize there was always some element that was illusory about them... How might you disarm what frightens you by recognizing the truth behind the illusion?"
We affirm: "I see through people, words, and events that do not have substance in love or reality. My faith is deeper, stronger, and greater than fear or illusion."
We're going to go deep this Easter week. On Friday evening, we'll release the illusions that have held us back, and on Sunday morning (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.) we'll honor the openness of a new beginning. Come celebrate renewal with us!