Evidently, we are not yet finished with the lessons and the leap offered by The Fool! He must have some very, very important information for us, to show up two weeks in a row. How delicious!
In order to grow into who we truly are, we must be willing to risk it. Taking the risk of authenticity is the scariest, most necessary thing you will ever do. And you’ll be required to do it over and over, many times, every day. But blossom you must, else join the ranks of the sleep-walkers who are hypnotized in their nightmares. I am sure you, as I do, see them every day.
Julia Cameron, author of our journey’s The Artist’s Way, writes, “In order to risk, we have to be willing to look bad. We have to be willing to be a sucker. We have to be willing to look like fools.”
The Fool is one of my favorite cards in the Tarot, because how people react to him is always very instructive. There he stands, the bliss ninny stepping off the side of a cliff, holding his rose, and gazing off into some invisible (to us) wonder. What a fool!
He makes many of my clients very uncomfortable. He is exactly what is wrong, they complain to me, with their husband/wife/child/co-worker. He represents exactly what they most fear, if they begin to explore what and who they would rather be. He is the antithesis of their need for control.
But The Fool is the zero of the deck – where all potential exists, all things are possible. He is poised on the edge of the new beginning, with his animal teacher/guide either warning or dancing with him (or a bit of both).
What crazy, foolish, you-ought-to-know-better thing is your spirit crying out for this week? For truly, you must take that step. You must be willing to look incompetent, silly, childlike, and raw. Forget yourself and how you appear to others. It is time to let your wildest dreams lead you to be who you truly are.