I love the Fool archetype.
It’s certainly not something we joyfully embrace in our society which carries such shaming judgment as part of its baggage. We make a tiny bit of sanctioned room by allowing the singular observation of April Fools’ Day, but truthfully participation is erratic and often pretty lame.
But the Fool has a bigger role to play.
Let’s consider the qualities of Fool.
There’s freshness, innocence, pure limitless possibility. Knowing everything and knowing absolute nothing. Raw truth and the willingness to speak it. Ability to rise above restrictions because they’re simply not recognized. Fool transcends tradition, convention and social norms with exuberance. And in doing so is able to bend perspective. Fool offers the reminder that we’re free to choose. With every step, in every moment. Fool totally represents current moment awareness – not being pulled into restrictions and fear from the past, nor pulled ahead into speculation of the future and what hasn’t yet occurred. And Fool most definitely invites magical encounters with the unknown. There is always the invitation to remember life is an adventure to enjoyed, and change is part of the path. Fool is at the beginning of the journey, an initiate ready to rush ahead in unconcerned delight, seeing the path ahead as a playground of opportunity. Each moment is original and is to be met open-heartedly and with sparkly-eyed mischievousness.
One of my favorite admonishments on the topic is from Robin Williams who says:
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
Isn’t that a delightful invitation to fan the flame of the Fool spark within?
And don’t you feel ready to start something anew? This new April energy feels filled with potential and possibility and the perfect time to welcome Fool energy.
I always like to invite Fool in at the beginning of journeys, to remind me it’s a fresh start filled with potential that is only realized by simply taking those first enthusiastic steps forward.
I often begin journals with a dedication and invitation to Fool. A new journal always feels like the beginning of a new journey to me.
I’m going away on retreat next week, and I’m inviting the energy of Fool. I want to leap into the next unfolding with unbridled open-hearted enthusiasm and playfulness.
How are you inviting Fool to be present in your life? How are you being a Wise Fool? Do tell, I’d love to hear. Or perhaps you have an April Fools’ story to share. Laughter is always welcome here.