I’ve never liked the typical April Fool’s Day shenanigans–it always seemed a bit malicious, if not downright cruel, to set up “jokes” at another’s expense.
But I’ve learned to appreciate, and even celebrate, the hidden wisdom of The Fool. And it started when I was, of all things, an older student striving NOT to appear foolish among the young, conservative, and oh-so-wise undergrads at a small, elite Christian college in Tennessee.
The course: Jesus in the Arts.
The culminating project: an interpretation of Jesus, and my response to Jesus, through an artistic medium.
My soul’s choice (over my mind’s protest): dance.
Why? To break my addiction to appearing wise, strong, and “cool.” To declare in a way beyond words my humble, heartfelt embrace of God’s Own Fool and my own inner fool. To allow myself (as I knew the Master Jesus would) to risk criticism, disdain, and possibly horrified rejection by those young, conservative, religiously wise undergrads (liturgical dance was practically an oxymoron around there!).
To really, literally, STEP into the unknown–with no certainty of what would happen next. With only the seed of faith that I was, for some unknown reason, CALLED to do this, for a greater good I could barely perceive. And with the (utterly unseen) support of the One Who called me.
So I prepared, and trusted, and still feared, and finally STEPPED anyway. Imperfectly, but with all I had, I danced my allegiance–handmade FOOL badge slapped over my heart as talisman and proclamation–as Michael Card sang:
So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say, “I believe.”
For the power of paradox opens our eyes,
And blinds those who say they can see…
So we follow God’s Own Fool,
For only the foolish can tell.
Believe the unbelievable,
Come, be a fool as well!
And, like the Fool Jesus and the Fool of Tarot, I stepped into a miracle.
The undergrads erupted into applause. They followed up with thoughtful questions and lively, positive discussion. The professor took me aside after class to tell me that he wished he had scheduled my presentation first, “to raise the bar for the other students.”
And he then invited me to assist him in teaching a class period devoted to Dance in Worship.
The Unseen Support had risen to uphold my stepping feet and send me onto a path of affirmation, validation, and soul-deep JOY.
I’ve done a lot more Following That Fool and Stepping Off Edges since then. I have to say, it doesn’t necessarily get easier. But the Universe and my Guidance now have a well-established track record of Unseen Support Made Manifest–though only AFTER my foot goes off the edge…
So on April 1 especially, I invite you to look again at The Fool.
Do you still see what conditioned, conventional “wisdom” sees–a blithering idiot headed for disaster? That says you’re stuck, peering through the lenses of FEAR.
Ask the Universe to swap out those old specs for the sparkling new lenses of FAITH, and you’ll see a blessed adventurer headed for miracles.
Now, take that deep, cleansing breath of Trust and then–just STEP…
And tell me–right here in the comments!–what miracles rise up to meet YOU.
I always love getting energy/spirit news from alert subscribers, and the August SuperMoon prompted two of them to notify me of the energetic and astrological significance of this unique Moon moment.
Since I’m not an astronomer, I really like learning more about the planets so I understand what I’m seeing. Click here for some astronomical info on the SuperMoons of summer 2014.
AND, since I’m also not an astrologer, I especially appreciate astrological insights from subscribers or others on the energetic implications of planetary movement and activity. Click here for several astrologers’ interpretations on The August SuperMoon.
As always, stay open to the insights of others, but listen most attentively to your OWN inner promptings and knowings about what this SuperMoon energy is meant to bring to you.
Often, a full moon energy activates and empowers culminations–which can mean releases of what is old, stagnant or toxic, AND/OR completions and manifestations of what has been waiting to emerge. This would be “supercharged” by the SuperMoon, so if you are sensitive you will feel a sort of “gravitational pull” (like a tide!) toward either releasing the old or finishing something new. Plus, you may also be feeling extra “stirred up” by emotions or memories that trigger you into either releasing old energies or completing an energetic/spiritual task.
I’m definitely in “release” mode–some very old, very toxic early childhood conditioning that keeps me feeling constantly afraid that I am “failing” somehow (either not doing enough good stuff or doing something “wrong”) has come up to my awareness to process and really, truly LET GO of so I can act from my inner spiritual truth instead of my family programming. So I’ll be doing some very specific inner work–including Soul Contract Revision, Karma Clearing, Akashic Record review, and some focused Tarot readings along with my usual detoxing procedures! Can’t wait to see what I find I REALLY believe after this! 😀
So what can YOU do to best harmonize with and enjoy this SuperMoon?
1. Go out and SEE it! 🙂 It will truly look spectacular–I got some views yesterday over the Seattle skyline that were breathtaking. Putting your attention and appreciation on the Moon helps reconnect you with the wonders of Nature and our Earth, which can open your heart to greater gratitude, appreciation, peace, and joy.
2. Get quiet and ask yourself, “What do I need to release or complete at this time?” Then make it an emotional and physical priority to follow through on what you receive.
3. Share what you learn/do with family, friends, or ME! 🙂 This helps you anchor the energies and continue to follow through to manifest your spiritual growth into physical reality.
4. Be aware that these energies do NOT end tonight! They carry on for at least two more weeks, and some astrologers are indicating that the full “culmination” aspects will actually show up in about 6 months. So keep tuning in and following through, and you may be amazed at what you and the SuperMoons of 2014 create together.
SuperBlessings to You 🙂 !
I don’t know about you, but I’m happy we actually made it to a New Year! The challenges of 2012 were intense and nearly continuous, and I think I heard a global sigh of relief as we crossed the threshold into 2013. Many of my energy-sensitive friends are expressing very positive feelings about the energies around the year 2013, and I am getting much the same sense of hope and optimism.
The beginning of a year always has seemed like a beautifully clean sheet of paper, ready for me to fill with plans, hopes and dreams–that almost never actually happened. In the past, I’ve written both resolutions (usually vague statements that I can’t perceive my progress on and then I forget them by early February) and goals (specific and measurable, but usually also quite plodding and pedestrian, so I only work on them until about March). So generally, nothing much manifested in my life from these writing processes. Sizzle and fizzle. Manifestation meltdowns. I figured I was just one of those people who dreamed and couldn’t do.
I’ve learned a great deal about manifesting in general and about some “best practices” for my unique spiritual makeup in the past year. But I still didn’t really have an alternative to goals and resolutions for a New Year. I only knew that both “goals” and “resolutions” seemed Old Paradigm to me–pushing on me from the outside, stirring up feelings of struggle and strain, bullying me into micro-managing my days, shaming me when I “failed.” I felt them stuffing me back into a box, but by gosh and by golly I was UNboxed and staying that way! But what to do INSTEAD of goals or resolutions? I tossed that whole thought-wad out to the Universe and let it vanish into the vastness.
Not long after that, I got an email from Darius Barazandeh, who hosts seminars with well-known transformational speakers. He shared his own alternative to resolutions, and it immediately resonated with me. It was not about imposing commands on myself or goading myself into action, forcing change from the outside in. Instead, it worked through questions asked of the soul, letting change emerge from the inside out. And isn’t that the true purpose of our goals and resolutions–to create change and transformation in our lives, to realign our outer lives with our inner longings?
I am sharing Darius’ “Transformation Questions” below, to give you the opportunity to ask them of your own soul. Take your time; perhaps address just one question at a time and allow space to really sense and know the answers from your inner wisdom and intuitive soul guidance. I am working through them slowly myself, and I appreciate the unhurried feeling of allowing my soul’s answers to emerge. Gently, lovingly, powerfully, my soul is guiding me to manifest “the change I wish to be.”
The Transformation Questions:
1. In what state of divine physical health do I desire my blessed body to be in during 2013 and beyond?
2. What would my ideal financial flow look like?
3. What would my ideal divine love relationship feel like?
4. What would my ideal gift of love and service to the world be?
5. What beautiful places do I plan to visit in 2013?
6. What amazing experiences am I already choosing to have in 2013?
7. What incredible wisdom will I channel in 2013 (and how will I serve others with this)?
8. How will I be an expression of abundance to the planet and a vehicle for love on Earth and beyond?
If you receive some answers you’d like to share, please feel free to post them in the comments section. I look forward to the inspiration we can give to one another as we manifest transformation from our souls to make 2013 our most amazing year yet!
My gratitude to Darius for creating these questions, and for his ongoing work of bringing tools for personal transformation to me and many others. Click here to learn more about his series in 2013, The Awakening Experiment.