Happy April Fools’ Day!
In celebration of this auspicious day (and this is no joke), my friend Heather Gray and I are offering an early bird special for our Let Your Heart Sing: Virtual Vision Retreat coming up on Friday, April 13 (another auspicious day, which we will discuss at the retreat!)
The Let Your Heart Sing: Virtual Vision Retreat is an opportunity to carve out a bit of precious time and space to listen to your heart and soul, dipping into clarity, peace and joy! “Virtual Vision Retreat” means that you can join us from anywhere, as long as you have a phone—and if you can’t be present during the scheduled time, we’ll record it all for you!
More details about the retreat below…for now let’s talk for just a minute about the “Holy Fool”…
If you look online for the history of April Fool’s Day, you’ll
discover that in the 16th century with the adoption
of the Gregorian calendar, the celebration of the
New Year was changed from April 1 to January 1.
But many rural people refused to accept the new
date and continued to celebrate in April. They were
labeled “fools” by those who were more in the
swing with the changes.
If you look beneath that historical explanation of
“fool” however, you’ll find a deeper, esoteric
The fool or jester in a court was the truth teller…
the only one who could poke fun at or question
royalty. Because the fool was seen as crazy
or a little “off” in the head, he got away with saying
what everyone else knew to be true.
Court Jesters, or Fools were living out an ancient
archetype of the Fool or Wisdom seeker; The Fool
goes where others fear to tread.
When you step out in faith like the Fool, others may declare you insane. And the end result (or what I call “the form”) is never guaranteed.
What is certain though, is that you can’t be The Magician unless you’re first willing to be The Fool.
You can’t wield spiritual power without stepping, as the Fool steps, into the Void. The Void is the space between the worlds. It’s the place where creation begins. It’s where magic arises. It’s the emptiness where nothing happens, and nothing is left undone.
The Void is void of reason.
And the call of The Void is a call the Fool must answer.
So if someone calls you a Fool, take it as a compliment. Let it be a reminder that you’re walking a Sacred Path, even if it looks as if the road ahead is actually a drop off the cliff face.
Chinese Philosopher Lao Tsu said this about the Fool:
When the wise man learns the Way,
He tries to live by it.
When the average man learns the Way,
He lives by only part of it.
When the Fool learns the Way,
He laughs at it.
Yet if the Fool did not laugh at it,
It would not be the Way.
Indeed, if you are seeking the Way,
Listen for the laughter of fools.
In our uber-busy society, it may seem Foolish to make a space to hear the whispers of your Soul. And you never know what your Soul may ask of you—it might demand something wild, something crazy—something utterly magical and life-altering.
If you want to know what possibilities your Essential Self is holding open for you, you have to slow down and listen. You need a safe, sacred place to look at ideas and longings that otherwise get lost in routines and habits.
If you would like to walk the Path of the Holy Fool by making space for that “Still Small Voice” of your Heart, your Soul, your connection with your Truth…
Then Heather and I would love to hang out with you at the Let Your Heart Sing: Virtual Vision Retreat on April 13th! We’re offering two special bonuses and also a discount price when you register before April 6th. http://www.soulfilledlife.com/vision-retreat/
Wishing you the peace and joy that comes
from walking the Way of the Holy Fool….
The Manifestation Maven