Friday, April 1, 2016

The Fool's Journey

I’ve been meditating this week with the imagery of the Fool’s Card - the very first card of the Major Arcana in the Tarot.  I’ve been gathering my thoughts and feelings about the entrepreneurial journey and how it starts with the Fool’s proverbial leap of faith - and when I realized this morning that we’re April Fool’s Day…  well I just had to share my musings with you, because I think Universe has a special message not just for me, but for you, too!

You see, there’s a lot of newness in my life lately: wonderful new clients have started a 6-month Soul Journey with me; new bright-eyed students are embarking on the Intuition Development journey; I have a new contract teaching meditation at a middle school; and I’m supporting a few of my graduates who are starting their own spiritual businesses.  As I guide them on their journey, I am taking stock of my own: where I started coming out of the spiritual closet, the leap of faith I did leaving the security of the government job to start my business, the periods of growth that involved both deep bliss and many painful moments — all leading to greater wisdom and self-realization.  When I look at all this newness with the free-spirited compassion and faith of the Fool, I am swept away with joy!

I am feeling a lot of Love and a new appreciation for the Fool’s wisdom!

Why?  Because nothing new would ever happen without some of the Fool’s energy.  Take a look at a Fool’s imagery (this one from one of my favourite decks, The Witch’s Tarot by Ellen Dugan), and the card’s description.

Do you remember when you first graduated from University or College, and you felt ready to take on the world?  Do you remember when you started that BIG project and you felt its successful completion down to your bones?  Or maybe you moved to a new town and you just knew that life was presenting you with a fresh start that you were eager to experience?  That is the energy of the Fool.

The Fool looks at all the possibilities life has to offer.  He sees the world as one big opportunity to explore, to create, to experience.  He knows there’s a plan - but the details of the plan might change along the way.  He knows he might fall, but chooses to focus on the bright side.  There is a bubbling of life, of cheerfulness, and some trepidation.  The fool trusts life, trusts his previous life experiences, and has faith for the journey ahead.  His motto might very well be, “Ready or not, here I come!”

The Fool reminds you that it’s OK at times to take on new projects or opportunities even if you don’t know where it will lead you.  He reminds you to follow your heart, to follow your Bliss.  He asks you to have faith that all will work out for the best.  He also reminds you to not travel alone but to keep a cheerful and loyal companion with you on your journey.

So on this April Fool’s Day, take a look at that big dream you have nestled in your heart.  What if you could trust yourself that you have all the wisdom within to make it happen?  What if you trusted yourself more?  What if you gave it a go?  What if you started something new and stepped out of your routine for a short while?  What fresh possibilities could open for you then?

Sure, the Fool seems oblivious to the risks of the Journey.  But perhaps the risks of staying stuck, of keeping the status quo, of staying in the same boring routine are paling in comparison to the risks of forging ahead to a newer, wiser, version of yourself.  If you set aside your fears, including fears of lack - what would be possible for you then?

You are good enough, smart enough, ready enough for your life’s journey.  Set aside your heartaches and mental chatter for a while, and just breathe into the freshness of April.  Dream a little - and take a step forward.

I am available to dream with you and journey with you.  I can help you step out of a pattern of worries and anxious fears and into your more spirited self.  Let’s explore how we can journey together: let’s chat.

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