What or Who is the Sacred Fool?
My favorite archetype among other things
La Sacred Fool, c’est moi!
I am she and she is me and we are all together.
Or to badly misquote Nabakov:
O Sacred Fool, light of my life, fire of my heart, my joy, my soul, my delight, my spirit, my plot to power. Sa-cred Fool: the tip of my tongue using your energy to find the spark of humor, the trigger to laughter, the way to get a point across such that they won’t know what hit them till they get halfway down the block. Sa. Cred. Fool. Who gives me permission to be authentically me.
Being sustained by Grace reminds me all life is sacred.
The story of my life is how I got to be who I am.
As a writer, I get to carve this story up and serve it many different ways with a variety of sauces and flavors so it tastes different every time. But it’s all me. From promiscuous midnights’ dark nights of the soul to fawn-footed, doe-eyed dawnings of recovery.
From finding the lump to the surgery through the radiation therapy to remission. From taking an unpopular stand, to angry attacks, through forgiveness to healing.
Through all of that, Spirit has been my Anchor, my Lifeline, my Guardian Angel, my Soul Keeper, my Guidance, and my All in All. Without Her holding me up, I wouldn’t even be here.
It took multiplying misbehavior exponentially to willingly take that spill from grace rendering me surrendered, kick-(in-the-butt)-starting my Higher Powered journey.
I wouldn't have it any other way.
That journey took me through Twelve-Step recovery, Liberation Theology, Unitarian Universalism, and metaphysics to my new love, mysticism. Which is a fancy way of saying, having a personal experience of the Divine. Putting the sacred in Sacred Fool.
She’s me. But not just.
Because she’s also an archetype.
Larger than life. A psychic patterversally, in all cultures, in all times. How cool is that?
One of my favorite descriptions of her comes from Alana Fairchild’s Oracle deck called Sacred Rebels How could I resist?
Here’s a snippet of what she--channeled through The Voice of the Soul--says about the Sacred Fool:
The sacred fool is a great rebel, able to thwart convention and tell the truth without restraint. She lives according to an inner wisdom that cannot be dictated to or controlled by anything!
She says to you, don’t try to be appropriate, don’t try to be socially acceptable--just be. If you want to wear a mad hat while doing so, that would be just fine.
It’s time for you to play, to let life happen in an unscripted way. The more bizarre, left of field, unexpected, and apparently ridiculous, the better. It is the desire of life to operate radically through you so you become the conduit through which miracles and crazy synchronicities can occur.
So there’s a method to this madcap madness after all. I get to be a conduit of miracles and crazy synchronicities.
Let those be the gifts flowing when my humorous humanity harmonizes with my many mystical melodies!
When that happens, I’ll know all is in Divine Order, Sacred Foolishness in action. I’ll put on my madcap, turn a metaphorical triple flip, and shout, wahoo!
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Marilyn Flower writes humor to laugh the changes she wants to see and make. She’s the author of Creative Blogging: Ninja Writers Guide to Character Development and Bucket Listers, Get Your Brave On. Clowning and improvisation strengthen her resolve during these crazy times. Stay in touch!