The Fool’s Journey

When I dare to be powerful, I use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

—Goethe

I had a bit of an epiphany today in realizing that the only thing that holds me back in life is my fear. Fear of failing, fear of not being able to make ends meet in life, fear of looking ridiculous as I stumble over my own feet, etc.. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that has felt an internal wall prop up at the thought of pursuing my dreams to the fullest when FEAR sets in.

The epiphany came about with this question, “What would I do if I had nothing to fear and nothing holding me back?” The first thing that came to mind was that rather than remaining stagnant as I have been, I’d set forth and do something. What that would be exactly at this point, I don’t know, but I know that I’d take risks that I’d normally be too afraid to take.

And this is the journey of the Fool. The Fool is an incredibly powerful archetype of the tarot that reminds us that the essence of Life springs forth through action; action that is spontaneous and thus contains the vibrant seed of Life. The Fool reminds us that in order to move forward and bring our gift to the world, to journey forth in this adventure, we must have faith that we have wings to fly. A poem by Rumi shares the message of the Fool so beautifully:

You were born with potential.

You were born with goodness and trust.

You were born with ideals and dreams.

You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings.

You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.

You have wings. Learn to use them and fly!

Furthermore, the Fool is not afraid of who he is or how others perceive him. He is true to himself and above all true to his inner journey. He is also not afraid of falling and hurting himself. The Fool might appear foolish to the burdened adult mind, but know that the Fool is an important guide and bears the wisdom of innocence. It is innocence that is at the core of creation, movement and the fulfillment of dreams and goals.

“I can honestly say that probably 95% of the things I was afraid of, it turned out I had no reason to be. So drop fear by the wayside. Just… let it go. Then make way for a surprising tomorrow.” — Neale Donald Walsch

We are born of Spirit full of everything we need to journey forth in the direction of our dreams. 

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