Archetypes are universal patterns that influence or shape our experience. Jung called them “inherited thought patterns”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArchetypeYou can think of then as different parts of you. I am starting my Archetype Group this week and I thought it would be fun if you, my readers wanted to take part. We are starting with the Fool Archetype. The Fool represents the part of us that is spontaneous, playful, childlike, free and willing to take risks. Fools can be personified as circus clowns, the inner child, the eternal child, the naive simpleton, tricksters, travelers, gypsies and people who live on the edge. Some movies that have Fool Archetypes as the main character are the Wizard of Oz, Forrest Gump, and Being There.
Leap and the net will appear. - Julie Cameron
“Come to the edge”, he said.
They said, “We are afraid.”
“Come to the edge,” he said.
He pushed them . . .
And they flew.
- Guillaume Apollinaire
A dreamer you know - its a mind that looks over the edge of things. - Mary O’Hara
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When you feel Fool energy in your life, something in you wants to take a risk. Ask yourself, what needs to be changed? Is there some opportunity that is presenting itself to you that you should take advantage of? Is it the right time to quit a job, break out of an old habit, or move to a new city?
Fool energy tells you to follow your instincts. What are you not seeing or paying attention to? What does your instinctual nature tell you to do? What are you afraid to risk or do? Do the unexpected.
This part of you wants to play. Be a Fool. Let some creative energy flow through your life. Create for the sake of creating. Be silly. Play can lead you down the path of creativity. Follow the Fool even though you have no idea where she is going or for how long. You will learn along the way.
If a man would persist in his folly, he would become wise. -William Blake
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what is next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
-Agnes de Mille