In the last few weeks, I have watched movies, tv shows and read books with an unusually consistent theme: that our reality is more malleable than we are led to believe…and chaos is a universal force that permeates everything. From Chris Nolan’s mind-bending Tenent, to the dimension-busting fourth season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, to a book written by the famous telepath Ingo Swann on the tenuous nature of reality, to an astrology overview highlighting how our relationship with time and space are going to get fuzzy in 2021, I’ve been hammered repeatedly with a single, overt message from spirit: when you question the nature of your reality, things get weird. And they get awesome.
This is not a new theme. In fact, it’s perhaps the oldest story in human history. In Tarot, this chaos energy is embodied by the Fool Card. Number “0”, the Fool (or the Joker, depending on your deck), represents the beginning and the end of the cosmic story. Who we are before we’re born and who we are after we die. The essence of us. Our genuine self. At play with the chaos of the multiverse. Unmarred and unchanged by time and space. Flowing in the invisible rivers of Wu Wei. Sounds kind of nice, doesn't it?
Native Americans call this archetype the Heyoka, or Sacred Clown. Their version of the tribal Pope, the Heyoka is “a contrarian, jester, and satirist, who speaks, moves and reacts in an opposite fashion to the people around them.” The Heyoka points out how tenuous the nature of our reality really is, poking fun at our misplaced sense of control.
The Heyoka do things backwards-forwards, upside-down, or are otherwise contrary in nature. This manifests by their doing things backwards or unconventionally—riding a horse backwards, wearing clothes inside-out, or speaking in a backwards language. By experiencing this inversion of reality, we can read between the lines and look at things in a different way. In this way, the Heyoka functions both as a mirror and a teacher, using extreme behaviors to mirror others, and forcing them to examine their own doubts, fears, hatreds, assumptions, constructs, and weaknesses.
The Heyoka provoke laughter in distressing situations of despair, and provoke fear and chaos when people feel complacent and overly secure, to keep them from taking themselves too seriously or believing they are more powerful than they are.
And if this is sounding familiar, it is almost precisely the plot to the most recent Joker movie, which was AWESOME. Makes comic book movies a little more intriguing, doesn’t it?
I am so excited to kick off our Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes Online Channeling Workshop with this unique, ancient archetype. In this kick-off module- called “In the Beginning”- we’ll look at the Sacred Clown, otherwise known as the Fool, the Joker, the Heyoka, or Coyote. We’ll also touch on a very ancient archangel and the first human (hint: it’s not who you think it is).
This online workshop will equip attendees with the basics of how to channel spiritual energy and get in touch with specific spirit guides through intention and ritual. With two online meetings to kick off and wrap up each course module, we’ll also be supporting the group with a closed, online Slack page (already filled with descriptions, exercises and inspiration images!) for participants to share, ask questions, support each other and collaborate as we meander through these powerful archetypes and various independent exercises.
The personal alchemy participants will experience as they traverse and meander through these powerful energies is game-changing, and the whole course is designed to empower you to do this work on your own over time.
Who knows what connection may lay in wait for you? What “invisible friend” will come through to support your growth, success or spiritual development? What insights this work will give you with regard to pop culture, movies, television plot lines and more?
The options are limitless, and this online workshop is a great place to start.
And even though this is an online workshop series, we are limiting the number of participants to ensure that everyone has a satisfying, manageable experience with a lot of one-on-one interaction with me as needed, in real time. So, if you’re interested, please sign up online here to secure your spot for this February kick-off course: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132857748101
So far, attendees are signing up for the whole series, which can be done directly with me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $400 discount on the whole course, so if you're interested in immersing in spirit this year, this might be a great option for you!
And, if you take nothing else from this note, let it be this quote from our friend, the Joker, in the movie Dark Knight: “That’s the thing about chaos: it’s fair”.
Puts a bit of a different spin on our present moment, doesn’t it? Who knows what opportunities lie within what appears to be chaos, so why not explore it?