Once upon a time there was a tree that bore a strange fruit. The fruit that almost looked like the tree but not exactly. It wrapped itself around the tree and slowly started sliding down. As it descended lower and lower, the more ripe it became. Until one day it freed itself from the tree and disappeared into the daylight. It found it’s own legs and stood on it’s own two feet, wandering off into the world.
It felt so happy and free. It didn’t know where it was going, but in its awareness, all and none really existed. It made friends along the way and dwelled in freedom and happiness. It suddenly fell into a new space and found a new ground. Apparently it became a king. A king without a kingdom and clueless about what to do. He knew his role was important. But he felt bound by the role and missed the freedom he had when he left the tree.
So he sits, acting out what he thinks is expected of him. He laughs at people who are deceived by his external appearance; nice clothes, golden crown, sitting on the throne like it’s his ground.
Power, the throne, he enjoys, until he sees it as his own.
Fool or king he doesn’t know, what he doesn’t know won’t help him grow.
Looks left, looks right, laughs at his own fright.
Frightened or free he doesn’t know, what he doesn’t know won’t help him grow.
Happy fool he likes to be, what he wants to be will set him free.
Back to the tree he may go, but will he be free in the flow?
Again and again he lives in cycles, round and round he feels bound.
Bound to the tree, bound to the throne, he is happy when he is on his own.
Happy fool he knows to be, happy fool sets him free.
Ssssshh, please don’t read out loud, but What’s with today’s man? Just asking 🙂 A king or a fool?
King is the leader and the path finder. He is the one who gives direction, takes decisions, and assumes responsibility for his decisions. King possesses the energy of ordering and has the power of inner authority. He brings calm and balance. He also possesses the fertilizing qualities of extending life, vitality and joy. King represents the integration and integrity of masculine energy in its full potency.
Fool is a loner and adventurer. Fool has no plans and goes with the flow. Fool is innocent and simple. He is oblivious to the world around him and doesn’t fit in the society. He loves his freedom, travels light, is a free spirit and a free thinker. He looks left and right, to the past and the future, but keeps walking; he is unstoppable.
In our society, with all heroes gone, with no more rites of passage, and no more models of manhood, men are pretty much on their own. There are no more thrones they can just simply inherit. And maybe they don’t want to? Maybe they want a new identity. I know WE want them anew. I know we want them authentic, potent, conscious of their life purpose, their deepest desires, free to express, to take fully and give fully.
But will we allow them a period of being Happy Fools? Who adapt clumsily and reluctantly to the newly emerging powerful feminine by bailing out, resigning, drifting, retreating, avoiding, ignoring, escaping. A period of blissful unknowingness, covering up painful insecurities, waiting for a new vision of masculine to emerge. A period of time to reconnect with their core being, their core desires, their true nature. Will we allow them time to step fully into a new Man’s Way?
We often forget that growth requires sacrifice. And that we may be exaggerating the gravity of our loss, ‘we want our King to be a king’. Because don’t be fooled, Fool is unstoppable, and its journey is a journey to freedom.
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