Come fool with me!
The fool is not your foolish self. The fool is who dares to shine light on and give voice to what you keep secreted away. Your fool is who tells you to do or say things that you think will make you look foolish: loving with your whole heart, telling the truth, asking for what you want, saying what you think, being real, being vulnerable, admitting your shortcomings, having fun, feeling pleasure.
It feels like in a lot of ways, this [Fooling workshop] is the safest I’ve felt to be seen and also witnessed in a really vulnerable way. It feels like I needed that really badly. I have done it. I’ve made the first step and am feeling excited to see that grow.
The fool is what your inner queen wants locked up because the fool is the liability, the potential for embarrassment, the one who says what the queen would never say, the one who is liberation itself. Your obligation to self and other is to be an adult, which means to be dependable, play the role given to you, meet social and cultural expectations, and be in full control of yourself and your life. The more real something is, the more dangerous it becomes. The queen would tell you that the curtain and the crown are non-negotiable necessities. She would tell you that she keeps you alive.
But I have to ask, dear one:
How alive are you?
I’m taking away a lot of things from Fooling: a sadness or wistfulness that most experiences and most social interactions don’t feel like this, a hunger for more of the feeling of not planning and rolling with being awkward, and a craving for even more spaces where there’s permission to do that.
Fooling is an improvisational art form that is also more than an improvisational art form. The fool is not a character to try on (a role) nor even a character to discover (a clown), and the fool may or may not be, well, foolish, as the word is commonly used. Like all the very best things in life, the space of the fool is transparent and slippery. The fool is the voice that appears as a lightning rod of personal authenticity, relational intimacy, and universal life force.
In this workshop, we focus on fooling less in the context of performance and more as a method of personal discovery, expansion, and liberation. Fooling opens us to themes of identity, cloaking, archetype, divine connection, awe, quantum play, the twin effect, trust, and presence. It opens us to the possibility of being alive - like alive alive. And I help integrate and ground those wild themes in the amazing miracle of your fleshy, sensory, somatic space.
Fooling stretches us into the unknown, which ironically and unfortunately has become synonymous with the unfiltered self. If you are so tired of polishing and curating your own expression, fooling can help you find a window out of self-imposed limitation.
Now, fooling is often facilitated as either a jump off a cliff or an exposure in the empty space. Both methods can be kinda brutal, so I am very intentionally holding a workshop that doesn't use disorientation as pedagogy but offers a container of cueing, play, and connection.
Laura's course has changed my life. It sounds cliched but it's true. I feel like parts of me that were asleep or dormant have been awakened, old emotions are being cleared, and I am now safe to express things that I've held inside.
There is often a distance between internal experience and external expression. This distance can be filled with time, physical space, or conscious intentionality. However, it is most commonly filled with attempts to filter, hide, alter, or perfect ourselves in order to stay safe from rejection and judgment. At some point, this gap between what we feel and what we say becomes a burden, and we discover that we are unfulfilled and, ultimately, painfully unexpressed. Unlike many practitioners, I do not believe that the answer to this problem is to focus on making sure that what we say matches what we feel. I do not believe that liberation and fulfillment are found through focusing on what we say at all but instead via a radical reorientation toward the timeless, infinite self - the one who does the saying. I believe that liberation and fulfillment are found by making what we say less crucial, less serious, less vital.
After all, our content will never truly be able to capture our essence. A pond can never be the ocean. When our essence, rather than our content, is our seat of identity, we are free. Fooling helps us loosen our tight grip on our content. It helps us be playful, be spontaneous, be okay with feeling awkward, and create a space for others to be the same.
If part of you is reeling with recognition, lit up with curiosity, eager to melt the layers of protective separation that surround you, exhausted by the weight of your own seriousness, or JUST KNOW that there is something here for you, then say yes and sign up. Your fool is most welcome.
Some of what you can look forward to:
relationship between archetype, energy, and self
structure vs content
giving voice to presence
dissolving layers of separation
learning to appreciate self-consciousness as a gift
Laura has an incredible ability to help you shift inside. Through what seems like simple exercises, she helps bring about insights, healing and expression as you’ve never experienced it before. Thank you for giving me the gift of discovering my voice, me, again. The door is now open for me to take this journey of breaking through the layers to be visible as the authentic and true me.