Purim: Enter the Trickster
Ahh….Purim. Let’s invite the trickster in and see what havock s/he can wreak! We think of Purim as the light-hearted, silly holiday, but the trickster sometimes has her own plans. The month of Adar is the month associated with the Kesilah, the Fool, in the Kohenet model. Generally, I think of the Kesilah as the light-hearted clown who’s sacred play helps us to break out our normal way of thinking. There is also the trickster element, which is a bit more mischievous and dangerous than the fool.
I think the Trickster what is what’s at play in our current economic situation in the United States, and much of the rest of the world. The Trickster has taken the entire world we know and turned it upside down. The foundations of our economy have been entirely shaken — and the Trickster is waiting to see if we’ll ask the right questions here. The Trickster knows that our economy has been based on a joke. How can our entire way of life be built around buying things we really don’t need, can’t really afford, and are so low quality that we’ll have to replace them in a couple of years? What an amazing joke has been played on us all.
Now it’s Purim. Now we can sing, dance, laugh, drink and make jokes. Now we freely invite in the Trickster. So, what will you do with the Trickster — now that you’ve invited her/him to dance?
Purim is just one short month before Pesach. I think I’ve realized this year, that Purim is when we take notice of what enslaves us. Tradition says that the Israelites had gotten to the point they didn’t even know that they were enslaved and oppressed. It’s just the way life was. I think we have been in the same place. We’ve allowed ourselves to be shackled to a economic system that is spiritually bankrupt. We work so we can have more, more, more. Quantity has replaced quality in too many parts of our society.
Let’s begin our journey towards freedom by taking advantage of this crisis. Let’s dance with the Trickster and challenge our assumptions about the way things have to be. So the stock market is in the toilet — so what?!? So, you’re not getting a raise this year, now what?!? Dance with the Trickster and see what’s really important to you. Dance with the Trickster and find new ways to see the problems. Dance with the Trickster and find new solutions and ways of living.
Happy Purim — now go bake/eat a Hammentaschen with your friends and family (because that is important).
p.s. if you really want to see the embodiment of the Trickster, rent Man on Wire. Than Phillipe Petit is, without a doubt, the human embodiment of the Trickster.
[tags]purim, economy, spirituality, decisions, trickster, pesach[/tags]