Jung, the Trickster & April Fool

128px-Court_jester_stockholmThe Joke… A man’s told by a voice to sell everything he owns, go to Las Vegas with the money and play blackjack at Harrah’s.  He does this and loses everything. In anger, he cries out to the voice, “you tricked me“, upon which the voice answers back, “damn”.

CGJungCarl Jung said at the time of meditation or prayer was when synchronicity is most prevalent. The myth is that in times such as this, Hermes the Trickster has entered the room. But the Trickster tricks us into opening the boundaries we create to our true calling in life.

The Trickster’s a manifestation of the ultimate mystery and loves causing strife. He knows that conflict deepens the soul and renews faith if you realize conflict for what it is… a teacher disguised as a court jester.  But can the call to a higher awareness be a practical joke played for the sake of a cheap laugh? Not if you realize that this place and time is where you’re meant to be…, being mindful of the present moment. Yes, be careful when the call appears. Don’t be a fool and not think it out as our friend; the voice never said he would win? It’s said that the greatest of enlightened men have been rogues with a healthy sense of doubt. The heart must lead in anything worth doing but emanations from the thought process are a necessity. The heart versus the mind must be reconciled.

The trickster also causes you to see beyond your image of God and yourself. Just when you think you have it right, you get fooled. He tells us that life is groundless, nothing is concrete and we should be mindful of that groundlessness or we may sink in a quicksand of our own making.


21 thoughts on “Jung, the Trickster & April Fool

  1. Dear JC , you show humour even as you lead us through this deep and yet gentle post. Strength of conviction, “realise conflict for what it is – a teacher disguised as a court jester”. I feel strangely comforted and challenged. Thank you.

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  2. To see wisdom even in our inner conflicts is something new for me to consider. Thank you! I often think of seeing the blessings hidden in hardships or challenging circumstances that happen on an exterior level, but, yes, it is true, even our inner hardships are meant to help us grow. Wonderful post.

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  3. As one who has always been told they ‘think too much’, this post resonates particularly with me. These two lines are so true and true: ‘The heart must lead in anything worth doing but emanations from the thought process are a necessity. The heart versus the mind must be reconciled.’ Another great post, JC.

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    1. Thank you! If you ever get a chance, look up an essay by Thomas Jefferson, I believe it’s called ‘the heart versus the mind’, you can probably google it. There is an interesting history behind it but anyway, he struggled with it all of his life.

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  4. This reminds me of Steven Hassan, a former recruiter for the Moonies in the Seventies, who claims he was surprised how many times people he brought into the cult expressed they had just prayed for an answer when he showed up – as the “Trickster”.

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