The goal of the Fool's journey is to help you understand and fulfill the real purpose of your life here on Earth.
It is an inner journey that seeks a transformation of consciousness to a non-individual level, which is entirely outside the bounds of ordinary, sensory reality.
The journey ultimately involves the death of the ego/personality. What dies is the exclusive conscious identification of the self with the body. A new body is built—subtle and non-physical in nature, into which one’s consciousness is transferred. This process is known as palingenesis, a term used in the ancient Orphic mysteries to denote rebirth into another ontological level—another level of reality.
The work consists of two parts.
- First comes a thorough understanding of the concepts involved, which include ourselves as physical/spiritual beings and how we came to lose this understanding. A map is presented which outlines the journey steps in symbolic form. These steps must be understood, but what is most important is the knowledge that there is such a process that can bring us back into full awareness of the spiritual domains and the part of ourselves that resides there, the divine, loving part that we are barely aware of in normal life.
- The second part consists of practices designed to open our awareness to these realms. This part uses techniques of breathing, visualization and stilling the mind. Original music is an integral part of the process; it is used in unique ways to facilitate and shorten the journey.
Introductory meetings and workshops are given, as well as on-going small classes. Printed materials are available, as well as CDs and DVDs of the introductory and class material, visualizations and music.
What does the word "Fool" mean?
As used on this site, the word "Fool" is a technical term. You are a Fool if:
- you are not afraid to look foolish in front of your friends as you pursue your own spiritual development.
- you don't always do what your friends are doing, thus incurring their resentment, alienation and possibly fear. Instead, you do what you know you need to do—which is always inner work on yourself—to discover why you came here in the first place.
- you decide to seek, practice and then understand certain knowledge which will transform you into the realm of love, beyond all fear, and beyond death.
The word "fool" is used here in a special technical sense.
- The word is similar to "idiot," an epithet used by Gurdjieff and the Sufis to indicate anyone who admits they don't know what the world is about or what their role in it should be. It is, however, a term of respect, for this person is willing to unlearn all that he or she knows in order to learn something real. "Fool" though, seems a bit less outre than "idiot."
- In different words: our "Fool" is someone who has tired of the shallowness, superficiality or limitations—whatever you will—of the mundane world, and seeks to access an ontological plane deeper than that of mere individual consciousness. Or again: Someone who seeks realities of a superior, archetypal order which are shadowed in various ways by myths and symbols, specifically the 22 archetypal symbols of the Tarot trumps.
- A related term is "Warrior Fool," meaning someone who has embarked on a path of inner knowledge, meaning specifically experiential knowledge. This person is engaged in a war against himself or herself (not against others), and is willing to lose the ordinary state of being in order to gain a new one, symbolized in our scheme by The Magician.
- Our Fool, therefore, is also someone willing to do the work necessary to win this war. Only the basics may be taught. All the rest must be gained from experience. The teaching can only guide these experiences in the right direction. "No pain, no gain," as my high school PE teacher was wont to say. I hated that, but when you say it to and for yourself, it has a different flavor.
- Ultimately, a Fool is someone willing to look for the inner wisdom required for spiritual transformation. The Fool's Journey isn't in business to provide any "wisdom" (a ha ha ha!), but only to put you in touch with this inside yourself.
The purpose of this site is not to tell you what your purpose on Earth is (you have to figure that out for yourself), but to help you gain the inner clarity and skills to not only understand it, but to be able to pursue it successfully.
Where did all this stuff come from?
As you explore our site, you may wonder about this. Much of it comes from ancient traditions from both the West and the East. Some comes from yoga traditions in India. Some comes from classical Tantra traditions (sorry, no "tantra" sex on this site). Some comes from Sufic influences that came to the West during the Middle Ages. A bit derives from alchemy and the Hermetic tradition.
But certain key elements on this site are new discoveries. All the Tarot material is original, as is its association with the Zodiac. The Fool's Journey is also original. It derives from ancient traditional practices, but they have never been presented in this form before, nor have they ever been presented so openly.
It is time for many secrets to be revealed to as many people as possible who are interested in their own spiritual development. The purpose of this site is to show one path of development - and to show that alternatives our of the Hell we all live in today is possible with the right kind of inner work. The language here is fresh and new - new metaphors and no (well, only a few) hoary references.
The central point of this site is a map of the Fool's Journey. This is a map of archetypes, and the relationships among them. In simpler words, it is a map of the states of the inner and outer worlds and how you can transform your inner world so as to arrive at the end of the journey: a transformed consciousness that has a 24/7, always-on, high-speed, broadband connection to divine and spiritual realms of existence. An inner Golden Age.
We warn you, though. You must learn to become a warrior against yourself to be successful. You must go to war against your desire, anger, greed, delusion, pride and envy. This is hard, but not impossible.
But why would anyone want to do this? To arrive at a state of love, an all-encompassing state of loving bliss that was once the normal human state. To receive grace, which is always given (by those unseen) to us when we make sufficient progress along a path or journey such as this one.
Do not give up, warrior-fool, for the reward is greater than any cost.
Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving,
It doesn't matter.
Ours is not a caravan of dispair.
Come, come even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.
Come - come yet again, come.
- Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi