“A Flag at the End, to Give You Hope”* *…Golf-Robin Williams
by Christine Ford
Lately Dr. Strickler has been on a comedy kick. It is interesting to note that I would have thought the comedians he is enjoying had attended or had heard some of the social commentaries from his classes prior to the recording of their themes. Whether while listening to him DJ on CRANKITUPRADIO, sitting in his living room watching Robin Williams Live on Broadway, or noting as he suavely weaves lines from stand-up comedians Robin Williams, Jeff Foxworthy, Dennis Leary or George Carlin (each of whom he gives credit to) into his discourses, I have noticed the increasing predominance of humor resonating and resounding through his words and actions. It goes without saying that he has plenty of original material as well, but it has been most intriguing to hear many of the same political and socioeconomic comments within the monologues of these well known comedians! An interesting phenomenon to say the least.
Now that Dr. Strickler has started his therapies at Health South Rehab (Occupational, Physical and Speech) he’ll come home giggling about how he made the therapists laugh. In a way he is displaying an almost childlike fascination with being able to amuse people, as though it’s a new talent he has discovered! I have found this part of his recovery to be a real treat, especially in light of the article I wrote last month! Although it is true that he has always had quite a unique sense of humor, there is a new, subtle quality creeping into his demeanor that is revealing and opening to me the very crucial aspects of the healing power of spontaneous laughter and genuine, though sometimes admittedly DARK, humor. I’ve heard more laughter from Dr. Strickler over the past year than I have over the course of my knowing him.
These are lessons of incongruence that are demonstrated in the living principles represented by KEY 15 of the Tarot, ע, Ayin, The Devil, the Renewing Intelligence. Throughout the years Dr. Strickler has always gone to great measures to emphasize the Renewing Intelligence and what it represents in both its value and process as a principle of consciousness used to reset and refresh one’s field of awareness and at the same time dissolve one’s fixed points of hyper-attention; ALCHEMICAL DISSOLUTION.
Dr. Strickler has not downplayed the value of comedy throughout his many hours of Spiritual Discourses and he has made himself a Master of comedy’s close cousin, sarcasm. Through the use of incongruence, one of the points of awareness that is the basis of comedy as well as Key 15, he has utilized this technique to point out global issues such as the insanity present in governmental dealings, the farcical posturing of leaders, the inhumanity of our so called advanced society or the dealings of “corporate swine” as they destroy whatever shreds of remnants remain of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that our Founding Fathers decreed our Rights. He has maintained an approach that has often yielded laughter, as well as sighs, shaking of heads, numerous “Ah-Ha’s”, and sometimes even tears as doors are kicked open and reality checks made.
What I am experiencing now though as I listen to him speak has a different quality to it that is making me sit up and REALLY pay attention! It has also made me pause and ponder that what we may really need to take seriously is something other than what we are told to take seriously. To quote Jeff Foxworthy, from his comedy skit about stupid people, as well as Dr. Strickler, “There’s your sign”! There needs to be much more laughter at the politicians and business leaders of this day along with handing them a sign to hang around their necks. The discovery of how the Renewing Intelligence actually invokes balance within oneself and thus effectively encourages Right Action was opened to me by the process of revelation that Dr. Strickler has taught over the years, directly in his discourses and counseling sessions, as well as indirectly by presenting examples and experiences for me to encounter and discern my way through.
One of the predominant themes of Dr. Strickler’s discourses over my years of being a student is that the Principles and Laws of the Universe presented as knowledge through him must be USED, integrated, not merely ingested, logged, and memorized as information but woven into the fabric of one’s life to become the guiding, driving force creating the link and connection through which the Voice of the Soul speaks. Situations and circumstances of one’s life become an unfolding puzzle, a maze if you will, a mystery to explore. The interpretation and examination, to the most miniscule detail; the rehashing and unraveling of discovering the True message hidden behind the conversations, innuendos and interactions of a personal, business or even casual nature, becomes an all encompassing exercise in discernment and discrimination, until one finally begins to see and hear the Voice of the Soul and also the Voice of The One speaking through every person and experience that one encounters.
This is not an instant microwave process, nor does it come in one big enormous epiphany; rather it is a gradual awakening of glimpses of clear, bright flashes of light that begin to occur more and more often, and each time become just a bit brighter, clearer and closer together, like the parting of a heavy curtain letting a brief flash of light in for just a moment and then shutting again! This is the best description I can give you as to the process I have utilized to come to the realization of the increasing power of humor and comedy that has been dawning on me over the past month.
The movement toward the incorporation of humor that has been happening with the energy moving through Dr. Strickler recently has, I believe, a wider implication than merely getting me to take a breath and lighten up, however. This realization has unfolded to me slowly as being not only part of his personal healing and reawakening process from the stroke his body suffered a year ago, but an incredibly powerful teaching tool being shared with and demonstrated to those of us fortunate enough to be in the presence of a Living Master. As we have been taught, “As above, so below”, or another way of stating it, “The microcosm is a reflection of the macrocosm”. The movements and energy which we experience here in this mundane plane are a direct reflection of that which is happening in the Inner Planes, or within the realms of Soul and Spirit. As one moves through every day monotonous routine “life”, there is a screaming of the Soul and sometimes Spirit which is often ignored! Even once you “hear” it and stop being “ignore-ant”, interpreting, understanding and utilizing these motions and energies is quite another story and a sometimes seemingly never ending process!
Though I find it extremely difficult to describe, Dr. Strickler’s added use of humor has made it feel to me as if the entire Universe is sending out a call to begin looking at situations and circumstances from a lighter, though blatantly TRUTHFUL, point of observation. There is a movement of Spirit locked behind what appears to be presented on the surface by this seemingly subtle tuning of Dr. Strickler’s presentation and emanation that I am just beginning to apprehend, which feels somehow to be a precursor to an event of enormous Magnitude and Power, and at its center is the need and desire to perceive the humor in the most dire of situations.
The strength and vitality concealed within this new, to me anyway, energy being brought in through Dr. Strickler is revitalizing and hopeful. As hokey as it sounds, it is like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and knowing that someday you’re gonna reach it. It is as though I am being reminded and made more aware that even though this dismal plane in which we live IS based on negativity, there is still laughter, love, beauty, truth and wonderful moments to be lived, as well as people to share those moments with. It is as if I have been given a Clarion Call to reassess my direction of travel and to bring myself back into the balance and equilibration of walking the Middle Path by incorporating some humor, laughter and gentleness into not only my writing, but my approach and attitude as well. And this is the message that I was literally forced by Myself to share with you in this Edition of Spiritual Climate.
Laughter! Mirth! Humor! DR. Strickler has often stated that Laughter resets the subconsciousness. Although that is an entirely different article in and of itself, laughter, when applied with knowledge, wisdom and understanding, IS an extremely powerful tool of Spiritual Alchemy and enlightened growth. And the greatest of all gifts is being able to laugh at yourself!
I have carried a coffee mug around for about 20 years that has a quote on it from Oscar Wilde. “Life is too important to be taken seriously!“ Think about it! Haven’t you done some stupidly hysterical laughable things in your life that embarrassed the hell out of you and you wish you had never done them? I KNOW I have, and as Dr. Strickler puts it, “Welcome to the human race!” Move beyond it! Find humor in it! Use the energy that went into the “stupidity” of it, which was most likely the best you could do at the time given your understanding and psychological state, and turn that experience into one of growth, laughter and mirth!
And in the meantime, look for those moments of true laughter and light that come into your life each and every day. Share a smile and a kind word, call an old friend, reassess what is truly important to yourself and, more importantly, give an opening to your Soul to embrace it, love it as you respond to this energy of laughter and humor and make it your own. There is something extremely “big” on the horizon, and although I don’t know yet what it is, I feel that we need to cultivate this sense of laughter and lightness that Dr. Strickler has been bringing in to survive.
Admittedly, this is one of the strangest article I’ve ever written, and as I read back over it to edit, I find that the changes I try to make keep getting “axed” by something bigger than little ole’ me sitting here at this keyboard, so I guess it goes to print “as is”. If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me through the Spiritual Climate address.
May the Lord of life grant you the courage and understanding of the Renewing Intelligence of Key 15 of the Tarot, Ayin, to begin to laugh at the absurdity of the insanity of this plane. May you grow into the expanding awareness of the “asshole moments” of your own creation as well, and develop the ability to heal and make positive change through the exercise of laughing at yourself.