“The lower universe, like the body of man, is but a garment, a motley costume, well likened to cap and bells. Beneath the garments of the fool is the divine substance, however, of which the Fool is but a shadow; this world is a Mardi Gras—a pageantry of divine sparks masked in the garb of Fools.”
~Manly P. Hall
I first met Kathy Bernstein in 2000 when she moved into an office-space next to mine in Providence, RI. Kathy is a Barbara Brennan Healing practitioner and a numerologist. She has also completed advanced training in Integrated Kabbalistic Healing with Jason Shulman.
After some conversations about our work, we decided to exchange bodywork sessions We sat down to talk about how we would proceed and found ourselves, quite spontaneously, in a very different process. Since then we’ve met regularly to explore what happens when we meet “in relationship.” We sit facing each other, eyes mostly open but free to close. We agree to be attentive to what shows up second by second, via physical movement and stillness, sensation, and emotion. We each verbalize what is happening for us as we feel the impulse to speak. Our intention is to be present, without trying to change or fix anything in our self or the other. In reflecting on the process, I tend to talk about what we do in terms of mover and witness, while Kathy speaks of it in terms of numbers. We’ve found that her language of the ancient systems of numerology and the Tarot has surprising resonance with my language of Authentic Movement.
When we meet in this way, Kathy sometimes says, “We’re going into the unknown, the domain of the Fool.” Wanting to learn more, I asked and she agreed to talk about her understanding of the Fool in the following interview. As our conversation progressed we came to a point where we seemed to hit a wall and found ourselves lost. We knew the only place to go was into that process of being in relationship to the unknown. What emerged was surprising but also consistent with our subject at hand, the Fool. We decided to include this experience within the interview format in hopes that the dynamic that came through in our personal process will add to an understanding of the Fool’s journey.
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