In the summer of 2014, out of a serious situation, came a desire for “Whimsy”.
Whimsy is a letting go of Self and to get out of one’s Life, at least for a while! Now, Whimsy has become a seriously important part of The Institute for the Shamanic Arts’ repertoire of Sacredness~
Adults can have a difficult time seeing the power of being whimsical. Here are ideas we hear often…
I would be embarrassed.
Do I have a whimsical self?
Get serious. Be real.
I don’t have anything to wear.
I’ll feel like a fool.
To dress up in a fantastical fashion with a few whimsical friends, to walk amongst the people with drumbeat and bell, to smile and blow bubbles at the people of the crowd in a caring way, is liberating and enlightening.
If you still are not convinced that “Whimsy” is something meaningful… Look at the origin of the word~
“Whim” or “whimsy” is a sophisticated (in its purity and innocence) form of humor. In fact, the word “humor” used to relate only to bodily fluids-the humors, until “whim” was introduced.
The original sense was ‘bodily fluid’ (surviving in aqueous humor and vitreous humor, fluids in the eyeball); it was used specifically for any of the cardinal humors (sense 3 of the noun), whence ‘mental disposition’ (thought to be caused by the relative proportions of the humors). This led, in the 16th century, to the senses ‘state of mind, mood’ (sense 2 of the noun) and ‘whim, fancy,’ hence to humor someone ‘to indulge a person’s whim. (From Online Etymology.)
In other whimsical news of importance~
In Ukraine, the people of Odessa know the power of Whimsical Foolery! Even in these troubled times, they felt they needed their annual April Fool’s Day Parade, rather than cancel. This looks like the power of Whimsy!
You too can give in to your whimsical Self! Join us for our monthly Whimsy Parade, amongst the 2nd Saturday celebration in downtown Tucson. Find out details HERE.