Discover the clown within

How do you feel about clowns?

Some like them. Others are terrified of them.

Many years ago, probably back in late 70's/early 80's, I met someone who was seriously dedicated to clown work. Doing clown work was her ministry.
When she talked about it, you had to be impressed. She was part of an international network of clowns (I can't recall its name, sorry) that had conventions, speakers, workshops, publications etc.
Some of the fragments I can recall from her sharing...being a clown is serious work...a ministry...with the power to help relax, de-stress, laugh, let go, imagine and heal.
I read a piece online about clown work that discusses "discovering the clown within."
While I wouldn't claim to be a clown (in the official sense of my friend the clown), I have definitely done my share of clowning around. Who is making faces in the family photo album? Me.
Fooling around has always come naturally to me. I love it when some silly stunt of mine makes others laugh.
Making funny poses, using funny voices and making funny sounds are some of my favorite things to bring smiles to others.

When our sons were little, I had a field day clowning for them.
Perhaps it's my way of getting attention and love?
I wonder if some of us (all of us?) have an inner clown that can be uncovered and unleashed to help laugh and heal?
Terrence Seamon often releases his inner clown when facilitating groups. Follow him on twitter @tseamon


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