Bring On the Clowns

Patch Adams wears a clown nose to cheer up little kids that are sick. The clown at the circus comes to a little kid, makes a sad face with all this silly makeup on, and then makes the kid smile.

Why do women wear makeup? Some say it is vanity. I don’t think so. It could be part of it. I think it is to make things beautiful and in making them beautiful, we make others happy to see beautiful things. When I put on makeup, I put it on for work, so my coworkers will like it and be happier. I put on makeup before a date to turn a man on. To give him emotion, to make him feel happier and pleased. I don’t put all that stuff on just to stare at myself in the mirror. I do it for him. I think a lot of women do that for the people they love.

Did you know where the clown originated?

It is the Heyoka.

A Shaman spiritual healer. Male. He wears face paint. He makes others laugh. He walks backwards to make people laugh, just like Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk and everyone in the crowd says, “Wow, how funny!” He is a healer. Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.

When we laugh, we feel better about everything.

But society has a tendency to portray clowns as bad lately. Consider the Joker. Consider Pennywise. Consider the clowns in American Horror Story.

We are taught by these depictions to fear clowns. In a round about way, we are taught to fear the Heyoka, our spiritual healers in our community. We are taught to fear our own blessings, those sent to heal our culture. Did you know that in some shaman cultures, mental illness is just simply spiritual awakening and a necessary precursor to empathy, compassion, and care? We are being taught to fear our spiritually awakening brothers and sisters.

Taught to fear the blessing.

Do you see the connection now?

If you can pull people farther and farther away from their spirituality and from nature, you can draw them deeper and deeper into a system built on their work. As they work harder and harder, they lose touch with the happy things and become trapped in the system of depression.

It is almost as if society doesn’t want us to be happy.

Women are drawn towards spirituality. We gravitate towards it. But as we are taught to be like men and by being men, work harder and harder – we have little time for this spiritual aspect of ourselves. And we can’t help our men to become Heyokas. We have no time for it anymore. And the world becomes less and less of a healing, nurturing, and kind, funny, and happy place.

Can’t you see that capitalism is just a system of slavery meant to mire the human soul in the quicksand of sadness? By connecting with our spirit or source, we free ourselves from the system of unhappiness. We trade time and energy for money and become eventually drained.


Author: J. Speer

I like to write. I have 5 books currently on Amazon, mostly fiction. I try to write positive and uplifting children's stories, expressive poetry for women, and interesting articles about personal growth, alternative medicine, and spirituality. My stories are often about diverse people but with human connection in mind through inner perspective. I love my characters especially the ones from my first book, Searching for Fire. I moved recently to Vermont. I live in the North Country region near Lake Willoughby, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. My heart will always be with Kansas but I love travel and meeting new people with diverse perspectives on life. I have found Vermonters to have many admirable qualities like stoicism and a love and stewardship of nature. My hobbies are writing, gardening, outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking. I am an amateur herbalist. Many years ago, an alternative medicine doctor cured me of a respiratory illness by teaching me about vitamins and for that, I owe her a debt of gratitude. I recently bought a Jeep Wrangler that fits my personality and love for adventure. Associated with the military in my younger years, I have lived in Israel, Germany, and Virginia as well - all of which I loved in different ways. I thoroughly believe in the military spouse phrase, "bloom where you are planted" and endeavor to carry a positive optimism wherever I roam. Most days are good but admittedly I get down sometimes. I am prone to sadness or severe cynicism at times, so I turn to music as my consolation and source of expression or inspiration. My favorite songs currently are "How Deep is Your Love" by the Beegees, "La Vie en Rose", "A Million Dreams" or maybe Karen Carpenter singing "Close to You" or Elton John singing "Your Song." I also like "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" by Starship or "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders. "Faithfully" by Journey always reminds me of rollerskating with friends in the 1980s. My favorite quotes are from the Velveteen Rabbit, Steve Jobs, and this one..."To the caterpillar it was the end of the world, but to the butterfly it was merely a beautiful beginning." Or there is the quote from Peter Pan teaching Wendy..."What if I fall? But, oh my darling, what if you fly?" I also believe in being a pearl - graceful on the outside but full of grit and gratitude on the inside. My favorite women of the Bible are Ruth, Hannah, and Hagar. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Cheers, friend.

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