SE Idaho #141
• 1 Heading
o 1.1 Topic: Humor
o 1.2 Group: SE Idaho TeaM
• 2 Facilitators
o 2.1 Teacher: Aaron, Daniel, Iruka, Klarixiska
o 2.2 TR: Simeon, Nancy, Pam, Virginia
• 3 Session
o 3.1 Opening
o 3.2 Lesson
o 3.3 Dialogue
o 3.4 Closing
• 4 Note
Group: SE Idaho TeaM
Teacher: Aaron, Daniel, Iruka, Klarixiska
TR: Simeon, Nancy, Pam, Virginia
Prayer (Kenneth): Our Dear Father, we join hands as Your children. We thank You for this opportunity. We thank you for this humor, that we have amongst us, the humor You have given us. We thank You for this time in space. We love You, we adore our teachers. May we hear the words this evening; may we grow; may we be. In Your name. Amen
Virginia: This is Klarixiska and she is asking Aaron to talk on Chocolate cake.
Simeon: Somehow I don’t think that is Klarixiska.
[Editor’s note: This starts the group on a bout of laughing and humorous comments about Bill Cosby’s comic routine about eating cake.]
AARON (Simeon): Greetings to you…(Aaron’s intro starts the group laughing and being full of comments again.)
Simeon: I don’t know if this Aaron or me now that I am thoroughly confused. He says that we certainly will not be dealing with the subject of Devils food tonight. (This really the broke the group into hearty laughter again and comments.)
AARON (Simeon): It is a pleasure to see such joy. The world is brought into perspective far easier when you can approach it from a light heart. The seriousness and the stress and anxiety often experienced by many on your world is usually superimposed, or self-imposed. And the absence of joy is frequently the first sign of taking ones self too seriously. So, uproarious laughter over chocolate is a healthy sign, not that you must force joy in your lives, but that joy is a balancing factor to be able to see all of life from [a] broader perspective. With that said, I would turn the mic, “m” “i” “c,” over to another.
(Jokingly Aaron says: “parentheses: ha-ha.” Earlier we had a discussion on the correct abbreviation of the word microphone, whether to use “mic” or “mike.”)
DANIEL (Nancy): My dear friends, I am Daniel also here to greet you and express my joy in your great mirth. Humor is cleansing as you well know.
DANIEL And so tonight I wish to talk about humor as a tool for bringing balance into your lives, reducing stress, anxiety and worry. Seek out opportunities to laugh with another. And if that is not achievable for some reason, have a good laugh on your own. You do not need to have a particular thought in mind, simply try it. Ha-ha-ha! Ho-ho-ho. You will find that you are funny enough… (group laughing)… This laughter is cleansing of your physical being as well as your emotional and the spiritual being. The physical act of laughing releases substances in your brain that change your biochemistry, can interrupt the exhaustion of stress, and can break the cycle of worry and worry-related thinking. And so I wish to draw to your attention this aspect of humor—the physical aspect.
Now, if it possible to laugh with another, to become uproarious as you have here tonight, this is all the better, for healing is generated in a number of dimensions as well.
As so my words tonight are brief. They are to admonish you to consider humor a necessary tool in your tool box of essentials. Remember to take it out and use it regularly. Now, I wish to make one further distinction, and it has to do with the particulars of the humor. Silly humor is much more beneficial than sophisticated humor. What I am trying to convey here is that this is not about being clever, demonstrating your mental prowess. No. This about collapsing into a vulnerable sharing of recognized joy in God’s creation and in your existence. And with these comments on humor I close my remarks. There is another brief address and then we would like to hear from you before we take our leave.
IRUKA (Pam): Hello my friends, it is Iruka, very happy to be here with you tonight, sharing in your joy and your humor and your vulnerability. Just one comment is that you can laugh even when you don’t feel like laughing, because your body doesn’t know that there is no joke. Your body takes your laughter and begins processing the chemicals, the enzymes that start to heal your thinking and your body. So, there is power in just starting with the ho-ho-ho-ha-ha, and your body will take you very seriously and begin the healing. With that I will say good evening.
DANIEL (Nancy): My friends, as you can tell we have no protracted message to give tonight. We are very pleased see you grouped together engaging in one another’s friendship, in the experience of community, the sharing of good humor and joy. And so our purpose tonight is complete. But we are here to serve you, and so we open the floor to any thoughts, concerns, questions, comments—to communication of any type. The floor is yours if you would like to walk upon it… or dance.
Virginia: I appreciate very much your comments about humor, and certainly I must not feel vulnerable in this group because you probably see me perhaps at my most vulnerable times. So thank you.
DANIEL (Nancy): My dear, we appreciate very much that you trust us and trust this group enough to share your being. It is brilliant and beautiful, and we look forward to the day that your mirror shows you what we see. The day will come.
Virginia: Thank you. We love you.
Kenneth: I will say greetings to you, our teachers, and to all those others here in attendance, gathered around, observing us as we try to grow. It is fun to listen to your lessons. It is very encouraging and it is greatly appreciated. And if it were at all possible I would encourage you all to take a piece of this cake here this evening, chocolate cake. Thank you for being present this evening and putting up with me. Please take the cake.
[Laughing as this was said in humor]
DANIEL (Nancy): Greetings, Kenneth. I will take the opportunity to interact with you, and I will assure you that we are well fed on our side
Kennth: Do you have chocolate?
[Group comments about being too bad. Simeon says, “you probably have Angel food, right?” More laughter and gaiety.]
DANIEL: Greetings, Kenneth.
DANIEL: My friend while I delight in your offer of cake, sadly it is beyond my current reach. But your love and your humor are not. I am well fed by them both. And I do appreciate you my son, my friend. And to you all, I offer my sincere gratitude for the warmth of your beings, the expression of your joy, your decisions to grow, to consider seeking the opportunities for growth in the situations of your life, and for even embracing them. Are there further thoughts, questions, or concerns?
DANIEL: Please stand and join hands. As you feel the presence of one another, allow yourself to feel in that presence, the presence of God…Let your hearts be filled with love…Let your minds be filled with light…Let your feet be grounded in the Mother. There is another who wishes to offer the closing for this evening’s night of re-acquaintance and mirth.
KLARIXISKA (Virginia): This is Klarixiska, I believe. Go in peace knowing that growth occurs even though you do not see [it]. With love from all the teachers and God the Father and the Son and the Mother. Amen
[Editor’s note: As is normal when we get together for a Pot Luck feast, our gathering this evening was in a very humorous mood and full of joy and energy. Of course part of the “Pot” was the desert. A rather savory, decadent chocolate cake, hence comments in the conversations below.}