with the phrase,
when I am upside-down
You might also substitute
a different verb for am
such as hang, drink, sing,
fly, spin, or dream.
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The Fool settles beneath a tree, intent on finding the spiritual self. There s/he stays for nine days, without eating and barely moving. People pass by, and animals, clouds, the wind, the rain,the stars, sun and moon. On the ninth day, with no conscious thought of why, The Fool climbs a branch and dangles upside down like a child, giving up for a moment, what the self is, wants,
knows or cares about. Coins fall from The Fool's pockets and as s/he gazes down on them - seeing them not as money but only as round bits of metal - everything suddenly
changes perspective. It is as if The Fool hangs between the mundane world and the spiritual world, able to see both. It is a dazzling moment, dreamlike yet crystal clear. Connections never before understood are realized, and mysteries are revealed.