Monday, July 16, 2012
The Magical Function of Puns and Word Play
Our tendency and ability to play on words brings many good things into our life. First of all humor has many benefits. When we laugh it opens up our brain to learn. If we can make someone else laugh it opens up channels of communication. A happy brain functions better. Even a simple silly pun can break the hold anxiety may have on us. Humor is healing. Years ago a book came out, "Anatomy of an Illness" by Norman Cousins, in which he told of how he watched old Keystone Kops movies as part of his self designed healing process. Sometimes our inner self wants to tell us something and it uses a play on words to do so. Metaphor is a very useful tool is all sorts of ways. Think of how good a person is who is said to have a "heart of gold". So I say to all wise magicians, go ahead and play with words, listen to yourself and others as they bring out the hidden messages from the inner self, I still remember being in a class called 'Techniques of Counseling' when Dr. Biglin was discussing Freudian slips. He mispronounced it as Fraudian slips. I pointed that out to him and he responded by saying that his secret attitude towards Sigmund Freud was that he was a bit of a fraud. So, wise magicians, beware and be aware of the wand of puns. People give compliments, insults and other messages with their puns. Be aware of this and bring magic into your life. May the spark be with you.