Week of January 23rd, 2020

Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now.

"Do not be daunted by the insurmountability of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work but neither are you free to abandon it."

— The Talmud


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DREAM AND SCHEME ABOUT YOUR LONG-RANGE FUTURE

I've gathered together all of the Long-Range, Big-Picture Horoscopes I wrote for you in the past few weeks, and bundled them in one place. Go here to read a compendium of your forecasts for 2020.

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In addition to these, I've created EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES that go even further in Exploring Your Long-Term Destiny in 2020.

What will be the story of your life in the coming months? What new influences will be headed your way? What fresh resources will you be able to draw on? How can you conspire with life to create the best possible future for yourself?

To listen to these three-part, in-depth reports, go here.

Register and/or log in through the main page, and then access the horoscopes by clicking on "Long Range Prediction." Choose from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Each part is a standalone report, not dependent on the other two.

If you'd like a boost of inspiration to fuel you in your quest for beauty and truth and love and meaning, tune in to my meditations on your Big-Picture outlook.

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Each of the three-part reports is seven to nine minutes long. The cost is $6 per report. There are discounts for the purchase of multiple reports.

P.S. You can also listen to a short-term Expanded Audio Horoscope for the coming week.


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NAIVE OPTIMISM VERSUS CRAFTY OPTIMISM

Some people who know about my book *Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia* refuse to read it because they assume it's rooted in naive optimism and dumb hope. It's not, of course, which they would know if they simply read the first part of the first piece in the book, which goes as follows:

This is a perfect moment. It's a perfect moment for many reasons, but especially because you and I are waking up from our sleepwalking, thumbsucking, dumb-clucking collusion with the masters of illusion and destruction.

Thanks to them,
from whom the painful blessings flow,
we are waking up.

Their wars and tortures,
their crimes against nature,
extinctions of species
and brand new diseases.

Their spying and lying
in the name of the father,
sterilizing seeds and
trademarking water.

Molestations of God,
celebrations of shame,
stealing our dreams and
changing our names.

Their cunning commercials
and blood-sucking hustles,
their endless rehearsals
for the end of the world.

Thanks to them,
from whom the awful teachings flow,
we are waking up.

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In my book, I draw on the work of Martin Seligman, who founded the branch of psychology known as Positive Psychology. He has explained how Positive Psychology is different in significant ways from mere positive thinking, which can indeed be rooted in naive optimism and dumb hope..

Seligman writes, "Positive Psychology says that in spite of the many advantages of positive thinking, there are times when negative thinking is to be preferred.

"Although there are many scientific studies that correlate positivity with later health, longevity, sociability, and success, the balance of the evidence suggests that in some situations negative thinking leads to more accuracy.

"Where accuracy is tied to potentially bad outcomes, we should all be pessimists.

"With these benefits in mind, Positive Psychology aims for the optimal balance between positive and negative thinking. Many leaders in the Positive Psychology movement have spent decades working on the 'negative' side of things. Positive Psychology is a supplement to negative psychology, not a substitute."


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WISDOM AND FUN

A reader scolded me, telling me that none of us should ever answer the question "Who am I?" We should always leave it an open question, he declared, and never speculate on what the answers might be.

I said, "I don't agree. It's fun and useful to come up with provisional answers to the question 'Who am I?", knowing that no answer is the final, definitive one."

He said, "Wisdom has nothing to do with fun."

I said, "For me, wisdom and fun are inextricably related and inseparable."

I said, "I get new answers to the question 'Who am I?' all the time, and will continue to do so forever."


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MY POEM CAN BE YOUR POEM

I am a blast of sun
as it love-cracks the horizon

I am a bat careening precisely
to pounce like a shadow
on a resting spider

I am a midnight echoing
with hilarious coyote cries

I am a dusk fog that a strong man
gets lost in on the way home

I am two white-throated, white-bellied swifts
that mate as we fly

I am a broken necklace of pearls
fallen behind a dresser

I am the aroma of parched earth
as it's drenched with generous rain

I am a supermassive black hole
at the galactic center

I am a half-eaten doughnut in the dumpster,
brushed with tomato pulp

I am the glint of icicles
drooping from a fungus-wounded pine tree
and I am the pine tree and the fungus

I am a swoon of light that the moon
scatters on the creek mud at low tide
and the parade of five tiny crabs
that worship the luminosity

I am a persimmon on a tree
that is perfectly ripe to eat right now

I am a woman jogging fearlessly
through the birch tree forest
because all the predatory males
have disappeared

I am mushrooms
gleefully feasting on dead leaves
and flinging millions of spores
out on the genius wind

Why?
Because I'm nimble with good cheer
Because I'm in love with color and sound
Because I followed the orders of my raucous heart
Because I changed and changed and changed
until I couldn't stop, didn't want to stop changing
And now I am alive everywhere and everywhen


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BELIEVING IN MARVELS

People with a psychological need to believe in marvels are no more prejudiced and gullible than people with a psychological need not to believe in marvels.

—author and researcher Charles Fort


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You can't prepare
so don't prepare
for the marvelous music
the earth makes
whenever you invite
the sun's ever-changing light
to turn you into your unknown self


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DISAPPEAR YOUR FEAR

Here’s your mantra: “I disappear my fear. I resurrect my audacity.”

Say it or sing it. Maybe let it flow out of you after you wake each morning and are still lying in bed. Or make it the last sound on your lips as you drop off to sleep.

Have fun with it. Dip into your imagination to come up with different ways to let it fly. Say it as your favorite cartoon character might say it, or like a person with a Swedish accent, like your inner teenager, like a parrot, like the person you’ll be when you’re 84 years old.

“I disappear my fear. I resurrect my audacity. I disappear my fear. I resurrect my audacity.”


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EMPATHY IS A SUPERPOWER

The ability to imagine and empathize with the lives of others is a superpower.

A person who bases his political and philosophical opinions solely on his own personal life experience is dangerously deficient in his empathy and his ability to imagine the real lives of others.

Anyone who has an inability and unwillingness to conceive that others have different destinies than his, different problems and difficulties from his that make it difficult to do what he conceives himself as having done, is insulated by privilege.


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MY FAMILY AND I

I'm sobbing daily for the world's pain.

But I feel healthy, and have a wonderful family.


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GOOD NEWS

Mauro Gatti and Julija Nėjė got bored with the media's insistence on offering us such a relentless stream of bad news, so they illustrated 50 of the best good news stories from 2019.


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HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PERSON


Ways To Be A Happier Person In 2020:

1. Conquer one anxiety

2. Lock down a sleep schedule that works for you

3. Find one small self-care act that works for you and prioritize it

4. Spend at least 10 minutes a day outside

5. Regularly practice a simple mindfulness exercise

6. Say nice things about yourself

7. Work on a project that helps other people or bolsters the health of the environment

8. Give up or cut back on one unhealthy habit

9. Find a physical activity you love

10. Try meditation

11. Stop negative thoughts in their tracks

12. Invest in a quality relationship

13. Set better boundaries

14. Make a progress list each week

15. Allow yourself to be sad

16. Get a therapist if you’re able to do it

17. Write in a gratitude journal


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YOUR VOW?

"I vow to interpret every experience as a direct dealing of Goddess with my soul."

OR

"I vow to interpret every experience as a direct dealing of God with my soul."


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MORE ABOUT YOUR LONG-RANGE FUTURE

I've written four sets of horoscopes that preview the Big Picture of your life in 2020.

What new influences will be headed your way in 2020? What fresh resources will you be able to draw on? How can you conspire with life to create the best possible future for yourself?


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WHAT ARE YOUR RELATIONSHIP GOALS FOR 2020?

What are your relationship goals for 2020?

To stimulate your imagination, I offer below some of my ideas on relationship.


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CAST A LOVE SPELL ON YOURSELF

Experiment: Compose and cast a love spell on yourself. There's no need to consult pagan books about how to proceed. It may even be better if you improvise homemade conjurations and incantations. Be sure to formulate a clear intention of what you want to accomplish with your mojo.

Example: "I want to make myself irresistibly lovable." For best results, stand naked in front of an altar crammed with magical objects that symbolize both lust and compassion.


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WHAT'S GETTING IN THE WAY OF ROBUST INTIMACY?

A common obstruction to a vital intimate relationship is what I call the assumption of clairvoyance. You imagine, perhaps unconsciously, that your partner or friend is somehow magically psychic when it comes to you—so much so that he or she should unfailingly intuit exactly what you need, even if you don't ask for it. This fantasy may seem romantic, but it can undermine the most promising alliances.

To counteract any tendencies you might have to indulge in the assumption of clairvoyance, practice stating your desires aloud.


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