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Week of December 24th, 2020

A Preview of Your Destiny in 2021

Want to get a head start on your future? This week my EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES offer you a sneak-peek at some major themes you'll be working and playing with in 2021.

You can access these inspirational clues here. Register and/or log in through this page , and then click on the link "This week (Dec. 22, 2020)."

Start dreaming and scheming about who you're going to be in the new year! Enlist my help as you energize your quest to become your best self!


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Beginning with next week's EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES, I will devote three consecutive weeks to an in-depth discussion of your long-range outlook for the coming year.

Part One of my BIG-PICTURE FORECASTS FOR 2021 will be available beginning Tuesday, December 29.

Part Two will be available on Tuesday, January 5.

Part Three will be available on Tuesday, January 12.

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The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in zero degrees of Aquarius on the Solstice deserves our excited and reverential meditation. What inquiries and messages might it suggest?

1. What are our noblest ideals? Can we refine and deepen our noblest ideals? How can we express those ideals in practical ways that remake the world to be fair and just for all people?

2. How can we build collective and community power to accomplish goals that include but also transcend our self-interests?

3. How can we revise our theories about the nature of reality so as to more vividly grasp the interconnectedness of all life?

4. How can we expand our vision of the best possible future for humanity as well as for all the living things with which we share the planet? Let's be brave and playful enough to imagine what utopia would look and feel like.

5. What is the best way we can use our own unique gifts to make the world a better place? What might be our own special way of contributing to greater social justice? How can we personally contribute to reversing ecocide and healing the environment?

6. What can we do to expand our awareness and deepen our comprehension of the fundamental transformations that are sweeping across the planet? What can we do to deepen and expand our capacity to adjust creatively to those transformations?

7. How can we practically embody our vision of paradise-on-earth?

8. How might our personal lives become loving and well-crafted channels for divine energies?

9. The definitions of what it means to be human are changing. How will we personally deal with those changing definitions?


Thanks to astrologer Greg Bogart for inspiring some of these thoughts.

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I wish you joyous and mysterious eruptions of profound gratification and gratitude.

I wish you fluid insights and "ah-ha!" revelations that lead to cathartic integrations on a regular basis.

I wish you the ripening of lucky trends you've worked hard to earn, resulting in the kind of healing that allows your generosity to flow.

I wish you captivating yet relaxing adventures that enable you to weave together diverse threads of your experience, inspiring you to feel at home in the world and fall in love with life again and again.

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I invite you to devote five minutes to visualizing the fulfillment of your holiest desire, followed by five minutes of visualizing the fulfillment of a loved one's holiest desire.

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The phrase "new roses" can serve as an antidote to neurosis -- as a kind of magical spell. You might invoke it when you're in danger of getting undermined by either your own neurosis or someone else's.

If you notice, for instance, that your subconscious mind is spiraling down into a sour fantasy stirred up by one of your habitual fears, you could mutter a cheerful round of "new roses, new roses, new roses."

If your allies slip into the same compulsive behavior that they tend to get stuck in whenever stress overflows, you could chant "new roses, new roses, new roses" in a tuneful, affectionate tone.

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Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement . . . get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible. Never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.

—Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish theologian and civil rights activist

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"If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold ever-more wonders."

-Andrew Harvey, *The Return of the Mother*

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Abraham Maslow's definition of *real* listening: to listen "without presupposing, classifying, improving, controverting, evaluating, approving or disapproving, without dueling what is being said, without rehearsing the rebuttal in advance, without free-associating to portions of what is being said so that succeeding portions are not heard at all."

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The Great Art consists of making continuous conscious effort to align our thoughts and feelings with the highest ideals we have thus far been able to comprehend.

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CONDUIT MAGAZINE: Can you talk about your relationship with intuition?

ROB BREZSNY: One reliable source of intuition is formulating good questions and having an intention behind the questions: "What is it that I need to learn today?", "Who is it I need to learn from today?", "What is it that I need to learn to live my life better?", "What is it that I need to do next in order to create a situation I will love?"

My sense is that intuition often reveals what you need to do next, although not necessarily the big picture. And if we're content with not pressuring intuition to always give us a mountaintop perspective, but rather just to answer for us, "What happens next? What do I need to do next?", I think that's a better relationship with intuition.

Four more things I'll mention about intuition: Working with dreams is fraught with the possibility of descending into chaos, but with practice and the development of skills, it can become a crucial source of intuition. I really value my ability to do one of the primary Jungian practices, which is shadow work -- dealing with those aspects of me that are unripe and dumb. Dreams have been crucial in helping me unlock the magic of dealing with my shadow and transforming my shadow. And that has been essential in fostering my true intuition.

Another good practice for intuition is to ask the question, "What does my death say?" On one's deathbed, what does one want to look back at and say, "That was important. That was important. That was important. No, that wasn't so important." So one's death can be a tonic informant that helps intuition really focus and come into maximum usefulness.

The other thing is that, for me, intuition is aided immeasurably by moving, by walking. I don't know if that's true for everybody. Walks in nature are important for me being able to tune into intuition that turns out to be useful and enduring. So often I'll take a notebook or recorder with me to capture the intuitions that come to me while I'm walking.

There's one other thing. The practice of intuition takes place best when you have gone as far as you can with doing research, of thinking hard, of using my logic, of being reasonable. That's crucial for generating intuition that's accurate and useful.

And once I've done the research, once I've tried to think my way to being as objective as possible -- and that may involve using the scientific method -- then I hand it over to intuition and say, "Well, what more can you tell me, given that I've come this far with all this analysis? What can you add to it?



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In my value system, it is immoral to complain without ever praising; it's immoral to criticize without also identifying what's working well.

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I propose that we set aside a time every now and then when we celebrate our gaffes, our flaws, and our bloopers.

During this crooked holiday, we are not embarrassed about the false moves we have made. We don't decry our bad judgment or criticize our delusional behavior. Instead, we forgive ourselves of our sins. We work to understand and feel compassion for the ignorance that led us astray.

Maybe we even find redemptive value in our apparent lapses; we come to see that they saved us from some painful experience or helped us avoid getting a supposed treasure that would have turned out to be a booby prize.

We could call it the Love Your Imperfections Celebration.

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Jeff Brown writes: "It may be a misuse of the term, but i imagine anyone who can stay heartfelt and relatively heart open in this world a true warrior.

"This is not the traditional use of the term, which has been associated with armoring our heart and going to war, but what is more challenging than staying heart open in this mad world?

"The next step warrior is a tenderling warrior, a benevolent warrior, a sturdy yet vulnerable human who can stand in life's fire with their heart open and alight.

"This is why the divine feminine will show us the way. They have a long history of staying heartfelt in the midst of the madness."

—Jeff Brown

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“This body that we have, this very body that’s sitting here right now in this room, this very body that perhaps aches, and this mind that we have at this very moment, are exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, and fully alive.

"Furthermore, the emotions that we have right now, the negativity and the positivity, are what we actually need. It is just as if we looked around to find out what would be the greatest wealth that we could possibly possess in order to lead to a decent, good, completely fulfilling, energetic, inspired life, and found it right here."

—Jack Kornfield

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"I've been practicing radical authenticity lately," my friend Brandon told me. "I'm revealing the blunt truth about unmentionable subjects to everyone I know. It's been pretty hellish -- no one likes having the social masks stripped away -- but it's been ultimately rewarding."

"I admire your boldness in naming the currents flowing beneath the surface," I replied, "but I'm curious as to why you imply they're all negative. To practice radical authenticity, shouldn't you also express the raw truth about what's right, good, and beautiful? Shouldn't you unleash the praise and gratitude that normally go unspoken?"

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Here are the lyrics to my short and simple song, "I Want Everybody."

I want to be free
in the mystery of love
I want to be wild
when the world begins again
I want to wake up and listen
Be in love with my life and death
and I want you to be there with me

I want all the children
to have enough to eat
I want all the angry men
to destroy their own pain
I want us all to be happy
and crazy and safe and real
I want everybody to be loved

Hear me sing the song "I Want Everybody"

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