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Week of January 6th, 2022

Who Will You Become in 2022?

Everything is spiritual if you want it to be.

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Explore your long-range future
with my 3-Part EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES for the Coming Year.

How can you conspire with life to create the best possible future for yourself in 2022? What well-informed and ingenious approaches can you use to get the most out of the raw materials you're presented with?

This week, my EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES for the Coming Year feature Part 2 of my long-range, in-depth explorations of your destiny in 2022.

Part 1 of your Beginning-of-the-Year Predictions is still available. Part 3 will be ready for you on January 11.

As you dive in to 2022, would you like to clarify your purpose? Are there fantasies playing at the back of your mind that you'd like to bring fully into your awareness?

What new influences will be headed your way in the coming months? What fresh resources will you be able to draw on? How can you make best use of these influences and resources?

To listen to your BIG PICTURE horoscopes online, go HERE..

Register and/or log in through the main page, and then click on the link "Long Range Prediction, Part 2"

The Long Range Prediction, Part 1 is also available.


The cost for the Expanded Audio Horoscopes is $6 per sign. (Discounts are available for multiple purchases.)

Each forecast is 7-9 minutes long.

P.S. You can still access the SNEAK-PEEK AT 2022 from two weeks ago. In these expanded audio horoscopes, I describe some major themes I think you'll be working and playing with in 2022. After you register and/or log in, click on "Two Weeks Ago (Dec 21, 2021)."

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I have recorded seven- to nine-minute Expanded Audio Horoscopes that report on your life in 2022. See the details below on how to hear them.


In addition to the Big-Picture expanded Audio Horoscopes, I've also prepared written horoscopes that report on your destiny in 2022. Read them here:

Written Report #1

Written Report #2

Written Report #3

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In early January every year, many people make New Year's resolutions, promising to embark on programs of self-improvement. But your assignment now, should you choose to accept it, is to create a list of ANTI-resolutions.

Here are some questions to guide you:

1. What outlandish urges and controversial tendencies do you promise to cultivate in the coming months?

2. What nagging irritations will you ignore and avoid with even greater ingenuity?

3. What problems do you promise to exploit in order to have even more fun as you make the status quo accountable for its corruption?

4. What boring rules and traditions will you thumb your nose at, paving the way for exciting encounters with strange attractors?

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Sometimes hope is an irrelevant waste of time, even a stupid self-indulgence.

Let's say, for instance, that I'm intently hoping that a certain disagreeable person I've got to communicate with won't answer when I call on the phone. That way I can simply leave a message on his voice mail and avoid an unpleasant exchange.

But it doesn't matter what I hope. The person will either answer or not, regardless of what I hope.

But there is another kind of hope that's potentially invigorating. Let's say I hope that we humans will reverse the environmental catastrophes we're perpetrating.

Let's say that my hope motivates me to live more sustainably and to inspire others to live more sustainably. Then my hope is a catalyst.

I invite you to identify two examples from your life about the two kinds of hope.

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Hope "is not the conviction that something will turn out well," wrote Czech writer and politician Vaclav Havel, "but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."


"Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love."

—Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History


"Aren't we privileged to live in a time when everything is at stake, and when our efforts make a difference in the eternal contest between the forces of light and shadow, between togetherness and division, between justice and exploitation? Oh, be joyful that you are a warrior in this great time!

"Will we rise to this battle? If so, we cannot lose, for rising up to it is our victory. If we represent love in the world, you see, we have already won."

—Doris "Granny D" Haddock, political activist

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Pronoia is fueled by a drive to cultivate happiness and a determination to practice an aggressive form of gratitude that systematically identifies the things that are working well.

But it is not a soothing diversion meant for timid Pollyannas strung out on optimistic delusions.

It's not a feel-good New Age fantasy used to deny the harsh facts about existence. Those of us who perceive the world pronoiacally refuse to be polite shills for sentimental hopefulness.

On the contrary, we build our optimism not through a repression of difficulty, but rather a vigorous engagement with it. We understand that the best way to attract blessings is to grapple with the knottiest enigmas.

Each fresh puzzle is a potential source of future bliss—an exciting teaching that may usher us to our next breakthrough.

Do you want to be a pronoiac player? Blend anarchistic rebelliousness with open-hearted exuberance. Root your insurrectionary fervor in expansive joy instead of withering hatred. Enjoy saying "no!" but don't make it the wellspring of your vitality. Be fueled by blood-red yeses that rip against the grain of comfortable ugliness.

More on this subject.


If you haven't read my book Pronoia Is the Antudote for Paranoia: How the Whoe World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, you can buy it here.

And/or you can read a bunch of the book for free here.

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Many visionaries and prophets expect there to be a huge and sudden shift in the world's story sometime soon. Whether it happens on in the next three years or at later date, a sizable proportion of them even predict that it will be "in the twinkling of an eye"—a sudden cascade of events that completely changes everything everywhere.

Some paint the scenario in broad, catastrophic strokes, expecting something—they're not sure what—that will have the impact of a large meteor strike or a nuclear war or a new and even worse pandemic disease.

Others harbor a more benign but equally fuzzy expectation, speculating that maybe some higher psychic powers will kick in to the multitudes all at once, or that benevolent extraterrestrials will arrive to solve our energy crisis.

What very few of the prophets do, however, is make a precise prediction about exactly will happen. Their visions contain no assurances, no specifics. And in my view, that's worse than useless. It fills us with a vague buzz of fear or amorphous sense of hope, but offers no concrete directions about what to do to prevent the dreaded thing or help create the hoped-for thing.

And the fact is, as I see it, they can't possibly know what the Big Shift is—if, that is, a Big Shift is really looming. The very nature of any Big Shift will be so unexpected, so beyond our imaginations, and so utterly alien to what we understand, that we can't possibly delineate its contours in advance.

I'm reminded of Jung's formula, which is that we don't so much solve our problems as we outgrow them. We add capacities and experiences that eventually make us bigger than the problems.

This theory can be applied in reverse: If we have not yet grown wiser than our current predicament, then we can't see what the evolved state is beyond the predicament. Our minds are as-yet incapable of embodying the vision that will catapult us beyond the problem we're stuck in.

When the Big Shift comes, whether or not it comes in the twinkling of an eye, it will be something that no one foresaw, let alone described in detail. It will be beyond our comprehension, unlike anything we could have visualized headed our way. (Thirty years ago, did anyone imagine the Internet or the impact it's having?)

And if that's true, then the inescapable conclusion is: There's no use trying to plan ahead for it. It's counterproductive to hold a particular scenario in our mind as the likely development. And it's downright delusional to harbor a chronic sense of dread about an unknowable, unimaginable series of events.

The best way to prepare for a Big Shift is to cultivate mental and emotional states that ripen us to be ready for anything:

a commitment to not getting lost inside our own heads;

a strategy to avoid being enthralled with the hypnotic lure of painful emotions, past events, and worries about the future;

a trust in empirical evidence over our time-worn beliefs and old habits;

a talent for turning up our curiosity full blast and tuning in to the raw truth of every moment with our beginner's mind fully engaged;

and an eagerness to dwell gracefully in the midst of all the interesting questions that tease and teach us.

Everything I just described also happens to be an excellent way to prime yourself for a chronic, low-grade, always-on, simmering-at-low-heat brand of ecstasy—a state of being more-or-less permanently in the Tao, in the groove, in the zone.

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Rebecca Solnit wrote all the words in this section.

I use the term "hope" because it navigates a way forward between the false certainties of optimism and of pessimism, and the complacency or passivity that goes with both.

Optimism assumes that all will go well without our effort; pessimism assumes it’s all irredeemable; both let us stay home and do nothing.

Hope for me has meant a sense that the future is unpredictable, and that we don’t actually know what will happen, but know we may be able write it ourselves.

Hope is a belief that what we do might matter, an understanding that the future is not yet written. It’s informed, astute open-mindedness about what can happen and what role we may play in it.

Hope looks forward, but it draws its energies from the past, from knowing histories, including our victories, and their complexities and imperfections.

It means not being the perfect that is the enemy of the good, not snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, not assuming you know what will happen when the future is unwritten, and part of what happens is up to us.

Read the rest of this essay by Rebecca Solnit.


More thoughts on hope by Rebecca Solnit from
her book Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities:

It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction.

The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act.

Hope is also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings.


Ideas at first considered outrageous or ridiculous or extreme gradually become what people think they’ve always believed.

How the transformation happened is rarely remembered, in part because it’s compromising: it recalls the mainstream when the mainstream was, say, rabidly homophobic or racist in a way it no longer is; and it recalls that power comes from the shadows and the margins, that our hope is in the dark around the edges, not the limelight of centre stage. Our hope and often our power.

Changing the story isn’t enough in itself, but it has often been foundational to real changes. Making an injury visible and public is usually the first step in remedying it, and political change often follows culture, as what was long tolerated is seen to be intolerable, or what was overlooked becomes obvious.

Which means that every conflict is in part a battle over the story we tell, or who tells and who is heard.

A victory doesn’t mean that everything is now going to be nice forever and we can therefore all go and lounge around until the end of time.

Some activists are afraid that if we acknowledge victory, people will give up the struggle. I have long been more afraid that people will give up and go home or never get started in the first place if they think no victory is possible or fail to recognize the victories already achieved.

Marriage equality is not the end of homophobia, but it’s something to celebrate. A victory is a milestone on the road, evidence that sometimes we win and encouragement to keep going, not to stop. Or it should be.

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David Foster Wallace: "In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.

"And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.

"If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough.

"It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you.

"On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness."

—David Foster Wallace

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In 2022, I wish you:

joyous eruptions of profound gratification and gratitude;

a constant flow of fluid insights and "ah-ha!" revelations that lead to cathartic integrations;

a coming together of several lucky trends, resulting in an exquisite healing;

captivating yet relaxing adventures that enable you to weave together diverse threads of your experience, inspiring you to feel at home in the world.

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In 2022, I invite you to have:

an improbable quest playing at the edge of your imagination: a heroic task that provokes deep thoughts and noble passions even if it incites smoldering torment;

an extravagant dream that's only slightly farfetched;

a goal that stretches your possibilities and opens your mind;

a wild hope whose pursuit makes you smarter and stronger even if you never fully accomplish it.

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Things That Made the World a Better Place in 2021:

* The world agreed to tax its richest corporations.

* The Oscars Had Their Most Diverse Year Ever

* Over 9.7 million Americans are now following plant-based diets, up from only 290,000 in 2004.

* The United States rejoins the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization

* The Great Resignation Gave Workers Their Lives Back

* More Than 8.47 Billion Covid-19 Vaccinations Were Administered Globally

* United Flew the First Passenger Aircraft With 100-Percent Sustainable Fuel

* Mexico elects the country’s first transgender lawmakers.

* A Filipino is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in a first for her country.

* The U.S. survived its first major coup plot.

* QAnon is in hiding, and in decline.

* Sales of zero-emission vehicles surpass diesel sales in Europe.

* A Dutch museum permanently features women artists.

* An African woman leads the World Trade Organization.

* Black Lives Matter saw major wins in the U.S.

* Protections were restored for three national monuments in the US: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the coast of New England.

* News about abortion in the US was bad, but access to abortion increased elsewhere: in South Korea, Thailand, Argentina, New Zealand, Ecuador, Mexico, and Uruguay.

* Derek Chauvin found guilty on all 3 charges related to George Floyd's death; sentenced to 22.5 years in prison

* Electric Vehicles Outsold Diesel for the First Time in Europe

* The fossil fuel divestment movement grew.

* Monarch butterfly populations were bouncing back

*The legal victories for the environment this year were substantial.

* National Geographic cartographers recognize the world’s fifth ocean.

* Kamala Harris becomes the first female and black Vice-President of the United States

* Donald Trump Was Banned From Twitter

* China Eliminated Malaria

* Drones Helped Us Get a Handle on Plastic Pollution

* Dutch ‘Bee Hotels’ Helped Bee Populations Remain Stable

* Analysts Built Software That Revolutionized the Fight Against Child Sexual Abuse

* The Met Removed the Sackler Name From Its Galleries

* A Thought-to-Be-Extinct Orchid Was Found on a London Roof

* A Human Mind Was Wirelessly Connected to a Computer

* Scientists Revealed That Cheese Isn’t Bad for You

* Argentinian Capybaras Reclaimed Their Habitat

* Uber Drivers Were Granted Workers Rights in the UK

* The World’s First 3D-Printed School Opened Its 3D-Printed Doors

* Virtual Queues Revolutionized Waiting

* Renewable Energy Had a Record Year

Read more.

More good things.

Still more things.

Yet more good things.

Even more good things.

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What do we need to kill off in ourselves in order to tune in to the beauty that's hidden from us?

What worn-out shticks are blinding us to the blessings that life is conspiring to give us?

Which of our theories may have been useful and even brilliant in the past but are now keeping us from becoming aware of the ever-fresh creation that unfolds before us?

It's not enough to terminate our stale mental habits just once. The price of admission into pronoia is a commitment to continual dying. We have to ask ourselves rude questions and kick our own asses again and again.

Today's versions of beauty, truth, love, goodness, justice, and liberation will pass away.

To keep abreast of the latest developments— to cultivate tomorrow's versions of pronoia — we have to immerse ourselves regularly in the waters of chaos.

Our relationship with pronoia has to be a never-ending improvisation.

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One of the blessings I hope you can conjure up in 2022 is a growing skill in the right use of memory. What would that involve exactly?

On the one hand, it would mean you'd cultivate a strong grasp of historical patterns; you'd be a keen student of the twists and turns of your own life's journey.

On the other hand, you wouldn't force every new event to be evaluated solely in terms of what has happened in the past; you'd recognize that some experiences may be mostly fresh.

Other ideas?

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Kate Rockwood writes:

Each night, try to think of three new things you’re happy about.

The word "new" is important. If you let yourself repeat items, you might default to some variation of “family, friends, and health” every day.

But if you have to come up with three novel, specific reasons to be happy or grateful, your brain will naturally start making mental notes of things you can include in your list throughout the day.

And all that scanning for silver linings and unexpected kindness and moments of joy? That’s basically the difference between a pessimist and an optimist.

In fact, when a research team asked a group of mild pessimists to try the habit for 21 days, then re-tested their outlooks with a battery of psychological tests, they found most people in the group tested as mild optimists.

And if you need still more reason to start flexing your gratitude, consider this: research shows that people with a more positive mindset are 40 percent more likely to get a promotion and report having more creativity and productive energy.

Most people think happiness follows success, when really investing in your happiness now might be what helps you get there.

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What's the Most Important Question for You to Ask in 2022?

Dear Gorgeous Genius: You possess exceptional capacities that are absolutely unique. You're a masterpiece unlike any other that has ever lived in the history of the world.

Furthermore, the precise instructions you need to ripen into your genius have always been with you, even from the time before you were born. In the words of psychologist James Hillman, you have a soul's code.

You might also call it the special mission you came to Earth to carry out; the divine blueprint that contains the open secret of how to be perfectly, unpredictably yourself; the master plan that is your heart's deepest desire.

Would you like help in deciphering it? The Divine Intelligence Formerly Known as God is always on call, ready to help. It's your birthright to ask Her a specific question every day about what you need to do next to express your soul's code; it's also your birthright to receive a response.

The divine revelation may not be as unambiguous as a little voice in your head. It might appear in the form of a TV commercial, an odd dream, or an encounter with a stranger. It could be demanding and difficult, delivering information you'd rather not have to deal with. Or it might show up as a clear and simple feeling of knowing exactly what to do, and it could be easy and fun.

What question will you ask the Divine Wow in 2022?

P.S. "There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. It will be lost. The world will not have it.

"It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open."

—Martha Graham

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Take some paper and write "I am doing everything in my power to attract all the help and resources I need as I accomplish the following goal."

Then compose a declaration that crisply describes exactly what satisfying, growth-inducing experiences you want most in 2022 — and are willing to work hard for and even change yourself to attract, if necessary.

Keep a copy of this magic formula under your pillow or in your wallet.

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What are the three miracles
that are most likely
to happen to you?


Let the body think of the spirit as streaming, pouring, rushing, and shining into it from all sides.


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1. "When I grow up," wrote Ramona McNabb, "I want to be a river." What impossible magnificence would YOU like to be when you grow up?


2. "When nothing's working, it might be a cosmic conspiracy to get you to experiment," said Caroline Casey. Try out this theory.


3. In the Beauty and Truth Lab parlance, "Über-fun" (always capitalized) refers to righteous delight that inspires you to shed limiting beliefs, thereby making you trickier, smarter, kinder, and wilder. Go out and have some Über-fun, then report back.


4. Seventeenth-century philosopher Sir Francis Bacon said this: "There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." Talk about how this applies to you, or to someone or something you care about.


5. Everywhere you go, visualize yourself being accompanied by three great warriors who're dedicated to your well-being.


6. Write a love note to the person you love best or to the person you want to love best.


7. What's the single most important question you'd like to resolve before you die many years hence?


8. What would you have to do in order to keep getting smarter and smarter?


9. Describe how you've fought off the seductive power of trendy cynicism without turning into a gullible Pollyanna.


10. Eckhart Tolle says this: "The most powerful starting point for any endeavor is not the question 'What do I want?', but 'What does Life (God, Consciousness) want from me? How do I serve the whole?'" Try this, then report back on how it worked.


11. "Each person is a story that the Soul of the World wants to tell to itself," says storyteller Michael Meade. What does that Soul want to say through you?

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