Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, Revised and Expanded: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings

Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, Revised and Expanded: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings

by Rob Brezsny


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Readers were instantly beguiled by Rob Brezsny's new approach to the humble horoscope when his "Free Will Astrology" column first appeared in 1996. Instead of the generic, one-size-fits-all style of similar columns, Brezsny used witty parables, tender rants, cultural riffs, pagan wisdom, and lively rituals in his playfully positive readings. He brings that same sensibility—and the same message of a smiling universe—to this self-help book for people who may be skeptical about self-help books. Brezsny persuasively advises readers to go along with the universe's good intentions, but his rejection of cynicism and a bleak view of human nature isn't rooted in denial. On the contrary, he makes a case for a cagey optimism that requires a vigorous engagement with the dark forces. He asks us to rethink life as a sublime game created for our amusement and illumination. The book is a chameleon of a tome. You can read it straight through, slowly and surely, or else pick it up and open it at random for tasty hits of inspiration as the spirit moves you. You can even start at the end and weave your way backward. Brezsny has substantially updated this edition—he added nearly one hundred pages—by expanding various sections, adding more than a dozen new pieces and a new chapter, and providing readers with a number of playtime activities and exercises that let them participate through their own writing and drawing. "Brezsny's horoscopes are like little valentines, buoyant and spilling over with mischievousness. They're a soul prognosis." —The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556438189
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 198,610
Product dimensions: 10.86(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

As much a storyteller and social observer as astrologer, Rob Brezsny brings a literate, myth-savvy perspective to his astrological writing. "Free Will Astrology," his syndicated weekly column, appears in 120 publications all over the world.In addition to his books and column, Brezsny is a musician and has created five music albums. Three were with the band World Entertainment War, which recorded on MCA Records and was nominated for a Bammie, California's version of the Grammies. Bill Graham, one of rock's top impresarios, managed the band until his death. Brezsny is currently working on a new CD, This Is a Perfect Moment, which will serve as the soundtrack for the book Pronoia.Between 1979 and the present, Brezsny has performed in more than 700 shows, from intimate performance art venues to giant rock shows at the Whole Earth Festival in Davis, California. After leaving the rock music business for good in 2000, he branched out to develop a series of performance art shows, which he performed at the Burning Man Festival in 2001, 2002, and 2004. He lives in Mill Valley, CA.

Table of Contents

Chapter1 Bravo, Viva, Kudos, Whoopee, Eureka, Hallelujah, Abracadabra

2 This Is a Perfect Moment Primordial Gossip

4 The Experiment Secrets of Pronoia

6 Glory in the Highest Dionysian Manifesto

15 Sacred Advertisement (Lightning bolts from your fingers)

17 Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

18 Dear Gorgeous Genius Love Letter

Chapter2 When they say "Be yourself," which self do they mean?

20 Baby Wipe Communique Medicine Story

30 Your Inalienable Right to Fresh Omens Guerrilla Oracle

30 Burn, Baby, Burn Guerrilla Oracle

Chapter3 We're searching for the answers so we can destroy them and dream up better questions

32 Luminous Tease Love Letter

33 Evil is Boring Dionysian Manifesto

35 Slam Special Offer

36 I Have a Dream Primordial Gossip

37 Sacred Advertisement (Jung, Whitman, King)

38 Dreamy Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

39 Fat Lover Guerrilla Oracle

39 Sacred Advertisement (Your bone marrow)

40 What is the Beauty and Truth Laboratory? Medicine Story

Chapter4 Everyone who believes in the devil is the devil

44 Your Personal Manifesto Guerrilla Oracle

44 Sacred Advertisement (Ralph Waldo Emerson: Make your own Bible)

45 The Universe is Made of Stories Dionysian Manifesto

47 Welcome to the Show Primordial Gossip

48 PNN 1: Pronoia News Network

52 Gazing Into the Abyss of Happiness Dionysian Manifesto

53 Torrential Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

Chapter5 "I vow to interpret every experience as a direct dealing of the Goddess with my soul"

60 Beyond Goodness Guerrilla Oracle

60 Sacred Advertisement (Thousands of endogenous retroviruses)

61 A Dangerous Taboo Secrets of Pronoia

64 Origins of theHomeopathic Medicine Spells Secrets of Pronoia

65 Homeopathic Medicine Spell #1

66 Convulsive Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

68 Sacred Advertisement (Iroquois Thunderbird Clan)

69 World Kiss Primordial Gossip

70 Sacred Advertisement (The ecstatic state of mind)

71 How Pronoia Works Secrets of Pronoia

72 Glory in the Highest, Part 2 Dionysian Manifesto

78 Sacred Advertisement (Rigel 3200 Pro Night Vision Goggles)

Chapter6 Let's go wash some water. Let's go burn some fire.

80 A Spell to Re-Genius Yourself Primordial Gossip

82 What's the Most Important Question for you to ask Today? Love Letter

83 Bigger, Better, More Interesting Problems Dionysian Manifesto

84 Sacred Advertisement (The mosquito that kept you up all night)

85 Tweakable Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

93 PNN 2: Pronoia News Network

97 The Rich Get Richer Guerrilla Oracle

98 Sacred Advertisement (Boris Pasternak's poem "Bacchanalia")

99 Further Evidence Special Offer

Chapter7 Everyone's a nobody-and nobody's perfect

102 You are Almost Everything Love Letter

103 Healing Shocks Guerrilla Oracle

104 Brain-Scrambling Meditation Primordial Gossip

106 Reap the Benefits of your Scrambled Brain Primordial Gossip

107 Apocalypse Versus Apocalypse Dionysian Manifesto

109 Sacred Advertisement (When you ate Peruvian figs)

110 Hype-Ocalypse Dionysian Manifesto

111 Pronoia's Villains Secrets of Pronoia

112 You're a Good Killer Guerrilla Oracle

112 Sacred Advertisement (Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa)

113 Ambidextrous Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

120 Homeopathic Medicine Spell #2

Chapter8 What's the difference between dumb pain and smart pain?

122 Fear of Beauty? Secrets of Pronoia

122 Sacred Advertisement (Wealthy silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo)

123 Shadow School Dionysian Manifesto

128 Sacred Advertisement (Seed rain)

129 Flip-Flop the Traumatic Imprint Medicine Story

130 Love Bomb Primordial Gossip

131 Subterranean Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

138 Sacred Advertisement (The decisions you didn't make)

139 PNN 3: Pronoia News Network

144 Art Lessons Guerrilla Oracle

144 Soaring And Scrounging Bonus Oracle

Chapter9 Visualize____________________at the moment of orgasmPut your deity's name here

146 All i ask of you Love Letter

147 What if your Desires are Holy? Dionysian Manifesto

149 The Mystery of your Thirst Guerrilla Oracle

150 The Orgasmic Roots of Pronoia Medicine Story

159 Sacred Advertisement (Sacred underwear)

160 Devotional Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

168 PNN 4: Pronoia News Network

173 Radical Everything Guerrilla Oracle

173 Sacred Advertisement (Ultrasensitive neural receptors)

174 Elationship Love Spells for Beauty and Truth Researchers Premium Bonus Benefit

Chapter10 Only you can prevent the genocide of the imagination

178 Prayer for us Love Letter

181 Four Dignities of the Warrior's Path Guerrilla Oracle

181 Sacred Advertisement (The River that Loses and Finds Itself)

182 You're a Prophet Dionysian Manifesto

183 Your Prophecies Dionysian Manifesto

184 Crimes that Don't Break any Laws Primordial Gossip

187 Crimes that Don't Break any Laws: The Theory Primordial Gossip

187 Sacred Advertisement (Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu)

188 Receptivity Remedies Dionysian Manifesto

193 Sacred Advertisement (Mahatma Gandhi's autobiograpy)

194 You are a Disseminator of Pronoia Secrets of Pronoia

195 Inscrutable Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

Chapter11 Stronger than hate, wetter than water, deeper than the abyss, more exotic than trust

202 Tummler and Ondinnonk Love Letter

203 Liberate your Imagination Primordial Gossip

205 Sacred Advertisement (Titian painting)

206 The More Accidental, The More True Dionysian Manifesto

208 Raucous Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

217 Homeopathic Medicine Spell #3

218 The 80 Percent Rule Dionysian Manifesto

219 Sacred Advertisement (Deena Metzger's prayer)

220 PNN 5: Pronoia News Network

Chapter12 This language prevents crime: This engineering moves you to sing: These advertisements make you smart: These rhythms free all prisoners of childhood.

226 Your Horoscope Love Letter

227 Re-Dreaming Christ Guerrilla Oracle

228 How i Got Started in the Beauty and Truth Business Medicine Story

233 Sacred Advertisement (Telepathies Anonymous)

234 Dreamtime University Dionysian Manifesto

236 PNN 6: Pronoia News Network

242 Ecstatic Study Guide, Part 1

Chapter13 The 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt not Bore God: The 12th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Bore Thyself.

250 Your Sledgehammer and Watercolor Brush Love Letter

251 Sacred Uproar Secrets of Pronoia

254 Evil Fears Laughter Dionysian Manifesto

256 Homeopathic Medicine Spell #4

257 Science of the Invisible Dionysian Manifesto

262 Sacred Advertisement (Galileo's mummified middle finger)

263 "Rebranding God" Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

275 PNN 7: Pronoia News Network

280 How is Enlightenment Like a Million-Dollar Vacation Home? Guerrilla Oracle

280 Sacred Advertisement (Salvador Dali and Walt Disney)

281 Exemption From Enlightenment Special Offer

282 Let's Make Morality Fun

Chapter14 You are a Lucky, Plucky, Good-Sucking Genius

284 It's Bad Luck to be Superstitious Love Letter

285 Be your Own Savior Guerrilla Oracle

285 Sacred Advertisement (Carl Jung and Jesus Christ)

286 Your Brand New Name Special Offer

287 I'm a Star, You're a Star Dionysian Manifesto

289 I'm a Brat, You're a Brat Dionysian Manifesto

290 Shapeshifting Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

301|Your Chalice Special Offer

301 Sacred Advertisement (Google your own unconscious)

302 Homeopathic Medicine Spell #5

303 I me Wed Primordial Gossip

Chapter15 "Ever since i learned to see three sides to every story, I'm finding much better stories"

308 Your Graduation Inscription Love Letter

309 PNN 8: Pronoia News Network

315 For Immediate Release Premium Bonus Benefit

316 Sacred Advertisement (The bumper sticker)

317 Anti-Dsm-Iv, or The Outlaw Catalog of Cagey Optimism Premium Bonus Benefit

320 Outlaw Pronoia Therapy Pronoia Therapy

Chapter16 I am totally opposed to all duality

330 Pronoiac Heroes Gallery Premium Bonus Benefit

334 Sacred Advertisement (I don't know)

335 Ecstatic Study Guide, Part 2

345 The Literary Equivalent of a Sex Change Medicine Story

348 Zero = One, or how to be Like the Real God Dionysian Manifesto

Chapter17 Think with your heart and feel with your head

358 Walking Uphill Backward Secrets of Pronoia

359 Letters to the Beauty and Truth Lab Premium Bonus Benefit

369 A Global Array of Further Pronoiac Resources Premium Bonus Benefit

370 Invitation to the Dance Special Offer

371 Your Assignment Guerrilla Oracle

372 Author's Thanks

372 About my Other Work

Chapter18 You are a Prolific Creator

374 It's Always the Beginning of the World

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388 Sacred Advertisement ("May you get what you want and still want it")

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