I used to faithfully read astrologer Rob Brezsny’s syndicated column Free Will Astrology during the years I lived in Toronto. His unusual way of expressing his predictions would often have me grinning, and I was amazed at how closely his words resonated with what was happening in my life. Just recently I re-discovered Rob’s astrology column and his book called “PRONOIA…the Antidote for Paranoia” which had me laughing out loud at times.
After all the years I’ve spent with John, my reconnection to Rob’s horoscope shows me that I may have been on the right track back then, with Brezsny’s truthful insights…one small part perhaps of my search for truth. He seems to move through life wide open to discovering truth, and then reminding us to get in the habit of dying everyday. (‘Sound familiar?) Rob asks the question: What do you need to kill in order to tune into the beauty that’s been hidden by you? He states that once we understand what it means to die daily we’ll begin to comprehend that its not enough to terminate stale mental habits just once…and that we need to make a committment to continual dying.
In his words: “You’ll have to ask yourself rude questions and kick your own ass again and again [because] today’s versions of love, truth, beauty, goodness and justice will all pass away. To cultivate tomorrow’s version, you will have to immerse yourself regularly in the waters of choice…gradually becoming allergic to any paradise that resembles a spotless shopping mall within the walls of a gated community in heaven.”
The book includes a lot of insightful information from other people’s research and ideas, such as those of Nick Bostrom. According to the New York Times, philosopher Nick Bostrom believes there’s a significant chance our world is a computer simulation where we live in a version of The Matrix, and our brains are a web of computer circuits created by future beings who are studying simulations of their ancestral past. (Ohhhh-kay) Rob invites us to consider that tidbit of information and perhaps use it “to cultivate a talent for knowing what’s real and what’s not.”
From the book – A William Blake poem:Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen. Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard. Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named. Unless the heart catch fire, God will not be loved. Unless the mind catch fire, God will not be known.