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Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, Revised and Expanded: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings Paperback – Sep 22 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (Sept. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556438184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556438189
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.7 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I have seen the future of American literature and its name is Rob Brezsny."
—Tom Robbins, author of Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and many more

"With this work—an instant pop classic—Rob Brezsny offers a positive, participatory, proactive vision of the workings of our inner and outer universe, which will only give us as much pleasure, love, and ecstasy as we are prepared to accept."
—Daniel Pinchbeck, author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl

"This wild, wise, and subversive book is a must read for those who want to live a more imaginative and free life . . . Rob Brezsny is a Culture Hero."
—Utne Reader


"I dig Rob Brezsny for his powerful yet playful insights, his poetry, and his humor . . . I salute him for his dedication to inspiration."
—Jason Mraz,
singer-songwriter

"Brezsny holds his own place next to other cultural shamans such as Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, Reverend Ivan Stang, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey."
—PopMatters


"The verbally acrobatic, mystically literate Brezsny lets fly a thousand zingers, each with the feel of having been carved with poetic effort to express a hard reality instead of a platitude."
—San Francisco Chronicle


"Brilliant! Absorbing! Wildly useful! Rob Brezsny gets my nomination for best prophet in a starring role. He’s a script doctor for the soul."
—Marisa Tomei, actress

"With Pronoia, renegade wizard Rob Brezsny presents an irreverent manifesto, mixing activism and optimism. It reads like the I Ching on Ecstasy and is as insightful and puzzling as a Zen koan."
—Body + Soul


“If you read a snippet of [Pronoia] every day, you’re bound to experience more than a little bliss. We already loved Rob for his thoughtful and astute horoscopes…but those are mere glimpses of his abundant wisdom, humor, and encyclopedic storehouse of information. Sit down with this compendium of ruminations, suggestions and outlandish observations and let your imagination run wild.”
Whole Life Times

Pronoia depicts life as a gift whose purpose is to enrich the human soul… When you see life from this perspective, living takes on a newfound joy and illumination.”
Spiritual Media Blog

“Like some voluble combination of HL Mencken and a Sufi whirling dervish, Brezsny writes with disarming fluidity while still remaining acerbic. Pronoia’s style is too sinuous, too wriggly and difficult to classify, edgy and uncomfortable and literally kick-ass (he advocates the athletic kicking of one’s own ass with some regularity).”
Santa Fe Reporter
 
“I am deeply inspired by the illuminated words of Rob Brezsny. He is a word wizard for the soul."
—SARK, author of Succulent Wild Woman, Eat Mangoes Naked, and Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed
 
“You don't need The Church, a Savior, a Guru, or psilocybin mushrooms to ‘break on through to the other side.’ Brezsny takes you there in the pages of Pronoia. It’s the best book I’ve read in the 21st century!”
—Chris Duel, News-Talk 550 KTSA, San Antonio, Texas
 
“In Pronoia, Brezsny tenderly leads us into the practice of re-imagining the world as a compassionate miracle. It’s the best campaign platform I’ve heard in years. And the book offers a bevy of ideas for tricksters to re-create the universe. Brezsny for president!”
Santa Cruz Sentinel
 
Pronoia is like stepping through your very own magic looking glass. Brezsny is a diabolical lyricist, an infectious dreamer, and a riotous Doctor of Know.”
—Cathoderaytan.net
 
“In this age of divisiveness in politics and religion, it’s rare to come across something uplifting enough to catch your eye long enough for you to put down your remote and actually read something.”
Chico News & Review
 
“Now, you might think that Pronoia is some kind of mealy new-aged crap, or yet another ‘business success/self-help’ rag. But you’d be wrong. It is, in fact, the most marvelous inanimate object I’ve ever held in my hands.”
—Corinna Bloom
 
Pronoia is a food processor for the spirit, a socket wrench for attitude adjustment, and a garbage disposal for the soul. It shreds, dices, pulses, grinds, and disintegrates all the negative myths that the doom and gloomers throw our way, and blends them into a mind-soothing smoothie for vibrant living.”
—Rob Grogan, Front Porch
 
Pronoia is a life manual for not just overthrowing the dictator within (and so without) but more vital than this, a manual for creating an intelligent, sexy and juicy alternative to the Big Should."
—Moonkissd.com

“If you know someone who is down on himself and the world, who spends most of his time complaining rather than creating (and who doesn’t know someone like that?) this is the perfect gift for him or her. Pronoia is filled with great uplifting information, and perhaps nothing says it better than the book’s tag line: ‘888 Tricks for Becoming a Wildly Disciplined, Fiercely Tender, Ironically Sincere, Scrupulously Curious, Aggressively Sensitive, Blasphemously Reverent, Lyrically Logical, Lustfully Compassionate Master of Rowdy Bliss.’”
New Paradigm Digest

“With great zest and an inimitable creativity, Brezsny sees the present moment as the perfect moment. … Throughout this extraordinary book, he celebrates many of the qualities we have incorporated in our vision of Spiritual Literacy: imagination, wonder, gratitude, reverence, play, beauty, compassion, connections, mystery, and more. … Suffice it to say, this is a rollercoaster ride that surprises, entertains, and edifies in equal measures. It is the perfect resource to lift your spirits and send you on your way rejoicing!”
Spirituality & Practice

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.


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A truly inspiring book that challenges us to step into our Light and accept the hard truth that the Universe is a friendly, welcoming place that wants only the best for us, if we'd just get out of the way and let the Beauty unfold as it so desperately wants to.
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I've had a luscious long-term affair with Rob's Freewill Astrology column and felt compelled to take a jump into deeper waters of beauty and truth. It was a simple decision that's rewarded me 10 times over in a volume of breathtaking prose, witty rejoinders and sweet wisdom. I haven't even worked through half of Pronoia Is The Antidote for Paranoia and am constantly amazed at what an incredible gift Rob has compiled in this book. There is so much to see, read, feel and otherwise experience, it is a sensory passage that leaves me wanting more.

For anyone that is wanting to re-examine the bigger picture or make peace with the smaller ones, as well as all disciples working towards giving and getting greater blessings, this is the book for you. You'll be in awe of what you find inside, both in the book and yourself.
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This is a wonderful book! Rob Brezsny is a brilliant writer: wise, insightful and incredibly hilarious. If you're familiar with his "Free Will Astrology" column - and if you're not then you should be - you'll know how much magic he can pack into just one profoundly quirky paragraph. This book is 350+ pages of genius.
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I think this book should be required reading. It is creative, thoughtful, inspiring, thought provoking, insightful. I've had this book for a long time, myself and have given it to several people as gifts. There are some very dynamic exercises that one can do -- it is a very interactive book-- and those exercises can revolutionize the way we think and operate in the world. It is an amazing process to get together with a few trusted friends and do the exercises together. So many treasures are buried in our psyches and this book digs deep to liberate those treasures. Personally I think Rob Brezsny is a gift to this planet and we need to listen to what he says. Oh yes-- and it is a really fun book to read and play with.
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This book is amazing. If your looking to read something with positive attitude this is it. Robert is clever with word play which makes reading a bit exciting. Treat reading this book as a mantra not as a task and you should benefit from it.
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And this book is an amazing addition to anyone's library. His unique way of telling a story, his poetic thoughts and expression are profound and unique. There is only one Rob Brezsny - and his work is brilliant.
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This is an incredible book, and Rob Brezsny, a spiritual genius spreading some of the most creative and imaginative teachings I have ever witnessed. His work just radiates with a passion to share love and joy throughout this world. He is a sacred activist and every page on this book is worth many, many miracles! I love to open it up randomly to different pages and it always inspires me to look at the world with more wonder and optimism.
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