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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Pop Quiz

We're always focusing on me in this blog. Today I want to focus on YOU.

Below I have several questions that I want you to read, and think deeply about the answers. I will do the same.

The questions are not my creation - they are from Rob Brezsny, who sends out his wise guiding words every week in his "Free Will Astrology." It is no common astrology column, and worth reading even for all the other signs too. True to it's name, it is free - check it out at http://www.freewillastrology.com

Okay, to the questions. No cheating allowed.

1. What feelings and intuitions have you been trying to ignore lately?

2. Which parts of your life are overdue for death?

3. What messages has life been trying to convey to you but which you've chosen to ignore?

4. What red herrings, straw men, and scapegoats have you chased after obsessively in order to avoid dissolving your most well-rationalized delusions?

5. What unripe parts of yourself are you most ashamed or fearful of? How can you give those parts more ingenious love?

6. What parts of yourself have the least integrity and don't act in harmony with what you regard as your highest values? How can you bring them into alignment with your true desires?

7. Is it possible that in repressing things about yourself that you don't like, you have also disowned potentially strong and beautiful aspects of yourself? What are they?

8. Are those really flaws that are bugging you about the people whose destinies are entwined with yours, or just incompletely developed talents? Are those really flaws that are bugging you about yourself, or merely incompletely developed talents?

9. Some people try to deny their portion of the world's darkness and project it onto individuals or groups they dislike. Others acknowledge its power so readily that they allow themselves to be overwhelmed by it. We believe in taking an in-between position, accepting it as an unworked gift that can serve our liberation. Where do you stand?

10. It's easy to see fanaticism, rigidity, and intolerance inother people, but harder to acknowledge them in yourself. Do you dare?

11. Would you be willing to compose a Mental Hut mission statement? Speak the following sample as if it were yours and see how it feels: "I'm ready to stop the world. I need some extended leave time. A sabbatical from life. I'm not going to wash any dishes, do any laundry, make any small talk, pay any bills. I will follow every weird train of thought or vagrant emotion that captures my imagination. Will lower the barrier between my conscious and unconscious minds. Will follow the smells I like. Listen to my body. Celebrate what's not so beautiful but really interesting about myself and anyone else. Keep my eyes out for surprising new intuitions and teachings. Have wild patience.Smash a clock with a hammer. Actually kiss the earth. Fall out of my chair from laughing so hard at nothing in particular. Listen to music I don't understand. Call out to the sky, 'I defy you, stars.' Give my whole heart or else not offer it at all."

Allright, good work. Now trade papers with the person to your left, and grade your answers.

On another note, to day is signing day for college football recruits. Lets all hope that many of our best and brightest future college athletes will have to wisdom to make the right life choices and play football for the mighty South Carolina Gamecocks. And let us pity those poor foolish boys who choose Clemson instead.