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The main point of the current reading group is to try to understand Robert Anton Wilson's points by doing the exercises in Prometheus Rising. I tried to get caught up with some of them over the weekend, with somewhat mixed results; I also had a busy weekend at work.
My most successful exercise so far has been the "I am sitting in the room doing this exercize because" exercise that I wrote about for Week 29. All of the complex reasons why I was sitting in my living room working on the exercise seemed pretty amazing to me.
For many of RAW's exercises, I often have the feeling that I'm not doing it right.
Sunday, I tried exercise 5 for chapter 3, the "breath of fire" exercise. I tried to follow Wilson's instructions and felt a mild sense of relaxation, but I didn't really feel I got the results I was supposed to.
Tried again today. Still no huge results.
I didn't have time to run out to an aquarium, but some aquariums have live webcams, so I looked at this one for the Aquarium of the Pacific. (I do love looking at fish in aquariums.) Wilson says you should visit an aquarium and "observe very closely" to see the bio-survival circuit of the fish in operation. I also tried this one from the New England Aquarium. Watching them, I did have some sense of the circuit in operation and I'll try to look in on the fish today as time allows.
Another exercise involves eating one gooey, sugar-filled dessert every week. This is pretty much what I do, anyway; I allow myself ice cream one time every week, on Saturday evening.
Eric Wagner has worked pretty hard on these exercises and he's a teacher by trade. You can get a lot done on the internet, but in-person instruction has its value. Maybe if we all lived near Eric, we could get together with him and he could help us with some of this.