SEPTEMBER 8 2020
One powerful concept that we use in “Prosperity Now!” I first heard about from Rob Brezsnsy, astrologer, mystic, poet and musician It is the concept of “Pronoia.” The idea is infused throughout Prosperity Now!
But what is it? Why has nobody (or virtually nobody) heard of it? After all, you’ve heard of paranoia, right? Of course you have. This is just another example to me of how we as a human race emphasize the negative and ignore the reality of the positive.
Try this experiment: Look in the Thesaurus for words with positive and negative connotations. Chances are good that the words associated with positive beliefs, thoughts, feelings and ideas will be a few. Yet the negative words will have dozens of synonyms and related concepts. Try it!
But back to the idea — the belief in — Pronoia. What is it? Is it real? Can it be employed in my life to affect positive changes, resulting in joyous and abundant outcomes for me and those around me?
The answer, in my experience, is a resounding YES! We are such powerful, creative beings, we get what we look for in the world. If we see an event or a situation as a setback, or an obstacle thrown in our path to bring us down — well, that is what it will be for us.
However, if we choose to see the things that happen in our day as the Universe wisely directing, guiding, supporting, shifting us, gently (or maybe not so gently) we can see possibilities open up, often right before our eyes! Our perspective shifts and, even though not one single thing has changed on the outside, inside we have shifted our perception of the thing, it it becomes what we are saying it is. Stumbling blocks become stepping stones, as the cliché goes.
Pronoia is a new way of seeing the world. It takes just as much energy as negativity, but it is much more fun! And, it makes miraculous things manifest!
The following is taken from Rob Brezsny’s weekly Astrology Newsletter eZine. His website is Free Will Astrology, which you can subscribe to at https://freewillastrology.com/horoscopes/
HISTORY OF PRONOIA
My book, “Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings” is the only tome that has ever been written about the subject of pronoia. But other authors have worked a bit with the concept.
In his novella “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters,” J.D. Salinger wrote about pronoia without using the term. "Oh, God," one of his characters says, "if I’m anything by a clinical name, I’m a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”
The actual term "pronoia" was coined in 1976 by Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, who defined it as "the suspicion that the universe is a conspiracy on your behalf."
Another early contributor to the concept was psychologist Fraser Clark, founder of the Zippies. In the 1990s he referred to pronoia as "the sneaking hunch that others are conspiring behind your back to help you. “Once you have contracted this benevolent virus,” he said, the symptoms include "sudden attacks of optimism and outbreaks of goodwill."
Neither Terence McKenna or Robert Anton Wilson ever invoked the word "pronoia" as far as I know, but they both added nuance to the concept. McKenna said, "I believe reality is a marvelous joke staged for my edification and amusement, and everybody is working very hard to make me happy."
Wilson offered advice about the proper way to rehearse a devotion to pronoia: "You should view the world as a conspiracy run by a very closely-knit group of nearly omnipotent people, and you should think of those people as yourself and your friends."
Without using the term "pronoia," Paulo Cuelho added to its meaning: "Know what you want and all the universe conspires to help you achieve it."
The book is available at Barnes & Noble: tinyurl.com/PronoiaBN
Also available at Amazon: bit.ly/Pronoia
A free preview of the book is available here: tinyurl.com/PronoiaPreview
So, I urge you to try Pronoia for 30 days. It’s FREE!! You have nothing to lose but your old consciousness!
I Am Prosperous
You are Prosperous
We are Prosperous!
Love and Blessings,