It's January. Happy New Year to those who were celebrating last Sunday and didn't make it to church.
And, I am really, really grateful that you are here, in this room, this morning, because your energy with us makes a difference. In fact, every single one of you makes a difference in the collective experience we have here. So thank you all for being here.
As I said last week, in this first month of the new year, we are going to anchor ourselves in some fundamental language of our teachings by exploring . . . .
|Mental Equivalents|| ||Consciousness|
|Spiritual Truth|| ||Principle|
|The Absolute|| ||Demonstration|
|Divine Creative Process|| ||The Affirmative Life|
|False Beliefs|| ||The Law|
|Divine Intelligence|| ||Divine Right Order|
And more! This month, I want to make sure we understand and embody this language, which may be new to some of you. And if that weren't enough, we will add a couple of new terms and discover how to bring them alive in our lives!
Last Sunday, we talked about:
"Activating the Divine Creative Process through the Law and Dispelling False Beliefs to Lead an Affirmative Life and Experience Amazing Demonstrations"
As lengthy as last Sunday's talk title was, today's is short, and it may be a word you are not familiar with. Well, that's because it isn't really a word - or should we say it's not a word you will find in Webster's dictionary, but it may be one you want to add to your vocabulary!
The word is "pronoia." To help define it, it might help to know the word for which it is the antonym. Any thoughts on what that would be? Yes! Paranoia. So "paranoia" means that you have false beliefs that the world is out to harm you. Then "pronoia" is the true belief that the Universe is conspiring in your favor. And that is a true belief because the Universe IS conspiring in your favor. My invitation to you this morning is that you become PROANOID!
To put our new word into Unity language we might say that it means that you believe at the core of your being that there is a Divine Intelligence that is conspiring to bring about Divine Right Order in your life!
In The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes writes: We are surrounded by an Infinite Possibility. ["AN" Infinite Possibility - that's a thing!] It is Goodness, Life, Law and Reason. In expressing Itself through us, It becomes more fully conscious of Its own being. Therefore, It wishes to express through us. As it passes into our being, It automatically becomes the law of our lives. It can pass into expression through us only as we consciously allow It to do so. Therefore, we should have faith in It and Its desires and Its ability to do for us all that we shall ever need to have done."a
And that last sentence could be our definition of being PROANOID: "Having faith in an Infinite Possibility and Its desires and Its ability to do for us all that we shall ever need to have done."
Now, I said earlier that "pronoia" isn't really a word, at least not a word you'll find in the dictionary, but there actually has been a book written about it! It's by Rob Brezsny entitled "Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia," and I adapted this from p. 3:
"Let us release the cult of doom and gloom, and embrace the cause of zoom and boom.
"Let us laugh at the foolishness of evil and hate as we summon the brilliance to praise and create.
"No matter how upside down it all may appear, let us have no fear . . . because we know this big secret:
"All of creation is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Life is crazily in love with us - brazenly and innocently in love with us. The universe always gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it."b
Isn't that a sweet way to describe pronoia and the idea that Divine Right Order is always taking place?
Just think about this for a moment. Thousands of things go right for you every day, beginning the moment you wake up, that you have absolutely nothing to do with. Through some magic you don't fully understand, you're still breathing and your heart is beating, even though you've been unconscious for many hours.
You open your eyes and light of many colors floods into your eyes registered by nerves that took millions of years to perfect. The incredible gift of these vivid hues is made possible by an unimaginably immense globe of fire -- we call it the sun -- which continually detonates nuclear reactions in order to convert its own body into light and heat and energy for your personal use.
You can't live without the sun's inexhaustible flood of unconditional love. Every move you make depends on it. Luckily, it never fails you.
Did you know that your personal star is located at the precise distance from you to be of consummate service? If it were any closer, you'd fry, and if it were any farther away, you'd freeze. Is that just a happy accident? Or is it a sign of favor - a big broad hint, from a Divine Intelligence that adores you?c
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be up on it!
SOM: "When we learn to trust the Universe, we shall be happy, prosperous and well. We must learn to come under that Divine Government, and accept the fact that Nature's table is ever filled. Never was there a Cosmic famine. 'The finite alone has wrought and suffered, the Infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.' [quoting Emerson] God is always God. No matter what our emotional storm, or what our objective situation, may be, there is always a something hidden in the inner being that has never been violated. We may stumble, but always there is that Eternal Voice, forever whispering within our ear, that thing which causes the eternal quest, that thing which forever sings and sings. This is the Thing Itself."d
That is the Infinite Possibility. That is Divine Intelligence. That is the Absolute - but I don't want to use that word today, because it will be the focus of our time together next week!
It knows way more than we know - it is after all Infinite Intelligence! -- and it is always working for our good! I truly believe that, even when I can't see it at work.
That is confirmed in this Note from the Universe by Mike Dooley: "What if every unexpected delay, postponement, or redirect only meant that at the very last second, right before the scheduled manifestation, I had an even better idea? It happens. The Universe"e
And this terrific thought from the book Atom Smashing Power of Mind by Charles Fillmore, p. 75: ". . . do not be surprised and disappointed if everything does not work out according to your . . . ideas. The all-seeing Mind should not be judged by the dim and short vision of the mortal. What may at first seem to you failure may prove to be a clearing away of rubbish that will open the way in mind to a larger life."f
Here's a note from a friend of mine. She wrote: "I injured my shoulder at the gym. Had quite a bit of pain if I moved my arm in certain directions. I was praying for healing. I had others praying for a healing. Guided to go to the doc, who said I needed surgery. I had it scheduled for 12/9, but decided to wait until after the holidays, which resulted in needing to find a new surgeon due to new insurance and the old surgeon not being covered by my insurance any longer.
So after the first of the year, I made an appointment with the new surgeon who tells me that he believes surgery should always be the last resort not the first, and he thinks we can clear it up through PT! I am very happy to hear this and get busy going to PT three times a week. I definitely see God at work in my physical therapists!
So I go to therapy and have home exercises to do including an abduction exercise I'm supposed to do using a stick about a yard long to raise and lower my arm. [demonstrate] I didn't have such a stick at home, so I didn't know what to do.
Then, I receive a Christmas gift and when I opened it, I laughed with absolute joy at how perfect it was!
So, you may be wondering what kind of gift is this, right? A stick?! Well, it isn't a stick, actually. Rather I'd call it an inspirational plaque and every time I do my abduction exercise, I get to read "Blessed Beyond Belief" written on one side of it. This will find a permanent home in my home, but for now it is the perfect instrument for my shoulder exercises.
If that isn't the Universe conspiring for my good, then I don't know what is!?"
Fillmore said: " The Inexhaustible Resource of Spirit is equal to every demand. There is no reality in lack. Abundance is here and now manifest."g
So let's instill that in our minds together this morning as we say these statements:
"The Universe is conspiring for my good always and in all ways!"
"God's Good is without bounds."
"Only good and loving kindness precede and follow me all the days of my life!"
Congratulations, you've become Proanoid!
And so it is and so we let it be!
aThe Science of Mind Ernest Holmes p. 46
bRob Brezsny Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia p. 3
cRob Brezsny Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia p. 6
dThe Science of Mind Ernest Holmes p. 33
eNote from the Universe by Mike Dooley
fAtom Smashing Power of Mind Charles Fillmore, p. 75