I’ve always loved the idea of PRONOIA. Pronoia is the positive counterpart of paranoia. The concept that the whole world is conspiring to shower me with blessings is a pretty amazing discovery and has power in regards to manifestation and creativity.

Pronoia is a neologism that is defined as the opposite state of mind to paranoia: having the sense that there is a conspiracy that exists to help the person. It is also used to describe a philosophy that the world is set up to secretly benefit people.  — source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pronoia_(psychology)

Pronoia can be defined as the opposite of paranoia (which is fear based) A person suffering from paranoia suspects that persons or entities (e.g. governments/deities) conspire against them. A person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good.
So when our Toastmasters group tasked me with providing the Word Of The Day for our weekly meeting, I thought what better word to share with our group than PRONOIA.

What you focus on expands.

I view pronoia as somewhat of a Karma experience and have pretty always believed that you get what you expect out of life. If you choose to be happy, you’ll be more generally happy than not. Same goes if you think bad thoughts. The universe has a way of fulfilling our thoughts and dreams.

…the suspicion the Universe is a conspiracy on your behalf.

“Working Together” by A.d. Cook & Barry Mack

While the concept is age-old, the word is relatively new. Some credit authors and we found reference to The Grateful Dead’s lyricist, John Perry Barlow. Others credit Dr. Fred H. Goldner of Queens College who described a phenomenon opposite to paranoia in 1982.

In many ways, I believe that the concept of Pronoia leads to abundant manifestation. I know this to be true for me because I know that if I have an idea, a plan, and a positive attitude, that people will naturally help me to achieve my goals, as I would for them. I also know that I too, conspire (in my own way) to help others. There’s an old quote that says “A rising tide lifts all boats...” (John F. Kennedy) I believe that. That faith in-and-of itself is a form of pronoia. While Pronoia isn’t about politics, the concept is similar. The prevailing theme is “OPTIMISM” and you can never go wrong with that.

To me, Pronoia is positivity and love in that, the more you give, the more you get. It’s a reflection of what you put out to the world. Some call that Karma; others call it luck, attitude or talent. Whatever you call it, It’s a good thing.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

from The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, 1988

Pronoia does come with a word of caution, though, which seems a bit out of place given its definition. Pronoia.net shares this on their website > “A final thought on Pronoia: while symptoms of Pronoia include sudden attacks of optimism and outbreaks of goodwill, the revived meme also included a caution. Pronoia, like paranoia, can cause dangerous irrationality if taken in massive doses… grounding and skill at surfing are key to making the most of an onslaught of pronoia.

And as much as we love the idealism of Pronoia, we still live in a world where one should trust but verify. Just because we wish it so, that bank transfer from Nigeria is still probably bogus.

Here’s wishing you Pronoia and abundance.



Word of the Day: PRONOIA/ NOUN: Philosophy and Theology. Foresight; Providence, divine will.

Belief in the goodwill of others or the pervasiveness of serendipity. Often defined as the opposite state of mind to paranoia: having the sense that there is a conspiracy that exists to help the person. It is also used to describe a philosophy that the world is set up to secretly benefit people.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it through pronoia and positivity.”