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Pronoia Notebook



Pronoia. The opposite of paranoia, pronoia is the unshakable conviction that life is a vast conspiracy to liberate you from suffering, make you really smart and shower you with blessings. It's not as simple as it might appear. The blessings flowing your way may not be the exact ones you imagine you want and deserve. They might even annoy or confuse you when they first show up. But if you welcome the blessings you're actually given, they will ultimately serve you better than any you had expected.
- Rob Brezsny, Free Will Astrology

Good things happen when you take the bat off your shoulder.
- Popular expression

For you, the world is weird because if you're not bored with it you're at odds with it. For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here in this marvelous time.
- Don Juan talking to Carlos Castaneda

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King

This old world is a new world and a bold world for me.
- Nina Simone

The noblest art is that of making others happy.
- P.T. Barnum

Good news is on the way.
- Modest Mouse

When I feel impossible, show me what is possible.
- Michael Franti, Love Invincible

Who knows, but that the universe is not one vast sea of compassion?
- Jack Kerouac

Keep looking up.
- Jack Horkheimer

Everything is getting better.
- The Beatles

The noblest art is that of making others happy.
- P.T. Barnum

God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.
- Frederick Buechner

These are the days of miracle and wonder.
- Paul Simon

Tell me that the whole world is wonderful.
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire

Keep on the sunny side
- Poi Dog Pondering

Like the sun coming out. I just know that something good is going to happen.
- Kate Bush

These prayers are the constant road across the wilderness. These prayers are the memory of god.
- Paul Simon

When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

Know what you want and all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The oppressed must realize that they fight not merely for freedom from hunger, but for ... freedom to create and to construct, to wonder and to venture.
- Paulo Freire, quoted in Original Blessing

Para mí sólo recorrer los caminos que tienen corazón, cualquier camino que tenga corazón. (I only trek the paths that have heart, whatever path that has heart.)
- Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan

Don't be a horse race, be marathon. Don't fear the long road, coz on a long road, u got a long time to sing a simple song. And it's never too late to start the day over. It's never too late to pick up the phone.
- Michael Franti, Everyone deserves music

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

This is the new stuff.
- Peter Gabriel, So

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

History is not the soil in which happiness grows. The periods of happiness in it are the blank pages of history.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human nature, in different times or different cultural environments or different religious traditions: hence if they actually meet, that is, if they are at least so much related to each other that a real interaction can take place, then one may hope that new and interesting developments may follow.
- Werner Heisenberg

Be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Take time to be kind.
- Conversation

I will go to my grave claiming that the less you spend, the more you enjoy, the more authentic the experience it is, the more profound.
- Arthur Frommer, inerviewed in A Sense of Place

Go to the ugliest or most forlorn place you know--a drugstore parking lot, the front porch of a crack house, a toxic waste dump, or the place that symbolizes your secret shame--and build a shrine devoted to beauty, truth, and love.
- Rob Brezsny, Pronoia

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr

Ask yourself: 'Am I ready to stop equating cynicism with insight? Do I dare take the risk that exposing myself to uplifting entertainment might dull my intelligence?' If you doubt your ability to handle relaxing breakthroughs, you should stop reading now.
- Rob Brezsny, Secrets of Pronoia/The Sun (PDF)




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