New Thought Editorials > Spring Synergy
By the time you read these words, most of you will be experiencing at least a bit of very welcome springtime. Perhaps you have gone around looking for early signs of it: a yellowing of the willow branches, crocuses bravely poking up through the snow, or even forsythia blossoms in sheltered spots. You’re looking for what you want, actively engaged in the process of getting ready to receive it.
Synergy is one of those words that we sometimes have difficulty making our own. I had to look it up in the dictionary several times before I was able to retain its definition: combined action or operation. It comes from a Greek word meaning working together. But synergy goes farther and implies more than just teamwork. What results from synergy is something that combines the best of both sides, something better than either side could have come up with alone.
Habit Six of Stephen Covey’s seven habits of highly effective people, from his book with that title, is "Synergize." Synergy is the fruit of thinking win/win (Habit Four), which one achieves by seeking first to understand, then to be understood (Habit Five). We may agree that these are desirable principles to live by, but they are a lot easier said than done, for the other side—or the other person—sees things differently, frequently 180 degrees differently. One of the secrets that makes it easier to synergize is to be expecting to find areas of agreement, just as we expect to find those early signs of a spring that we know is on its way sooner or later. This is another way of saying that we need to behold the Christ in the other person or side. There is at least some percentage of good in the other point of view, and when that good is added to ours, seeming miracles result.
Synergy does not involve compromising one’s own deeply held principles. It does involve a willingness to learn, to expand one’s own point of view, to see things from a different perspective and consider whether one can embrace these new things with integrity, even with profit. The heart of New Thought is the ability to change one’s thinking from what one does not want to what one does want. Synergy is the most mature form of this change, for it involves simultaneous consideration of two opposing points of view before deciding what one really does want in the long run. It is not easy, but it is simple. It simply involves keeping an open mind while at the same time living by God-centered principles.
Synergy recognizes the interrelatedness of all of us with each other and with everything in the universe. The highest synergy of all is our relationship with God. At each moment, we are blending, synergizing, some amount of the past with the new possibilities that God is constantly offering us. We choose; we decide, and God benefits as we benefit or suffers as we suffer, from the consequences of our choices. It’s teamwork all the way, co-creation.
This issue of the magazine brings a special blend of the best of the past with future possibilities. Suzanne Theilig, Walter Starcke and Arthur Chang write about past New Thought figures, and Alan Anderson and Hyatt Carter write about a new system of metaphysics, process thought, that explains the success of New Thought practices better than ever. Anderson’s article builds on an interview with plasmaphysicist Friedbert Karger (published in Fall 1999 New Thought); Carter’s article takes the topic still farther. You will also appreciate "Ponderings," Catherine Ponder’s reminiscences about the past and perspectives on the future, along with other articles and news about the upcoming Congress in San Antonio. Enjoy, as you synergize the best of your own past with exciting possibilities for the future!