Paradigm Shift

PARADIGM SHIFT

(A SHIFT IN YOUR WAY OF VIEWING REALITY)

PARADIGM

Function: noun

1: example, pattern; especially: an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype

2: one that serves as a pattern or model.

3: a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated; broadly: a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind

4: A SET OF ASSUMPTIONS, CONCEPTS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES that constitutes A WAY OF VIEWING REALITY for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

Why is a paradigm shift desirable or necessary?

I believe the only thing that we can truly control with our conscious will is our behavior (actions and reactions). We can influence our feelings, thoughts, and emotions but not control them.

If you want to make small changes in your life change one behavior at a time.

If you want to make large changes in your life change your PARADIGM (YOUR WAY OF VIEWING REALITY).

 But how do you view things correctly? You have heard the saying “seeing is believing”; I think we have it backwards “believing is seeing”. When you first enter this world “seeing is believing”, but after you have built up your own set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices then “believing is seeing”.

First you build your beliefs, and then you filter what you see through them. You have programmed the way you view reality and have allowed others to program the way you view reality.

In order to view things correctly you need to change your paradigm, your way of viewing reality.

Let’s say you view reality from the ego’s point of view. You will view everything as separate from you and conflict improves your standing. It’s a small fearful world.

Now let’s say you view reality from a more holistic point of view. You will view everything as interconnected and cooperation improves your standing. It’s a large loving world.

Your paradigm is your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that have been imprinted on your subconscious mind.

Let’s take a quick look at some opposing filters of perception:

interconnected…………separate

objective…………………..subjective

tolerance………………….dominance

acceptance………………..judgment

cosmic-centered……….self-centered

love…………………………fear

The more conviction behind the filter the more it changes what you perceive you see. These filters can also affect how you react to events that spring up in your life.

Let’s look again at Paradigm 4: A SET OF ASSUMPTIONS, CONCEPTS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES that constitutes A WAY OF VIEWING REALITY for the community that shares them.

 Choice (in every event in our lives there is a moment for choice to determine the direction that you will grow toward or that the event will shape you toward) simply put; choice is practice. If you do not consciously choose for yourself then you are allowing others to make the choice for you.

 I believe our PARADIGM is built by the habituation of our choices.

PARADIGM (heart/mind act [0r habit] of placing confidence and trust in our chosen direction)

Habituate To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure [choosing to practice].

Ancient Mystics believed that habituation should occur for at least 1 Lunar Cycle to make the paradigm shift permanent in the subconscious mind.

Can you see how changing your PARADIGM: YOUR WAY OF VIEWING REALITY would be more effective in changing your life than changing behaviors one at a time?

Can you see how changing your PARADIGM: YOUR WAY OF VIEWING REALITY can make life experiences more rewarding?

This is why we read good books, listen to good talks, discuss our discoveries with other free thinkers, and choose to practice good things that we discover.

Your paradigm is the operating system of your mind; your operating system determines how your internal programs; display, run, store data, and handle crashes.

I hope you are starting to see the possibilities of installing a new operating system of your mind.

I have given you many ideas in various essays on this blog on features that you can program into the operating system of your mind.

I never told you it would be easy!

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People “Quotes by Stephen Covey”:

  1. Be Proactive

“Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive. It does mean recognizing our responsibility to make things happen.”

Responsibility – the ability to make a response.

Liberty  –  The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one’s own choosing. (physical level)

Freedom  –  The condition of being free of restraints. The capacity to exercise choice, belief, and faith; free will. (spiritual level)

 

  1. Begin with the End in Mind

“(This habit)…is based on imagination– the ability to envision, to see the potential, to create with our minds what we cannot at present see with our eyes…”

visualize –  To form a mental image of; envisage: tried to visualize the scene as it was described. To make visible.

envisage – To conceive an image or a picture of, especially as a future possibility: envisaged a world at peace. To consider or regard in a certain way.

envision – To picture in the mind; imagine.

 

  1. Put First Things First

“Create a clear, mutual understanding of what needs to be accomplished, focusing on what, not how; results not methods. Spend time. Be patient. Visualize the desired result.”

visualize –  To form a mental image of; envisage: tried to visualize the scene as it was described. To make visible.

 

  1. Think Win-Win

“Win-Win is a frame of mind that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-Win means that agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying.”

 

  1. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

“‘Seek First to Understand’ involves a very deep shift in paradigm. We typically seek first to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing to speak. They’re filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading their autobiography into other people’s lives.”

 

  1. Synergize

“Synergy works; it’s a correct principle. It is the crowning achievement of all the previous habits. It is effectiveness in an interdependent reality– it is teamwork, team building, the development of unity and creativity with other human beings.”

synergy – The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

Cooperative interaction among groups, especially among the acquired subsidiaries or merged parts of a corporation, that creates an enhanced combined effect.

 

  1. Sharpening the Saw

“This is the habit of renewal…It circles and embodies all the other habits. It is the habit of continuous improvement…that lifts you to new levels of understanding and living each of the habits.”

 

The following is the prayer of a person sharpening the saw:

 

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

…where there is injury, pardon;

…where there is doubt, faith;

…where there is despair, hope;

…where there is darkness, light;

…where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

…to be consoled as to console;

…to be understood as to understand;

…to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

…it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

…and it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.