Death of an Old Paradigm

Death of an Old Paradigm

It’s the year 2013. We have objects we can carry around in our pockets that will get us in touch with anyone we want, anywhere at any time.  Computer screens and portable devices allow us access to all the knowledge that currently exists to man in the way it has been created, developed and shared.  We can access any song we want at the touch of a button or make up a song, record and broadcast it live instantly worldwide.  Videos from every era are there to be viewed at the touch of a button and you can now even share your left-overs with complete strangers using a new phone application.  While all these things are occurring in the external world something very different is happening inside each person, and it seems to be something akin to the death of an old paradigm, making way for a completely new way of seeing the world.

What do I mean by “old paradigm?”  The dictionary definition of paradigm is: a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, especially the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme; or a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by memebers of a community.

As the world rapidly changes and new innovative ways of dealing with environmental issues arise, technologies and breakthroughs in science are rampant and available for any person to know. Spiritual traditions meld together across the western world and the framework of assumptions with which we have all largely worked under starts to break down.  We are no longer existing in isolated community systems holding up bubble-mentalities under which we were raised.  Those days are over.  Now we can become privy to millions of ideas, concepts and ways of believing at the touch of a finger, which makes clinging to one philosophy seem more and more limiting.

On the other hand, as we are able to access more, we are able to run things quickly through our internal”‘truth filters,” discerning more rapidly which concepts are “right” for us, and which ones to throw back to the ether-net.  In this fast-paced world, we might change our mind and our beliefs about something a dozen times in one week.  Such is the luxury of the virtual world to which we belong.  Because, though we still inhabit bodies of flesh in real time; many of us live, literally and metaphorically “on the net” much of our days – deriving information and interactions from a world outside the tangible one.

By exposing ourselves to so many possibilities we are actually collectively experiencing a death of sorts, a dying away of the old safe, close-knit, enclosed society and instead learning how to embrace a global community full force.  It can be shocking to integrate what this really entails.  When we step back and  realize the kind of major shift we have all been making over the past several years especially, we might just see how all the body symptoms many of us have been calling ailments could be attributed to the falling away of old beliefs, or the resistance to such a change.

I know, this is “new paradigm” information – that beliefs could affect our physical vessels – but these are the types of ideas that seem crucial to embrace in order to make the transition in which we are all so obviously taking part.  We do not live in the same world our parents did, or even we did 10-15 years ago.  Times have changed and reality has shifted.  More is known about the actual make-up of our physical world through quantum mechanics, though what we have learned points to there actually being less solidity to this experience than we have previously believed.

All the new information has got to be more than a bit perplexing to the minds of many.  After all, it is so much easier to cling to old, comfortable beliefs about tables being solid and time moving in a linear direction than it is to wrap the mind around all the new science.  It feels so much safer to pretend that things are staying the same than to acknowledge how much we don’t know, thereby relinquishing control and opening the mind to whatever new ideas may await discovery.

I can’t help but think that all of our dreams and wishes are somehow predictions of future times, or insight from parallel universes we know about on some level, but cannot yet consciously access.  It seems that science fiction is science fiction and has no bearing in reality as we know it. We try to use science to debunk such outlandish ideas as are presented in metaphysics and spiritual idealogy, though we cannot help but stop and wonder when new scientific research begins to confirm the truth of everything that these “woo-woo” thoughts have expressed for years.  What is going on here?

We now have NASA physicist Thomas Campbell taking about the virtual world we live in, former scientist and new age author Gregg Braden researching and acknowledging prayer and emotions able to produce near instant healings, independent scientists like Nassim Haramein talking about the sun being a portal into other dimensions and science speaking of shapeshifting particles, teleportation and bi-location.  You can fly over water with special boots now, and look into the living room of someone across the world with no effort whatsoever.  Even the idea of multiple parallel universes is up for grabs in the scientific community and we have recently learned about the 4-stranded DNA.  A new world is upon us.

The only question is – can we allow the new to come in while we let go of the old paradigm as a graceful conscious death?  Can we die to the old way of being, and allow the new reality to birth us again, like a baptism of sorts…into the new frontier that is calling?  Where will it take us?  What will we create?  While Paraguay transforms trash into musical instruments and the Dutch are installing interactive highways; while the Global Coherence Initiative is training NASA employees how to coordinate their heart waves to those of peace in order to affect the whole world -we have the opportunity to choose now which world we live in – the one of yesterday, or the emerging new world of tomorrow – unfolding right now in the minds and hearts of each of us.

(Op-Ed)

Written by: Stasia Bliss

 

 

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