Paradigms are sets of belief systems that act as filters of perception through which we view the world and everything in it. The world we see around us and the people in the world are constantly triggering our automated behaviour which is directed by our subconscious mind and carried out by the creative level of mind. So we react to life rather than living life in a creative, positive and spontaneous way. The majority of people automatically do the same things in the same way over and over again. Why? Because the thoughts we have today are the same thoughts we had yesterday and they create the same experiences for us. So, although we have great potential and the possibilities are endless, we fall back on recreating the same experiences again and again until we choose to think differently.
We are not normally consciously aware of our paradigms. They reflect cultural and other conditioning we received early in our lives and remain below our level of awareness, where they continue to be active, until we consciously bring them to the surface and examine them. They influence our thinking, decisionmaking and actions.
The subconscious mind accepts all our beliefs, positive or negative, and acts according to their dictates, until we bring them to the surface and change them. The motto of the subconscious mind is, ‘Your wish is my command’. This is the role of the subconscious and it continually works at fulfilling your wishes by attracting thoughts and experiences aligned to your current paradigm.
The power is becoming aware of our paradigms, bringing them to the surface, examining our beliefs and consciously working to change them for the better – usually from negative to positive, hate and bigotry to love, fear to confidence. Each time we shift a paradigm, information that previously escaped our awareness now comes into view. This new information then influences our thinking, decision-making and actions – and that promotes change. A change at the level of belief produces fresh perspectives.
A good example of how paradigms limit our awareness can be found when we want to buy a new car. There are thousands of cars on the road but generally we don’t take too much notice of them. When we decide to buy a car, however, and identify the type and colour of the car that interests us, we begin to notice those cars everywhere. It will seem that more of those cars are suddenly on the road, but that is not the case. What has happened is that the act of considering, or imagining, owning a car of that type creates a new image in our imagination. This image sends a signal to the subconscious mind that it is now important to receive information relevant to that picture, whereas, before it wasn’t. This illustrates that whenever we shift a paradigm, new information comes into view.
When we become aware and begin to recognise how powerfully our unconscious thoughts affect our perceptions, we become more careful of what we say, more reticent to judge ourselves and others and more observant of our own thinking. The more we search out our unconsciously held belief systems by writing them down and questioning them, we bring them to the surface where we can question their validity and make changes that are appropriate. It is this constant cleaning of our unconscious filters of perception that enables us to perceive the world differently, make new decisions and reshape our reality.