Whose New Paradigm Is It, Anyway?

We hear and read the term “new paradigm” everywhere these days, yet few authors and speakers say exactly what it means. For some, “new paradigm” is another way of saying “5D construct,” for others it means “new aeon,” the “Turning of the Ages,” the “Human Upgrade” or even the dawning of the Age of Aquarius (which oddly enough, many people celebrated in the Sixties).

The word paradigm’s key meaning turns out to be “model.” In the big picture, it is the perspective that leads to  what we call consensus reality. The new paradigm, therefore, is a new model or worldview, a vastly different way of looking at things so widespread that it is on the verge of becoming consensus reality. The universal “new paradigm” applies to all of us, across the board. Then there are individual paradigms for various branches of knowledge, such as hard science and literature.

Yet another variation on this theme, the social paradigm defines a major shift in people’s personal beliefs or social organizations in such a way that it replaces the “old paradigm.” This leads to new ways of perceiving and doing old things, such as new paradigm astrology, in which some aspects of Western astrology have radically different meanings.  The pioneers of new paradigm Western astrology — Lyn Birkbeck,  Tom Lescher and Stephanie Azaria — have unique visions that I will discuss in a future post on that topic.

So the term “new paradigm” does not just mean a dramatically new model or way of looking at things. It also means extending an existing paradigm according to McLuhan’s method and modifying it so vividly that it is a revolutionary shift rather than a more gradual evolutionary change.

And How about that Paradigm Shift?

There’s nothing new about the terms “new paradigm” or “paradigm shift.” They’ve been around forever. The latter term, paradigm shift, arose in 1962 with Thomas Kuhn’s book, The Structure of Scientific Revolution.

In the context of hard science, Kuhn said that advancement is not evolutionary, but rather is a “…series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions…” in which “one conceptual world view is replaced by another.” It’s a transformation, a metamorphosis that does not just happen, but is triggered by agents of change. Copernicus was the key agent of change in the case of shifting from the Ptolemaic view that the Earth is at the center of the universe to the “new paradigm” that the Earth and planets revolve around the sun. This is just one of many examples of paradigm shift. Inventions such as the printing press and the Internet are other agents of change.

Today’s paradigm shift is happening on a grand scale, across all levels of perception and society as well as universally to provide a new reality that we are all helping create, or at least if we choose to participate.  And it is happening on other levels at the same time.

People who see what’s going on and begin to focus on harmonizing with the shift are on their way to becoming part of a new global consciousness. They may have different ideas about how this is being manifested, yet at the same time all concur that something big is happening and that now is the time to get with the plan.

It’s a matter of co-creating our own experience, our own reality. The key prerequisite to all acceptable changes of theory, according to Kuhn, is awareness. Our very state of consciousness, both individual and collective, is changing whether we realize it or not. Those of us who are aware are best prepared for the new future heralded by the new paradigm and our opportunity to redefine reality according to our own vision.

How Do You Feel about the New Paradigm and Paradigm Shift?

What’s your take on the “new paradigm” and its implications for you and for the world? Does it mean “5D,” “new aeon,” or something else to you? Please leave a comment so we can work together in this exciting new phase of consciousness on this planet we like to call Earth.

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