Inspiration, consciousness and the paradigm shift

Real change requires inspired people as champions. In my life, the essentials of Natural Learning RelationshipsTM appeared in an inspired weekend. My life changed forever. I knew that I was being blessed with an insight that could change the lives of children, families, communities, society, and perhaps the course of human history. I knew this all at once; though bringing it forward implied a lifetime of service and devotion. I am still growing into that.

Yes, I know that I have used terms usually reserved for spirituality. But please do not believe for one second that Natural Learning Relationships (NLR) is religious, or that I promote any particular faith. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, an inspirational quality of NLR is that any family can use it. Moreover, NLR shows many ways that each of us can contact inspiration within our families, schools, and communities. It is a tenet of NLR that our everyday lives include inspirational opportunities.

But inspiration does mean that we have contacted a deeper part of ourselves that is not part of ordinary consciousnesses. When we are inspired we are not merely thinking, or feeling. Something different is occurring. Consider the source of the word inspiration. To be inspired literally means to be breathed into.  It was originally believed to be one of the gods or God talking to you, (inspire and spirit come from the same Greek root meaning “breath”).  Removed from a religious context, inspiration refers to that unique moment when a new way of ordering life appears that is obviously superior to what came before.

Everyone has moments of inspiration. Most often, they change things locally. Years of concentrated effort lead to the famous “A-HA” moment. Business practices change, a mystery is solved, family relationships are reconstructed. Inspiration leads to change.

When the inspiration is far reaching and cuts across many disciplines it signals a shift in consciousness, a more comprehensive and incisive way of perceiving ourselves and the world we live in. A paradigm—the set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices by which we order our world—is undermined and a new one appears.

This has happened before.  Contrast the Middle Ages, also known as the Dark Ages, with the Renaissance. The former is characterized by feudalism, faith above reason, the absence of scholarly inquiry, an Earth that is flat and the center of the world and on and on. The Renaissance features science, new perspective in art, and a more accurate view of Earth and human’s place in the world and on and on.

The speed of a paradigm shift is a function of the technology of the times. Printing presses and sailboats suggest a long timeline. Airplanes and the Internet suggest another.

The new paradigm includes and transcends the previous one. It solves previously unsolvable problems. It awakens dormant insights into ourselves and the world. It promises greater well-being. In short, new paradigms inspire. Birthed in inspiration, they in turn inspire those who participate in them.

Consciousness shifts bring forth power, energy, and curiosity. As with the Renaissance and its child the Reformation, those inspired by new paradigms reorganize society and culture.

There is a paradigm shift occurring right now, here, in our lifetimes and culture. This blog is just the first of a few posts on this subject, stay tuned…

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