“Smile, people won’t like you if you’re not nice.” “Don’t be silly, that’s only your imagination.” “Money is evil.” “I’m a bad person”. “Be Happy!” “Now be a good little girl and do as you’re told.” “People only want to be around positive people.” “Be a man like your dad and stop crying.” “Children are to be seen and not heard.” “What will people think.” “Why can’t you be like everyone else?” “Thinking of yourself is being selfish, and nobody likes that.” “Only Catholics (substitute Jew, Mormon, various brands of born again Christians, Muslim, etc.) go to heaven.” “Evil thoughts are only from evil people.” “People with degrees are better people and more important to know.” “Life is hard, you need to be tough to survive.” “Be careful who you trust.”
Many years ago, in keeping with my life focus, I chose to call my website New Paradigm Health to reflect the paradigm shifts that occur when one steps out of the box of conventional thinking. For those of you who are not familiar with this jargon, “paradigm” simply means a way of seeing things, a perspective and perception. The literal definition for “paradigm” refers to a “philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind” while the reference of “paradigm shift” indicates a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions”. Nowadays it seems the term “new paradigm” has almost become a mainstream phrase.
When we have shifts in our perception, in the way we view people, happenings and life itself, this is what I am referring to as a “paradigm shift”. Let’s use a very simple little example to see the various perceptions of the same thing: Imagine looking at your home from the front door. Now go around to the back of the house and look from there. In a helicopter, look down on your house, seeing it now from a completely different angle. Each view is distinct, isn’t it? Has the house changed? No, the house is still the same house even though each position offers a different view. This is how everything we view in life is seen only through our own unique perception. Shifting the perception changes the view – pretty simple!
Your Health, Your Beliefs
You may wonder why I listed a few very simple beliefs at the beginning of this section. What does what you or I believe have to do with our health, you may well ask. Well, from my perspective and from that of many others, our beliefs literally translate out to our biology. Indeed, I see beliefs as being at the core of our physical expression. Beliefs are energetically stored in the body; when they accumulate in an area they can, and usually do, manifest on the physical level. Therefore, when we experience personal paradigm shifts, these often translate out into physiological changes, shifting our very health and wellness. With these shifts in consciousness, there appears to be an actual change at the cellular level.
As we explore beliefs, we see how these become the filters through which we uniquely view life, hence what we believe becomes our reality. Bruce Lipton wrote Biology of Beliefs based on this realization, thus opening the field of Epigenetics, an area fascinating to me with my genetics background. Prior to Bruce’s book, Candace Pert published her Molecules of Emotions, making a significant contribution to the scientific evidence of the biochemical nature of our emotions and, in this way, providing a validation to Bruce’s work.
Epigenetics is addressing the impact of our environment on cellular activity, meaning that everything happening in our lives – our belief systems, our internal environment and the physical external environment – all translate into our physical manifestations in our body. That’s a pretty profound statement, don’t you think? Interestingly, once the field of epigenetics became defined it provided a scientific basis for why the consciousness-based energy medicine of BodyTalk translates out to physiological and physical changes in the body. Many other prestigious physicians, physicists and authors such as Norm Shealy MD, Deepak Chopra MD, Todd Ovokaitys MD, Brugh Joy MD, Allan Hamilton MD, John W. Travis MD, James Oschman PhD, Joseph C. Pearce (The Biology of Transcendence), as well as The Institute of HeartMath to name but a few, have come to the same conclusion of the interaction between ones environment, core beliefs, and the physical body.
Your body puts you in touch with your inner truth. It will assist you in becoming free.
We have finally reached the place where there is a wide acceptance of these interactive aspects of ones state of wellness. This goes beyond seeing dis-ease as simply a physical state. Each human being is unique with, it seems, a unique life story containing ones unique mix of experiences, emotions, family interactions, belief systems, attitudes, expectations and hereditary factors. It appears also that past energies have an influence.
When viewed from this perspective, we use the term “holistic” or “wholeness” as meaning encompassing all aspects of an individual, which is commonly referred to as the body-mind-spirit interaction. This leads into the realization that “illness” can no longer be viewed simply as a physical phenomenon. On the contrary, we can say our dis-eases are a combination of many multiple factors, each contributing to our overall state of physical/emotional/spiritual wellness, our very wholeness. It has become clear one’s physical condition cannot be separated out from the myriad of these interacting aspects that make up “you”.
Underlying all of these multiple factors, in my experience from my years of teaching energy medicine, is that there is still the under-belly of all dis-ease which is our beliefs, and which needs to be addressed. Being open to possibility, being willing to see life from a different perspective, will result in a new you. Simply shift your perception and changing your life without changing a single thing can become your reality.
Many now seek Integrative Functional Medicine rather than the outdated limited approach of conventional medicine. Just as everything about us translates out to our degree of wellness, so must everything we know (all forms of therapies, conventional allopathic western medicine, eastern Ayurvedic, Chinese Medicine) be incorporated into viewing ones state of wellness. We have entered an era of integration. It is no longer that one modality works for everything; integration of all that we know is the modality of today. Indeed, in Australia a study was done which showed that over 50% of the population now initially seeks something other than allopathic (conventional western) medicine as their first line of investigation when addressing a health concern. (source: Alternative and Complementary Medicine in Australia, posted by International Education Site.)
We are living in exciting times and many recognize, myself included, that there have been a number of collective paradigm shifts in various aspects since the 1980s. Acceleration of change has been rapidly increasing to where we are now, this place that feels like a major turning point. We are seeing an increasing awareness among many regarding life on planet Earth. We are witnessing public out-cry and demonstrations in various areas such as the environment and in particular our fight against genetic modification, humanitarian happenings and, at great personal risk, large public marches against regimes. There is an ever-growing demand for conscious business, which is what “Occupy Wallstreet” was really about. There does appear to be a shift in consciousness unfolding. Be the change you want to see in the world.