In all my years of working with others to help them understand and access the paradigm that a WEL-Systems journey makes possible, it has never occurred to me to first speak to and identify the existing paradigm in which we live. I have always assumed that it was obvious. These days, I’m thinking, not so much….
Trying to answer that question is like asking the fish: “How’s the water?” The likely answer from the fish will be : ‘What water?” How could it be otherwise when all it knows is what it knows.
The fish only knows ‘what is’ (what we call ‘water’ but what the fish would know as ‘reality’) as its absolute truth or ‘reality’; and has no concept of ‘not water’.
Whether we notice it or not, our world… the world of our parents, our having been parented; the world of family, school, church, work and community sits in a ‘reality’ that is never questioned. We just live it, never thinking to ask ourselves: What is this ‘reality’ and is it anything I want to be a part of? Who designed this reality? How did I come to be so unhesitatingly bound to and by it?
Our existing reality can be called many other things. It can be called ‘cultural conditioning’ – a way of passing that reality from one generation to the next – through the most powerful forces that shape culture : family systems. It can be called ‘mind control’ or ‘mind share’, recognizing that what I am taught to believe as real and true is not presented to me as a suggestion or an invitation – it is presented to me as an absolute truth and reality. In that world, what is there to question? All the fish know better than to try to live in ‘not water’!
And yet, in the last 50 years, our reality has been profoundly challenged by the ever-unfolding discoveries of our science. With technology that allows us to see much deeper within ( a metaphor, perhaps, for where we’re choosing to look?); and with ways to seeing linkages and connections that for generations we had no idea even existed, we are coming to discover that there are many ways not only to see more of our world but to completely reconsider and redefine that world, itself. In that, we must stop and ask: what meaning does this hold for who and what we are as human beings? What potential does it make available that we were never before able to even consider let alone access and engage?
In light of what we’ve discovered, our current ‘reality’ is nothing more than an opinion, compiled from incomplete and often outdated science and passed down from one generation to the next, without question or invitation to challenge and explore. Our existing world… our existing paradigm… is one that is grounded in and molded and shaped by a presumption of accuracy and truth when in fact, it represents no such thing. Our existing world/reality/paradigm, like any other, is held together by our commitment to hold as ‘true’ what we have been told to hold in our awareness. Our reality, as evidenced by current global events, is a by-product of what we choose to call ‘real’ and the subsequent choices that ‘reality’ demands in order to hold it in place. We are rapidly discovering that indeed, the Emperor has no clothes.
A WEL-Systems journey is a gateway to a new paradigm; one that is no more or less a ‘reality’ or ‘truth’. What it represents is an invitation to consider new things; and to consider differently, those things we have already considered. It is an expression of a willingness and an ability to take what we already know as real and true – like the notion of ‘family’, for example – and allow ourselves to consider our experience of ‘family’ through a very different lens. Our resulting outcome is not good/bad, right or wrong.. it simply ‘is’ an invitation to open ourselves to a new intelligence… to the truth of our own experience rather than the imposed ‘truth’ of a powerful collective committed to its own sustainability.
Any existing truth or reality – that of church, school, parenting, money, growth, relationship, disease, addiction, etc – can be taken from the existing paradigm in which we live (which I have chosen to call the Newtonian model of the world) and can be re-examined and re-experienced in a WEL-Systems journey (which is a journey through both the old paradigm and a gateway to a new paradigm) with startling results.
What we soon discover is that the glue that binds in the current paradigm… the ‘existing reality’ that is shared without question by fish the world over… is external referencing. We look outside ourselves, to someone/something else that is more powerful, more ‘right’ and more intelligent than ourselves, in exchange for being given what we want and kept safe. It begins with parents then moves seamlessly to teachers, religious guides, coaches, bosses, etc… all the way allowing our personal truth to be subjugated to the mandatory truth of someone outside ourselves. Unquestionable truth is always the pathway to slavery of the mind.
This new (and in my opinion much more powerful) paradigm – with a WEL-Systems journey as the stepping stones to its gateway – demands that we be internally referenced, trusting the truth of our own experience and allowing our internal cues to guide us. This approach, in our existing reality, is a dangerous and profound threat to its very existence.
Like you can never know the truth of the experience of swimming if you are unwilling to enter the water, so can you never know the truth of a different paradigm if you are unwilling to dive into an exploration of the one you’re in ! You cannot find and experience a new paradigm by staying in the one you’re in; and you cannot choose to move away from it until you know you’re in it! Like the fish, we must come to know water that we might also discover ‘not water’. A WEL-Systems journey offers a tried, tested and profoundly effective pathway to discovering both ‘water’ and ‘not water’; and to allowing you to choose where you live.
When I wrote Fully Alive , it reflected the simple yet powerful journey that I had taken to be able to see that the Emperor had no clothes. With that discovery, I became willing to discover more! When I wrote Phoenix Rising , I had discovered much more than new things to see – I had discovered new eyes through which to see. Today, standing as the Quantum Biological Human™ that I know myself to be, I design my life and live by an inner truth that guides me forward, without hesitation.
Read! Take the big risk and allow yourself to discover what you already suspect! Acquire new information and new ways of being. Without these discoveries, you are destined to ‘try’ to create your new life inside the box of the old one… and will never even notice you’re still in the box.
Your life is indeed, up to you to design.