Just Another Name: New Definitions for a New Paradigm


Sam WelsbyContributor

London town is changing. It's cleaning up its act, becoming more sanitized, agreeable and appealing. On a sunny day I can see the City buildings shimmering in the haze from my local park on the hill; the ‘Walkie-Talkie' sticking out like a sore thumb wrapped in a bandage, and the ‘Shard' ostentatiously piercing the sky, letting everyone know who's boss. I feel a bit sorry for the ‘Walkie-Talkie', I'm sure he gets bullied by the other buildings, with their hard, sleek angles that say, “We mean business”. But he stands just as strong as the others, staunchly non-conformist, so while he's not as handsome as the rest, I have to respect him.

On one such hazy day, after watching the chemical trails from the planes cloud over the sun, I walked down through the park and came across a little boy. He was about 3 years old with blonde messy hair, cloudy blue eyes and was accompanied by a rather large black labrador. This little human seemed to be solely in charge of the dog and was trying to place the looped handle of the lead over a fence pole, unsuccessfully. I stopped and knelt down beside him.
”Hello, do you want a hand?” I asked, as this seemed like a ‘big person' job. He looked confused as I smiled and stroked the dog.
”Are you taking him for a walk?” Now my face was being licked.
”Yeah.” The little man said proudly.
”That's nice of you. What's his name?” He screwed up his face.
”Bramb-dilley”… Bramley?, Brandy?, Bromley? I persevered.
”That's a lovely name. And what's your name?” I hoped this would be an easier question, but the poor thing looked bewildered.
”Um … another name.”  That was a perfectly acceptable answer and I didn't want to take up any more of his time.
”Well you have a good day, goodbye.”
As he ran off towards his Dad I heard him shouting. “Daddy! It's a lady!”

I was glad my questions hadn't caused him any distress and smiled at the simple pleasure I get from these brief interactions I am indeed a lady and I like to think this little boy will grow up to make even more wondrous discoveries about the world. I'd be happy if he remains open and unafraid to ask questions and if the answers he receives don't satisfy him, I hope his curiosity spurs him on to find his own truths, because this is something I feel we have lost.

Shadows on the Wall

We are so conditioned to accept conventional wisdom that even if we do entertain a thought that breaks away from norm, we often keep it to ourselves for fear of sticking out like a sore thumb. Daring to question and postulate different views is not encouraged by our mainstream society. Our educational system teaches conformity not curiosity, as Jiddu Krishnamurti said,
“Society does not want individuals who are alert, keen, revolutionary, because such individuals will not fit into the established social pattern and they may break it up. That is why society seeks to hold your mind in its pattern, and why your so-called education encourages you to imitate, to follow, to conform.”

Our desire to conform is so ingrained that we often bypass our common sense in order to believe what we are told. Even though we have countless examples of things that just don't add up, we continue to look at the “shadows on the wall” instead of turning to face the truth This level of denial appears to be a human trait that has been with us for centuries. In Plato's ‘Allegory of the Cave' he speaks about our comfort with the status quo, the “shadows on the wall”, and our uneasiness with those who attempt to shine the light of truth to help us see things as they really are. We have become so disconnected to our natural way of being, through the propagation of a society managed by laws that defy logic while claiming to uphold it, that we are actually comfortable with the double-speak and hypocrisy that pervades all areas of our lives.

Making sense out of non-sense

Since the 1950s we have been coerced into believing that we need an abundance of synthesised products and that these products are better for us than natural ones. We do not need the majority of the things we produce and they actually cause harm to us and our environment, yet we continue to consume them. Many of us find it difficult to believe that natural plant based medicines  are more effective than pharmaceutical medicines, even though the  effects of these drugs can be dangerous and counter-productive. Why do we find it so hard to believe that the natural resources of our home planet have more effective healing properties than man-made substances produced in a laboratory? Why is it so unbelievable that we have the power to heal ourselves, when every medical trial provides us evidence that this is the case.

The Placebo Effect hich demonstrates the power of belief when it comes to healing, is disregarded as an anomaly by the medical profession, yet the implications are too far-reaching to ignore What if we could train our minds to believe we have the ability to heal ourselves of any illness. We would no longer need pharmaceutical drugs and the struggling healthcare systems of the world would be obsolete. Yet these seem like fantastical ideas to the ordinary mind that believes what it is told, as opposed to contemplating new possibilities.

New Definitions: New Paradigm

Whenever there is a paradigm shift or shift in consciousness, the new ideas that follow are heralded by the establishment as heretical. We are in such a time, yet the tide is turning. Science, the naysayers favourite defence mechanism, has broken free from the rigid, mechanistic view of the world purported by Newton. Quantum Physics offers us a new world view and an explanation of the nature and power of human consciousness. The discoveries of the past century show us that at the quantum level (the smallest level of existence we can measure) everything in the universe is pure energy; there is no matter, even though our five senses tell us otherwise. Our atoms are made up of mainly empty space; we are energy beings living within, and connected by, a sea of energy called the zero point field. If you imagine looking out at a vast ocean and seeing the multitude of waves moving in different ways but also connect as one body of water, you can understand how we as individuals interact with everything else at the quantum level.

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one” Albert Einstein

There is no separation between us and the external world; we finally have a scientific explanation of the spiritual teaching, “We are all one”. This new world view helps us understand concepts that have previously appeared impossible to the logical mind. Psychic phenomenon such as remote viewing, telepathy, distance healing and the utilisation of life force or “Chi”, that is taught by many of the martial arts, can all be explained if we accept that everything is connected, or as the physicists would say, we are all ‘entangled' on a quantum level. In his book ‘Men Who Stare at Goats” journalist Jon Ronson interviews many army and government officials who disclose information on covert operations that seek to explore and exploit these psychic phenomenon. He shows us that, once again, the people who ridicule these abilities, actually spend a lot of money in order to utilise the phenomenon to their advantage.

Belief is in the eye of the beholder

The most important findings of the experiments into the nature of human consciousness are that reality is malleable and we each create our own world through our beliefs. Our thoughts and emotions have a direct effect on our perceptions and our physical reality; we can see the world through rose tinted or dark glasses, both colour our view, but we do have the power to switch shades. We can swallow the pill that leads us to believe we are separate machines bumping into one another blindly with no purpose or power to make changes. Or we can take the blinkers off and begin to question everything so we turn things the right way up. Why are we taught that the accumulation of wealth is a worthwhile pursuit? Why are we more comfortable seeking external sources of happiness instead of looking within? Why are we so ready to believe conventional wisdom rather than see what is staring us so blatantly in the face? Why are we prepared to listen with our minds and not our hearts and hand over our power to a system based on selfishness, greed and short-term gain? We are taught that many aspects of our lives are fixed, yet they are not. Everything is up for review if you are prepared to let go of the fear and turn your face from the shadows on the wall. Once you do that you can give yourself a clean slate and redefine your life.

Here's to conscious evolution.

About the Author

Sam WelsbySam Welsby is a teacher of conscious evolution, freelance writer, social activist and healer helping people bridge the gap between their physical and spiritual selves. She offers guidance on how to navigate the catalysing energies of change through her articles, personal healing sessions and mentoring programs. Her healing techniques help people to release emotional trauma on multiple levels, so they can live life with clarity and purpose.

Through a practical approach of grounding spirit into physical reality, she teaches people to be their own gurus and supports them in taking inspired action to create the life they want. For information on how you can you can work with Sam, please visit. www.samwelsby.com

She has a BA in Education, Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Holistic Counselling a lifetime of study of esoteric information, the nature of consciousness and what it means to be spiritual.

* Copyright 2014 Sam Welsby

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