Paradigm Shift: where the view we have always accepted as truth expands and clarifies because we have learned more or learned differently.
Think of a Paradigm Shift as a change from one way of thinking to another. It's a revolution, a transformation, a sort of metamorphosis. It just does not happen, but rather it is driven by agents of change.
Here's a metaphor for you, to help you visualize what I'm talking about: Imagine me (or you, or "Red" from Fraggle Rock if you like) pushing with all their might and energy against a steel door set in a brick wall because you subconciously know something you fear is on the other side. Then in a matter of seconds, the wall disapears and you fall smack dab into the cushy mess that was once your fear. You roll around in it, it clings to you and you are dizzy with the exhertion of having pushed against it so hard for so long. Momentarily you are dazed by the fact that this thing you feared - not ever knowing what it was - caught you when you 'fell' and isn't half so prickly as you would have imagined.
This is what happens when I learn something new. My subconcious is pushing against the flow of understanding becuase it fears the responsibility that comes with it.
When my paradigm shifts -often without a clutch - it physically hurts my brain. Right before a shift, I have a tendancy to get really angry. I say irrational victimized things like, "Why doesn't this just change?" or "Stupid principles!" In one sentance, I am asking why things don't do what I want them to without having to invest any time or energy to get it done. In the second I curse the governing laws of my body, my world and my universe. All in all, the majority of what I say the moments before I shift are the death throes of my old paradigm.
Then I hear or think that particular truth that gives me a new visual perscription on life. The wall doesn't have time to crumble and I certainly don't have time to open the door and walk leisurely through. It disapears. It disintigrates and I tumble headlong into a truer paradigm.
So this is the question I asked myself last night before going to bed: "How often in one's life should they expect their perspective to change? How many times in a year? How many times in a week?"
Then I looked back over the past week and counted up mine. Four huge ones and at least six smaller ones. Post if you want me to, and I'll share.
I say we must strive for a paradgim shift a day! Though they are jarring and greater responsibility follows the increase in knowledge, so does the JOY!!!