The Emerging Paradigm Shift and the Assumptions it is Questioning

“Similarly, he [David Bohm] believes that dividing the universe up into living and nonliving things also has no meaning. Animate and inanimate matter are inseparately woven, and life, too, is enfolded throughout the totality of the universe. Even a rock is in some way alive, says Bohm, for life and intelligence are present not only in all of matter, but in “energy,” “space,” “time,” “the fabric of the entire universe,” and everything else we abstract out of the holomovement and mistakenly view as separate things.”

–Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe, p. 50

All somethings are someones.     –David Spangler

These new paradigm writers are asking us to question the assumptions/presuppositions we’ve had for the past few centuries. These assumptions include materialism, reductionism, and the influence of randomness.  They are asking us to investigate different assumptions such as

  • consciousness as the origin of matter, energy, and the laws of nature (Goswami)
  • we are one being in many physical forms (Haisch)
  • we can consciously influence our own evolution (Barbara Marx Hubbard)
  • subjects, objects, and space are unified (Rosen, Haramein)
  • we’re subject to both quantum and classical effects (Goswami)
  • we comprise one global mind (Laszlo, Harmon)
  • we tap into a transcendental world that exists in potential (Haisch, Goswami, Bohm)
  • creation as subtraction from the infinite rather than building from elementary particles (Haisch, kaballah)
  • inherent paradox

These shifts might seem easy to accept intellectually.  We can talk about them the same way we talk about what we had for dinner last night. They make great party conversation starters. If they’re left at that, well, we might as well dig our rational materialist union cards back out and stop pretending we’re not. How do we embody these assumptions? What can we create from them?

When it became clear that the earth was indeed round rather than flat, it really didn’t change the lives of many people in the short run. Even today, when I walk to the store or ride my bike, I operate in such a confined space on the globe that it indeed seems flat.  I don’t have to account for the earth’s curvature when I plan my trips.  I hope, however, the airplane pilot doesn’t make such assumptions when s/he’s jetting me across the Atlantic to Europe. What did the awareness of the roundness (more or less) of the earth open up for us? In some ways, I think that is the foundation for our understanding of our interconnectedness. The polluted water we dump into the rivers and oceans isn’t going to run off the edge, where we don’t have to bother with it anymore. Nope. It all stays here. Similarly, what will our awareness of our oneness as a being open up for us? What will become available to us from the adoption and exploration of these assumptions?

The question in the forefront of my mind is, How do we come from such perspectives?

How do we speak from the perspective of the one global mind? the unity of space, subject, and object? the inherent paradoxical beings that we are?

That’s the point of this blog, to begin to develop ways to do that. Other teachers are showing us how to do it through our being, by developing mindfulness practices, intuition, and other ways of inter-being. That is part of it. I’m a Gemini; my thing is language, so I’m working on the language angle.  Each of us has our angle, and each angle is necessary to the whole. As we develop the capacity to hold more than just our own individual angle, we develop what I call “diamond consciousness” (as opposed to facet consciousness, where you’re mired in your own facet and can’t see the others–others have named this distinction “perspectival” versus “aperspectival”). We then can become completely aware that we are the global, unified, paradoxical, uber-being that is all of us and is more than just all of us.

Authors/books referenced above

Bohm, David. Wholeness and the Implicate Order.

Goswami, Amit. The Self-Aware Universe.

Haisch, Bernard. The God Theory.

Harman, Willis. Global Mind Change.

Hubbard, Barbara Marx. Conscious Evolution.

Laszlo, Ervin. Quantum Shift in the Global Brain.

Rosen, Steven M. The Self-Evolving Cosmos.

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  3. gold account says:

    This is why I prefer the term process to progress. I think the processes get more complex and develop in certain ways but I think there’s too much conflation of developmental processes with progress. I’m not saying there is no progress either just that it is a much more multi-variable reality than it is often made out to be in the integral world.

  4. This new level of openness and connection in Integral (and beyond) also opens us to Universal Mind even more, as we no longer grasp quite so tightly to our small ego’s perspective. One of the treasures of realized aperspectival development is the correlative acceleration of spiritual evolution. More and more of our sense of self is now centered in the transcendent, who we know ourselves to be is the absolutely clear and radiant connection fundamental in all beings. And as we practice resting in this state of awareness, the oneness of all that is becomes our experience, not a belief or a slogan, but a clear and stable perception.

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