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The Paradigm Shift that Changes Everything

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Learning to See–Part Four

I promised in Part 3 of this Learning to See series that I would talk about a paradigm shift that can change everything for you.

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It can change your belief in your ability to heal, and ignite healing.

It can help you understand our medical and other institutions better, and make more informed decisions about your health and other matters.

It can change how you experience the world, yourself, God, other people.

It can change the way you vote.

It can open the way for miracles to happen so often that they can seem commonplace.

AND—it will cause you to swim against the current culture.

However, that will be a bit easier because you will understand more of what’s underneath the current forces of culture and develop a strong sense of agency, that you can create change and make choices.

We have been examining how we can “learn to see” from different perspectives to build some “muscles.” Now I’m going to show you where to go with your newfound “agility.”

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First of all, we need to understand that we are part of, and largely influenced by (unconsciously) a particular worldview that has dominated most of the Western world for some 300 years.

It is a Newtonian “way of looking.”

Bear with me, because this will give you perspective on the world as it’s come to be perceived by most, and why the healthcare, political, economic, education and just about any other system out there are the way they are.

Most importantly, you will glimpse the world that is possible, and how important you are in the whole grand scheme of things.

(You’ll also gain a clearer understanding of how The Healing Codes work, why people resist them, and what makes miracles possible.)

Sir Isaac Newton

We must start with Sir Isaac Newton, who pretty much founded the modern scientific method and so much of the way our modern society operates.

Newton’s background sets a fascinating, if perhaps speculative, psychological context for his theories. His mother was raped, and she abandoned him as a child—a trauma he never resolved.

His biographer, Frank Manuel, says he suffered from very bad anxiety and panic attacks. Manuel argues that the chief source of Newton’s desire to know, and need for certainty, was his anxiety and fear of the unknown.

He writes,

“Knowledge that everything could be mathematized ended his quandaries. The fact that the world obeyed mathematical laws was his security. To force everything in the heavens and on earth into one rigid time frame from which even the most minuscule detail would not be allowed to escape free and random—this was the underlying need of this anxiety-ridden man. It was Newton’s fortune that a large portion of his total system was acceptable to the European society as a perfect representation of reality.”

Newton’s name became attached to a whole age that grew out of this worldview.

(Do you see how “heart issues” can affect so much?

Also, I can’t help but wonder: what would the world look like if his mother had aborted him? The influence of one life . . .)

Here are some of the key assumptions of the Newtonian worldview. Where do you see these playing out in our institutions?

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1. Everything is separate from everything else. The only way things interact is from direct physical contact. Reality is a zero-sum game: if I win, you lose, and vice versa. We live in an anarchistic world, with everyone out for themselves. There is a great need to focus on “us” vs. “them,” keeping the (separate) self safe and protected at any cost.

2. Everything is reducible to the parts. The focus is reductionist, linear, and cause and effect. If you can take everything apart and understand the parts, then you can understand the whole. And if we can understand the whole, we can control it.

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The strong value of efficiency that grew out of this drove the Industrial Revolution, and the subsequent specialization, bureaucracy needed to control it all, as well as automation and the assembly line.

We see this specialization in many areas of knowledge, including medicine, don’t we? This reductionist approach undermines any sense that things can be interconnected and interdisciplinary. It also undermines any chance for creative energy to fuel endeavors.

3. One of Newton’s biggest assumptions was that everything can be determined. If you know the parameters, you can predict how things will go. (Computer models of the pandemic come to mind for anyone else?) There’s the illusion that certainty and control are possible; there is a world “out there” that we can understand and control.

The big blind spot here is this neglects the roles of chance, intuition, synchronicities, and the influence of the divine. The Newtonian worldview assumes the divine, mind, emotions have no effect on the material world.

4. Which brings us to the very materialistic focus of Newtonian worldview. The world is physical, made up of matter, and matter is all that matters. There’s a “real world” out there that we are completely independent of, that we can know, that we all experience the same way. Everything is reduced to a mathematical equation.

These assumptions and ways of looking dominated the world for around 300 years.

Enter Quantum Physics

A hundred years ago, a whole new paradigm entered the world: quantum physics. Einstein, Heisenberg and others turned the Newtonian paradigm on its head. Though it’s been around for more than a century, the implications on a personal level are yet to be experienced by most people.

Making this shift ourselves will open a whole world of possibility, healing, and grace.

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Let me provide a very “layman’s” summary of this world view, and then I’ll give you my perspective as a Christian believer on the two views.

1. In the quantum universe, everything that exists in the universe is made up of tiny pieces of energy called quanta. Everything is actually energy, Einstein said, albeit the manifestation may be in different forms.

2. Everything is also interconnected, entangled. Everything in the universe affects, and is affected by, everything else. The whole affects the parts, and the parts affect the whole. We are one entangled and interconnected universe.

3. There is no “objective reality” “out there.” Merely observing something changes the character of the thing. This is called the “observer effect.” The nature of the thing is determined by the observer. “Reality” only comes into being as it’s observed. Therefore, consciousness pervades everything.

Then there’s the “uncertainty principle.” Things exist in pairs of qualities, such as light being a particle or wave. These pairs can co-exist, but if you observe one the other will not be observable. Light can be either a particle or a wave, but cannot be observed as both at the same time. What manifests is only what’s observed.

4. The universe is participatory. Because we are all connected, and observing something brings it into being, we can actually co-create reality. What goes on inside us can truly affect other people.

I believe this is why we can do a Healing Code for ourselves, release it to a loved one, and they can heal too. This is why we can pray for others and it has an effect.

My Christian Take on All This

I think the Christian worldview incorporates both the Newtonian and the quantum.

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There is an objective reality, a fixed point: God (alone). He has created certain laws that are predictable (though God reserves the right to override those laws to create miracles any time he wants).

It also incorporates the human tendency toward attempting control (trying to be God ourselves out of fear that stems from uncertainty), competition, materialism—all a denial or rejection of God’s rule.

Though the Christian church, by and large, is still stuck in a Newtonian worldview, there is much room for the quantum view.

A number of scriptures point to the fact that the unseen is the real reality, and that faith itself is “the substance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the bedrock of being a Christian, yet most relegate it to intellectual consent rather than a whole-hearted trust in realities that are only revealed in Scripture.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:8).

“Though you have not seen him, you love him [Jesus]; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).

Yet, usually when I have tried to explain energy or The Healing Codes with most people in my personal circle of believers, they look at me askance, mumble something about “New Age,” and shut down. They also shut me out.

If everything is energy, we are all connected, we can co-create what happens—does this motivate you to work on your own healing and want to share it with others?

It does for me. It bolsters my faith, makes me more motivated to pray and heal myself. According to the quantum view, my healing can actually make a difference in the world at large.

This too is mentioned in scripture, in a way. Paul’s discourse in 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of how the body of believers, which he terms “the body of Christ,” is one body with many parts. All affect each other, all are affected by each other. (Sound familiar?) And all have a role to play in the health of the whole body.

There is one caveat, though. Paul says this is true of believers. Those who are connected to God through the means God provided—Jesus, Son of God, whose death and resurrection Christians celebrate every Easter—are the ones that are able to experience the life of God.

I’m sorry if this sounds exclusionary. It’s not what I’m saying, it’s what the Bible says. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).

At the same time, this life is totally inclusive, because this it is available to absolutely anyone who is willing to accept it: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

If we are to allow God to be God, then we have to submit to his terms, no? Otherwise, we’re the ultimate arbiters—and that means we’re making ourselves God.

Apparently there’s room in the universe for only one God. And this God is love, and he invites everyone into his family.

And when we do so, all the wonderful “truths” of quantum physics fully apply:

  • We are never alone. There are at least 14 promises in scripture that God will never leave us nor forsake us.

  • The “everything” we are a part of is not just everything in the world, but more strongly, the “kingdom of God.” We have eternal life—a whole new quality of life.

  • We experience grace—favor we don’t have to earn by “being good.” There is a remedy when we fall short (and everyone does): admitting the truth and receiving forgiveness and grace.

  • We no longer have to strive to survive. There is a new paradigm, the paradigm of love and grace. We can forgive others, for we have been forgiven. We can even love our enemies, and thus break the cycle of violence, “us” vs. “them,” looking out for #1. We can trust God is looking out for us, and we can look out for others.

Back to the Bates Method: to improve our vision, we need to go through the uncomfortable period of stepping down our glasses prescription so our eyes can get stronger as we practice new vision habits. This means not seeing so well for a while as our eyes adjust and grow stronger.

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Photo by Erika Fletcher

Similarly, “learning to see” from a new paradigm takes some adjustment and is uncomfortable. It pits us against the mainstream. People may think you’re crazy to believe that mere energy can do anything to heal. Medical professionals may pressure you into that materialistic, mechanistic view of the body.

Believing a different “story” may also set you against family and friends.

So it’s your choice. That’s the beautiful thing about this paradigm. Ultimately, we can’t control very much, despite our desperate desire to do so. (Which is why the Newtonian approach is so enticing.)

What we can control is what we pay attention to. The quantum way—the biblical way—says that that matters supremely. Eternally, if you will.

Once these words were imprinted upon my soul: “All perspectives exist in the quantum realm. Choose the perspective that keeps you in gratitude, joy and peace.”

Succinct, wise words, that I don’t attribute to myself.

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