The Paradigm

Student: Is there a time when the secrets of the universe will be revealed?

Master: There are no secrets in the universe. The One is not hidden. The One is obvious anywhere you choose to look. You need only look with the Heart.

Student: We are looking. We’re trying to learn and understand all we can about the world we live in.

Master: You are looking with your mind. Your mind does not allow you to see clearly. Your mind decides, before you look, what you will see. You must learn to look with your Heart.

A paradigm is a pattern, or an example. Patterns and examples have boundaries that represent something. A pattern for a dress defines what the dress will look like when it is finished. In making a dress, we lay a pattern on our chosen material and cut away all the material that is outside the pattern. When we have finished, the material is not just in the shape of a dress, it is in the shape of our chosen pattern for a dress.

In giving an example of an automobile race, I may say that all the cars are lined up facing the same direction, and they travel around an oval track as fast as they can, each driver trying to remain ahead of the others. This definition gives you an example of how an automobile race, as I define it, might take place. Patterns and examples tell us what things should look like and how they should work.

Remember, a paradigm is a pattern, or an example. The examples of the dress and the automobile race might give you the impression that paradigms are already established, and that we just select one that fits what we are involved in. But paradigms are self created and totally personal. What type of dress came into your mind when the example was given? Did you think of a long flowered dress taken in at the waist, or a short skirt? What kind of cars were in your automobile race? Were they 500 types, or formula ones? Do you have any idea what I was thinking when I gave the examples? Each of us has established a paradigm based on our past experience and knowledge. Although we may agree on the basic outline of a paradigm, every one of us is unique, and our individual paradigms reflect it.

A paradigm is activated by attention. The moment you read the previous examples, your paradigm was activated. This happens every time you focus your attention. When you read the word "dog," your paradigm eliminates all the cats and cows in your memory and places a dog on your conscious view screen. Woops! Right then, cats and cows entered your awareness. But that was only because you read the words "cats and cows." They came within your attention. If the words hadn’t been there, your paradigm would not have allowed them into your awareness.

You may get the impression that a paradigm only limits what we will accept, like when it filtered out elephants and snakes, but it does more than that. The moment you became aware of a dress pattern, your paradigm kicked in and processed all the dresses you have in your memory. The dress that appeared in on your conscious view screen was a combination of all the dresses, but it included more information than just dresses. It may have included the table you use to cut out the pattern, a sewing machine , a pin cushion, or any number of a host of memories that simply fit into the image of a dress in the making.

The paradigm draws on information from our mind, gathers it together, and refines it to fit our understanding of reality. There could have been many different types of cars in your race. You have everything from Volkswagens to Limos in your memory. But your paradigm selected only those that fit your concept of an automobile race. In addition, it selected a track that you may be familiar with, a position from which to watch the race, a checkered flag, pit crews, and any information you have in your mind that relates to an automobile race. Again, your paradigm is selecting and refining information from your mind to give you the experience you hold in your attention.

Paradigms live in our minds. You have just drawn on information stored in your mind, filtered and refined it through your paradigm, and responded to the examples of a dress and an automobile race -- and some dogs, cats, cows, elephants, and snakes. All this was a response of your mind, through paradigm, to the words I chose to write and the examples I decided to give. You may think that you have reached as far into your mind as you can, but you have just scratched the surface.

Your mind, you see, is not in your brain. Your brain is a physical thing. You have just learned that all physical things are, in essence, pure holographic energy. Where, then, is your mind?

You may have the feeling that your thoughts are happening in mind, and that your mind is in your brain, in your head. Most scientists believe that awareness is a function of the brain, and that what we call the mind can be found by studying the brain. Almost any book you read on the workings of the brain uses the terms "brain" and "mind" interchangeably. But remember, the quantum world is a world of pure holographic energy, a world where physical things appear only when this energy is observed. Yet, it is with the physical senses that we are defining the laws of quantum physics. We have learned to trust these senses, and to believe that what we are experiencing in our awareness is a result of our physical observations.

But, if the physical matter of the brain and the product of our physical senses exists under the same rules that all physical matter in the quantum world exists, as pure energy, it must first have been observed. Some attention, some form of awareness has to be present before it can become a physical thing. The brain and the senses, being physical, are the result of attention and expectation. The brain and the physical senses must, by the very laws that they have defined, be limited. So, to say that awareness is a function of the brain is absurd considering our understanding of how physical matter relates to the quantum world. Consciousness cannot be a function of the brain. The mind cannot be in the brain. The brain, like anything we observe or study in our physical world, must be the reflection of attention and expectation on a level beyond the physical. Our mind is not in the brain. Our mind is energy. It is, as with all in the energy of the quantum world, everywhere and interconnected.

When my Master speaks of the mind, she is not talking about the brain. She explains that the brain is simply a physical organ and, like any other organ of the body, it has a function. The function of the brain is to reflect the images that our mind is presenting to us. It is much like the movie screen in the cinema. The mind, by the same comparison, is the projector. The mind is energy, and as such, is holographically connected to all energy that is. Because of this, it has access to all potential and possibility.

The mind can be looked upon as a projector with the ability to present any or all images in holographic energy, but with programs that limit and refine the information and the resulting images it presents. The programs of our mind limit our awareness of the world around us, the holographic energy of the quantum world, in order to give us the experience of our movie of reality. These programs are the paradigm through which our mind selects and refines which frames of holographic potential will appear on our view screen, the view screen of the brain, and which will not.

Our mind is energy. We have, in our mind, access to all the energy of the holographic world. But we also have expectations of what our movie of reality should look like and how it should work. These expectations are the foundation of our paradigm. These expectations cause our paradigm to filter the holographic potential and refine it to meet our view of reality.

Remember, our mind is energy, and all energy is holographic. When we focus our attention on a dress, an unlimited number of possibilities become available to our mind. These possibilities include not only the dresses that we have seen and experienced in our movie of reality, but every possibility for a dress that exists. Again, our mind is energy. We have, in our mind, access to the entire potential of holographic energy.

Paradigms limit other possibilities. The pattern for a dress limits the final product. We will not produce a shirt by following the pattern for a dress. Our paradigm for an automobile race does not result in a boxing match. In this way, our paradigm is a filter. It filters our holographic awareness and selects what we become aware of.

But the process of filtering is just one function of our paradigm. Our paradigm refines and shapes information in our memory, as well as the holographic potential of the quantum world, and presents it in a way that meets our expectations. It is important to remember that our paradigm is not just a filter. Our paradigm selects and refines the holographic information in our mind. It does this in response to our attention, and accomplishes it in a manner that meets our expectations. Our mind then projects the results onto our view screen of conscious awareness. This presentation of our mind becomes our reality as they are played out on the view screen of our brain.

If this is true, we should be able to access holographic potential with just a change of attention. Well, we can. But first, we will have to take a closer look at the paradigm and our mind.

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