Perspective and Paradigm Shifts

“A particular perspective is a particular way of thinking about something, especially one that is influenced by your beliefs or experiences.”

Changing perspective is essential to creative thinking, evolving in our ever changing world, building healthy relationships. and creating better business practices, but doing it can be a challenge. We pursue changing perspectives by creating and exploring “paradigm shifts” , or encompassing thinking pattern changes that make room for changes in the heart and mind, that can bring transformation.

To help define a ‘paradigm shift,’ we’ll take a look at its ethos and the genesis of the term.
The term, ‘Paradigm shift’ dates back to 1962 and a book called “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” by Thomas Kuhn, a well-known physicist, philosopher and historian of science, who introduced the now-widespread term to popular culture. 

In this sense, a paradigm shift is “an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.”

The same way that a paradigm shift is a measure for a revolutionary idea in science, so is it in psychological, emotional and spiritual application as well. A good example of this is something coined by Matt Donofrio, that I have quoted many times. “I stopped trying to reach my potential, and started walking in my purpose.”

The  “purpose” process can be traced to a  quote attributed to Aristotle: “Where your talents and the needs of the world intersect, therein lies your vocation.” Vocation, which derives from the Latin word, ‘vocare’ means ‘calling’ or as we know it, purpose. This is an area where science and spiritual realities converge. Usually secularism and science are seen to be at odds with the spiritual realm. But in fact as Rob Bell has said; “Everything is Spiritual”.  Indeed.

This is also where we integrate a “secular” form of cognitive therapy, REBT, (in an earlier post), with spiritual/Godly realities as “taking your thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Authors like Caroline Leaf are also instrumental in the convergence of these two worlds that allow science based concepts like “paradigm shifts” , to be used by all of us to help us discover God’s purposes in every area of our lives, where in previous generations, there was a great chasm between “religion” and secularism and science. 

Frankly, I believe we need a paradigm shift just to understand and embrace that reality itself.  It’s all God created.  “All things were created by Him, and for Him.”

BH/ Ayan Ahmed/Adapted

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