What is a paradigm and how does it show up?
A paradigm is a belief system in our subconscious.
Our subconscious mind is what we are operating with the majority of our day.
The subconscious mind is programmed by the thoughts we are thinking on a continual basis. Put thought with feeling and that becomes a memory.
That is why most of us can remember where we were and what we were doing on 911. Our FEELINGS changed and the thoughts and experiences at that time were imprinted in our memory.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – (Thought with feelings of the heart) Proverbs 23:7
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
It means then, that we have many subconscious memories or ideas that we are operating with on a daily basis.
Sometimes these thoughts are good and empowering. Sometimes they are limiting if gone unchecked.
We just want to recognize when they show up so they aren’t controlling your life. You want to be in the driver’s seat of your life; the part of YOU that has the ability to OBSERVE what you are thinking.
There is a part of you that can “Stand guard at the portal of your mind” – so that when a paradigm shows up, you can recognize it, and you can willfully repattern it and move past it.
Paradigms are like weeds in a flower bed. You want to pay attention when they show up, so you can prune them out and they don’t stop the flowers from growing, or stop YOU from growing.
It’s not a one and done thing. Just like weeds aren’t.
You may have been studying self-development for years – You may have been working on your faith and Trust in God.
Then suddenly you find yourself in a new situation – outside of your comfort zone.
For example: Maybe you’re used to spending most of your time with your loved one. Then the time comes when they have to leave to pursue their own dreams, or they go out of town for a few days or maybe longer.
The point is, you find yourself alone and part of your identity has been with this person.
Thoughts (paradigms) may show up by saying things like, “See, you’re all alone.” “They must not have loved you enough to stay.” “What are you going to do now?” “How are you supposed to live without them?”
Uninterrupted those thoughts and feelings increase in volume saying things like, “Nobody loves you!” “You’re going to be all alone and you aren’t strong enough to do this own your own!”
When paradigms like that show up, allow yourself to feel those feelings. Move through those emotions, just do it responsibly. A part of you is observing your actions through this process. After you’ve cried or prayed or moved through some of the emotion – Use YOUR WILL (the ability to give yourself a command and follow it) to turn on music you love, watch a motivational video – meditate – read an inspiring book – to DO SOMETHING to elevate your emotions.
Redirect your thoughts and feelings to gratitude. RE-mind yourself of a scripture or affirmation that empowers you. Something like, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Say it out loud if you can.
Go to bed that night ONLY thinking thoughts of gratitude and love for yourself and loved ones.
If you do this with an open heart, the next morning will be a new day. You will begin to recognize that you are safe in this new environment, and you will have begun re-patterning some of those limiting beliefs into a sense of personal strength and courage.
You will have pruned out a weed (a limiting belief) that’s been keeping you smaller than who you really are.
You are beginning to reprogram your subconscious mind to a freer, fuller, more expansive way of Being.
Paradigms are powerful but your SPIRIT is way more powerful. YOU have the power to repattern or prune out limiting paradigms, so that you can move more confidently in the direction of your purpose in this amazing gift of life that we’ve been given.
Remember to continuously stand guard at the portal of your mind.
Love you guys! Make it a great day!!
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