The current edition of the New Paradigm Journal
is encompassing the major changes that are occurring on the planet
at the moment. We are indeed at a transitory period or a transition
point and things are moving very, very rapidly in terms of consciousness
and also technology.
A child born today has at his fingertips a whole
world. The internet is so vast and the information is so vast that
it would take a trillion brains to assimilate and comprehend all
the information that is there. However, there is, it seems a mighty
change occurring which is giving life to a new form of information
and a new knowledge. This new form of information and knowledge
is based on what we may call loosely The New Paradigm. It has been
alluded to by Albert Einstein when he said " if human kind
is to survive there has to be a substantially new manner of thinking".
Vaclav Havel, former President of Czechoslovakia,
said we need a massive change in consciousness to survive. Certainly
the current technology that we currently have is an aid to consciousness
change. There is so much in terms of biofeedback for our brains
and our hearts and so many ways by which we can monitor our breathing
and our heart rhythms to try and cohere our very being into a new
understanding and comprehension and intuitive realization of the
nature of ourselves and our deep and intimate connection with our
This has been taken even further by the large
number of organizations that are creating global peace coherence
bringing together many, many people around the world who through
collective meditation and intention focus on changing unhappy events
into positive outcomes even with respect to climate change itself.
Al Gore's recent talk on TED was about the need for a change in
consciousness if people are really to understand and comprehend
that we are now at tipping point in terms of our planet and our
survival on it.
Very few people seem to realize that , in order
to survive, our states of mind have to become cooperative and mutually
supportive. It can The threat of of nuclear Armageddon is being
eclipsed by the unforgettable fight against the biosphere itself.
We are the unforgiving species in this process,
as our ecological footprints eclipse and threaten the survival of
the biological diversity of species that operates around us.
It is within this context that The New Paradigm
journal is looking at ways in which we can cultivate and enhance
wisdom, and bring together coherently the many different factors
which enhance the subjective experience of our external relationship
with the environment. Indeed it does seem now with the advent of
quantum physics that our interior experiences are the basic core
from which our external experiences manifest.
As Christopher Fry said, the biggest challenge
we now face is the inner experience of exploring the heart of god
and this process requires an inner journey to awakening. This awakening
requires us to grasp the fundamental revolution and singularity
that we are now facing.
In this journal we are grappling with the message
of healing. In fact, healing and education are the keys to a new
world. With the lap top computers, ipod, optical fibre networks
and broadband we are seeing a new communication revolution. Who
would have thought even 10 years ago we could talk to someone on
video who was thousands of miles away.
This technology is very powerful and decentralizes
what was before a centralized national economies and national governments.
The decentralization occurs because we, as people ,have voices and
are able to produce and give new information which is shattering
the old paradigm. The old paradigm is linear,parochial, logical,
controlling, authoritarian, Newtonian and restrictive. It sees the
world and the universe as being materialistic and atoms are being
made of tiny material balls.
The new paradigm on the other hand is intuitive,
encompassing, expanding, and is based on the inextricable nature
between all phenomena and all life. It sees everything as as working
together, The new paradigm is more embracing, more feminine, creative
and intuitive and sees things as going in non linear patterns and
encompassing the human mind which can be seen as non local omniscient,
infinite and based implicitly on love.
It sees that all human beings and all information
is based on a universe which is primarily information in nature
and which is based on nested hierarchies of system exchange in a
giant cosmic self referential system in which we are all unique
diamond like cells connected with each other. It is almost as if
the millions and millions of mobile phones on the planet are like
little symptoms or expressions of the unique diversity of what human
kind is, separate, articulate beings, desperately trying to express
our truth in oneness and in the process as the tipping point comes
near we become irradiated with light and illuminated with hope.
And this hope and this illumination is the opportunity
to reinvigorate not only ourselves but our world. This is why we
need meditation, we need Buddhism, we need new forms of spirituality
and we need ways in which we can transcend our being and understand
our true nature.
This means transcending all differences between
us, including religion,race, culture and belief in order that we
reach that common, ground which is the basis of the ultimate singularity,
the big bang, which produced us 14 billion years ago. It is strange
that now in the year 2008 we are going from one singularity which
occurred 15 billion years ago to a new singularity based on the
evolution of consciousness itself. Consciousness when challenged
at this level of being creates transformation rather than change.
Recently some paleontologists have mounted a challenge
to the evolutionary theory of gradualism, which they find to be
inconsistent with the fossil record made as species evolve. They
interpret the fossil story as one of long periods with little or
no change in the characteristics of a species, punctuated with (geologically)
short periods of violent change in these characteristics. They created
a revised model of evolution called punctuated equlibrium which
suggests that most of the changes which together we call evolution
occur mostly during these geologically short crisis periods.
The problem is that Evolutionary Biology is still
firmly based on the geological historical hydraulic model of Victorian
Darwinism and has no place for Quantum theory .
If we propose that punctuated equilibrium is propelled
by vast quantum changes in possibilities of new life forms arising
in nested environments we now can see that our planet is in the
birth throws of evolving consciousness propelled by the dominant
Human Species .
The prerequisite for change is in the vast ecological
changes occurring, the sixth phase extinction of the biological
diversity of species and the enormous changes in communication technology.
Our very self reflective consciousness is propelling
us towards a critical mass of change.
Ilya Prigogine is known best due to his definition
of dissipative structures and their role in thermodynamic systems
far from equilibrium, a discovery that won him the Nobel Prize in
Chemistry in 1977.
A dissipative structure is an open system that
maintains itself in state far from equilibrium. The dynamics of
a dissipative structure specifically includes the spontaneous emergence
of new form of order at points of instability. This phenomenon of
emergence, also known as self-organization, has been recognized
as the dynamic origin of growth, development, and evolution.
Humankind is now at that critical point where
the spontaneous emergence of a new form of order is emerging. This
new form is the groundwork and essence of consciousness which impels
us to review our nature and the nature of all of life seeing it
as an inextricable relationship between consciousness and all phenomena.