A paradigm shift is a profound change in our basic assumptions. This idea was brought forth by Thomas Kuhn in 1962 and was first used to describe expectations in the scientific community, but was later applied to our expectations in the world in general.
For example, there is a basic assumption that we will endlessly be fighting problems. There are enormous amounts of books on fighting illness and unhappiness. What would happen if we would shift our expectations from "Murphy’s Law" (if something can go wrong, it will go wrong) and replace it with the assumption "Everything naturally turns out well for everyone all of the time"?
Our world is changing more quickly than ever, and our paradigms may be shifting dramatically sooner than we think! Consider the probability that what has happened in our past may be very different than what will happen in our future!
In August I had a mind-blowing experience that dramatically shifted my expectations of our world’s future. When I dedicated myself to a prayer, I was given the gift of a "vision" of our world’s future. I now see our future completely differently that I used to. I see, quite clearly, a day where everyone lives in a state of total permanent bliss — bliss ascribed to Heaven, but happening here on earth.
Below are some examples of assumptions that may be changing, whether by technological or spiritual means for all of us. I’ve organized these assumptions into past assumptions, present assumptions and future assumptions.
QUESTION: Would you choose the future assumptions shown here?
Past Assumption ⇒ Present Assumption ⇒ Future Assumption
Life is difficult ⇒ Life can be easier ⇒ Life always flows easily for everyone
Life is Fearful ⇒ I know everything will be fine ⇒ I know everything will always be incredible for everyone
Suffering is a large part of life ⇒ Suffering is a minimal part of life ⇒ Suffering is a thing of the past, life is always joyful
I hate people who are different than me ⇒ I tolerate differences in others ⇒ It’s easy to love everyone unconditionally
It is an absolute that we are victim to aging, illness and death ⇒ We have some control over our aging, illness and death ⇒ Aging, illness and death are optional
I need to suffer to help others ⇒ It’s okay to feel good ⇒ Creating the best for ourselves creates the greatest good for all
Miracles are impossible ⇒ Miracles happen only for saints and prophets ⇒ Miracles are commonplace for everyone
Consider how different our future would be — simply by altering a few assumptions!