The Fact of the Matter

There’s a lot of talk about ‘facts’.

People claim that they have the ‘true facts’, or about something being a ‘scientific fact’ and so on.

But what is ‘fact’ or ‘a fact’? Is there indeed such a thing?

The definition of the word includes a ‘get out’ clause in that a ‘fact’ is something that is ‘known’ or believed to be ‘true’. There is a secondary definition that it has been ‘proved’ to be true.

There is a lot here to consider and the first thing that stands out is the word ‘true’ because the definition of true is ‘in accordance with fact’ so we have a circular definition which means very little.

The second aspect of a fact is that it is something which is backed up by belief which again has no material basis for reality.

It was once believed to be true that the Earth was flat. That was a known fact.

Until someone proved otherwise.

It is know believed to be true that the Earth is a sphere because that’s the conclusion observable evidence leads us to.

What is a known true fact today may not be so tomorrow.

It was once believed that the smallest possible particle was an atom which could not be subdivided, observations have shown otherwise and are leading now to the observation that there are no such things as particles at all, everything is energy.

So what about this ‘science’ thing?

Science is held up by many people as the arbiter of fact. “It’s a scientific fact (and you can’t argue with that)”

Well, as a scientist I know only too well that you can.

Science is simply a method for discovery. Discovery of how things ‘work’, how to ‘do’ something, or ‘what is ‘going on’.

It works like this: you make a guess (a hypothesis) and then conduct experiments and observations to see if that guess was ‘right’, then you make another guess and so on until you come up with a ‘theory’ about whatever you are investigating.

You then get other scientists to test that theory, to try and break or disprove it. If the theory ‘holds up’ it becomes a ‘Law’ or a ‘Fact’.

But.

It’s not necessarily ‘true’ – it is only correct in the exact context and environment in which the experiments were done, and the observations made. Outside those constraints it may not hold up or it may be completely irrelevant.

Scientists build ‘models’ to test their theories as it is rare that they are able to test them in ‘real life’. Modelling extends to testing treatments of various types on animals before they are tried out on humans – so we can never be 100% certain that anything that science comes up with will either ‘work’ or be ‘true.

The same process takes place in economics. Economists, who use very similar methods to scientists, make models and predict courses of action. Different ‘schools’ of economics use different models for the same thing and come up with different ‘answers’

The same thing happens with every ‘discipline’ that uses academic or even real-life models to make predictions.

The thing is that these predictions are peddled as ‘facts’ and ‘truth’ which they are not.

The world of art is not immune from this either. Art itself is a medium of interpretation. People use writing, painting and especially photography to give an impression of the world as they see it, of how they see what is going on and how things work.

The method is different from the ‘technicians’ and more drawn from the subconscious than the logical mind but it still creates their view of the ‘facts’ of life.

Perhaps this gives us a clue to what ‘fact’ really is and perhaps artists are the closest observers of ‘fact’.

You see, the artist uses his or her beliefs and understandings of the world around them to create their form of art; to show the facts as they see them – just as I am doing in this writing.

As the definition states – facts are what people believe to be true. There is no real definitive truth.

Some may argue against that and cite examples, as in Wikipedia, that it is a fact that the Sun is a star – well, it’s only a ‘star’ because we call it a star, some people used to call it a god, which if course they believed as a fact.

Now, granted, there are some empirical facts that are ‘true’ like, again from Wikipedia, Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Yes, but that’s merely a piece of information that has very little bearing on anything. A ‘useless fact’ perhaps?

You and I have to think carefully about whatever is presented to us as a ‘fact’ or ‘true’, first the environment or context in which it is being presented and second the ‘credentials’ of the presenter.

I have a bunch of letters after my name but they don’t really mean a lot, maybe I know how to do a few things, maybe I was invited to join an organisation, but those letters and Fellowships and Degrees are no indicator that I have a monopoly or even a claim on any sort of ‘fact’ or ‘truth’.

Most of the so-called ‘facts’ and ‘statistics’ being banded about are in support of someone’s agenda. They are the facts or truths that support their beliefs – or indeed, are the facts and truths that arise from those beliefs or that agenda.

Just like in a Court case, different sides ‘select’ the ‘facts’ that ‘fit’ their case, that support their beliefs, their truth.

In the end you and I have to go back to our beliefs and identify the evidence that supports them whether that evidence be experimental (what you have discovered by experiment) or empirical (what you have observed).

As I have said before, the ‘truth’ is not ‘out there’, it’s inside.

Reality is relative and facts and truth are illusions you and I create for ourselves. Our facts, those we choose to believe, arise from our ‘realities’ and our agendas.

Masters of the Universe

I was inspired to this hearing Queen’s song from ‘A Kind of Magic’ and the film ‘Highlander’. I’m taking a bit of a liberty as the words are really ‘Princes of the Universe’ but it, and to an extent the underlying theme of the film, relates to the same thing.
We are Masters of the Universe, in fact, we are the Universe.
Now this is best explained in the Neale Donald Walsch trilogy+1 (four books) ‘Conversations with God’ but it is also in the Bible, Al-Qur’an, and most other ‘Holy’ books you care to inspect.
You can also find this reasoning in Napoleon Hill, Wallace D Wattles, Jim Rohn, Bob Proctor, Thomas Troward, Andrrea Hess, Esther Hicks and Henry David Thoreau to name but a few.
It’s not surprising really that not many years ago these sort of books were kept at the back of the bookshop next to the ‘Occult’ section with books on witchcraft and magick – how things could be made to happen by the power of the mind.
And before that all these people would have been considered blasphemers, sorcerers, witches or heretics – and that includes the writers of the Holy Books when they first appeared – and in most cases exiled, incarcerated or executed.
Walsch states clearly that ‘we’ are all unique individuations of the Universe, that there is ‘only one of us’ and that ‘together’ we make up and are the Universe. Add to this Mary Morrisey’s statement that we are infinite beings inhabiting a human existence and we begin to understand what and who we really are.
We should also remember as Hill says, that (a) everything is energy which can neither be created or destroyed, only transformed and (b) everything is created twice, first in thought, which is a form of energy, and then in ‘reality’, also a form of energy.
There may of course be more than one ‘step’ to turn those thoughts into realities.
Let’s just consider the nature of ‘reality’.
The first thing that comes to mind for most people is that ‘reality’ is represented by a three dimensional entity of some kind, an object, but it could also, for example, be a child – the thought comes first, then the birth.
But there are other outcomes or realities that arise from the original thought or ‘intention’.
You and I are quite familiar with setting intentions, goals and plans to achieve an outcome, result or ‘reality’. It’s what we do all the time.
We are, in effect, building or creating our own Universe within ‘the’ Universe.
You and I are ‘masters’ of our own Universes.
But what’s going on when things ’happen’, things come to pass, that we didn’t actively intend, we didn’t ‘conjure up’?
Simple, we wished for them to happen, we thought them into existence.
Yes, all of them, all of it, everything, no exceptions.
But it’s more than just what we ‘wish’ for, it’s what we imagine, what we speculate on, what we complain about, what we moan about, what ‘winds us up’, what we daydream and all those ‘what if’s we indulge in.
It all adds up to produce an often unintended ‘outcome’ that ‘does its best’ to satisfy all those thoughts.
And there’s something else. Because there are so many of ‘us’ who are all part of the ‘one’ of us things tend to harmonise (although I’m not sure that’s quite the right word) and a ‘consensus’ – but not really a consensus – of what we all ‘want’ is arrived at in the form of the outcome.
This is not targeted goal setting. We don’t all agree on something and bring it about, it’s quite random.
You see there’s something else going on.
Because there are two ‘parts’ to our mind, one supposedly ‘logical’ and the other more eclectic and intuitive, we as symbiotic creatures have become very ‘suggestible’.
We are easily manipulated, not necessarily deliberately or even directly, but more subtly by all the things we see, hear and read, all the ‘information’ we take in, all the ‘entertainment’ we enjoy, and all the ‘advertising’ we are subjected to..
We reprocess all this stuff to create something that becomes our mindset, pour paradigm or our ‘opinion’.
And then we go and tell others and the cycle repeats.
To summarise all this (a) we take in ‘information’ which may be true or false and is often based on another individuals opinion (b) we reprocess and re-form it and (c) we generate and then deliver our own opinion.
Bu there are an infinite number of ‘opinions’ around at any one time which also take the form of wishes, complaints, desires, intentions and feelings.
‘Thoughtforms’ would probably be a better word than ‘opinion’ perhaps.
These ‘thoughtforms’ are energy and they transform the energy of the planet and the people on it into an outcome intended to satisfy the mass of original ‘thoughts’.
It’s complicated I know, but that is how things ‘happen’.
Perhaps it’s better explained by saying that nothing ‘happens’ unless it is initiated, invoked or ‘conjured up’ by a thoughtform or set of thoughtforms from different people.
Whatever is ‘happening’ today is a result of our collective wishes, deliberate or unconscious.
There are no external malevolent (or otherwise) forces.
It’s just ‘us’ – and as Walsch repeats many times – there is only one of us.
That ‘one’ of us, or of you prefer that ‘all’ of us, really are the Master of the Universe.
What we say, think, believe, complain about, speculate about, wonder about, moan about, talk about, write about, is what causes everything to ‘happen’.
Be careful out there.

A Speck of Dust

And so it came to pass that a tiny speck of matter, smaller than a speck of dust, appeared on the planet. No-one know from whence it came and at first no-one noticed it at all, it might have been around for years.

It was not alive, it had no awareness, just a few molecules of protein, lipid, and nucleic acid, totally inert – a tiny sub-microscopic speck.

As with everything of course it was just an energy system, but as you and I know, everything is created twice so it must have started out as a thoughtform, but who (or what) had that thought is purely a matter of guesswork, it could have come from anywhere in the Universe.

One day, purely by chance, by accident, it came into contact with a living cell and was absorbed by that cell. And the nature of that cell was Read more

The Ultimate Answer

I may have said before that the ultimate answer to ‘life the universe and everything’ is, as Douglas Adams suggested, ‘42’ or ‘whatever you wish it to be’.
But that’s not the real answer, or the real ‘Secret’, and in her book of that name Rhonda Byrne only touched on the edges of the matter.
But then I suppose, in a way it is ‘42’ after all.
Wallace D Wattles in ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ (later retitled ‘Financial Success Through the Power of Creative Thought’) states:
“There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates and fills the interspaces of the Universe. A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.”
That ‘thinking stuff’ is probably better known as Energy which is indeed the ‘original state’ of the ‘thinking stuff’.
Everything is energy and Energy is everything.
There are only two elements to the Universe – Energy and ‘not energy’(otherwise known as Space).
Once you and I fully understand what this means then we do have the ‘secret’, the ‘ultimate answer’ and everything soon becomes clear.
But what IS Energy?
Everything that exists is made up of energy, and the question of what it ‘is’ has been investigated in the fields of quantum mechanics and metaphysics and the idea of ‘string theory’ described in Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’.
You and I though, don’t really need to know what it ‘is’, more how it manifests itself.
Energy manifests as vibrations which occur at an infinite number of frequencies (the number of vibrations per second) and wavelengths (the size of the vibration).
Energy also manifests itself as matter. It was once thought that matter was something separate, but particle physics is rapidly coming to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a particle, just vibrations.
Seemingly ‘solid’ matter is simply a complex system of energy vibrations causing ‘matter’ to exist in a myriad of forms, including life forms.
Now energy, as I think I’ve mentioned before, can neither be created or destroyed, but it can be trans-formed from one form into another. Sometimes this requires energy to be added; let’s say in the form of heat, and sometimes energy may be released, perhaps in the form of light, as matter is changed from one form to another.
Energy is never ‘lost’ but it can be ‘wasted’ if when it’s transformed by our intervention, the energy ‘released’ is not effectively harnessed to carry out the purpose of ‘releasing’ it.
‘We’ require a lot of energy for our ‘civilised’ society to function, energy for heating, lighting, machine power, transportation etc.
The trouble is that the way we ‘generate’ this energy is very primitive and reliant on three-dimensional matter transformation.
Even when we harness solar, wind and tidal power the process is essentially three-dimensional.
Are we missing a trick?
Are we so obsessed with our three-dimensionality that we cannot conceive of any other way to ‘manage’ energy to achieve our objectives?
Why am I talking about dimensions?
You and I generally see the world and the Universe we live in as three dimensional – ‘things’; but the third dimension is only part of the ‘dimensional spectrum’, there are also, in this environment, the fourth and fifth dimensions, the dimensions of thought and ‘presence’, or perhaps ‘belief’ and ‘faith’.
The sixth dimension by the way starts with enlightenment and most people don’t reach it until they have ‘let go’ of the third dimension.
We see the third dimension from the outside, from the fourth dimension – if you are in the third you cannot see it. We comprehend three dimensional objects from the dimension of thought and so on.
You and I are familiar with the idea of a spectrum – the colour spectrum, sound, the electromagnetic spectrum and so on.
We know as well that there are no ‘hard boundaries’ between the colours in a rainbow, the light spectrum and there are no hard boundaries between colours and the infra-red and ultraviolet ‘waves’ at either end.
Importantly, there are no ‘hard boundaries’ between different frequencies and wavelengths – it’s like driving a car, we don’t ‘stop’ at 30 miles an hour and then start again at 30.1 miles an hour.
And there is no end, the spectrum of energy of which these are part goes on and on and on, through al the third dimensional wavelengths and frequencies and into the fourth and so on.
There is no ‘end’.
Have you ever wondered why the symbol for infinity is ?
It has no end, it cones back on itself; now just imagine that symbol on this screen (2 dimensional) as a three-dimensional object and then envelop it in a fourth, fifth and sixth dimension and so on.
All of the dimensions are zones or continuums of energy – everything is energy, there is nothing else.
We are multidimensional beings inhabiting three-dimensional life forms, but mostly we’ve only considered working with the three dimensional area of the energy spectrum.
There is a massive ‘amount’ (if such a measure can exist) of energy ‘available’ to us in the fourth and fifth dimensions but we’ve forgotten how to use it, we’ve forgotten how to transform it (as we do with three dimensional energy) to meet our needs, particularly in the areas of transportation and communication.
The way we do these now consumes massive amounts of transformed three-dimensional energy as engine fuel and electrical power.
The thing is, that before we can go ‘back’ or forward to a decentralised and diversified society we need to crack this energy ‘problem’.
‘Using up’ the three-dimensional resources, or more correctly transforming them into other forms, or finding other ‘sources’ of energy we can transform isn’t going to work for much longer.
We have to find a new way – or more correctly discover, or rediscover ways of doing things, moving about, and communicating that we have, but have forgotten how to use.
Ant there’s the point. The three-dimensional world we live in is all about ‘how’. We spend vast resources of time and effort in figuring out how to do things and how things ‘work’.
Perhaps we should pay more attention to ‘what’ we are doing and ‘why’?

The Family Business

Over the past few years, I’ve come across a few highly successful, ‘family businesses’
I am taking a little poetic license with the term ‘family’ as I mean a small close knit group of people who may or may not be related who have been working together as a team for a very long time.
There are some businesses (which might better be called corporations) that are huge and may have one or two family members at the ‘top’. Ford as it was springs to mind as an example, but these were never really ‘family’ run.
1n 1981 Meredith Belbin described from his research nine key roles in any team. This is pertinent here as those nine roles don’t need nine people but probably, as the roles are related to personality behaviours, need around 6 individuals – any fewer would inhibit functionality.
Besides the nine roles there are distinct business functions that need to be carried out and happen in parallel to the roles. The roles described are not specific to any of the functions.
These functions in any business are Operations (what the business does), Marketing, Finance and Compliance with ‘the rules’ that may or may not apply to the business.
There is also, on a larger scale, the ‘People’ function but in the ‘Family Business’ that is encompassed within the team dynamic.
The thing is, you and I are probably quite capable of performing all the functions that we need to operate our own Personal Businesses, as I outlined in my book ‘How to Create Your Own Personal Business’, but that’s going to limit our effectiveness both as a business and as an individual.
We should take account of the advice of Sir John Harvey Jones, late Chairman of the chemical giant ICI and famous as TV’s ‘The Troubleshooter’, – “Only ever do what only you can do” and this is where the family team is key.
You can ‘outsource’ some activities like accounting and marketing but the business functions better if these are kept in house and that’s where the well-structured ‘family business’ team has the edge.
I’m using the ‘Family Business’ here as an analogy and a continuation of the story of ‘what goes wrong’.
A successful Personal Business will naturally evolve into a ‘Family Business’ structure as I will describe in my forthcoming book. After that though, is where it starts to go ‘wrong’.
The temptation is to allow or cause the business to grow and grow, to create additional layers of management, to introduce a central command and control system and so on. This is deemed necessary when the business begins to employ more and more people to perform all the functions as they get bigger.
And the same thing happens with nations and societies inventing government machines to perform the functions required to ‘run the country’
But it doesn’t have to be like that, and it hasn’t always been like that.
We can disperse, decentralise, devolve and diversify creating a new ‘distributed’ culturescape where we operate on a ‘peer to peer’ basis.
We have the technology, mostly, which we didn’t have in the days before the first industrial revolution that started this whole thing off.
By ‘peer to peer’ operation I mean that instead of everything going ‘up to the centre’ and back ‘down to the people’ (notice how we’ve been trained to use up and down there), everything works person to person, business to business, group to group, tribe to tribe – without any need for central government power structures, whether that be corporate or national.
We can communicate direct using the internet.
We can transfer money direct using the blockchain
We don’t really need, do we, to go to the Supermarket or the shopping mall to buy our stuff. Go back to the family business ‘high street’ and get what we need direct from the local producer.
If we want stuff that isn’t produced locally, we can purchase it online and have it delivered
We can ‘work’ at home, we can teach our children at home.
We can decentralise health care and deliver it locally – like we used to.
This may sound like the ‘old days’ before things were centralised and became supposedly more efficient but it isn’t. I’m not suggesting a return to the past because that’s not where we’re going.
In the past we didn’t have the technology, systems or knowledge we have now and importantly we didn’t have the ability to communicate as we do now.
In the past those who craved power over others took advantage of this, keeping people in the dark as to the truth and alienating groups by telling them different things – the divide and rule strategy.
That of course is still going on with massive amounts of misinformation and disinformation (aka fake news) and misleading ‘facts’ flying about everywhere. Reality is being obscured to the advantage of one group or another.
There are some other issues though. The devolved culturescape is still ‘under construction’ and there are a lot of ‘details’ to be resolved.
You and I cannot venture into this new world tomorrow, but we can make a start. We can look at what’s involved and how we can sidestep those who seek to retain power over us.
The thing is that most of the technology we need is under central control.
The internet can be switched off, the blockchain can be switched off, ‘energy’ and fuel can be rationed and redistributed to the ‘centres’ only, and the pace of centralisation accelerated towards a dystopian future world of the likes of ‘Metropolis’ or ‘Things to Come’.
You and I and everyone else would be left out in the cold – ‘doing what we are told’.
Now some people like that, some people crave that, they want to be told what to do and how and when to do it, it gives structure and order and has been going on for millennia.
You and I need to make a stand.
We need to support ‘family businesses’ – groups of people working together, We need to manage how we use the internet, keeping it positive and disconnecting from the negative and we need to secure the blockchain by buying into digital money before it gets swallowed up by state financial institutions.
There is much more but the first thing we need to understand is what underpins everything and that’s where I’m going next time.

Culturescape

This is a word coined by Vishen Lakhiani (founder of Mind Valley) in his book ‘The Code of the Extraordinary Mind’.
He uses it as a sort of concatenation of ‘cultural landscape’ but it’s a bit more than a simple description of the different cultures we live in throughout the world.
It also identifies how or why some culturescapes no longer serve us.
In this insight I’m going to continue the exploration of how we might change or even reverse some cultural paradigms.
I wasn’t sure whether to call this the paradigm of control or power or culture because it encompasses all three and more.
Let’s start at the beginning by looking at ‘culture’ and it’s development.
In the world today there are many cultures and sub-cultures
The ‘western world’ is largely dominated by the ‘work culture’ or ‘work paradigm’ I touched on last time. You know, the one where you get a good ‘education’ then you get a good ‘job’, then you ‘save money’ and then ‘retire’.
It’s a rubbish paradigm and doesn’t really work but here’s the thing, it’s all based on ‘ordinary people’ (whoever they are) ‘doing what they are told’ for the majority of their lives.
Pre-school – do what you’re told by your parents, at school, do what you’re told by your teachers, at work, do what you’re told by your boss (who by the way is also doing what he or she is told to do – however ‘high up’).
Then when you ‘retire’ and you think you’ll be able to do what you’d like to do. Nope, you don’t have enough money, your movements are restricted by age based regulations (extra driving tests, inability to get insurance etc.) and generally being considered ‘too old’ to do certain things so you end up being told what you can and can’t do by your kids!
In the so-called ‘East’ usually meaning Russia and China it’s much the same but there a greater emphasis on control by the ‘State’ which exists in ‘the West’ as well through in a more subtle way.
Most people think this ‘state control’ came out of the Communist era but both Russia and China have always been ‘ruled’ by and autocratic hierarchy. Current leaders are behaving in a very similar way to the former Tsars or Emperors – but that is the underlying culture in those areas and its probably fair to say the ‘people’ are probably better off than they were a few hundred years ago.
Elsewhere we have the phenomenon of control by religion which was also very much the case in Europe before the ‘work culture’ took over. Control and persecution – because people don’t do what they are told – on the grounds of ‘religion’ have been going on for a very long time.
Control is achieved by the deployment of ‘power’ and here I’m using the term as power exercised through ‘Force’ in the lower part of Hawkins’ Scale of Consciousness rather than power achieved through being on a higher vibrational or dimension level.
The paradigms of Control and Power are closely related but not the same as we consider where ‘power’ comes from, how it is achieved.
It is possible to have control without power through force, control by consent, and I’ll come to that later when I describe the fourth culturescape.
Power has to come from somewhere and in the culturescapes I’ve described it comes from ‘the centre’.
This is more obvious in places like Russia and China where power and ‘government’ are highly centralised but it’s also the case with western governments, global corporations and religion based societies.
Whilst there may be significant elements of ‘devolution’ to local ‘governments’, state or corporate, control is always exercised from the centre – the centre of power within whatever organisation we are looking at.
For millennia there has been a strong drive towards this idea of controlling the ‘people’ from a ‘centre’.
First came the establishment of towns and cities – ‘civilisation’, and then the formation of, in the monarchic age, ‘principalities’ and ‘counties’ – a word introduced by the Normans to denote an area ruled over by a particular Count and administered by a ‘Shire Reeve’ or ‘Sheriff’ (remember the Sherriff of Nottingham?).
Out of all this further centralisation led to States and Nations and now the associations of these such as the European Union, United States of America and so on.
On top of this there’s the centralisation of money, of the exchange of value. Bartering was phased out because ‘money’ makes it easier, especially when it came to collecting the taxes needed for the governments to sustain themselves.
Each nation developed its own currency, managed and controlled by the State and this developed into the globalisation of money where all currencies are related to the ‘Global Reserve’ currency, namely the US Dollar – why the price of commodities like oil and gold is quoted in USD rather than the currency of the country from where it originated.
You and I, and pretty much everyone else are living in a culturescape of centralisation, and control but there is a fourth culture which still operates but is continually under attack because it goes against the trend of the other systems of culture.
I call this the decentralised or ‘tribal’ culture and it’s where we started on this planet in the first place.
We lived in small groups, families and tribes, maybe small ‘villages’ created around and natural resource or facility such as a harbour.
We made our decisions in those groups with ‘everyone’ involved managed usually by a ‘council of elders’ – who by the way would probably be in their 40s.
Decisions were made not by ‘democratic vote’ where the ‘majority’ wins and tells everyone ese what to do, but by agreement and compromise until everyone was of the same persuasion. Anyone who could not agree, maybe one or two, were ‘free to leave’ the community and find another more to their liking.
This culture still exists and operates in some tribal and aboriginal areas of the world today.
It broke down largely because people did ‘leave’ but then cane back to ‘take over’ by force, becoming ‘warlords’ and setting one tribe against another usually on the grounds of fear or greed.
This divide and rule strategy gave rise to the situation we’re in today
It worked because of one thing – the inability for different groups to communicate with each other over distances even of a few miles.
If they had been able to talk to each other and keep up to date with what the disruptors were doing, then things would have turned out very different.
But now, things are different – we can communicate on a peer to peer basis, and although governments make every attempt to stop or disrupt free communication it carries on and gives us what we need to ‘return’ to a form of decentralised culturescape I will discuss further next time.

Paradigm Shift

I explained the concept of ‘Brave Thinking’ last week before I posed some question to which you and I might apply this technique or discipline.
Alongside and closely associated with Brave Thinking is the idea of ‘Paradigm Shift’ which Bob Proctor champions.
In essence, the ‘future’ – individual future, community future and global future, will come about through you and I and others using brave thinking to shift the paradigms that currently control everything we are and everything we do.
A paradigm can be summed up as a ‘way of thinking’ or a framework that we live by but it’s rather more than that.
Our paradigms, and we have many of them, include our core values, our patterns of belief and faith, and what we know and understand.
Many of these paradigms have developed quite recently by which I mean over the last couple of hundred years and many over the last 70 years and 20 years.
We seem to be creating paradigms like wildfire with little or no thought about what they mean in terms of the impact they have on us as individuals and as communities.
Now is the time to examine some of these paradigms to see how well they serve us in the light of the changing world in which we live.
(As I write I’m listening – in the background – to The Scorpions ‘Wind of Change’ from just over 30 years ago – which seems very apt right now!)
So where to start?
I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve bitten off a bit more than I can chew here because the more I think about it the more this topic expands. I started off with half a dozen key paradigms but now it’s expanded like the Universe!
So much so that there could well be a whole book coming out of this (or books if I stick to ‘Peter’s Rules’!)
I can’t help thinking there’s going to be a connection here with the Laws of the Universe/Laws of Physics which I’ve referred to before but I’m not going to make that connection today.
I pointed a few areas up in the questions I asked last time, but I’ll just outline the way I’m thinking at the moment, bearing in mind that this is very much a ‘work in progress’.
Let’s start with that one – the Work Paradigm – the idea that we have to be continually ‘working’ towards something, making ‘progress’ towards something.
And I don’t mean in terms of self-development or learning, I’ll come to that later, I mean about ‘production’ – producing stuff, whether that be works of art or the ubiquitous ‘widgets’. It might be about plants or even ‘growing’ – a ‘business’ (a sub-paradigm in itself).
The end result of this progress, achieved through ‘work’ is some sort of tangible outcome that we have grown, created or manufactured which becomes part of, on a national scale, the Gross National Product or an ‘achievement’ on a more local or personal scale.
The work paradigm is about constantly putting effort into achieving more; but there’s another part to it.
The idea of working to achieve something, to produce something isn’t enough for this paradigm because it also includes the sub-paradigm that ‘work’ requires a reward.
You see, the achievement of producing or growing something isn’t enough, the work paradigm includes the concept of receiving ‘pieces of silver’ – money – for what we do.
The work paradigm frames the successful outcome of work not as the achievement, although that is part of it, but as the payment we receive for doing the work.
I could go on to explain why we’re ‘stuck’ in this paradigm, maybe another time, but we really should start thinking about changing this one because it’s doing just that – keeping us ‘stuck’ where we are. This paradigm may ‘work’ (excuse the pun) but we have to seriously question whether or not it still serves us or needs to be changed.
The second paradigm out of I don’t know how many, is the Knowledge Paradigm.
This is related to and perhaps driven to some extent by the Curiosity Paradigm which I’ll talk about another time as it’s a more fundamental part of our make up than those I’m discussing today.
The Knowledge Paradigm could be summarised as ‘the need to know’.
The need to know how things work, which goes with the corollary that if we don’t know how something works than it doesn’t, and the results it can be seen to produce are some sort of ‘luck’ or ‘magic’.
If there is no ‘proven scientific basis’ to something then it’s simply dismissed as ‘mumbo jumbo’ or an ‘old wives’ tale’.
This paradigm has now effectively ‘stolen’ the idea of Education from the Curiosity Paradigm. Children and adults are taught what is ‘known’, what has been proved, and discouraged from looking at anything that hasn’t.
You’ve heard my views (as a scientist) on ‘science’ where ‘researchers’ are paid to find and ‘prove’ a specific theory or result. The problem with knowledge is that some is ‘approved’ and some isn’t.
Further, knowledge is treated in a rather cavalier fashion. Bob Proctor says that most people have a lot of knowledge but only a few have any understanding of it, what it means, what it does, or what impact it might have when applied.
Come to that many people who have knowledge, even when they do understand it, have no idea at all how to apply it. I learnt that from years of tutoring MBA students.
The knowledge paradigm is that we must have as much approved knowledge ‘in the bank’ as possible, discarding or ignoring what has not been ‘proven’.
Just like the Money Paradigm it’s not about using that knowledge, or even understanding it; it’s just about accumulation, and much of the knowledge you and I are given to ‘educate’ us is not a lot of practical use anyway!
Once again, is this paradigm really serving our greater good? Do we need to change it?
More next time – I have Government, Belief, Life and Dimension to discuss, among others!

Brave New World

This phrase was first coined by Shakespeare but became prominent as the title of a book by Aldous Huxley published in 1932 describing dystopian a future world, one of the main themes being the dangers of giving the state control over new and powerful technologies.
‘Dystopia’ is the antonym or opposite of ‘Utopia’ – the ‘ideal state’, described by Sir Thomas More in 1516.
To some extent and according to Huxley’s stated intention, his book is a parody on H G Wells’ ‘A Modern Utopia’ published in 1905. Wells discussingthe ‘bright’ side and Huxley the ‘dark’ side of humanity.
There are similar dystopian themes in the writings of D H Lawrence and of course George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ published in 1949. Interestingly Huxley’s book was set in the 26th Century whereas the date of Orwell’s book has already passed. Both wide of the mark but I surmise Orwell might have been closer.
Later in 1957 Ayn Rand published her classic work ‘Atlas Shrugged’ again set in a dystopian world of ‘Peoples’ States’ and here’s where all this becomes relevant.
The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is “the role of man’s mind in existence”.
This corresponds exactly to the writings of Napoleon Hill. Wallace D Wattles, Henry David Thoreau, Neale Donald Walsch and many others.
Hill’s statement “Whatever a man can conceive and believe he can achieve” or in other words, and drawing on the other authors in this field – nothing ‘happens’ unless and until we (as humanity) cause it to come about.
As the Bible puts it more simply (from NKJV Matthew 7:7-8) – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
But we don’t even have to ‘ask’. In Matthew 6:8 it states that prayer (or wishing or asking or manifesting) is not necessary as God (The Universe, Source, the Higher Power) knows what a person needs even before they ask.
It’s amazing what you can discover when you strip out the religious connotations and focus on the faith.
The situation you and I are in, the situation the whole world is experiencing is a function of what ‘we’, as collective humanity, have been thinking, praying for, wishing for, manifesting for, casting spells for, setting goals for and so on.
There is something good in the current situation for everyone.
There are answers to prayers, to discontents, to longings, to wishes, to dreams, and much more.
It’s all there – it just didn’t quite turn out as expected!
But the thing is, the point of this insight is – what ‘happens’ next?
What happens when the majority of people are wishing this would all be over or that things would get back to normal?
You and I know that one cannot step in the same river twice. Whatever our concept of time we cannot go back and re-live our lives in a previous time. We can go back an remember or observe but we cannot be as we were then. The same thing happens going forward – we can envisage we can create ‘future memories’ but we cannot really be ‘then’.
You and I will not be going ‘back’ to normal – we are not going ‘back’.
So, the thing is, where are we going?
Where do we wish to go?
What do we wish our ‘brave new world’ to look like?
Probably not dystopian but ‘utopia’ also has its ‘problems’, restrictions, conventions and cultures that may not fit in with what you or I wish for.
Now is the time for Brave Thinking.
Brave Thinking is a term coined by Mary Morrissey, perhaps as an antonym to Thoreau’s idea of ‘Common Hours’ thinking – “If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavours to live the life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Common Hours thinking is limited and restricted to ‘normal’ whatever that represents in any particular culture, but Brave Thinking is ‘outside the box’ – way outside the box, even out of sight of ‘the box’.
It’s close to what used to be called ‘brainstorming’ (before that became ‘politically incorrect’) now often referred to as ‘masterminding’ where people got together to solve ‘problems’ or challenges by throwing out any idea that came into their head however ridiculous it might seem to others prior o reaching a consensus on a way forward.
It’s not that, it’s more powerful and more individual but is often employed between what Morrissey calls ‘Partners in Believing’ because there are certain tenets you have to have ‘on board’, primarily those that ‘everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality’ which I have alluded to before and also the concept that everything is driven by belief and faith that whatever is being conceived in the mind will come to pass.
There is a technique to this which, as a certified Brave Thinking coach I will explain another time, but just as an experiment I’ll pose you a few questions.
Given a ‘clean slate’ – What if . . .
There was another way of transporting goods from place to place – what might that look like?
There was another way of working, without gathering people together in one place – what might that look like?
There was a different way of educating children and adults – how might that work?
A way could be found to do all the things that require IT or AI to operate – how would we go forward without our computers and our smartphones? (Remember we’re not going ‘back’)
There was a different way of transporting people around the world (apart from a Start Trek style ‘transporter’) – what might that be?
Just a few questions, but what about you?
What would you like or love your ‘new normal’ to be regarding –
Who you are, what you know and understand, how you feel, your health and fitness and so on?
How you relate to others, individually, in communities and cultures and how you relate to the environment and Universe?
What you do, what you contribute, what you give?
Where you live, your lifestyle, what you receive in reward for what you give, your freedom?
These are Brave Thinking questions.
Are you up for finding the Brave Thinking answers?

Empty Spaces

Over the last few years, I’ve been watching, observing, reading, what people around the world are doing and saying.
There has been much focus on the past, ‘the way we were’ – or more correctly the way many people imagined ‘we were’, not actually having been around at the time envisaged.
There have been many considering the way we could be, speculating on how things could be different but with no clear idea of what that would be like. And as you and I know, lack of clarity leads to resistance.
Resistance to anything different.
And that brings me to the third ‘school of thought’, a preference for ‘the way we are’, for preserving the status quo, for keeping everything ‘the same’.
The ‘problem’ is that everyone is ‘wrong’!
There is a saying that you cannot step in the same river twice. We cannot go back to the ‘way we were’, wind back the clock because we cannot change the timeline.
What has happened has happened, what could have happened didn’t. I’ve written about this before, but the thing is – we cannot change ‘now’ by going back to ‘then’.
Let’s consider the present.
The idea that we can remain in a condition of constant stasis, the status quo, again is not possible. If nothing changed, we’d be in ‘Groundhog Day’ – every day the same.
Those who wish to ‘keep things as they are’ of course don’t mean that, but it is the impression they put across – “don’t change anything”.
Not going to happen!
What about the futurists?
The issue here is that there is very little consensus on what the future might be. There is no ‘plan’ no ‘grand design’.
Granted, individuals will have their own plans, goals and ambitions, as you and I have, but we are all parts of a jigsaw for which there is no ‘picture on the box’ to work towards.
All we have is chaos or fantasy, bright or dark, and much confusion between what ‘could’ or ‘might’ happen and what ‘will’ happen.
The fact is that nobody knows.
While you and I can have clear visions of our own futures we have no idea of what they will ‘be’ or where they will ‘be’ in the ‘grand scheme of things’.
But there is no ‘grand scheme of thigs’, no ‘divine plan’, no external ‘higher power’ looking after us or working on our behalf.
It’s just ‘us’, you and I and all the other people on the planet, thinking what we think and believing what we believe that brings it all about.
There are three types of people in the world.
• Those who make things happen and know it.
• Those who believe everything is happening to them outside their control (the victims).
• Those who wake up each day saying, ‘what happened’?
This however is not entirely correct as everyone is continually ‘making things happen’.
I’ve explained before that the Universe/God/Higher Power responds to what every individual wishes for, it has no alternative but to do so, and again I’ve explained before why this is the case.
What takes place on this planet, what ‘happens’, is a result of the whole of humanity’s requirements, as expressed in their wishes and dreams and based on their beliefs.
Nothing just ‘happens’.
But of course, compromises have to be made to achieve the ‘best result’ for everyone and so things usually ‘happen’ in a way that no-one quite expected.
It comes down to belief, to belief and faith.
There are two types of belief – belief on its own and belief with faith.
We may have strong beliefs backed up by complete faith in that belief, or we may have beliefs based on evidence discovered by ourselves or provided by others but no ‘faith’ to go with it.
Many people misunderstand the idea of ‘faith’ because it has religious connotations and there’s a reason for that. Religions provide people with ‘faith’, not in themselves but in the religion.
You see, we cannot have no belief or no faith – we cannot have an empty space, believing nothing or having faith in nothing.
Faith of course is very similar to belief – faith is a strong, firm and steadfast ‘knowing’ that something is true or real (at least for us) without any necessity for supporting ‘evidence’ of any kind.
Faith just ‘is’.
You and I create our own beliefs from what we read, what we see, what we experience and what we think about and add to this our own personal understanding of it all to establish the beliefs we hold.
We then underpin it with faith in ourselves and faith in those beliefs – we don’t need to ‘prove it’ or provide evidence. All we need to do is trust and have faith in our beliefs and our selves.
Other people don’t – they take on beliefs from others, after all it saves them from thinking and as Wallace Wattles said – “Thinking is the hardest and most exhausting of all labour; and hence many people shrink from it.”.
They take on beliefs from others and have faith in the source of those beliefs, TV, radio, social media and so on.
Their faith is not their own and neither are their beliefs.
They believe what they believe and find themselves defending those beliefs because they cannot be without belief.
Even those who prefer to be ‘unaware’ have a belief in their philosophy of ‘it’s nothing to do with me’ and their faith that this is a safe place to be.
So consider – what do you believe?
Is it your belief or someone else’s?
Is it supported by faith and if so faith in what?
Are you someone who makes things happen or someone that things happen to?
Who do you know who needs to read this?

Be Careful What You Wish For

I’ve used this phrase a few times before and it’s one that rolls easily off the tongue.
Most people though, have very little idea of what it really means.
The best way of putting it is to refer back to Marisa Peer’s ‘Rules of the Mind’ I wrote about in detail a while ago.
There are several of them but the ones that particularly apply here are:
• Your mind always does what it thinks you want it to do
• Your mind works to move you from pain to pleasure
• Your mind responds to the pictures you create and the words you say to yourself
• We make our beliefs and our beliefs make us
• Your mind loves what is familiar and rejects the unfamiliar
• Your mind learns by repetition
Put these together with the Laws of the Universe as defined by Raymond Holliwell and augmented by Bob Proctor and you have the formula for creating your personal Universe.
It would take too long to go into detail on this so I’m just going to deal with the results.
There is however, a ‘catch’ in all this and that is that you and I don’t have full control of the process.
You see our ‘mind’ which in this case is our conscious and subconscious minds working together, takes in everything that is going on around us – or should I say that we perceive to be going on around us.
If we allow ourselves to be surrounded and immersed in words and pictures of panic, impending doom and stuff we just don’t understand then we will react instinctively according to the rules
It seems like pain, so we desire to get away, it sounds unfamiliar to we attempt to get back to the familiar. We see pictures and hear stories about how the world as we know t is coming to an end and we react.
We hear repeated ‘bad news’ (hardly ever any ‘good’ news) and begin to ‘learn’ that message and turn it into belief – and our belief becomes who we are and what we do.
We react, we react to what we believe is ‘happening’, what is happening to the world around us and to us.
It becomes our Universe.
Why? – because we made a choice.
We chose to allow ourselves to react to what we perceived rather than to respond.
I carry with me a token given to me by Bob Proctor. On the one side it says, ‘React and you lose Control’ and on the other ‘Respond and you’re in Control’.
Responding is a result of being able to differentiate the words and pictures you and I are generating and those ‘coming at us’ from the alternate universes that we perceive to be ‘outside’ our own.
Responding is about making considered choices – we make choices all the time and probably about half of them are ‘in response’ to something.
You and I are the masters of our own Universe, you and I create what happens there and as such choose who we are and what we do. (That’s the other half of the choices by the way).
We can choose to boost our immune system for example, to heighten its awareness of any perceived threats, whatever they may be and take quicker action against them.
One way of doing that is by using affirmations – “I have a phenomenal immune system” and so on, or you can use a guided meditation/self-hypnosis like this one.
Managing our Selves and different aspects of our human functionality in this way is very effective – if we do it right.
You and I must be really clear on how we wish our personal Universe to be, who we wish to be and what we wish to do and have in our present lives.
If we get it ’wrong’ or more importantly aren’t clear, then ‘anything can happen’. Remember the mind acts on what it thinks you wish it to do together with the words and pictures you give it.
We often imagine ourselves in different ways, paint scenarios, what ifs, negative and positive, we create our own ‘alternates’ – and sometimes they happen, because the mind, connected to ‘the’ Universe believes that’s what we’re after and acts upon it.
You and I must be really precise about what it is we wish for and really clear.
That doesn’t mean though that we have to describe every tiny detail (except those that are important to us), we just have to create a clear and precise picture and avoid using words or phrases that may be ambiguous in describing whatever we wish to manifest in our Universe whether that be to do with wealth, health, relationships or anything else.
If we follow these rules and Laws, you and I can manage and develop our own personal Universes really effectively, but we must remember –
Be careful what you wish for.