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Social Issues: Connection, Consciousness, and A Paradigm Shift

Updated on January 24, 2013
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Throughout time brilliant minds have tried to explain our existence and our relationship to the world we live in and, to each other. The theories are far too complex for me to understand or try to explain. What I know is that life provides the opportunity for us to connect with people, places, and concepts that alter the landscape of our consciousness. In other words, we are all connected in a manner that we may not understand but when recognized, makes the world a better place for all. I have witnessed and experienced this phenomenon of the connection. I know it to be real. The connections we make in life change our consciousness, in our awareness and ultimately; result in a paradigm shift.

Can A Paradigm Shift Occur in the Collective Consciousness?

The answer lies in understanding what a paradigm shift really is. It is a change, a metamorphosis from one way of thinking to another. The shift occurs when a series of events occur that alter our perception of a situation. If this is true, could it be that we are about to experience a collective paradigm shift. Let’s step back from our personal life for a moment and think about some things that are happening in our world.

  • Natural disasters are occurring with increased frequency and changing the landscape and the lives of those in its wake.
  • Man-made disasters have affected the environment, jobs, and our health through oil spills, war, nuclear power accidents, AIDS, and cancer.
  • Economic disasters have impacted jobs, housing, hunger, and both large and small business.
  • Social crisis has changed our level of comfort with increasing violence, homophobia, racism and, class war.
  • Political conflicts have divided us and left us questioning the future of the democratic process.

None of us are immune from the effect of these events. We are all touched in some way by each and every one. They alter our collective consciousness by creating fear, anxiety, sadness, and yes, anger too. But… they also push us towards each other where we find comfort and hope for a brighter future. How do I know? I see it every day, in the lives of average people. Think about it for a moment.

When natural disasters have torn entire communities apart such as the tornado in West Liberty, Kentucky (March 2012), volunteers and charities from around the country stepped up with donations and volunteer labor to help rebuild this small town of approximately 3000 people.

When Super Storm Sandy struck the northeast coast, strangers from every walk of life jumped in to provide rescue, food, and shelter. Military veterans came to help rescue and rebuild. Charities brought truckloads of food, water, and household goods. Musicians came together to raise money for those who lost everything. And yes, even politicians crossed party lines to say – “I’m here to help”.

Invisible Heroes

What else goes unnoticed in our country, when loving, caring people step up to make a positive impact on the lives of others?

  • Every day, in every city in America, volunteers are holding the hand of someone dying with AIDS or cancer through hospice care.
  • Across the country, volunteers are building houses for someone who would never own a home without Habitat for Humanity.
  • Our highways are traveled each and every day by caring volunteers who relay an abused or neglected animal to it’s forever home through various rescue groups.
  • In large and small cities, volunteers are standing in the cold ringing bells for the Salvation Army so that a child can have Christmas.
  • On any given weekend, rough and rowdy bikers ride their Harleys to raise money for Toys for Tots.
  • In some obscure town in the heart of Appalachia, a volunteer is teaching a child to read or providing transportation to an elderly person who needs to see a doctor.
  • Families all over the country are volunteering time and money to raise a puppy that will one day be a service dog for the blind.
  • Today, someone with a charitable heart is signing the pledge to be an organ donor and in hospitals around the world, someone is receiving a heart or liver; a chance at a normal life.

I could go on and on but the point is, there are invisible heroes in every town and city, who are making the connection with someone they might never have met. These are the real heroes in our world. They don’t make movies or music. You won’t wear their designs on your body or hang their art on your walls. Most likely, you will never know their name. They do what they do because they care. They are not jaded by all the bad news or politics. They are not famous or wealthy and if you met them on the street you would not ask for their autograph. In fact, you probably wouldn’t even notice them. They are average folks who do amazing things for the good of strangers.

The Shift

Along our way in life, we hear a story or witness the kindness of these invisible people who are doing so much good for those who need it the most. Our hearts are touched by their stories and something moves inside of us. A little piece of the wall we’ve built around our heart falls away and makes room for hope.

With more hope in our hearts, our thoughts are changed and a new awareness created. Our awareness shifts from fear and anger to hope and charity. The energy around us changes and the Law of Attraction brings like-minded, kindred spirits into our life. Our connection to our society strengthens and we begin to understand our relationship to people, places, and concepts that move our collective consciousness upward in a more positive direction. This - is a paradigm shift. And yes, it can and does occur in the collective hearts and minds. Now, it is our responsibility to nurture and share it. No matter where you are standing in the world, the same sun shines on each of us. One sun. One humanity. One world.

© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Dan. Thanks for stopping by. I agree about discovering like-minded individuals and am finding more and more of them here on Hubpages.

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    Dan Barfield 4 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

    Fabulous hub! It is great to read articles coming from people who are seeing the same things in the world as me. Voted up:)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Becky, I always enjoy your comments so much. Great scholars and mystics, philosophers and cultures who predicted a change this year. I think while many were building bunkers, others were being prepared on some cosmic level for the real change that was to occur - an elevation in consciousness. I agree with you completely about the heroes in Connecticut. And - I love your favorite saying, :-)

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Linda - wonderful write. I agree that there is a collective shift going on around the globe. When Sandy occurred, I was highly aware of how people pulled together to help complete strangers.

    And I hope people don't take what I am about to say the wrong way: During the awful terror and tragedy in Sandyhook, I was immediately struck by the selfless hero's who put themselves in harms way to protect those dear children. Unbelievably heroic and brave. There couldn't have been much time to make up their minds how to handle the terror, yet in a blink of an eye they chose to sacrifice themselves for the childrens greater good.

    And my friends always laugh when I utter my favorite saying, which is "Break out of your paradigm".

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi tammy! Thanks for the visit and compliment. I am hopeful. :-)

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    Tammy Barnette 4 years ago

    Beautifully written and very informative. I pray we shift, otherwise we become extinct.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Shauna. I learn a lot by listening when most people are talking. And, I have amazing friends. :-)

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, you've once again brought awareness to situations that may not be seen or felt, but indeed exist. You're something else, my friend!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MizB - how awesome that you could attend the conference this week. I am envious. lol You so right that there is much to say and much to be done. The metaphysical ones are not forgotten in my little place in the universe. I am always aware of what is, even if I don't always understand it all. As we approach the end of this earth cycle, I am hopeful. Blessings to you my friend.

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    MizBejabbers 4 years ago

    You are so right. A paradigm shift is a shift in consciousness, and it does occcur in the hearts and minds of the people. Every word you said is true and beautiful. Don't forget the metaphysical ones who are working hard to bring in the light energies. I was fortunate enough to attend the 12-12-12 Earth Keeper Conference here this week, and it was so powerful! One of the speakers said that it took only 7% of Earth's population to bring about a paradigm shift, but we have 30% of the people working to bring this about, and more are joining us every day. I'm glad you wrote this hub. There is so much to say -- so much work to still be done. Namaste, my friend. Voted up and awesome.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Leslie, thank you so much for the compliment. I don't take it lightly, coming from you. I do believe that as more and more of us reach out to like-minded people, we create a force that expands. If I didn't believe it, my own head would be digging a hole somewhere. Thanks so much Leslie. I really appreciate your comments.

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    You are an excellent writer - and i do not say that lightly! Your thoughts are amazingly well organized and intelligent - and you bring a positivity that is, well - positively uplifting..lol

    I sooo hope you are right, dear - that we can create 'shifts' , cause, the world today is frightening me, and people seem to be digging their heels in MORE, not less..

    voting up and sharingxx..

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Lipnancy, you are so right! Thanks for the visit and for your positive attitude.

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    Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    Your article describes what I choose to see and it is a choice for all us. There are hundreds more acts of kindness than acts of violence.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Martin - that was a big time message, wasn't it? I'm sorry you lost your friends but if it was a positive thing, then it was necessary. I don't know where you come up with this leader stuff though. lol I'm just a little old soul here in the east who is a messenger.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Maria, you are sounding like a poet. Talk about writing from the heart? You do that as well as anyone I know. But, thank you. When a piece comes together like this one did, I honestly don't think I was much more than the messenger, if you know what I mean. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence and your support and....Merry Christmas!

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for this. I smoked pot for 5 years. All my friends did too. I stopped completely and lost all my friends. message? (In a positive vein). This is an important concept for a leader like you.

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Richly woven with logic, compassion and optimism. I love reading your work, Linda. You write from deep within your heart.

    Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Pickles! Thank you. Your comment really makes me feel good about this one.

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    picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    Excellent hub! I totally agree with you and feel you have written it in a simple and understandable way.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, my friend, with you, even redundency feels good. lol I talked to a friend last night who posed the question - what if all this talk about the apocalypse, end of the world, yada yada, really only signals a shift in conscieousness? The thought wouldn't leave me and this peace is the result. Stranger things have happened and I do think we are "finding each other" for a reason. Look at all the like-minded idividuals here on hubpages. See, it could happen. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Liz. That is a concept that runs through my brain almost daily. If only the media saw the importance of good news as we see it. Thanks very much for reading this one.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Randi, thanks so much. I appreciate your sentiment very much.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mary615, thank you so very much. Your comment made me feel good about this one and to know it will be shared is extra special.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Whatever I write at this point will sound redundant. This is beautiful, and I hope....and pray...that this shift is happening and continues to grow. We need each other more today than ever before.

    love your spirit, kid!

    bill

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Imagine if the media focused on everyday heroes instead of the issues that divide us. THAT would be amazing!

    Great hub.

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    Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    This is great, Linda! So very true and well put! Thank you for sharing!

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    Reading this Hub gave me "goosebumps". You wrote a very powerful and interesting work. You make such a good point that everywhere, everyday, the average person is going out of their way to lend a helping hand to one to needs it in so many ways.

    You mention some good organizations that step in to help when needed, too.

    I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will certainly share.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mark, we are on the same page my friend. And, I'm happy to share it with you. :-)

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    Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Well said Linda, Remove the complacency, take away the apathy and wonderful things begin to happen!

    Mark

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    JThomp42 4 years ago

    Your so very welcome Linda! :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Jeff. That means a lot to me.

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    JThomp42 4 years ago

    Very powerful! Great read Linda.