What kind of paradigm requires that we blame individuals, intimidate, and punish them in order to keep our social systems ‘healthy’? Like a complex tapestry, the paradigm has many threads, but the overall patteren has to do with control: Who has power over whom, and how is a power-
To be controlled, we have to be unplugged from competing sources of control. The major threat to external control is our internal guidance system—our souls.
A clear definition of ‘soul’ isn’t easy to come by, since it’s not an object we can measure or photograph. But ‘inner identity’ or ‘the core of who we are’ are good places to start. Soul refers to our deep presence. It’s our inner connectedness to whatever we take to be Being, God, the One, the whole, or the ground of creation…
It’s our direct link to reality.
To us our souls are our best friends and most trusted guides. But to the control paradigm, they’re the enemy—what has to be removed in order for external control to work. Only when we are sufficiently disconnected from our inner compass will we follow outer demands…
The recovery process connects us with our inner wisdom resources. In paradigm language, it introduces us to a paradigm that puts soul at the center—not the control paradigm-
All That Is…
Recovery, then, is the profound shift to a paradigm that honors who we are and unveils our truth underneath the roles we’ve assumed. Supported by a paradigm of soul-
By going within, we do the very thing forbidden by the control paradigm. If we no longer look outside ourselves for riches, we are no longer controllable.
The Paradigm Conspiracy, 1996, Denese Breton and Christopher Largent