We are taught that shifting paradigms is powerful but what does it look like in my everyday life? How can I accomplish a paradigm shift when my energy is fully focused on keeping up with routine demands? How do I make a shift when my feelings, my beliefs, and my friends encourage me to stick with what I know?
My reactions are my cues. When I feel that I have to change things around me to make my life more comfortable, I know I have work to do. When I notice distressing thoughts, emotions, and sensations, I can use this information to resolve the perceptions that trigger my reactions. When the trigger is resolved, the distress falls away. When the distress falls away, I am able to choose rather than react.
In 2013, I was introduced to Willem Lammers. He developed Logosynthesis® as a profound philosophy and a simple, yet powerful, technique to relieve distress and suffering. I learned that by using the power of words to shift energy, I was able to resolve the perceptual triggers that kept me stuck in reactive patterns. When the situations in my life ceased to trigger a habitual, reactive response, I was able to make better choices.
An intriguing shift occurred when I learned how to resolve the triggers to my reactions rather than exerting all my energy on trying to change the situation. My energy was now available to make better choices.
I share the experience of my paradigm shift in Logosynthesis: Enjoying Life More Fully (Caswell, 2017) to help others begin to comprehend the shift. I gradually gained an appreciation for the freedom I felt when I was no longer controlled by reactive patterns. As my habitual responses fell away, my curiosity and intrigue increased. Kahler’s Drivers – try hard, please others, hurry up, be strong and be perfect – had appeared to serve me well. But I was running out of energy to keep up with the demands of my life. There was a limit to my speed and strength. In my book, I describe an example of a ‘simplification’ project at work. The project was anything but simple. I was intrigued by the effect of shifting a perception which allowed me to shift away from the habitual conversations of why the project wasn’t working so I could better focus on the task at hand.
As I look to share my experiences, conversations are often met with resistance, discounting and disbelief because the powerful simplicity of the work runs counter-culture. Willem has provided me with patient mentorship and I highly respect his insight. The local and international Logosynthesis® communities have supported my development. I have gained trust and confidence to support others as they discover with intrigue the power of shifting their reactions.
I was not able to shift my focus from ‘changing my environment’ to ‘changing my reaction to my environment’ until I had a tool to resolve the perceptions that triggered my reactions. When I feel calm, others sense my calm. When I feel safe, others sense security. As I shift my reactions to others, others shift their reactions to me. By using my reactions as my cue, I can move beyond the distress to focus on my purpose and to enjoy my life more fully.