Coining a new word or phrase is always an enjoyable mental exercise. I once coined the term hydrothermal-ambient-lucidity. It describes the clear, warm water environment gently stroked by sunlight that you discover when you open your eyes under water in a warm tropical setting.
While meditating, I kept experiencing these visions of being under water in such an environment. I was immersed in unnamable shades of blue, that warm bath water feeling, and the muffled sounds of submergence.
Well, the term never caught on (you can Google it and see), but I can still feel the sensations and see the images that inspired the term 15 years later.
A few months ago I blogged about another new term I created. I’m hoping this one will really catch on.
This word speaks to the positive direction I am moving in my life and would like to see the world move. The word is posidigm (positive + paradigm).
I searched for the term on all the major search engines and could not find a reference to it, so I just claimed it.
Dictionary.com provides the following definitions – among others – for these two words:
Positive – “emphasizing what is laudable, hopeful, or to the good; constructive: a positive attitude toward the future; positive things to say about a painting.
Paradigm – “a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.”
So, a posidigm can be defined as:
“emphasizing a hopeful, good, or constructive set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitute your way of looking at reality.
Our planet and our species face real challenges in the coming decades and centuries. We have to face our challenges honestly, see through the chicanery of the fear peddlers, and build a new posidigm.
This posidigm must admit its own blindspots and not see the world through unrealistically rose-colored glasses. Its power will come from this honesty and its more positive view of our future and potential as individuals and as a species.
As you might have gathered from this blog, I am a big believer in postive thinking. I know that if tomorrow six billion people on this planet demanded peace, justice, or freedom we would have it.
I’ve had a number of well-meaning and intelligent people tell me these things are not possible in this world. My response is always the same. “They are not possible as long as that is our attitude.”
Work hard this week (and it is hard work) to stay positive about your path and about the world. Slowly but surely we can undo what is happening and bring this world to a better place.
This week when someone asks you how you are or what you are doing, tell them you are busy buidling a new posidigm. Brick by brick, thought by thought, action by action, it is coming into view.
Be free! Be inspired! Follow your bliss!
Ray is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is author of the ebook The Power to Be You: Game-Changing Posidigms for Daily Life. and the forthcoming The Power to Be You 2.
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