If you excavate language, you can consciously discover obscured layers of meaning. I have lately become very sensitive to the word shift - I find it everywhere. Shift is a sign that repeats along my path, a breadcrumb trail by which I make my way along the Shifting Path.
Once I started to notice the context of where this word can be found, and the myriad ways it can be used, I began to consciously dissect it.
The shifting of shift
One of the first things I noticed is shift's enormous flexibility and adaptability - the use, the meaning, and the context of the word itself shifts like few others.
As I continue to peel back the linguistic layers of the word shift, here are some examples of the layers of meaning I have found so far:
To Shift you are not required to Change much.
A shift implies that all the content or necessary components are already present, that what is required is a movement that does not gain or lose anything internally - the context changes, our perspective changes, the environment around a Thing changes; or the level at which we experience the Thing which has shifted has changed.
The nuances of meaning are powerful.
A Shift is about the relationships between things:
When we shift something, it is also implied that the change we make is small. It implies that we are already close.
You may have heard the term paradigm shift - this is related to ascension and transcendence. We've taken an Idea as far as it will go at its current level; to take it further we don't start from scratch -- we don't go back to square one -- we go to the next square.
Shifts are about increments.
The series of small, manageable changes by which greater changes are reached.