- Religion and Philosophy
Epiphanies..A Gift From the Universe
Like the river flows, so does recognition when realized.
"Epiphanies are described as: the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something.It is the most wonderful feeling to come to the realization after times of confusion, heartache or loss.Coming to a truth about the self is an even more awesome experience.
Coined by many names, epiphanies are described as "aha moments". The recognition comes many times in unusual situation and oftentimes it comes when we least expect it to. There is no way to make this type of realization happen, it strikes its recipient sometimes by its intensity and surprise.
In literature it is evidenced by a characters realization about something of which the reader usually already is well aware. We can see so clearly the answer for another that which we are blinded to ourselves.
Many people have had spiritual epiphanies when confronted with sacred places. Entering an old church, standing atop a mountain, walking amidst the vortexes of Sedona, sitting by the ocean, holding an newborn. There are other times when we are in rather strange circumstances, when we see the abuse we are suffering, when we realize we are such an important part of the whole, when we awaken as if after a long winter slumber and acknowledge the day as a new beginning or rebirth in our lives.
Epiphanies are seemingly spiritual (or religious). The religious holiday of the Epiphany on January 6th. Ephesians mentions "how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words" and the love of the Christ-ed one known as Jesus.
The "aha moment" is defined as : a moment of clarity, a defining moment where you gain real wisdom - wisdom you can use to change your life.
Both of these inspirational explanations appear to be one and the same. For us to be open to such experiences requires only awareness, shifting the focus on what will BE, to what is NOW. And these moments move us from knowledge to wisdom if we heed the message. Often, we are not listening in daily interactions and exchanges, but the universe, or God, or that which is, always speaks to us. We often dismiss the message, believing either we know better, or that it could not be us that this refers to. Although there are most assuredly seemingly random events in the universe....often we truly are the reciepient of insights, but do not take them seriously.
Imagine going into a room at night, even one you are familiar with and having no light to see. You trip over objects, misjudge their place, fumble for a light. Then the light comes on and you are fully aware of your surroundings and then you remember you left those shoes in the middle of the room earlier that day! You now see more clearly and remind yourself not to leave objects strewn all over the room. You either remember this or you remain back in the dark, awaiting you next stumble in the dark. For epiphanies are meant as wake up calls, as wisdom....and call for you to integrate this new wisdom into your life long lessons.