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Responding to an Epiphany

Responding to an Epiphany

Some people who have experienced the turning point respond by longing for a return to epiphany. When no amount of wishing, praying, or begging can bring it back, however, the aftermath can turn bleak or even desperate.

I am amazed at how many people do not choose an inner path as their first response to the aftermath of a turning point. They have had a glimpse of higher consciousness, but this gets translated into external activity, sometimes frantic activity.

But if we look at this phenomenon more closely, the reason becomes obvious. Epiphanies are openings; many people experience them negatively. They feel a sense of turmoil inside that they want to shut down.

Turmoil is actually a positive sign; itís a symptom of spiritual ferment. In the aftermath, looking inward brings to light all the things we donít want to see. Itís not peaceful or calming when we air out the unconscious mind. Fortunately, it doesnít have to be. There are natural mechanisms that can do the work of creating order out of chaos.

Among other things, the soul stands for a permanent state of peace and order; these qualities increase when obstacles to the soul are removed. Light doesnít have to be created out of darkness, only allowed to shine.

Turning points are real breakthroughs, and they set in motion a process of transformation. The higher self or soul leaves clues at every stage of the path. These come in many forms, but the surest way to recognize them is by contrast to oneís former life.

Glimpses of ecstasy appear, lasting only a moment or perhaps as long as a day. Fear and anxiety lift. You experience a certainty about being safe. Events fall into patterns instead of being random. Love seems like a presence in the world that carries its own strength. These are hints of the soulís reality.

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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12:46AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thank you for the interesting post.

9:09AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

nice reminder

10:07PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Epiphanies are a dime a dozen. As many as you want, when you want.

Just ask a deep spiritual question, relax and look within for the answer. Don't try. Just ask whoever you call Higher Power to give you an epiphany or an understanding, cognition, whatever. Be patient. As you practice communication with Higher Power, the answers or suggestions or whatever will come as in a conversation.

But will that cognition, epiphany change your life? Not unless you APPLY it.

How can you apply this new understanding in your own life? Draw up a plan to apply that epiphaney. Then do it.

The secret to spiritual growth is APPLY, APPLY, APPLY.

12:51PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

amen

2:23AM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Bubble, bubble, toil & trouble?!?!

7:12PM PDT on May 6, 2011

I must have a mighty brew fermenting. If it's comparable to a good wine, it will be a Chateau Lafitte!

4:08PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Yes , they make us feel safe. Safe in the ineffable knowledge that we do not cease to exist when we die.

12:28AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:45AM PDT on Apr 22, 2010

The best personal response to an epiphany is to make yourself and the world a better place for everyone.

9:41AM PST on Feb 20, 2010

I had an epiphany! I was so down, I didn't care if I died! Heck, I welcomed death! I was so sick of this world, and society as a whole, I was begging for some "sanity". I was writing to all the Vocational Rehab. counselors, and the Governor of Florida, and the Commissioner of Education, and EVERYONE, just flaming mad! Then, as I wrote to a lady from the Advocacy Center for People with Disabilities, I used the word "epiphany" in what I wrote to her... (my meaning was "an enlightenment" of sorts) but I wasn't sure if that context was correct, so with my 148 IQ I decided to look it up before sending the mail, so I didn't appear uneducated or "dumb"... well... when I looked it up... BAM! Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God made Man in the person of Jesus Christ, and It falls on January 6th. I looked down at my computer clock... what day was it? JANUARY 6th! WOW! Talk about an epiphany... on that day, at that time, I made a decision to turn my life over to God Almighty, and never looked back! I'M CONVINCED THERE IS A HIGHER POWER... GOD! and YES! God works in mysterious ways, it's true! I since have been baptized and joined a local church which I attend 3 times a week. I have truly been SAVED! GOD RULES! Thanks for listening! Guido Zecckine III

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