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).