The Flash of Insight

Fortunately, higher reality has a way of breaking out unexpectedly. There are moments when the all-knowing nucleus of the self defeats the mindís narrow prejudices. We call these flashes insight, and they give us a good sense, at least in passing, of what it must be like to be enlightened.

As the Vedas put it, the enlightened mind is like the sun, compared to which all other minds are like candles. But a candle has value, because once it is lit, the darkness cannot be total.

In the flash of insight, a corner of the self is revealed for what is really there. One silently exclaims ďAha!Ē and a bit of truth is brought out from under wraps.

Insight is not always deep or lasting Ė psychiatrists spend huge amounts of time shoring up new insights and making sure that the patient does not lose hold of old ones and regress. Nor does the body always follow the mindís lead into a healthier state. Even so, the moment of insight often manages to shift the entire self, and that is the key to its power.

At the flash of insight, psychiatry and Yoga are one Ė the revelation of the knower is the goal of both disciplines.

However, psychiatry is content with a flash: insight is basically a tool, not a permanent state. Psychiatry is an imperfect healer because it is wounded itself. Its reality does not include a core of magic; in fact, may therapists do their utmost to stamp out any signs of magic in the patientís mind.

Only the most exceptional people manage to rise above the reality principle; they alone can begin to appreciate how simple the state of total insight might actually be.

Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).

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69 comments

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Isn't it great, insight. Thanks for the artical.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

interesting study of contrasts

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Flash away! Thanks for the article.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado4 years ago

It is good to have flashes every now and then.

Carina Engstrom
Carina Engstrom4 years ago

I'm waiting for that flash to arrive - feels like I need it in order to really understand the need for a change. No, not understand - FEEL! Thank you, Deepak!

Ji H.
Jean H.4 years ago

Yes, Terrence N., materialism abounds and you are so right that we have the ability to rise above it. The magic in this context is the gift of insight to be explored.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Uma Chernoff
Judith Shafer4 years ago

Yes Becky but those realities are simultaneous just put into that form to deal with the illusions of linear reality. Truly all time is occurring at the same time which has finally been discovered by Western Science as in the Buddhist "Great Now" etc. Our sense of time is conditioned by movement between birth and death which marks off the experience of carnality and creates linear illusion but at the same time our "always self" is aware of the totality of experience. Reading "Seth Speaks" and the "Nature of Personal Reality " channeled by Jane Roberts and recorded by Robert Butts her husband will be very nice for you just now.

Becky Y.
Rebecca Y.4 years ago

I was engrossed in painting on a large vase, applying colors...transfixed, when suddenly my room disappeared and in it's place was a tent-like building with a dirt floor and I was clothed in ancient clothing. The scene lasted long enough for me to look at my surroundings. It was breathtaking. Did I exist in another time? Is reincarnation real? I had gotten a message long ago that I lived in ancient times and was an artisan but this was unbelievable to actually "see" it as though it was now. When I came back to my own room, I had the most wonderful feeling that I was doing exactly what I should be doing. I sold all the vases I had painted and people keep asking me to paint more the way I had painted those I painted that day. I have had other visions but mostly they have been to the benefit of others, this one was most definitely about me and I appreciated it more than I can say....it was a flash of insight.

Shalvah Landy
Past Member 4 years ago

I suppose what we do after having a flash of insight, that is the point, do we act or disregard.