Your Turning Point

Into the state of your soul trapped in duality some light begins to shine. At the turning point a critical event shakes the soul. Everyday life is interrupted, either by a crisis or by a sudden epiphany, or by both, in what is described as “the dark night of the soul.” For Christians this is the moment when a sinner sees the light, but the same imagery occurs in every spiritual tradition: The blind can see; the voice of God speaks; a holy presence descends; a heavy weight is lifted; rescue appears in the midst of danger; a loveless world radiates love.

It doesn’t matter how many of these elements are present (and for some people it isn’t even a personal experience, but an outside source of inspirationóa scripture or teacheróthat convinces them of the existence of a higher reality).

At this moment, something profound happens. It feels like being reborn, not simply because the old self drops away, but because the world itself shifts like a kaleidoscope. Your eyes register brighter colors, and a hidden light seems to be trying to break through the thin membrane of the world. Sounds become sweeter; nature seems to sing. Ordinary sensations acquire a delicious texture, like velvet or warm liquid, suffusing the body.

To an outsider the whole experience sounds dubious, like some kind of hallucination. But Jesus doesn’t deny that this is the case; he just ascribes a different value to it. Salvation is a glimpse of reality; perception begins to detect illusion.

Adapted from The Third Jesus, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Karen R.
Karen R.2 years ago

I believe!

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

Thank you for the thought-provoking excerpt ................

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

Thank you for the thought-provoking excerpt ................

Lin Moy
Lin M3 years ago

I liked this very much.

Nancy B.
N B.3 years ago


Hanna Sjoberg

Thank you for sharing!

Ajla C.
Past Member 3 years ago

da svi imamo svoj etrenutke buđenja

Siti R.
Siti R.3 years ago

dark night of the soul- everyone goes thru' it often times more than others

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for the interesting post.

Barbara Charis
Barbara Charis3 years ago

Marianne...if you want to experience it - you can access it any time you close your eyes and think I love order to receive one has to give out loving thoughts. I think how much I appreciate and love the Maker for all the beautiful gifts that I have been given. It is a glorious world. I bless the hard times as well as the good for the wisdom one gains in going through all kinds of experiences. I am grateful I survived. I do talk directly to the Creator all the time...and ask the Creator to magnify my the Creator can really feel it. I feel badly because so many totally give no credence to the One who gave them this magnificient world to experience. We all need to simply send love...