I just thought it might be interesting to know, throughout all your travels, studies, meditations, trips, experiences, dreams, etc, on your quest for truth what is the one thing you have learned so far about yourself, the universe, life or existence in general that has had the biggest impact on you or opened the most doors to your mind? What is that one “ah-ha” moment that you have carried with you ever since, and when did it happen, or are you still piecing yours together? Can’t wait to hear!
I had a wonderful “ah-ha” moment recently at my first meditation retreat. As we were in the meditation hall (meditating, of course), I suddenly had this thought: This is what I want to do. This is it. I get so much joy from meditation and the practice of the Dharma that it would be a total loss not to share it with others! I have always cared about how much money careers make, how much work goes into school or training, pros and cons. But not now. It doesn’t matter. I will do whatever I need to because it feels right.
Well I have this profound basal understanding of things, but its covered up. I can feel it but it doesn’t always translate to words or cognition.
Either I come back to “normalcy” forgetting them or not understanding the significance – lost in translation.
Wish I could tell you.
I did realize once that all my anxiety stems from the fear of death – but a negative, painful death.
@ijesuschrist, I know exactly what you mean about not being able to put your feelings into words.. sometimes we experience such significant things, they may be too much for us to process at the time. I can definitely say, though, it comes with practice. I feel like, over the years, pieces of my own consciousness have fallen into place where there used to be only ideas and feelings. I’m still so, so far away, of course, but getting there more every day. (:
And @born2tap, I’m glad you’ve found your calling. Must bring a great sense of peace and excitement into your life!
@beezus, most significant epiphanies which I can remember recently (last few years) have been :
-we are all interconnected/oneness
-nirvana can’t be brought or found; it’s a potential within all of us and the key to open it is love (corny but true)
-don’t be afraid of being disliked; that doesn’t make you less of a person. It’s ok to be disliked! Just be true to you
-the world is full of talkers but only a handful practise what they preach
That’s all I can think of for now :)
I realized I’m a way more awesome person when I’m real about my life than when I’m trying to come across a certain way. The difference is like night and day.
I’ve also learned that there is such a thing as too much sarcasm. I know, I was shocked.
@beezus, Oh my. So many. So many. Too many! I’m sorry but I have to cheat here and include a handful of epiphanies! I hope you don’t mind!
“The more control one seeks, the greater the resistances one will face.”
“Things do not happen in the future but in the present.”
“One’s interpretation of truth does not alter the nature of it.”
“Faith does not erase fear, it simply masks it.”
“We remain a fraction of what we know we could become.”
I used to think that enlightenment was equivalent to nirvana: a release from the wheel of samsara. But the more I learn about reincarnation (Brian Weiss, Michael Newton), the more I’ve come to see that we’re not here to check out, but rather to experience things.
Many people want to transcend our earthly existence, but then why are you here? It’s not time for that. We’re here to experience the pain, challenges, and disconnectedness from the oneness — as individuals. We forget our past lives, we forget our true spiritual nature. When we go camping, we forgo the normal comforts of civilization. Likewise, on Earth we forgo the comfort of spiritual oneness, so that even in this spiritual desert, we can learn empathy, love, sacrifice, forgiveness, setting goals, and working together. Earth is a tough school, but that’s where you learn the most!
Enlightenment — I realize now — is about taking in all of those experiences: living different roles as an actor would perform different characters. So that one day we may feel simpatico with all peoples: our friends, our enemies, different sexes, races, ethnicities, religions, ages, cultures, and personalities. When we see all of them as us, and us as all of them, then we return to oneness.
It became clear to me that you either live your dreams or live in them. One can be intelligent but as long as you won’t make things “real” it’s going to be you who suffers the most from it.
The trick is our lives are 100% up to us which makes it really easy for us to lose the grip.
The best epiphany was understanding the oneness of the universe, we all are reincarnations of a star gone nova and the stars are reincarnations of the initial moments of the Big Bang. We are reincarnations of reincarnations in the universe. All is truly one. I feel like I knew this all along, and only during meditation I truly understood the universe as it is. In my life I also had many epiphanies, one was ego is responsible for so much suffering in this world. Ego tears up relationships, nations and creates war. Another understanding I reached is that the law of attraction works, and it can be used to change the world and remake it into a better image.
How all energy is vibrations, and our souls are just an advanced form of energy. And that we all have our own unique frequency that we broadcast that comes from said energy. We are all as people the same consciousness we are just taking turns perceiving objectively/subjectively.
How everything outside the known universe is just a field of complicated mathematical probability. And how probability is effected by thought.
How the universe is an machine of energy expanding in slow motion.
My “searching” began around the age of 11 when I suddenly realized that ‘I’ was going to die one day. My childhood pretty much ended right then and there. That was 47 years ago. In the meantime, have read and studied, studied, studied – tried some things on. Then I came across the book, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, or it came to me. Living in the present moment, and realizing that it all the existence that there is, stunned my consciousness and shook me out of the sleepiness of all the studying and head-knowledge. Quite simply, by the time I type the period on the end of this sentence, the time in which I typed the last word of this sentence does not even exist any longer. Each now moment just turns over into the next, into the next, forever (so to speak). This book may not speak to you or someone else, so I don’t recommend it, but there is much out there that serves as sparks and hints to what you already know – were born with. Peace, Love & Light ~ ricky
some things I think you could call my epiphanies:
– its all my fault (means: no matter what happens, I was the main influence in it)
– if something bad happened, it is in the past, you can´t change it anymore, so make the best out of it and learn
– if you don´t expect anything you can´t be disappointed
– there is absolutely no meaning of life, atleast not one that can be understood by mankind … a kinda depressing thought, but you can´t change it, so why give a shit, enjoy life instead :)
– you create your own reality
I’ve realised that western society has too much stuff. We regard material possessions highly, yet disregard knowledge and experience.
We then fool ourselves into buying more stuff to make our lives easier. Instead of decluttering.
THE DAD FROM CLICK IS THE COACH FROM WATERBOY!!!
The most important… let’s see. Believing in myself. And because it’s so important I get scared to do that.
I love this thread. :)
My biggest epiphany has been that the self I previously imagined to be an inescapable reality I had to live with and work around is actually malleable like clay. From this foundation-shaking lesson sprung some more realizations that are all really part of the same realization: limitations are self imposed, what you expect to see is what you will see, you can make as big or small of a deal as you want out of things and they still just are as they are. Remembering to simply exist is important.
Soooo many… I cant consciously recall them all but some that changed my life drasticaly are
-in our core essence we are the same- one so i think of talking with others as communicating with different manifestations of my self,each one of them being an amazing and unique character
-time is only psychological,past doesnt matter,its only important where do you want to go from NOW
-being completely present in whatever i do always gives me better results aswel as tramendeous joy
-we must drop all expectations since all of them are fake
-nothing is good or bad it just is
-being true to myself and following hearts voice is all that matters and whatever happens in the process will ultimately lead to my highest fullfilment
I just registered, and this is my first post here on H.E.! I’m looking forward to having some deep, interesting conversations here…
From recently studying Stoic philosophy, I’ve been trying to “sort out” the things in my life that I can control, and the things I can’t. What I’m beginning to realize is that society tells us the exact opposite: The things you’re told, “Well, you can’t do anything about that…”, I’ve found out that you very well can. On the issues of life where we hear, “YOU can make a difference…” is usually something that will never change, regardless of how much effort we put out.
I know this sounds vague, but I’ll go into more detail at a later time…
I am not my thoughts! That tiny realization alleviated so much stress and judgement that I carried for myself. I worry about being kind and yet scream “Fuck you!” if you cut me off on the road. It used to fill me with unnecessary guilt, acting so against what I wanted for myself and my values. Now I see, thoughts and actions aren’t me, I’m the observer, the one who experiences the thoughts created by my society and environment. Separating what I now know as my ‘soul’ from my thought processes has helped me control them as well. Anger, guilt, jealousy and so on…. none of it is truly a part of me, I’m only experiencing it for a moment. I am love!