The most important realization/epiphany you have had so far?

beezus (@beezus) 9 years ago

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!

January 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm
Anonymous (177) (@) 9 years ago ago

@owenkellogg, re: society… Anytime one hears “must”, “should”, “have to”, “don’t have any choice”, it’s time to leave the room. Peace, Love & Light ~ ricky

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Christian (40) (@christian92) 9 years ago ago

That humanity can’t be divided into man or woman(except biologically), political parties, religion or whatever. Realize that every single person on this planet has his/her own problems, own goals, own dreams, own friends, own family etc. like you do. Humanity is a mixture of seven billion completely different people, so complex and at the same time fascinating that it’s nearly impossible to understand or even grasp this realization fully.

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 9 years ago ago

1+1 doesn’t have to equal 2.

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Chris (6) (@seektruth) 9 years ago ago

@beniandtheuniverse, This was my first realization and was the most important. After years suffering from illness and depression I started to try to be happier by listening to personal development talks. I had the realization whilst studying at university. I was becoming so anxious and stressed about not understanding something which I thought was important. Whilst listening to Wayne Dyer talk about how your thoughts control your life, I suddenly realized how miserable I was making myself with what I thought about myself. That was the turning point in my life. It’s taken years but now my everyday thoughts are so different.
I used to love the quote “The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.” John Milton. Now I understand why it meant so much to me.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years ago ago

@hollowinfinity, Go on? :)

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Taylor (36) (@chabalamp) 9 years ago ago

@beezus, probably that looks are subjective.
I beat myself up for years over my aesthetics and other people’s opinions of me..
but one day I realized that
just like some people think one person is hideous, another person will find them beautiful.

Ever since then I haven’t cared about how I look. I’ve been wearing less makeup and just being who I am. My body is only a case, after all.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years ago ago

Balance is key to everything and everything needs everything to exist.

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John Spartan (6) (@johnspartan) 9 years ago ago

what this guy just said about destroying stuff

dr. hamsa
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No energy can be destroyed it just changes form. It is another form of creation, everything is energy. I think the urge to destroy comes from insecurities.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years ago ago

The Universe (potentially and probably the multi-verse) is a fractaling novelty machine

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Baked Banana (21) (@bakedbanana) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

Trying to change other people will only change yourself.
It might sound so corny but its a truth.

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Simon (15) (@taoisman) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

As I was maturing through the teens, I spent most of my time in solitude, thinking about the world and my place in it. A few realizations that helped me understand who I am were:

I. I think, therefore I am. If I am, then others seem to be as well. If others seem to be, then we share the universe. If we share the universe, then we are all one. The universe is thus connected, and I thus don’t have the luxury of thinking I can operate outside of it or on my own. Because everything affects everything else, I have to respect that. This means I don’t want to cause any more harm to anything, and it means everything good I do has a meaning.

II. Because everything in the universe affects everything else, everything in the universe has potential. Living organisms all have the same kind of potential to affect the universe; the same amount and level of potential. Thus, we are all worth the same; we are all equal. Thus, I should respect all living things as I do myself, and I should hope that every living thing would benefit from a favor from me and want to return it as well. In other words, I believe in good will.

III. The universe seems to be infinite, or, in other words, always expanding. Thus, there is continuously no limit to what could exist out there, as new things are created always and forever. Thus, I should not judge or condemn anything anyone claims to have experienced, for it could be possible. My knowledge is very limited; in fact, my human brain cannot even comprehend concepts like infinity, eternity or death.

Now, as I just recently moved to China for the girl I love and my life changed completely, I have come to many realizations in a short period of time. Just today there was one that’s helping me get through hardship right now:

I. Even if every day seems like a chore, you’re going to be doing this a million times again. I had thought about this before, but I didn’t entirely believe in it; I perhaps thought there was an easier way; a shortcut. Today I realized it’s the truth: I have sworn to protect and care for her, and that means I’m going to fight every day for the both of us. I’m never going to stop fighting to improve our lives, to create a wonderful home for us and to see to it that our future will be bright. There is no getting away, no backing out, and I want it to be like that. As I accepted that, walking through the rain to get her strawberries and ice-cream, getting wet and cold… it didn’t bother me physically anymore. Just as I have been shedding my mental weaknesses over the years, I just finally let go of the physical complaints my body had.

Another one I had been thinking about a LOT but didn’t get the final push for until a few months ago as I arrived here was:

II. True love is my only way to happiness, and happiness is my only way to getting out of depression and passivity. Passivity is bad because nothing happens. Anything is better than stagnation, something I realized as a teenager.

And connected to that was:

III. It is only true love if she is happy as I am and vice versa. Thus, I can only be happy if she is happy.

And something else I found extremely interesting:

IV: I seem to feel as if there’s something wrong with the universe if she’s not happy. I can’t yet explain this feeling completely, but something is definitely out of place. It might be partially because she truly deserves it, not only for who she is but also because of how her life has been so far. In the end though, I think this feeling is based on a profound bond that we have forged. If there is a soul, which I believe there is but am yet to be completely convinced of, it is such a connection. A feeling of two souls or perhaps two halves of one soul feeling lost without each other was there, but with her things feel more right. In place.

Just a few off the top of my head. I encourage everyone to write these things down as you think of things. I did not, and I regret it as my memory has suffered because of several reasons. Even if they’re part of me and I can call them out when I need them, I’d like to be able to list them out better for the sake of sharing.

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Kayla (68) (@kayla147258) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

My biggest realization that I’ve come to is after looking around and learning about things and how the world works, it doesn’t have to be this way.

No one should own land, it was put here for all of us. Everyone should work together, money should disappear. What happened to trade? Everything is owned by big businesses. Corruption, disease, the pharmaceutical companies (what a joke), our processed ”food” being sold to us. Yes, there are many great and beautiful things in life but we’re only here for a short amount of time and greed, hostility and violence took over. Why can’t we all just realize we’re all people and live on this Earth in peace?

Why do we have to have bombs and wars and military? (Not that I don’t support our military, but I don’t support the government sending them off) If everyone took the time to work together our technology would be ridiculously amazing.

What about all those guys that had amazing ideas, like the tire that would last almost a lifetime. Ford bought that out and threw it away. I understand people would lose jobs due to that but at the same time, why would everyone need a job if we have people here and there that grow food, make clothes, etc. Jobs would be endless, but no, you have to be certified and pay the government just to sell your stuff now.

/Rant

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

I got it.

Don’t stop drinking for the wrong reasons.

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Marlon (97) (@shoeopener) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

That too.

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Robert Chase Proctor (75) (@robertproctor34) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@beezus A few great truths I’ve realized. Keep in mind I’m only 19.
1) What you dream will come true as long as you put in the earnest, hard work and time. Period.
2) Karma is a very real thing.
3) You cannot fear. Because, like birth is a blessing into the opportunity of life, death is a blessing which says, “You’re Welcome.”

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Devon (19) (@devonalixandra) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

Recently I’ve been having an inner battle over how I want my future to pan out:

*I want to make a difference, but be financially stable.
*Help people learn to open their eyes, all three, to the interrelations of mind, body, nature, music, religion…everything, but in a way that they find it themselves, too.
*Develop relationships, romantic included, that will last a lifetime, even if that does sound like forever and so far away…commitment is a toughie…

Overall, I’ve realized that there is no crystal ball for me to peer into. Life is here and now, I need to stop analyzing and predicting each piece of it and just live in the moment. Especially as a college student with financial need, it’s hard not to be a worrier…it’s hard to just put your life in the fate of something more than you and realize that you don’t need all of the answers or a psychic to know that life goes on.

You’ll experience so many ups and downs, so many tragedies and heartbreaks, so many happy and loving times that just seem to be over before you know it. But it’s this game called life.

It goes on.

And I’m going to be an English Teacher, guys. That will be my difference.

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Nick (5) (@openedmind) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@robertproctor34, Great words from a 19 year old. I wish I knew that much or thought about the world that way when I was that young.

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Paul (16) (@robek) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

Pain and suffering are illusions, when perceived from an “enlightened” state. One will still feel pain, and it will still be unpleasant. But when you understand the nature of suffering, it looses it’s grip on your happiness. You realize you are The One boundless singularity of existence, that YOU are the answer you’ve been looking for all along.

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Matthew (1,127) (@ojai) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

I’ve had many. One recent being…life and death are the same thing? As soon as you begin living you also begin dying. A thought a recently I had.

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Anonymous (177) (@) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@devonalixandra, “And I’m going to be an English Teacher, guys. That will be my difference.” YOU ARE SO VERY RIGHT!!! Remember this for when you get into the classroom. 1. Let your inner joy and bright light shine so much every single day you teach that your students can’t help but notice. 2. Be unpredictable. Teach a little different here and there, or throw-out the lesson and offer a “life” lesson disguised as an English lesson. 3. See every student as a wonderful, amazing, loveable human being no matter their behavior, looks, attitude, etc. 4. Smile ALL the time! 5. Help your students to know that you are there because you care about them, as fellow citizens of the world, and that you’re not just there to teach them how to pass tests and make it to the next grade. 6. When all else fails, refer to #1. Peace, Love & Light ~ ricky

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ishetat (5) (@ishetat) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@beezus, I had a great one last month. The fact that we change little by little every day without even realizing it. Then one day when we look back at who we were in comparison to who we are how vast the change can be. That’s why its important to change the small things you want to change in order to become more like the person you want to be, cause all the small things add up.

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Kim (1) (@misskimmer) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

When I was 12 I contemplated infinity while looking at the stars. After what seems like eternity trying to get there, to that place infinity was, I thought my head would explode. I came away with a better understanding of the universe and realized I would never get it done. Somehow I feel like I glimpsed the true nature of infinity.

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Anonymous (177) (@) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@ishetat, seems we’re dealing with a dirty mirror. clean a little bit of it each time. one day maybe whole thing be clear :0)

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Anonymous (24) (@) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

I once realised that I had been living a lie my entire life. That I in no way, shape or form had been living according to who I really am and what I really desire in life.

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Anonymous (177) (@) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@iphenomena, good for you :0)

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Anonymous (251) (@) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

I realised that I’m able to acheive anything I want, and that possibilities are infinite.

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