The Dale-y Word
In typical Christian traditions, Epiphany is Feast Day, a holy day. It is defined as:
“A Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day; an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity; a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple or commonplace occurrence or experience. Or… a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.”
It’s that last definition that I prefer–to me, epiphany eloquently represents the personal AHA! moment.
You know that moment…when suddenly the metaphorical light comes on in your head and you get it — whatever IT may be.
In our teaching and Science of Mind philosophy, the Aha! moment is something we often court during our spiritual practice as a way of gleaning and accepting the wisdom and insight we seek. I sometimes refer to it also as the ‘Helen Keller moment’. Many of us have seen the extraordinary movie, “The Miracle Worker”. There is a scene towards the end of the film that serves as both an historical and spiritual inspiration when we witness the light turn on in Helen’s mind years after all the time spent with her teacher, Annie Sullivan when she understands the finger-spelling of w-a-t-e-r.
Since mindfulness is also an important part of our teaching and practice, we allow for our awareness to always reach for the present moment in any given situation. When we allow ourselves the permission and ability to do so, we can then sort through the ‘download’ from Infinite Intelligence and lo and behold, there awaits our Aha! Moment leading to a moment of transformation.
Or, maybe it just leads to remembering to pick up your dry cleaning. Your thought, your idea, your Aha! is what you make of it. And that in and of itself, can be an epiphanic moment–when you realize you are at choice, you are the master of your own fate, the captain of your own soul. (With a nod to William Ernest Henley’s famous quote).
Today, you have my permission to celebrate the official Epiphany or write your own.