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Aneesah Bakker

Owner/Director/Developer, Creative Change Coaching

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Our greatest gift is our capacity to have insights, epiphanies and aha moments!

What is an epiphany?

Please share your thoughts on epiphany, insight, aha moments, synchronicity, serendipity.

Where do they come from?

A related TED talk is by Elise Ballard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dJFoTAbL0ko


How has your insight changed your life?

Do you have a quote on insights, a lesson learned, a mantra you live by because of insights you have had!

Insights are described as a gift.
When I listen to TED talks, I have noticed that many of the speakers are who they are and share the message they share, because of an epiphany/insight.

Insights are triggered/created in many ways, whether from profound crisis or listening to someone's story. What has sparked your insight?

Can one prepare for insights? If so, how?

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    May 13 2012: Isaac Newton had more than a few moments of clarity. He said, "If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than any other talent."
    Orator and author Edwin Chapin said, " Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a golden link, into the great chain of order."
    I think we would do well to exercise Newton's patient attention as we watch for Chapin's seeming anomalies. We can argue which is the greatest gift bestowed by the Giver of gifts, but thanks for a provocative question Ms. Bakker.
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      May 13 2012: Dear Edward,

      beautiful, thank you.

      "patient attention" - yes I think consciousness, awareness, mindfulness and "practice" makes the difference.

      I am creating a new mantra this week to remind me of this: Notice, Accept, Affirm!

      and, " Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a golden link, into the great chain of order."
      Well, this is music to my ears, so eloquently expressed. Beautiful and clear in itself, provocative too. I find the word anomaly interesting, like "exceptional?" or perhaps, out of the ordinary? - which is in itself a paradox, no?

      "Giver of gifts" - I have never heard that term before and am going to embrace it fully.

      and, you are welcome. Contributions like yours is what inspires me :-)

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