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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

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 12 2012: My dear Aneesah,
    You were reading Jung and Freud at age 11??? You are WAY ahead of me darlin'...I didn't get there until I was a young adult:>)

    As you know, I have many quotes and mantras which I use as guides in the life journey...just as you do:>)

    One that popped into my mind with your idea as presented.......
    "The winds of Grace are blowing all the time.
    It is up to us to raise our sails"

    To me, epiphany, insight and aha moments, are those times when I catch just the right wind in my sails, and I KNOW I am on a good course. I truly believe that the winds of grace (information) is available to us at all times. It is up to us to be aware of wind directions, what course we want to be on, how and why we can adjust our sails to take us in the direction we want to go. If we don't know how to run the boat and adjust the sails (our body/mind), the life adventure can be more challenging. When we DO know ourselves, know how to use the equipment (the body/mind), and are ready, willing and eager to adjust the sails to catch the wind, the life adventure is more enjoyable:>)

    You ask..."Can one prepare for insights? If so, how? What has sparked your insight?"
    My answer....Yes, one can be prepared simply by being open minded/open hearted and be ready to receive, in every single moment without expectations. Be ready to catch the wind and adjust the sails. It is a gift we can give to ourselves:>)
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      May 12 2012: Expect the unexpected!... letting go, trust, relax, open, receive

      I like the patterns that are being revealed

      ps. It seemed so natural to me to be reading all that at 11! I am a species unto myself lol!
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        May 17 2012: Aneesah,
        Honestly, I don't believe you are a species unto yourself....I think/feel that I am related to you:>)

        So, this topic question you ask is very much related to your other discussion..."What's the best choice you have made"......is it not? Well, I perceive EVERYTHING to be related, and that feels very natural to me....probably to you too huh?

        The patterns of my thought/feeling process are built on my perception of life as an adventurous exploration, so how could I NOT recognize insights, epiphanies and aha moments? It is these moments that move me to explore more and more of the life journey.

        The choices to trust, be honest, compassionate, relax, open, give and recieve without expectations and WITH unconditional love simply create possibilities to experience insights, epiphanies and aha moments, and it seems silly to deny oneself that adventure....what do you think/feel about this?
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          May 17 2012: Colleen, Soul Sisters! :-) I certainly feel the connection.

          Yes, I agree, everything is related, and this conversation on epiphany and insights is intricately connected to my conversation on best choice. One of the reasons being, such ahas, and the like have such a profound, life changing effect that they do shape our beliefs and how we navigate our perceptions of choice, the choices that we make and how we not only make them but how we feel about them (once we've made them, no matter what the outcome)

          I see a correspondence between these thoughts of mine and what you say : "The choices to trust, be honest, compassionate, relax, open, give and recieve without expectations and WITH unconditional love simply create possibilities to experience insights, epiphanies and aha moments, and it seems silly to deny oneself that adventure....what do you think/feel about this?"

          I actually keep an insight journal and love talking about synchronicity and the like... it is such an amazing adventure that I find it to be irresistible!

          I recently watched an episode of Oprah's Life Class, and believe it or not, Perez Hilton spoke of the epiphanies that led him to see what a vicious person he had been and how he was now turning his life around... he calls them "aha-orgasms!"

          Here is the link to the conversation
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        May 20 2012: Aneesah,
        I watched the video. I LOVE Deepak Chopra's reaction! Perez Hilton seems to be doing what many people do after making a discovery about themselves or life. He is basically saying...this is it...I had my insight, epiphanies, aha moments...now I am enlightened and I'm going to teach everyone else what I know. Deepak Chopra, of course, has been teaching for many years, AND he also recognizes that we are all teachers AND students in this earth school:>)

        As soon as a person thinks s/he "knows" everything...or has "got it", s/he may stop exploring, and try to teach everyone that what they have discovered is "right". For me, the human life exploration continues as long as I am in human form, and I would not deny myself that opportunity in favor of saying I know it all now!!!

        I don't know anything about Hilton and his previous life. If he was vicious and has now changed his behavior, that's a good thing. I see that video as entertainment, and nothing much beyond that:>)

        I agree...it is an amazing adventure, and I too love to observe synchronicity. When we are open to possibilities, we experience more and more of it. When we are "stuck" in anger, frustration, regret, discontent, or any other fear based emotion, we block the possibility for new information, which may facilitate new insight:>)
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          May 20 2012: Hi Colleen,

          This does highlight a whole lot of other aspects around ahas, insights and such moments of enlightenment...

          especially when one's insights lead to radical change, people may be skeptical... and rightly so, when they go by a person's track record. The person experiencing the epiphany and being called to change their lives have a natural desire to take it as far as it will go... and to share what they have learned.

          This probably is similar to the effect that is "one teaches what one most needs to learn".

          In such shows, the power can be lost in the "hype", the over-presentation and marketing that seems to accompany it... it is too polished rather than fresh!

          Our calling is to be open to new insights and when we receive them, to notice them and practice what we have learned... As an advocate of The Hero's Journey, I think part of embracing these gifts "the ultimate boon" includes a responsibility to rise to a new challenge of sharing this gift.... playing it forward!
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          May 20 2012: Colleen, If I was choosing a workshop, or mentor, I would choose Deepak over Perez at the blink of an eye! To be a mentor, it's important to walk one's talk...

          For the newly initiated, the "teaching" can be a distraction, when the journey first and foremost needs to be the inner journey with the inner challenges and the initiate is better off investing one's resources of time, energy, etc. there! Most definitely!
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        May 20 2012: I agree Aneesah..."the person experiencing the epiphany and being called to change their lives have a natural desire to take it as far as it will go", and I also agree that we often teach what we need to learn.

        Sharing information, or having the mind set that one is going to "teach" everyone what they "think" they know, seem very different to me....does it to you? With the idea of "Taking it as far as it will go", it's important to understand that we can take it farther into ourselves. Taking it as far as it will go does not always mean taking it "out there".

        Deepak Chopra, for example, lives what he teaches...to the best of my understanding from watching videos he has produced and reading his books. Hilton? Not so much:>) If someone is trying to teach me something, I first say...show me...be what you say...walk the talk. I don't listen too well to someone who goes to a weekend workshop, and is then going to show me what enlightenment is. I simply find that to be amusing:>) Hilton didn't say anything about sharing what he has discovered. He says his mission is to "teach" everyone.

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