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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Making Your Dreams Come True

Updated on January 3, 2017
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Charmaine is a poet and freelance writer who offers a Cartomancy service. Charmaine loves ideas and using a holistic approach to life.

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What is an Epiphany?

The smell of dampened air floods your nostrils. The low-hanging, soggy clouds roll below the charcoal horizon, looming ever-so-frighteningly close. CRACK! A brilliant gold-white streak splits the sky into zig-zag shards of Medusa-like tentacles of powerful, death-defying bolts. The light is intense and blinding. Recognize it? This is how an epiphany can greet you. Like a bolt of lightning from on high.

An epiphany is when the heart, mind, and soul simultaneously merge and are in sync with one another, blasting the surrounding fog into splintering smithereens. The result? When the old is seen in a new way. We say, “aha,” as the light bulb has suddenly been switched on! And, yes, somebody is at home, this time.

BELIEVE

Believe in your epiphanies

Believe in yourself

TAKE ACTION

And watch the world

Conspire to support you

— E. Ballard

The History of Epiphanies

An epiphany is the experience of a sudden realization that leads you to obtain a deeper or broader understanding of a person or a situation.

Early Christians and Jewish people believed that an epiphany was the manifestation of God to its people. The Greeks referred to it as Theophania; and likened it to the mythical story of Prometheus, the Triton. Prometheus was said to have had a vision (an epiphany) which enabled him to bring the knowledge of fire to humans. Epiphanies were said to come to a human in his/her dreams; and during this time, these waking visions would either lead to the formation of a cult or an act of worship.

The Japanese Buddhists have a term for epiphanies. They call epiphanies, “satori” because it leads to kensho which translates as seeing into another’s true nature.” Ken” means seeing while “Sho” means essence. Environmentalist, D.T. Suzuki refers to kensho as silent illumination. This silent illumination could bring either pleasure or suffering to one’s life.

The Greeks believed that epiphanies needed to be promoted because epiphanies were meant to be used to assist others in their life and making their life, a good life.

Why You Need to Have Epiphanies?

Your mind is the last frontier to your scared realm of privacy and freedom to escape conflict as well as resolve conflict. The mind is the place where your sacred essence we call the soul meets up with your heart and mind to create remedies. We have to say “NO” to invasive people or invasive “intention seeking” techniques that rob us of this mandatory sacred space. It is the last vestige of personal rights including the right to freedom.

Your mind is your unique footprint and personal gateway to “what makes you, “you”. Your mind is the womb of conceptualization, ready to give and receive value and depth to those that you like or feel safe with. That may include your loved ones, your work colleagues and/or the community you partake in for the greater good.

Having an epiphany is not uncommon but the experience can be elusive if one isn’t prepared to receive the birth of the epiphany. But if we could increase the number of epiphanies, we would increase our chances of making our dreams come true for us and others.

Famous Epiphanies in History

Here are three people who decided to share their epiphanies with others so that everyone’s lives could be improved upon. And they are:

1. Isaac Newton

He had the epiphany, that “aha” moment when he realized that both a falling apple and the orbiting moon, were both pulled by the same force.

2. Pop artist Andy Warhol and Dadaist Marcel Duchamp ignited “aha” moments in their viewers by the way they presented typical everyday objects as a unique piece of art. A well-known example of this is the presentation of a urinal as a fountain. Both Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp had the skill to present these art pieces in a way they hadn’t been presented before. These actions had the effect of inducing epiphanies (silent illuminations) within their art lovers.

3. Albert Einstein

As a young child, Albert Einstein was struck by the sudden realization that some unseen force in space was making the needle in his compass move.

Epiphany

Crtical thinking versus Lateral Thinking

Today we say we are in "lateral thinking mode" when we speak about those out-of-the-blue realizations or connections.

Critical thinking, on the other hand, is focused on assessing and pointing out the errors/weaknesses/challenges of some situation or person. Critical thinking focuses on facts and evidence. It dissects information and does an analysis of complex matters with the riding aim to dismantle the challenge/person into simple basic components.

Lateral thinking focuses on an issue from alternate angles. Simultaneously, evaluating more than one real or potential problem/challenge/issue. Lateral thinking maintains an open mind and it removes stereotypical patterns of thought or knowledge.

Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, academician, author, and co-founder of Epiphany. In 2013, Forbes magazine listed Steve Blank as one of the 30 most influential people in Technology. Steve was the one who was voted as the least likely to succeed in life in is New York high school. His path in life meandered. But with epiphanies in hand, his life took him to repairing fighter planes in Thailand during Vietnam War, to “spook stuff” in an undisclosed location. Then Steve just happened to find himself in the right place at the right time at the beginning of the boom time at Silicon Valley.

Steve Blank studied epiphanies and wanted to have epiphanies. This activated an entrepreneurial spirit within him. Mind you wanting to have moments of silent illumination and actually having them is something else. We cannot force ourselves to have these lightning bolts of illumination, however, according to Steve, we can provide an environment that is conducive to producing epiphanies.

Spending time together and relaxing.
Spending time together and relaxing. | Source

Five Steps to Creating an Epiphany Environment

1. Get out and mix with a WIDE cross section of people. The greater the diversity the better for you in terms of ideology and perspectives to get the inner muse fired up

2. Schedule time-out’s. Have a set period of time that you do things which you don’t typically do. The time frame is up to you. It could be over a couple of hours….or over a couple of days…. The main objective is to distract yourself from the person/challenge/issue for that period of time. Consequently, getting yourself out of the way for a period of time. Make sure during this time frame you do things that either bring joy or make you relax. That way that part of the brain that’s is engaged in problem solving is given time out. This will allow your brain to find meaning in patterns in all the data that is floating around in your mind/brain.

3. Believe. Believe that epiphanies can happen to you. Just then keep a quiet, conscious lookout for when the epiphany reveals itself to you.

4. Take action. Make sure you then act on your epiphany

5. Serendipity. Serendipity then follows. That is, circumstances then beginning to fall into place so you can take the steps you need to get there. It is as if the World conspires to support your decisions and actions, to confirm you are on the right track. Some people still hold the religious view/feeling that when an epiphany happens, it is felt to be the hand of God or some mysterious, benevolent force looking out for them (Elise Ballard, 2011, www.psychologytoday.com).

Final Note to You

With that given formula to nurture your way to having an epiphany, my wish is that your dreams reach you—and that you, too, can experience the good life.

Treat your epiphany resource with respect. Remember, when good comes your way, share a little of that goodness with others around you, so that their lives may be uplifted, as well.

Thank you for reading.

Sources

  • en.m.wikipedia
  • psychologytoday.com
  • steveblank.com
  • theatlantic.com

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