What Does It Mean To Have An Epiphany?

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What does it mean to have an epiphany?  An epiphany is, in general terms, a revelation. Furthermore, I like to describe them as an emotional event that seems overwhelming with a sense of positivity that inspires you to act out in such a way as to either resolve an issue or motivate the creation of an idea. It’s so much more than that, really.  

What does it mean to have an Epiphany

You Can’t Force Them

Suddenly, it dawned on me how much I missed having an epiphany. I was sitting here, mindless and open to creating something interesting, when I realized I was on the verge of having an epiphany, but it didn’t happen.

I couldn’t push it, force it, or make it happen. It was there for a nanosecond; they were gone, poof! The moment before almost felt euphoric. 

OK, let’s be sure you all know what I’m talking about. Since an epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realization when you have one, it is hugely exciting!

Generally, the term is used to describe a scientific discovery, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply to any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective.

An epiphany can be tied to a religious experience as well. You can suddenly feel connected to your creator in a way that you never felt before. Either way, they are a welcomed discovery. When I have experienced them in the past, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing both “types” per se.

That’s the feeling I’m talking about is right there in the last sentence. A realization that allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective.

Creative Epiphanies

You can also experience a creative epiphany, where suddenly, everything cohesively comes together in one glorious moment. That was the feeling or emotion I had longed to experience. Yes, I have had them before, and they were awesome!

It felt like at that moment, in the middle of my human existence, alive with inspiration, with vigor, with the knowledge that I had awakened something inside of me, something that was sleeping tightly, and I had nudged it awake.

The problem is you can’t prompt them, and at times, you don’t even act on them. Some epiphanies come at odd times – others when you are fast asleep or even just before bed.

I know when I have experienced them in the past, some were fleeting; they came and went with vigor and left me feeling very worthy of being alive. Now, not to get all heavy and philosophical on you, but much can be said about epiphanies.

I don’t believe they have to feel earth-shattering to have meaning and value. I’ve had mini-epiphanies – if you will allow me the term, which turned out to be very inspirational and valuable, especially in the midst of a creative moment.

OK, so why bring up the topic of epiphanies at all? I believe there is value in knowing they exist. Knowing that you can nudge them awake with a simple acknowledgment. Yes, you can’t force them, but I believe you can nudge them to the forefront of your consciousness.

Do you get it now? That feeling? I hope so. In my experience, they are truly a wonderful and exceptional gift.  If you have ever experienced an epiphany, please share the details in the comments below. I would really enjoy hearing about them!

Wishing you happy epiphanies!

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