“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking” ― Albert Einstein
Many of my clients have experienced an epiphany during a depth psychotherapy, counseling session. An epiphany can happen at any time. It is a surprise contribution that adds insight and meaning to the client’s personal work. These are also intuitive presents that produce the “aha” moment whereby everything about an issue comes together and makes sense. It is a revelation that comes to you.
This type of event is an unexpected realization and conscious awareness. It is an in the moment flash of recognition that weaves together fragmented pieces of an emotional disturbance or some other issue. The famous Irish writer James Joyce called this an epiphany and described it as that “the soul of the commonest object…. seems to us radiant.” This shining a light or a spot light on an important topic is a true gift and a blessing. It is a felt sense and a revealing intuition.
Carl G. Jung was the great Swiss psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and founder of analytical psychology who associated the epiphany and the numinous (mystical/spiritual) experience with synchronicity. He called it an “an acausal connecting principal” and “meaningful coincidence.” When a synchronicity happens, it reveals something in the world that is connected to the movements and forces that are at work in the advancement of consciousness. A synchronicity exposes the inner world personal paradigms with an outer physical world event in a surprising “Eureka” moment.
“The Lord gives wisdom (Sophia), from his face come knowledge (Gnosis) and understanding (Sunesis)” —Proverbs 2.6
Is it possible to cultivate and invoke an epiphany to experience that Eureka moment? This type of numinous, spiritual, and mystical event comes up to conscious awareness from the soul (Psyche/Sophia). The knowledge (Gnosis) that is imparted to your life is just what is needed and required for further personal growth and development. When an understanding (Sunesis) happens then there is a felt sense of a new inner strength with understanding.
There is a useful image, of a space, a waiting room as a state of mind that can be set to receive an epiphany through personal reflection, self-discovery and exploration; plus working with your dreams. The purpose is to wake up to your individual conscious awareness about the issues at hand. It is an act of faith in your own process that allows that amazing Eureka moment to appear.
“There’s nothing better when something comes and hits you and you think ‘YES’!” ― J.K. Rowling