Define Epiphany

e·piph·a·ny

a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience ...more

it’s a beautiful life, v. 1.15 ~ intro

~ a Fantastic story ~

If it weren’t real, it would be unbelievable.

Imagine relating to another being that knows nothing of “this” world…

…sharing the reality we are gifted each day ~

~ let’s say you begin with just one element:

…a compound that covers most of a planet’s surface, bestows its color, a climate and in many ways its essence…

where do you start? It is a substance that takes infinite shapes; at this very moment, it is literally all of these ~

  • softer than a velvet kiss
  • harder than steel
  • winding softly, raging furiously
  • lighter than air, heavier than stone
  • cohering, adhering.
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Bewilderment // Plato – The Republic

Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul ‘of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light. ...more

What is Trust? By David Straker ~ http://changingminds.org/

Trust is both and emotional and logical act. Emotionally, it is where you expose your vulnerabilities to people, but believing they will not take advantage of your openness. Logically, it is where you have assessed the probabilities of gain and loss, calculating expected utility based on hard performance data, and concluded that the person in question will behave in a predictable manner. In practice, trust is a bit of both. I trust you because I have experienced your trustworthiness and because I have faith in human nature.

We feel trust. Emotions associated with trust include companionship, friendship, love, agreement, relaxation, comfort. ...more

Trees – An excerpt from “Wanderings” by Herman Hesse

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the forces of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form to represent themselves. ...more

Apropos Dante’s Inferno, AKA The Divine Comedy: Satan

Throughout the Inferno, it is implied that at the end of Dante’s journey through Hell he will meet Satan. However, the meeting with Satan is rather anticlimactic. Instead of the clever, chillingly charming, “tempting” Satan the modern reader is used to, the Satan shown here is nothing more than a dumb beast. While in appearance he is certainly terrifying (he is described as being unbelievably tall, having three faces and six wings), there is nothing threatening about his character or personality, as he is not shown as having one.

Dante’s Satan separates even farther from the modern idea of the Devil when his situation is realized; the Ninth Circle of Hell is all ice, the water having been frozen by the icy wind created by the flapping of Satan’s wings. ...more

As I Began to Love Myself: Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. ...more