AHA MOMENTS, EPIPHANIES and PEAK EXPERIENCES: The trick to having one is letting your soul’s code have its way

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BEING THERE: DAVID RICKEY — I have always thought of “AHA” moments as those times when suddenly we “catch on” to a deeper reality, when we suddenly “get it” – the “it” being a deeper truth, or a clearer insight into “ultimate reality.” These experiences are sometimes caricatured by a light-bulb turning on. Suddenly we see something that had been invisible, or un-graspable before.

On a personal level, the “A-Ha” may be an answer to a problem or question that has been plaguing us; a sudden awareness of a solution or a new perspective that hits us, seemingly from nowhere, or “out of the blue”. From a deeper level, however, “A-Ha” moments, I believe, are breakthroughs in consciousness where an old, more limited, perspective gives way to an expanded awareness of what is really going on, our part in it, and then a summons to change our choices, behaviors, intentions to align better with this new awareness. Spiritual teachers speak of “waking up”, indicating that what came before was a state of “sleep-walking”, behaving and choosing without awareness.

To me, it is this summons that is the key. Unless insight produces action it is useless — or at best, self-serving — because it only serves to make us feel better. As others here have pointed out, to speak of “A-Ha” moments in the same context that we speak of looking better in tight jeans, or having fewer wrinkles, calls into question the motivation for seeking an “A-Ha”.

I believe that the fundamental purpose of the “life force” is the evolution of consciousness. From the moment life began (and probably before, but that’s another discussion) there has been an energy that has “pushed” towards greater and greater awareness. First awareness of “self”, then awareness of self in relation to “otherness” – first reactive, then responsive and intentional. Then, awareness of self in “connectedness” to “other,” not only in physical and social interdependence but ultimately in spiritual awareness of oneness — what the Apostle Paul expressed as “The Body of Christ,” or Ralph Waldo Emerson and Meyer Baba called the “over-soul”. The second “commandment” Jesus quoted from the Torah – “Love your neighbor as yourself” – really means to recognize and love your neighbor because your neighbor is yourself.

Essentially, then, “A-Ha” moments are those moments which move us along on our journey to recognize that unity and consciously to choose to live from that recognition. Thus, the best preparation is any work that seeks to transcend the limited identity of Ego. We don’t create “A-Ha” moments, we simply prepare the awareness to receive what the “life force” is always trying to communicate. Our work is only to break down the resistance, soften the boundaries, poke holes, if you will, in the membrane that appears to separate us.

Teachers like Ram Dass, Ramana Maharshi, Byron Katie, Caroline Myss, Eckhart Tolle, seek to instruct us in the techniques that prepare us for these “A Ha” moments. And it is possible that the “greater consciousness” knows that for many of us it takes the “lure” of looking younger, or becoming more “successful” to entice us into considering a larger purpose for our life than any of those lures. To paraphrase what I quoted elsewhere: “To give us what we [think we] want to prepare us to receive what our souls truly seek.”

As unique as each of our “soul-codes” is, I believe that the fundamental encoding is the same – to seek awareness of the unity of all life. For only when we get that “A-Ha” will we stop killing each other and strive only for serving each other.

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4 Responses to “AHA MOMENTS, EPIPHANIES and PEAK EXPERIENCES: The trick to having one is letting your soul’s code have its way”

  1. Thank you for Father David. You are very interesting, smart and inspiring.

  2. This line says it all for me:

    “And it is possible that the ‘greater consciousness’ knows that for many of us it takes the ‘lure’ of looking younger, or becoming more ‘successful’ to entice us into considering a larger purpose for our life than any of those lures.”

    It helps bridge the Socratic purism of non-dualists, and Oprah’s ‘Trojan Horse’ approach.

  3. I related to almost everything you wrote about in your column, and it felt good to find someone like you who articulated what I had experienced so clearly. Just reading it brought up “A-Ha” moments. The phrases that stood out for me were: “a summons to change our choices, behaviors, intentions to align better with this new awareness”; “love your neighbor because your neighbor is yourself”; and “we don’t create A-Ha moments, we simply prepare the awareness to receive what the “life force” is always trying to communicate”. I look forward to reading more articles by you and the other contributors to your web site.

  4. Two things:

    1. Wow
    2. Thank You

    My husband/biz partner and I are putting the finishing touches on a special report called “I Had an ‘Aha’ Moment, Now What?” tonight, and I came across this blog post. Absolutely beautiful and profound sentiments.

    Our business, Epiphanies, Inc., carries with it a tagline of “A-Ha Yourself!” I share this with you because it has all made so much sense in my head and heart — how incredibly powerful and transformative these moments are to our spiritual — and earth-bound — journeys, but many business associates of ours (including coaches, consultants, and others) have tried to get us to be more direct, “less foofie,” as one said.

    Your post helps remind me that THIS – sharing the truth and power of real Aha Moments and helping folks take action to support them – IS my life work, and just because it isn’t all perfectly figured out yet, in a neat little business model, doesn’t mean it’s not exactly as it should be.

    Again: Wow, and THANK YOU.
    -Lani Voivod