The Feast of the Epiphany just passed, for Christians. So I’ve been musing on the other meanings of the word “epiphany”.
It is one spectacular word. In addition to describing human experiences some would refer to as “encounters with the divine”, this word can also refer to those moments when we’re “seeing the light” all of a sudden, or those moments when our perspective shifts and we feel like we’re “seeing things as they really are”. These days, we might also call that a “lightbulb moment”. “Epiphany” refers to powerful experiences of renewed perception and understanding. An epiphany could happen to anyone. Continue reading →
Awe and wonder are two of the emotions most integral to spiritual experience. When people hear that I do something “spiritual”, they’ll say things like, “I don’t believe in God, but when I look up the stars, I can barely breathe”. Indeed, spirituality is all about universal human experiences like wonder and awe. And this is a good time of year to notice them. What do they do for us? Why do we choose to celebrate holidays that revolve around them? What does it feel like to experience wonder? We could, you know, wonder about wonder. Continue reading →