Blog 12: Three Gifts For Your Epiphany

Blog: 6th January 2019

Epiphany-‘a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization

What three gifts might you choose for yourself to assist in your own epiphany? Each of the three gifts brought by the Magi to the baby Jesus had a spiritual meaning: Gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death. ‘Death’ may be considered a transition and a realization that the love born as this special baby is beyond the confines of this earthly plane…

So, what of your epiphany, your realisation or great revelation that there is more to you than meets the eye? Many of the great sages, both past and present, have guided us through three gifts that are available to each of us at any time and are priceless in cultivating our own moment of awareness:

Stillness- It’s a little ironic that the advance in technology which was presumed to give us more leisure time in our lives, is the very thing that keeps many of us busy, busy, busy.. ‘ I don’t have time to stop.. meditate? You’ve got to be joking! I’ve got all these emails and texts to respond to – look what so and so is doing- it’s not fair- maybe I should create a post so it looks like I’m having a great life too…’

What might happen if all the computers, phones etc just broke down for one day? I can hear the gasps- the end of the world! Yet the world turned pretty well before – people actually spoke to each other, listened to each other without the distraction of a ‘ping’ each time a text arrived. Children looked around them as they were being taken for walks- mothers and fathers pointed out things in passing and the child was central in their mind. School children on buses laughed, joked, quarrelled- so much human interaction.

I’m not suggesting we turn back the clock. I, too, recognise the wonderful advances in technology and being able to access amazing talks/teachers etc on YouTube or FaceTime with my beautiful children and grandson is one of my joys. But, as the saying goes, everything in moderation.

Stillness– just to sit and breathe and be aware that we are sitting and breathing, can bring us to a place of peace, rest and rejuvenation that may, depending on its quality, equate to a good few hours sleep. The difference is that we remain awake, aware and fully present. We choose consciously to sit in stillness in order to truly experience being alive in the very moment we are alive- not in a future thought or a past regret but exactly where we are…

Silence– so, as we sit in stillness and bring our awareness to the breath- the life force that is keeping us alive, moment by moment, or listening to sound which, again, can only be experienced in the present moment, we may find that the incessant inner-chatter of our mind stream begins to slow down. If we allow that stream of thought to simply flow by without giving it too much attention, we may even become aware of a certain quality of silence within us. Stillness and silence enable the mind and body to take a little holiday- just sitting and doing nothing except being aware of the moment ….

Spaciousness– As the mind relaxes, as we do on holiday, letting go of all the work stuff, the home stuff, just taking the time to ‘be’… from this place of stillness and silence we may begin to notice a sensation of spaciousness. It’s like all the cobwebs in the brain are being breathed away, all the brain-fog dissipated, and a clarity of awareness occurs which, even if it lasts only a second, gives us a deep experience of peace and a knowing that this is our natural state of being- our ‘ah ha’ moment, our tiny epiphany that encourages us to practice more and more…

Stillness, silence & spaciousness are three gifts rolled into one that can be experienced though meditation. If we’ve ever consciously experienced a beautiful sunset, held the smile of a baby in our heart, felt an abundance of appreciation, etc we are already on the path of meditation. All it needs now is practice- daily practice of sitting, cultivating awareness, noticing the silence and experiencing the spaciousness… Happy Epiphany …