Most of us have had a few, or more than a few, “aha!” moments in our lives, when our perception of the world around us, and even of ourselves, has suddenly opened up to a new understanding. It can be a really intense experience, whether we are alone or among others at the time. Sometimes it sends us in a completely different direction in our lives, and other times we just integrate it into our consciousness almost without being aware of it. Think of the sense of wonder when a child suddenly discovers that he or she is only one of billions of people on a planet called Earth, in a galaxy of planets, and that there are millions of galaxies existing within what humans call the universe. The mind experiences an opening up of perceptions and the emotional impact tells us that anything is possible.
So, too, can we experience an awakening, or expansion, of our spiritual “mind”. Much has been written and spoken about these types of perception shifts, especially by those who have experienced them. Teresa of Avila, a Spanish Carmelite nun and mystic who lived in the sixteenth century, wrote a number of diaries describing her spiritual awakenings and her efforts to understand and integrate what she had learned from her meditations. Students of varied meditative disciplines have described their inner awakenings of the soul as life-changing events. Many of those who have experienced these inner shifts of perception or consciousness tend to have at least one thing in common; and that is a strong focus on daily meditation. Others have experienced sudden epiphanies while otherwise engaged in mundane daily tasks.
If you ask any student of meditation what the most important thing is to them, and they will most likely say the journey; because without the journey, there would be no destination. Walking the talk is their life, and their journeys will be their legacy to those who have yet to find and then walk the path to complete understanding.