Do You Have To Wait For Rock Bottom For Epiphanies
Why Do Epiphanies Always Seem to Come at Rock Bottom?
Mostly we’re told that improvements happen incrementally. Little by little you’ll get there. Even our children tales warn us of the importance of honouring the process – The Tortoise and the Hare, for example. And in our current climate of over stimulation and avarice, patience seems like a distant planet that we peer at through mighty telescopes and squinted eyes. So these stories of stoicism certainly have their place. But have you ever stopped to think how those who hit rock bottom often seem to find a miraculous manual to salvation (whatever that means) that provides them with instant and radical internal change? They wake up one day and say, ‘enough is enough!’ and then the darkness that plagued them for many, many years dissipates like a fart in the wind.
You see this and you’re struggling and you want a piece of that tasty cake. You think, ‘how can I too circumnavigate the long, arduous path out of negative habits, traits, and addictions?’ And you ask them as much. But, to your undying frustration, its as though they threw away the manual and have no recollection of how they have got to where they have got to. Your impatience won’t stand for this.
What is it about rock bottom that leads one to instantaneous enlightenment (at least partial)? And is there a way to hack your own enlightenment before you hurtle toward that painful place?
Don’t be fooled into thinking the answer is to accelerate the trip to doom. For a lucky few, the light will save them. But for most, rock bottom will not let up once its got a hold.
And this, in essence, is what this episode is all about.
We spoke of how Eckhart Tolle found enlightenment sleeping rough parks of London. His book, The Power of Now is an essential read for all those looking to become less anxious and stressed and finally enjoy life. Click the link below to get it:
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