“Epiphany” means manifestation, as in a mystical awakening. It may refer to a new spiritual awareness or, simply, a moment of inspiration. I now see inspiration as cumulative. One inspiring moment leads to another, then another, until the original “ah ha moment” becomes a new paradigm, a new worldview, a new way of thinking and being. This is how inspiration becomes transformation.
I’m in the early stages of a dawning that is both new and connected to life-long experience. I’m learning new dimensions about some old truths. I see realities that have been present but invisible, or dimly lit. It’s a dawning, an awakening that’s helping me make sense of some of the craziness of our world today. Some interwoven themes are religion, violence, racism and authoritarianism.
This dawning began over the weekend through a presentation by Anthea Butler. It crystalized for me during last night’s History Channel documentary about Theodore Roosevelt around the firestorm that erupted when Booker T. Washington was TR’s dinner guest at the White House–in the heyday of racial lynchings. We have much to learn. It’s still dark, but I see a dawning.