I woke in the night with the word epiphany on my tongue. I had a few ideas about what I thought it meant and I verified them this morning when I woke up. It has at least two meanings, as you probably know. The one I was less specific about is that it is a Christmassy spiritual and religious date, Twelfth Night as it turns out or next Monday, 6th January 2014 in the UK, the date I intend to return to work. Epiphany is also known as Three Kings Night.
It also means a breakthrough, manifestation or striking realisation, as in this from Wikipedia:
“An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”) is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. Epiphanies are studied by psychologists and other scholars, particularly those attempting to study the process of innovation.
Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally follow a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding. Famous epiphanies include Archimedes’ discovery of a method to determine the density of an object and Isaac Newton’s realization that a falling apple and the orbiting moon are both pulled by the same force.”
Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences. Nice. A depth of prior knowledge or thought. Yup, that’s me. A leap of understanding. Excited now.
Although I am not anticipating a breakthrough like Newton or Archimedes, I am trembling with anticipation about what this might mean for me. A message which comes in a dream, in one special word.
Monday. I’ll let you know if I have an epiphany on Epiphany.