Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Epiphany

An epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the word is used to describe a breakthrough or discovery. Typically this applies to an enlightened realization which allows a problem or situation to be understood from new and deeper perspective.

Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally follow a process of significant contemplation about a problem. Often an epiphany is triggered by a new key piece of information, but typically requires a depth of prior knowledge to allow the leap to understanding.

The Holistic Management process discussed on this blog a few weeks ago was a good example of an epiphany. Ten of thousands of African grazing animals were killed in a mistaken attempt to rest and heal the land. When it was determined that the exact opposite was needed.

I have mentioned numerous times in this blog that I have observed various phenomenon with our crops and various native plants. Like frost resistance, extra hardiness or overwintering. Sometimes it is literally years or even decades before the answer presents itself. That doesn't necessarily mean that someone doesn't know the answer, just that I don't.

Some writers also have this affect, by the concepts and insight they share. Joel Salatin is one of the those authors. I can typically relate to his stories and teaching about agriculture, but he teaches in such a way that new insight is revealed.

Another teacher through which I gain insight is Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church. He has years of sermons on the Mars Hill web sight.

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