Insight

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Insight is sudden understanding or discovery arising as a consequence of a weak Connection Event, often triggered by Insight is the sudden realization of a truth, or the deeper realization of an already known truth, or the sudden solution to a previosuly intractable problem. Insight is a Connection Outcome. Insight is an outcome of a positive and aligned, but weak and transient Connection.

Notes

In chapter one of his book This is It, Alan Watts comments on the association of insight with Connection Experience.[1]

William James notes "The simplest rudiment of mystical experience would seem to be that deepened sense of the significance of a maxim or formula which occasionally sweeps over one. "I've heard that said all my life," we exclaim, "but I never realized its full meaning until now."[2]

Rufus Jones: "Those who are finely sensitive to wider spheres of Reality impinging on their inner realm, and who correspond and co-operate with that More which seems continuous and conterminous with their lives, gain not only in capacity to correspond and co-operate, but also in power to overcome difficulties, and to put their lives into constructive service. We have on our hands experiences which have opened to individuals and to the race as a whole wider realms of being, experiences which have heightened the quality of life and which have given new energy of survival, and we are compelled to conclude, either that the personal self is a bottomless affair, carrying 1 Professor Royce has very well treated the social service of the Mystics in his World and the Individual, vol. i. pp. 85-87. within itself infinite unexplored chambers and undreamed of energies which sometimes come into play, or that / the personal self is bosomed on a larger Realm of Consciousness from which we draw our being into the bounds of individuality, and with which we may correspond. It has been, as we shall see, the contention of mystics in all ages that God Himself is the ground of the soul, and that in the deeps of their being all men partake of one central Divine Life. The facts, at any rate, all point in this direction."[3]

Footnotes

  1. Watts, Alan W.. This Is It (p. 18). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. https://amzn.to/2IYr2rv
  2. James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature (p. 332). Kindle Edition. https://amzn.to/2SQZ7Jv
  3. Jones, Rufus Matthew. Studies in mystical religion (Kindle Locations 386-396). Kindle Edition.