Lightning Strike

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The phrase Lightning Strike is a metaphorical representation of the flash of inspiration/insight that occurs when a disconnected individual makes a sudden, brief, and often unexpected Connection to Consciousness. It is a common spiritual and secular metaphor used to describe the dramatic illumination, insight, and enlightenment that is the outcome of a powerful Connection Event.


"Sufism is a blazing lightning bold." [1]

"The light of Brahman flashes in lightning." Kena Upanishad. [2]

Depending on the nature of the insight, the depth of an individual's disconnection, and the quality of Archetypes, the strike can be experienced in a positive (zenith) or negative (nadir) fashion.

In Jewish Mysticism, lightning is represented on the Tree of Life as the will of God.

"Now pertaining to the cosmos— [Brahman is seen as] satisfaction in rain, as power in lightning..."[3]

R.M. Bucke describes his single Connection Experience by suggesting it was a "momentary lightning-flash of... Brahmic Splendor." [4]

Later on, he says "The instantaneousness of the illumination is one of its most striking features; it can be compared with nothing so well as with a dazzling flash of lightning in a dark night, bringing the landscape which had been hidden into clear view."[5]

Jacques Hadamard relates the account of Gauss who describes his insight and sudden solution to a problem as a "sudden flash of lightning."[6]

In the book Quantum Change, several individuals use the phrase "lightning" and "lightning bolt" to describe their connection experiences.[7]


  1. Ernst. Teachings of Sufism. Boston: Shambhala, 1999. p. ix.
  2. Easwaran, Eknath, trans. The Upanishads: Introduced and Translated by Eknath Easwaran. Berkeley, California: Nilgiri Press, 1987.
  3. Katz, Vernon; Egenes, Thomas. The Upanishads (Tarcher Cornerstone Editions) (p. 196). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
  4. Bucke, Richard Maurice. Cosmic Consciousness. Book Tree. Kindle Edition.
  5. Bucke, Richard Maurice. Cosmic Consciousness. Book Tree. Kindle Edition.
  6. Gaus quotes in Hadamard, Jacques. An Essay On The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field. Hadamard Press, 2013.
  7. Miller, William R. 2004. “The Phenomenon of Quantum Change.” Journal of Clinical Psychology 60 (5): 453–60.

The Lightning strike down the Tree of Life is a cabalistic representation of the Emanation of Creation from Ain

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