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Oct032011

The Satori Experience

A sudden, intuitive insight. A sudden enlightenment. An insight into nothingness. An aha! moment. Those are some of the ways a Satori experience is often described.
 
For most of us, the Satori experience is short-lived, a fleeting moment or a few seconds at most. But it’s also possible to experience extended lengths of Satroi. In fact, it’s possible to live in Satori for extended periods of time. Some people live there permanently. These people are often called Enlightened.
 
Often when a Satori Moment happens, our thinking stops and we become intensely present. Sometimes, there is a surge of energy which is often felt as exhilaration, inspiration or profound peacefulness. Sometimes we have to physically move, such as run around or dance up and down. (Archimedes, because of whom the term Eureka! became popular, is said to have run through the streets of Syracuse naked, shouting Eureka! Eureka! meaning “I have found it!”)


Not all Satori moments are so illustrative. In fact, most of them seem quite uneventful and carry an almost unnoticeable burst of energy. However, once an aha! moment happens, something iside us shifts and the mind never goes back to its original state. This, in my view, is the true definition of learning, a series of aha! moments, no matter how insignificant they seem while experiencing them.

Most learning, as we call it today, consists of loading information into our minds, putting more stuff on top of the stuff we have already collected. The Satori learning happens through the gaps between our thoughts from which the Universal mind can flow.

I have created an interactive page, called Satori Quotes or The Aha! Moment, with some quotes that are meant to give us a glimpse into that which is beyond the mind. Some stop us in our tracks where our minds stop working and we experience a sense of calmness, a feeling of emptiness, a void, a gap. Some give us a bit of a shock and perhaps cause us to laugh or be amused. Some cause us to read the quote a few times or cause us to close our eyes before we can take their full meaning in. And some are just regular old quotes. Read about them here.