I love me some Oprah. I’ve been watching her shows for decades, and have really learned a lot from her and the experts she interviews. Her passion for insight is contagious and inspiring.
In fact, I remember watching Oprah’s show when I was around 20 years old. One of her guests, author Geneen Roth, talked about the way we use food as emotional comfort. (If you’re interested, I highly recommend Geneen’s book, “When Food is Love” — and I’m not being paid to say that).
Since I was struggling with an eating disorder at the time, the concept that we equate food with love was a huge discovery for me; it was my A-ha Moment. It changed my life because it highlighted the deep pain I was in at the time, that I couldn’t verbalize to myself. Yet I still had to find a way to work through that pain, understand it and heal it, and that took years.
Oprah gave us this phrase, the Ah-ha Moment, to describe a new inner discovery. This moment is when a piece of the puzzle falls into place, when we understand the deeper motivation or meaning behind an issue. The lightbulb goes on, and a sense of relief comes flooding in.
That’s a nice feeling, right?
This reminds me of my dad who, whenever he returned from a great game of golf, raised his arms in excitement and exclaimed, “I finally found the secret!” Until the next game, when the secret new trick didn’t work so well…and then he had to find a new secret. His little discovery still needed the added work of a lot of practice.
What I learned from these examples is that the real learning is not in the Ah-Ha Moments at all.
The Ah-Ha Moment is just a trigger mechanism, the prompt to get you to delve into deeper awareness. The Ah-Ha Moment does not provide the insight itself.
It may seem like the secret but it is not the secret.
Rather, insight is a dedicated, committed practice over long periods of time. And what matters most is what you do with that insight.
Insight is not a panacea.
Insight isn’t enlightenment — it is not a magic moment of awe and then everything becomes better.
Insight isn’t sexy and fun. It comes with challenge, discomfort, and pain.
Insight isn’t going to get you a gold star from anyone.
What insight can do is give you a new perspective. It can give you inspiration. It can help you change the meaning and story around it. It can be a launching point for more curiosity.Insight isn't only the Ah Ha Moment. It is a launching point for more curiosity. Click To Tweet
The real heavy lifting is in taking the insight and doing something with it.
It’s much harder to take this insight and then begin to change your thoughts, or accept your emotions without judgment, or heal your limiting beliefs, or take consistent action to change.
And if that were an easy process, we’d all be doing it!
Why do we need insight?
If we operate without insight, we become zombie slaves to our environment.
Without insight, we define ourselves by what others tell us we should be. We believe what is reinforced by our parents, our friends, the people in our social worlds, society, the media, the larger systems. We become confused by our emotions. We heed the voices of our false thoughts, instead of our souls. We take the pain stories from our childhood and create identities around them. We continue the pain stories in our adult relationships.
Insight may show that our personal truths are different from the truths reported to us by others. When that happens, we may have to risk rejection. We will feel vulnerable. This exposure can feel excruciating.
The process may also get more confusing before it gets illuminating.
But we must develop insight in order to become authentic. We must be committed to ourselves, to our own growth.
If we don’t take insight into our own hands, life will find a way to force us to do it anyway. Right?
Insight is a rebellious act
This is a bit of a warning before you proceed in developing your insight: it may cause a lot of discomfort and change — for you and those around you.
The development of insight is a personal process. It is largely kept to the inner world of the heart, mind, and soul.
But insight is also an act of rebellion. An act of social justice.Developing insight is a rebellious act which drives social justice.Click To Tweet
With insight, your healthy and loving thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and actions will radiate outwards. By deeply understanding yourself, you will be better able to understand, and empathize with, others.
The development of self-awareness and insight might also lead you to resist the traditional conventions of your social groups, systems, and society which no longer serve the greater good of all.
With insight, the energies of fear, scarcity, separation, and judgment throughout the world will gradually soften. Love, inclusion, compassion, and acceptance will begin to prevail.
This is why I want to create an Insight Revolution: because emotionally intelligent, insightful individuals can change the world.
One insight at a time.
Are you with me?
Leave a comment below and tell us how you turn your Ah-Ha Moments into real insight and positive change in your own life. How can you take your insight and turn it into your own personal revolution?
Keep shining the insight light,