In a quiet moment of therapy, a breakthrough comes -- the miracle of the new.
To experience an epiphany is to have sudden insight into the essential meaning of something, unleashed sometimes in exquisitely slow motion, sometimes in a flash. In an intimate, lyrical integration of the science of psychology and transcendence of spirituality, celebrated clinician Dr. Ann Jauregui introduces us to nine individuals who have undergone astonishing transformations by exploring a world quite different from the one described by our five senses. With moments of miraculous and joyful surprise, Epiphanies exposes a reality outside of everyday existence that has momentous implications for life's ultimate questions.
"Shyly we venture out with these stories," Dr. Jauregui writes, "into a world where science itself is struggling to describe a realm out of time and space and language." We are the beneficiaries of these extraordinary shifts of perspective, invited into a sparkling conversation that allows us to see the potential residing in all of us.
In her first book, Jauregui attempts to guide readers through the intricate realms of self-exploration and scientific explanation. Each short chapter delves into an existential question-What is a person? What was Freud's true intention? Can quantum mechanics help explain human consciousness? What is the mind?-as Jauregui briefly touches on everything from Einstein to Hawking and psychotherapy to physics. Passionately and intelligently, Jauregui, a psychotherapist in Berkeley, Calif., compares the mathematical field of fractals to the human condition, and recounts stories of patients whose personal revelations have brought them joy in the face of great pain. In this book's case, however, brevity does not equal simplicity: the narrative jumps too quickly from one topic to the next and often it's a stretch to understand how each chapter relates to the previous. Though both the scientific anecdotes and the tales of healing Jauregui relates are compelling, they sometimes make odd bedfellows.