My Kensho and Satori Life Growth

Posted On April 22, 2021

Everybody grows through a combination of Kensho and Satori moments ~ Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith

Insightful Growth and Slow-Burn Growth

When we start to understand that all the changes in our life lead to growth, our perspective about life shifts. We stop resenting the low moments in our life and appreciate them and surpass them quicker.

We evolve. Growth is achieved through painful moments.

Let me explain the concept of Satori and Kensho moments. Vishen explains it very simply in his Be Extraordinary program: “Sometimes the Universe makes us grow through pain. These are called Kensho moments. They are moments of suffering or pain that lead to growth. On the other hand, we grow through an insight or aha moments and these are Satori moments”. 

In my opinion, this is beautifully elaborated in the program that I’m doing at MindValley with Vishen Lakhiani. Vishen guided me through creating my own Satori and Kensho moments. He challenges us to do a ten-year timeline however I went further in my challenge and draw a timeline since I left my parents house to work.

I want to share a talk on this subject that Vishen Lakhiani gave. This short video explains it so clearly.

This concept idea gave me quite a few insightful thoughts and made me realise that how I took certain situations for granted and lingered in the pain of the moment.

Even though some moments in my life were challenging, they were all necessary for growth to happen and therefore progress to take place.

According to this model, the more you invest in your personal growth, the sooner the kensho moments start to dissipate and the Satori insights increase.

I truly believe that we all need to experience the highs and lows in our life’s journey. These moments are going to help us make our choices and develop our growth.

This concept is fascinating!

So when I look back on my timeline, I stopped at 2008 and reflected. Grab your own timeline and start journaling about certain areas of your life. Soon you will start to see growth everywhere.

I had a lovely Satori moment back in 2008 which soon after started to decline into Kensho. The Satori growth guided me into starting my first business with the help of a redundancy package. However, this started to decrease when I got prey to a huge scam and lost thousands in my venture, leading me to return to my boring 9 to 5. This lesson came my way to allow me to grow and it was very useful years after when I fired my boss.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”William Shakespeare


I believe that our life timeline is already carefully prepared for us so that we can learn valuable lessons and better guide us towards our true purpose in life. It might a specific “time” to reach enlightenment and alignment but don’t rush it and be patient. Ask what you desire and know that is coming.

I want to challenge you to create your own timeline. All you need is a piece of paper and a line in the middle of the Satori and Kensho moments. Then go and see where your ups and lows are. Finally don’t forget to journal and ask the question: What have I learnt from this experience?

Feel free to share your breakthroughs with me in the comments. I would love to see your own timelines and insightful moments.






  1. Stephen Talugende

    Very intriguing topic, Kensho, and Satori. I looked back and further clarified to myself that the very painful moments of my life are responsible for my growth and breakthrough. I suffered a lot, I inwardly cried a lot, I was tormented by those I trusted so much. It was a painful process. But as I moved towards maturity, I was tough, resilient and passionate about everything I did. I gathered volumes of insights, I learnt so much through the pain, and in the end, I appreciate all the people and circumstances that took me through it all. Nothing was intended to hurt me, but to strengthen me. I found a way where there was no way. The the breakthrough was massive. A health condition threatened my life. A doctor gave me a maximum of two years. But I read fused to die. I dropped out of school so early. That’s now history. This has taken me deeper into Kensho and Satori, but timelines of painfully beautiful things.

    • Sofia Pacifico Reis

      Absolutely Stephen. Both Satori and Kensho moments reveal growth and lessons learned so that we can move forward and release the pain. When I did this exercise I also learned a lot and was able to understand better “things” that happen to us in life. All is necessary so that we can grow stronger. Thanks for your words. Sofia


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Written by Sofia Pacifico Reis

At 28 years old, she packed her bag and flew to the UK, leaving behind family and friends and everything she knew. Adjusting to a new culture, she’s made her way up the corporate ladder where she navigated through unknown situations never losing faith and track of her dreams and desires. Always dreaming about having her own business ever since she was a teenager…but when at corporate the comfortable “safety net” prevailed and her passionate dream got forgotten. Something was always missing…Sofia hated the way corporate treated people – like numbers… The more she saw these things the more she knew she wanted to experience more control over her destiny and her desire to own her own business grew year on year… Until the day she couldn’t take it anymore and she fired her boss! – penned her resignation letter and walked out. Through troubled waters, she remained strong, learning how to unleash her unique POWER and now she mentors and coaches other Entrepreneurs on how to implement a system that helps leverage your time, build your signature membership site programs in line with their highest vision! They become visible online with confidence, they love achieving their desired income without all the tech frustrations because her team do it all for them! She works with aspiring coaching entrepreneurs who feel ready to become their own boss fearlessly.

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