If I previously thought something, but an experience caused me to change my mindset completely, what would be a good way to express that in writing?

I've already said that it "rewrote every preset notion I had", but what is another way of putting this?

Thank you

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    Paradigm shift describes the change in thinking, but does not adequately express the presence of a triggering event. There is another, better phrase that is not coming to me just now. – Hot Licks Oct 4 '16 at 12:07
  • Seismic shift is also often used to denote a large change in attitude or thinking, where the triggering event is a metaphorical earthquake. – JonLarby Oct 4 '16 at 13:24

This is often described as a Damascene moment or Damascene conversion.

This derives from the biblical story of Saul who, on the road to Damascus saw a vision that caused him to convert to Christianity - becoming St.Paul.

The story relates that one single event caused a complete change in Saul's character and beliefs. As you put in your question, rewriting all his preset notions.

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