Sudden realisations triggering euphoric state?
During the course of my life I’ve experienced two events that I will always remember, and I’ve searched hard to try and find people who may have experienced similar, to no avail. Both occurred after I came to university, a time I’d roughly describe as when I began life-improving.
The first event occurred on the 9th of July 2010, at midday. I was on the train to the airport, reading an excerpt from a Richard Dawkins book:- ‘Unweaving the rainbow’ when I stumbled upon a deep paragraph that brought about what I would describe as a ‘sudden realisation’, it had to do with the value of life, and the rarity that we exist at all. Instantly I was sent into a period of ultimate calm lucidity, euphoric happiness overwhelmed me, and I noticed an instant change within my environment. People around me suddenly appeared to be experiencing this aura of ultimate happiness and nothing phased me. I made friends with random people in seconds flat and it was awesome. This lasted approximately 8 hours.
The second occurred several months later, I was reading a forum post on an unknown forum late at night, relating specifically to imagining life as a book in which every new day becomes a new chapter in ones life, where one is the hero, and one can influence the plot as he/her choses. Suddenly my realisation trigger was hit once again, and I went to sleep elated.
When I woke, the euphoric state was still upon me, and as I went about my daily business, I again noticed a much changed reaction from everyone I encountered, generally far more positive, happy and open than usual. Random people approached and talked to me, and no one ever talks to strangers in the UK. This time it lasted around 16 hours from start to completion.
Anywhom, it was tremendous at the time, but I am no longer one to dwell on the past as I have made immense progress in my life improvement. I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced a similar scenario?
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I am surprised as many people have experienced this as I have, it is literally an ethereal experience and I find I cannot convey it adequately to everyone I have told about it in real life.
It doesn’t just feel good or great, it feels ultimate.
Yin and yang is are parts of the circle. They are parts of the whole. There is a whole at the same time that everything is divided into parts. First divide then bring it back to the whole. Let it sink into place. Experience, then meditate on the experience. That’s the key I believe.
I can relate it to training internal martial arts. We’d mix exterior training with interior into one form of training, even more brooken down then Tai Ji. (Look up my teacher in Shanghai, Qian ZhaoHong). The key is to lower the speed to such an extent that your mind is ever present in the action you are perferming. By doing something slow you actually learn faster. At least when it comes to the body control needed in martial arts.
You can do it even slower in the form of Qi Gong, or fast in the form of form or actual fighting. All of this is needed to build on the whole.
Also, it seems to me your are confusing the part of the brain that constructs a model of the world with the awareness that is aware of that model. Because nobody know’s what awareness is, what consciousness is.
No I do not deny my own awareness at all. But it can still be nothing more the a construct. Our awareness is very limited. BUT, it can be expanded. Usually through education, meditation, experiences overall.
You say awareness I say “listener”, the one who listens to all the impulses that we get from the different sensors in our body. Same meaning.
I completely understand this feeling. All of these experiences have allowed me to take a step back from life in order to realize exactly how wonderful it is. I think that it is this distancing from our own (petty?) identity cues that allows us the sense of freedom and wonder.
I had to write this horrible, DREADFUL essay on awe for philosophy and that’s when I discovered that taking a step back allows us to feel this way. Let me see if I can dig the essay up…
“…awe is a compulsory feeling that is brought about by observation and thoughts in regard to an object or concept separate from oneself.” I was comparing awe to trust at the time, hence the word Compulsory (if that bothers anyone)…Uh oh, I may have been wrong on that point. We CAN think of ourselves in awe, I suppose. But that does seem a little vain. About how amazing our bodies are but that can also be the human body in general. Any thoughts?
Then my professor wanted us to talk about the small twinge of pain and the immense pleasure that comes along with these feelings…”The pain, as we all know, comes from the fact that it is truly impossible for us to comprehend what we are looking at. Our supposed endless imaginations cannot even begin to fathom things such as the expanses of the universe. The pleasure, I believe, does not come from our realization that we can rise up to great power. In all of my experiences with awe, I maintain that the pleasure comes from the joy that such fabulous and unimaginable things exist alongside us. These things can make us feel humble, small, or insignificant, but it brings pleasure to know that we all are part of the same universe (or in the universe, if that’s the thing that is bringing us awe). This is also why I believe that awe has a great power to bring people together. ”
And then juxtaposed with religion and government! “With religion, the two experiences become very central and empowering. Trusting in the unknown becomes faith. Awe from this unknown seems extremely empowering when it comes to religion. This is one of the places where trust and awe mix together. In religion, the trust in the unknown can be awe-inspiring and the awe from the unknown can lead to trust . However, looking at state power, trust and awe do not sit right. Trust becomes very questionable when we are trusting people in positions of very high power . As for awe, the only way I can see someone being awestruck by any form of government was if they highly appreciated the complexity of the systems that run it.”
I figured that was worth sharing!
I took it that you implied denying your awareness when you made the statements of ‘we are nothing but chemicals anyway’. If that wasn’t what your implying, then I am sorry :) Rest is just semantics anyway!
I really am very new to reading anything about thinking on the net, but somehow came across your post at the top of this thread. I stopped smoking weed after 25 years of daily use, 19 days ago. The first 7 days were dreadful and I experienced what I imagine are the normal withdrawel symptoms. Day 8 seemed to be the turning point. I was crying my eyes out at 4am knowing I had to be at work by 8am. I felt as though the whole world was against me and that I had nobody on the whole planet I could trust. I awoke on Day 8 at 7am and actually felt much better than I thought I would have done. By Day 9 I started feeling unbelievalbly positive. For 15 years I had found it hard to hold a conversation in front of more than one person without screwing up the story or getting far too paranoid about what everyone thought of me. Suddenly this completely lifted. I was suddenly in a circle of friends who were listening to me telling a story. Not a short story but held their attention for ten minutes or more. I remember then feelig that this wouldnt last. The serendipidous occurances that have happened in the last 12 days have been too many to mention. I have quit my job after thinking I had no choice for four yearts. Within three days I have had two job offers that will earn me more than i have earnt in the last four years. My kids are happier, my mum and dad are amazed and Ive saved my relationshiop with my partner of twnety years that was seriously heading into oblivion. I kept thinking and still do on occassions that this cannot last. But sure enough every day is magic. The only two things that I can really put it all down to is stopping cannabis and second, everytime anything makes me think I cant do it, I stop and remind myself that I can.