After posting the blog on Bliss (May 23), several people have mentioned they, too, have had the same experience. I had thought mine was unique.
Now, I find, the experience is fairly well-known. I have begun reading a book called Biocentrism. I have not yet decided if the theory of the book is worth mentioning, but early on the author says,
Many people have had moments . . . when they feel a rush of ineffable joy, of being taken “out of oneself” and essentially becoming the object observed. On January 26, 1976, the New York Times Magazine published an entire article on this phenomenon, along with a survey showing at least 25 percent of the population have had an experience that they described as “a sense of the unity of everything,” and “a sense that all the universe is alive.” . . . But those who have “never been there,” which appear to be the majority of the populace, who stand on the outside of that nightclub looking in, might well shrug it off and attribute it to wishful thinking or hallucination.
That describes my experience exactly, and I hope you are among the lucky 25 percent. I will try to track down the New York Times Magazine article, although it is too old to be online. The subject is almost impossible to Google. Any words I can think of to search for get bogged down in thousands of hits on fundamental Christianity, new wave philosophy, street designer drugs, and even rock stars.