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Hi Mark,

More than once I had to smile reading your lines; smiles of recognition.
It’s amazing how many parallels there are in those experiences!
And yet I can also taste the difference: similar experiences expressed in different words belonging to two different beings. Makes me extra alert to pay attention because it’s so easy to think I understand already because of the similarities and then forgetting to really listen!

You said:
-“I must say, it's been a while since a question and/or line of thought has inspired so much contemplation on my part. I found it to also be uplifting, so thank you”

If you have an experience like that, you can be pretty sure that it’s mutual ( different ends of the same experience).

-“….. dependent on two things: my sense of being on a quest relating to what I consider to be "spiritual" mysteries, or if I believe I am responding to a true Calling”

Smiling again!

-“ On two occasions I left my home country at the drop of a hat”.

And again! Literally, although it was more than twice.
I like the expression “true Calling”; I have my own examples. Sometimes (or maybe most of the time!) one of the characteristics of this true Calling for me seems to be that it absolutely seems to make no sense. But at the same time I am 100% sure that I have to follow it. Also feeling at the same time that I have a choice.

about getting in (and out) of centeredness:

-“I see those occasions as a kind of blessing”

Right, it has the quality of a blessing, but for me that does not mean that my actions have nothing to do with it. For me here is a connection with the numerous “failures”; the quality of the intentions finally leading to those “failures” is needed to create the “blessing”. So when the blessing comes, all the “failures” disappear!

Then follows the part where you are pointing in the direction of your experiences.
This part is harder to relate to then the foregoing part.
You’re being very cautious as I would be myself and therefore I understand.
The “novelty” and “ very excited and at times quite fanatical” parts I do recognize.
Shortly after this period (being 28 then) I joined a group of people sharing these kind of experiences. Having weekly gatherings under the guidance of a teacher and themes to explore. The group stayed together for 7 years. I owe a lot of insights to that period.
I also learned then that there are a lot of similar experiences and yet they are all different as if there are general rules adjusted to each and every single individual.

-“ I feel as if I am returning to my native self, a part of me that is much more like who I really am, in my totality, a being who is my ordinary mortal self and more. Does that make any sense?”

For me the “returning to my native self” in my words would sound like:

Making my mundane self more passive and my innermost being more active.
And let the decisions come from there instead of coming from some outside agent or circumstances.
I think also that that is what you are relating to when you speak of “one octave higher”, because in my vocabulary “higher” also means “more inner” (and that is where the “native self” is residing, isn’t it?).
So yes, it does make sense to me especially when you speak of “who I really am, in my totality” (including the ordinary mortal self and also “and more”!).

Thank you for sharing and trusting.

Naveen.

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