It was quite a happy Monday indeed...and lasted for 3 days, camping with a buddy. Summer down here, and the cool of the river mixed well with mid-afternoon heat...not a single bite from the fish though, while the mozzies made up for them when a lapse in attention had me forget to apply bug spray for a late afternoon wander to peruse other campsites and their relaxed happy campers.
Do you find it easy to switch off from the hustle bustle of normal day life? Or have you discovered a whole different approach to what normal day life can be?
You mentioned reading occult and theosophist works, which can be quite the experience if one isn't inclined toward such things...but I'll guess curiosity has always had you investigating all manner of things, probably not limited to intellectual pursuits but including 'how does an engine work?' and 'does a caterpillar know it is going to change into a butterfly?'
It's funny, but I can't recall a single word I've read from occult or theosophy works, and yet, if I opened a book to any page and started reading, I'd know the rest of the words on that page, and the next and so on, and just from the first words I'd read, the 'feel' of the book would be instantly to mind. That's probably true of pretty much everything I've read from others. I sure can't explain concepts of all manner of philosophies and psychological understandings, nor the core aspects of various religions and belief systems, nor even how magick works for practitioners who perform such feats...and I'd sure be hard-pressed to even guess at what 'entities' do when they aren't visiting folk in their mindscapes...and yet I do know much about various ways we can act and be and think and feel, and find it quite curious that I somewhat have absorbed pretty much all I have experienced and just...well, kind of be, rather than am.
I asked that double-question above because a lot of folk seem to live a double-life with how they believe they should 'be' when there seems to be a little conflict between the normal hustle bustle of everyday life, and some pursuit that may be considered separate to their 'normalcy'. And yet, absorbing so much via the works of others does have us somewhat live a little differently in some ways, when once before, we might have been a little too self-concerned...unless we are striking new trails in old landscapes. The likes of John Dee, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Rudolph Steiner, Hall and Blavatsky, all seem to really want to understand what deeper thinking and altered experiences do to themselves, and do become affected by all they immerse themselves into, which does have a way in adjusting how they continue living, whether openly about what they get up to or not. I'm not at all sure who among those just mentioned - or the many such folk - ended up living just one life instead of two...nor how easy or difficult it was for them to switch between the two...do you live just one all expansive life these days, or two separate ones?...
(Oh...I rather liked your last paragraph in your post...it reminded me of being in my early twenties and on a surfing safari, new moon, and taking a doobie with me on a walk through pitch-black dark forest just to see how far I could go without stumbling or hitting a tree...couldn't see my hand in front of my face and just the glowing tip of my smoke until that was finished...and how mellow and really thrilled I was that at any moment, something might happen that could shock the heck out of me. After perhaps 10 minutes of taking it slow and no misfortune, I turned around and went back, retracing my steps in what I thought was as though I was actually retracing them, back to camp with again no misfortune, despite how ultra-sensitive my senses were. A couple of my friends went with me the next morning because none of us could believe I had actually gone very far at all, until we got to where I'd dropped my butt when I'd turned around...a good 600 metres away along a slightly winding trail with branches here and there that I'd missed. It sure is funny what a little fear and bravado can do when trying something new, isn't it?)