I Completely or Perhaps Nearly Completely Vanished

Mystical Experiencer:  Male in early fifties
Current location:  U.S.A.
Age at time of experience:  51

There were three main parts to my experience:                                       

1. Deep empathy and identification with other people: my wife and daughters in particular.

2. Deep empathy for myself, in particular, my past selves and especially my childhood self – understanding that I was doing the best I could and that life was challenging. 

3. Intense appreciation for the beauty of the trees, moss, rocks and other beings around me.

4. A period of perhaps 15-30 minutes where I completely or perhaps nearly completely vanished.  This brought up fear in me, but with the support of the two friends I was with, I was able to just be with it – It was silent and contained only a few simple images – one of a purple ink like substance very slowly jetting into water or some other substance and slowly mixing with it.

Overall, I was in a place of total and deep appreciation of the beauty around me, the miracle of life, the gift of my own life, and the people in my life.  The afterglow lasted for at least a month and is still accessible fairly regularly through meditation and time in nature.

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