Experientially, when I looked into the eyes of another person, I “knew,” not intellectually but actually “knew“, that they were me just looking back at myself in a different form. Explaining a sustained experience of wholeness, of another experiential perspective loses some of its efficacy but here goes:
I was completely vulnerable to what the moment presented, I was constantly learning, forgiving and changing. I didn’t know how I came to live in this very normal state of consciousness. It wasn’t from the ashrams I visited, it was the right time and the entire experience of traveling in India that required a foundation of trust in my instincts, intuition, heart, and mind all working in harmony. I was rooted and seeing the world from the Transcendent state rather than from my small self. The awe and the beauty of Life is something I can never forget.
Coming home to Canada became a much bigger challenge because I began to lose my heightened state of consciousness and fear and doubt began re-appear in my life. I had to integrate what I learned and who I had become.
Luckily for me, a Vedic student & teacher arrived in my life to help me articulate, maintain and continue to build a more meaningful personal relationship with myself whilst living and facing the distractions of the West.