Hi Jane, Thanks for your thoughtful and well-crafted reply.

I think experiences like yours happen more often than we would like to believe. As you say even without the use of mind-altering chemicals, my first few EDEs came about through dreams.

Your points are well-taken.

I am not at all familiar with shamanic traditions - of which I gather there are many - and I value your input on this. To be honest, I was not aware there was such a thing as Norse shamanism. Or Old Path and New Age shamans. Or sorcerers.

I might do some more investigating.

I really like what you said about the need for integration of the EDE into one's current existence, and the natural reorientation that happens because of it.

There is a bigger perspective that becomes natural to inhabit, not in any way that fosters indifference, but in a thoroughly engaged, caring, and sensitive way, as if some fundamental distinction has dropped away.

But here I am preaching again while all I wanted to say is thanks for sharing Jane!

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