Ecstasy is the experience of becoming “epiphanized” by rapturous AWE.
As described in Rich Doyle’s Darwin’s Pharmacy, “…a sense of interior and exterior dissolves in awareness and awe.”
“…there is an upwelling of fresh insight coupled with a feeling of ubiquitous harmony,” in the experience.
The vision — which i hasten to point out, is neither “religious” nor “otherworldly” — feels like a”startling recognition.”
“Christopher Uhl reminds us that “while gazing ‘up’ at a night sky, one in fact hangs off the planet and near the edge of a galaxy, vertiginous, suspended over the infinity of space.” - Rich Doyle, Darwin’s Pharmacy
“As you lie there feeling yourself hovering within this gravitational bond while peering down at the billions of stars drifting in the infinite chasm of space, you will have entered an experience of the universe that is not just human and not just biological. You will have entered a relationship from a galactic perspective, becoming for a moment a part of the Milky Way galaxy, experiencing what it is like to be the Milky Way galaxy.” - Cosmologist Brian Swimme
Astronomer Rebecca Elson wrote in A Responsibility to Awe that:
“Sometimes as an antidote To fear of death, I eat the stars.”