My awakening sounds very similar to many of yours. It was a early spring day in 1998. I was 23 years old and in graduate school studying for my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I was driving home from seeing a client one day and my life changed forever. I do not talk much about this and only a few people in my life know, but it truly was one of the most defining and life-changing experiences I have had. It has since informed my work as a psychologist and a woman. It was an extraordinary gift.
As I was driving home that day, I felt this sudden wave and rush of energy and love through my body. It was a feeling of pure bliss and insight. It felt as if everything made sense, everything was ok, all the experiences in my life were understandable, I could make connections to everything and with it an overwhelmingly beautiful feeling of "I am ok", total acceptance and oneness with nature and the universe.
I remember arriving at home and getting out of my car in my apartment complex. I saw a tree blooming in the parking lot (it was early spring) and it was as if I had never seen a tree before in my life. It appeared to be glowing, shining, pulsating, radiating energy and beauty. I could "feel" it was alive, breathing the same air as me, moving to the same energy and "life force".
I had this intense and beautiful desire to hug trees, roll in the grass, dig in the dirt, feel the beauty and energy of the earth - become "one" with the soil. It was so powerful and so beautiful. I should note that I am a city girl with no leaning towards religion/God or much experience with nature before this. I also was not on any alcohol or drugs.
Over the next hour (really not sure how long it was) I continued to have multiple insights and feelings of connection. I remember a feeling and envisioning that I was part of an intertwined web-like connection to everyone and everything in the universe (not just on earth). It was as if I did not exist, there was no ego, no "me", no boundaries. I was part of everyone and everything, we are all a part of everything. I also realized that I was tiny, absolutely miniscule, in the largest, most vast and unknowable universe. I could feel the infinite nature of time and space-- there was no feeling of beginning or end, just infinity. It was not scary at all, it was beautiful and wondrous.
What is interesting is that it has been over 11 years since that day and life has been busy. I certainly don't think about this everyday, not even monthly at this point. But for some reason I chose to do a search for this topic today and found this web site. I submit my story today to tell you and remind myself that we are not alone, we are not crazy. We have experienced a true gift. It has changed me on a internal level for which I will always be grateful... Even for the pain and struggle I felt after the experience as I tried to understand it and what it "was". Being a psych student at that time I was convinced I was going crazy, this was an hallucination or mania, etc. It was not. It was a gift meant to open me up to ME and show me some areas of life and humanity that I needed to learn and incorporate.
I wish you all health and happiness in your journeys.