I found this post on the web about the triggers that bring on the mystical experience (see my post regarding my own experience below).
The four major triggers for spontaneous mystical experiences are:
- Depression, despair
- Prayer, meditation
- Natural beauty
- Participation in religious worship
All of these criteria were present in my mystical experience of June 1964. I was very anxious about death and despaired of finding the truth about God and His plans for man. I was going to church and earnestly seeking to know God. I prayed a lot.
The natural beauty of the incandescent blue tide filled me with awe. Finally, our group discussion of God and His plans for man was akin to a religious worship.
It all makes sense.