In sutra 1.17 of Yoga Sutras, Patanjali indicates that initial levels of encounter with true self occurs in the following order,
1. new thoughts of peaceful nature
2. new inferences
4, an expanding sense of 'I'ness.
Often people experience these early stages of encounter, even before they consciously begin an inward journey. If you are drawn to meditation or studying the philosophical scriptures, it is quite likely that your pull is fuelled by some experiences that are out of the 'usual'.
Is it now time to go within and find answers to those experiences?