Let me also respond as this is a cosmic question: These are great experiences you have. The most important one is to, as you say, “having sparkling eyes and a feeling of pure joy”. Cosmic consciousness (or “higher”) is to experience the divine in everyday life. At first one can do this by being aware in the moment. As time progresses, it becomes more and more effortless and we experience Grace which moves us along. The yogic powers can be a distraction. Realizing the divinity in all is the surest path, although it seems slow at first.
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