Four years ago when I first moved to the mountains I ended up doing a short easy hike in town that had an amazing view with a few people who I met at work. It was a super easy hike so we just sat up there getting baked and chatting. One of the guys was studying geology and after a period of silence he started talking about how crazy it was that this was all covered in ice before. As he explained it it was like everything stopped being things that my eyes were seeing as if I was just looking at a picture and I started to really feel like I was in this world and started seeing everything in relation to me and the sky, the ground, the lake, the mountains, the long since melted ice. I felt so connected to everything. That was the best summer of my life and honestly it's why I came back to the mountains. I don't know if that's exactly what you're talking about but I've dedicated a significant amount of my energy to getting that feeling again. Sometimes now I look at the mountains around me and it feels like seeing a picture but sometimes I'm still able to tap into it.