What it sounds like is that you are looking for the emotion that most closely ties in with ascension.
From what I can tell, that emotion is peace.
I have been studying peace a lot recently, because my purpose is to bring peace to everybody. After finding my purpose and going back through Steve's posts, I was surprised to find Peace as the state of consciousness just before ascendancy, even higher than Love. That led me to question what exactly peace was, if it was such an 'unattainable' level of consciousness.
I finally put a definition on peace that I can understand, and it starts with my definition of love.
To me, love is feeling joy from my relationships. Of course, I consider that joy and pleasure are different, but not exclusive, emotions. Pleasure comes from your body, and joy comes from your mind. You can feel pleasure without joy, and you can feel joy without pleasure, just as you can have both or neither at the same time.
Similarly, peace is feeling joy from your environment, including your relationships.
On the chart of levels of consciousness that Steve quoted for his article, I would replace Love with Unconditional, Absolute Love, and Peace for Unconditional, Absolute Peace, or the states of feeling joy from every one of your relationships all of the time, and feeling joy from all of your environment all of the time.
So, you would like to know what it is to be ascended? Go through the path of love, which leads to the path of peace, and into ascendancy. Each other level of consciousness is just a stepping stone that allows you to learn how to hold love and peace, or for neutrality and below, especially fear, it is a step away.
Does that help at all?