Chris, thank you so much for creating this thread.
This is what I've observed in myself, and in others, and it fits very much with what you are describing.
First off, I don't know how much is the environment and energy and how much is the fact that 1) I have drastically changed my diet (the very fact I feel compelled to, though, could be energy change), largely to paleo, and 2)
the fact that I'm on an anti-depressant (for Seasonal Affect Disorder) that is notorious for being a social lubricant. But I feel like the real ME. It doesn't feel like an overlay. It feels like the depressed, introverted self was the overlay.
I find I am getting more honest. Major things have unblocked for me, many major positive changes. I find I just come out and say things to people and I'm socially a hell of a lot more assertive. I had somebody comment at school a few weeks ago (before my anti-depressant even had a chance to take effect) "What? You're NOT SHY!!". And at a party I was at yesterday, I was the farthest thing from shy.
I've experienced energetic changes, too. My lowest three chakras have gone mad.
I am learning quickly and like crazy. When people tell me about changes they've made, I absorb this and integrate it into my programming. I pick up changes others have made *quickly* and start integrating them.
I also feel an energetic link to my (physically unmanifested) mate out there in the universe. This has been in the last few days, since someone told me about their experience of this kind of thing. But now I associate colors, sounds, sights, scents with her. How do you feel about this kind of thing? I don't feel alone, as long as I focus on this link, and I just enjoy myself in the meantime and get my life ready for her.
I realize that I may trample on people at times, at the moment. I'm far more assertive and expressive than I've been in the past. I'll learn to moderate it when it's appropriate.
I feel I've also overcome my tendency to be limerent. I don't feel love is a scarce commodity and my sexuality isn't something I bottle up, waiting for the right person to come along and uncork. I am just expressive, period, and I don't hold it all back then dump it on one person. I can be a sexual being without sleeping with every person, if I don't care to do that.
1. YES. Acting out. If they were reflective introverts before, they're becoming aggressive extraverts. People are experimenting with new selves. I've seen this among several people now. I am going easy on people and not expecting too much of them during this time; it's an exercise in letting go and meeting my own needs.
2. People with very severely blocked energy are staying pretty much the same and in some cases are deeply depressed and spiralling deeper.