The most surreal moment ever experienced collectively. They all heard G-d's voice in their mind simultaneously. This created an intense yearning to cling to the source of this voice and so their soul spontaneously soared to the highest of the worlds, leaving their body behind, lifeless. This is how powerful a revelation can be. And this is how powerful it was for the Bnei Israel on that night of the Great Revelation.
But they still had so much more to accomplish and to learn on this physical world, therefore the Source of all Life gently brought back each soul, one at a time, and breathed a Breath of Life into each of the lifeless bodies. During that short journey, they experienced bliss as they never will have ever again in this physical life. They were granted to gaze upon the purest Divine Light and at that moment, they understood unconditional love. Each soul wanted to remain where they knew was their true home, but they were swept back into their bodies. They opened their eyes, and only one person was standing. Moshe.
Moshe, in trance, hadn't even noticed the episode. His eyes, unfocused, were directed at the top of the mountain. He knew what he had to do: climb Sinai and connect perhaps like he never had before with the Holy One Blessed be He. Esa einai el heharim, meayin yavo ezri? I lift up my eyes to the mountain, where does my help come from? And everyone answered as they were getting up slowly, emerging from their experience: your help comes from the Master of the Universe, Maker of heaven and earth!
Moshe climbed. They watched him as he escalated. Until there was nothing to see. And they waited. Until they knew they could not wait anymore. That was until no one was able to feel Moshe's energy. His energy was so strong, it could be felt miles away, so when no one was able to perceive his power and spirit, they knew he was dead. They weren't entirely wrong, because Moshe not only climbed the mountain, he ascended the spiritual realms as well. This meant that his presence was no longer in the physical world and this why they thought Moshe no longer was alive.
Moshe's consciousness was swept away upward, no longer in control. In this world, a multitude of multi-colored lights surrounded him. He knew G-d was speaking to him when history was shown to him in front of his eyes. Past and future were presented and instructions were given on what to reveal to his people. He also received two tablets. In this spiritual world, they were weightless, carved out of what appeared to be the most precious stones.
And he was swept back. Back to the camp.
He was gone a few moments only. But in the physical world, he was gone 40 days. Without Moshe, the people needed their source of prophecy and so they built a calf out of gold. Upon his return, Moshe suddenly felt all the weight of physicality around him. His feet dragged, his shoulders sustained the burden of leadership, and the weightless tablets gained density. Seeing his people more connected to gold than to the divine, he realized the vastness of the work ahead. His load felt too heavy, and in an all too human moment of despair, Moshe let go of the tablets.