Inspiration: The Air We Breathe

The origin of our word “inspiration” is defined as our contemporary word “inhalation”, and refers to breathing in air.  Energetic air (small air ions of oxygen) as found in sea breeze, near waterfalls, during and after rain showers, and as produced by radon in wilderness areas can be very inspirational. Fresh air contains higher levels of energetic air and this is a result of the energy provided by the above natural forces. The currency of power is a surplus of “negative air ions”, tilting the ratio of positive air ions down, and negative air ions up.

Polluted air reverses this ratio, reducing negative air ions and increasing positive ions of oxygen: the result is “stale air”, both contaminated and reduced in vital power, which can cause fatigue, drowsiness, depression, irritability, and breathing that is not satisfying, not full or filling. Stale air (enervating) is created by: smoke, smog, dust, storm fronts, hot desert winds, air conditioning, heating, and too many people breathing in enclosed spaces such as class rooms, auditoriums, offices and churches.

On and near freeways and heavy traffic areas smog, pulverized tire dust (this happens to tire material as it wears down) and brake pads (they wear down into dust) fill the air with microscopic contaminants that not only eliminate energetic air, but instead create the opposite: enervated air (posi-ion pollution) that literally sucks up and neutralizes energetic air, leaving stale and stuffy air behind.

If you have no fresh air in your neighborhood or home, then consider using air purifiers with good filtration (Hepa filters, electrostatic filters) and an adjustable air ionizer. Many companies make these. Expect to try more than one, and research customer satisfaction reports or endorsements.

See my previous blogs:  Sea Breeze  Sea Bright         Drought and the Air We Breathe      Oxygen is Magical

Also, see captions in my photo galleries: 1 thru 12   and   13 thru 24: click on photos for enlargement and captions.

Paul C Adams (c) 2015

Reading and Imagination


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Reading books is a great exercise in creating mental imagery. I find that various degrees of image formation occur with each idea, object or concept presented in the words and sentences of books. This ability can be developed with practice, via the focused desire to do so, and imagining specific objects, in fine detail and full color.

Deep levels of the inner mind listen to our reading, thoughts and also viewing of television and movies. These deep inner levels of the mind tend to fully believe that what we think, read or see is real, and thus we experience emotions with reading, thoughts and movies. This makes possible a powerful inner catharsis, and can be a healing experience, according to the nature of the story perceived.

An active imagination can be connected to multiple sources, such as dreaming and dream screen viewing while awake (with eyes closed). Mysterious and unknown channels can link the inner dream screen with past, present and future events. I suspect that this occurs for most people, yet is repressed and denied, or considered spurious intrusions that do not achieve complete conscious recognition.

See my previous blogs:  Images, Words and Sounds          Imagination                         Where is the Dream Screen?

Paul C Adams (c) 2015

Reading E Books: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

cropped-snrse-11.jpgThis is a precious jewel for reading e books and more. I have been using this hand held device for about three months and I love it!   It has a backlight option for reading in the dark, downloads books in seconds, and the charged battery lasts long enough to read for days or weeks (depending on use of the backlight).  It is small enough to fit in a pocket, high lights your selection of notes and saves these both on the reading page and separately under a file for notes; it contains a massive dictionary for looking up any words (via high lights). Also, from your collection in the Amazon Cloud (included with purchase) you can download to your computer. To purchase books (it can retain hundreds of books in its memory) you use its browser to visit the Amazon Kindle website and choose from a million plus choices. Not all publications are available via ebooks, however the list of choices is large and exciting.

Kindle Paperwhite: I bought mine at Best Buy. I was visiting this store and saw their display & demonstration of the Kindle tablets.

Paul C Adams     2015

Sea Breeze See Bright

cropped-Pacific-Ocean-Coast.jpgThe slightly higher oxygen content of ocean air at sea level, and greater pressure (than at high elevations) yields a very good source of energetic air. The sea breeze  in mediterranean climates can blow inland many miles and still be rich in air ions; this is due to favorable temperatures and humidity.

Locations such as Greece, Italy, England, the USA, Japan and Korea have large geographical areas which receive almost continuous sea breeze. When we add a diet of fish (and fennel) then people with brighter minds can result. Fish is well known as a mental stimulant and fennel is frequently added to fish food meals. Combine this with breathing energetic air (negative air ions of oxygen) of the sea breeze: this is a recipe is for bright minds.

Paul C Adams (c) 2015


Luminous Fennel

Big Basin 1I have enjoyed chewing on fennel stalks, flowers and seeds found growing wild in wilderness areas. The taste is some what like licorice and the smell is almost divine. Consuming this herb, fresh, in small doses can stimulate the mind to a fine degree, sweet, gentle, and very clear. I suspect that if coffee and tea were not available, then fennel would find its way to predominance and world fame. It is a remarkable (mild)stimulant with a stable effect that lasts for up to twelve hours. Not all fennel plants are the same, each has its own degree of potency and quality: rainfall, soil quality, herbicides and automobile exhaust pollution are some of the variables that determine its potency and quality. Marathon (originally) was wild fennel,  (The name “Marathon” (Μαραθών) comes from the herb fennel, called marathon (μάραθον) or marathos (μάραθος) in Ancient Greek)  and was the destination of the first famous marathon run.

Paul C Adams (c) 2015            updated: 8’16/15

Marathons, The Olympics and the Road to Eleusis

View west from Black Mountain

There is a powerful inner transformation (see “In The Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports) of self that can occur during and following intense endurance exercise, and this process, at times, shares common elements with the psychedelic experience. Did the original Greek Olympics evolve from Eleusinian Mysteries, as an alternative or parallel path to achieve an inner death/rebirth experience?  For more about these ancient mysteries see: The Road to Eleusis by Gordon Wasson.

Yoga exercises, in many of its forms, it is suggested, evolved from the soma experience ( see: soma, Rig Vedas). Here also, as with the Olympics, physical fitness via yoga exercises yields catharsis within, and can lead to samadhi (mental concentration to a very high degree) and a death/rebirth experience.

Eleusinian Mysteries: A cave was located below the Telesterion (temple hall) could this have added energetic air (via radium & radon), carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, ethylene, methylene, or other interesting gases?  Fennel stalks were noted as an essential herb used in the transcendent experience: there are chemical similarities to the modern drug “ecstasy” found in some varieties of fennel. Combine this with the controlled release of gases from the cave and the effects could have been intense. Also, it is interesting to note this supreme transcendent experience was allowed only once in a human life time.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015                         updated: 8/23/15   and    8/26/15

Advanced Yoga and Long Distance Hiking/Running

View from Westridge trail

Milarepa combined cave meditation with distance running and hiking in the Himalaya Mountains. Yogananda,   Auto Biography of Yogi,  told us that Babaji (Hariakhan Baba) guided advanced American disciples on long treks in the Himalayas. Also, see: “Known, Unknown” by Baba Hari Dass. We can imagine how yoga and meditation are enhanced by the sustained stimulation of body metabolism for long periods of time.  The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, Japan, would walk or run 50 miles every day for 100 days or more, and combine this with meditation.  Sri Chinmoy brought long distance running to an amazing 75 miles a day, 6am to 12am, six to eight weeks duration, around a short course in New York City: The Self Transcendence Run 3100.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015         updated: 7/26/15

The Seven Sleepers

cropped-4.jpgIs it possible to fall asleep, or go into trance (or samadhi) and wake up in the future?  Everyone does this every night and we presume that upon awakening in the future (“tomorrow”) we are arriving in the same time period that we left upon falling asleep. Of course, we have changed during sleep, so has the world, and when we return from sleep, it is to a different time and place. Upon awakening our memory reassures us everything is ok, things seem close enough to what we recalled before falling asleep; but how certain is memory, to make an accurate comparison, to be convinced oneself and the world are the same as before sleep (or trance)?

I came across a story of the Seven Sleepers (Ephesus, Ionia) who, according to both Christian and Muslim (the Koran) accounts actually did take place. It has been suggested the Rip Van Winkle story was inspired by the Seven Sleepers.

Ephesus and Pergamum, cities of Ionia (Greece) are of the time and place where the Antikythera computer was developed.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015        updated: 7-26-15

The Man Who Walked Through Time

Trail up  "clarity canyon"

Colin Fletcher hiked through the Grand Canyon and wrote “The Man Who Walked Through Time” to share this incredible experience with others. He is well known as the “father” of modern American backpacking who created a series of best selling books (The Complete Walker) about back packing equipment and supplies.

He started the hike near Supai (see my previous blog: Serendipity) and obtained supplies via several air drops along the way. The book is an account well worth reading for the rich personal experience he found in the depths and heights of the Grand Canyon. He was the first known to hike the Canyon along such precarious pathways, and cross country where no paths were seen.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015

Solar Activity and Geomagnetic Storms

Big Basin

The current solar cycle has been very calm compared to past cycles, and we have had fewer and less intense geomagnetic storms. On June 21 a full corona CME occurred. Geomagnetic storms on earth can follow these (see auroras), especially when directed at earth as was this recent event, and on June 23 and today the storm is in progress. Take note of how you feel, and observe unusual issues or problems, even of the most mundane sort. The greater the storm intensity, the more pronounced its effects on how we feel, dream and even coordinate our movements and thoughts.  Paying close attention to these storms, via reports from NOAA makes it possible to recognize how we are influenced, both inner and outer events. This is also excellent training that can help us to perceive luminous places in the wilderness.

See my previous blogs:  Our Magnetosense         Geomagnetic Songs         Geomagnetic

(c) Paul C Adams 2015                        updated: 6-26-15  and    7-3-15