Image generation within the mind is imagination. Fantasy and dreaming also use our inner imagination. This power of the mind to imagine, with inner vision, provides us with a creative ability for inventions, stories, art, and even previewing our future, moment to moment. Before the era of human languages our inner ability to think in images was probably very evolved.
How can imagination be enhanced and refined? Does the language orientated mind suppress the image thinking mind, or attenuate inner visual imagery by keeping it in the “unconscious” mind, such as we see in dreams while sleeping? Does the environment around us “tune” us like musical instruments where imagination and dreaming reflects powers of land and home as qualities of mind and songs of nature?
(c) Paul C Adams 2014
I have added a new sales photo gallery. It is called “Luminous Nature” and is the same as the “Thanksgiving ” Gallery. Here you will find prints of my select photos mounted on canvas, metal or matts, and a wider variety of sizes for certain pictures.
All of the photo sales galleries offer digital downloads of the pictures, and most of the galleries offer prints of the photos.
(c) Paul C Adams 2014
Walking is a song, a rhythm, pulse and beat like that of a drum. It is a path of heart, especially hiking up hills and in the mountains. Walking brings us back into tune and harmony with ourselves and the environment. Of course, there are many other ways to find this “beat”, such as: swimming, running, dancing, skiing, climbing, surfing, etc..
Meditation finds the inner rhythm, and focuses attention on breathing, mind waves, and feelings. An inner alignment occurs that is similar to those of the above external activities: entrainment with a song and rhythm.
I believe our bodies and mind need a song to sing, to dance with, and when it does so harmony within prevails, health is restored, happiness appears spontaneously and a strong orientation to advance is gained.
(c) Paul C Adams 2014
I enjoy walking as frequently as possible, and try to walk one long distance walk per week. “Long distance” is a walk, of sufficient distance, that starts to expand my upper limit and thus stimulates muscle growth. It corresponds with a feeling of being a little tired the next day and muscles are a bit sore. The benefits of this kind of exercise include higher personal energy levels throughout the following week, mental clarity, increased optimism, reduction of accumulated stress, stronger muscles, and greater ability to deal with day to day stress.
For each person a “long distance” walk could be very different. One person reaches this distance limit at a half a mile, and someone else does not reach it until they are at 25 miles or more. Not trying to go “too far too fast” is essential: distance is not the goal.Too much, too fast is hard on the body and counter productive. Walking to that distance which is your limit, periodically, that is the goal. Over the years the ” long distance” will increase, your walking exercise “envelope” will gradually expand.
Walking or hiking in parks, open spaces, state and national parks, and close to the seashore are the best places. Each breath is enjoyed, full of pure and fresh energetic air, and this helps encourage an optimistic and enthusiastic walk.
For more information: On the benefits and techniques of walking, see past issues of Prevention Magazine For hiking see: The American Hiking Society and also The Sierra Club Wilderness cautions: see my previous blog: Wilderness Safety Warning
(c) Paul C Adams 2014
Walk Far “Your Muscles, Your Life” is an article in the current issue of Prevention Magazine, November 2014, that reveals current research about the value of daily exercise. Personal power and vitality are directly related to muscular activity, via the mitochondria. Muscles literally waste away if not used, and both fats and toxins flood un-used muscles.
“Killer Chairs” is an article in the current edition of Scientific American, November 2014. This is another research revelation indicating people who spend too much time sitting have 50% greater chance of dying (due to various causes) than people who get up and move more often. This study was based on 800,000 people, 18 studies, over 16 years.
I found these publications at Safeway, and I highly recommend them to anyone concerned about health and well being.
See my previous blogs: Eat Well and Walk Far Extreme Fitness Mountain Walks
(c) Paul C Adams 2104
One variety of luminous place I have recognized is powerful and yet transparent. This particular site can be small, large or a regional place of power, such as the San Francisco Bay Area. The distinctive qualities are what we perceive as quite normal, and this is power of the site. It “tunes” or “adjusts” the focus of consciousness to normal characteristics, and is easily overlooked, missed, and one presumes such a state of awareness is oneself, with no relationship to environmental powers. However, upon traveling out of the active area ones awareness shifts to different qualities of being, perception and mental focus.
Traveling to a sequence of very different luminous places is a great education in contrasts, and this makes precise distinctions between different kinds of luminous sites possible. Transparent sites exist in varying degrees of what most people call “normal”. When even one or two qualities found at a transparent – luminous place are different, then it becomes more obvious how these sites focus consciousness, including thought processes, feelings, and well being.
(c) Paul C Adams 2014
I have cut my hair three times in the past two years and each time I noticed a loss of more than just my hair. It felt like a loss of connectivity with the environment, and the loss of a sweet refined -satvic (divine, pure, and spiritual) balance, that facilitates a unique channel of awareness. I took special note of this loss, because I use subtle levels of awareness to locate luminous places in the wilderness, and short hair, for me, disturbs a superior and natural environmental rapport.
Take a look at these links for more information related to hair: Intelligence
Unique Channel of Awareness UV thru hair (similar to fiber optics).-
vitamin D synthesis requires UV light (3000 human genes require this vitamin, created by UVB sunlight – via skin, and at hair follicles)
Girls in elementary school are frequently smarter than boys of the same age. Women tend to live longer than men. Is this related to long hair?
See my previous blogs: 5/21/13 Feathers and Hair 6/13/14 ESD Long Hair and Barefoot
The worlds fifth largest religion, Sikhism (of India) encourages all of its members to grow long hair, and thereby absorb divine energy, and improve mental fitness.
See: Samson and also portrayals of Jesus
(c) Paul C Adams 2014 updated: 10/19/14 and 10/25/14
Our word “ion” represents a charged particle, originally defined by the Greeks, and refers to the electrical characteristics of amber, which when rubbed produces electrically (electrostatic) charged objects.
Air ions are molecules of oxygen that have either an extra electron (negative ion), or lack of an electron (positive ion). The atmosphere we breathe is a constantly changing “soup” of air ions,containing both positive and negative ions, ratios of these polarities, principally of oxygen, moving at various speeds, and living for a very short period of time. They lose their charge by transferring it to another atom or molecule.
“Energetic air” is my own term to describe an atmosphere that has a higher ratio of negative (than positive) ions of oxygen, and corresponds with an experience (for most people) of increased vitality and awareness. “Enervated air” is my term to describe the opposite, where positive air ions are dominant, and the experience is usually of fatigue and drowsiness (stale or stuffy air).
I found the letters IO ( the first two letters of ion) within the Greek word for the Son (Jesus), written as Uiou, and this might have been the way the Son was first written to the pages of the New Testament. I believe the pronunciation for this is as our word “you”. Long ago there was no letter Y and instead the letter i was used, thus you was spelled iou. The Greek letters I O are very interesting and in my article, “Skylight of the Mind” I explore mystical interpretations of I O .
(c) Paul C Adams 2014 updated: 10-13-14 11-22-14
Walking in northern California wilderness parks I have enjoyed observing tree ring patterns on logs that cross trails. I collected photos of these and they reveal a pattern consistent throughout this part of northern California. Rings of the most recent years are very thin, and are thin as far back as twenty years. Fifty to seventy five years ago the rings are much thicker, and at 100 to 150 years ago they are five to ten times thicker than the thin rings of the present. I found a chart of California rainfall [San Jose Mercury News: “200 Hundred Year Drought”] that covers the last 1200 years and an approximate correlation with the tree rings is apparent.
All of the parks were logged in the past, and thus the thinning of forest areas probably allowed greater growth to young trees of that time: the rings probably would have been wider. In addition, the winters were much wetter, and the combination of these factors resulted in thicker rings.
Forest groves in northern California, which I visit frequently, no longer support the high quality energetic air of past years; this a personal experience, that is very obvious and some what sad. These groves had an atmosphere that was very robust with a vibrant “champagne” of energetic air, and it is absent. This special quality of air ionization is, I believe, is due to radon gas that is transpired by the leaves of the trees, and surrounds the area close to the forest. However, due to extreme drought conditions these forests are drying out, and no longer transpire very much water or radon gas, and thus the sweet experience of energetic air is lost. The loss of energetic air will also affect the local weather, for the air ions play an important role in “seeding” clouds and creating various atmospheric conditions.
See my blog: “Tree Rings” May 27 2013 and “Tree Rings Reference Photos” link .
(c) Paul C Adams 2014 updated: 10/7/14
I am amazed to realize that the air ions (energetic air) we breathe and enjoy are the result of power originating in a supernova explosion.
Most of the air ions in the lower atmosphere are created by ionizing radiation, or alpha particles generated by radon gas, seeping out of the ground, water, and also via transpiration of plants and trees. Radon can be carcinogenic when inhaled or consumed; however, in tiny concentrations, as is found in most locations, it is relatively harmless, and acts to energize the air.
As we know, radon comes from radium, and radium from uranium, and these are found in low concentrations, in the soil and earth, water and sea, everywhere. As the transmutation of these elements occur, ionizing radiation ionizes the air, creating energetic air.
At low elevations our primary natural “ionizer” is radon gas, and its power originates with uranium and the supernova that created it !
In this way, the power of a former sun is providing energy (nuclear) for our planet, that warms it from within. It has also given us energetic air, negative ions of oxygen, found in the wilderness (areas free of pavement and buildings that cover the ground) and can help to illuminate our mind (energetic air = more alpha brain waves, greater in amplitude, plus more coherent ) and also, for most people energetic air promotes both optimism and enthusiasm.
(c) Paul C Adams 2014