Mark Twain

We never moved a muscle all night, but waked at dawn in the original positions, and got up at once, thoroughly refreshed, free from soreness, and brim full of friskiness. There is no end of the wholesome medicine in such an experience. That morning we could have whipped ten such people as we were the day before – sick ones at any rate….

Three months of camp life on Lake Tahoe ( 1861) would restore an Egyptian mummy to his pristine vigor, and give him an appetite like an alligator…

The air up here in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? – it is the same air angels breathe…

I think that hardly any amount of fatigue can be gathered together that a man cannot sleep off in one night on the sand by its side. Not under a roof, but under the sky…

Chapter 22, Roughing It Mark Twain

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John Muir Quotations

Visions of ineffable beauty and harmony, health and exhilaration of body and soul, and grand foundation lessons in Nature’s eternal love are the sure reward of every ernest looker in this glorious wilderness.
Thrilled and exhilarated one strides onward in the crisp bracing air as if never more to feel fatique, limbs moving without effort, every sense unfolding and alert like the thawing flowers to take part in the new day harmony.

Peaks and Glaciers of the High Sierra, Picturesque California
But far the greater number (of people) are in good spirits, showing the influence of holiday enjoyment and mountain air. Fresh roses come to cheeks that long have been pale, and sentiment often begins to blossom under the new inspiration. Mount Shasta, Summer Days at Mount Shasta, Picturesque California
After gaining the open summit of this first bench, feeling the natural exhilaration due to the slight elevation of a thousand feet or so…
The spreading hairs of horses tails and sparks from our blankets show how highly charged the air is.
We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. ….thrilling with the air and the trees…
Game in the woods, gold in the rocks, health and exhilaration in the air, while the colors and cloud furniture of the sky are ever inspiring through all sorts of weather. Chapter 1 Through the Foot Hills With A Flock Of Sheep, My First Summer In the Sierra
Oh, these, vast, calm, measureless mountain days, inciting at once to work and rest! Days whose light everywhere seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to God. Nevermore, however weary, should one faint by the way who gains the blessings of one mountain day; whatever his fate, long life, short life, stormy or calm, he is rich forever. Chapter 2 In Camp on the North Fork of the Merced, My First Summer In the Sierra
Here every day is a holiday, a jubilee ever sounding with serene enthusiasm, without wear or waste or cloying weariness. Everything rejoicing. Not a single cell or crystal unvisited or forgotten.
Chapter 3 A Bread Famine My First Summer In the Sierra
How sweet and keen the air! Every breath a blessing.
Exhilarated with the mountain air, I feel like shouting this morning with excess of wild animal joy.
How deathlike is sleep in this mountain air, and quick the awakening into newness of life.

Chapter 4 To The High Mountains, My First Summer In the Sierra
These blessed mountains are so compactly filled with God’s beauty, no petty personal hope or experience has room to be. Drinking this champagne water is pure pleasure, so is breathing the living air, and every movement of limbs is pleasure, while the whole body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the camp fire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one’s flesh like radiant heat, making a passionate ecstatic pleasure-glow not explainable. One’s body then seems homogeneous throughout, sound as a crystal.
It is easier to feel than realize, or in any way explain, Yosemite grandeur.

Chapter 5 The Yosemite My First Summer In the Sierra
Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue; indeed the body seems one palate and tingles throughout. Chapter 6 Mount Hoffman and Lake Tenaya My First Summer In the Sierra
Another of those charming exhilarating days that make the blood dance and excite nerve currents that render one unwearable and well-nigh immortal. Chapter 8 The Mono Trail My First Summer In the Sierra
John Muir’s wife said that he suffered from, “low elevation sickness” when living in Martinez, California, and thus needed to return to the high Sierra Nevada for recovery. John Muir US National Park Service video documentary. See online: YouTube.

The summer climate of the fir and pine woods of the Sierra Nevada would, I think, be found infinitely more reviving; but because these woods have not been advertised like patent medicines, few seem to think of the spicy, vivifying influences that pervade their fountain freshness and beauty. Steep Trails, The San Gabriel Valley, last paragraph.

Updated: 7-17-20

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My Experience with Energetic Air

The qualities I experience while breathing energetic air, as is found in most wilderness environments are: Lucid mind, serene, calm and energetic, satvic (pure), insightful, easy to breathe – especially via the nose, physically stronger, more animated and optimistic, dynamic rather than passive, healthy and higher vitality. What I find most note worthy is that these effects are constant while breathing energetic air; the energy gained is real, versus the opposite – such as the effect of a stimulant drug that wears off, and has side effects.

How does this process work? One possibility is that energetic air has acquired zero point energy, and this is transferred to the body via absorption in interfacial cellular water (specifically within structured – compact domains), of the lungs and nasal passages. Gerald Pollock, PhD has found that air ions have powerful effects on the size of the EZ (exclusion zone) of interfacial cellular water. This correlates with cellular power levels and vitality.

How does air acquire zero point energy? The galactic cosmic rays which strike air molecules are traveling at relativistic speeds and radio active alpha particles (from radon) strike air molecules are traveling 5 to 10% the speed of light. This acceleration might acquire some zero point energy, and the physics that suggests this possibility has been described by Harold Putoff, PhD. updated: 4-1-20

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Dr. Albert Krueger


In 1978, I had recently returned from Mexico, where I Had been living with an extended family of Huichol Indians. The power spots and sacred sites I visited with the Huichol shamans corresponded with geographic locations that were noteworthy for fresh air and bright states of consciousness.

I telephoned Dr Krueger, who taught and worked at UCB, and spoke with him about the extraordinary qualities of air found in locations such as near waterfalls, the beach and high elevation deserts and mountains. He said that the common characteristic of all the different locations was the abundance of small air negative ions. He confirmed that many people do experience an enhanced awareness, easier breathing and a general sense of well being when breathing air rich in NAI (negative air ions).

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How Do Air Ions Affect us?

Here is one theory as to how NAI (negative air ions) might create effects within us. The title of the article is: Reactive Oxygen Species, by N. Goldstein. The radical called superoxide O2- has been recognized as a key signaling molecule, for mitochrondrial biogenesis*,and to stimulate production of SOD (superoxide dismutase). Air ions are small enough to be absorbed into the brain directly via nasal inhalation.

*See, “Mitochrondria an the Future of Medicine” by Lee Know, ND, published in 2018 and available as an ebook (Kindle).

Updated: 1-26-20

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Surfing and Air Ions

My YouTube channel is: Luminouslokas

Energetic air (NAI) is found in high concentrations and in good ratios near the seashore.  Soft and gentle onshore winds, and near crashing waves (surfing!) provide some of the best lokas (locations) to experience high quality energetic air. My favorite seaside site is Natural Bridges State Beach, home to the wintering Monarch Butterfly.

Air contains approximately 27×10 to the 18th molecules per c/c.

Active NAI (negative air ions) equals (at the most)  one in 27 trillion molecules!

We breathe aprox. 10,000 liters of air per 24 hrs. Even so, How could this tiny electrical energy possibly create any effect within us?  It appears more potent than any drug, vitamin or nutrient. Possible explanations are beginning to appear and I will share these with you in future my future blogs.

Have a happy and joyful New Year!

Paul    aka   Prem Das

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Your Local Bookshop

You can order copies of my book, A Guide to Luminous Places from your local bookshop. At this time the B&W edition is available to bookshops, the color edition is only available via online: Amazon.com/books. The digital edition is free with Kindle Unlimited.

Seasons Greetings and best wishes for a happy New Year.

Paul C Adams (aka Prem Das)  December 2018

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Energetic Air Review

If you want to learn more about energetic air, officially known as “negative air ions”, two excellent introductory books, well worth reading, and available via Amazon –  Kindle:

The Happiness Effect, by Earl Mindell (2016) and The Truth About Air Electricity & Health (2013), by Rosalind Tan.

Paul C Adams 2018

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A Guide to Luminous Places

A Guide to Luminous Places,  is now available, hard copy, in color. There are 62 color pictures and 2 black and white.The link above with take you to the Amazon page listing this exciting new edition.

B&W hardcopy edition.

ebook Kindle edition.

Free: You can check out (download) A Guide to Luminous Places from the Amazon library: Kindle Unlimited.

A Guide to Luminous Places can help you find locations, in the city and wilderness, of high vitality and serenity: places to live and prosper, for vacation and regeneration. In addition, you will find that the insights and extraordinary sensitivity learned from this book will be of benefit to your relationships with people and improve perception of many subtle qualities of any environment.

In this book, Paul (Prem Das) shares with you, personal autobiographical narratives exploring amazing inner worlds of luminosity and external natural locations of beauty and high vitality. A Guide to Luminous Places is a brilliant path leading to renewable inspiration and fountains of well being.

Updated: 10/5/18

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Energetic Air and Health

Negative Ions – How Do Neg Ions Influence Our Health?   Listen to this YouTube- podcast!

Summary of: The Biological Impact of Small Air Ions:  Dr. Albert Krueger.

Neg Ions, negative air ions, negative small air ions of oxygen:  these are all names for the same thing, which I prefer to call energetic air. The energetic element in air is oxygen: it can receive energy from muons –  galactic and solar cosmic rays, alpha particles – radon; electrostatic fields (as with electrostatic type air ionizers); rain drops, waterfall spray, and ocean spray from crashing waves (the Lenard Effect).

In the 1980,s there were quite a few air ionizers on the market, including Radio Shack. Now, most are gone. Why? Many people are not aware of any effects from these devices and others do not notice significant changes in how they feel or think. Honeywell offers one or more models, and there are several others listed by Google and Amazon. I believe these devices are worth trying, not just one model, but at least several. In an enclosed space, such as  bedroom, small office, or car the levels of energetic air generated by this technology can be useful and effective.

The big problem is you cannot ionize, effectively, many indoor atmospheres when there is excess dust, dander, humidity, and the 1000’s of possible synthetic molecules that out gas and slowly disintegrate continuously from all materials.

Nature can only maintain negative air ions in certain environments, at certain times.

(c) Paul C Adams  2018   updated: 8/16/18

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