Advanced Yoga and Long Distance Hiking/Running

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

Is 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

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

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

Luminous Powers of the City

Luminosity refers to the visible degrees of brightness, measured in lumens, however I use this term to describe the experientially perceived flux value (density) of all invisible fields, especially EMF (electromagnetic fields). I do this for the average reader who may not be familiar with flux, yet will get the basic idea when light and luminosity are employed as a metaphor.

Experiential perception of the city, as an inner awareness with specific qualities directly related to the invisible EMF can be acquired with practice. Most people do not consciously recognize exactly how the multitude of invisible frequencies affect them, having become accustomed to the effects, and lack of references for comparison.

I do not believe that the effects are only negative. My perception is cities induce stimulation, like a spur, and it is continuous; the larger the city, the more powerful the spur. This can be quite useful for accomplishing tasks, and compliments ambition. Too much exposure leads to anxiety and irritability, and just won’t let you be – calm or peaceful. Meditation, sedatives, tranquilizers, some vitamins and nutrients, and also many medicinal herbs can counter the spur and provide balance, as will a vacation in the wilderness.

Shock (stress) proteins (within us) are created in response to the EMF, flux, or invisible luminosity of city environments. These proteins build up our abilities to handle stress, and push the “envelope” of our latent potential, with various health benefits. Nutrient status will determine how rapidly and effectively the body can respond.

I believe we will evolve an ability to absorb and utilize the EMF radiation of city environments, that his process will occur with sustained exposure over the years.

Have you heard of “radio-tropic fungus“? These amazing life forms live inside nuclear reactors and thrive on radiation, including gama rays. It appears that some life forms can adapt and take advantage of exotic energies found in the environment; with time people might acquire similar abilities to absorb and utilize some power of EMF fields, such as is found in cities.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015


Pitfalls and Cull de Sacs

I believe for most people the sense of self, of the inner “I” corresponds with a natural desire to transcend and explore beyond.  Sleeping and dreaming relieve the pressure or weight of the little “I” within. Yet for many people this is not enough, and questions remain, such as “who am I”, and where do I go after death. Religions provide answers for some people, however many others choose to explore inner dimensions via techniques like meditation and yoga, or to use psychoactive drugs and herbs.

Aldous Huxley wrote, “The Doors of Perception” and “Heaven and Hell” (1954) after his experiences with mescaline, a psychedelic substance naturally found in peyote cactus. He was introduced to this substance by the man who coined the word “psychedelic”, a Canadian psychiatrist, Humphrey Osmond. DR Osmond, experienced this in the Native American Church, after consuming their sacrament peyote

Aldous Huxley, Heinrick Kluver (Mescal and the mechanisms of Hallucination, 1928) and Gordon Wasson with his article in Life magazine (1957) created a wave of public interest in psychedelics that has lasted for more than sixty-five years and has profoundly touched the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Exploration by millions of people, in the second half of the twentieth century, of inner space via psychedelics filled another need: escape and the relief of pain, and for many people this became dominant, leading to continuous use of various drugs and frequently addiction. This is the potential pitfall of drug use, to repeat excessively, get caught in a cull de sac, and fall to addictions of one or more drugs.

What were (and still are?) the causes of pain and suffering that can sabotage inner space exploration and instead lead to drug addiction?  I think it is very important to recognize these issues.

 Nuclear war.  I remember the air raid sirens (Cuban Missile Crisis), ducking under my desk in elementary school, and year after year practicing this in the event of nuclear explosions in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am sure this kind of experience left scars on many young people who thought the world was about to end suddenly.

Television:   A whole generation spent hours every day looking into the “boob tube”. This was a cathode ray tube containing an electron gun pointed at the screen, and shot an electron beam at the screen to generate light and thus a picture. Some of the black and white TV’s and particularly the early color sets also generated low level x-rays, and on the back of the TV sets warned of this hazard. The impact of cathode rays and x-rays on health should be considered potentially serious, and some studies were done in the sixties and seventies revealing the biological implications.

Exposure to DDT:  This and many other chemicals like BPA are toxic and carcinogenic, and can accumulate in the body over the years of exposure. During the 1950’s, for many women, infant formula replaced breast milk, and one reason was human breast milk had too many chemical toxins, such as DDT (Silent Spring), and thus was un safe for infant consumption.

Radioactive Fallout, worldwide, during the 1940’s and 1950’s resulted from the atmospheric detonation of approximately five hundred nuclear bombs. Strontium 90 and cesium 137 are absorbed by life forms and can substitute for calcium and potassium. These two radioactive elements are now found everywhere on the surface of the earth, and within many life forms: it will stay like this for a very long time  (“Given that 10 half-lives are needed for Sr-90 to completely decay, nearly 300 years will be required for the isotope to dissipate completely”)  (300 years, strontium 90; and from nuclear accidents and power plant leakage).

EMF   Electromagnetic Field levels of intensity are now billions of times higher than prior to 1900. We are immersed in a sea of numerous invisible frequencies generated by cell phones, Wi-Fi, power lines in the walls of homes, also and above or below our streets.  What does this add up to?   Stress.  The body reacts to these fields with stress symptoms that are continuous and do not go away. People become accustomed to this stress and the stress hormones it produces. There is an abundance of research on this issue, and many people can perceive the “wiry buzz” of city environments. This constitutes a man-made luminous place, a power spot in every house and city with electricity, but is unlike anything Mother Nature creates, and is instead stressful and suspected of being carcinogenic.     “When we’re stressed, our bodies unleash a cascade of over 500 biochemical events that left unchecked can drain our energy, and make us unable to think clearly”. Source Naturals  pg41 Better Nutrition  April 2015

Fetal Addictions:  Many boomers had mothers who smoked one or two packs of cigarettes per day, and probably consumed one to five alcoholic beverages per night: this was considered normal and socially acceptable, as the movies of that era portray. The babies born to these mothers were completely addicted to both alcohol and tobacco, and might have received genetic damage as well, manifesting at birth or later in life. Also, sugar was consumed in vast quantities as candies, pie, cake, ice cream, and into breakfast cereals from the sugar bowl on the dining table. How profoundly this has affected the boomer generation can be seen, we presume, in the degree of addictions to drugs and alcohol. The patterns of intoxication during fetal life were learned and repeated as a way to feel at home, as was life in the womb, with the ups and downs, intoxication and exhilaration. When we add the other stresses seen above, such as EMF, DDT, BHA, radio-active substances, fear of nuclear war and staring into the boob tube for hours every day, then we get an idea of why, perhaps, so many boomers were inclined to substance abuse and alcohol addiction.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015                updated: 6-8-15     6-10-15


Civilization and the Rise of Sensory Barriers

The use of natural herbal stimulants and psychedelics within the context of a nomadic wilderness life style undoubtedly provided survival advantages. Sensory enhancement, improved memory, vivid images and superior mental associations gave early humans an immense advantage. Psychedelics also revealed PSI: remote viewing and precognitive dreaming, empathic rapport and psychometric abilities (reading vibes of the environment). Brain neural networks were stimulated by these activities and grew, with improved efficiency, and over the millenia probably lead to larger brains, with latent potentials waiting to be fully activated via the same categories of herbs.

The powerful amplification of the mind and senses via herbal stimulants and psychedelics was an advantage for millions (?) of years, until the rise of large villages, towns, cities and metropolises. We see a change of drug preferences to alcohol and opiates: These are sensory barriers, inhibitors, that squelch ( via gaba, benzodiazepine, serotonin and endorphin neural networks) and reduce sensory input, and protect from overload.

Survival in civilization went in the opposite direction, from amplification to antenuation: this was with very good reasons. Cities are noisy, the senses are overloaded with activities in all directions, intense field effects from EMF (radio waves) bombard the brain and nervous system, telepathy and empathy near hundreds of strangers is insane, secrets float precariously within the collective unconscious mind and threaten anyone who finds out too much (military, medical, drug dealing, etc.) Thus survival in modern civilization, including longevity correlates with an effective ability to use sensory barriers such as alcohol, sedative and tranquilizing herbs; or an intelligent and informed use of vitamins, and/or silent meditative practices.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015

Dios, Dio and IO

In my article “Skylight of the Mind” I trace the phoneme IO to mystical and divine origins. IO is like the Alpha and Omega referred to in the Bible. Two additional references, perhaps coincidental, and interesting are:

Isis – Osiris        and        Iliad – Odyssey

We can see our world as a work of art, and even discern strokes of the brush, yet the Painter remains unseen, like the air we breathe.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015

Luminous Places and Human Evolution

Personal experience, speculation and conjecture leads me to believe luminous places, both inner and outer have played significant roles evolving human brain size and efficiency.

The cradle of early hominins lies upon the greatest (surface) rift zone “the Great Rift Valley” on our planet. It extends from South Africa to Syria (including the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan river); it is centered at the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia. Tectonic forces along this massive rift zone creates forces and pressures generating vast amounts of piezoelectric energy (DNA is a piezo-electric substance), and during earthquakes it can manifest as earthquake lights (EQL).

The sustained or periodic stimulation caused by this invisible electric field, related to piezo-electricity, over millions of years, combined with the consumption of psychoactive herbs might have been important factors which promoted the gradual increase in the brain size of early humans.

The non verbal imaging mind received stimulation from luminous places such as the rift zones, earthquake faults and volcanoes. The ability to make associations between images improved the odds of survival, and this was further developed via stimulate and vision inducing herbs consumed in the course of seeking food from the environment.

A distinguishing characteristic of humans is their fondness for psychoactive herbs and substances. Coffee cherries, khat, and kola nuts are examples. However, the most amazing herbs are those that stimulate visionary activity, such as hops, hemp, opium, datura, catnip, psilocybin and amanita mushrooms, syrian rue, and tabernathe iboga.

There are many varieties of vision inducing plants, and early humans would have found these fascinating and very useful: dramatic increases in the mental power of association, plus vivid images to compare and evaluate. This was long before words and languages: the early human mind “thought” by recalling and comparing images, and the stimulation of luminous places plus psychoactive plants yielded superior mental abilities and thus promoted survival.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015             updated: 5-24-15

Fluctuations of the Mindscape

It appears to me that thoughts of the mind are stimulated by subtle and invisible environmental powers. Thoughts come and go as if riding upon waves. When there are no waves the mind is quiet and calm. I experience this frequently in the wilderness, far from towns or dwellings: the experience is of “emptiness” and peace.

Nicolas Tesla went to Grand Central Station in New York City in order to utilize the mental stimulation of that active and dynamic environment. In addition he would “bathe” in his million volt electrostatic fields for the same reason (See “Man Out of Time” by Margaret Cheney, an excellent biography about Tesla). The inner mindscape is very sensitive to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields. Tesla believed that these fields will become the greatest doctors, and the medicine of the future.

It seems the mind exists far out on the boundary of the physical self, upon the electrons and biophotons, which respond to the waves, that cause fluctuations of the mindscape, upon which thoughts emerge and ride. My experience in cities, especially large ones is  intense mental stimulation, and this contrasts dramatically with the serenity and inner emptiness of the wilderness. There are luminous places in the wilderness can slow the mind and also empower it, and result in a fine inner state of well being, yet these particular sites stimulate few thoughts or new ideas.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015