Images, Words and Sounds

Our dreaming mind uses images that can be in full color and quite finely detailed. Our waking mind uses words as symbols, abstracted from the images they represent: most adults do not think in vivid images, as the dreaming mind is capable of doing.

Languages have made possible artificial, abstract realities to which we are educated into, and the mental world within can, we hope, correspond with the apparent actual reality perceived. Words as sound or speech go further, and provide audio symbols that represent words: another variety of abstraction. The inner world of words, as we think them or read them is an amazing artificial reality that can be manipulated (thinking), without images, and influence how we feel and experience the world around us.

There is the possibility of a word bringing to the waking mind an actual image in full color and fine detail.  We can practice creating colorful and vivid images by thinking of an object and imagining it with colors, textures and dimensions: the image will slowly become vivid with sustained practice. The ability is within us, as our dreams reveal. This ability can be used to visualize designs, art, and inventions.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015

Update: My Photo Galleries

I have added five new galleries to my website:  My Biographical Pictures, Yoga In India, Don Jose Family and Friends, Natural Points of View, and Flowers Delight. These galleries can be found via my home page, by clicking on the upper left tab “slide show“. Follow the slide show instructions to select a gallery, full screen slide show and speed of presentation.

Morning Glory

The morning glory is a very beautiful flower that grows on a vine and is common both as a garden plant, and wild as escaped varieties; it is found  throughout north and Central America. Like the sunflower it opens with the sun and the flowers point toward the light.

Seeds of certain varieties of this plant contain a natural psychedelic called lysergic acid hydroxyethy amide; the seeds of this plant were used by the Aztecs to experience visions, and traditionally the goal of this was to find lost objects, discover the reasons for illness, optimal times to plant seeds and good locations to hunt.

When I was 17 years of age (1969) I consumed a quantity of these seeds, vomited (they were sprayed with an emetic by a seed company) and experienced a brief psychedelic state of consciousness. I felt calm, and perceived an ebbing and flowing of visual patterns, a sort of slow waves flowing upon that which I looked at. There were no visions, and instead I fell into a mildly ecstatic trance, content, and with no desire to talk or eat. This occurred after school, and when my parents saw me they became alarmed at my dilated eyes, trance like state, and evidence of vomiting in the bathroom.  They called the family doctor, who checked me over: pulse, blood pressure, temperature (normal values) and then gave me an intramuscular injection of Compazine, an anti-nausea and anti-psychotic drug. My first psychedelic session ended abruptly, and later, for unknown reasons I suffered anxiety for several weeks. (Caution: morning glory seeds can be toxic for multiple reasons and may not be visionary or healthy to consume).

The modern world first learned of morning glory seeds, peyote and psilocybin mushrooms from Christian missionary related activities and their written references (16th century: Bernardino de Sahagun; 20th century: Eunice Pike, linguist and Gordon Wasson, amateur mycologist and retired bank VP who wrote a cover story for Life magazine (June, 1957) about his psychedelic experience in Oaxaca, Mexico).  This was the beginning of psychedelic history from the New World, and leads such as these were pursued by pharmaceutical corporations in the 20th century. I believe that LSD was secretly synthesized (1938) after lysergic acid hydroxyethyl amide was found in morning glory seeds, and later it was synthesized using lysergic acid from ergot, or other sources. This is, in my opinion, more probable that the chance encounter with LSD from molecular modifications of lysergic acid.

Eidetic images are related to psychedelic visions, and the later can be a source of inspiration towards both lucid dreaming and eidetic imaging.  To see the actual inner revelation of pristine visions, in fine detail and full color while wide awake, as occurs with certain psychedelic plants and substances provides a powerful motive to explore further, and find natural keys to this latent potential of the human mind.

Legal and safe herbs that enhance dreams and visions:  hops, passion flower, skullcap, ashwanganda, and catnip.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015         updated:  3/30/15

Miraculous Image

Nicolas Tesla and Edgar Cayce had an ability to see vivid and precise images. Eidetic imaging such as this is very rare in adults, yet it is found more frequently among young children. The power and potential for the creative development of ideas is obvious, and both Tesla and Cayce were capable of using this mental skill of miraculous imaging for the full duration of their lives.

Many people have had glimpses of this fantastic power of mind to create precise and detailed images, via dreams, hypnagogic states, fever, vision inducing herbs and some drugs.

In the 1930’s at Stanford University Henrich Kluver brought to the worlds attention eidetic imaging, and about a closely related subject of what was to become known as psychedelic. He wrote a book called, “Mescal and the Mechanisms of Hallucination” published in 1928. I have heard that small book was randomly chosen by Richard E. Schultes at Harvard University as a reference and subject of for his PhD research and thesis. What followed was an intense and prolonged era of research into plants and mushrooms capable of inducing visionary and ecstatic states of consciousness.

Eidetic imaging is under full conscious control and this distinguishes it from the random visions evoked by some psychedelics, dreams or hypnogogic insights. Usually randomness and a degree of chaos rules dreaming and psychedelic visions. Unpredictable views open before the dreamer, and unexpected revelations occur. The miracle of eidetic imaging is that it uses the same visionary processes of the mind as dreaming or certain psychedelics to consciously view specific ideas, in full color and exquisite detail, from any perspective.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015

Passion Flowers and Butterflies

My first experience with a vision inducing plant was after eating one whole, fresh passion flower, I was 10 years old. My mother had cultivated vines of passion flowers on fence in our front yard. I loved butterflies and noticed that they formed chrysalises on the passion flower vine, where the caterpillars transformed into butterflies.

Passion flowers are very tasty and crunchy: they have been used for both food and medicine. The one I ate was sweet and delicious. That night my sleep was peaceful and filled with bright colorful dreams, including excellent memory recall the next day. The dreams were vivid and enjoyable, and it seemed like an inner Disneyland. There was a medicine called “contac X” containing scopolamine, and I recall taking this for colds and the flu, again seeing the same kind of bright and vivid dreams as with passionflower.

Passion flowesr contains harmine, harmaline and harmols: these substances are found in other vision inducing plants such as ayahuasca (yage) and syrian rue. I have read articles that inform us the human brain creates endogenous harmine(s) and uses them to fine tune moods and also for the generation of images for the imagination.

Paul C Adams © 2015

Native American

My years with don Jose and his family were an experience that was joyful and usually very serene. People were very friendly, kind and gentle. The children radiated happiness and vitality. Everyone conveyed a quality of wholesomeness, peace and essential being of depth and power. Where people gathered and socialized laughter was very common and almost continuous: it was amazing to hear people laugh so much. However, this was in the 1970’s, and today don Jose’s village is gone: many have moved away, or passed on. Roads, potable water and electricity are now seen everywhere, with cars, trucks, radios and even TV sets in many villages or ranchos.

The following movies are about Native Americans and some of their qualities of being, so closely related to the luminous wilderness of North America.

Little Big Man     Dances with Wolves     Pocahontas       Last of the Mohicans

Grey Owl        A Man Called Horse      Return of A Man Called Horse

See website:  ” The Best American Indian Movies”

(c) Paul Adams 2015

Wilderness Dangers: Mexico

In an earlier blog I listed some of the wilderness dangers that might be encountered while hiking in open spaces, state and national parks of the western USA.

During the years I lived in western Mexico I encountered multiple dangers of different sorts, and anyone traveling into that region should be aware of these potential threats.

The first is scorpions, small and sometimes lethal to children, people with illnesses and the elderly. Venomous snakes include: coral, water moccasin (cotton mouth) “sarquate” and rattlesnake.

Malaria (rare) tuberculosis (common), hepatitis, dysentery, and whooping cough; one person I knew caught leprosy (an American); hyperthermia and dehydration due to humid – hot weather combined with excessive exertion. Flea bites can cause intense itching and immune system reactions (allergenic).

In the 1970’s the remote wilderness regions were known to be dangerous as a result of some people who carry fire arms, and probably still do so today. I will include, as PDF file,Wilderness Dangers In Mexico :  an event that occurred in the remote wilderness of Mexico. This kind of event can occur anywhere, anytime, and we find it in the news all too frequently.

Paul Adams 2015

Hypnagogic Reveries

my mountain top hut near villageLong winter nights in the Huichol Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico provided me an opportunity to explore dreaming. I slept alone, in my thatched hut, on a mountain top (1971 to 1977). To bed at 6 pm and up at 7 am: this is 13 hours, and this is too much sleep. I would fall asleep and wake up many times: each time sleep is less deep, and dreaming is more pronounced or even lucid, with better recall of dream episodes and details.

This kind of experience is called hypnagogic and almost everyone has enjoyed it while falling asleep, napping or waking up early in the morning and falling asleep again, dreaming vividly, and recalling more details upon awakening. It is a gateway to the dream screen and developing a dream state point of view.

“A 2001 study by Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett found that, while problems can also be solved in full-blown dreams from later stages of sleep, hypnagogia was especially likely to solve problems which benefit from hallucinatory images being critically examined while still before the eyes.[40]”   Wikipedia   hypnagogia

(c) Paul C Adams 2015

 

Fire Fever and Visions

When I was a child I recall having vivid dreams while wide awake. This occurred during occasional cases of influenza with a fever above 101 F. The visions where of dream vistas and characters, randomly appearing, in full color and fine detail, with eyes closed. I suspect this is normal, and most people with a high fever experience unusual dreams, even while awake.
Our bodies maintain a temperature almost half the boiling point of water, and most of our consumed calories are spent generating inner fire, or heat. When our (inner) body temperature increases a small percentage above 98.6 F, then critical chemistry of the brain alters, and unusually vivid dreams and visions (hallucinations) appear, even while wide awake.
Here is another example of the possibility to see via the dream screen, while awake, eyes closed. I believe almost everyone can remember extraordinary dreams and visions that appeared during illnesses with fevers. This another example that shows the possibility of dreaming while awake.
(c) Paul C Adams 2015

Visionary

To be fully awake, with eyes closed, and see, with the inner eye fantastic three dimensional views of exotic landscapes, ancient civilizations, and people in their daily lives is an ability to dream while awake. Everyone has seen this latent human potential while dreaming asleep, and many people have experienced this via certain psychedelic plants and substances. Edgar Cayce was proficient with this skill, a natural ability; shamans have accessed this, like the gypsies crystal ball, to dream while partially awake, and find lost objects or good hunting locations.

The key to this ability is maintaining a minimal degree of waking consciousness while dreaming: to be lucid, and then remember. Desiring to do this, continuously, directs the mind, both conscious and subconscious to accomplish it, and to find the pathways toward visionary experience.

I find that sleeping alone, in wilderness locations, especially near luminous places and where the air is energetic (near the ocean, in forests, on mountains) lucid dreaming occurs frequently and naturally.

Movie to see:   Fantasia      Minority Report        Lucy

(c) Paul C Adams  2015