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

Mind Speed

Thoughts per minute is an interesting value to consider. It varies dramatically at different times and situations. While in deep sleep it is close to zero, and while wide awake it could be as high as 60 to 100 per minute. In the city environment the number of thoughts per minute is typically higher than in the wilderness. I have found that some luminous sites calm and slow the mind, and at the same time increase its power of focus and attention.

Patanjali was an Indian/Hindu teacher who taught that if the thoughts per minute are reduced to zero, while wide awake, and sustained in this condition for even a few minutes, then the mind will move into a higher state of coherent concentration called samadhi. It seems like this should be easy to do: to stop thinking and just be, free of any thoughts for a few minutes. Yet when we try to do do, the mind tends to even more thoughts.

What would it be like to get up in the morning and spend the whole day simply being and perceiving without any thoughts? To know the world as pure perceptions in the present moment free of thoughts! Why is something so very close to us, our mind, so difficult to control? Try sitting quietly and see if you can be, without thinking even one thought, for one minute.

I believe the imaging mind has been partially replaced, or substituted by the symbol (language) generating mind. A return to image (“thinking”) is possible by closing the eyes then quieting the chatter noise and inner turbulance caused by the thought-mind process. This occurs naturally, free of effort, when we dream at night.

Well being and being tranquil free of thoughts, in a natural state of essential being are related, and a good nights sleep restores via this process. I have found that enviroments play hidden “songs” composed of various powers, and the mind is carried along: enviroments reach into us and play the mind like a musical instrument.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015


Day Hike to Buzzards Roost

Buzzards Roost 2 (1)Big Basin State Park has excellent hiking trails and also overnight campsites (call for reservations). One hike I took recently was up to Buzzards Roost, a hill and peak that over looks this large park. This site would appear to be a power spot, or luminous place, yet I find it to be quite normal in qualities, and nothing unusual or distinguishing, as perceived from within. However, it is a very beautiful and enchanting location perched on rock outcrops surrounded by forest.

Parking is available near the park headquarters. Hiking distance to the top of Buzzards Roost is about five miles, and includes a good workout of uphill hiking. You will pass huge redwood trees that are a thousand years old, and a flowing creek with small waterfalls.
The same trail that leads to Buzzards Roost has a trail connector to Little Basin Park, with very large open mystical forests and meadows, many picnic tables and quality overnight camping. From here you can hike up to Eagle Rock, a steep hike, (you will sweat) and culminates near an abandoned fire lookout. The peak is easy to ascend, yet is dangerous, with a shear drop off the back side; the view is spectacular.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015        Click on photos for enlargement.

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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