About pcadams

My name is Paul C Adams. I have been actively exploring Luminous-Places and Places of Power for the last 35 years. This has included living in the forest (backpacking) for three years, camping for ten years, and hiking more than 25,000 miles. Also, I have traveled around the world, studied yoga in India (aka Prem Das) and with shamans in Mexico, learning about Luminous Places: both inner and outer.

Huichol: My First Contact and Stories

I have written several articles about my years (1970’s) with don Jose and the Huichol Indians:  Shamanism in Mexico, an unpublished article located in the Archive – on my home page;  Don Jose: Apprenticeship With A Huichol Shaman, published in: Art of the Huichol Indians (Abrams, NY) your library might have this.  Prem Das: North America Huichol, published in Shamanic Voices (by Joan Halifax,PhD, Dutton, NY);  The Singing Earth: Looking at Shamanism, cover story and feature article published in Yoga Journal magazine Sept.- Oct 1983. You can down load past issues of Yoga Journal by joining Google Books (free).

My most recent publication is: A Guide to Luminous Places, available as an ebook and hard copy. The book is about developing environmental sensitivity, luminous places in the wilderness or power spots, perceptions of inner space, and extraordinary states of consciousness..

Paul C Adams (Prem Das)    2018      updated 4/15/18

The Huichol Indians 2018

The photographs of  don Jose and the Huichol that you see in my website galleries were taken between 1970 and 1980: 38 to 48 years ago. When I was there, I realized it would all change, via many influences of modernization. Don Jose’s family wanted me to take pictures, because they knew the old ways were going to disappear.

A road was cut into the mountains in 1973, and this made possible the construction of Aquamilpa Dam, which has been completed, and a lake is now visible from the historic location where don Jose’s mountain top village existed. Many local people have moved down the mountain and live close to the reservoir: roads have been cut into the Sierra and small air strips for STOL aircraft.

Schools have been set up in most Huichol villages, and these have been teaching Spanish and modern subjects for the last fifty years. In addition, the Summer Institute of Linguistics has helped with language research, and the Liga Biblica published the New Testament into the Huichol Uto-Aztecan language: missionary activities have occurred throughout the Sierra Madre region. Don Jose and I met (1976) Joseph Grimes,PhD,   in Atonalisco, Nayarit; I listened to him speak fluent Huichol with don Jose. Joseph Grimes is the only person from the USA who I heard speak fluent Huichol.

YouTube has many presentations listed under Huichol; and there are many excellent Huichol pictures to be seen via: Google Images. For  information about the Huichol, Wikipedia has a good page: be sure to take note of references concerning legal issues with peyote in Mexico. A short documentary about peyote is worth seeing, even if you do not speak Spanish: YouTube: Peyote La Mistica Planta (in Spanish) .

In recent years, several books have been published about the Huichol experience: The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol: Medicine Teachings for Modern Times, by Tom Pinkson, Ph.D; and People of the Peyote: Huichol Indian History, Religion and Survival, by Stacy Schaeffer, PhD and Peter Furst, PhD.

The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition, by Roger Walsh, MD, PhD. This book is the finest definition of a shaman, and about the subject of shamanism that I have read, I highly recommend it to anyone interested.

Websites to visit:  Huichol Foundation and the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival.

Tourism and visits to the Huichol Sierra:  You need to speak Spanish and have a good guide or contact with the Huichol. Plan on hiking and backpacking in hot weather and high humidity. Risk factors are: venomous scorpions (very common), coral snakes (rare), vicious fleas (the dry season, from dogs), and possibly digestive disturbances – due multiple causes.

Mexico: Tourist Information for Huichol visits: National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, located in Tepic, Nayarit; Guadalahara, Jalisco; and Mexico, DF.

(c) Paul C Adams 2018    updated: 4-9-18


Don Jose

Take a look at this side show: Don Jose. I took these pictures of Don Jose between 1970 and 1980. Captions are seen in the Filmstrip mode. Select: Slideshow to include Don Jose Chants and Huichol music (For a month, my various picture galleries have this audio option, with either don Jose chanting, or Huichol music). Also,you can select Slide Show with full size pictures. All of my slide shows are accessible via clicking on Photo Gallery, my home page, upper left, and then following the slide show instructions.

Don Jose’s birthday was March 19, a few weeks from now. How old was he? No one knows. His daughter, Juana, went to his birth place, Santa Catarina, to obtain a copy of his birth certificate, but could find no records for him, in the baptismal records or registered births, during the years from 1880 to 1900. Don Jose told me he was a young man during the Revolution: this is the only reference point that gives a relative idea about his age. He left Santa Catarina, a central and primary Huichol village, because of  violence in that area during the Mexican Revolution; this is why he and his family lived so far from the central Huichol region.

Don Jose passed away in 1990. He slowly got sick, lasting several years, probably with kidney failure, after leaving his mountain top home to live at low elevation next to the Santiago River, with very dusty polluted air and contaminated river water, the result of road and Dam construction. Today, the mountain top village where he and his family lived is abandoned, with only a few people living in that area.

He smoked all his life, about a half a pack a day, and said that sweating via working daily, very hard, was what kept him healthy. He took peyote once a year, as do many Huichol Indians (estimates vary between 10 and 25%). He drank corn beer after ceremonies, yet avoided drunkenness. Above all, he was a long distance walker, as were most Huichols, hiking through the mountains to their homes, cornfields, hunting or fishing and to visit friends; see my slide show:  Don Jose Family and Friends.

To Find Our Life (1969) by anthropologist Peter Furst, PhD.  This  presentation is about the Huichol Peyote Pilgrimage, with shaman Ramon Medina and Guadalupe, don Jose and his wife Josefa, his son (don) Catarino and other relatives of don Jose’s family. YouTube has a copy (camcorder copy) of this film titled, To Find Your Life; I highly recommend buying the DVD above.

Pomparios (Thank You)  YouTube documentary that includes a Huichol peyote pilgrimage of 2007: presented in the Huichol language, with Spanish translation.

(c) Paul C Adams 2018     Note: I use my legal name for (copyright) rather than Prem Das. I am known by both names

Updated: 3-17-18 and 4-4-18

Vitality: Power Up

Here are a few easy techniques to increase cellular energy and personal power:

Drink: high quality liquids. Most people are dehydrated.

Chew more: thoroughly and longer, until the food is liquid within your mouth. Most people that I have seen eat via gulping down food, and they hardly chew.

Walk farther and exercise more. Half of our circulatory system (lymphatic) only works with movement. Also, exercise actively transports nutrients and oxygen to cells.

Breathe deeper, more often. Most people breathe shallow and rarely fill the lungs.

Sleep better. Use a dark room (any light interferes with your inner production of melatonin), free the room of all electronics devices (or unplug them, or switch off at a multi-outlet with switch and circuit breaker).

Relax: conserve energy via being calm and peaceful, as much of the time as possible.

(c) Paul C Adams 2017

Regeneration and Renewal

The calm and peaceful qualities of the wilderness recharge my batteries: after spending time in the wilderness I feel renewed, even reborn. My personal energies are brought back to a natural state, refreshing like a good night’s sleep. Luminous places are more profound and induce/resonate a far greater degrees of peace, and frequently with a large boost of personal energy. This charge of energy becomes very apparent when I return to the city, comparing how I feel, noting the shift to another state of being, characteristic of the city, and my personal energy discharges off me and into the city environment, feeling very elated as this occurs, and then fatigued with in a day or too…back to city normal.

How does this process work?  I have found that genuine rest is only found in real peace, and both regeneration and renewal occur from this blessed state of being. It is possible to follow the physics and bioenergetics of this process, and I find it fascinating to do so. We exist on many levels, and one of this is as electrical beings: our most basic powers are seen within each cell, that must maintain an electrical charge, just like a battery. Where electricity occurs, such as within each cell, you also have magnetic fields: the magnetic fields can interact with other fields (for better or worse) and influence the vitality, or health of each cell. Take a look at the YouTube presentation by Dr Jerry L Tennant: Voltage is Healing; also, you can read his book, with the same name, available from Amazon as an ebook.  His BioModulator is a technology that I am not familiar with, yet I suspect that this kind of device represents a new field of therapy, and it will evolve very rapidly, offering exciting and extraordinary healing potential.

(c) Paul C Adams  2017

Rest and Relaxation

I have found wilderness luminous places that provide a consistent experience of profound serenity and relaxation: this is the primary quality of these extraordinary sites. Some of these locations are large in geographical size, thus they are regional luminous places. Yosemite National Park, in the Valley, near the store and shops is one of my favorites: powerful serenity and peace!  Austin, Texas:  In this city I felt peaceful and very relaxed. Santa Maria Del Oro, the lake: This is another amazing site, located in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. Also, in many areas of India the quality of serenity and peace is very noticeable.

In my experience, the depth and degree of deep relaxation and peace attained during sleep (or meditation) is directly related to the environmental energies, within which we exist. Wilderness locations are less perturbed by electrical and electronic technologies, such as the radiant 60 hertz power line fields, cell phone and computer wifi signals, etc.. This is one reason that rest and relaxation are easy to find in most wilderness locations.

Our health might be directly related to our ability to attain a truly deep and satisfying degree of peace each night while we sleep. Yet the invisible energy fields that surround us and penetrate each cell may not allow real peace to occur, and instead leave us with insomnia or anxiety, irritability and depression. Taking drugs or alcohol are options, but not healthy ones. Meditation and relaxation techniques can help calm from within, but only to a limited degree. The best options are retreats into the wilderness, descending under ground, and going out on (or into) the ocean. Special rooms utilizing Faraday type shielding can be constructed to minimize the disturbing technological fields, however this would be expensive and not totally effective, yet much better than nothing.

(c) Paul C Adams 2017

Comparison of Perceptible Qualities

Here is an exercise you can try. Get up at 3am and pay attention to how you feel. If you live in a city, at this early hour, electrical power use (and cell phone – radio waves) is very low. This is an excellent opportunity to compare how you feel, daytime versus during the very early morning hours. What difference can be perceived?  First of all, it is quiet, little or no sound; yet more important is that it is very peaceful, similar to how you might feel in the wilderness. The extent and degree of peacefulness is profound and contrasts dramatically to the stimulating, “wiry” buzz of daytime hours.

The city generates an artificial luminous place, and the bigger the city, the more powerful the radiant electric and electromagnetic (radio) fields are. Technology generates invisible fields that are perceptible, and they do affect us, coloring our moods and sense of being: they form a distinct layer of the “onion” – multiple feelings within.

(c) Paul C Adams 2017

How Do You Feel?

“How do you feel” is a question you might hear from your doctor. Obviously, it is very important, and how we feel can determine courses of action, decision making, and quality of life, for a moment or much longer. How much education have we received in this vital area of existence?  Hardly any at all, as compared to what our thinking mind has received. The cerebral cortex (mind) the limbic system (feelings): two brain centers or systems: that can operate together, independently; or against each other – with feelings at odds with thoughts, the brain turned against itself.

By paying careful attention to the continuous sensations of feelings, it becomes apparent that many feelings exist simultaneously, fluctuating in intensity, varying in  qualities or characteristics. Layer upon layer, like an onion, we can probe deeper and deeper finding subtle feelings: some of these correspond with external environmental energies and induce field effects within us. The search for luminous places follows this path, first identifying personal feelings and then looking deeper to the ever present environmental energies. Magnetic, electrostatic, piezoelectric, electromagnetic (including technology generated fields), and atmospheric electricity (specifically the ratios of air ions, in higher concentrations) are perceptible and quantifiable using a personal scale of numbers corresponding with intensities.

(c) Paul C Adams  2017

Sensitivity to Luminous Places

Our sensitivity to luminous places is a variable that can be enhanced or diminished by many different methods or techniques, including a vast variety of herbs, nutrients and drugs. In addition, our basic sense of feeling – sensitivity fluctuates with daily awake/asleep cycles, dietary choices, terrestrial, and space weather (including astrological aspects/transits. It is essential to recognize these variables, and personal  sensitivity, before trying to identify energies associated with luminous places.

My experiences at luminous places includes a large variety of distinct qualities and characteristics, which can be quite stable, such as geomagnetic fields, and others, such as air ions, that fluctuate intensity and qualities. Piezo-electric fields, as those near some earthquake faults are usually very stable, yet can vary dramatically upon certain occasions. Strato-volcanoes, such as Mount Shasta, Mt.Adams and Mt Rainier generate, in my experience, very powerful unique magnetic fields that are stronger in the springtime, during snow melt. Near the seashore, the air ion concentrations vary with onshore or offshore breezes, wave size and ions/ aerosols created upon crashing, wind speed and direction, weather and storms.

(c) Paul C Adams 2017

Drive, Walk and Hike to Luminous Places

Locating luminous places can be as easy as driving around and parking at different locations. Parking close to ocean beaches, on mountain tops; and camping: in national, state, or local parks. Almost all wilderness locations are rich with energetic air (atmospheric air ions of oxygen), instant serenity via biophotons from forests, smooth  natural geomagnetic fields, plus a superior connection to the schumann resonances.

Walking and hiking can take you to remote wilderness sites, far from the “noise” caused by human aura and electrical/electromagnetic fields (power line and radio waves). Treks into forests, upon mountains, into deserts, and along beaches can take you to powerful luminous places: treasures, fountains of well being and inspiration.

Walking is a skill, especially long distance walking. What shoes to wear, what to eat, how often to rest, what gear to take, and how to develop endurance to go farther and farther. An excellent guide book that can help you answer these questions is: Walking for Health and Happiness, by Dr.William Bird and Veronica Reynolds, published by Readers Digest.

(c) 2017 Paul C Adams   aka  Prem Das