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.


I love to go on long walks, especially in the state and national parks. I find that walking brings rhythm and balance to my inner self. I think there is a natural inclination to seek sources of harmony which give a “beat” to be with, and this includes walking, drumming, music, singing, attention to the cycles of breathing or the “nada” tones; also meditation and being near luminous places.  Maybe our trillions of cells find a helping hand to support their vital communication via “songs” that ride upon the rhythms around us!

Walking is an excellent way to create deep harmony within, and the more you do it the better it gets. Starting out slowly, and very gradually increasing the distance, over the years, to long walks yields amazing results. Muir, Thoreau and Wordsworth credited long distance walking with their insights and success.

Frequent rest stops is essential to perceive and find luminous places in the wilderness. Taking time to stop, slow down, become calm while resting provides more opportunities to explore inner changes of feeling and being. Gentle contemplation and meditation at each rest stop could reveal extraordinary perceptions of a luminous place.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013


I have found that the extra-ordinary sensitivity developed via diet can be antenuated by increasing the consumption of saturated fats, such as dairy products.Why would I want to do this?  To reduce my sensitivity while in the city environment, and it is very effective in accomplishing this. Peanut butter, avocados and olive oil (mono-saturated fats) work almost to the same degree.

City environments can generate very high levels of invisible flux. Increasing the consumption of saturated fats delivers a buffer of protection around each cell of the body, and insulates against high levels of flux (radiant EMF energies) and thus helps to protect the cells against overload and confusion.                                                                                                     

 Is obesity related to this? I think so. An unconcious desire to reduce the stress caused by very high levels of human made EMF flux  (confusing – to the cells inner songs) leads to consuming more food rich in fat. In the city this flux stimulation is constant, day and night.  The body seeks an effective stimulus barrier to prevent distortion and loss of the inner songs, and increasing cellular insulation via consuming lots of fat meets this demand.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

A Tune Up

The beneficial effects that I perceive at wilderness luminous places is like an inner “tune up”:  My harmony and inner songs re-aligned to a higher and finer quality. It is a slow process, subtle in nature, yet very powerful. Upon returning to the city I feel the contrast and clearly recognize the difference in “songs” ( luminous places – city environment).  This contrast is an excellent teacher.

Drumming, walking and meditation also give me a tune up, they clear out imbalances and generate healing currents:  powers that bathe my inner self. These activities offer an alternative to wilderness luminous-places, they can re-align, focus, balance and heal the inner songs. In some ways they are the equivalent experience of  luminous-places, as are found in remote wilderness locations.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013


I have heard that the world around us, and our bodies are 99.999% space. Our planet, if compressed – to squeeze out all space, would become a black hole, the size of a walnut!    I wonder what is going on “inside” us, in all that space. Does this space pass through us as our planet orbits the sun, and as we revolve at 1000 mph ?                                          

Meditators, especially those who spend years in this practice speak of the experience as “emptiness”;   powerful psychedelic experiences are sometimes refered to as “spaced out”.

The immense inner space that makes up almost all of our physical nature exists between the atom’s nucleus and the electrons. Here is where flux and fields, as a multitude of songs fill the space: communications that bind our visible and apparent selves together. It is here, within our inner space that rapport and resonance with luminous places occurs, and if we listen, we can enjoy the songs.

Pathways Through to Space“, by Franklin M. Wolfe, who lived in the  Sierra Nevada wilderness, wrote this book after his illumination deep in a gold mine. I met him several times and was very impressed with his wisdom and lifestyle.  I highly recommend this book.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Tune In, Tune Out

Our ability to selectively focus attention on one thing at a time, to “pay attention”  is a human gift that comes at the price of ignoring, or tuning out everything that is not of interest. Over the decades of our lives this becomes habit, and we are, from the moment we awake in the morning automatically focusing on seemingly relevant channels of perception in order to survive and prosper.  Like reading a book and not noticing noises in the background, or watching a movie and ignoring anything else, our experience follows the direction of our attention.

To perceive the songs of solar flux and of luminous places, this requires attention, to be focused upon them, and this is further improved, via increased sensitivity, that can be acquired with simple meditative practices and the right diet.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

The Sun

Today is spring equinox and it has been celebrated at amazing places (see home page links) worldwide, for thousands of years. Solar luminosity and life on our planet, in some ways, is the same song, orchestra and music.

Our present sun spot cycle is unusual, it is half as active as the previous ones!  Solar flux (measured at 2800mhz) here on earth is half what it was at was during the last cycles.                                                         

During the daylight hours, when the sun shines upon us the solar flux and its corresponding intensity is like “how loud the music is played”. What I find is that as I follow flux value changes, I can feel the corresponding qualities and effects upon me, especially when there is a sudden increase in solar activity. I have been following this for about 40 years, watching the reports on WWV and via internet, and noting how I feel –  in relationship to changes in solar flux intensities.  Locating luminous places in the wilderness utilizes a similar (latent) channel of perception, one that can be trained by observing solar flux values.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Night Site

Some years ago I was living outdoors, year round, and sleeping each night at the same place. This was a very peaceful site, under a tree on a hill-side, and I felt calm, tranquil and relaxed as soon as I arrived there. The quality of peacefulness became more obvious over the course of a year, and I realised this was a kind of luminous peaceful place.The size of it was small, about 3 meters in diameter: beyond this the pronounced peacefulness was absent. I had not discovered a site like this anywhere else.                                                                                                              

Not long ago I returned to this site, surprised to find that the peacefulness had vanished!  It felt just like the surrounding wilderness, in no way different. How could this be?  All of the sites I have found are very stable and consistent in qualities. Then it came ro me: I was the source of “tuning” the site, my personal energies that calmed down each nite and created a “mirror effect” in the immediate environment, an effect that was retained by the environment, and conveyed back to me each time I arrived there. How amazing!   Some years previous to this, I had noticed this same effect when I went into the bedroom, which was used only for sleeping, and it always had a very serene effect, leading to relaxation and sleep.  Meditation is similar, and “tunes” the environment to a state of tranquility that re-induces the same qualities to people who enter. Masters of meditation frequently recommend that the same room, or site be used for each session, and preferably for that use only.

Luminous places in the wilderness are probably “tuned” by various natural environmental energies. Each site might have its own unique potential to receive, maintain, and radiate various natural energy currents, or songs of the earth.

(c) Paul C Adams   2013

Energy and Elevation

One interesting variable found at all higher elevations is the “electrostatic field potential” or atmospheric electricity. For each meter of altitude increase there is corresponding increase in voltage, about 100 volts. A person that stands upright, at sea level has about 200 volts applied to their body. We ignore this effect, just like we ignore barometric pressure and gravity,etc. However, when we suddenly change altitude it becomes more apparent, such as when we drive (or hike) from sea level up into the mountains. With each increase in elevation there is a significant increase in the amount of atmospheric electricity being applied to our body, and this is can be part of the “song” found at luminous places. I believe we tune into this natural power of the atmosphere and use it various ways.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Luminous Place

Big Basin Ocean View Summit  3-16-13 001Big Basin State Park is home to very tall, and ancient redwood trees. A distinct serenity is perceptible thought-out the interior basin area, especially in close proximity to the redwood groves. Yet the quality is different from that of Butano redwoods, or UCSC Upper meadow: it is more peaceful, deeper in serenity, and in some groves a slight dizziness of sorts is noticeable. I recall experiencing these effects when I first visited this park in my youth, and still do so today.

There  is a site: N37  11.806    W122  13.950    1475ft el.   called “Ocean View Summit” that can be reached after hiking for about one hour. The trail (Dool) begins near the main Big Basin Park Headquarters (hiking maps are available) and parking lot. It leads up hill to Middle Ridge fire road, where you turn left and head up to a section that straight and level, approximately 50 meters long: this section is the Luminous Place. The summit, called ” Ocean View”  is farther up the trail another 5 minutes walk. 

What I find here is an energetic, crisp, and very clear quality. A clear mind and optimistic buoyancy: “satvic“, lucid, stable, focused, and penetrating. I first notice these inner qualities upon reaching Middle Ridge road, and they increase in intensity along the straight section, and are present at the Ocean View summit. As you hike away from this area the qualities fade. What natural forces generate this sweet and powerful song are unknown to me, and I can only wonder, and marvel.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Meditation and attention

I find that it is very useful to practice paying attention, concentrating the mind, and then it is easy to direct sustained focus of awareness on how I feel.  It is within the dimensions of feeling that an orchestra of natural “music and song” is perceived at many luminous-places, and this dances upon a calm “pool”  of consciousness.      

Various methods of calming the inner waves and turbulence, such as meditation and concentration of mind are useful  skills which can be gradually developed and employed to finding natural places of power and luminosity. I like to try different kinds of meditation, from following my breathing to listening to music, waves, crickets, bird songs, streams, rain or the wind.

Sustained periods of highly focused mental concentration (meditation)might be too much, and lead to powerful inner currents of energy and bliss(samadhi). These deep states of consciousness are so absorbing they lose contact with the environmental “music and song”.  Simple, gentle, and light meditation that concentrates the mind on immediate perceptions: this  is what I find most useful for discovering luminous places.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013