Redwood Groves

Butano State Park

        Butano State Park

I have always felt something special when close to redwood groves: a quiet and stillness, serenity and peace. These qualities vary in intensity, from mild to quite powerful. Some redwood groves have no apparent effect, and a select few are amazing, and entrancing.

Butano State Park (near Pescadero, CA) has campgrounds, one for vehicles and the other, just below, for outdoor camping. These are situated on a hillside that is home to a grove of redwood trees, and the whole area is permeated with a serenity of very high quality, even spiritual in nature. The mind becomes focused and clear, precise and acute; there is a gentleness and sweetness here.  Another small (on a hillside) grove is found by hiking up and through the outdoor campground on a trail that leads to “goathill trail”; it is about 75 meters from the campgrounds. The photo is this site, and GPS coördinates are:  N37-12-600    W122-19-620    accur. within 50ft; elevation 460ft.  The size of the site is several thousand square meters and thus the GPS accuracy is not too important, and meant to be a general reference to the location. The qualities here are the same as noted above.  It is found at the intersection of several trails, close to several charred redwoods that might be 500 years of age, and trees up to 200 ft tall.

Butano State Park is beautiful and enchanting, especially in the late spring and early summer. It has many hiking trails, from 1km to 30 or more (into Big Basin), including a remote backpack campground. The main campgrounds are closed in the winter, and might need reservations in the summer. There are some picnic tables and a small rangers station with info. A walk along the central paved road is delightful, thru a steep canyon with creek views of lush vegetation, moss-covered tress, and very tall redwoods.

There are many religious retreats in the Santa Cruz mountains, especially in the redwood forests and groves of Scotts Valley, Felton, and Ben Lomond – close to the San Lorenzo river. I suspect that many people have felt this magical quality of the redwoods, to enhance serenity and spiritual focus of mind.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Diet and extraordinary sensitivity

I believe the body can tunned up, like a fine musical instrument, and thus have a far greater ability to perceive subtle environmental energies. Food and diet are keys, and  many more possibilities exist to explore, such as:  fasting, limited diets, raw foods, sweet free, vegetarian and fruitarian, herb teas and nutritional broths, vitamin combinations, and structured waters.

It can be as simple as a one day diet, and as involved as a long fast or dietary pattern. It is possible to try options on a short-term basis, perceiving many fascinating qualities at luminous places of power, and then, if so desired, return to a regular diet and life style.

Paul Bragg, George Oshawa, Sensi Muromoto, Arnold Ehret, Jethro Kloss, and Gabriel Cousins have given us books on practical areas of dietary interest: They were masters who had explored the deeper potentials of fine tuning the body and mind. I think a lot can be learned and applied from these nutritional paths to the search for luminous places.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

People Shine

When I return from time alone in the wilderness, back to the city and in the presence of people, I perceive an aura, an energy distinctly human.  This contrast is most extraordinary after returning from remote locations in Yosemite and Desolation Wilderness. This quality of “People Shine” (like sunshine) seems essentially nourishing and supportive. It feels familiar like  family. Backpackers are quick to notice this quality, as they spend days or weeks alone in the wilderness, and upon returning to towns or villages enjoy the shine, vibes,or contact… at least for a while.  The qualities of the People Shine can vary, from excited and highly animated as in a large crowd at a football game, to an intoxicating high at a weekend wine and crafts fair.

I believe that in a city, the aura fields of many people combine, and form a large “pool”. We are immersed  in this, and perceive it as a normal part of our deeper self. I think it supports our unconscious self, provides a sense of self, and even has a nourishing effect on our biology, to various degrees. Thus cities and communities of people are luminous-places, with distinct qualities and intensities.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013


There is a whole spectrum of sensitivity to environmental energies that can be developed, and is this necessary in order to find and enjoy luminous places of the wilderness. Drinking a strong caffeinated bererage or eating snacks full of sugar will generate too much internal noise (cortisol, NE, insulin, glucose rush, etc) and effectively mask or “drown out” the more subtle “song” of the environment. Taking (most) drugs, drinking even one beer, or eating meat produce intense levels of “noise”, and  jam the inner senses.

To develop sensitivity:  A vegetarian or frutarian diet, preferably organic, a simple meditative practice (even a 15 minute a  day silent – contemplative time), frequent doses of solitude, time in the wilderness, a daily exercise routine, and a desire to perceive, primarily via feeling, the subtle songs of the wilderness.

What is to be gained?  Each “song” is a teacher, in subtle ways, from mental and spiritual insights to an inner “shower” of ones self. It becomes a reference point to what we call our old normal self, and the set of feelings bound to our familiar environments.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013