New Slide Show

I have added a fourth side-show. You can find the slide shows by clicking “slide shows” on the left hand side of my home page. Then, on the slide show window menu –  click on “galleries” (upper left) below Luminous Places title. Follow this by clicking on the “wilderness gallery 5-27-13” ( on the left side of the window).

Tree Rings


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              On my walks in the Santa Cruz Mountains I have noticed tree ring patterns. Those which are most interesting are 150 to 300 years old, firs, and are found as logs, cut through for the trail passageway. The majority of such logs show the same basic pattern: Thick inner rings and progressively thinner and thinner rings out to the bark. See photo.

Tree rings and solar activity are directly related. For example, during the Maunder minimum in the 1600’s there were almost no sunspots. In this same period of the Maunder minimum North America and Europe suffered a “mini-ice age”.    “Some scientists hypothesize that the dense wood used in Stradivarius instruments was caused by slow tree growth during the cooler period ”  (wikipedia, Maunder Minimum).

Solar Activity is recorded in tree rings, as climate related factors. Sunspots and (solar) flux levels are directly related. However, the patterns we see in the last 150 years appears related to climate change due to something else. Less rainfall, year by year, in this region, is obvious to people who have lived her for 50 or more years: that is what we see in these tree rings.(see full size photo in my website Archive “Blog References”} and  also “Tree Rings Photos Reference”.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013


Places of Power

Natural places of power, or “luminous-places” come in all sizes and types. It is not necessary to travel to exotic and distant locations to experience these special locations. Small places of power can be gentle,of low power, and perhaps more beneficial for both learning and healing than large powerful sites.The smaller sites require greater personal sensitivity, as an ability to find them.

Large sites can be over-whelming, too much to absorb, too fast. They tend to dominate, and force a specific state of mind and feeling, locking you there. For some people this might be good, and for others un-appealing, or limiting. For short periods of time the large,powerful sites are admirable, enjoyable, and stimulate significant inner change of a specific kind.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

PS There is an update for the Drum Experience in my website Archive

Feathers and Hair

A very significant electrical charge builds ups on us as we move about. This is electrostatic electricity and can reach thousands of volts with spark discharges from us to door knobs, cars, etc. All synthetic fabrics are especially conducive to the generation of high voltages. Even nude, with no clothes the movements of the body can generate high voltages.

Body hair might be very important in its capacity to discharge the build up of electrostatic voltages upon the body. Have you noticed the small antenna like rods on the wings of jet aircraft? These discharge the build up of electrostatic voltages on the jet body – to the air.  Our brains and nervous systems are dependent upon a very precise and exact electro chemical balance. Hair could be functioning to discharge electrical imbalances, and thus reduce stress. The combination of wearing shoes, clothes (especially synthetic fabrics); living in buildings; walking on: pavement, asphalt and concrete (Insulators from ground); and having short hair: All of these might be primary culprits responsible for stress.

Feathers are effective as electrostatic conductors. Birds fly through the air, and need to discharge the build up of very high voltages: feathers do this. Feathers (and hair – furs!) have been used for massage and healing, they can help discharge the build up of tension caused by electrostatic build up.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Who Am I ?

Ramana Marharshi, a great Indian Yogi of the last century used the question,”Who am I” as a primary teaching and path to “Know Thyself”.

My perception, after decades of inner space exploration via multiple paths is that the human race is, at its core, is one single Spirit manifesting as so many bodies. The Human Spirit, as I perceive, it is quite a character, and plays many roles as personas (masks) or identities. Like layers of an onion, multiple identidies grow around the Spirit, and does so with almost everyone.. The identidies are very convincing, to oneself and others, and acting these identies out forms the greater dramas of life.

I was baptized Methodist and recall going to Sunday school in my youngest years. Then during early teen years my parents took me, occasionally, to Presbyterian church and sunday school. This was followed by some exposure to TV evanvelism with Billy Grahman, Charles Stanley and Robert Schueller (Hour of Power). In India, 19 years old, I studied Raja Yoga; and in my twenties I explored the path of Huichol shamanism in Mexico.

The following facts are interesting and have been relevant to me in various ways.

Huston Smith, a Methodist scholar (10 PhD’s) who I met at Esalen Institute, was impressed with my unusual spiritual path and encouraged me (mid 1970’s).

Ram Dass received his masters degree from Wesleyan Methodist University.

Edgar Mitchell (Apollo Astronaut), who was raised as a Southern Baptist, created The Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA.

Edgar Cayce, Presbyterian minister, the “Sleeping Profit“, ( I read this book in 1966) and origin of A.R.E. in Phoenix, AZ

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Adams Drive

(Sci Fi)  story:   A possible future senario:

Conciousness research leads to the fact that time is a wave form. The  past is the wave base, the trough to the crest is the formation of the present, the breaking of the wave is the present. The real duration of time is very short, from one end of the wave to other. The past exists as a memory, and the future a projection of possibilities.  Protospace precedes the time wave, just slightly, and makes possible the formation and developement of the wave.

Travel into the future, into protospace, via the Adams Drive allows instantaneous travel, as there is no speed limit, no gravity and no mass. Very brief excursions into protospace allow near instantaneous travel. Craft designed for this move into and out of protospace, and to an observer appear to be blinking on and off, or pulsating; yet they reflect no light.

Teleportation research also finds that objects can be “materialized” out of protospace. In exceptional and extraordinary circumstances some people have been able to move objects through protospace, and these cases lead to the connections between conciousness, space, time and matter.          Sci Fi reading:  “Starmaker”   Sci-Fi movies:  “Flight of the Navigator” ;  “Race to Witch Mountain” , the “Langoliers“, “Tomb Raider“, “The Philadelphia Experiment” and “Paycheck“.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Alcubierre Drive

Miguel Alcubierre, a Mexican physicist has proposed a theory toward faster than light travel. The Alcubierre Drive alters space itself, and thus allows faster than light capability.  Space is the focus of possibility for a potential invention that could lead to superior means of space exploration. The nature of space could be related to conciousness in unexpected ways and the exploration of inner space and outer space might converge.

Luminous Void

Descriptions of a Pure White Light and Luminous-Void are found in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Life long meditation masters, in the rarefied – highly energetic atmosphere of Tibet, at 16.000 feet and higher, have described the transition states of conciousness following death. I suspect they utilized luminous places in the wilderness for an additional source of personal power; the combination of these extraordinary factors gave them a huge advantage for the exploration of inner space.

Our modern research  (Grof, Halifax, Kubler Ross, Monroe) into the afterlife dimensions has reported similar experiences. In “Many Wonderful Things” hypnosis is employed to reach, via age regression, pre-birth, and in-between life states of awareness.  Here we find a description quite similar to the Tibetan, yet different in ways that suggest each culture might have its “own rooms in a great mansion”.  For many people High dose psychedelic experiences have also revealed dimensions of awareness which are described with the same metaphors as those of the Tibetan and hypnosis “ports” of access, to the after death “loka” or location.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Ultimate Luminosity

“The radiance of 10,000 suns” is an experience called nirvilakpa samadhi by the ancient practice of yoga. It is the peak experience defined in classical yogic literature, and by several modern-day yogis. This state of conciousness is characterized by a motionless body, no perceptible breathing and an ocassional pulse. It can last up to three weeks, and beyond this point the body does not survive, thus the yogi must awaken before passing away, and does so.

Could this have an application in hibernation, or for space flight? 

The path to this state of conciousness is via concentration of the mind. (dharana-dhyana-samadhi)  Meditation is the practice employed, usually for many years, and with the guidance of a teacher (guru).

I suspect the great legendary yogis (like Milarepa), who inhabited caves of the Himalayas enjoyed this most exalted state of being. They could leave there bodies safely in the cave, a natural sensory isolation chamber.  To keep warm they practised “tummo“. 

In our modern day world and life style we find it hard to imagine why anyone would want to explore such drastic extremes of human potential. Yet it might prove to be invaluble for such adventures as long space flights, medical hybernation, and perhaps a deeper understanding of conciousness, time and space.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013