I flew via jet from San Jose to Los Angeles, and then to Palm Springs. While waiting to catch the bus, I found myself with a small group pf people, all headed to a meditation retreat center near Desert Hot Springs. While sitting on a lawn, close to these people, I felt as if I were near a luminous place, as found in some wilderness locations. My mind was becoming clear, focused, coherent calmness filled me, and I felt very content. I knew the effect was caused by the people, who were experienced with meditation, and unconsciously they were inducing a “meditative state of being” to those near them. The contrast for me, from Los Angeles and airports, stressed and tense, to that of the meditation, peaceful and serene was very dramatic. Contrast is an important element for recognizing luminous places, or people.
There are many natural locations which can induce a powerful meditative state of consciousness: the quality of this state is different that induced by luminous people. The wilderness locations are primal and elemental, they yield coherence but not the subtle sweetness and living vibrance of human luminosity. There are degrees of fine tuning, delicate and precise, found with luminous people, especially those who practice meditation, and these qualities can be perceived by people nearby.
Not everyone is consciously aware of the subtle environmental energies which can set their mood and focus of attention. Most people take these changes as their own, and do not trace the origin; they do not identify the multiple channels and environmental powers that affect them. Sensitivity has been lost in the stress and pressures of modern life. However, Sensitivity can be developed by diet, meditation, and time in the wilderness. Actually, this is a process that is simply returning the natural and original sensitivity of a young child.
(c) Paul C Adams 2014