The use of natural herbal stimulants and psychedelics within the context of a nomadic wilderness life style undoubtedly provided survival advantages. Sensory enhancement, improved memory, vivid images and superior mental associations gave early humans an immense advantage. Psychedelics also revealed PSI: remote viewing and precognitive dreaming, empathic rapport and psychometric abilities (reading vibes of the environment). Brain neural networks were stimulated by these activities and grew, with improved efficiency, and over the millenia probably lead to larger brains, with latent potentials waiting to be fully activated via the same categories of herbs.
The powerful amplification of the mind and senses via herbal stimulants and psychedelics was an advantage for millions (?) of years, until the rise of large villages, towns, cities and metropolises. We see a change of drug preferences to alcohol and opiates: These are sensory barriers, inhibitors, that squelch ( via gaba, benzodiazepine, serotonin and endorphin neural networks) and reduce sensory input, and protect from overload.
Survival in civilization went in the opposite direction, from amplification to antenuation: this was with very good reasons. Cities are noisy, the senses are overloaded with activities in all directions, intense field effects from EMF (radio waves) bombard the brain and nervous system, telepathy and empathy near hundreds of strangers is insane, secrets float precariously within the collective unconscious mind and threaten anyone who finds out too much (military, medical, drug dealing, etc.) Thus survival in modern civilization, including longevity correlates with an effective ability to use sensory barriers such as alcohol, sedative and tranquilizing herbs; or an intelligent and informed use of vitamins, and/or silent meditative practices.
(c) Paul C Adams 2015
In my article “Skylight of the Mind” I trace the phoneme IO to mystical and divine origins. IO is like the Alpha and Omega referred to in the Bible. Two additional references, perhaps coincidental, and interesting are:
Isis – Osiris and Iliad – Odyssey
We can see our world as a work of art, and even discern strokes of the brush, yet the Painter remains unseen, like the air we breathe.
(c) Paul C Adams 2015
Personal experience, speculation and conjecture leads me to believe luminous places, both inner and outer have played significant roles evolving human brain size and efficiency.
The cradle of early hominins lies upon the greatest (surface) rift zone “the Great Rift Valley” on our planet. It extends from South Africa to Syria (including the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan river); it is centered at the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia. Tectonic forces along this massive rift zone creates forces and pressures generating vast amounts of piezoelectric energy (DNA is a piezo-electric substance), and during earthquakes it can manifest as earthquake lights (EQL).
The sustained or periodic stimulation caused by this invisible electric field, related to piezo-electricity, over millions of years, combined with the consumption of psychoactive herbs might have been important factors which promoted the gradual increase in the brain size of early humans.
The non verbal imaging mind received stimulation from luminous places such as the rift zones, earthquake faults and volcanoes. The ability to make associations between images improved the odds of survival, and this was further developed via stimulate and vision inducing herbs consumed in the course of seeking food from the environment.
A distinguishing characteristic of humans is their fondness for psychoactive herbs and substances. Coffee cherries, khat, and kola nuts are examples. However, the most amazing herbs are those that stimulate visionary activity, such as hops, hemp, opium, datura, catnip, psilocybin and amanita mushrooms, syrian rue, and tabernathe iboga.
There are many varieties of vision inducing plants, and early humans would have found these fascinating and very useful: dramatic increases in the mental power of association, plus vivid images to compare and evaluate. This was long before words and languages: the early human mind “thought” by recalling and comparing images, and the stimulation of luminous places plus psychoactive plants yielded superior mental abilities and thus promoted survival.
(c) Paul C Adams 2015 updated: 5-24-15
It appears to me that thoughts of the mind are stimulated by subtle and invisible environmental powers. Thoughts come and go as if riding upon waves. When there are no waves the mind is quiet and calm. I experience this frequently in the wilderness, far from towns or dwellings: the experience is of “emptiness” and peace.
Nicolas Tesla went to Grand Central Station in New York City in order to utilize the mental stimulation of that active and dynamic environment. In addition he would “bathe” in his million volt electrostatic fields for the same reason (See “Man Out of Time” by Margaret Cheney, an excellent biography about Tesla). The inner mindscape is very sensitive to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields. Tesla believed that these fields will become the greatest doctors, and the medicine of the future.
It seems the mind exists far out on the boundary of the physical self, upon the electrons and biophotons, which respond to the waves, that cause fluctuations of the mindscape, upon which thoughts emerge and ride. My experience in cities, especially large ones is intense mental stimulation, and this contrasts dramatically with the serenity and inner emptiness of the wilderness. There are luminous places in the wilderness can slow the mind and also empower it, and result in a fine inner state of well being, yet these particular sites stimulate few thoughts or new ideas.
(c) Paul C Adams 2015
Thoughts per minute is an interesting value to consider. It varies dramatically at different times and situations. While in deep sleep it is close to zero, and while wide awake it could be as high as 60 to 100 per minute. In the city environment the number of thoughts per minute is typically higher than in the wilderness. I have found that some luminous sites calm and slow the mind, and at the same time increase its power of focus and attention.
Patanjali was an Indian/Hindu teacher who taught that if the thoughts per minute are reduced to zero, while wide awake, and sustained in this condition for even a few minutes, then the mind will move into a higher state of coherent concentration called samadhi. It seems like this should be easy to do: to stop thinking and just be, free of any thoughts for a few minutes. Yet when we try to do do, the mind tends to even more thoughts.
What would it be like to get up in the morning and spend the whole day simply being and perceiving without any thoughts? To know the world as pure perceptions in the present moment free of thoughts! Why is something so very close to us, our mind, so difficult to control? Try sitting quietly and see if you can be, without thinking even one thought, for one minute.
I believe the imaging mind has been partially replaced, or substituted by the symbol (language) generating mind. A return to image (“thinking”) is possible by closing the eyes then quieting the chatter noise and inner turbulance caused by the thought-mind process. This occurs naturally, free of effort, when we dream at night.
Well being and being tranquil free of thoughts, in a natural state of essential being are related, and a good nights sleep restores via this process. I have found that enviroments play hidden “songs” composed of various powers, and the mind is carried along: enviroments reach into us and play the mind like a musical instrument.
(c) Paul C Adams 2015