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.

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

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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

Sensory Isolation

To reduce the sensory input to a minimum is an excellent way to find the dream screen within. The Huichol Indians do this by living and sleeping in the wilderness, going to bed early. In our modern world of city life with noise and disturbances we can use a sensory isolation chamber, such as the “Tank” designed and developed by John Lilly.

I experienced the isolation Tank several times, once at John Lilly’s home in the Malibu coastal hills of California.  I had stopped by his house during a return drive from Mexico. His son, John Lilly Jr was living in Mexico and had spent years filming and researching Huichol culture, and John Sr liked to hear about my experiences with the Huichols, and wanted me to try the “Tank”.

In yoga “pratyhara” is an essential step found in Patanjali’s yoga sutras and specifies “with-drawing the mind from the senses”. This is precisely what the Tank accomplishes, by immersion in a dense salt water solution, at body temperature, within a dark and sound proof chamber, floating, facing up. My experience in the Tank (“Samadhi Tank“) was very peaceful and included activation of the inner dream/hypnogogic-visionary experience.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Dreams Come True

In the 1970’s I Iived in a Huichol Indian village in the remote sierra Madre mountains of central western Mexico. I had my home here, a small one room thatched hut on a mountain top. This was don Jose’s village, about 100 people, mostly children, and it was a large extended family of which I was included. Serenity and very peaceful qualities of life were normal, and any stress at all was noticeably absent.

Everyone went to bed shortly after sundown, and in the winter this was early in the evening, about 6 to 7 pm. Long nights in bed, in the dark, in  nature’s serenity was conducive to dreaming: this is a nocturnal past time, a natural TV that most Huichols enjoy.   

I  traveled to the USA about every 6 to 8 weeks, for a short visit: to give lectures, sell art crafts, and buy various supplies, and then return to the village. This was a round trip that occurred many times between 1971 and 1977. Each time I returned to the village Huichols would tell me that they had dreamed, the previous night, I would arrive that day. It was almost a game; they would tell a spouse or someone else of the dream before I arrived, and suggest – if I did not believe the accuracy of their dream then I should ask that person. Sometimes an unusual detail about my return trip, or items I brought were included their dreams.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013