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

Sensitivity

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

Inner Light

Photographs are seen by light that is reflected from them. Now a new dimension in photography is upon us: Images that radiate light from within.

The depth and quality of computer generated photos, with millions of colors, shinning from the monitor leaves me breathless and amazed. I have visited stores that sell new computers, looking at my website, and the photos. Apple takes first place for brilliant, crystal clear and almost magical quality images!  Photos seem more alive, with greater significance and meaning. Several other computer manufacturers have almost the same effect, and probably use similar technology. Marvelous!  I am very impressed and appreciate this advance made possible by the extraordinary people of the computer tech fields.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Power Spot

There is a small open field area next to Empire Grade road called the Upper Meadow by UCSC, to whom it belongs, as an “open space” park.  GPS: N37-01-066   W122-04-600  accur. 50ft, elev. 1180ft  (The GPS accuracy is not too important, it is provided to give a reference point, not an exact location; the size could be 1km in diameter or more, with no one point more significant than another.) This site is very special: it very beautiful, with distinctly symmetrical relationships between tree heights and growth patterns.

There is a corresponding inner balance and precise mental focus induced within oneself: it is not strong or intense, rather very sweet and “satvic”(pure), and stable. I find this quality year round, sitting quietly, meditative or contemplative, especially along the perimeter of the forest.  This kind of “power spot” is, in my experience, quite rare. What causes it is a mystery…maybe the redwood trees, or subterranean geology, or ceremonies performed here by early native American inhabitants (UCSC archeologists identify this area as a former village, or ceremonial site, that was used a very long time ago).

Great hiking trails are found going in all directions, including quite a maze within the forest. Hikers and mountain bikes (watch out) are encountered  afternoons and especially on weekends. From this meadow you can hike down to the ocean ( 2 hours), via trails thru Wilder Ranch, or hike to UCSC campus (20 minutes). There is free parking at some of the UCSC colleges on weekends; parking is very limited on Empire Grade.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Lucid Dreaming

We all spend so much time asleep and part of this is dreaming. Why not enjoy it more, and enhance the dreams?  I have found that by taking 250mcg of vitamin B12  before bed, it will illuminate my dreams with bright colors, and as a result I remember them more clearly…almost lucid dreaming!  The herb hops, taken as a bitter tea, is another way to stimulate lucid dreams. 

Did you know that catnip tea was An English favorite? Before black tea – this very close relative of cannabis was a British mainstay, and like hops it provides very interesting dreams.

The inner dream “screen” can be illuminated by a variety of legal, natural herbs. Before hops became the standard used in beer there were various dream enhancing herbs added to the fermented grain brew: such as angelica, wormwood, mugwort, catnip, horehound and some that are presently illegal.

How many hours of our lives are (enjoyed) dreaming?

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Photographic Memory

I have heard that everything we see, from book pages to movies and the scenes of daily life are memories, and can be accessed in complete detail.

Photographic memory is a gift some people are born with, and others experience periodically throughout life. This latent human potential we all experience when dreaming, and during hypnogogic visions that are seen upon falling asleep, awakening, or during a fever. Hypnotists have been able to help some people review memory scenes, in very great detail, from all periods of their life. 

Edetic imaging (photographic memory imaging) is a skill and inner process that can be learned, I am sure it is a latent ability, just below the surface of awareness. 

Sometimes I speed read my files, or articles, and just glance at each page. I know I remember, because later – I just know some of the details or facts, which just pop up into awareness as I need them.  I think speed reading works, even if you are not aware of it!

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

 

 

Luminosity

I try to find sites or places where both inner and outer luminosity is extraordinary: then take photos. This seems to produce more magical moments and better pictures.  There are places that inspire me, due to qualities of light, and the “pulse” (energy, vibrancy) of the environment, and a photo is the result.  Sunrise and sunset are favorite times!

(c) Paul C Adams 2013