In response to Annie’s question about Luke and Huuney, yes, Luke can be a great flip/flopper. I used to say flipping polarities for both front-to-back spinning ← → and top-to-bottom ↓ ↑ rolling over, but I’ve added “flopping” to make the distinction between the two because while they are related they are indeed separate phenomenon. And yes Huuney was shaking off tension and this was in order to loosen up her shoulders so that she could get back to flipping and flopping. She was choosing to relax her shoulders. The dog’s body/mind is composed of four quadrants of a circle, flipping and flopping (← → ↓ ↑ ) occurs when they feel connected with their surroundings as the four quadrants of their body/mind is now feeling integrated with their surroundings. Therefore, when encountering a complex object of resistance (such as another dog) and it is putting out the ← forward thrust vibe, then they flip polarity and display the reverse thrusts vibe ← and this means they can both fit into the same frame of reference. (← ←). And if the complex object of resistance is putting out the ↑ upward thrust vibe, then they can complement with the flopping over vibe ↓ and again this means they can fit into the same frame of reference (↓ ↑). Whereas these two conditions (→ ←) or (↑ ↑) don’t complement each other this increases tension and that can lead to “sparking,” i.e. arcing-across-the-gap. Also if both are (← →), or, (↓ ↓) from the network point of view this is no good BECAUSE NO WORK WILL GET DONE, i.e. they are too afraid or flaccid to be able to turn resistance into new energy and this leads to its own class of dysfunction that is functional as it will push the dog toward sparking and making resistance in some other area. (This is why there is so much anxiety aggression and separation issues going on in dogdom today.)
Now, when a dog wants something, his shoulder muscles tense up as the simple mechanical response required to overcome the resistance between himself and what he wants, this provides the UPWARD thrust (↑ maintains equilibrium) to get from point A to B so as to make contact with the object of desire. But then when the dog arrives at the point of making contact, if the dog can’t soften his shoulders so as to complement a “complex object of resistance” (i.e. another dog) and if that other dog also has a high degree of shoulder tension, (which is highly likely given that it had to brace itself as it sees a dog running toward it) then sparks may fly because the increased tension of UP meeting UP overwhelms the dogs’ sense of what’s happening within itself. In an UP-to-UP encounter all the dog can feel is electrostatic-like pressure of head-on-head which is derived from the physical memory of its physical center-of-gravity traveling to its jaws/mouth as it seizes an object that it has projected its physical center-of-gravity into in order to catch it. In other words, imagine the intensity of a dog racing toward and then catching a Frisbee (it projected its p-cog into object and then fit it back into its mouth) and then carry this intensity forward and place it into the sensations of a head-to-head confrontation. THE TWO ARE THE SAME (however the Frisbee is conducting the intensity because the dog can grip it with full force in the same frame of reference) and so when the two dogs can’t fit together because there isn’t any flipping and/or flopping going on, it feels this intense pressure stuck in its muzzle and this conundrum is then associated with the feeling of a locked up front quarters. This is a problem because the shoulder muscles serve as a hinge for the dog to flip and/or flop and if they’re tight, then the dog can’t adapt to the complex object of attraction and the intensity of the resistance of the situation. (However, many dogs after an initial spark then feel relaxed and sociability ensues but this is mostly only true for dogs with a weaker nature. They then come to associate tension with the buildup and the collapse into sociability and so they become reliably social because they can get out of tense situations because they carry the imprint that tension-leads-to-softness. However dogs with a strong nature, when they spark, it is of volcanic proportions and they then get addicted to tension as a means of getting to the eventual overload and relief, and then no matter what happens, even if they lose the fight, they do feel relief and that’s all they can learn.)
A dog can choose to soften any part of its body if that satisfies the flow dynamic (↑↓). ITS MIND THEN FOLLOWS. Everyone is concentrating on what’s in the dog’s brain, when we should be concentrating on what’s happening in its anatomy, in particular, the locked up forequarters!!!! The shoulder assembly is a virtual valve that converts an electrostatic frame of reference to a magnetic one. The virtual Heart as the master valve is the key to sociability.
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