Some Interesting Science:
“Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany recently reported in the journal PLoS ONE that although the physical laws governing object stability are reasonably well represented by the brain, you are a better judge of how objects fall when you are upright than when you lay on your side.”
“We might expect the brain to depend primarily on visual heuristics and assumptions about an object when assessing whether it will fall or not,” says Roland Fleming, now an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Giessen. “Surprisingly, however, we find that observers’ judgments of object stability are biased towards the tilt of the body.”
In other words, how we feel our body’s center-of-gravity determines how we perceive an object’s center of gravity. The body does more than carry the head around.
The article points out that while people have great difficulty understanding the actual laws that govern equilibrium; intuitively we pick up an object’s degree of stability instantly. This information is built into our very symmetry which is why I don’t find it coincidental that centralized nervous system and the body’s bilateral symmetry co-evolved so that science can’t say which came first, a bilateral symmetry or the centralization of the nervous system (cephalization). Since in my emotional model a feeling arises from physical memory (unresolved emotion that accretes around the perception of the body’s physical center of gravity, and that this effects a smooth wave function within a body in motion, i.e a “good feeling”) this is why we say something “feels RIGHT” as in upRIGHT. In other words, we can ingest the essence of a thing and we’re still standing and capable of forward motion and therefore the thing feels right. If we can ingest the essence of a thing and keep moving, then the thing is emotionally conductive. Therefore, how physical memory makes us feel, determines whether an object of attraction feels RIGHT.
There are two ways physical memory informs the individual. One is “qualitative,” in other words, the particulars of how it was acquired and this prevents the individual from repeating past negative experiences (or repeating them over and over). In this modality physical memory transposes resistance acquired from past experiences onto the current situation. This would be like an an entrepreneur having caution about investing money into an enterprise and being sensitized to any “red flags” he might perceive in his partner as he ponders the deal. This qualitative function of physical memory evokes the fear memories of denial/pain/collapse/stress. So one could say this cautious state means that perception is skewed toward seeing things as inherently unstable. However, the second modality is a quantitative lump sum of physical memory as an “emotional mass.” So at some point if the deal looks good, (the situation feels conductive enough) the entrepreneur lets go of his attachment to past experiences and commits economic “mass” into the deal and becomes an economic counterbalance (i.e. owns some percentage of the business) to his partner. He’s willing to let go and take the deal on its own merits because he can sense potential energy, i.e. the opportunity to make money. This shift then becomes the predominant perspective of how he looks at the situation and resistance that is encountered is stimulating rather than inhibiting. And the money that is made from the enterprise is “new energy” or wealth. So when a dog projects its physical center-of-gravity into an object of resistance, if the circumstances become conductive enough, i.e. the dog lets go of its attachment to Deep Inner Stress (the last .01% of stress that acts as a critical energy valve) and gives up a familiar frame of reference because the movement of the other being doesn’t remind it of past experiences, but rather the dog feels a pull toward what he perceives as potential energy. When the other individual moves, the dog feels energized rather than destabilized. The dog’s perspective is no longer skewed by the past.
Through this quantitative modality the two individuals can each divine the energetic essence of the other and so a feel a pull toward the other based on the sensing of potential energy. When they are in sync this way, they become emotional counterbalances which induces a state of emotional suspension and in fact, you can see them become very light on their feet in the manner by which they run and play. This state is how new energy, or an emotional bond, is created and we should note that they arrive to this condition in abject defiance of past fear memories of denial/pain/collapse/stress, not to mention in abject defiance of millions of years of built up instincts. So when two dogs meet, the intense spike of a stimulation (i.e. the presence of the other being) is smoothed out into a wave function by each becoming the others emotional counterbalance by way of emotional suspension (either playing or hunting together). The two dogs aren’t figuring out how to get along, and they aren’t being guided by instinct. Rather, they are each feeling according to the universal principle of emotional conductivity how to maximize the pleasure they are experiencing, by becoming the mirror to the other.
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Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin BehanIn Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
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