What Do All These Have In Common?



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Published March 17, 2014 by Kevin Behan

23 responses to “What Do All These Have In Common?”

  1. Julie Forlizzo says:

    Like the gentleman said, he can’t answer how these birds don’t crash into one another – something I was asking myself throughout the video. I’ve seen this Orca video before. But I can’t put into words what I’m seeing. Just nature being magnificent. Two humans talking can’t even get on the same page. Thanks, Kevin!!

  2. Sundog Fitz says:

    Two things I am sensing:

    1) The one behaving prey-like is controlling the predator
    2) Play synchronizing as a prelude to the hunt

  3. Julie Forlizzo says:

    Thank you, Sundog. But I don’t see how the seal (the prey) was controlling the predator (pod of Orcas). But I absolutely saw finely tuned synchronization.

  4. Richard Vlaanderen says:

    Maybe the common thing is, they all feel the other ones, and are connected with each other in “the hunt”?(maybe for real or play)
    If I understand this part of the theory correct, like this they are able to flip polarity all the time, which make them feel good?

  5. Julie Forlizzo says:

    Okay, Kevin, as I am preparing for your upcoming seminar in FL., and studying like crazy, I know your explanation about these videos is going to be a bit over my head. The birds and the two Orca videos, there is definitely an uninterrupted harmonic pathway taking place. Also, the dog and horse are experiencing this same harmony. With the Orcas following the wave, are they feeling in tune with the waves, or does it have something to do with the sound of the boat engine? I have a feeling I am going to feel very inept when you reveal what is REALLY going on.

  6. Kevin Behan says:

    You all are getting very close to what I’m driving at, it does have to do with being in sync, harmony, there is the flipping of polarities, all of which has to do with hunting and coordinated collective behavior in general, but there is a phenomenon of the animal mind, and some very obvious physical forces depicted herein, that tie it all together into one dynamic, one function. The dog and horse would be the toughest one to tie into it, the key videos in my mind are the two orca ones, and then the starling murmuration would follow readily.

  7. Julie Forlizzo says:

    I once watched a group of dogs doing what looked to me like the flock of birds. The dogs were all “dancing” to the same beat, noses down on the ground trying to smell the same thing, tails all up in the air. We’re all waiting with baited breath here, Kevin. If I don’t know the answer by midnight, I won’t sleep!! Let’s hear it.

  8. Julie Forlizzo says:

    Physical force?? Are you talking about a DRIVE? Does it have something to do with echos, sounds?

  9. Ann F says:

    There is only one force; the force of attraction. The orcas are (magnetically) attracted to the boat as if it were prey. They are attracted to each other which is why they team up to unseat the seal. (Though why did they not eat it?) The horse and dog are both attracted to the white cloth, a stand-in for the one who doesn’t have it.

  10. Martin says:

    For me they all exhibit the drive to make contact. The horse and dog are making contact through a common midpoint of the towel. The contact is literally a wave in the first two and the second one the seal ends up back on the ice so the game can be replayed again…the potential energy is more powerful than the “bird in hand”… ???

  11. Julie Forlizzo says:

    The seal was eventually eaten. I don’t see play. I see an all out hunt. Was it a hunting lesson? But what about the birds? They are searching for a safe place to land. I think the Orcas are following the boat, not as a food source. The horse runs after the dog with the towel. What makes the birds fly in such an intricate formation? Does it have something to with one mind. But what are they all doing in common?

  12. Linda Robinson says:

    Sorry, I know this is off topic but I live in Florida and you mentioned a seminar in Florida???

  13. Julie Forlizzo says:

    Linda, yes, there will be a 3 day seminar in Orlando, Fl., April 11 through the 13. Contact Kim at kimkapes@gmail.com. Or call Kim at 407-697-9324. It will be held at Kim’s wolf sanctuary. There are only 8 seats left, so please contact her ASAP. And if you have a dog, please bring him/her. There will be Q and A, and hands on with your dog, and a chance to visit with the wolves. Hope to see you there!!

  14. steve says:

    Well…I can’t see the bird video mentioned, but from the 2 orca vids & the dog/horse one…is it choosing & overcoming the path of highest resistance?
    The orcas chasing the boat are chasing through the turbulent choppy water behind the boat causing more resistance to drive through, so therefore more unresolved emotion being resolved.
    Likewise with the orcas hunting the seal on ice, the increased difficulty increases the rewards?
    No doubt I’m wrong though because you said the dog/horse vid is the hardest to tie in, when I saw it as the obvious one.
    That wee little doggy all on his own has just ‘taken on’ (at tug of war) that big scary predator with the big eyes & teeth…. and won! (overcoming the path of highest resistance again)?

  15. Richard Vlaanderen says:

    “All behavior is a function of emotion and all emotion is a function of attraction” So do they all share the same emotion perhaps?

  16. Carol Speier says:

    Okay, I’m new at this, so I may be outside of the comfort zone.
    I feel like we are all connected through the energy of the life force that exists in and around us. (Us being all things that have life energy.) This connection…when our energies intersect, may result in predator/prey actions, sexual actions, friendship, game playing/life practice or an interaction with an item of interest along the path of life. We are capable of unbelievably wonderful things when our energies come together and function as one. (Think horse and rider team, or search and rescue dog/human teams Some beings, such as the starlings are more finely tuned to group energy. Each participant is an individual, communicating on a level that permits each to act as a “limb” of the larger group. It is the same energy communication that enables a wolf pack to be made up of individuals who act with differing roles, depending on the action of the prey, the terrain, and all the other variables that may be encountered. They have no need call a time out to determine what strategy to use. On the dark side, all energy is not positive. We are capable of sensing the presence of discordant energy, which we generally choose to avoid. Just some thoughts, still in the process of developing. (Oh, and I think that maybe the seal was “in on” the game.)

  17. Kevin Behan says:

    Excellent comments and thanks for your patience. In a new post I’m going to compile them and extract the various elements to weave them into a whole.

  18. steve says:

    Just seen the bird video, & no path of highest resistance showing there, so there goes my theory!
    The only thing that comes into my head after seeing that one, that would tie in with the other videos, is that they’re all examples of how animals don’t think or reason or plan their actions like we do, they all ‘ride the wave of the feeling’ that they’re currently feeling?

  19. Sundog Fitz says:

    I am also sensing that these examples show prey drive vs. prey instinct

  20. Julie Forlizzo says:

    Is this a pinging and ponging effect? They’re all feeling great?

  21. Ann F says:

    The orcas are heeling the boat. The orcas heeling the boat become one with the boat, on its team. The threesome of orcas teamed up to topple the seal, heeling with each other, as it were. The birds are one organism, a group mind. The horse might not see the towel as prey, but because the dog does, and it is teaming up with the dog, it does too.

  22. Carol Speier says:

    Something just came together…There is no discordant energy. There is only energy. What I have in the past interpreted as discordant energy is blocked energy. With blockages, the flow of energy is inhibited. In the examples, we observe freely flowing energy, which is in harmony with the universe.

  23. Kevin Behan says:

    Yes that is exactly right, Adrian Bejan calls it “brakes” on the flow. The interesting thing is that even the blocks build up a charge and ultimately even these become subsumed in the flow. I call it the function of DISfunction.

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