Animals never cease to amaze me, and this morning an event occurred that made me wonder, not only about their intelligence but also their; group mentality, or consciousness if you will.
I was on my way to the gym, a trip I make, 4 times a week, always via the same route, which takes me across a small patch of grass, traversed by a path, and holding several large trees, that are always full of Ravens – this mini-park is approximately a half-a-mile from my home.
Whilst walking down the path today, I saw ahead of me, at about Solar Plexus height, a bird, flying directly towards me at breakneck speed, in fact, when I first noticed it, I comically visualised, this creature slamming into my body, impaling me on its beak………..imagine my surprise, when this beautiful bird, that turned out to be a magpie, gracefully landed at my feet, and started chattering away like we were old friends.
Now, as some of you may be aware, I live near a lake and frequently feed the local bird-life, but I didn’t have any food on hand, which I proceeded to tell ‘the bird’ much to the delight of passers-by.
This experience made me wonder, was the bird; a youngster from my usual flock, who’d grown and gone to seek out his own territory, thereby confirming that wild creatures do remember those who treat them kindly, or had he received the information that I was a soft-touch, via some avian version of cosmic consciousness?
Cosmic consciousness (the interconnectedness of life) is well known when referring to humans but have we really considered it in relation to animals, or nature, and yet many theories abound, in fact, most new-agers are aware of an ‘Urban Legend’ whereby; a monkey on an island digs up a potato but doesn’t want to eat it covered in dirt. So the monkey decides to wash her potato (yes, it’s a she, of course!) in the ocean, and over a period of time; other monkeys in her group, start to wash their potatoes too. This is then followed by monkeys on neighbouring islands also washing their food to clean it……this type of group behavioural change, is ‘sometimes’ referred to, as The Hundredth Monkey Effect.
A similar process is; Morphic Resonance whereby it’s suggested that memories are inherited biologically, within a species, even from previous members of the collective group.
And, if you consider The Butterfly Effect (a principle of chaos theory) whereby; a butterfly flapping its wings causes a hurricane thousands of miles away, we shouldn’t really; let nature, or the animal world surprise us, because; to quote Hamlet “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.
I personally am a great believer in cosmic consciousness, and when thinking about religion, I prefer to follow a path that crosses both spiritual and pantheistic belief.
(Pantheism is; the belief that everything is part of a divine whole and is interconnected, including spirit, or……God, is you prefer)
If you’re interested in Chaos Theory or Morphic resonance, take a look at the following links, for easily understandable definitions.