This morning I had an insight.
It took one second.
Two minutes, to grasp it
And eight hours
To write down it on.
Marching soldiers. For thousands of years, they were images of horror of the civilian population. They move to the monotonous, thundering beat of the drums, the heartbeat of evil, “take up equal step!” the instruction commands, “falling out of step”, is the opposite.
Why do soldiers advance in the same step? Those who have ever marched in a larger group know the experience.
For hours, even days without interruption the Maasai run in the equal step in a doglike, relaxed, slobby jog. At the same time, they breathe in and out simultaneously; this feeling can be experienced with as few as four to six co‑joggers; even on shorter distances.
Why is the beat mainly lead with drums? Their impact is loud and concise. But are there other instruments, which make a sound far more penetrating. The deep tone of the drum skin transfers its oscillation to the diaphragm. Something inside the body of the marching person begins to vibrate at the same frequency.
And why do we sing when marching? Surely, to process the fear. As children, when it was dark and eerie, didn’t we hum or whistle? Long ago Oriental medicine with its “five elements circle” had recognised these connections, the emotion of the fear can be compensated by singing and also by the proximity of trusted friend.
In the Spartan army, which was considered the most powerful in its time, homosexuality was promoted. The jogging Maasai nearly touches his neighbour’s shoulders; he hears the breath of the person behind. The command: “Moves up!” or: “Close up!” is very common.
Back to singing, it also coordinates breathing. Singing in the choir, we take up the same breathing rhythm. Step, breathing and heartbeat correlate tightly. The vibration of the jointly produced sound has undoubtedly an effect, too.
The beat of the step tunes our heart beats and also condition of our emotions. If we amble along, we feel leisure, … if we walk fast, we feel hasted and erratic. The reverse applies, too.
If we are nervous, then nothing goes fast enough, if we are balanced we take the view: If it’s not done today, then it will be done tomorrow. And further, by going, breathing and singing we are in the position to affect our and each others mood and emotion.
In Tantric intimacy, simultaneous, same directional motion is recommended, not the usual counter movement. Breathing of the partners, generally, is in opposing directions, we breathe in and out at the same time, our bellies push together or withdraw. In Tantric, intimacy breathing is opposite, while the diaphragm of one partner expands that of the other pulls in, and in reverse.
The place, which is made free by drawing in the belly, is filled up by the expansion of the other one. Thereby complete contact of the frontal torso, as well as the spiritual contact, remains. Heartbeat and emotions are brought in unison. The feeling of unity has developed.
In military terms, we call a group of soldiers a unit? Is that a coincidence? Why does unity make strong? It is the team’s spirit. Who? What has military to do with Tantric Yoga?
In times of danger organisms always unite in groups. This ensures surviving the species. If it is the spirit of the species, the ‘super soul’, which has the ‘super will’ will to control and manipulate beings so that the banal, lapidary arguments can be moved aside and can be forgotten so that these creatures don’t resist to serve a superordinate purpose.
What causes suddenly the courage to oppose a well-known danger, which overpowers the individual, in panicking fright. Those, who coincidentally ended up in the first row, what instils in them the courage (bravery?) so that they would face certain death? Did a superior being take over control? All the details mentioned previously, such as marching in step, breathing, singing, drums and close togetherness, are they applied coincidentally?
A school of fish moves graciously, following a hidden choreography, like a veil, or a wave. Where is the commander, the directing centre, which assures back to the last that everything runs according to the prescribed order? Who taught the fish such kind of swimming? Walking, we learn from our parents, from individual models, at an age, when our most important personal characteristics are already firmly embodied in our behaviour pattern.
The teacher of the fish is the water. It is the same, everywhere. From the moment it hatched from the egg, the fish is in direct contact with the water. All fish experience the water with an empty “memory”. Admittedly
They all pass through the same experiences, and it is readily acceptable that they would arrive at the same conclusion.
Thus: if a school of fish is exposed to the same flow and pressure conditions, then it is not that amazing anymore they react to the prevailing situation in a typical manner, i.e., they move in the same way, which is the best adapted to the conditions.
Since conditions in water do not suddenly change but gradually the movement of a school of fish will be flowing, too. Now, then, who is the commander? Neither, not the fish nor their environment. It is the relationship between the two. In order to harmonise in the simplest, easiest and most pleasing way, the fish have “learned” to consider their surroundings and to fully include its characteristics in their mode of movement.
Now, why do fish swim in schools? Scientists found an explanation. When a fish swims, it produces and trails an eddy current behind. In this eddy, the resistance (the fish must push the water “aside” to move forward) of water is lesser than in the undisturbed water. The fish travelling in the eddy of its predecessor, swims more comfortable.
And some else. Fish have their scaly skin covered with a mucous layer, which improves water slipperiness. Ever if only slowly, this mucus is washed off by the water.
Dissolved in water it reduces its viscosity (the resistance against flow and deformation), the water becomes slippery, and the fish has it easier, first of all, because it glides more smoothly and secondly because its own mucus is not used up.
Why fly birds in formation? Correctly, it is the same reason, no, not the mucus, but the eddies. At the end of the wings the turbulence is at the largest, therefore especially large birds fly in “V” formation. The heads of the next two birds follow behind the wingtip of the preceding flyer. And first, is very frequently relieved from its duty.
Why, during a race, do bicycle racers prefer the second and not the first position? Why do trucks always drive so closely behind one another?
Still another reason for forming groups? Indeed, I could know copy the chapter from further above, the one about marching soldiers. Practically it concerns food, or actually more about turning into food for others. This danger always exists. Is it also, in this case, the spirit of a species, the ‘super soul’, which has the superior will to steer and manipulate beings serve a superordinate purpose, in order to ensure a surviving of another species?
Already since childhood, the flight of the dragonfly fascinated me. You too? Why do you reckon? What fact makes it so different that it is noticeable even already to a child? Is one style of flying not like any other?
Like birds, there is fluttering flying, which is applied when ascending and accelerating; gliding is the most effortless way and is useful when a thermionics or upwind is present or in the slow flight approaching landing.
Then there still some particular cases are like a shaking, which the birds of prey use, when they remain steady, hovering high above the ground to spy on their prey and the striking of water applied by large water birds to facilitate the launch from the water surface.
Then, there is the flight of the bats with wings without feathers and that with rigid wings of the insects, and, only for the sake of completeness, I mention flying with inflexible, stiff wings; that which aeroplanes selected.
Compared with all the others, Insects are the real flight acrobats. Nothing can take it with them on at acceleration and agility. Who doesn’t have yet unforgivingly and usually unsuccessfully tried to kill a fly or a mossy?
But what is it about the dragonfly? Surely, it is one of the larger and most glittering flying insects, but is that all? As children, do we perhaps see more because we are less prejudiced?
And today, as adults we follow the guiding principle of Teacher Lempel: “… that nothing can be, which ought not to be”. At the end of the eighteenth century, Matthias Claudius wrote in the third verse of the children’s lullaby “The Moon has risen”: “Probably there are some things, which we ridicule confidently because our eyes do not see them.”
Our scientists stated conclusively that dragonflies could not fly. The faculties of the mechanics, dynamics and the aerodynamics are unconditionally united in this concern. Thus, if those who can shoot rockets to the moon cannot perceive it that then is it utterly ridiculous to assume that children know more than they do. Correct! But…. Dragonflies fly, nevertheless, or?
In the condition of the mental confusion, humans accept an unusual solution more readily. Perhaps it is this near childlike state, which makes us adults feel incompetent. Almost always children are in this condition of not knowing; do they always appear helpless? Surely not, it only starts after they attend school, where they learn the knowledge of the adults.
By accepting: Adults must know it better, they push aside their own experience. However, the events of “their well-known world” often cannot be brought in agreement with the indoctrinated information. Then the contradictions develop. Until it comes to the situation when against better knowledge, they suppress and reject their world, because the discrepancy becomes ever more severe and because they submit to the clenched, unilateral unity of the adult knowledge.
The conclusion reads: “How can I as a single, smaller, inexperienced gnome be correct and all the others who appear to have the same opinion be wrong?”
Correct! Dragonflies cannot fly. Who would maintain such an opinion? In any case, they cannot fly the way, as we define the term flying. Excuse me?
As a compromise, could we postulate a hypothesis? Actually, that would be very scientific. How could we extend the paradigm of flying? For example, the dragonfly could walk on invisible stilts, children could see them, let’s assume, and that would be one of an exciting thing, of course.
Thus, hovering in air would be explained, but not the kind of flying. How would it be with a secondary pair of invisible wings, which would abide by the laws of the scientists? Already better, isn’t it?
No? What’s all that nonsense about invisibility? If wings at all, which obey the laws of the material world, why then not visible ones? Only to find an explanation for the children’s ridiculousness? Oh well, argument accepted. What about wings, which do not have to obey the laws of the material world?
In order to develop a more plausible hypothesis let us study the “flight” of the dragonfly a bit more closely. There is still another mystery, or, one could call it a phenomenon, too. From the “state of no motion” dragonflies accelerate into any direction, with seemingly no delay.
“Impossible,” could be interjected now! Every piece of matter has mass and if it is in the attraction field of a planet has it has weight, which opposes a force to acceleration, thus: ‘with no delay’ is impossible. Quod erat demonstrandum!
Some patience please, the hypothesis is not yet set up completely. Assuming the mentioned law’s validity, as well as the fact that the dragonfly can take up their speed accelerationless, what the values would there have to satisfy the law specified above? (1)
Anti-gravity. A dragonfly? That leads too far! Nonsense! For a moment, let us accept the correctness of everything, why then if they don’t need them, do the dragonflies have wings at all? This actually leads the whole hypothesis entirely ad absurdum. Most probably these egg heads overlooked something significant. That is completely obvious.
Alright, dragonflies have wings, which they really do not need, in order not to confuse adults. Something, which flies around without wings, would collapse the whole card house of (momentarily still accepted) physics.
Scientists with their computations and the politicians granting the money needed security and confidence, so that they could shoot their rockets at the moon. (Note from NASA statistics: During space flight rockets follow their computed course only during three percent of the flying time, otherwise they are on deviations and are corrected.)
For children watching the dragon fly’s flight is an absolute joy. For them, the “useless” wings are like the red nose of a clown. What is its purpose? The attraction of attention and diversion from something, which is not to be noticed. With wizards and some women, this method also finds application.
Let us return to the original topic: Movement in coordinated harmony. Dragonflies in the formation flight, demonstrate an “unbelievable” coordination. The distances and the position within the squadron are maintained accurately. There no undulation as is with fish, birds or soldiers. Here again, is this ‘super soul’ at work? The assumption is obvious. And since the method of motion is supernatural, the precision of the formation appears impressive, too.
UFOs fly like dragonflies.
Dragonflies, during sexual coitus, are connected and fly. Both are actively involved in the flying, not one carrying the other. Military jet planes can be refilled up in air, but only during straight flight and in good weather. United, the two dragonflies suffered no loss from their agility, on the contrary. Isn’t that a situation, where we could understand the dragonflies due to own experience?
If yes, could the hypothesis not be correct, too?
(1) Note for critics.
The above does not explain the instantaneous speed change.
Each speed change requires an acceleration, positive or negative. This acceleration multiplied by the mass results in a resisting force, which works against the speed change, even in weightlessness. The higher the acceleration, the stronger the force of resistance.
Correct … Now, could this anti-gravity force have characteristics, which not only waives the existing force of gravity but also when multiplied with the mass it would not result in the previous force of resistance or strength of immobility but in a propelling force? … That is the principle of the anti-gravity drive.
(2) Still another note for those who believe in coincidences and senseless dreams.
About one year ago, I had a dream, in which an aeroplane took part, which would have made all honours to Walt Disney, very colourful, circular fluttering wings, two seemingly useless Tschatta bang engines, no air turbulences, noiseless, flight-unfit, but it flew, like a dragonfly.
The passengers were a couple in their mid-fifties. The drive? Telekinesis. Why the disguise? It is pretty, and they do not want to shock humans too much if they travel to the past. Time travel, of course.
Why didn’t they select an age, where they were younger? The appearance does not play a role, it changes. They chose the looks of a certain age to receive more tolerance.
If they did not behave as expected, a somewhat different behaviour would be regarded as peculiar by the dominant generation, which occurs with older ones at times and is more easily accepted.
In both cases, I was pleasantly touched by that very empathic, affectionate, perceptive attitude.
18 June 1992