Note: this post was first published on my Nature’s Apprentice blog: http://wapitisriversedge.wordpress.com/2011/10/ on Dec 6, 2012
Events are the catalysts that cause thoughts to be linked from one realm to another. Chukar hunting one day, one such event happened to me as I sat down to rest and weather out a snow storm. I was soon getting hypnotized by a be-zillion flakes of snow whirling past me from the sky. They looked like tiny star fish with many legs, spinning in circles so fast that it almost turned them into white blurs.
Interestingly, it also created the illusion of flying through an asteroid belt by rocket ship, as an infinity of flakes zoomed wildly past me. This thought immediately linked me yet to another previous experience watching boulders on a river bottom, fly by as I was scuba diving in a down stream motion. Intending to see what a steelhead might experience during its migration, I suddenly found myself dodging various sized rocks coming at me intermittently with increasing speed the faster the current became. Then my mind morphed another thought into yet another recollection of an experience I had felt several times while sitting in my tipi, looking up at the stars through the smoke flaps. The sensation was also like being in a space capsule traveling through time.
As I rebounded back again to the mesmerizing snow flakes, it seemed I was sucking some of them into my face by some magnetic mental force. I was like a human vortex matrix. Why were the flakes that landed on me, the chosen ones, while all else missed? Mere coincidence? Or were they simply falling on me because they were pre-ordained by some higher force in the universe ? Could it be my thoughts of influencing the destiny of a few of these flakes, actually determined where they might fall?
Grandiose thinking, surely. But if one is going to aim a bow, wouldn’t it be better to aim at the sun and hit only the moon, than to aim at the moon and hit only a rock? I always liked that idea when I initially heard it, wishing I had thought of it first.
This sense of traveling, yet sitting, and pulling flakes into myself, made me wonder if it was similar to what physicists call: “The Observers Effect.” Basically, it says that an observer can have an effect on that which he observes.
If such is the case, then could I apply this to chukar hunting and finding birds? Would it be possible in some way , to pull a few birds towards me and my dogs? In the case of chukars, the hunter definitely has an effect on the hunted. But usually the opposite effect intended. It is more of a deterrent than an attraction. So indeed the observer effects the observed. Only, mostly chukars run uphill, fly real fast, and head for the next horizon if they see me and the girls, as soon as we see them or smell their scent. So much for the “Observers Effect.” I wonder if I am getting this idea confused with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?