I’m starting to get some flow out of these dogs today. I’ll begin with Trace. He’s jumping up making contact and taking food. Then we repeat that to get a flow pattern going and he’s focusing on me. By leaving the ground and overcoming the resistance I bring by taking the food he is in a state of suspension and it feels good. Kevin’s doing a great job coaching me on the little stuff like when the flow pattern collapses. For instance, there are chipmunks everywhere here and I was working Bella pretty well with the “up” and taking food and making contact. I didn’t get my food hand back and ready in time and she lost the flow and walked past me focusing on one of those damn chipmunks in the distance. But all is not lost, she’s really coming on. In a matter of about 15-20 minutes Bella went from a high-pitched, head bark to a deeper gut bark upon Kevin’s hand-movements. I also noticed a difference in how she shifted her weight in a more beam-like manner. The way Kevin explained it to me was that for Bella when he approached her it was as if her physical center of gravity shot out the front too fast she couldn’t maintain it. This is because the fear she has is blocking/holding back the prey drive right about her shoulders, hence she locks them up. But the pipe is slowly loosening up and she’s getting closer to a good bite.
Trace actually didn’t take long at all before he gave a good bark at Kevin and you could tell the projection of physical center of gravity at work with the wagging of the tail, the good gut bark, and some bite and tug. I really saw the life of the flow happening there. It was one of the rare times I’ve ever seen him give a good bite and tug.
My specific lesson for the day was to answer the question, “what is emotion” and subsequently, “where does it come from.” I danced around the question throwing out all the things I knew were connected to it such as energy, magnetism, flow patterns, connection, etc. Those are effects of emotion but is still doesn’t answer what it is. The answer is: motion/movement. And on a deeper level, emotion is the physical memory of movement. The best example Kevin gave me was a child on the swing. If you work the back and forth motion into a smooth flow pattern, the child is having a blast. She feels weightless as she swings on the orbit. As her physical center of gravity is shifted from her tippy-toes back up to the top of her head and that repeats, her physical center of gravity averages out in the heart. It is then she is experiencing that state of suspension, weightlessness. This feels good. From then on that becomes a movement that turns into emotion. From a dog’s perspective, when we move in tandem with them, when they overcome that high resistance and make contact with us, they feel as if they are in a state of suspension and we find ourselves in that magnetic dynamo and its the greatest feeling in the universe for them. And you know where it all comes back to? The state of movement during those days after being born and they are pulled to the mothers nipple to take the milk. That steady state of flowing milk to the gut in conjunction with the other pups plugged into the circuit board that is the mother, they become one floating organism with one physical center of gravity. THAT is emotion, the physical memory of movement within which we are born into.
It would be amazing if we could study movement as emotion in infants when the mother or father holds the infant in their arms and rocks them side to side and puts them to sleep. Just a thought.