|Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003
Mindlink at a glance
Slightly edited - refers to a monk causing a bird to fall out of the sky, seemingly by a hand signal.
Anyway, the way he did it was to look with the "fixed parked gaze" at the bird, and make a quick movement of his hand so that the bird instantly glanced at him (at that movement). Recall that an eye (from its retina) also reflects light. The moment the in-flight bird's eye met his, a beam of reflected light from each eye is connected into the eye of the other. In other words, the retinas of the bird and the man are "connected" directly by this light beam at that moment.
Recall that the retina is in fact a sort of "surface of the brain". Everything going on in a mind is there on that retina, and the light reflected from it is "modulated" by all those mind operations. The monk has spent years in developing the ability to cease all thoughts in the mind except one (that is called concentration, and is the first step in learning meditation, which is quite a different process). At the moment the pigeon glances at him, both minds are momentarily linked by that retina process, although this is an "unconscious" process rather than a "conscious" process. The monk at that moment simply has a single thought in mind (e.g., absolute physical muscle relaxation), which instantly becomes the "linked mind's" overpowering thought, since a human mind has much more activity and thus modulates the light beam more powerfully than does the pigeon's mind.
Consequently, the pigeon is instantly "paralyzed" and falls from the sky.
So the observer sees the pigeon released, and the monk (standing aside so as to be able to attract the bird's attention), just makes a movement of his hand and the bird falls. The monk picks up the bird, so the bird glances at him again to re-establish mindlink, and the monk's "ordinary" mind operations then become that of the linked mind. Hence the bird suddenly recovers from its paralysis, and up and flies away.
It takes some years of training, but some monks do practice till they learn to do that.
A few of the great martial artists also learned to use this or a small variant, to confuse their opponent who would then be unable to "see" the movement of the martial artist's fist or arm, etc. So he would be unable to "sense" the nature of the attack, and thus would be "caught flatfooted". My aikido sensei actually endeavored to see this sort of thing aroused spontaneously in his students. In much practice, one day this suddenly happened to me. My sensei, who always was ahead of me, and always just "waiting" for my attack to finish, suddenly did not see what I was doing, and so I quite unexpectedly placed a powerful technique on him with a very strong and perfect throw. He bounced up off the map beaming from ear to ear; that was exactly what he was trying to evoke! Sad to say, I did not get to practice long enough under him to go ahead with that development. But it is a real thing, and when it "clicks" it's magnificent.
That is also one of the reasons that a martial artist does not FOCUS on his adversaries eyes, but "looks through them to infinity". Also, that "parks" the fovea operation (the "conscious attention" portion) in the distance, so the martial artist uses his near-peripheral vision. The reason is that the slightly out-of-focus rest of the image on the retina around the fovea, is a differentiator, built to detect motion, even the most subtle motion. With long training, this part of the sensing gets so finely honed (using the unconscious or massively parallel processor of the mind, rather than the conscious or serial processor) that the sensing becomes flawless or nearly so. After much practice, all that becomes automatic and the martial artist then can just react smoothly and without thinking, in one fluid motion continuously adjusted perfectly. That is said to be "moving like water".
In the old days, and even in the bible, the business of mindlink at a glance via the retinal reflection beams was one of the deep secrets by which a shaman could just walk by a savage beast, or walk up to it and pet it, or even walk through a gathering of several, without any harm. In the old jungle days, it was a very useful ability to develop.
A very few monks (and even a few Japanese Ninjas) learned to do a variant where in that "linked mind glance" they could erase or blank in the targeted mind the ability to "see" their physical form. Thus they could "disappear" to another human, to an animal, etc. --- i.e., they could disappear from the ability of that person or animal to mentally see them. Of course a camera would photograph them still there physically, but the animals or the humans could not "see" them because their minds temporarily would not process that part of the imagery in the light from their retina, and their brains could not physically process that part of the transduced electrical signals from their retina.
Several of the prophets in the bible, and apparently Christ himself, were able to pass out of a hostile crowd or evade soldiers that way, by seeming becoming invisible to the hostiles so that they could not "see" him. However, such skills take many years of development and meditation, and are not easily achieved. But they do exist, and there is a real mechanism by which they are accomplished.
Editor's note: Josef Stalin's psychic advisor, Wolf Messing, was able to walk by Stalin's guards into Stalin's quarters by psychically convincing the guards that they were seeing Josef Beria, the head of the Secret Police, walking by. Stalin knew that parapsychology was real, and so had no qualms about weaponizing it.