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commented on Oct. 5, 2011
I just wanted to share a fun experience: Back at home whenever I would be walking outside in the pygmy forest and concentrating on developing enhanced vision, or when I would be deep in intellectual exercise regarding concepts such as four-dimensional movement, I would notice a change in my presence to wild animals. I would be walking along down the long, wide dirt driveways, and I would be deep in concentration, almost a meditation of sorts. On a number of occasions I would suddenly lose concentration as would I realize that there is a bunny munching on grass just two or three feet from my foot, or a number of birds hopping on the branches next to my head. Once I would lose my concentration and marvel at the normally skittish animal which is now within an arms length of me, it would suddenly be as if I had deactivated a cloaking device and popped into existence right beside the wild creature.
Within a couple seconds of exiting my previous state of mind, the rabbit calmly munching beside me (as one example) would quickly perk up its ears as if it sensed something, then it would look up at this human which is standing right next to it and take off startled! This has happened many times with rabbits, sometimes with birds, and once with a skunk as it continued to waddle towards me obliviously as I was concentrating. At that point I had become so accustomed to this effect that I stopped walking forward, as I DID NOT want to pop into its awareness as it was right beside me, lol! But as I began to become self-conscious and I started to take a couple steps back from the advancing skunk, it suddenly stopped sniffing about looked up towards me, at which point it it turned tail and began to waddle-hop away with speed.
I remember it was once said that those masters who have moved beyond feelings of self-service and into a state of unity would have animals approach them unafraid, that even a Tiger would not attack them. Now I can very much imagine what that might be like from my own experiences with temporary states of cognition. I think one element of this state is a sense of "not wanting anything of your surroundings," like a mode of ultimate Zen where you do not project any feelings of self like "I want to look at the animal" or "I want for them to not be afraid of me as I approach."