The Indonesian-mimic-octopus is an even more unlikely creature of random mutation. Perhaps unsurprisinglyundocumented until 1998 it transmogrifies into at least 17 different life forms. On meeting an enemy itmetamorphoses into a creature unpalatable to that predator.Mimic octopus as a flounder… as a poisonous sea snake (sea snake above)… as a crinoid…
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Mimic octopus as a sea star… standing up in burrow mimicking a mantis shrimp… and finally as himself.
Statistically Darwinian-evolution cannot be the only mechanism operating such a phantasmagorical and intelligentseries of transmogrifications. It is as if all living things have a library of patterns or blueprints that they can accesswhen needed."the form of an object is a ‘diagram of forces,’ in this sense at least, that from it we can judge of or deduce theforces that are acting or have acted upon it," [Thompson, D.W. 1917 (1992)]A life form is a map of the ‘forces’ or morphogenetic instructions that caused it to be. This idea of a cosmic blueprint is an ancient one; Vedic philosophers consider everything has an internal essence informing its externalappearance."There are other invisible writings, secretly impressed on the leaves of Nature's book…being traced…on the…tablets of our…hearts...These internal and spiritual characters…the interior writing, may…be the cause and originof the things which do appear." [Rosicrucian. Fludd, Robert (1574-1637)]Biologist Rupert Sheldrake
suggests the theory of morphic-resonance, a vibrational archive of knowledgeintercommunicating ideas, strategies and behaviours that each species has specific timeless access to. He describesour bodies as "nested hierarchies of vibrational frequencies" [Sheldrake, R. 1995]This idea makes sense of many ancient concepts. The martial arts practice of emulating the movement andcharacteristics of a specific animal
to increase combat skills makes much more sense if by mimicking them youare tuning your consciousness to their operational frequency and are thereby able to access millennia of speciesexclusive secrets, skills, instincts and understandings.Ray Mears, when studying the techniques of the finest animal trackers, visited global experts. They told him after many years of tracking, your senses become honed & refined and suddenly you can see the spirit of the animal
Babu tang lang quan
means eight step praying mantis fist. It is a Chinese martial art style.
Bai he jin gang quan
means white crane thunderbolt fist. It is aChinese martial art style.
means white ape. It is Chinese martial art style.
Bei tang lang quan
means northern praying mantis fist. It is a Chinesemartial art style.
Bimen tang lang quan
means secret door praying mantis fist. It is a Chinese martial art style.
means dog fist. It is a style of Chinese martial art.
means monkey fist, a style of Chinese martial art.
Hei hu quan
means black tiger fist. It is a Chinese martial art style.
means crane fist. It is a style of Chinese martial art.
was a Chinese physician (208 C.E.), who created a series of fitness exercises using five animals playing,
; the ape, the bear, the bird, the deer, and the tiger.
means dragon fist. It is a style of Chinese martial art.
Shi'er Xing Quan
means twelve animals boxing. It is a style of Xing yi quan. It is based on the movements of twelve animals.