Before I embark on an exploration of the human condition in my blog, I find it highly illuminating that I am receiving obvious roadmarks for this adventure (“receiving” in that suddenly a shift has occurred in my thinking and I find myself becoming aware of these altered states occuring all around me).
Today is Sunday, to me the final day of the long week. I awoke this morning to sudden frenetic activity around the front door of the house, to find that our two “watch” dogs had escaped their yard and were out on the eastern-most fence line, barking at and harrassing the neighbors as they tried to hitch up their boat to the truck, for a day out on the water.
The barking had been so intense that it woke Jim up and sent him flying out the door. No harm was done besides disturb the peace; Jim had left the back yard gate open… ? But here again was a clear display of an altered state, one of the canine variety. When the dogs go into the “red zone,” as Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, describes it, they go into an automatic response mode; it takes a great deal to break their fixation, to snap them out of their altered state. Their adrenalin is revved, heart rates are soaring, and the frenzy they create just continues to escalate. I’m sure it was a very disturbing scene. When left on their own, animals can often react in their own primal way, which is not always optimal for the human condition.
So at the very start of my day, what I think was “peak experience” occurred. Not exactly a positive experience, but very intense. Clearly I am paused to wonder, do altered states serve to create “peak experiences?” At first glance, possibly yes. Perhaps altered states embody some sort of chain reaction. Thanks to the Aussie Mix biscuit hounds, brother and sister, for providing these questions. I just wish the neighbors could see the benefit. (yikes…)