Anyone have a bird I can borrow?
FWIW, I too think it's possible and that there would even be gradations of skill--using the whole arm at first, then connecting whole body to the arm, and later subtle movements with the hand muscles but with the whole body still all one unit, and beyond that, who knows whether it's sticking power that prevents the bird from leaving, or just listening closely enough to keep removing the bird's ground from under it.
Birds are quite quick to fly away (not every bird on the ground gets caught by a stalking cat) so I think that this exercise would require listening skill honed enough to listen to the bird's initial chi shockwave (tiny and subtle)-a split second before the bird launches.
Shockwave isn't quite right because the word sounds too big--but I'm talking about the subtle wave of chi that washes through you the moment before somebody does something. It's a matter of tuning to this frequency, which I believe can be done through regular practice.
In the Scientific Basis of Energy Medicine, Oschmann writes, "Pulses of electric and magnetic energy being in the brain before
any movemnt occurs." (p.226)
"It would not be surprising if the various yogic, martial arts, and contemplative practices also lead to stronger and more coherent biomagnetic fields.
"While more research is needed, the most logical explanation for amplification [of huge biomagnetic fields emmitted from the hands] is that the waves of electrical and magnetic activity from the brain are amplified as they pass through the peripheral tissues. Vibrating molecules throughout the body may become cooperatively entrained with the brain rhythms. As more and more molecules within the crystalline living matrix become vibrationally entrained, the fields get stronger.
Bodywork and other repetetive practices stuch as yoga, QiGong, tai chi, meditation, theraputic touch, etc. may gradually lead to more structural coherence (crystallinity) in the tissues, facilitating both the detection and radiation of energy fields." (Oschmann, p. 221).
So, if this is correct, more practice and one could eventually arrange the body's structural "array" well enough to listen closely enough to detect the pre-motion chi of a bird. My question is this: at that level, does one listen to the electro-magnetic/chi wave before the electrical impulses travel to the muscles of the bird? Or does one listen PRIOR to the bird's chi being mobilized to tell the muscles to move? That is to say, can one listen to the bird's intent before the bird mobilizes its chi to move its muscles?
I'm guessing the answer is yes--at the stage just prior to becoming one with the bird.