How biology is learning what readers have said all along.
There is a face every card reader knows. That second of awkward silence mixed with the frozen disbelief. Your client is trying to go back to the feeling of understanding they had right before you what you said just now. Well, what on earth did I say? it probably went along the lines of:
“If you want to fix ______ you´d better stop ignoring _____. You’ve got work to do”
That´s all it takes. Why? because in their mind those two things you just said are as connected as candy to politics. You might be looking to get that elusive promotion, move to a new city or find a special someone and when I suggest that to achieve it you need to go back and finally make peace with your brother…. wait what? yep, really. That might be what it takes. They are connected.
Just like the Yellowstone wolves story.
Posted on Feb/2014 and narrated by our famous George Monbiot. This video titled “How wolves can change rivers” uses the reintroduction of wolves into the Yellowstone park to illustrate the concept of “trophic cascades”. Which is sort of like an ecological version of the game ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon’. In this video its shown how after 70 years of absence the reintroduction of wolves to the park causes drastic and unexpected changes.
Elk herds react by drastically avoiding certain areas of the park, even thought only a few wolves had been reintroduced. Those areas were then able to regenerate at rapid speeds. Song and migratory birds populated those areas. As did beavers, and with them an array of smaller animals.
Wolves also killed coyotes, which allowed mice and rats to multiply. This attracted foxes, weasels and hawks. While eagles and bears benefited from the carcasses left by wolves. So far the connection between wolves and beavers and weasels is impressive…but maybe not jaw-dropping. Not like that frozen moment we talked about in the beginning. But what happens next is.
The rivers changed in response to the wolves. As the narrator goes on to explain “The wolves, small in number, transformed not just the ecosystem of the Yellowstone National Park but also its physical geography” through a milliard of small domino reactions wolves altered the composition of the soil and with it the health and behavior of rivers.
The reason why the extent of this trophic cascade was impossible to predict is because we had no previous knowledge of the extent of the relation of the wolves with their environment. We didn’t know its possibilities, and its the same with the ecosystem of your life.
The relationship between events, opportunities and relationships can as obscure yet it is real. That conversation with your brother might resurrect a forgotten memory, which makes you question the way you think about yourself, after considerable introspection and healing you ends up behaving differently at your workplace and being noticed for that next promotion. Bingo. Like I said the link is obscure but, based in my ten years as a card reader, I can confidently say its there.
So the next time you get a card reading and you notice that awkward moment of silence, please:
#1 Remember what you are being asked to do
#2 Give it a shot
#3 Notice what feelings and ideas come up.
#4 Think how they relate to the area you wanted to shift
Chances are you are now several degrees closer in your own trophic cascade.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir