Pete Sierra wrote in AdvaitaTo Zen, "The naturalist Loren Eiseley wrote many interesting essays
on form shifting. In one of them, he relates a personal
experience he had while studying the habits of frogs.
On this particular night he was headed toward a deep sink
hole in the middle of a large grove. The sink hole was
particularly dangerous because it had not rained for months,
and the water had receded several feet from the steep rim.
Any careless human who plunged in would have no way to
As he walked along a narrow trail, he was overtaken by a
a large number of frogs heading toward the sink hole.
He was enchanted to be part of this march, and tried
to keep pace with the frogs. After a few minutes of
feeling himself part of this amphian army, he
sensed a strange feeling of kinship with the
group. As they got nearer the water the frogs started
singing. Loren tells that at one point, to his surprise, he
noticed that he was no longer walking, but jumping along
and croaking with the frogs. He felt a great urgency,
a deep longing for those deep black waters. He wanted
it with a force he had never experienced before. This
yearning filled him with great exhilaration. He began
shaking with excitement and then the excitement
turned to terror as he realized that if he didn't break
this spell we would surely perish at the sink hole.
The terror did the trick, and he snapped out of his frog