Some species of fish are conscious, this means that they are steered by a soul. Other kinds are not conscious, this means that they are steered by a ‘life force’, which is a lower form of consciousness than that of the soul.
I don’t know about all the species of fish whether they are conscious or not, because I haven’t sensed every species. I know of some species that they are animated by a life force or by a soul. The types of fish that I know of that are steered by a soul are shark, salmon, eel, tuna. The species that I know of that are steered by a life force are goldfish, codfish, trout, herring, sardine.
Fish that are animated by a life force
The life force gives life to the fish. It is surrounded by a subconscious mind. This subconscious mind contains guidelines on how the life of the fish has to be. Because of these guidelines the fish instinctively knows how to live, that it has to flee when in danger, what it can eat, how to procreate. These guidelines give rise to the instinct of the fish, instinct is not caused by the genes or the brain.
Apart from the information contained in the subconscious mind, which steers the life of the fish, the life force has the ability to perceive the environment. The life force is not aware of being alive. The body of the fish is alive because of the life force that gives life to its body. The fish survives because of its instinct, which dictates how to live, and because of its ability to perceive the environment through its life force and its bodily senses. Moreover, a fish has a memory and it can remember things and learn based on memory.
The goldfish above perceives, it is aware of its surroundings. It is not aware of being alive. It doesn’t realize that it is a being that is in water and in a bowl. It perceives the presence of other moving elements in the water and it can estimate the distance between itself and the other moving elements. It can estimate the distance to the edge of the bowl. It has a memory, it knows the space in which it swims. It knows when food will be available because that is something that has happened before. It sees (vaguely), it has a sense of touch, and it can distinguish smells. It can find food based on smells. Its life consists of floating in the water, resting, looking for food, and keeping its distance between itself and the other moving elements in the water.
The top fish. The codfish is not aware of being alive. It perceives, it is aware of the sea in which it lives. It can estimate distances and the distance between itself and the moving and non-moving elements in the water. It keeps a certain distance from other fish. It is looking for food. For that purpose it uses (vague) sight, (sharp) smell, hearing and touch (movements or vibrations in the water). It is always looking for food unless it is resting. It is aware of the cod in his vicinity and the only feeling towards the other fish that I sense is the distance that has to be kept between itself and the other fish. There are no emotions, it is not unhappy and it is not happy. There is no consciousness, except for the perception of the environment and the knowledge of things based on instinct and memory.
The lower fish. It is not aware of being alive. It keeps a certain distance to the other fish. It is aware of the environment in which it is swimming. It is looking for food. It sees vaguely, it has a good sense of hearing and smell and it feels vibrations in the water. These senses help it to find and catch a prey. It feels warm and cold temperatures. There are no emotions. There is no consciousness. It perceives the environment and it has a memory.
The trout is alert, it is lying in wait for a prey to pass by. It is swimming around locally, but it doesn’t go too far away, it waits for a prey to come by. It perceives the environment. It has a memory. It knows which preys to eat, how they taste, what moments of the day they are available. It doesn’t realize it’s alive, it has no emotions, but I can perceive a feeling of expectation. This feeling originates from the subconscious mind around the life force. It mainly perceives its prey based on vibrations in the water. It sees (vaguely), it hears and smells, but during the hunt it mainly relies on vibrations in the water.
The trout is in pain and I can perceive a feeling of suffering. However, the trout is steered by a life force and not by a soul. The perception of pain originates from the nervous system and also from the subconscious mind around the life force, which animates the trout. A feeling of suffering originates from the subconscious mind. Although a life force is a low form of consciousness, this consciousness can apparently still experience pain and suffering when a nervous system is present in the body it animates.
The herring can perceive things. It perceives the environment in which it swims. It perceives light and darkness, it has a good sense of hearing, it has a sense of smell. I don’t perceive anything particular with regard to food, I think that food is not a problem. It is aware of the distance between itself and the other fish and of the distance it has to keep from other fish. Herrings swim in schools. The distance between the various fish has to remain the same. This is steered by something in the brain. An electrical field emerges in the school which is created by the brain of all the fish that are part of the school. This field makes the fish in the school swim at the right distance from one another. Because of this electrical field, all the fish in the school move in the same direction and at the same speed. It has a memory, it knows the way in the sea. It is not conscious, it doesn’t have emotions, it doesn’t have an awareness of life.
Sardines can perceive things. They perceive the environment. They are aware of other fish and of the distance they have to keep from other fish. They have a memory, the sardines know the way they have to go. They don’t have emotions, they are not conscious of life. The sardines are very concentrated on the direction they have to take. I sense this focus on the sardine’s heads. I don’t sense in the sardines the reason why they can swim in schools.
The sardines are focused on the way they have to go. They are on their way to food, they know the way. They have a sense of hearing, smell, touch and they see vaguely. They are aware of the other sardines, of the distance they have to keep from one another, of how fast they have to swim. I am not able to sense in these sardines how they can swim in a school, as I did in the herrings.
Fish that are animated by a soul
These fish see, smell, hear and feel vibrations and movements in the water.
The shark is quiet, relaxed. He is not looking for food, he is not hungry. The food of his last meal still has to be digested. The shark is satisfied, happy. He doesn’t think about life, he doesn’t think at all, he lives his life and he is happy. He swims a around little in a certain area feeling satisfied. When he gets hungry, he goes in search of a prey. He sometimes has to swim long distances for that. Once his preys has been eaten, he returns to his regular place to let the food digest. When he comes across other shark when looking for a prey, he isn’t keen on contact with them. When the other shark dares to come too close by, then he will act differently depending on the other shark being bigger or smaller than himself. When the other shark is smaller, he will chase him away. He will forcefully swim towards that shark and give him a push if necessary, until the shark understands that he would better take to his heels. Or he will go and swim around the shark and make fierce movements with his body in order to threaten him, until the shark takes to his heels. When the other shark is bigger than himself, he will swim in another direction away from the other shark as fast as possible. He has emotions. He can get angry at a shark who enters his territory, and he will chase him away. When he flees from another shark, he feels a little anxiety, he is a little nervous. He wants to leave as quickly as possible. When he wants to chase away a shark when he is on his way to a prey, he feels great anger. He is feeling very aggressive and he wants the other one to disappear as quickly as possible. When he has to swim for a long time before finding a prey, he feels slightly desperate. He knows he will eventually find a prey, but he’s afraid he’ll have to swim for a long time. When he swims towards his prey, he is merciless. He is focused on his prey, and he has only one purpose, which is consuming his prey. When the prey has been consumed, he feels satisfied and then he feels relaxed as he takes his time to swim back to his regular place.
Most salmon are animated by a soul. A small part of the salmon doesn’t have a soul, but are animated by a life force.
The salmon is calculating its jump. He knows how forcefully he has to jump to get over that height. He is tired because of the long journey he has made. There is hostility within the group of salmon. All salmon want to swim in the front group. They push each other away, they push each other backwards when they swim. I can perceive an image of them swimming in droves in the river, and they all want to get to the front. It has to do with the food at their destination. There is not much food left for the ones that arrive last.
The salmon’s life is hard, his life is filled with stress. His life consists of having to cover distances in search of food time and time again. There is hostility among the salmon because they compete for food. The salmon doesn’t have personal connections with other salmon. The salmon don’t exchange ideas. When they swim together as a group, this is to be safer and not to make social connections. When they swim alone, they can’t escape a predator, when they swim together, the majority can escape. He is aware of the fact that he is alive. But he doesn’t think about life, there is not much activity in his head. He just lives his life, a life of swimming and eating and staying in the group, without there being any contact with the other fish, and without mental activity. He only perceives things, he doesn’t think about them, except about things related to swimming, finding and catching a prey, finding a place of shelter and calculating a jump. The feelings that I can sense are fear of predators, having to make sure that he has enough food, competition for food, and wanting to swim at the front of the group, wanting to be among the first ones.
The big fish in the middle. The tuna is focused on swimming and on the direction in which the fish are swimming. He thinks that they have to maintain the right direction in which they are currently swimming as well as their current speed. He knows that they still have to swim a long distance. He is thinking of the destination. Life is hard, he is sad about the way life is. They have to look for food continuously and the fish compete for the food. Some fish attack other fish so they can take their food. They sometimes even wound or kill other fish in order to take their food. This fish has also done this a few times with a younger, weaker fish, but he regretted it afterwards. He had food this way, but he was not satisfied about it because he had taken the food from another fish. He won’t do that anymore, he’d rather go hungry than take the food away from another fish. If need be he won’t have food for some time, but there will be always be food again eventually, therefore it’s not necessary to take away another’s food. There is no social contact among the fish, there is no communication among the fish. They all live in their own small world, they all take care of themselves. They only care about their own life, they don’t care about the lives of other fish. When a fish can no longer keep up or gets wounded, the other fish won’t look after him, the fish is just left behind. Living in the group is safe, though. They are better protected from predators in the group. He is afraid of predators. He sometimes longs for death, so that it will be over, life, so that he won’t have to look for food all the time.
The big fish in the middle. They are almost at their destination and he is looking forward to getting there. He is satisfied, he is happy, he loves life. He likes swimming long distances and looking for food. Looking for food, chasing his prey, catching his prey are things he likes very much. He really enjoys that, that’s the real life. Swimming too, swimming all the time is something he thoroughly enjoys. He has great strength, lots of energy, he is never tired. He believes to be superior to other fish, he is haughty, he looks down on the other fish, and he shows it. He sometimes chases other fish away, he believes he has the right to have food the first. He is the biggest and the most powerful one and the other fish are no match for him. He feels that the sea belongs to him and the others are something inferior. He wants to receive a lot of attention, and therefore he will sometimes attack other fish in order to put the attention on himself and to show the other fish who he is and to frighten the other fish. He is merciless, he doesn’t have sympathy for others. He is full of himself. There is no communication with other fish except when he wants to show the other fish who he is. When he has enough food and there is still some left, then he will prevent other fish from eating it. He won’t share anything with other fish, not even with a fish who hasn’t eaten anything for a long time.
He wants to look for food, he hasn’t eaten anything for a very long time. He doesn’t mind if he doesn’t find food or only finds a little food, he can survive without food for a long time. He sometimes finds a lot of food, and then he consumes a large amount of food and then he this will keep him going for a long time. He is content. He doesn’t think about anything, except for food. Where there might be food, and which direction best to take.
Feelings that he sometimes has. He is sometimes hasty, he may rush himself when he wants to swim somewhere and he wants to reach the destination as fast as possible. When something happens unexpectedly or when there is something around him and he doesn’t know what it is, that may scare him and he may feel afraid and he will flee. He sometimes feel a little lonely. He is curious when something that he doesn’t know is floating in the water, and then he will sniff at it.