Quantum Pigeon: There’s No Place Like Home

Mar 30, 2011 by

Quantum Pigeon: There’s No Place Like Home

In New York City, we tend to think (affectionately) of pigeons as kind of dirty, irritating birds—-but no one can deny that they can fly like the wind.

Pigeons are sort of like NYC itself—stinky, infuriating, but still soaring.

Mike Tyson has been in the news lately because he has raised hundreds of homing pigeons over the years, including pigeons he races. Of this unlikely union, he says he tries not to get too attached to his birds, because they sometimes get sick, injured, or caught by predators. The less attached he is, Mike says, “the less difficulties I have in my home and in my everyday life.”


Mike also knows that you should NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A HOMING PIGEON.

Because a homing pigeon can be transported hundreds, even thousands of miles from its home roost, and as soon as it’s released, it will fly straight back home. Pretty much no matter where or how far away from home they are. With very little hesitation.

In fact—and this is truly amazing—they can find their way home EVEN IF YOU MOVE IT.


WELL…we still don’t know how they do it.

But lots of theories about how they do it have already been completely disproved, so you can pretty much forget about anything reasonably logical.

Nope. They don’t do it by smell, memory, the sun, landmarks, sight, magnetic fields, or sensitive hearing.

The Darling children fly to NeverlandInstead, the evidence suggests that there is an UNKNOWN force, sense, or power that connects pigeons to their home, no matter where they are, and no matter where you move it.

“Second to the left and straight on till morning.” (Peter Pan’s directions home.)

Quantum physics (known as the Science of Consciousness) tells us that, at the sub-atomic level (where particles are unimaginably small), those particles are located at a specific place—like an address—in space and time.

But those particles are ALSO wave-like at the same time, and in their vibrating form they spread out all over everywhere, which means that, like a wave, they’re also located everywhere at once. (Don’t even try to understand this, no one does.)

An analogy would be that your Home is not only at, say, 172 W. 14th Street (a particular place or location with a mailbox). But at the quantum level, in its vibrating, wavy state, home is also “anywhere (and everywhere) you hang your hat.”

A perfect metaphor for this quantum situation is the Internet.

Right now ask yourself, “Where is the internet?”

If you think about it, the Internet is sort of out there everywhere in the ethers, and very hard to grab onto.

But it’s also at the very specific address of your personal laptop, and your website’s URL.

With the Internet, Everywhere and Somewhere both exist at the same time.

Or, in the tender words of Elvis Presley, “Home is where the heart is, and my heart is anywhere you are.” (Sigh.)

This is a very quantum situation.

And living organisms in nature somehow seem to open a doorway into this quantum realm.

In fact, if we had the consciousness of a pigeon, we would have a consciousness that we can barely imagine.

So here is one fascinating, evidence-based theory suggested by Rupert Sheldrake (one of my all-time favorite science geniuses) about how pigeons get home.

Sheldrake thinks that the consciousness of a pigeon is very different than ours:

When a pigeon is born, it already has all the awareness it will ever have. It already knows everything that will happen to it, almost like a map of its life that is spread out before it. One continuous awareness that extends from its birth to its death.

This is very interesting to think about. For us, that would be like having all your deathbed memories—looking back on everything that happened in your life—delivered to you at the very moment you’re born.

Most of us probably wouldn’t really want that kind of consciousness.

We prefer the surprises that make life so interesting.

But Sheldrake helps us to imagine the consciousness of a pigeon, so different from our own.

In pigeon consciousness, it knows everything that’s going to happen.

Sort of like going to a good psychic on the Upper West Side. Except better.

And its life unfolds exactly as anticipated.


Since the pigeon has no language, it doesn’t have the concept of “anticipated.” Without language, its experience is all visual and sensory. It doesn’t think or reason in words, like the endless chatter we have in our heads. It doesn’t worry about the past or the future like we do. Language is the source of most of our human angst about those things.

“Yesterday I did this, tomorrow I hope THAT won’t happen.”

No, a pigeon is aware of its entire history from birth till death (no surprises!), but experiences it as one timeless moment. The entire life history of the pigeon all exists at the same time, including the trip away from and back to the loft.

In some sense, the pigeon never went anywhere.

Sort of like when you rewind a cartoon or a film backwards, and there’s a spectacle of wild confusion, arms and legs flailing everywhere, but then amazingly everything still ends up in the right place.

“Home, where my music’s playing. Home, where my love lies waiting…” (Paul and Art are forever figuring out how to get Home.)

Sooooo….The possible answer to how the pigeon finds its way home is that part of the pigeon’s mind is already home and never left home.

“Gee, but it’s great to be back home. Home is where I wanna be-ee.”

When a pigeon is released, the part of its mind that’s still at home guides it back to its loft.

Because in some sense it’s already there.

Glinda: “You’ve always had the power to go back home to Kansas.”
Dorothy: “I have?”
Scarecrow: “Then why didn’t you tell her before?”
Glinda: “Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.”

(Dorothy just had to learn that she was already there.)

The consciousness of the pigeon is distributed in time in a way that, from our point of view, makes it capable of performing miracles.

But from the pigeon’s point of view, it’s just another ho-hum day in the life.

That means that, except for the poison of our human language telling us there’s a past, a present, and an unknowable future, tormenting us constantly about what’s going to happen next, we could possibly have the consciousness of a pigeon and see our entire lifetime all at once.

With pigeon-consciousness, we would fall into a timeless quantum realm

—an Already-There existence—

the 4th dimensional world of nature, where darkness holds no threat, and anxiety and fear would leave us— to forever go in peace.

Pigeon-Think would put a lot of psychics out of business.

And no matter where we went, we’d always, already, be Home.

The “doves” released at weddings and ceremonies are actually white homing pigeons. And every day, hundreds of pigeons find their way home–and right into Mike Tyson’s heart. We can all be heartened by that.

“Home is where, when you go there, they have to take you in.”

Perhaps you’ll never think of pigeons the same way again.

Home: You’re already there.

Get Ignited!

Christine Ranck is the author of Ignite the Genius Within


  1. The Force is strong with those pigeons

  2. I heard of a tortoise that took a year to find its owners, crossing busy streets and walking miles……to find them

  3. Agreed!! I’ve studied ring-necked doves, they are “cousins” of pigeons. I guess that means they all go to the same family reunions!!! 🙂 But, the article’s premise is definitely a trippy thought, huh!!!? 🙂

  4. Isn’t that something, some people can’t.

  5. Ann Smith via Facebook

    We have 2 white homing pigeons. They might be doves but I don’t know how to tell the difference. They live free on one of our decks to our lounge. They are delightful to see right outside our window, to feed and touch them and see them flying and soaring from, around and back to our deck. We can hear them cooing through the day and it feels so peaceful.

  6. Brooke, if you ever find out, let us know. My uncle trained pigeons for the military during world war II.

  7. Ya know it’s the same thing with kids!!! No matter how far you move they always come home to “roost”!!

  8. You’re very sweet….. : } ♡

  9. Mandi Pippin via Facebook

    that’s very sweet