Over the past weekend, I was visiting my future in-laws as they were kind enough to host and engagement party for Karin and me. Good times.
Before the party on Saturday, I parked myself in front of the big screen TV for a few minutes to enjoy the wonders of cable television and the magic of high definition.
In the early afternoon, even with hundreds of channels, there was really nothing on (I suppose this is why I don’t have cable in the first place), but of course, you can always find something to watch.
As a dog-lover and the pack-leader of two such creatures, I stopped my incessant channel changing when I found a program called "The Dog Whisperer". The program featured renowned dog expert, Cesar Millan, coaching people to understand the core issues between them and their mis-behaving pooches.
The episode began by showing a woman walking her muzzled pet. She was obviously very scared of her dog –all her body language pointed to this fact. The dog growled, jumped, and pulled. She grew more and more helpless in demeanor and spirit with each step.
Cesar jumped in and asked a question.
"How do you feel around your dog?"
"I am terrified," she replied.
Without getting into proper correction techniques and so forth, he told her that this was the real problem. He told her that the dog was merely responding to her energy. The dog could feel her uneasiness and responded in kind. Cesar told her that the dog wanted to feel like she was in charge and that the dog could follow her lead at all times. The key was to project calm, assertive energy. as dogs pick up feelings of fear, self-doubt, and worry.
I was just taken by how Cesar was speaking about the rules of energy and attraction to the woman. He wanted her to have a grounded energy, a yang energy, instead of her lighter, more scattered yin energy. Her dog’s nervous energy just reflected her own. (Incidentally, I find that most people, especially women, who do not have some grounding force or practice in their life, tend to struggle more in the role of deliberate creators. Gotta find that yin/yang balance.)
Of course, if you’ve ever been around dogs, you’re probably aware of this. Dogs, bees, people — EVERYTHING — respond to energy. Not wishes. Not desires. Not affirmations.
Fear breeds fear. Confidence breeds confidence. Winning breeds winning. Losing breeds losing (just ask my sorry Yankees!). Money attracts money. You get the point…
The energy you project internally is the message you send out to the world and to the entire universe. It’s your responsibility to be conscious of twhat you are putting out there.
One woman’s praising Cesar said it best: "It’s just amazing the changes that can be made by raising your consciousness to another level."
She was referring to her relationship with her dog, but when you are clear and clean about the energy you project, life begins to shift in amazing ways. But remember, it all starts with your energy and your awareness.
P.S. — those are my dogs, Thai and Tasha on our daily walk just over the border in Vermont.