What My Dog Taught Me about the Law of Attraction

June 23rd, 2010

At last count there are almost a thousand books written about the Law of Attraction. A healthy number of personal and business coaches teach people how to attract more money, more love, more business, more of everything into their lives.  And, of course, there is THE movie.

But, in my opinion, you don’t need any of those.  Nope.  If you want to learn all about the Law of Attraction, get a dog.  If you already have a dog, then pay attention.  He or she is trying to teach you everything you need to know.  In fact, because of your dog, you now know the Law of Attraction, you just may not realize it yet.  So let me wake you up to the wisdom that your canine companion has imparted to you, true spiritual teacher that he is.  


Here are the four steps conveyed to me over the last 13 years of study with my dog, Duncan (yes, I know, I am a slow learner).

1. Be clear about what it is you want.  Whether it is a food, a walk, shelter from the rain and snow, or just a good belly rub, know what you want.  None of this waffling around, no wringing of paws and saying, “I don’t know what I want.”  A dog knows what he wants and that is all that he wants at that moment in time—unless, of course, a rabbit runs across his path, and then that is all that he wants.

2. Take action.  You can try the usual methods of writing it down, praying for it, or creating a vision board, but that really isn’t sufficient action, according to Duncan.   He suggests approaching the clearly defined desired object or goal and then sitting down on your haunches and staring at it.  Unrelentingly.  For however long it takes.  Make sure your nose points in its direction as well, just so there is no confusion.  If it doesn’t come to you right away, then add a little wistfulness to your stare, and whine…just a little.

3. Expect to get what you want.  Here is the hardest lesson for us, I think.  There is always a part of us whispering in the background that says we can’t have what we want, for one reason or another.  Duncan never has that problem.  He always expects to get what he wants, even if he didn’t get it the last time he asked.  He never looks doubtful, hangs his head as if not worthy, or goes away and comes back several times.  He always expects.  And you know what?  He usually gets what he wants—as long as it is good for him.  Hmmm, something to think about there.

4. Finally, BE GRATEFUL.  Wow, is there anything or anyone more enthusiastically grateful than a dog?  Tail wagging, body writhing with pleasure and joy.  Leaping into the air.  Happy, happy, happy!  Can we say the same about our expressions of gratitude?  Full-bodied, full-souled expressions of gratefulness?

I admit my dog is not an Abraham Hicks, but he certainly is a wise—and experienced—sage who has taught me much about the Law of Attraction.

So go sit at the feet of your dog and see what he or she has to share with you about communicating with the Universe and attracting your dreams into your life.

Warning:  Just don’t try this with a cat.  They think they ARE the Universe.

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