Plus tips on how to unleash YOUR dog!
THE HEALING POWER OF DOGS ~ We all know dogs heal. It doesn’t matter if they are therapy dogs, service dogs, working dogs or pet dogs… they heal. But, I believe dogs are on this earth for a purpose much Grander than we may ever know. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what they are capable of.
If we permit our dogs to be who they truly are, if we allow them to communicate, if we listen to them, trust them and nurture their organic talents, we will discover their unique gifts and help them reach their full potential. We will uncover the purpose for them being with us, and our spiritual connection will become extraordinarily stronger.
I believe this because I have unleashed my dog, Ricochet's full potential... her healing power. I share some of my discoveries of her in this blog so dogs everywhere can be recognized, and revered as the sentient beings they are. I invite you to read the tips below, and if you haven't already... unleash your dog too!
Ricochet has been balancing surfboards since she was 8 weeks old. She is a champion surf dog who has won many dog surfing contests. She has surfed with everyone from people with disabilities, kids with special needs, wounded warriors, Veterans with PTSD, surf pros, celebrities, other dogs, a goat and even Rob Machado.
Unleashing your dog! One of the reasons dogs are on this earth is to teach us lessons. One of those lessons is to trust them. They often know more than we do, but we dismiss their behavior as insignificant. Dogs want to please us, so they will do pretty much whatever we want them to. But what if we asked each dog what they wanted instead of putting our egos and wants onto them? Listen to your dog and let them do what they’re most comfortable with. Don’t let your ego get in the way of their comfort!
Give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome!
Don't get me wrong, it's pretty magical to watch her instinctively adapt her surfing style based on each individual's disability. And there have been some tremendous life-altering experiences in the ocean. But, it's her gift of healing that has allowed her to balance lives over the last six years.
MESMERIZED BY THE ENERGY ~ In May of 2015, I took Ricochet to Sedona, Arizona. It’s intensely spiritual - some say even sacred. New age people believe the strikingly beautiful red sandstone formations are the center of energy vortexes that radiate the earth's power. I wanted to give Ricochet a little re-charge and see how she would respond to the energy.
The video below shows how Ricochet responded. I don’t know what she saw, but it’s clear that she saw things I didn’t see. Maybe it was auras, spirits, telepathic signals floating around or something else. All I know is she was mesmerized! Some may say she's looking at critters, but her body language isn’t reflecting prey mode. Instead, she has a look of wonder as her eyes frolic across her surroundings. Whatever it was, Ricochet came back from Sedona a more powerful and profound healer than ever! Click here to read more about her Sedona journey.
Unleashing your dog! Have you ever noticed your dog staring at something you can’t see or hear? You may shrug it off as nothing, but maybe, just maybe your dog is really seeing something us humans can’t. Maybe it’s a spiritual or mystical experience. If you open yourself up to the belief that dogs have a higher level of awareness and start paying more attention to their behavior, you may get a glimpse of their mystical wonderment. It could also be time for a road trip to Sedona!
PAWS-ON HEALING ~ Like all dogs, Ricochet embodies un-conditional love and purity. And because I’ve nurtured her organic talents, she has an exceptional level of healing mastery. She helps others with physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Individuals can be affected by her mere presence without them even being consciously aware. She is able to transform energies on a very deep level. Blockages, trauma, painful memories, fears and physical ailments can be dissolved and replaced with inner peace, harmony, enlightenment and empowerment.
While Ricochet has always made deep connections with many different types of people, the two segments of the population she's the most sensitive to are military with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and children with autism. She understands their situation and offers support for their needs while providing a grounding presence. Most military with PTS and kids with autism have triggers that result in anxiety. Because Ricochet is able to detect and alert to their emotional or physical stress, she can prevent panic attacks, melt downs and other anxiety provoking behavior. This allows for the opportunity to intervene and assess the individual and environment before their anxiety escalates.
Unleashing your dog! Are there certain types of people your dog gravitates towards? By honoring their preferences and individuality you can nurture their natural tendencies. Pay close attention to how your dog interacts with you or others. Each dog may have an individualized way they use their healing power. Some may sniff or lick a person. If they get obsessive, ask questions of the person to find out if they have pain in that area. Dogs have been trained to sniff out cancer, but there are also dogs that are able to do so without any training. Some dogs may lay their head on your lap, or become antsy. What does your dog do to alert you to things? What does your dog do when you feel physical or emotional pain? If you can’t think of anything, watch their body language more closely!
EMPATHY ~ It's hard to hide your true feelings from a dog. At some time or another, your dog has probably read your emotional state and then responded with comfort, concern, sympathy or other appropriate responses. That is called empathy… the ability to understand emotion. It’s like seeing ourselves mirrored in another person. Most dogs feel empathy and are capable of picking up cues from their family members due to their strong human-animal bond.
But, Ricochet also instantly bonds with strangers. She makes very deep heart and soul connections. She not only detects their physical and emotional changes, she takes on their fear, imbalance, anxiety, stress, pain or other emotions. I notice it manifesting by her body language. I typically know how a person is feeling based on her behavior.
She is like a mirror to the people with whom she interacts, reflecting back their feelings with a sense of confidence. As such, she can help people go inward to find a place of peace while, at the same time, moving outward through their greatest fears. The more she does it, the more powerful it gets. She instinctively knows how to let go of the negative energy so she is not affected by it.
As validated by the healers in Sedona, and Dr. Brian Hare, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, Ricochet has an extraordinary capacity for empathy. Click the video below to learn how Dr. Hare explains what Ricochet does.
Unleash your dog! Dogs can sense when you’re not feeling well emotionally or physically. Some dogs know when you’re in need of comfort. Others may notice a change in your behavior. Pay close attention to their slightest cues, body language and actions of your dog. Often, when you think your dog is behaving badly, they really aren’t. They are just trying to tell you something. Dogs are constantly communicating with us. We just have to listen. Sometimes, it’s very subtle, like the raise of an eyebrow or the flick of an ear. Other times it’s more obvious, like a tilt of the head or a happy tail wag. And when we open our hearts and accept what our companion animals have to share, we gain a greater sense of their empathy!
INTUITION ~ I believe dogs possess innate intuitive and psychic abilities. They are sensitive to many things we are not. Dogs have been said to have ESP (extra sensory perception) because they are so in tune with us. Sometimes it seems like they can read our minds or know what is going to happen before it does.
Ricochet knows things. I don’t know how she knows them, but she does. I call it intuition, but I'm not really sure what it is. Maybe it's some psychic or telepathic ability. Or maybe it's some other mystery that scientists haven't discovered yet. All I know is that she knows things! I have many examples which you can read here. You can also learn about them in her book "Riding a Wave of Hope With the Dog Who Inspires Millions".
Unleash your dog! Has your dog ever known something before it happened? Do they start looking out the window when it’s time for a family member to come home? Do you have telepathic conversations with your dog? Do you get thoughts that aren’t yours? If not, just open yourself up to the possibility. Quiet your mind and just “be” with your dog. Don’t be surprised if you start getting thoughts that you didn’t expect!
SPIRITUAL CONNECTION ~ Dogs are spiritual beings. Their free-spirited energy is pure and divine. They love and accept us unconditionally. Because of this, they have a direct connection to spirit. If we let them, they have the capacity to be our spiritual teachers and healers. Our path and life purpose can become entwined. Dogs are full of wisdom, and are always ready to teach us lessons. I have discovered my spiritual path through Ricochet.
I’ve gotten the most out of my relationship with her by viewing her as my equal. Because I’ve been open to her teachings and lessons, she has guided me, taught me, healed me and led me to my purpose. The power she has to heal others is astounding. So much so, that it can be quite overwhelming… but in a good way. When I watch her interact with people, I see the spiritual connection.
Unleash your dog! You can easily develop a spiritual connection with your dog. In the book “Mystical Dogs”, Dr. Jean Houston says dogs are closer to nature and thus seem to be on a continuum with the natural flow of things. She believes “they serve as wonderful spiritual guides because of their simplicity and the naturalness of their being.” But, we often miss their guidance because we’re not paying attention or we don’t fully recognize the power and grace they bring to our lives. I can’t stress this enough… just “be” with your dog! When you really start listening to your dog, paying attention and being open to the spiritual connection they offer, the more they can share it with you. Get ready for an incredible journey!
Let me know what you unleash in your dog!