GOLDEN RETRIEVER MAGIC
The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.
One July night I dreamed of a severed dog leg, lying on the
ground. My older golden retriever Pol, then 11 years old, had
legs the approximate size,shape and color of the severed leg in my dream. "That age is
near the end of a normal golden retriever life-span," the vet
had told me two weeks before my dream. With my knowledge of the
old Freudian idea (not 100% correct in my opinion) that all
dreams are just wish fulfillment, the dream was not easy to
tolerate. After much introspection, I really found no wish on my
part for either of my two dogs to be injured or dead. So I let
the matter remain in doubt.
Emotionally healthy adults are comfortable saying the words I love you to men, women, and children in a feeling way.|
Eight weeks later, while taking my two retrievers along the
beach for a September ocean swim, a three-legged Irish Setter
was headed toward us. The shoulder wound associated with his
missing leg was as might be expected after eight weeks of
healing. Also, this Irish Setter was strongly emotionally
wounded. He visibly drooped and exhibited a hangdog look that
clearly said that life did not seem worth living for him.
Surprisingly, my dogs, Pol and Tash, approached him individually
and somewhat calmly, instead of making their typical boisterous
joint charge toward other canines. Within the space of two
minutes of dog-sniffing and circling, it was obvious that the
Irish Setter's feelings had changed from "Life-is-not-living" to
"Ain't life grand?". The woman with the Irish Setter, whom I had
never before met, just said two words to me, "Thank you." We
So what happened? Some may think it was a random chance that I
dreamed of a severed dog leg about the time of the Irish
Setter's accident. On the other hand, the half of this country's
population now believing in ESP would be of a different opinion.
ESP and precognition, rather than amazing coincidence, seem
better explanations for my dream at the time of the Irish
Setter's accident (two months before we were all to meet). To
doubters- do you really think my dream was coincidence? To
believers- yes, I know I left out talk of the probable
agreements between the woman and myself.
P.S. For another four years my two dogs and I lived happily
together without injury to either one of them.
If we would want them, most of us could have out-of-body experiences. They are useful for giving us different perspectives than those that are currently popular.|
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