By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT
It is with great enthusiasm that I would like to discuss emotional projection, or why dogs behave like people, and the consequences of those exchanges. Before we go any further, it’s important I talk about certain energy theories. They may seem boring to many, at one point they were for me, but understanding where universal energy theory comes from is essential to the understanding of this article.
Albert Einstein wasn’t an easy person. As a child, he contested everything, and once an adult, rebelled against conventions. His biggest motivation in life was to prove the existence of God. One could say he was obsessed by it, however, after many years, calculations, and revolutionary theories, he ran out of time. In reality he died before he could prove the existence of God. Nevertheless, our favourite genius was on the right path. In 1928 Einstein talked openly, for the first time, about a unified energy theory. Although he never proved this theory, which is defined as a single source responsible for all the matter in the universe, others are convinced he was right.
In the 90s a group of astrophysicists, cosmologists, and mathematicians (1) took on the task of proving our universe was composed of only one unique energy particle. The electrons, protons, and neutrons gave rise to even smaller particles called quarks, hadrons, and such. The most extraordinary particle is, without a doubt, the Superstring (2). These small energy particles are estimated to be 10-33 or 0.000000000000000000000000000000001, and would have the shape of little undulating strings vibrating at different intensities. Low vibrating strings would unite with one another to form the physical reality, as we know it. Although the existence of these particles hasn’t been confirmed, no microscope strong enough exists; the significance of such a discovery is grandiose.
(2014 UPDATE - The Higgs boson initially theorised in 1964, was confirmed in March 2013)
Back to Einstein. He couldn’t explain his universal energy theory using mathematical calculations. Something was missing. Our friendly genius based his calculations on the four known dimensions, and this is where he failed. Six extra dimensions were necessary to explain universal energy theory. Taking into account that ten dimensions govern our universe, scientists finally proved Einstein was right; a universal energy could really exist.
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake explains in his book Dogs that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home how all the particles of the world are governed by a morphic field. In other words, a very complex behavioural, social, mental and cultural energy force unites all matter, simple or complex. Morphic fields are composed of morphic units (see image), which are stabilized by anterior morphic resonance. Consequently, morphic fields retain a kind of cumulative memory, or collective unconsciousness. This thought-form has another name, the egregor.
In his book, Dr. Sheldrake goes on to explain that morphic units regrouped in morphic fields are not affected by the space-time continuum. Once created, the energy of a morphic field remains forever omnipresent. If a member (3) of the morphic field leaves the group, the energy that binds them is not broken; it’s simply stretched, resulting in telepathic channels. The most incredible property of morphic fields is they can be constituted of various morphic units. For example, the atom is a morphic field composed of morphic units called electrons, protons, and neutrons. Your family is also a morphic field, it’s composed of human morphic units, and you guessed it, animal morphic units. At the quantum level what differentiates your dog, a human, sheet of paper, or this computer, is the particle’s frequency of vibration and morphic field resonance (4). To better understand, let us take a look at the following image.
Humanity is the grouping of human units, and canidae is the grouping of canine units. Simply put, a morphic field is the ensemble of all the subjects that define it. Inevitably, a morphic field possesses a morphic resonance (memory), because each individual unit brings to it, its energy antecedent. At each new grouping level this memory increases, thus creating a new morphic field and resonance. This pyramid effect is found in every structure - simple, complex, organic or not.
In order to stimulate your curiosity, each cell in your body contains your DNA code. So, how does it develop into so many different structures? How does it know it must transformed into muscle, bone, nervous or epithelia cells? The answer is because of morphic resonance. This energy knows exactly how to behave, for it has a collective memory.
This brings us to our animals. As mentioned before, your morphic field is composed of yourself and your family, but when you adopt a dog a strange phenomenon happens. The dog leaves his morphic field (without braking away from it) and becomes part of yours, creating a new morphic field. Once this union is accomplished, the dog becomes an integrated part of the new field, sharing its energy and memory. The dog literally shares your electric current.
Using a simple analogy, allow me to demonstrate the principal behind the theory. To create electricity we need an equal part of positive and negative energy (positive or negative emotions). Imagine yourself and your dog as batteries. In the best of worlds, the exchange between two energy points is accomplished according to the (+/-)(+/-) convention. However, from the human animal relationship point of view, the exchange is mostly a one-way deal, from animal to human (+/-)(-/+). Our dogs give us unconditional love, and in return we give them our emotional problems such as, stress, frustration, anxiety, etc.
Now, imagine you are a rechargeable battery. After extended use you become weak and cease to function. You need to recharge. Not knowing where to recharge, most of us unconsciously use the dog as our charger. This unbalanced transfer of energy creates an instable environment ideal for diseases. Therefore, emotional projection is the unconscious transfer of our emotional energy, positive or negative, towards a living creature. The negative emotional transfer towards the dog creates an unbalanced energy, which will be expressed in his body as a sickness or disease.
Here is an example. Your boss screams at you for whatever reason. You can’t scream back because he is the boss. When you get home, you realize your dog has dug a big whole in the yard. Furious, you walk in the house and scream at the dog. Fido receives your anger and tries to calm you; after all, he spent the entire day alone in the house. You don’t recognize the subtle calming language of signals, and the dog becomes stressed by this situation. If this scenario is repeated regularly, your four-legged friend, as yourself, will develop chronic problems related to stress such as, indigestion, anxiety, and dermatitis.
People who work in veterinary clinics unconsciously know about this projection phenomenon. It is not rare to see an animal suffer from the same ailments as his owner. Recently, I had the chance to observe the evolution of a puppy’s illness into a disease. The person was negatively projecting onto his dog, and in less than a year, the dog suffered from his owner’s disease. Another client was talking to me about her dog’s dermatitis, all the while scratching her hands. When asked, she told me she suffered form eczema. This phenomenon is not limited to physical problems; it also applies to behavioural problems. When projected outward, anxiety becomes the psychological consequence of fear.
Although this scenario seems pessimistic, it is not. We can use this theory to our advantage, and learn lessons. First, by observing the mirror effect (the image others send back to us) we can acknowledge our psychological problems. Secondly, while we consciously become aware that we are creating these psychological and physiological problems, we can also realize that we can cure ourselves. Thirdly, we can stop the emotional projection process by simply realizing what we are doing. Finally, if we can observe and identify our ailments and illnesses without judgement, the use of animals as therapy-assisted mediums confirms our assumptions, we can learn from other beings!
Dogs are man’s best friend, however, our relationship is compromised if we project our emotions onto them. It’s imperative we find an emotional balance with our animals in order to develop and maintain a healthy relationship. Spiritually, animals are an extension of who we are, and when we truly understand this, we will see them as who they are, teachers!
(1) Hawking, Kaluza, Klein, Gross, Harvey, Martinec and Rohm to name a few.
(2) John M. Pierre’s web site www.sukidog.com/jpierre/strings
(3) Particles, organisms simple or complex, organic or not.
(4) Ancestral collective memory referring to all levels of complexity. Named collective unconsciousness by Carl G. Jung.