The sun breaks through the fog and in this new light shadows appear on the path. I walk calmly beside my companion on a loose leash as we cross the road and continue along the harbour.
Three years ago we were walking in a forest and I leapt five feet in the air when I first saw a shadow. Seamus and Ruby looked at me quizzically, wondering where my fear came from. Another shadow appeared and I leapt in the air again, believing there was an abyss beneath my paws.
I could not understand that the dark pattern created by a shadow did not alter the surface we were walking on. Seamus and Ruby calmly walked on and paid no further attention to my leaping like a frog. My companion stayed calm and did not change her rhythm. She made a clicking sound with her tongue and made me follow that sound. She visualised us walking on and me walking calmly beside her.
I could see the pictures she was making, yet continued to make my own negative pictures about the dark spaces on the path. She, Seamus and Ruby walked normally as if those spaces did not exist. I stopped leaping and began to cautiously sniff the ground. After some sniffing I let go of my negative visualisations as they no longer matched my new reality.
I let out a deep sigh and began to relax into the walk and the shadows cast by the tall trees no longer phased me.
It seems strange today to think how scared I was of shadows. I know now that on a hot sunny day it can be very nice to walk in those cooler spaces. More than anything I learned that you create your own reality.
When the reality you create for yourself is not helpful to you there are always other dogs and other people who can help you let go of what does not serve you and create a new, more peaceful reality.
My pack supported me through this just by being there and by creating a loving space where I could find the answers in my own time.
I hope that, whenever you are telling yourself a story or create an image that is not helpful to you, you will remember how I released my idea about shadows and created a new, more natural and more positive reality. It is the type of reality we can all create for ourselves.