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Master Key – Week 18 – My Dog and the Law of Substitution


It is quite enjoyable to observe the Laws of the Mind at work in the world around us. Humans are not the only creatures to whom these laws apply.

Our little dog is terrified of thunder. He is not used to it because we did not have thunderstorms where we used to live. He would run through the house barking, then come up to us and paw at our legs, then repeat the same sequence over and over, until the thunder stopped.  When a thunderstorm occurred during the middle of the night, it was even worse. Everyone was awake. Then, it escalated to his barking every time it started to rain, because he was expecting  that thunder would follow. This got old very quickly.

A friend came up with the idea of playing with him every time it rained. He came to see a thunderstorm as a chance to have fun with one of us, retrieving a ball or playing tug-of-war with a squeaky toy. Before long, when it rained, or a thunderstorm occurred, he started going to his toy box on his own, picking up a ball or toy, and playing by himself.

That worked very well during the day, but not at night. Just the sound of rain would prompt him to start barking. Unfortunately, I am not a very patient person at 3 am. After getting yelled at, he decided to go to his toy box a get a squeaky toy. Now, at 3 am, we hear the sound of soft growling and a few little squeaks. Then, comforted, he goes back to sleep.

With assistance, he began to use the Law of Substitution to change his response to rain and thunder. Then, he learned to use that law all by himself. Then, at night, he saw that his behavior was generating a very negative response. Once again, he went back to what he had learned and applied that knowledge. So, we have a little dog using the Law of Substitution and Haanel’s statement that “knowledge doesn’t apply itself”.

If a little dog can use the Laws of the Mind and Haanel’s principles to make his life better, we humans need to “giddy-up”.





Author: masterkeyinflorida

I am supposed to be retired, but I really just changed jobs. We recently moved from CA to FL, where we're restoring a fixer upper that is turning into our dream house, and I'm also in the process of writing a series of children's books.

2 thoughts on “Master Key – Week 18 – My Dog and the Law of Substitution

  1. Wonderful post, Sonia, I´m impressed and inspired by how You applied the law to help Your little dog. His life must be so much more enjoyable now that he doesn´t connect rain and thunder with panicking any more!

    Mahalo, I appreciate You!


  2. Great post Sonia. I really enjoyed your creativity. Thank you.


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