Happy Pet, Happy Home
Feng shui isn’t just for humans and their abodes, but animals, too! Keep the energy positive and free-flowing in your home by following this paw-fectly good advice
“Feng Shui – The Easy Way!”
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: “Is there such a thing as ‘pet feng shui?’ I have a cat and a dog, and wonder if there is something I can do for them. Do you have any advice or insight?”
Yes, I do! All living beings in a space are affected by the energies in the environment, including plants, which are affected first by unhealthy energy, followed by pets, then humans. Domestic animals protect you 24/7 on an energetic level. If your space has excessive energetic challenges, your pet’s health will suffer before yours, so it’s a great idea to support your pets with some good feng shui vibes! In the process, you will be supporting your plants and yourself.
Pets are good feng shui
Pets not only give you unconditional love, but their movement and sounds help to create “free-flowing” positive energy around the home. Most often, your pets will choose to be in the area where you are, enhancing the positive energy around you.
Pets know energy
Besides being at your side, have you noticed that your dog or cat has a few favorite spots in the house? Pets are living barometers of energy, and they are always drawn to the places with the best energy. Unlike humans who will pretty much set themselves down anywhere, animals will feel out the energy first, and circle and sniff before settling in their spot!
Some areas of the home are inundated by electromagnetic fields generated by TVs, stereos and computers. These electromagnetic fields create what is commonly known as geopathic stress in the environment. Cats are often drawn to these areas to harmonize the electromagnetic field. Dogs, not having this capability, more often avoid such areas.
Basic pet feng shui points
The following will maximize the feng shui for both you and your beloved pets.
• Keep your pet clean. The condition of our pets often reflects the state of affairs in other areas of our lives. So, if you are unrecognized in the workplace, check to see if your dog or cat’s coat is matted or dirty. A murky fish tank could reflect your muddled finances and a subconscious block to financial clarity.
• Give your pet his or her own “home.” Your pet needs a bed, mat, rug or other space to call its own. Your attentiveness to these considerations at home creates energy that enhances your ability to be recognized for your own unique skills and talents outside the home.
• Monitor where your pet sleeps. If you choose to let your pet sleep on the bed, know that it can put a damper on intimacy and energetically drive potential romance away.
• Pare down the number of pet toys you have. Too many pet toys create unnecessary clutter and work, engendering the energy of being out of control, making it easier for people to take advantage of you. For greater control, place extra pet toys in a dedicated basket when not in use.
• Put leashes in a cabinet, closet or basket. Leashes out in the open symbolize restrictions and lack of autonomy in your life.
• Keep your pets healthy. To others, your pet’s weight may reflect how you take care of yourself. Overweight pets can create energy that drives away romance.
• Give your cat privacy. Put your cat’s litter box in as private a place as possible. A litter box in a public or open space in the home creates the energy that makes your private business everyone else’s business.
Best colors for pets
Colors radiate strong energies. Keep the effect of color in mind when purchasing beds, collars, food bowls and leashes. Red is invigorating and a great instant energy boost for an older dog, but it will increase the energy of a frisky or aggressive dog. Red, as a less than relaxing color, is not the best color for a bed. Pink represents love, but has been shown to make animals nervous. The best bed colors are calming earth tones, such as yellow or brown, or soothing colors, such as green or blue. Purple has a more royal and spiritual energy.
Remember, pets bring positive energy, and happy pets generate happy energy throughout the home. Make sure your pet is happy, and your feng shui will most definitely improve!
Alice Inoue is a life guide at Alice Inoue Life Guidance LLC, a company committed to assisting people in living empowered lives. Alice shares her wisdom as a professional speaker and personal consultant, and offers a series of instructional DVDs on feng shui, as well as her award-winning books on feng shui, happiness and spiritual life wisdom. Visit www.aliceinspired.com to read her blog, sign up for her newsletters and download useful feng shui tips.
Go ahead and unclutter your life
Some horizontal surfaces (e.g., the entryway, dining room table, kitchen counters and bedroom dresser) are meant to be clutter-free. To clear clutter efficiently, get a large bag, walk around the home and take no more than 10 minutes to fill it. Deal with the bag later and enjoy the effects now.