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What is Feng Shui
The Feng Shui IQ Test
The Theory Behind Feng Shui
Spring Cleaning with Feng Shui
How to Feng Shui your House for Health, Happiness, and Prosperity
Yin and Yang and Feng Shui
Who Practices Feng Shui?
20 Ways to Benefit from Feng Shui
The Most Important Feng Shui For Office Desk Rules
The Theory Behind Feng Shui
What Feng Shui Is Not
Feng Shui and Pets
Feng Shui Tips

What is Feng Shui
 
You’re not an idiot if you’re confused about feng shui (pronounced fung schway). This ancient Chinese tradition has bulldozed its way into the West, becoming the craze du jour. It seems everyone is either doing it or dissing it.  Feng shui articles, books, entire magazines, complete schools, and comprehensive websites have crowded the market. Some of these offer advice and varied techniques far removed from the real thing. They all seek to cash in while misleading the unsuspecting, taking full advantage before the uninformed consumer wises up and begins to question the myriad inconsistencies.  Actually, this dilution of the classic tradition can be likened to playing “telephone.”  Remember that childhood game? One kid whispers a sentence into the next kid’s ear.  Something like, “My 50-foot alligator lives in a black lagoon.” By the time the sentence reaches the end of the line of kids, it may have become, “My pin-striped crocodile swims in a pink polka-dot pool.” Get the idea? This book will avoid such silliness and present to you a clear, concise explanation of feng shui. Let’s get started by taking a little quiz.
 
The Feng Shui IQ Test:

Before you learn what feng shui actually is (and what it isn’t), let’s test your feng shui IQ.  For each of these questions, pick the answer you believe is correct. (Hint: Some questions may have more than one correct answer.)  Don’t worry, your grades won’t be sent home to Mom!
 
1. What is feng shui?
a. A specialty of Chinese cuisine
b. The study of time and space
c. A belief system of warding off evil spirits using mirrors
 
2. You should always sleep with your head pointed north.
a. True
b. False
 
3. Which instruments are used by a feng shui practitioner?
a. A smudge stick
b. Crystals
c. A compass
 
4. You’re practicing good feng shui when you:
a. Open the window to let fresh air in
b. Hang a mirror in a small room
c. Hang a wind chime in your entrance
 
5. Which sort of house promotes a more healthful well-being?
a. A house made of bricks
b. A house built on a level lot
c. A house built on a hilltop
 
6. You and your significant other have submitted an offer on a new house. At the last minute, you discover the previous two sets of owners divorced while living in the dwelling. Do you withdraw your offer?
a. Yes
b. No
 
7. You should always keep toilet lids down so your money qi (pronounced chee) won’t flush away.
a. True
b. False
 
8. Feng shui can help you:
a. Find love and romance
b. Increase your earning potential
c. Gain fame and respect
 
9. The object of feng shui is to activate your
fame, marriage, children, helpful people,
career, knowledge, family, and wealth qi sectors
within your home.
a. True
b. False
 
10. Feng shui is practiced by:
a. Individuals like yourself
b. Major corporations
c. The Asian population
 
Feng Shui IQ Answers:
1. b, 2. b, 3. c, 4. a, 5. b, 6. b, 7. b, 8. all of the above, 9. b, 10. all of the above.  So, how did you do? Did the correct answers surprise you? Or maybe you feel more confused than ever. Don’t worry—we’ll tell you everything you need to know to understand Feng Shui. It’s time to embark on a unique journey that will change the way you view the world. Let’s start by discussing what feng shui isn’t.

The Theory Behind Feng Shui 
Feng Shui is other than simply rearranging furnishings, it’s a routine. And lifestyles require mindsets or concepts that are dominant. Feng Shui experts simply say no to a number of things with no reason. Nearly all of the things they do come with a line of reasoning that might not necessarily be embraced by many people.  However, it is still a point of view that amongst other things, need cautious contemplation and thought. So what are the thoughts that prevail on the onset of Feng Shui? Here are just some of these common concepts that a Feng Shui enthusiast or researcher could find useful.

Sense of Stability:
The number one thing that Feng Shui promotes is stability. This equilibrium comes in several forms, in the color layout, in the spatial factors up to the numbers that concern your working space or environment. The equilibrium is further promoted by the five Earth elements of Feng Shui and the bagua, which is designed symmetrically and with complete reference to the different elements of the earth by Feng Shui principles. The standards of Feng Shui is made customized in every person, but it all boils down to having the correct sets of things that supplement and balance each other out.
Sense of Positivity

A sense of positivity is also what Feng Shui promotes. Positive energy is the detail largely sought after by people who try to get the services of Feng Shui consultants. This positivism needs to be maintained. On the other hand, it wards off all the forms of negative energy that may possibly come in a particular space. This is why there are gems that assist cure the bad luck in a particular place, specially those which have been established without assistance of Feng Shui.

A Natural Leaning for Beauty and the effects that Promote Its Beauty in symmetry and symmetry in beauty is one of the foundation concepts of Feng Shui. It appeals to the physically inviting, and furthermore adheres to fighting for beauty and balance in things. Feng Shui, in some ways, is a celebration of beauty in design and other physical elements of the space being designed.

Love for Your Environment:
Feng Shui promotes the conscientious contemplation of the environment before establishing places. Good Feng Shui compliments the elements of the earth and makes the Feng Shui aficionado more watchful of their surroundings. They don’t merely work instantly in any oppressive place, but strive to eradicate any existing negativities in the surroundings.

Love for Self:
The love for self is also promoted by Feng Shui. You will perceive energy based on what normally feels good to you. Love for self involves not subjecting yourself to oppressive places or harboring negative energies that can be counter-productive to your diverse activities.

Dreaming Big And Making The Atmosphere Jive With That Dream:
In conclusion, Feng Shui is more anchored on the greater scheme of things. When you have a vision and you propose to execute it in various ways, the best way to begin is to have an environment that embraces those dreams. If you dream big and work hard, but your environment cancels all the things that you are striving for, it will be a exceedingly demanding task for you.
Feng Shui ensures that there is alignment linking the things you want and the things that are manifested in the objects you see day after day.

Spring Cleaning with Feng Shui 

If you are striving to improve your health, do get rid of all the items that are cluttering and blocking the energy flow in your
kitchen (especially your cupboards and the freezer) The state of your kitchen is the state of your health, so do yourself a favor and thoroughly clean that kitchen!
 
De-clutter the refrigerator; clean the stove and all the pots and pans.

If you would like to welcome a new relationship into your life, make space, and I mean actual, physical space, for this new person to be in your home. You literally have to create an open, free flow of energy in your physical space so that your life can attract and manifest more of what you are looking for. This applies to all aspects of your Life.

How to Feng Shui your House for Health, Happiness, and Prosperity 

The general idea of feng shui is to attract chi, which is a positive energy force, into your house and keep it there. It enters (and
exits) through doors, windows, and other openings such as chimneys, vents, and even plumbing. Chi is greatly enhanced by positive
feelings from within yourself. It likes clean, organized, and open spaces that flow well from one room to another, and prefers having a good view from any particular point. Chi is also attracted to living things: Plants, pets, and wildlife.
 
So the first and most important thing you need to do is eliminate clutter. This can be a big project for some of us! But it is
critical. Dedicate a Saturday to cleaning your house up and throwing things out. Do not designate a clutter room or closet, as everything that you know about the Chi also knows about - there is no hiding from it. Once the clutter is gone you can move on to strategic decorating and arrangement of furniture. 

Yin and Yang and Feng Shui

So what do yin and yang have to do with feng shui? A lot. If yin and yang aren’t balanced in your environment, their imbalance can produce unwanted emotional and physical effects. We have many clients who complain of fatigue, depression, and lack of motivation.  Generally, these people spend much time in dark places. Conversely, we have clients who live in bright, sun-filled homes, offering no relief from the sun’s intensity. Is it any surprise these clients complain of headaches?  Much of feng shui relies on plain old common sense. If a room is dark, add more light. If a room is overly bright, add window blinds or curtains. If a room is stuffy, open the window.  If it’s too warm or too cool, adjust the thermostat. This is the easy stuff. Yet, life is not always easy. Feng shui is here to help us confront and overcome the difficulties.

Who Practices Feng Shui? 

Interior designer, architect, or landscaper. Nor a philosopher, scientist, or celebrity. In fact, there are no prerequisites to practicing feng shui. Yet, this is not to say that feng shui practitioners don’t share common traits. They do.

Generally Feng Shui Practitioners:

Have an open mind.
Are willing to try alternative forms of therapy.
Believe that the world and its peoples are interconnected.
Believe in God or a Higher Power.
Believe harmony and balance are essential to our well-being.
Believe in a sense of fate or destiny.

Feng shui practitioners are global. They transcend cultural, racial, economic, and political barriers.

20 Ways to Benefit from Feng Shui

1. Getting a job, raise, or promotion
2. Improving health
3. Getting married
4. Getting pregnant or preventing miscarriages
5. Guarding against separations or divorce
6. Increasing motivation
7. Creating more harmonious family/work relationships
8. Developing better study habits
9. Increasing creativity
10. Feeling more in control
11. Feeling more comfortable in your home/office
12. Eliminating depression
13. Stimulating social life
14. Spurring better business
15. Preventing lawsuits or malicious influences
16. Preventing accidents
17. Finding an apartment, home, or business
18. Warding off addictions
19. Promoting better sleep
20. Bringing respect and fame

Even if you feel your life is on track, practicing feng shui is fun. Get involved. Enlist your friends and family.

The Most Important Feng Shui For Office Desk Rules

A solid wooden desk is preferable. Wood is conducive to a natural flow of chi. 

A glass-topped desk speeds up the flow of chi and helps you work fast. However, this more yang surface is not suitable for projects that need patience and long hours to complete. According to feng shui, glass topped desk also lets your money and business “fall through” the desk, finding no support. 

An ideal feng shui office desk features full front and side panels. The longer the panels the better. From the five feng shui animals, side panels represented by tiger and dragon, guard and protect every step of your career. The phoenix at front lets your career move forward. 

Feng shui recommends to rectangular shape of your desk so that it’s balanced and complete (no missing areas) 

Top feng shui for office desk advice: For the best career achievement, an executive style desk made of solid wood is your best choice. 

What is the best feng shui color for your office desk?

Darker wood colors (mahogany)are more yang and create more official, serious or formal atmosphere in your office.

Lighter wood colors are more yin and create more relaxed and light atmosphere in your office. 

Feng shui for office and business Golden Rules:

Don’t store more than nine objects for everyday use ( phone, computer, lamp….)on your office desk . Make sure their placements correspond to the bagua map. See feng shui office desk picture below. 

Keep your desk clutter free and organized at all times. Clean the way for prosperity energy to come your way…. 

Use bagua to set up your feng shui office desk. 

Your phone should be in the Wealth area of the desk (far back left corner). Phone in this feng shui area is more likely to ring with business and bring good deals in. You can place nice purple crystal on golden stand next to your phone to attract even more money flow. 

If you use computer to generate money for your business (web design, stock broker….) keep it in the wealth area instead of the telephone. Make sure it doesn’t block your office door view. 

Place your desk lamp in your fame area. It will activate good future career options as well as improve your reputation. 

If it’s not suitable, use a small plant with red flower or pot, which will greatly stabilize your career and reputation. Lucky Trees are our recommended option as many of them are easy to take care of, good size even for your office desk or other stands and have important feng shui characteristics (round leaves, color flowers.... We don't have to mention that they are really beautiful and powerful feng shui cure for your office. 

To fully activate helpful people keep your black computer mouse or tape black under an office desk in feng shui Career area. If you are creative person (designer, architect…. ) keep your computer in the feng shui creativity area. 

Simply do the best matchup. I think you get it by now…..

The Theory Behind Feng Shui

Feng Shui is other than simply rearranging furnishings, it’s a routine. And lifestyles require mindsets or concepts that are dominant. Feng Shui experts simply say no to a number of things with no reason. Nearly all of the things they do come with a line of reasoning that might not necessarily be embraced by many people.

However, it is still a point of view that amongst other things, need cautious contemplation and thought. So what are the thoughts that prevail on the onset of Feng Shui? Here are just some of these common concepts that a Feng Shui enthusiast or researcher could find useful. 

Sense of Stability:
The number one thing that Feng Shui promotes is stability. This equilibrium comes in several forms, in the color layout, in the spatial factors up to the numbers that concern your working space or environment. The equilibrium is further promoted by the five Earth elements of Feng Shui and the bagua, which is designed symmetrically and with complete reference to the different elements of the earth by Feng Shui principles. The standards of Feng Shui is made customized in every person, but it all boils down to having the correct sets of things that supplement and balance each other out. 

Sense of Positivity:
A sense of positivity is also what Feng Shui promotes. Positive energy is the detail largely sought after by people who try to get the services of Feng Shui consultants. This positivism needs to be maintained. On the other hand, it wards off all the forms of negative energy that may possibly come in a particular space. This is why there are gems that assist cure the bad luck in a particular place, specially those which have been established without assistance of Feng Shui. 

A Natural Leaning for Beauty and the effects that Promote It:
Beauty in symmetry and symmetry in beauty is one of the foundation concepts of Feng Shui. It appeals to the physically inviting, and furthermore adheres to fighting for beauty and balance in things. Feng Shui, in some ways, is a celebration of beauty in design and other physical elements of the space being designed. 

Love for Your Environment:
Feng Shui promotes the conscientious contemplation of the environment before establishing places. Good Feng Shui compliments the elements of the earth and makes the Feng Shui aficionado more watchful of their surroundings. They don’t merely work instantly in any oppressive place, but strive to eradicate any existing negativities in the surroundings. 

Love for Self:
The love for self is also promoted by Feng Shui. You will perceive energy based on what normally feels good to you. Love for self involves not subjecting yourself to oppressive places or harboring negative energies that can be counter-productive to your diverse activities.
 
Dreaming big and making the atmosphere jive with that dream:
In conclusion, Feng Shui is more anchored on the greater scheme of things. When you have a vision and you propose to execute it in various ways, the best way to begin is to have an environment that embraces those dreams. If you dream big and work hard, but your environment cancels all the things that you are striving for, it will be a exceedingly demanding task for you.
Feng Shui ensures that there is alignment linking the things you want and the things that are manifested in the objects you see day after day.

What Feng Shui Is Not

From the many questions we receive from readers, clients, and students, there is great confusion about the different schools of feng shui: “They all conflict.” “Which one is right?” “How do I activate my wealth corner?” “Where is my wealth corner?” To address these concerns, we have added information to this chapter—information that will help you separate fact from falsehood; information that will help set you on the proper feng shui path.

Unfortunately, feng shui is plagued with many misconceptions. Largely steeped in myth and superstition, a discriminating feng shui enthusiast can easily learn to distinguish faux from authentic schools of feng shui by a number of telltale factors. 

Here are some attributes associated with faux schools of feng shui:
They are often linked with Life Aspirations or Black Sect (also known as Black Hat Sect Tantric Buddhist feng shui) theory. Developed during the 1970s and 1980s respectively, these commercialized schools are referred to as “modern” or “Western”
schools of feng shui.

They divide a home into eight “life aspirations” or eight “life stations” of career, knowledge, family, wealth, fame, marriage, children, and helpful people.

They use the location of the front door to determine the orientation of the eight life aspirations/stations. See the following figures (Life Aspirations theory and Black Sect theory).

They match each of the five phases of qi (fire, earth, metal, water, and wood) with its affiliated direction. Stated another way, fire “activates” the southern fame aspiration/station; earth activates the northeastern knowledge and southwestern marriage sectors; metal activates the western children and northwestern helpful people sectors; water activates the northern career sector; and wood activates the eastern family and southeastern wealth sectors. 

They also use “cures” such as mirrors, crystals, bamboo flutes, red ribbons, and statues or sculptures of fu dogs, frogs, and cats, among other things, to “activate” the eight life aspirations/stations. Statements like “A mirror will help to ward off evil
spirits,” “A fish tank placed in the north will bring prosperity,” or “Hanging bells inside your door will ring in joy and happiness” are commonplace among these schools.

It’s a pity these inaccuracies have clouded the nature of feng shui. In fact, these widespread assumptions have made the practice seem like a fad reserved for the gullible and eccentric. As you get further along into this book, you’ll understand how these misrepresentations have never been part of classical feng shui. For example, 2 + 2 = 4, correct?

Could you be convinced otherwise?
Surely not.
Just to set the record straight, feng shui is not a charming Eastern philosophy grounded
in superstition. It is not a religion, nor does it derive from any religion. Feng shui does
not provide elixirs or cure-alls for your problems. It is not magic. It is not a New Age discovery.

Feng shui will not reduce your wrinkles, zap your fat, or help you win the lottery.

Feng Shui and Pets

If you are a pet lover and also want to have a beautiful home that you enjoy being in, this article is for you!

Let me be clear, this article is for the humans side of this equation.Your pets don’t need ‘feng shui-ing’ they are perfect as they are! (Except, of course, keeping their cages and living spaces clean.) We all know our pets would be happy sleeping on an old towel as long as they can be by our side.

As a Feng Shui Consultant, Interior Designer and an avid pet lover myself, I have helped many a client figure our how they can co-habitate with their furry better half’s without their place looking and smelling like an animal shelter. With a little planning and effort, you and your beloved four legged’s can successfully share a space where the needs of all parties are met!
 
Furniture Coverings:
Are you one of those people who has lovely furniture but it is all covered up by the unattractive and un- matching pet blankets? Training your pets to not jump up on furniture is a subject for pet behaviorists, however, if you do allow them on the furniture, with a little planning you can enjoy looking at your nice furniture and take care of the pet fur issue as well. Here are some ideas on how to do so.
 
Order Slip Covers along with additional material in the same fabric.
 
If you will be purchasing new sofa and chairs, Pottery Barn and other stores have furniture with a canvass base where you choose your slip cover. Choose medium blue denim or any of the other washable fabrics. It is best to match the color of your pets, i.e. darker fabrics for darker coats, etc.

Medium blue denim worked well for me when I had multiple pets. Order extra yardage and ask them if they will do a special order as well. This will consist of sewing two sets of arm covers and two sets of seat and back covers in the same fabric as the slip cover. Add an extra 12 inches for seat and back to allow for shrinkage. If they won’t do it, order the extra fabric and hem them yourself. Most dry cleaners also have sewing services available.

You can then wash the slipcover monthly (because this is more of a pain) and change the seat, back and arm covers once or twice a week as needed. One always goes in the washer when the other replaces it. I had nine feral rescue kitties at one point and this method worked wonderfully. I always had attractive furniture to look at, and could always replace a furry seat with a clean one when needed. When company came I would remove all the covers and just have the slipcover showing. Everything was in the same fabric creating a neat and coordinated look.
 
I had to be diligent about vacuuming and cleaning more often, but was committed to having a place that I could enjoy as much as my pets.

If you are going to use your same furniture, find washable throws in solid colors that match your furniture. Costco has great fleece throws in solid colors that work wonderfully. Ross and T.J. Maxx are other great resources for these. Purchase enough of them to successfully cover the seats and backs so that you have one extra set that is in the wash while you are using the other. If you furniture with patterned fabric, choose one color within the pattern that is more neutral and stick to this. Avoid the loud reds and yellows. This will bring a uniform look to the room that will appear planned and purposefully arranged. If you are a seamstress, do it yourself. Find a washable fabric that matches a color in your pattern, measure the seat, back and arms allowing 12 ‘ more for shrinkage and sew two pairs of each as described in the slip cover section above.
 
Select Pet Beds in Colors that Match Your Furniture:
If you have large dogs it is ideal to train them to go to their special bed and not the furniture. Find a bed that matches your color scheme in a neutral color with a neutral pattern, not something loud and busy. (Remember, this is for you to enjoy looking at, your pet could care less as long as they are near you!) Make sure the cover is washable and easy to take off. Commit to washing it weekly so that you and your pets can enjoy a clean looking and clean smelling home.

This attractive dog sofa matches the pets coat and adds to the docor of the room as well.  If you sleep with your pets in the room, Costco has inexpensive large dog beds that can be stored under the bed during the day and pulled out at night. This way you are not tripping on them during the day and everyone has a space to cozy up at night.

If you have a little extra money you can purchase attractive pet sofas, as shown here.  These raise the bar and allow you to have a room that is both fashionable and pet friendly where everyone has their own attractive place to perch.

This attractive Dog crate by Denhaus Dog Furniture serves as an end table and a comfortable space for your pet to be.
If your dog is crate trained (I will not go into the pro’s and cons of this, but will leave it to the experts) you can purchase attractive crates that will look like a piece of furniture and add to rather than detract from your décor. They are pricey but are quite beautiful and run about what you would pay for a nice end table.

Find Rugs that Match the Colors of your Pet’s coat:
For easier cleaning, it is ideal if you have wood floors rather than carpeting. If you are a renter I realize you don’t have a choice. If this is the case, choose area rugs that can be cleaned in areas pets spend most of their time and put them over the carpeting.  Sanchez and Gina’s coats match the area rug and carpet choices.

My friend Lisa Spector (pictured above with her beloved dogs Gina and Sanchez) is also a pet blogger with Care2 and has Yellow and Black Labs. Your pets will always gravitate to your favorite rugs, so choose colors that match their coats and the hair will not show as much.

If you own your home and are choosing carpeting, match your animals coats to the new carpeting if possible. I chose a golden color carpet to match my beloved golden retriever and didn’t have to vacuum as much. (Of course you run into the problem of stepping on them on occasion because they are so well disguised!)  In redoing Lisa’s loft, we chose a patterned area rug with cream colors, blacks and browns which covered all bases, as you can see from the photo of Lisa’s dogs, Sanchez and Gina.
 
Cat Boxes:
One of the dilemmas in working with my clients is where to put the cat box for indoor cats. Here are some tips for these tricky necessities.

Wicker Cat Boxes from Solutions Catalog are attractive and can be placed anywhere appropriate

1. Do not put them in the bathtub! It is unsanitary and unsightly, and humans won’t enjoy being in the space.
 
2. If you do not have an attractive cover, find a place preferably out of sight such as the laundry room, garage or in a closet.
 
3. If it must be in the bathroom or somewhere where you can see it, have a nice looking cover and a mat surrounding it to catch the litter. Solutions Catalog has attractive cat box covers that are made of laminated wicker so that they can’t claw them. You can also purchase a piece of furniture for the bathroom that doubles as a cat box cover. The good news about these is you can take it with you when you move.
 
4. If you own your home cut a small opening in a bathroom cupboard, insert a small cat door, and put the cat box in there. This allows for easy cleaning by simply opening the door, and everything vanishes from view!
 
5. Make sure to get odor free and pet-friendly kitty litter that is also environmentally friendly and clean it often.

6. Address Pet Smells
 
Feng Shui is about creating a warm and inviting space that we love being in. It also acknowledges our intimate connection to all things.

Our home should be a place where we feel proud of entertaining friends and family. If we are ashamed of our space because it has been over run by our pets, we are not honoring ourselves.This impacts our lives and everyone we are close to including pets, family and friends.

When we live with pets we often cannot smell them anymore. Ask a friend who will tell you the truth if your house smells like your pets. If you are wondering why your friends make excuses to not come to your home, it may be because they can’t stand the unpleasant pet odor and are afraid of offending you. You owe it to yourself to find out the truth and take care of the problem.

If this is the case you may want to purchase a good air purifier. Find one that does not need replacement filters but uses washable ones. I used one by Ecoquest International for my home when I had nine rescue kitties and it took all pet smells away. It also kills mold and air-borne germs. I am sure there are other good ones, but I found the less expensive ones were useless after 6 months.

A very inexpensive way to eliminate odors is to have a large pan of water with sliced lemons in it heating on a hot plate. However, if you go away and leave it and the water evaporates it will be dangerous. Try for a good air purifier, you will use it for the rest of your life and it is well worth the investment. It will also help those who are allergic to animals and those who have breathing problems.

Pet stores will also have good cleaners to take out pet smells. If you have one you can recommend please share it with us in the comments section.
 
Scratching Posts:
If your cats are shredding the furniture, you will want to nip this in the bud. I have found keeping a water spray bottle close at hand when they scratch will curb this behavior. You will also want to get them a scratching post where they can sharpen their claws. These eco friendly posts can be found on line under eco friendly cat supplies. They are also much more attractive than the huge carpeted ones that cannot be cleaned successfully and shred.
 
Safety Issues:
A big part of Feng Shui deals with safety issues in the home. When you are constantly tripping over pet toys, it is a safety hazard for you, your family and guests who come over. Get an attractive basket large enough to handle all toys and commit to gathering them up frequently and putting them back where they belong.

Make sure all toxic chemicals and cleaners are stored safely away from pets and children, or better yet, eliminate them all together. Replace all of your cleaning solutions with green ones that are pet and children friendly. Advanced Generation has a good line of cleaning products that you may want to look into.

You also want to make sure all pet beds are out of the main walking paths so that people are not constantly tripping on them. Just like people, pets will naturally gravitate towards being in the power position, which is where they can see the action from where their bed is, have a wall for protection behind them and not have their back to the door. Your pets will instinctively not feel secure in the space if they are run into constantly, and will have an aversion to spending time in their bed.
 
Smaller Pets:
If we have fish, hamsters, birds, mice, snakes and other reptiles as pets, their cages and tanks must be clean at all times and attractive to look at. All of our beloved creatures on the planet deserve to be honored, loved and taken care of so make sure their cages are large enough for them and filled with objects that will keep them occupied, engaged and happy. Beware of keeping small pets in children’s rooms. They can be too easily neglected and are often disturbing to children’s sleep if they are nocturnal.
 
Deal With Separation Anxiety:
If you have a puppy that chews through furniture when you are away, my friend and pet blogger Lisa Spector, a Juilliard graduate, concert pianist, and Canine Music expert has developed a CD series that has been clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. It helps them stay calm and quiet and alleviates separation anxiety.

Her CD’s are wonderful, I love listening to them myself and I play them for my cats when I am gone. I come home to a totally ‘Zen” house that is in the same order I left it. You can find these wonderful CD’s of Lisa’s at ThroughaDogsEar.com

You and your pets can live in harmony with a little effort. You owe it to yourself to create a space that not only accommodates your beloved pets but also honors you and your own need to have a home that you enjoy spending time in!

Erica Sofrina is a motivational speaker, author and life coach specializing in connecting people to their spiritual essence. She is also an Internationally recognized Feng Shui speaker, teacher and the author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and the Founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. Erica is the founder of Earth Spirit Adventure Travel, which takes people on retreats to powerful energy vortexes such as Bali and Hawaii to facilitate their deep earth/spirit connection.

Feng Shui Tips

Tip:
I got positively bubbly when I saw that today is ‘Bathtub Party Day.’ And then I got even giddier when I remembered a recipe for a power packed bath that brings gifts of luxury, opulence and comfort, as well as harmony in romantic and other relationships! This bath comes from South American shamans who share it in the hopes that your wishes and dreams will come true. Add a pinch of cinnamon, a handful of pink rose petals (from roses with the thorns removed) and a handful of marigolds to a tub filled with water. If you’re looking for power or self-confidence, simply add a handful of mango leaves as well as some coltsfoot, comfrey or mint to a warm water soak. Remember to steep all ingredients in hot water for about an hour and when cooled, add to your waiting bath water. Totally immerse in or pour the water over yourself and ask the spirits of the plants to invest you with their own energy and empower you with their bath blessings!

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If you live in Farmington, Maine, then chances are pretty high that you’ve heard of the inventor of earmuffs, especially since you celebrate him with a parade every year on this ‘Chester Greenwood Day.’ Greenwood actually invented the ear protectors at the age of 15 when he reportedly came up with the idea as a way to keep his own ears warm while ice skating. But what if the ache in the ear isn’t caused by the cold at all? Actually, an earache is generally an infection of the middle ear, usually resulting from either a cold or flu. It goes without saying that if any ache or pain persists anywhere on your body then you need to see a qualified professional. And if your ear is draining or discharging liquid material, you need to see a doctor immediately. However, if you determine that medical care is not required, you can fill the affected ear with three drops of warmed garlic oil. Simply rub a softgel between your hands until the oil is warmed, then puncture it and pour the liquid into the ear. Finish by plugging the affected ear with a cotton ball or puff. Do this three or four times a day and the earache should ease considerably, as this remedy is known for it’s fast relief! Garlic oil and a puff and — poof! — the earache disappears!

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If you need to relax, add Water energy to your home. Fountains, the color black, aquariums, and wavy patterns symbolize Water.

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The precious gem most associated with this month of November is the venerable and mysterious topaz. This stone has been a body adornment for at least 2000 years and has been called one of the precious gemstones that formed the foundations of the twelve gates to the Holy City of Jerusalem. These stones are often referred to as ‘apocalyptic’ in their nature since they are believed to hold miraculously protective powers. It has long been believed that when worn with this same intent, the topaz can keep anyone safe from enemies. In the realm of mystery and mysticism, the topaz contains a cooling or antiseptic effect while also being said to be able to dispel sadness and anger. It’s also said that simply sleeping with a topaz close or next to the skin can relieve nighttime fears. Some legend goes so far to share that a man who wears a topaz will grow more handsome and intelligent while a woman will become much more fertile and happy. Handsomer, smarter, fertile and happy? Get thee to a jeweler!

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At a time of year when the tune ‘Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s House We Go’ runs through everyone’s head as they scramble off to distant destinations, today’s ‘Go For A Ride Day’ energies couldn’t be more apropos. So let’s address an automobile agenda before stuffing that last piece of luggage into an already overcrowded trunk, and look at ways of making driving a far more pleasant experience than you might think. First, never leave clutter in the car. Treat this traveling space as you would your own home, and realize that clutter in the car contributes to chaos on the road. It’s essential that the center of the vehicle remain clean and clear, as this space relates to the health of driver and passengers, reason enough to pull over the minivan and pull out the Mini-Vac! These next middle-of-the-car energies will bring your driving the middle of the road to a smooth and flowing agenda. Add ten drops of lemon essential oil to an atomizer bottle filled with spring or distilled water and spritz the inside of the car. This will help cleanse the more obvious odors while also bringing a bright, sunny scent to your driving experience. Finally, hanging a small and round faceted quartz crystal on nine or 18 inches of red string from the rearview mirror will pump protective energies, and make sure that everyone arrives at Grandmother’s house safe and sound and ready for a big slice of her homemade apple pie!

Remember to harm none!!!!

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