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Chapter 5: The Theme Essence for Strength and Balance

What is love? Is it only ours? Or does love whisper in the flowers?
– J. Donald Walters

I want to present an exciting concept and a new way of looking at your pet through the eyes of his unique personality strengths. Like many animal enthusiasts, you may find this approach helpful in understanding your pets. We so love to identify and to understand them; following is a system to help you do just that.

Ego and Personality Defined

We might say someone has “a big ego,” but we rarely hear an individual described as having “a big personality.” To say “What an ego!” is considered unflattering, and yet saying “What a personality!” could be construed as quite a compliment. The term ego is defined as the individualized sense of I-ness that separates itself from its Source of life, or its higher, perfect Self. Ego also means our identification with a particular form, which also separates us from our higher, formless Self.

The main point here is separation. Much like an adolescent breaking away from his parents by affirming his identity as separate from them, the ego in man’s nature establishes its individuation by pulling away from the Source of all life. The ego affirms, “I am a woman,” or “I am a European.” A certain level of self-consciousness, or self-awareness, is expressed in these statements.

The personality, however, is quite different from the ego. We could say that it is an offshoot of the ego. The personality is composed of the patterns, habits, likes, and dislikes, with their resulting desires, that lead a person to make specific choices. An example would be an individual saying, “I am a person with a love for justice, and therefore I want to devote my life to the study and practice of law.” Here we see the person’s likes and dislikes leading to a career choice that supports those desires.

How can we apply these definitions to the animal kingdom? We could say that animals have emerging egos, due to their entrapment in one or two koshas more than human beings. For instance, the wildebeest, a wild African antelope that lives in herds, has certain group characteristics. But no two gnus, as they are also called, are identical in personality. Animals are conscious beings, and they are conscious of life—but not self-conscious. Lower life forms, such as amoeba, may not be very far along in their expression of distinctive likes and dislikes, and thus their egos are not very strong.(I remember a cartoon portraying two amoeba sitting in their living room. The wife is comforting her husband by saying, “But Dear, you are the lowest form of life.”)

Do plants have egos? The answer, looking at our evolutionary construct, would be no, unless we are talking about animated flowers in Disney cartoons. Plants have not yet separated themselves as individual egos, but they could be said to have a group expression, if not yet a group ego. Flowers do, however, express qualities of nature. It is precisely due to this lack of ego in the plant kingdom that plants embody such purity and power. We would see in them broad qualities of love or harmony or calmness rather than individuated expressions of these traits. It is these characteristics of the blossoms, in fact, that provide us with the healing art of flower essences.

Theme Essences Defined

For the last seventy years since the inception of the Bach Remedies, we have traditionally had only one word in the world of flower essences to describe essences in relation to personality: the type remedy. This term focuses on predominant negative qualities in the personality and labels a person or pet accordingly. For example, you might be described as a person who is picky and perfectionistic, with a strong sense of uncleanliness. Do any of us truly want to be defined in such negative terms?

The concept of theme essences, contrarily, identifies us and our animal friends through our fundamental personality strengths. A Cherry theme, by way of illustration, is undauntingly cheerful in all circumstances; a Lettuce theme is restfully calm. These terms apply beautifully to animals, for they are close to the plant world, and thus close to flower essences.

Our pets may be somewhat species- and/or breed-defined, but their developing personalities are nonetheless unmistakable. If you have a dachshund, for example—a German dog originally bred for badger hunting— you will notice in him the species characteristic of loyalty. This breed is known to be clever, courageous, and lively—all the qualities valued in a hunting dog. Thus, your dachshund, in particular, may be a Tomato or Corn theme. Within a particular breed, each individual animal expresses differentsubtleties of behavior and specific likes and dislikes that will override a breed-determined theme. As illustrated in the children’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” you will rarely find a turtle with a Corn theme. Energy, as we know it, is not their hallmark! And yet Corn is a common theme for Abyssinian cats, who are noted for their agility, quickness, and constant desire to explore. Also, it may be more difficult to determine the theme essence of your goldfish than your goat; the higher the placementon the evolutionary ladder, the greater the expression of personality. Overall, animals express the pure qualities of nature represented in their theme essences with less interference from their minds and intellects than do people.

Wild animals are more likely to have theme essences and, likewise, personalities based on their breed, species, or both. The construct of theme essence, then, applies to the animal’s unique personality that expresses greater definition through the very act of domestication. It is through ongoing contact with their human owners that these “personalities in process” develop in more individualized and unique ways. Domestication suggests, by definition, that animals no longer have to fend for themselves— to forage, to survive the elements and predators, and to reproduce.

Their instinct for preservation can relax. In exchange, they must adapt to our strange world—whatever food we serve them, possibly a life indoors, and the inevitable issue of neutering, if we are sensitive to curbing the overpopulation and resultant euthanasia of millions of homeless animals.

Animals convey their personalities through their behavior just as people do. One dog left alone at home repeatedly for long periods of time might bark incessantly; another might tear up a rug; yet another, like Bonnet, mentioned in chapter 4, might mope and withdraw over time.

Molly, the cocker spaniel whose story is told in chapter 3, is a Raspberry theme. And whereas purebreds of any breed can become hyperactive and even neurotic by human standards, Molly is a perfect example of this theme’s strengths. Befriending the young students, she is a loving companion for the children in her classroom, allowing them to cuddle and pet her, all the while exhibiting infinite patience. Molly’s eyes are responsively lustrous; it appears as though she knows exactly what you are saying to her— a common trait for this theme. Raspberry themes are extremely sensitive.

For this reason, Molly’s abusive past deeply affected her on an emotional level. Had she been a Corn or a Pineapple theme—both stronger, more forcefully projected themes—she probably would have escaped the situation with less trauma.

How to Understand Your Pet’s Theme Essence

How does the theme-essence concept apply to the treatment of animals through flower essences? The theme essence is the one that best matches the predominant positive quality in an animal’s personality; it will be the essence that most balances him in his many and varied expressions: moods, habits, and preferences. If your pet seems “out of sorts,” is fighting an illness, or is simply not acting like himself—administering his theme essence will help restore his equilibrium. Much as we grow by building on our existing strengths, animals do the same. And in a world—our domesticated world— to which they must adapt, their challenges are ongoing and many. The responses I receive about animals on their theme essence, and for people as well, is that taking this remedy is calming in a very gentle way.

How to determine your pet’s theme essence? Observe him in a state of rest. Watch him at play. Notice how he interacts with other animals or members of your household. A childlike pet, even in advanced years, may be a Spinach theme, exhibiting simplicity and youthful qualities. A pet who seems older and wiser than his years but remains refreshingly inquisitive, by contrast, will be an Avocado theme.

If you still have difficulty determining your pet’s theme essence, ask your children. Kids often have a wonderful ability to understand their dearly loved animal friends. Plus, their insights will generally not be as clouded as ours, with endless mental doubts, fears, and skepticism. You may overhear a child saying, “Oh, yes, Susie’s a happy bird (Cherry)” or “My dog Robbie is really smart; he learned really fast how to stop jumping up on people (Avocado).”

Another excellent clue to determining your pet’s theme essence is to observe what qualities he evokes in other pets and people. Back to our Cherry-theme animal: Here is a pet who cheers others in his environment. Likewise, the Corn theme energizes those around him. These principles apply to identifying theme essences for people as well. In addition, it is quite common to find a pet and owner who share the same theme.

Understanding theme essences also helps pet owners who are looking to successfully match a pet’s theme with their own. Whereas like attracts like, as the saying goes, it is also true that opposites attract. See which of these truths applies to your own personality in adopting a pet. If you want a peaceful home, do not adopt a ferret, who will often be an energetic and enthusiastic Corn theme. On the other hand, if you are seeking a pet who will liven up your household, this species might be a very entertaining addition to your family. “Our ferret is a pretty fun little guy,” one woman shared. “I kind of like him bouncing off the walls and dive-bombing my feet when I walk across the living room.”

Human beings often possess not only a theme but a sub-theme as well. This means that one quality is particularly strong in the personality (the theme) and another is also predominant but slightly secondary (the sub-theme). Animals, both domesticated and wild, generally do not have sub-themes.

Unlike people, they may exhibit a double theme. In this case, two positive personality qualities are identically strong and present in their natures. A lovebird, for instance, may be both cheerful (Cherry) and childlike (Spinach). Or a horse may be basically fearless (Tomato) and yet also express a deep compassion for his owner (Raspberry).

Please remember that we have generalized these concepts to some extent. Even an Avocado theme will possess some of the Corn theme’s qualities and many, if not all, of the other flower essence strengths as well. And it is important to clarify that an animal need not be a Cherry-theme pet to exhibit the positive qualities of Cherry Essence. Hence, we may say that an animal could exhibit the positive Cherry state while at the same time having a different theme altogether. For the sake of clarity, though, these are the basic ideas to best assist you and your pets in their growth and overall happiness.

To summarize, then, animals and people grow in one of two ways: by enhancing existing strengths (theme) or by eliminating weaknesses (plot), which will be explained in the next chapter. Theme essences and plot essences are generic concepts that may be successfully applied to other flower essence lines as well.

How, then, can we use the construct of theme essences to help our pets? We can work with them better by understanding their strengths. Knowing that your Siamese cat is a Date theme, for example, you can tell her how sweet she is and reward her when she behaves in a manner in alignment with her theme essence. Or for an Avocado-theme dog, you might say, “Good for you! You remembered to bring in your toys!”

Theme Essences for Animals and Pet Owners

Here is a list of the twenty Spirit-in-Nature Essences and their identifyingtheme characteristics. (For a further explanation of this concept, and of plotessences in chapter 6, see The Essential Flower Essence Handbook.) Each essenceis divided into two sections: one that defines the animal’s theme personalityand how he will influence his owner; the other, the owner’s theme dispositionand, in particular, how he will most likely care for his pet according tohis theme-essence nature. This section also illustrates how well-matched apet and same-theme owner can be. It is designed to help you understandand care for your pets more insightfully. You may want to see which of these themes apply to you and your animal companions.

Almond-Theme Animals: Self-control

The animal who lives a quiet life and is balanced and moderate in his eatingand sleeping habits and other daily activities is an Almond theme. His is a calming presence—unobtrusive in the household, and yet always there.

Visitors to the home may say, “Oh, I didn’t know he was here!” Some animalsthoroughly dominate a home with their personalities. The Almond-themepet’s personality is so inward that his presence is not experienced in animposing way.

Paradoxically, although you may not sense his presence, you will feel hisabsence. His behavior may go unnoticed; he has no need to draw attentionto himself through noise or destruction of property. He is, basically, contentwithin himself and balanced in the expression of his needs. He will not place demands on you.

This pet offers an example of nature’s quality of a calming stillness.When undisturbed by man-made intrusions such as pollution, traffic, orclear-cutting, Nature is at peace with herself, much like the Almond-themeanimal. Nature epitomizes moderation and balanced living, as does this quiet pet.

Almond-Theme Pet Owners: Self-control

The Almond-theme owner is practically inconspicuous in his own home. Hetends to spend a lot of time around the house, which is a plus for house petswho enjoy the companionship of their human friend. This theme owner iseasy to be around and comfortable to live with. He may be married, and happilyso, but will not at all mind remaining single. Moderate in his habits, heis generally an early-to-bed-early-to-rise person. The television will not beturned up too loud—if he ever watches it—and he is not one for throwing wild parties. His home is a perfect haven for pets.

This household, reflective of its Almond-theme owner, will be tidy witheverything in its place. It may be impressive but not lavishly decorated, andit will be functional. Space will be wisely used without much clutter. Pets willbe accommodated both with furniture to nap on (if allowed or appropriate) and areas to run around a bit.

This pet owner takes good care of his animals, respecting their need forregularity and routine. Himself a quiet individual, his pets will readilyabsorb his calmness. The almond tree itself symbolizes the quality of moderationin its height; its trunk is neither tall nor short. This sense of balancerather than extremes characterizes the Almond-theme pet owner as well. Hewill share his home comfortably and quietly with his pets, providing them with a fortifying environment in which to grow.

Apple-Theme Animals: Healthfulness

The animal who loves to race, swim, gallop, or explore the possibilities ofmovement simply for the joy of it is most likely an Apple theme. He is alertand basically “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.” A certain glow to his physicalbody radiates from his innate joy in being in this world. If we could read theApple-theme animal’s mind, it would be free of the worry, fear, and doubtthat so often plague his human companions. Note: It may seem easy at firstto confuse this theme animal with Corn; to clarify, the Apple theme is generally not as physically active as the Corn theme and spends more time at rest.

The Apple-theme animal is good-natured and tends to not fret. Moreoften than not, he has come from a healthy home free from neglect, abuse,or improper training. Chances are that he was not weaned too early andbasically got off to a good, functional start.

Your Apple-theme companion is ready to accompany you on an exerciseroutine at a moment’s notice. A workout is important for him; it is a basic way that he expresses himself and lets off steam.

Even when ill, the Apple-theme pet will seem OK and mainly unaffectedby infirmity, more so than other animals. His basic personality is so health-orientedthat a serious illness or accident will not affect him the way itwould other animals. This pet is deeply inspiring to his owner for his naturalability to exemplify health and what is required to possess it. His attitudesand actions alike provide a blueprint for a robust relationship between pet and owner.

Apple-Theme Pet Owners: Healthfulness

The health nut or sports enthusiast exemplifies the Apple-theme owner’sbasic personality. Even if he is not particularly physically active, he willunderstand the elements of health: proper diet, exercise, fresh air, andmoderate amounts of sunlight, meditation, and wholesome company.He will be aware of blood pressure and cholesterol issues. This individualmay be well-versed in different health regimens or the latest nutritional recommendations.

The blush of the apple blossom, a vibrant white flower accented withshades of pink, glows in the Apple theme’s complexion. He will have theinner stamina of a long-distance runner and the commitment to health of atrained nutritionist. This theme individual is not a sports spectator but a full participant.

Understanding the importance of proper diet, hygiene, and nutrition,his pets will receive the same care he allots to himself. His concern aboutdiet will ensure that they receive food minus the harmful, toxic additives sooften contained in pet products these days. He will use nontoxic householdcleansers and most of all will provide adequate floor or yard space for his animal’s comfort and health. And his pets will get plenty of exercise.

Even as apples are hardy trees that thrive on a wide range of soils, theApple-theme pet owner radiates this quality to his pets. Animals in thishome will be healthy, balanced pets who are especially easy to train andtend to recover well from illness—just like their owner.

Avocado-Theme Animals: Good memory

The Avocado-theme pet is ever alert and lives fully in the moment, evenmore than most animals. He is inquisitive and curious, always exploring,and eager to learn more about his environment and those with whom heshares it. Animals, as a rule, live in the present rather than being scatteredover the past and future as human beings often are. Thus they are able to deeply feel, sense, and perceive their daily experiences.

The Avocado-theme animal responds to proper training more quicklythan other animals. Since he will remember what he is taught, any “memorylapses” on his part are a statement that he is somehow upset and the issueat hand needs to be attended to. An Avocado-theme cat, for example, whosoils outside the litter box is insisting on your awareness of the currentproblem—which probably has something to do with you, the owner (see chapter 4).

This pet is very responsive to your verbal and nonverbal messages alike.He will generally return home when called. Even in infancy or childhood, theAvocado-theme animal has the temperament of one much older. If you havethe opportunity to see him with his siblings, he will stand out for his maturity,seeming wiser than his years—or weeks, as the case may be—eventhough he lacks experience to validate his sophistication. He may still be acolt or a puppy, but he will seem to know what’s going on more than the others in his immediate animal family.

A genuine sparkle will be added to your household through this animal’spresence. It is a good idea before bringing him home to be certain of a workablematching of personalities so that his inquisitiveness—common amongall animals but accentuated in this theme—is a good match with others in the home.

Avocado-Theme Pet Owners: Good memory

The inventor, the scientist, the bookworm—these titles apply to the mentalstate of an Avocado-theme owner. An avid interest in learning characterizeshis temperament. A wonderful owner for the more inquisitive animal speciesand breeds, this theme’s pets will find a world of new experiences in this household as well as a kindred spirit in their owner.

As a potential pet owner, an Avocado-theme individual will study, read,inquire, and surf Web sites to learn all he can about his potential pets. Anyanimals who are brought into his home have indeed been well researchedbeforehand! His joy in gathering knowledge about their origins, unusualfacts, behavioral traits, and specific needs is outweighed only by his interest in integrating them comfortably into his household.

The Avocado-theme owner has a tremendously focused mind and thusprovides very uplifting company for his animals. His alertness rallies theirown innate ability to live in the present moment. This owner is a naturalcommunicator with the animal kingdom. His ability to concentrate his mind,pick up subtle behavioral clues, and read a pet’s body language allows for a natural rapport between pet and pet owner.

Mentally astute and inventive, the Avocado theme will benefit from theearthy balance of sharing his home with animals. If they too are explorers, many good times in the home and field will be had by all.

Banana-Theme Animals: Humility

The Banana-theme pet is about as easy to get along with as a pet can be.He makes a wonderful addition to any household for this very reason.Exceedingly accommodating to other animals, he will graciously bow out ofany hissing matches or claiming-of-territory battles. Gentle and humble,the Banana-theme pet is often overlooked, somewhat like the Almond-themeanimal. This pet, however, knows how to look after himself. Hisneeds are minimal, and he will tend not to balk if routines, such as feeding times, are tardy.

This pet is calm and thus calming to be around. While he is not assertive by nature, neither is he the “house doormat.” Rather than defending himself,he will defend property. If a dog, this theme animal will not bark so much forattention as to protect his owner and property. Even highly vocal animals of this nature may seem to retain an air of calm quietude.

The Banana-theme animal will tend to let children roughhouse withhim to an extraordinary degree without getting ruffled. Enormously patientwith them, he seems to enjoy group activities more through the joy ofothers involved. Banana-theme animals will enter and exit your life with anunmistakable sense of calmness. Consider yourself fortunate to own, and be owned by, this animal!

Banana-Theme Pet Owners: Humility

The Banana-theme owner will be unusually kind and gentle. He will sharehis home easily with people and pets alike; no toes, or paws, will be steppedon. Due to a basic lack of identification with his own ego, to a greater orlesser extent, he does not view his home as “his” but rather as a dwellingplace that is shared by all. He creates a refreshingly unemotional atmosphere;personality conflicts with pets or other people will be minimal. After all, what has he to defend?

As a result, the atmosphere of this theme’s property will be relaxed. Hewill raise healthy pets who will absorb their owner’s lack of self-absorption.He will enjoy his animals dearly but in an impersonal way. People of thistheme are fairly aware of their own littleness, so to speak, within the biggerpicture. They will not impose their moods, likes, or dislikes on their animals. Their attitudes foster a pervasive calmness throughout the household.

The Banana-theme owner will see that all of his animal friends’ needsare met, and he is not given to playing favorites. Each and every petwill sense an important place in this home, even those animals who aremore territorial and hierarchy-oriented by nature. In this humble home,calmness reigns.

Blackberry-Theme Animals: Purity

The Blackberry-theme pet possesses a certain innocence and lack of guile.He may be sleek in appearance or exhibit other physical characteristicsreflective of his personality. He will seem to be very aware of his environmentand those with whom he shares it. A knowing look gleams in hiseyes—perhaps because he actually does know what’s going on. He makes atrusting companion, one you may feel you can talk to and share yourthoughts with—as though you have gone to see an excellent therapist.Articulate though not imposing in making his needs known, this pet is aloving companion with whom you can have a multifaceted relationship. Hewill also radiate a certain maturity, and you may at times forget that he is not human!

Basically, depending somewhat on the species, the Blackberry-themepet will be a very clean animal. If a dog, he can be easily trained to put histoys away; if a cat, there will be few, if any, litter-box issues in the household,barring physical symptoms and owner-induced problems. Grooming—byhimself and you—is important to this theme animal. In fact, brushing, preening, and primping are wonderful ways to relate to him.

The Blackberry-theme animal, especially if a cat, will appear to beoffended by any untidiness in the household. He will find stepping in a dollopof jam on the kitchen floor not at all to his liking. Furthermore, it is betternot to leave shoes, umbrellas, or other objects lying around that willdisturb his “space.” Cats are largely aware of their environment much as an extension of themselves, and they do prefer to have everything in order.

Blackberry-Theme Pet Owners: Purity

Blackberry themes tend to be principled, well-educated, and profoundlyinsightful people. The wild blackberry bush, a member of the rose family,grows low to the ground on thorny vines and produces delicate lavender-whiteblossoms. Reflecting the characteristics of this fruit-bearing bush, theBlackberry theme possesses an ability to see into the heart of issues, whichmakes them excellent therapists and counselors or simply good friends with whom you can talk about your problems.

A Blackberry-theme owner paired with a same-theme pet is indeed aperfect match. This owner, much like his animal, prefers “a place for everythingand everything in its place.” Purity and cleanliness, in thoughts and living space alike, are the qualities by which he lives.

He will speak to his pet as though to another human being; in fact, thepet may seem to respond accordingly. This owner has a kindly sense ofhumor as well as an innate dislike of negativity and dishonesty in others. Hispets will benefit from his straightforwardness. No ambivalent training methods will be employed by this owner; he is as good as his word.

Cherry-Theme Animals: Cheerfulness

If animals could sing and dance, Cherry themes would do so. Highly entertaining,they will cheer you and make you laugh with their antics and frolicking.You may find yourself watching less television or renting fewer videoswith a Cherry-theme pet in your home! And although all young animals willfrequently exhibit both Cherry- and Spinach-theme characteristics, their actual theme essence may be altogether different.

The cheery, Cherry-theme nature is not to be confused with a frantic orfrenetic personality, because they are basically even-tempered and easygoing.These themes remain youthful throughout their lives; nothing appealsto them more than a good game, a tickle, or a scratch behind the ears, no matterhow old they are. Light-footed, they will tend to prance rather than walk. You will find in them both a playfulness and a more watchful behavior.

They enjoy being participants as well as spectators when it comes to livelyactivities. For although they like to play—and may even seem to live for it—they also know how to pull back and not physically exhaust themselves.Theirs is a rich yet light nature; their companionship provides the owner,including children, with sincere friends who can quietly retreat when necessary.These animals are not prone to moods. They will be consistently cheerfuland dependably good-natured.

The Cherry-theme pet has much to offer his human friends. Although hemay not have to trudge off to work every day like his human companions, hedoes his “work” around the house or yard with an even temperament, lookingafter other animals on the property or overseeing and protecting the home. With proper training, he is especially good with, and for, children.

Cherry-Theme Pet Owners: Cheerfulness

The Cherry-theme owner, somewhat like the Spinach theme, is very childlike.Lighthearted and bubbly by nature, this individual places a high priority onhaving a good time. His speech is filled with laughter, smiles, and jokes.Others feel lighter in his presence. If you’ve had a hard day, spend time withthis theme. If you’re caught in a mood, being in his presence will help it to lift noticeably or evaporate altogether.

The Cherry-theme owner may not have the tidiest home or yard, but aspirit of fun will prevail. He likes to connect with people and animals, as hisjoy is contagious and he is all for sharing it, sometimes in the form of thelatest joke he has heard. At the same time, a level of even-mindedness underlies this theme’s personality. He is even-keeled as well as good-natured.

This owner will also appreciate a certain element of impersonalitywith his pets. Although these two sides to his character may seem paradoxical,they offer a wonderful stability to his overall nature, making him adelightful pet owner. His pets will tend to be happy and well-balanced.This individual is a perfect match for rambunctious, lively, and playfulanimals. He will be romping right alongside them. In fact, it may be difficultto tell who is having more fun—the pet or the Cherry-theme owner.

Ferrets as a species provide endless rounds of fun for this owner. He alsorelates well to young animals who, regardless of breed or species, are morelively than their elders. Older animals belonging to this theme owner willact and feel younger in a Cherry home. Because of his own “Cherryness,”this person will awaken the playful side in his pets. And what a livelyhousehold this is!

Coconut-Theme Animals: Upliftment

Coconut-theme pets make wonderful companions. Coconut themes areone of the more challenging kind to detect through behavioral clues, butwe can make a few generalizations about them. They tend to be very brightand uncommonly alert. Much as an Avocado-theme pet may look olderthan his years, the Coconut-theme animal often appears to know more than he lets on.

Coconut themes seem able to transcend difficult situations in veryimpressive ways. They can adapt readily to infirmities and deal especiallywell with their creaking bodies as they age. They tend to get along with otheranimals in the household, even if their species or breed as a whole wouldgenerally have difficulty. In fact, we could say that this animal is one who basically transcends hardships very well.

Deeply committed to their owners and environments, these pets possessa certain stamina. They will weather illness and injury better than mostother animals. They will also persevere until they learn the behaviors taught to them by their owner.

Coconut-Theme Pet Owners: Upliftment

Coconut-theme owners are always looking for better ways to do things—notas much in mundane ways of improving on existing data but more in termsof finding solutions to problems. One would be inclined to call these peoplegreat thinkers; however, they do not access their answers from the level of thought. Coconut themes are problem-solvers. A simple example follows.

When it rains, an outdoor landscaper who cannot work in such conditionsfinds other productive ways to use his time, such as designing an installationand researching where to purchase the necessary plants, sod, and materialsfor the job. Thus he finds a solution to his problem; in fact, he finds ananswer within the actual context of the obstacle itself.

Applying this concept to their role as pet owners, these themes arealways looking for better ways to raise their pets. Their concern is to givetheir animals the best possible care. When a Coconut-theme owner spendstime with his pet, it is done with awareness. This does not mean he is a constantdisciplinarian or a rigid taskmaster. His interest is in spending “qualitytime” with his animal companion—sharing a walk in the sunshine, going fora ride in the country, or singing harmonies with his bird perched on hisshoulder, all with the expressed intent of developing a deeper relationship with his pet.

The Coconut-theme owner values bonding with his animals. He knowsthat he has much to learn from them and that each animal in his home canbe a way for him to connect more deeply with the animal kingdom in its entirety as well as with Nature herself.

Corn-Theme Animals: Vitality

The Corn-theme pet is characterized by three qualities: energy, energy, andenergy! Enthusiastic and joyful, he is raring to go for new experiences.Unlike some animals who are afraid to try anything outside their normal routineor to go to places that are unfamiliar to them, this animal is quite an adventurer. He welcomes new experiences rather than shrinking from them.

Even older animals of this theme will remain energetic throughout theirlives. They amaze their human friends on a regular basis with their endlessinterest in new escapades. Finding different ways to perform their regularactivities, even hamsters in their cages will invent innovative routines forspinning on their wheels.

Greater energy levels breed contented pets. You won’t find a lethargicanimal, unless old or infirm, who seems happy. The Corn-theme pet, on theother hand, races across a cage, lawn, or field with tremendous enthusiasm.Whatever his physical display of exercise, it exudes an abundant joy. Here wesee the sheer delight of an animal exploring his physical abilities and newenvirons at the same time. If your Corn-theme canine could speak, he might say, “It is a good day to be a dog!”

Corn-Theme Pet Owners: Vitality

The Corn-theme owner mirrors the Corn-theme pet in practically everyaspect. As a corn stalk grows best with plenty of sunlight, this theme ownerflourishes with positive bursts of energy. He will not allow himself to feelblocked by negative thought patterns. Procrastination is not likely anattribute of his personality. “If you want something done,” the saying goes,“ask a busy person.” Or, one might add, ask a Corn theme.

For this reason, the Corn theme makes a very fine pet owner. He isalways thinking up new ways to make his home or land more comfortable forhis pets—a bit like the Coconut theme, but with great energy to himself dothe building or remodeling. Similar to the Apple theme, he enjoys exercisingand sharing activities with his animals. A good jog on the beach or a ridein the country are favorite pastimes for him. The pets of this owner will rarely find themselves bored!

The Corn-theme owner will often rearrange furniture, bring new artpieces home, change the decor, and make improvements on his outdoorfacilities as well. Were it not for the consistency of his energy, this householdwould be destabilizing for his pets. As the Corn theme’s profuse vitality is anchored in great joy, he creates an entertaining environment for his pets.

Date-Theme Animals: Sweetness, tenderness

This animal will strike a special chord in your heart for his sweetness in theway he relates to others and to you. His behavior will include many actionsthat are endearing and richly expressive of a deeply loving animal. The Date-themeanimal will match the Peach-theme pet for the embracing nature ofhis actions. Also similar to the Grape theme in his outpouring of lovingexpression, the Date theme will make you feel, through myriad gestures, that you are “the cat’s meow.”

Much as the date fruit possesses a sweetness as satisfying as the richestchocolate, this pet will sweeten your life again and again. You may findyourself following him around with a camera to capture the many specialmoments in which he will express sheer beauty through his silently lovingpersonality. It may be categorically said that all animals possess an abundanceof Date’s sweetness, for it is not within their natures to judge, criticize,or compare. For these qualities alone, we can fully open ourselves to our pets without fear of rebuke.

Other animals and people often want to befriend this pet. Neighbors,family members, friends, and even strangers will all notice something specialabout your Date-theme animal companion. You’ll find yourself commenting of this pet many times, “Oh, how sweet!”

Date-Theme Pet Owners: Sweetness, tenderness

The Date-theme owner also excels in the quality of acceptance of others.He is a “safe” person to have as a friend due to his utter lack of negative judgment. Being sweet himself, he will tend to see sweetness in others.

This individual is not easily irritated, nor does he provoke discomfort—a quality that often accompanies individuals of sour disposition. He makesfriends readily and loves to have company visit, which can be a treat for his pets as well.

Pets of this theme will feel more than fed and sheltered; they will feelembraced. Through the Date theme’s voice and eyes especially, his pets willknow nurturing, never harshness. This theme feeds his animals with tenderness, and he cleans the barn or litter box in that same spirit.

The Date-theme pet owner loves to express this sweetness through buyingboth practical and frivolous presents for his animal friends. And if thehousehold shelters multiple pets, each one will have his own toys or food bowls. Everyone is treated with tenderness in the Date theme’s home.

Fig-Theme Animals: Flexibility

Here is an animal who remains relaxed under all circumstances. Somewhatlike the Grape theme, the Fig-theme pet accepts the presence of other petsin the household, though based on his own easygoing attitudes rather thanthe Grape theme’s deep love. He also makes friends easily and generallyseems very comfortable with himself. His comfort is not to be mistaken for laziness; it merely represents a certain flow to his personality.

The Fig-theme pet is very flexible; he can either follow routines or justas easily alter the course of the day. As a rule, he tends to travel well. A breakin the normal schedule will not upset him as it would other animals. Hedoesn’t seem to mind waiting if meals are served late—though it is always agood idea to tend to the cleaning of his living area and location of evacuation.(For animals such as goats and cows who must be milked on a daily basis, however, regularity for the sake of their health is paramount.)

Perhaps the most special quality of the Fig-theme animal is the waythat others begin to feel more comfortable about themselves in his presence.People may laugh more often around him, though never at him.Laughter and good humor derive from a lack of rigidity in people and theirpets. And this adaptable theme animal enjoys a good laugh with the best of them.

Fig-Theme Pet Owners: Flexibility

Fig-theme owners tend to be fluid in both their body language and their attitudes.One of their favorite words is “Whatever.” This characteristic is not asign of weakness but rather of great strength. They can adapt to people andplaces easily, and they make wonderful travelers and traveling companions.They are open to new experiences and are comfortable in any number of different environments.

Animals feel especially at home with a Fig-theme pet owner or animallover. They instinctively sense his easygoing nature and are instantly set atease in his presence. As the Fig Essence is used to help soften too strict asense of discipline, the Fig-theme individual is extremely accommodating bynature. He will be able to blend his own quirks and idiosyncrasies easily with his animals and readily adapt to theirs as well.

Grape-Theme Animals: Love, devotion

The Grape-theme animal is the pet among pets for his ability to love. Muchlike the Apple theme, he most likely enjoyed a very healthy infancy withoutbeing weaned from his mother or separated from siblings too early. He tendsto adjust quite nicely to other pets in the household, even if he belongs toa species such as cats that typically has difficulty in this situation. Jealousy,neediness, clinging, and bullying behavior are generally not symptoms of this theme’s personality.

This animal expresses deep loyalty and devotion to his owners and toother animals. He will be a lifelong friend, constant in the expression of hiscommitment to you, your family, and your property. He relates well topeople and animals of all ages without feeling threatened by them. As aGrape-theme pet possesses a certain fullness to his personality, your homewill feel somehow full when he lives there. Even if he is an “only pet,” he will transform it from a house to a home.

With a Grape theme in your life, you will never feel alone. His presencewill fill your home and heart alike. One word of caution: The passing of thispet may be very difficult for the owner, and the grieving process may takesome time. As this pet’s dearness is keenly felt throughout his lifetime, hewill be acutely missed when he is gone. In chapter 7, “When a Pet Dies,”I offer some suggestions, including flower essences and their applications, to help the pet owner.

Grape-Theme Pet Owners: Love, devotion

Grape-theme owners are, simply, loving people. Grape themes connectespecially well with their animals, for they love their pets as their pets lovethem. They love without condition. They love freely. Their love does not haveto be earned; it is simply bestowed. For this reason alone, people and pets love them in return.

The Grape-theme individual, regardless of age, relates deeply to othersno matter how old they are. These people intuit that pure love is completelyfree of personal need, desire, or a sense of lack. They understand that, even when a loved one leaves or passes away, love is never lost.

Animals in the care of a Grape-theme individual will feel nurtured,accepted, and befriended. These people make especially good owners forpreviously abandoned, neglected, or abused animals. Pets who have beenbadly treated oftentimes need special care and understanding for theirbehavioral problems, symptomatic of poor treatment. Grape-theme ownerspossess the intuitive understanding and resultant patience necessary tocare for these special creatures. They know, as the old Beatles song goes, that “All you need is love.”

Lettuce-Theme Animals: Calmness

The Lettuce-theme pet is a calm animal with a strongly felt presence.Whereas the Almond-theme animal is also calm, he may not be noticed inthe household until he is absent. The Lettuce theme, conversely, makeshimself known, but in a very comforting way. Not to be mistaken with lazy,this pet is a storehouse of energy. However, there is a certain quietnessabout him, with no sense of demand or need. Energetic but not hasty inhis actions, he will touch your heart with his depth and lightness at the same time.

This pet will communicate his needs and wants to you in a quiet,almost telepathic way. You may find that somehow you “just know” whathe is trying to get across to you. Individuals to whom communication isimportant will find a very rewarding relationship with this particular theme animal.

The Lettuce-theme pet may even appear contemplative or reflective attimes. His movements will be soft, as though his paws or hooves do notquite touch the ground. He is gentle with other pets in the household or onthe land, as though he communicates with them in silent ways as well. Beingin his presence will make you more aware of your own calmness—or lack ofit. His quiet demeanor will remind you to not waste your energy in restless and nervous activities. This theme makes a wonderful companion.

Lettuce-Theme Pet Owners: Calmness

Lettuce-theme owners are quiet but not shy, retiring but not boring. In fact,they tend to be highly creative. As they also excel in the art of communicatingtheir thoughts and feelings, they will often say things in innovativeways. They make excellent writers. They tend to speak little, but when they do, others listen.

A Lettuce-theme individual will be calming to his friends and family, especiallywhen they are troubled or emotionally agitated. As an owner of animals,this theme will also be a great comfort to his pets. He tends to not get upsetover discipline problems, litter-box accidents, or wear and tear on his property. To him, nothing is worth the price of lost calmness, and everything is fixable.

Orange-Theme Animals: Joy

If pets could smile, Orange themes would do so. These animals possess aninfinite capacity to enjoy this world in as many ways as possible. They loveto explore the movement of their bodies. They enjoy new places as well asold. They are happy when visitors come to their home. Their joy runs deep.You might find yourself wanting to ask them, “What are you so happy about?” They just are.

These animals will provide special companionship when their ownersare grieving or depressed. To some extent, as animals do, they will absorbthe sadness of their owners. Even then, these theme pets will be able toretain their own sense of happiness and basically remain untouched by any despair in the home.

Orange themes, both human and animal, have a certain resilience intheir personalities and an ability to bounce back, as it were, from even thedeepest sorrow. Much as the orange tree, a small evergreen, grows in regionswhere frosts are virtually unknown, sadness is a quality relatively unfamiliar to this theme animal.

Orange-Theme Pet Owners: Joy

Unlike the Cherry-theme individual with his bubbly lightness, the Orange-themeowner’s joy is very deep. The Cherry theme’s signature is his laughter;the Orange theme’s is his smile. Often, though not always, this individualhas actually had a very hard life with repeated difficulties and challenges.Through it all, he has kept hold of an inner joy that carries him through the worst of times.

These themes provide special testimony to the concept that our themeessence is based on who we are and not on what we do—that it is who weare which sustains us through the events that befall us as we move throughour experiences in this world. Pertaining to the Orange theme, this person,through repeated opportunities to grow and make choices, becomes the joy of his theme essence.

Even though some animals, such as cats, do not at all enjoy the scentof citrus, they will usually adore the Orange-theme pet owner. Joy is a contagiousquality; animals readily sense its presence. Pets tune in to a certainjoyful fullness in the Orange theme’s personality, much like the roundness of a perfectly ripe orange fruit.

Animals who live in an Orange theme’s household are very happy pets.Their needs are met far beyond the basic level of food and shelter. Food isserved with joy; bedding is prepared with a gladness in being able to provide for them.

Peach-Theme Animals: Selflessness

The Peach-theme pet is a truly selfless animal. These animals are the caretakersof their caregivers, and they tend to act in mothering ways with otherpets as well. “Born nurturers” defines the Peach-theme animal. He senseswhen others are unwell or emotionally troubled and gives them energy. Youmay often find him grooming other pets in the household or expressing his care for them through a variety of demonstrative behaviors.

This theme loves to share his toys or include his fellow housemates inhis games. He is an especially good pet to have with children, as he will always seem to be looking out for them as well.

If others in the home, either human or animal, are struggling with emotionalissues or are physically unwell, the Peach-theme pet will be giving hisenergy where it is needed. As the Peach-theme owner will intuit his animal’sneeds, so the Peach-theme pet tunes in to the needs of those in the home.He may come and sit by you or give you a special nudge. Whatever the form,he is giving you the deepest nurturing love from his trusting heart. A better friend in this world is hard to find.

Peach-Theme Pet Owners: Selflessness

Each of the twenty pet-theme owners possesses a special quality expressiveof his skills as an animal’s guardian, Peach being no exception.The gentleness of this theme individual and his natural ability to communicateand commune with his animals is quietly extraordinary. Muchas the mother knows the needs of her children even before they expressthem, so the Peach-theme pet owner understands his animals. Thisowner can often sense when his pet is feeling under the weather andmay need changes in his diet or living quarters before any outer signs appear.

Peach-theme individuals, personifying this mothering essence, arealways taking care of the needs of others before their own. Rather than beingdepleted by their ministrations, they are energized. Their joy lies in servingothers. Their special gift is knowing that others are an extension of their own being and that in serving others, they are served as well.

Many studies have been conducted on the power of prayer. Reportsunanimously confirm that the person praying receives an even greater benefitthan the individual for whom he is praying. In a sense, we could say thata Peach-theme owner’s care for his pet is a form of constant prayer,expressed through his concern for the animal’s welfare. A pet in this household will be well tended and very well loved.

Pear-Theme Animals: Peacefulness

The Pear-theme pet is a healer. You’ll find yourself just wanting to “hangaround” him. Being with him will be a calming experience, as he holds a specialplace among all theme animals of the Spirit in Nature’s Essences line. This petis the equivalent, in animal form, of our Emergency Essence. Steady innature, balanced and unflappable, the Pear-theme pet is a source of comfortto all. He handles himself especially well in a crisis. In addition, he canendure illness or injury to his own body with quiet equanimity, more so thanmost animals, somewhat like Apple and Coconut themes. It is a good idea,however, to properly assess the severity of his condition and call on veterinarycare if necessary, as he deals so well with symptoms that their urgency or seriousness may be overlooked.

It is safe to generalize in saying that all animals are born with an intrinsicconnection to Nature. Were it not for our domestication of them, Naturewould be their source of food, shelter, companionship, and lastly, theirdemise. But the Pear-theme pet’s link with nature is many times strongerthan in other animals. As a result of this deeper connection, his instinctivenature and resultant intuition will be heightened. More so than most animals,he will sense changes in the weather; he will anticipate calamities,both natural and man-made; and he will basically be an accurate barometer of impending events.

This pet is a great gift to any household. His innate peacefulness willpositively affect the energy of any children in the home who are typicallywound up, and he will calm the adults as well. In general, his energy will tend to pacify them, rather than their agitation affecting him.

Many shelters and pounds are filled with Pear-theme animals waiting tocontribute their peaceful presence to homes throughout the world. Theseare the pets by whom you will find yourself permanently changed, possibly many years after their passing.

Pear-Theme Pet Owners: Peacefulness

Pear-theme owners are, to use a slang word, mellow. They create comfortablehomes in which people and animals can let their guard down anddeeply relax. If valuables are broken by their pets, it’s OK. If messes happen on the floor, that’s fine too. These theme owners understand thatthe true valuables in their home are the pets and people who occupy it.In fact, you may often hear them repeat the words, “It’s OK; don’t worry about it.”

If you visit a Pear theme’s home when you are tired, you will find yourselffeeling rested. Arriving in a state of tightly wound anxiety, you will findyourself able to slow down. Much as the pear tree grows in temperate climatesand needs little tending, this theme is solid, firmly rooted, and deeply linked to Nature’s healing rhythms.

Pear themes who take on the responsibility of pets have no troubleintegrating them into their lives. These themes relate to anything earthy,including members of the mineral and plant kingdoms as well as the animalkingdom. Oftentimes, the decor of their homes will include rock workor clay pottery, lush plants that cover counter space and window ledges,and a wonderful array of animals. Many times, they will have more than onebreed or species in their home, all of them generally compatible and accepting of each other.

Pineapple-Theme Animals: Self-assuredness

The Pineapple-theme pet loves to be the center of attention and expressesa genuine and innocent pride in his accomplishments, almost as if saying,“Look what I can do!” Cats who proudly bring home a mouse or bird for theirowner are expressing, to some extent, the qualities of the Pineapple theme.The dog who seems pleased with his ability to successfully keep intruders offhis owner’s property does likewise.

A charmer and a show-stopper, this is the pet we can’t keep our eyes offof. He may be extremely attractive with an eye-catchingly healthy coat ormajestic plume, or there may be something particularly attention-getting in his body language.

In any case, the Pineapple-theme pet seems well on his way to developinga strong sense of his own identity. This animal often exhibits idiosyncrasies.You may find yourself spellbound at his antics. He also likes to showoff when company visits, sometimes with a knowing gleam in his eye. He will find your lavish praise at these times healthy and affirming.

These animals tend to be very intelligent, and when they begin expressingstrong likes and dislikes and various preferences about their surroundings, we may clearly recognize the sprouting seeds of personality.

Pineapple-Theme Pet Owners: Self-assuredness

The Pineapple-theme owner loves to be the life of the party, even when noparty is happening. Sometimes eccentric, and glaringly so, the Pineappletheme is clearly an individualist. He forms very distinctive ideas on manysubjects, and his laughter will ring out in a gathering of people. Charismatic by nature, he tends to stand out in a crowd.

Spending time in the company of a Pineapple theme is exuberantlyrefreshing. He infuses those around him with a healthy self-assuredness. Never a doormat, neither is he overbearing.

The Pineapple-theme owner tends to draw into his household or createanimals with individual temperaments. Valuing his own individuality, herespects the same in his pets. They will feel free to express their particularpreferences in games, food, and toys. He enjoys making each pet feel very special and deeply appreciated.

Raspberry-Theme Animals: Kindheartedness

A more kindhearted animal is not to be found. A friend, a comforter, and avery sensitive pet with a highly sensitized feeling nature, this animal isgood with people of all ages, especially children. We might say that theRaspberry-theme pet is good at “reading” people’s energy. If you seehim walk boldly up to a stranger and roll at his feet as a sign of trust orbravely sniff him out, you may safely assume that the person is himselfkindly. Contrarily, if you see your Raspberry-theme pet shying away, hissing,or growling at someone for no apparent reason, that person may be of shady character.

Raspberry-theme pets bond deeply with their owners who, in turn, findin them the closest of friends. Here is a pet who readily makes eye contactwith you. His eyes will tend to be expressive and responsive. Quite often,you will see something recognizably human in them—that quality coined as“the milk of human kindness.”

People fortunate enough to have Raspberry-theme pets in their householdfrequently say that they feel they can talk to them. Not only will you findyourself talking aloud to these pets, but you may have the sense that theyare listening—and understanding as well. Best of all, they will not judge, blame, or lecture on the subject of your faults. Who can be a truer friend?

Raspberry-Theme Pet Owners: Kindheartedness

Raspberry-theme individuals are noted for their far-reaching kindheartedness,embracing all living things with their compassion. These people aresensitive, sympathetic, and empathetic. Listening is one of their naturalgifts. Most of all, they understand the various emotional wounds thatpeople and pets can suffer—specifically, feeling hurt, holding grudges, andbouts of anger that stem from contained emotional pain. Even though animalslive fully in each moment, they can also exhibit negative behaviorsstemming from emotional damage much like people; a visit with a Raspberrytheme, similar to taking Raspberry Essence, may be “just what the doctor ordered.”

Raspberry themes make ideal pet owners. Their innate compassionextends easily to their pets. They are always concerned and caring. Far andbeyond their pets’ physical needs, they will want to be certain that their animalsare happy in the homes they create. They tend to empathetically feel their pet’s pain.

These owners understand the rhythms of their pets—when they wantcompany, when they want rest, when they need special attention, or whensomething upsets them. They can also understand that disturbed orinappropriate behavior may stem from past abuse rather than impropertraining. For this reason, these people—both similar to and different fromGrape themes—make especially good owners for animals who have been mistreated.

Spinach-Theme Animals: Simplicity

The best word to describe a Spinach-theme pet is “delightful.” The eternalchild-animal, this pet will embody the qualities of innocence and trustthroughout his entire lifetime. Even in later years, he will remain playful andfun-loving. A special gleam in his eye says it’s always time to play and everythingis a game. This is the animal who will approach you with a toy or twoin his mouth, drop it at your feet, and sit quietly looking at you, waiting foryou to, literally, “take the ball and run with it.” His message is simple: He wants to play.

Spinach-theme animals are easygoing in a manner different from thePear theme, whose relaxation stems from a deeper connection with naturethan most animals. The Spinach theme’s sense of ease is based on his abilityto trust, as do children, that everything will be taken care of and that they have no need to worry. These animals are basically stress-free.

For this reason, Spinach-theme pets are very soothing to nervous owners.Their mere presence in a household helps everyone to lighten up. Andwith modern-day tensions at an all-time high as we enter a new millennium—an unstable economy, political unrest, and the hovering possibilityof warfare—a Spinach-theme animal in the household is practically a necessaryaddition.

Spinach-Theme Pet Owners: Simplicity

The Spinach-theme owner, himself childlike, likes to have fun. Playful bynature, much like the Spinach-theme pet, he is always ready for a good joke,a fun game, or a spontaneous trip to the zoo. In fact, these people will oftenlaugh the loudest at their own jokes. Even as an adult, he will probably enjoycartoons and children’s movies for their message of simplicity, which is his special hallmark.

People sense the Spinach theme’s straightforwardness and find himtrustworthy. He is not given to dishonesty and, in fact, is not very good at allat lying. The delicate yellow blossoms of the quickly maturing spinach plantgrow in the juncture of the stems and leaves, which are edible before theplant bolts. The blossoms appear cradled by the plant, much like a nurturedchild in its mother’s arms. Likewise, the Spinach theme generally hasenjoyed a healthy, loving childhood where he received the proper emotional tools with which to move forward into adulthood.

These are the very qualities that have prepared him to be an excellentpet owner. His animals will be both children and friends to him, receivingfrom him the loving nurturance that he received as a child. Even matureSpinach-theme adults will often share games with their pets on the animals’own level. Their joy in their animals will be obvious to all who see them romping together.

Strawberry-Theme Animals: Dignity

The Strawberry theme is a graceful, noble, and dignified animal who handleshimself with a sophisticated poise. A quiet pet, he possesses a strong senseof his own beauty, which also touches those around him. Many purebredanimals are Strawberry themes. They exhibit a maturity both at rest and atplay that is rather extraordinary to watch. One feels in their presence a levelof royalty. And although dignity is a quality inherent in all creatures of the earth, the Strawberry theme energizes this characteristic with a special flare.

Even a wild animal with a Strawberry-theme personality will seem topace his territory as though surveying his domain. And he is doing exactlythat. These animals express a wide variety of preferences, based on a certainrefinement of their character. They can afford the luxury of turning up theirnoses at food that does not particularly please them. Although they mayseem fussy or finicky at times, they are merely exercising the more refinedaspects of their nature. Actually, these pets are quite charming. They arereadily trainable and will seem almost embarrassed if they err in a behavior in which they have received training.

Since many people are what we would call Strawberry-deficient—meaninglacking a true sense of their inner beauty and self-worth—Strawberry-themepets, in their unassuming way, are very worth-affirming animals. Theirvery presence reflects back to their owners how beautiful and dear their caretakers really are.

Strawberry-Theme Pet Owners: Dignity

Strawberry-theme owners are beautiful, grounded, responsible people. Theyare earthy, somewhat like Pear themes, but in an elegant manner. Theirtastes in clothing, food, and entertainment are refined, and they enjoy beingsurrounded by beautiful things and uplifting company. It is not uncommonto see them with purebred animals.Strawberry-themes will lavish both praise and gifts on their fortunatepets. They will treat them to only the best in food, shelter, grooming tools,and toys. “Nothing is too good for my Fluffy,” you may hear a Strawberry-themeowner say. The pet of this theme is thus pampered and at timesspoiled. He will have his favorite chair or blanket reserved and waiting forhim, and basically he is allowed the run of the Strawberry theme’s home or property.

Strawberry themes are gracious to their human and animal friendsalike, for they are generous people. Dignity being their predominant personalitystrength, they will see that same beauty and poise in others. Theymake empowering company for this reason. A Strawberry theme will makeyou feel not only special but irreplaceably cherished. And don’t we all love to be pampered?

Tomato-Theme Animals: Strength, courage

The Tomato-theme pet is noted for his courage. This animal, though instinctuallyintelligent, is often fearless toward other animals many times his size.Here is the little kitten who will race up and rub noses with a deer. Tomato-theme pets also make excellent guard dogs.

A courageous pet, this theme is a natural rescue animal. Included in theTomato-theme personality type are seeing-eye dogs, police dogs, and anyanimals who guard people. Upright posture characterizes the Tomato-themeanimal, who seems to welcome life with open arms, paws, or wings. He canface difficulties with great courage. Animals, endowed as they are with sharpsenses and keen instincts, all have a bit of the positive Tomato as well asPear characteristics. Stories abound of pets whose “sixth sense” allows themto foresee imminent violence, threats, and disaster—both man-made and natural—to their owners and themselves.

Perhaps most inspiring of all are the courageous tales of animals whosave the lives of complete strangers, sometimes laying down their own livesin the process. Numerous documented cases of animals alerting people tofires, burglaries, earthquakes, and floods focus on pets whose heroism epitomizes the strengthening Tomato-theme animal.

Tomato-Theme Pet Owners: Strength, courage

Tomato-theme owners have tremendous reserves of courage at their disposal.When difficulties present themselves, these brave warriors face themdirectly, no matter how much energy or stamina is required. Willpower, notto be mistaken with stubbornness or obstinacy, is their battle cry. They donot balk in fearful situations, nor do they back away from obstacles simplybecause more strength is needed. These are brave, forthright human beingswho face their challenges with open minds. Willing to be wrong, they are equally unafraid to be right.

Tomato-theme owners are strong individuals and loving but firm disciplinarians.Their innate bravery, by association with them, breeds fearlessnessin their pets. They possess a keen ability to be sensitive to their animal’s fears and weaknesses.

Most impressive about the Tomato theme is his ability to love againonce a companion animal has died. This individual is not afraid to open hisheart to other animals, nor does he fear the pain of future loss. It is said thatwe draw to ourselves the very thing we most fear—the exact experience weleast want to happen. This is not the case with the Tomato theme, who iscommitted to loving his pets throughout their lifetimes. This owner knowshow to grieve when they die, to heal, and then to love again. His animals will be empowered by his gallant approach to pet care.

And when the time arrives for his pet to pass on, this owner, rather thanburdening his animal with his own issues, is able to be totally present for his animal friend.

In Conclusion

Many times in my workshops, when we reach the part of the program wherewe determine theme essences, people will remark to each other at breaktime, “I am an Orange theme” or “I am a Raspberry theme.” This means,respectively, that one is the joy or the kindheartedness. More than a fewindividuals will have tears in their eyes. To identify ourselves with elevatingqualities is indeed inspirational. And to view our pets in this same light acknowledges their ability to express the purest qualities in Nature.

A dog who is treated as “just a dog” by his owner will not blossom, muchas a plant left untended without proper soil, water, and sunshine may wilt. Ifthe owner were to know, for example, that his dog is an Orange theme,reflecting its quality of pure joy, he might then view his canine companion with higher respect, if not awe.

An animal’s mental, emotional, and spiritual needs are equally asimportant as his physical needs for food and shelter. Our acknowledgmentof this principle through the understanding and application of themeessences is a great aid to animals in their evolutionary process, and it is a service they deserve from us as pet owners.

Chapter Summary Outline

  1. The term ego means identification with our sense of separateness fromthe Source of life.
  2. The personality, an offshoot of the ego, is composed of patterns, habits, likes, and dislikes, with their resulting desires; these desires influencethe choices we make in our lives.
  3. Animals have “emerging egos,” with individualized personalities.
  4. Plants do not have individual egos. They do, however, express qualitiesof nature; these qualities provide the basis for flower essences.
  5. The commonly used term type remedy refers to a predominant negativequality in an individual’s personality.
  6. The concept of theme essence, contrarily, identifies people and animals by their predominant and positive personality strengths. For example, a Cherry theme is cheerful, a Lettuce theme is calm.
  7. An animal’s species or breed, to some extent, will define his themeessence, though individual personality traits may override it.
  8. Animals convey their personalities through their behaviors.
  9. Give your pet his theme essence when he seems “out of sorts,” is fightingan illness, or is simply not acting like himself.
  10. Determine your pet’s theme essence by watching him rest, play, and interact with others—also ask your children.