What difference does it really makes to the quality of your sleep if you keep your bedroom window open or closed at night? A bigger difference than most people realize.
I’m always amazed when someone tells me they sleep with their windows closed, and especially if they do this with their air-conditioning or heating turned on. This is fine once in a while in conditions of extreme heat, extreme cold, or because you are travelling and have no alternative but to stay in a hotel that has sealed windows. But if you sleep like this every night it will affect you in ways you may not realize.
The connection between vitality and life force energy
The reason why this matters is because it’s the vitality of our life force energy that determines how healthy we are and how well we feel.
The ancient Chinese had a name for this etheric vitality. They called it chi. In India, it’s called prana. In Japan, it’s known as ki. The closest term we have in the West is “life force energy”.
It can’t be measured by any scientific equipment. But it can be felt, even by people who have no spiritual background or energetic sensitivity. A good example of this is the difference between how a room feels when it has been closed up for some time and is filled with stale air, and how it feels after it has been opened up and aired. A freshly aired room has more etheric vitality or life force energy.
What happens during sleep?
Most people have no idea what happens during sleep. All they know is that they go unconscious for a while, have a few dreams they may or may not remember, and then wake up with a fresh supply of energy.
Some people experience good quality sleep. Others awake not feeling fully refreshed. More and more people these days fall into the second category so instead of asking ‘what happens during sleep?’ it would be more accurate to ask, ‘What is supposed to happen during sleep?’
What needs to be understood here is that it’s not the physical body that runs low on physical stamina. It’s the etheric body, which permeates the physical body, that runs low on life force energy.
What is supposed to happen during sleep is that the subtle body structures that constitute our upper complex (the astral body and Higher Self) lift out of the lower complex (the physical body and the etheric), allowing the lower complex to be refreshed and the upper complex to access higher realms.
The mystery of sleep
If you are interested to know more about what happens during sleep, you can find a brief explanation in Chapter 13 of Awakening The Third Eye by Samuel Sagan, and a comprehensive explanation in the Clairvision Knowledge Track The Fourfold Model.
Also in Awakening The Third Eye, you can find a remarkable technique called Night Practice that teaches you how to consciously separate the upper complex from the lower complex in order to get better quality sleep. It can also be used during the day as an advanced power napping technique. I have used both techniques on a daily basis for the last 20 years and can highly recommend them.
Why you need to open a window when you sleep
Where I am going with this is that in order to maximize energetic revitalization, it works best to sleep with a window open to provide a circulation of fresh air. Even opening a window a tiny crack is better than not opening one at all, although of course there are some parts of the world where it is too hot or too cold to do even that.
In our modern world, some buildings are designed with sealed windows that can never be opened. This can create huge problems because occupants not only suffer a diminished level of etheric vitality but are also permanently exposed to the toxic fumes of cleaning chemicals and the outgassing of carpets and furniture.
Another issue is that opening a window may not provide a circulation of fresh air at all. It lets in toxic traffic fumes or other forms of air pollution that can seriously damage your health, as well as traffic noise or noise from other sources. It’s crazy that we’ve let the world get this way. Never mind the energetic level. At a purely physical level, everyone needs fresh air to thrive!
Why meditators need fresh air too
Experienced meditators know that there is a massive difference between meditating in a room that has a circulation of fresh air and one that does not. This isn’t so noticeable if you are doing the type of technique that is designed to simply help you to centre yourself or relax. But if your purpose for meditating is to access higher states of consciousness, the etheric quality of the air in the room becomes very important.
If you are new to meditation, by the way, I need to point out that it does not follow that meditating in the open air is therefore better. Yes, the air will be more vital, but there will be too many destabilizing energy draughts and influences passing through the space for you to be able to deeply internalize. There may also be disturbances caused by weather fluctuations, passing insects, animals, people, and so on.
Meditating in a closed space is much better, as the ancients who meditated in caves or temples knew. It’s only in modern trendy magazines that you see people posing to meditate in the open air.
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