Off on a different track this morning. In fact one of the oddest things I have run across since I ran into the “earthing” results. You might remember our discussion about sleeping on a special “grounded half-sheet.”

This morning, we get into another one of those little “subtle energy” discussions which has been a remarkable experience for us.

A little background first.

I have been looking at the art of feng shui a lot lately. The reason for my research? Purely financial.

Yeah, base motivation, I’ll grant you. But in many parts of the world Feng Shui, or a local equivalent, is used for the design and placement of things. Architecture, design, even one of the Trump properties supposedly was designed to have good chi (also qi in Chinese).

Huge deal in Hong Kong to have the right fish in the aquarium in the wealth area of a business…and so forth.

I’m doing all this research for two reasons: One is to improve my office here at the ranch so it is more conducive to making oodles of money trading the market. So far, so good. And, with that evolving, it will be an interesting future report on the site.

Which brings us to this morning.

In one of the dozens of books I’m reading, there is a discussion about the chi of the bathroom.

Think of chi as the dual energies of Life: Yin and Yang. Male element and female elements that need to be in balance for Life to work “right.”

So one of the books says it is very important to observe Chi in the bedroom, and in particular, to pay attention to? The Bathroom.

The research went on to explain how chi can be positive or negative. Again, balance.

In the bathroom, the leftovers from bodily functions are considered negative chi and they have to be confined to the bathroom.

Well, I’ll be dipped and rolled in it. How about that?

I don’t know about how things are in you house, but in ours, the bathroom door was open, directly into the Master Bath. Convenient at night and we can navigate to the throne with the various small LED lights found in any modern bath: The charging light for the electric tooth brushes. The LEDs on the shaver and beard trimmer, and on and on.

When waking in the middle of the night, the faint outline of the open Master Bath door was clearly visible – even with less than perfect sight.

But no more!

As an experiment, since the chi experts say it is best to keep bad chi confined to the bathroom, we have for the past week been closing the door to the bathroom, except for the brief times we are actually passing from one room to the other.

The rest of the time?

Door remains closed.

I did my own little hack on this and decided to leave one of the small bathroom windows (there are three of them that I put in) open about an inch. My thinking was that by doing so, the “bad chi” would be able to circulate back to the outside.

If you don’t have a window, there is advice about putting a mirror on the back of the bathroom door. Again, bounce the bad chi away from the sleeping area.

Now I know this all may sound like so much hooey, but the facts for us speak to the efficacy of this approach.

For one thing, we used to sleep and toss around a fair bit at night. But now, I am sleeping through 9-12 hours (some of this no doubt due to surgery recovery) but the thing is Elaine is sleeping through, as well.

Such things as keeping the bathroom door shut for at least six hours before sleep, didn’t need to be considered. But the more you get into the study of subtle energy, the more you appreciate that there is something to all this feng shui stuff.

One of the books I’m reading is a longish academic text on the roots of feng shui and how it is like what we were talking about a week or two back: The physical side of religions. There are feng shui reasons for a lot of things that happen in religions, including the incense, small bells, and the spinning of prayer wheels, and what have you.

The results are not instantaneous, either. The first night, the result was small. The second night, it was greater. And now, we actually notice (or at least think we do) by keeping the bathroom door shut.

One more thing: Keeping the lids closed on the toilet is also strongly suggested.

No, it’s not because of the gender side of things, but rather to keep strong residual negative chi confined.

A little time in the bathroom and bedroom cleared up why the effect was so pronounced here: There is a sight-line from the toilet to the foot of the bed! Shutting the door became more urgent because of the sight-line. On the other hand, if you have a Master Bath which has a separate stall or mini-room for the throne, it may not make as much of a different.

Still, the best advice seems to be to install a convex mirror on the back of the bathroom door so the negative chi will be reflected away from the entrance to the Master Bath.

Yeah, like I said, this is a little weird to write about. But understanding feng shui does seem to offer from benefits. Dreams are a bit more intense, there is more calming in sleep (I’m sleeping almost motionless…much less tossing and turning) and Elaine’s not waking, either.

Your Mileage May Vary, of course. But if you want to see if you can get a better night’s sleep, start shutting the bathroom door, crack a window, and mirror on the back of the bathroom door to reflect bad chi to other parts…like back outside.

This is hardly subjective, by the way. We both experience this marvelously calming sleep in the guest bedroom, but again, this seems to be because of how I laid out that room (*quite accidentally).

That room has a “T” shape to it. The toilet is at one end of the “T” and the wash basin sink is at the other. The entrance to the room is through the vertical part of the “T” if that makes any sense.

We both had noticed that sleeping in that room was much better, and now, this odd study of feng shui I’m on may have illuminated a key (chi) difference:

Seems that chi (qi) doesn’t like to go around corners.  It is also slow and cumulative.

Have fun with it – but if you do some closed bathroom door to the Master Bedroom testing, do let us know of your results. We like to remain flush with good data and first-hand reports!

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