What is Qi?
The literal translation of Qi is breath, air, or gas. The Ancient Chinese viewed Qi as air in the sky, the breath of humans, or the atmosphere of the earth. Hence the concept of Heaven Earth Man.
Qi is the fundamental “life force” energy that permeates through all living things. It links our surroundings together. All things are interdependent, creating cause and effect between their interactions.
By understanding the rhythm and flow of Qi, the Ancient Chinese believed they could guide exercises and treatments to provide stability and longevity. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory interprets Qi as the “energy” that flows in the Meridians and the organs of the body, forming a cohesive and functioning unit. These meridians are the channels which Acupuncture, Qi Gong and Tai Chi uses to create a healthy body.
The understanding of rhythm and flow of Qi in the atmosphere of the earth developed into understanding that water and mountains are conductors of Qi. The concept of Qi in the environment is the foundation by which Feng Shui operates. Feng Shui is about harnessing positive Qi for the benefit of human life.
Yuán qì is a notion of innate or pre-natal qi to distinguish it from acquired qi that a person may develop over the course of their lifetime.
Many cultures have their own concept of Qi. Prana for Hindus, Mana in Hawaiian culture, Lung in Tibetan Buddhism, and Vital Energy in Western philosophy. More on What is Qi, click here.
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