WHAT IS QI (also spelled chi)
Qi is pronounced chee
The concept of qi has no western equivalent. Because of this, its definition has embodied many variations. The word is most often translated as energy, but it can also be translated as “vital force” or “life force”. It can also imply breath or air. As it is a word unique to another language I personally think that we should use qi without trying to translate or transliterate it.
Qi is that which initiates transformation, or change.
To better understand this concept one needs to think of qi as a process and not an object.
Qi is transformation and also the agent that initiates transformation. For this reason qi is understood as a force and thus is often translated as "energy". At the metaphysical level this may be a unique force – in physics perhaps part of the long sought Unified Field Theory. However, qi is not just one particular force, but any force responsible for initiating many kinds of changes.
As qi is the agent that initiates change, it is not separate from that which is changing. As such it has a relative nature:
Qi is the related connection between all phenomena, some examples:
- In physics qi can be the relationship of space to time;
- In the environment qi can be the relationship between
water and soil, or between hot and cold air masses;
Physically qi can be the relationship between:
- The mind and body; or between organs;
- Between the body’s neurological and electromagnetic
systems and the organs, tissues and cells;
- Between the entire mind body complex to the natural
forces of nature.
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