What is chi?

What is chi?

Chi (literally "air, breath, mood") is the energy or active ingredient that gives us life, the vital energy that unites body, mind and spirit.


  • 1 Origin of Chi
  • 2 The principles of Chi
  • 3 Chi in Western culture

Chi Origin

This is a concept has its origins in ancient Chinese philosophy. But the concept that there is a life force is found in most of the ancient cultures of the world. In India, it is called prana; in China, chi; in Japan, ki; for the Native Americans, the Great Spirit ... For all these cultures and many others, the idea of ​​the force of life is the central axis of medicine and traditional healing.

Both traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture are based on the balance and improvement of Chi, to bring the body into a state of health.

In Tai Chi, this basic principle is applied to optimize the flow of energy in the body, the use of force to do the exercise is reduced, and with it the risk of causing an injury is reduced, while the benefits of conscious movement and healthy life are maximized.


The principles of Chi

Every living organism has its particular way of assimilating Chi. But both humans and animals and plants absorb it equally thanks to the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat.

Once inside, Chi moves throughout the body and performs its multiple functions. The most basic of all these functions is based on achieving the proper functioning and continuous body.

Some people affirm that the human being can control and use this energy, through various techniques, increasing it, accumulating it and distributing it throughout the body or using it in a concentrated way, through martial arts. They also claim that it has the power to cure a number of diseases through the release of energy flow through the human body. From here come many of the alternative medicines such as reiki, acupuncture, acupuncture and others.

Chi in western culture

In fact, there are indications in our western culture that the mysterious force of life was long recognized. Have you wondered, for example, why a mother kisses her son's wound to try to alleviate her pain? It is curious how after your kiss, the pain usually decreases or even disappears.

According to psychologists This phenomenon has nothing to do with the kiss itself. For them its effectiveness is the result of suggestion in the child's mind (placebo effect): The pain disappears as a result of the mother-induced suggestion.

But anyone who believes in the Taoist concept of Chi will say that the mother passed part of her life force to the child's damaged tissue. The force of life not only repairs the wound, but also serves as an anesthetic.

Another example can be found in many of the religious paintings made by some of the best artists of all time. In these works, you can often find a halo that surrounds Jesus Christ, Mary, Joseph, the disciples, the angels, etc.

Some believe that this aura is an imaginary symbol created by the artist to give effect. Others, however, believe that it may actually be the result of the emanations radiated by those who have cultivated Chi to a high degree.

It is said that some gifted artists, who were especially sensitive to light and color, may have taken their inspiration from the idea of ​​halos directly from a particularly radiant person.