By Stefan Stenudd
I'm a Swedish author and aikido instructor. In addition to fiction, I've written several books about life force concepts and East Asian traditions. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website: stenudd.com
The life energy exists in many traditions, such as qi (chi) in China, prana in India, pneuma in Ancient Greece, spiritus in Latin, and vitalism in philosophy. Here they are all explained.
Books by Stefan Stenudd:
Cosmos of the Ancients
The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Tao Te Ching
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Qi Energy Exercises
The ancient Chinese life energy qi (chi) explained and how to exercise it. Click the image to visit.
Taoism, the old Chinese philosophy of life, based on Tao, the Way. Click the image to visit.
Creation stories from around the world, and the ancient cosmology they reveal. Click the image to visit.
Life Energy Beliefs
A to Z
Life Force Ideas Around the World
The idea of a life energy, or life spirit, a vital force that flows through all living things, exists all over the world, in many cultures all the way from the distant past to the present.
Here is a small encyclopedia from A to Z of such life energy beliefs - and of terms mistakenly presumed to be such.
There is a multitude of them to be found, in just about every culture and era of human civilization. Thenature of life itself has been an enigma since humankind evolved to be able to contemplate the world and how it might work. What made creatures come alive, and what happened to them when that life ceased? Where knowledge of facts was scarce, there was all the more room for speculations. And people speculated a lot, as far back as we have records of human thought.
This A to Z of life energy ideas shows the vast variety of speculations regarding what life might be and how it operates. But it also shows a lot of resemblances between those ideas - across vast distances in geography as well as time. The patterns of human thought are revealed both in the differences and the similarities of those speculations: The differences can often enough be explained by cultural specifics, and the similarities remind us that there is so much we human beings still have in common.
An edited and expanded version of this Life Energy A to Z is published in my book Life Energy Encyclopedia.
Life Energy Beliefs A to Z
Life Energy Books
I have written two books on the subject of life energy:
Qi, prana, spirit, ruach, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The life energy qi
) explained, with several very easy exercises to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.