By Stefan Stenudd
I'm a Swedish writer and instructor of the peaceful martial art aikido. I've written several books about qi and other lifeforce concepts. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. 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:
The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
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.
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.
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Life Force Ideas Around the World
Celestial radiation see latent neutral.
Chakra energy centers in the body, according to Indian tradition. The main seven chakra are (from crown to root, i.e. top to bottom): Sahasrara (thousand petaled), Ajna (command), Vishuddha (pure), Anahata (unstruck), Manipura (city of jewels), Svadhisthana (dwelling of the I), Muladhara (root). Each has its symbol, as can be seen on the illustration. See also kundalini and prana.
Chanul see ch’ulel.
Charisma is from the Greek word for divine favor. It was used early in Christianity for people who, through the Holy Spirit (see this word), had received special abilities. In modern use, the word stands for personal charm, the ability to attract and fascinate others. See also luster and nimbus.
Chi/ch’i alternative spelling (transcription) of qi (see this word).
Chi kung see qigong.
Chronal field is an expression introduced in the 1970's by Albert I. Veinik, who sees time as elementary particles, chronons, and thereby able to vary in speed. These chronons create a chronal force field, especially by mass being set to spin. Veinik experimented with gyroscopes (see this word) and their variation in gravity. The term chronal comes from the Greek word kronos, meaning time. The chronal field is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to the life energy qi, which is doubtful.
Chronotopology is a term that was used by the Mathematician Charles A. Muses (1919-2000) for his studies on the structure of time, which he applied to astrology, among other things. He claimed that it was possible to perceive the cyclic nature of time, and that the Egyptians had the knowledge of how to transform from bodily existence to another and higher form of existence – without needing to die. He may have seen this as a kind of noetic being (see noetic energy).
Chuku/Chukwu see mulungu.
Ch’ulel/ch’ul/k’ul is a term for the soul, spirit, or life force, among the Maya Indians. It was linked to the blood, but was eternal. A person could lose part of his or her ch’ulel, and got ill because of it. Ch’ulel was inherited from the ancestors, and returned to them after death. Maya had an additional soul in humans, chanul, which was mortal and linked to an animal. Ch’ulel is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to life energy such as qi, but closer to that concept is itz (see this word).
Churinga/tjuringa/tjurunga are sacred objects that contain power from the spirits of the ancestors, among the Aborigine of Australia. These objects give vitality, strength and fertility to their owners. Churinga is sometimes mistakenly mentioned as a synonym to life energy such as qi. The nearest the Aborigine tradition comes to qi is with miwi or kurunba (see these words).
Cosmic energy is an expression sometimes used for ideas about a life force or divine force permeating all of the universe.
Cosmic humanism see psi plasma.
Cosmo-electric energy is an expression for a healing radiation, introduced in the early 20th century by the American George Starr White (1866-?), who also wrote about aura and zone therapy (see these words). He also constructed machines - cosmo-electro energy condensers - for treatment with cosmo-electric energy.
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BooksI have written two books on the subject of life energy: Qi: Increase your Life energy and Life Energy Encyclopedia. This website has material from the latter. Here are the two books: