By Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
I'm a Swedish writer and aikido instructor. In addition to fiction, I've written several books about lifeforce concepts and East Asian traditions. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching creation myths. My personal website: stenudd.com


Life Energy
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, 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.

Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained, by Stefan Stenudd.

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.


Other Websites:

Qi energy

The ancient Chinese life energy qi (chi) explained and how to exercise it. Click the image to visit.

Taoists

Taoism, the old Chinese philosophy of life, based on Tao, the Way. Click the image to visit.

Creation Myths

Creation stories from around the world, and the ancient cosmology they reveal. Click the image to visit.


Life Energy Beliefs. God gives life to Adam, by William Blake.

Life Energy Beliefs C

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 and from the distant past to the present. Here is a small encyclopedia of such beliefs - and of terms mistakenly believed to be such. An edited and expanded version of this is in my book Life Energy Encyclopedia.

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Celestial radiation see latent neutral.

The seven chakra and their positions on the body.

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.

Gyroscope

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.

Charles A. Muses

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).


Churinga
Churinga.


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-electro energy condenser.

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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Books

I 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:

Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi, prana, spirit, ruach, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

QI - increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd.
Qi - Increase your life energy

The life energy qi (also chi or ki) explained, with several very easy exercises to awaken, increase, and use it, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


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