By Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
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:

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.

Life Energy Fundamentals

Life Energy Beliefs A - Z


Life Energy Encyclopedia


Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Cosmos of the Ancients. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd.

Fiction. A brunch conversation slips into the mysterious, soon to burst beyond the realm of possibility. 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.

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

Life Force Ideas Around the World

Here are the D entries of life energy beliefs around the world and from antiquity to the present. An edited and expanded version of this Life Energy A to Z is published in my book Life Energy Encyclopedia.


Dao-in see do-in.

Death see life.

Deity see gods.

Dielectric energy is a theory from the 1990's by the American physicist William A. Tiller, where an etheric field in crystals relates to the dielectric force in about the same way as magnetism does to electricity. The force is also called magneto-electricity. Tiller speculated about subtle energy as a source to paranormal phenomena, in the way that he supposed it to react to human intention.

Digi is the Apache expression for a force that permeates nature. See also manitou and orenda.

Divinity see gods.


Do-in is a Japanese method of self-massage, with ancient Chinese origin (in Chinese dao-in), where ki (qi) is of central significance. The exact meaning of the word is hard to interpret – the combination of do, lead or show the way, with in, pull to oneself, actually means something like ‘do it yourself’ or ‘show yourself the way’. See also qigong.

Dreams have by many anthropologists been used as explanations to the ideas in almost all cultures about gods, spirits, a world beyond the visible one, and life after death. In dreams we meet deceased people, and we experience things that feel real, although our bodies do not move at all. Thereby easily follows the idea about a kind of soul, an incorporeal part of the person. Many cultures have the idea that dreams have special powers, such as that of precognition or prophesy, and of seeing a truer depiction of the world than what is perceivable in the awake state. Many cultures also have rituals to induce a dreamlike state of mind, where visions appear, which are interpreted and used as basis for seeing beyond where the eyes reach. Also, the relation between dreams and reality has been a subject for much speculation, such as the question of what world is the real one. See also animism.

The Dream, by Salvador Dali 1931.
The Dream, by Salvador Dali 1931. See Dreams.

Drugs see inebriation.

Samuel Christian Frederik Hahnemann

Dynamis is within the alternative medicine discipline homeopathy the term for dynamics of the life force (German Lebenskraft). When it is in perfect balance, the person is healthy, and everything in the body takes care of itself, which is called autocracy (Greek for self-government). Disease is when it is out of balance. Homeopathy also claims that there is an inner collecting center, from which the life force flows. Homeopathy was founded in 1808 by the German physician Samuel Christian Frederik Hahnemann (1755-1843).

Life Energy Beliefs A to Z

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Life Energy Books

I have written two books on the subject of life energy:

Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia

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.

QI - increase your life energy. Book 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. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.