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
The Dream, by Salvador Dali 1931. See Dreams.
Drugs see inebriation.
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
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