By Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
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


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 K

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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Kalit see kasinge/kalit.

Kasinge/kalit are words for the life force among the people in Palau (probably in their native religion modekngei), according to C. G. Jung in his book On the nature of the Psyche.

Kerei are shamans among the Mentawai people in Indonesia, who cure with plants and complicated songs, by which they get in touch with the ancestral spirits (a practice that is actually forbidden in Indonesia since 1956). The word is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to qi, which seems to be a misunderstanding. Nonetheless, the kerei regard nature as being animated by ketsat or simagere, which seem to be more similar to life energy like qi. Mentawai have a tradition to decorate themselves to keep their souls from being tempted to leave them.


Kerei shaman.
Kerei shaman.


Ketsat see kerei.

Ki (qi)

ki is the transcription of qi (see this word) from the Japanese language. Japan uses the Chinese pictogram for the word, and refers to the same phenomenon. It is likely that Japan received this concept from China, as is the case with many other elements of Chinese culture and philosophy.

ki/ti from the Polynesian language is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to qi, but it is a plant that is mainly used to produce liquor. The closest to life energy such as qi in Polynesian tradition is mana or ha (see these words).

kia see num.

Kiko is a Japanese form of qigong (see this word).

Kirlian photography see aura.

Kozyrev-Dirac

Kozyrev-Dirac emanation is an expression used by Ivan M. Shakhparonov for an emanation he claims to have discovered in 1996, consisting of magnetic monopoles. This emanation is alone in cooling instead of heating material it is in contact with, and it can be made to emerge in space through a Möbius band technique. According to Shakhparonov, the emanation can magnetize organic substances, decrease radioactivity, and influence tumor diseases. A kind of time-reversal (time in the opposite direction) is used theoretically in this technique. The name is derived from two precursors to the idea, the Russian physicist Nicolaj A. Kozyrev (1908-1983) and the English physicist Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902-1984). See also time energy.

Kra/okra is the word used by the Akan people in Africa for a soul or life force that each human is given at birth, along with their personality, which is called sunsum. Ntoro, which is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to qi, is the word for what can be described as abilities inherited from the fathers, and mogya the same from the mothers. Tumi is the energy given by the creator deity Nyame to sunsum, so that the personality gains power.

Kundalini

kundalini is the Indian word for the process of awakening all the body chakras (see this word), from the bottom one in the pelvic region to the crown chakra at the top of the head. Kundalini means coiled, like a snake, which is the initial state, before any chakra has been awakened – a dormant power around the bottom chakra. The life force is called prana (see this word) in the Indian tradition.

Kurunba is the word used by the Aborigine of Australia for a life force or spirit that fills certain places. It can be brought out by rituals at these locations. The word djang also refers to those places. See also miwi and churinga.


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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.


Stefan Stenudd