By Stefan Stenudd
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
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.
Life Energy Beliefs U
Life Force Ideas Around the World
Udana see prana.
Unitary principle is an expression introduced in 1948 by the English physicist Lancelot Law Whyte (1896-1972) for the thesis that asymmetry decreases in isolated processes. This points out a driving force in all of nature – and civilization – toward the perfect state. This driving force and its direction, humans can know through their unconscious, which should therefore be given priority over the conscious mind. Whyte’s principle has sometimes been mentioned as a synonym to life energy such as qi, which is doubtful since it is more of a natural law than a kind of energy.
Universal intelligence is a principle within chiropractics, presented in 1927 by Ralph W. Stephenson (1879-1936) in the Chiropractic textbook, which states that this intelligence exists in all matter, constantly giving it properties, and thereby also assuring its continued existence. Life, which unites this intelligence with matter, consists of equal parts intelligence, matter, and power. The function of the intelligence is to express power, while the function of the power is to unite intelligence with matter. This power is expressed through the natural laws. In humans, the universal intelligence moves from the brain to the body through the nervous system. The chiropractic adjustments of the spine and vertebrae are ways of assuring this flow. It is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to qi. Within chiropractics, founded in the USA in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer (1845-1913, see the photo), there were ideas about a life force flowing through the body, prior to Stephenson’s book.
Universal life force is an expression used by the Russian baron Eugene Fersen (1873-1956) in the book Science of Being from 1923. Fersen left Russia right before the revolution in 1917, and moved to the USA. He founded the movement Lightbearers, which was dispersed after his death. He had familiarized himself with the Polynesian concept mana (see this word), which was at the time regarded as a kind of life force. Still, he developed his own ideas about a primal, vibrating life force. He used deep breathing, standing straight with his arms out to the sides, forming a kind of pentagram of his body, in order to receive this life force.
Universion is a term introduced in 1927 by the Russian engineer Georges Lakhovsky (1870-1942), stationed in France, for a cosmic primordial energy of radio waves, affecting every living thing. In 1931 he patented a multiwave oscillator, which was supposed to find each cell’s natural frequency and make it vibrate in resonance, which would cure certain diseases and give a lasting health.
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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: