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 U 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.


Udana see prana.

Lancelot Law Whyte

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, Daniel David Palmerwhile 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.

Eugene Fersen

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.

Multiwave oscillator.

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.

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.