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:
Cosmos of the Ancients
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. The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Qi Energy Exercises
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
Life Force Ideas Around the World
Here are the Y 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
Yari is a deity on Tobi island in Micronesia, in th religion that legend
claims was introduced by visitors to the island. Yari can also mean the
spirit of an ancient hero. It is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to life energy such as qi,
which is doubtful.
Yesod (Hebrew for ‘base’) is the 9th sefirot (from the Hebrew sappir,
sapphire) on the Tree of Life, the basic cosmological diagram of Kabbalah.
Yesod stands for pure life, in the meaning untarnished or cleansed. The
parallel to life energy such as qi lies in yesod describing God’s essence, the divine life force
that permeates all of creation. Closer to the life energy, though, is the Hebrew concept
ruach (see this word). See also neutral force.
The Kabbalah Tree of Life. See Yesod.
Life Energy Beliefs A to Z
Life Energy 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:
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.
The life energy qi
) explained, with several very easy exercises to awaken, increase, and use it, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.