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 Z 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
Z-emanation introduced by the Russian heliobiologist A. L. Chizhevsky
(1897-1964), is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to life energy such as qi, which is
doubtful. See also heliobiology.
Zero point energy is the term within quantum physics for the energy that
particles contain at 0° Kelvin (-273° Celsius), the absolute zero. Therefore
this energy is everpresent. It was discovered in 1958 by the Dutch
physicist Marcus Johannes Sparnaay, based on a theory from 1948 by
another Dutch, Hendrick B. G. Casimir (1909-2000, see the photo). There are speculations
that this might be a limitless source of energy. See also free energy and heat.
Zhenjiu see acupuncture.
Zogo is the name of the traditional religion among the islanders of Torres
Strait. The priesthood was called zogo-le. Zogo seems also to have been
objects, especially stones, with inherent magical power. Such were the
stones booya, which emanated a blue light, and were hidden when
westerners came to the islands. Zogo can also be a general term for
something sacred, or filled with sacredness. It is sometimes mentioned as a
synonym to life energy such as qi, which is unclear.
Zone, the is within American sports an expression for when everything
works out, and athletes perform the utmost. This is a state of certain
euphoria (see this word) and clarity, which often arrives after extreme
exertion. The phenomenon was investigated in 1978 by Michael Murphy
(1930-) and Rhea Amelia White (1931-2007) in the book Psychic Side of
Sports. Compare flow and peak experience.
Zone therapy (also called reflexology) is a therapeutic method where
massaging parts of the feet is supposed to cure ailments in other parts of
the body. The theory behind this is that parts of the feet correspond to
certain other parts of the body, wherefore the stimulation of them are
beneficial also to the corresponding parts. Often qi or some similar kind of
life force is regarded as the agent in this process.
Zone therapy (reflexology) map.
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.