By Stefan Stenudd
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
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 Fundamentals
In this new de-deified world, the life force, too, had to be explained anew. The community of natural scientists soon decided to do away with it completely. The universe was mechanical, and so was man. Science started to dissect and analyze the components of the body, expecting to find nothing in it but purely biochemical processes.
The mind, that puzzling mystery to all our predecessors, became the substance of the brain, and nothing else. When the mind became a mechanism, so did man's ability to move by his own will, so the ancient question had found a completely new answer, where there was neither need nor room for a life force of any kind.
The only thing hidden within the air, crucial to our survival, was oxygen. And the fluids circulating in our bodies were plain fluids, transporting physical substances hither and thither. Nothing of the person escaped the body at the last breath of death. Humans were mere machines.
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: