Life Energy Beliefs
Life Force Ideas Around the World
Here are the F 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
Faculty X is an expression for the psychic power behind paranormal
ability, introduced by the English writer Colin Wilson (1931-) in his book
The Occult from 1971. He argued for one and the same power of some sort
behind any kind of paranormal activity.
Fifth force is an imagined fifth force, in addition to the four of physics:
gravity, electromagnetism, weak and strong nuclear force. Its existence is
doubted by most experts, who instead try to find one uniting force that all
the four known ones consist of.
Fire has always had a central place in human thought, both for its
importance in everyday life and for the mystery of it. Fire is one of the
four elements in Greek philosophy (fire, earth, water, air), and one of the
five elements in Chinese tradition (metal, wood, water, fire, earth). It has
rarely in the past been linked to ideas of life energy. That would be more
in line with our modern views on heat, combustion, and energy. Still ,
there have been ideas about a fire from within, such as the Chinese symbol
for dantian, the power center of humans, which combines the color red
with a rice field, implying a glowing vital energy. Also, there are modern
myths about spontaneous self-combustion, hinting beliefs in an inner fire.
To ancient humans, though, the light of fire was probably of greater
importance than the heat of it. See also phlogiston, heat, and light.
Illustration to Inferno of Dante's Divine Comedy, by Gustave Doré, 1857. The domains of Hell are usually imagined to be fiery - partly because of the infernal pain of being burnt, but also with the idea of purification through fire, as expressed by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) in his book, which he spent the last 13 years of his life to write.
Flogiston see phlogiston.
Flow is a term for creativity or inspiration, introduced by the American
psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1935-) in the book Flow, the
Psychology of Optimal Experience, 1990. Flow is a pleasant state of mind,
during which innovation and other creative activity comes very easily. See
Fluoroplasmic energy is a concept used by Barry Hilton for energy
coming from the fluoroplasmic ether, which has been compared to Greek
and other theories about a life-giving ether. The theory is connected to that
of orgone (see this word). Since the 1990's, Hilton has written books about
applying orgone as a free energy (see this expression), by the
transformation of water – a technique called Joe Cell, after its anonymous
inventor Joe X. The word fluoroplasmic connects to fluorescent light,
which also Wilhelm Reich experimented with in his studies on orgone. See
Joe Cell generator
Force, the is a term used in the George Lucas Star Wars-films for a
universal energy accessible to the initiated. It seems to be a loan from qi
and similar concepts. Lucas used the ideas of Jungian mythologist Joseph
Campbell (1904-1987), who was quite learned on all kinds of mythological
The character Yoda, senior of the Jedi warriors, from the movie series Star Wars by George Lucas. The mythology of the Jedi, as well as the idea of the Force by which they accomplished their feats, owe a lot to principles of the Japanese and Chinese martial arts.
Formative force is an expression within 20th century research into
unknown energy sources, for a primordial basic force, which is the
prerequisite for, and source to, all forms of energy. There are several far-reaching theories about how formative this force is for energy, as well as
matter and living creatures. In the 1910's the Austrian biologist Paul P. R.
Kammerer (1880-1926) introduced the theory that important learning and
experience made by animals are transmitted biologically to their offspring.
He called it the Lamarckian inheritance, after Jean Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829), who had comparable ideas. The similarity to qi is almost non-existent. See also implosion energy.
Free energy is a modern expression for energy in unlimited supply in
nature, such as solar energy and wind power. To this category belongs
also theories about replacing gasoline with water, running engines with a
constant magnetic field, and so on. An old expression for this strife is
perpetuum mobile, perpetual motion, which has haunted inventors since the
Middle Ages. There are many suggestions for such machines, and for
limitless energy sources, more or less fantastic. The principles of natural
science dictate that truly free energy cannot be affected by entropy, the
deterioration of energy into decreasingly usable form. Life energy such as qican be seen as a
free energy of sorts, since it is supposed to be everlasting, but it can hardly
be used to run machines. See also negative entropy.
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