Life Energy Beliefs
Life Force Ideas Around the World
Here are the K 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
Kalit see kasinge/kalit.
Kasinge/kalit are words for the life force among the people in Palau
(probably in their native religion modekngei), according to C. G. Jung in his
book On the nature of the Psyche.
Kerei are shamans among the Mentawai people in Indonesia, who cure
with plants and complicated songs, by which they get in touch with the
ancestral spirits (a practice that is actually forbidden in Indonesia since
1956). The word is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to qi, which seems
to be a misunderstanding. Nonetheless, the kerei regard nature as being
animated by ketsat or simagere, which seem to be more similar to life energy like qi.
Mentawai have a tradition to decorate themselves to keep their souls from
being tempted to leave them.
Ketsat see kerei.
ki is the transcription of qi (see this word) from the Japanese language.
Japan uses the Chinese pictogram for the word, and refers to the same
phenomenon. It is likely that Japan received this concept from China, as is
the case with many other elements of Chinese culture and philosophy.
ki/ti from the Polynesian language is sometimes mentioned as a synonym
to qi, but it is a plant that is mainly used to produce liquor. The closest to life energy such as qi
in Polynesian tradition is mana or ha (see these words).
kia see num.
Kiko is a Japanese form of qigong (see this word).
Kirlian photography see aura.
Kozyrev-Dirac emanation is an expression used by Ivan M.
Shakhparonov for an emanation he claims to have discovered in 1996,
consisting of magnetic monopoles. This emanation is alone in cooling
instead of heating material it is in contact with, and it can be made to
emerge in space through a Möbius band technique. According to
Shakhparonov, the emanation can magnetize organic substances, decrease
radioactivity, and influence tumor diseases. A kind of time-reversal (time
in the opposite direction) is used theoretically in this technique. The name
is derived from two precursors to the idea, the Russian physicist Nicolaj A.
Kozyrev (1908-1983) and the English physicist Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac
(1902-1984). See also time energy.
Kra/okra is the word used by the Akan people in Africa for a soul or life
force that each human is given at birth, along with their personality, which
is called sunsum. Ntoro, which is sometimes mentioned as a synonym to qi,
is the word for what can be described as abilities inherited from the
fathers, and mogya the same from the mothers. Tumi is the energy given by
the creator deity Nyame to sunsum, so that the personality gains power.
kundalini is the Indian word for the process of awakening all the body
chakras (see this word), from the bottom one in the pelvic region to the
crown chakra at the top of the head. Kundalini means coiled, like a snake,
which is the initial state, before any chakra has been awakened – a
dormant power around the bottom chakra. The life force is called prana
(see this word) in the Indian tradition.
Kurunba is the word used by the Aborigine of Australia for a life force or
spirit that fills certain places. It can be brought out by rituals at these
locations. The word djang also refers to those places. See also miwi and
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