Qi (ch’i)

3 years, 4 months ago

I am interested in learning about chi.I really don’t know much about it, and its hard to know how accurate the information you find on the internet is. Also if anyone could recommend books on the topic that would be awesome. Thanks for the help.

December 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

You must sign in or join to reply!

1
Profile photo of bruce bruce (@lonebear) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

I can give you a quick summary of hundreds of books I’ve read over the years. Lots of different names, languages and symbols, but it all says basically the same thing.

Ch’i is biological energy (bioenergy). It has three “states,” analogous to heat/light, electricity and magnetism. In India, they are referred to as Fohat, Prana and Kundalini. In the Chinese systems, Jing, Qi and Shen.

Jing is the form of bioenergy you receive at conception from your parents. It is what determines your life expectancy. Once your expend your jing, you die. However, you can acquire additional jing over the course of your life (acquired jing) which can then use as not to consume your innate jing.

Jing can be converted into Qi, the basic life force, and Qi can be converted into Shen (a type of intellectual energy).

The process of converting acquired jing into qi and storing it is the basis for many of the Qi Gong and Nei Kung techniques; qi is stored in the lower dantien (elixir field, if you know alchemy). There are two schools of thought on the storage of qi in the dantien; the first is to bind the energy through “sealing” it in, in which case it becomes yours to manipulate. The second is using it as a focal point for obtaining qi externally, through the sun and Earth (sort of like a matter-antimatter reactor being powered by the Universe).

Qi can also be converted into Shen, a higher form of bioenergy that powers the intellect and what folks call “free will.” It takes a lot of qi to produce shen, and a lot of jing to produce qi, so it is an “expensive” proposition. But… shen is the power source for your personality, or “self,” and is not stored in the biological organism. If you have sufficient shen, when the body dies–you continue on, essentially being immortal.

Bioenergy flows through the meridian system of the body, most noticed at the points called chakras, which are analogous to bioenergy valves. How much, and of what type, of bioenergy is flowing in and out of the chakras can determine many things, from character traits to psionic ability.

One of the older schools of thought, the Mo Pai, instructs that the chakras are actually “knots” in the system, and has developed a practice to untie the knots, allowing all the bioenergy to flow smoothly throughout the body, which can give rise to some extraordinary abilities. Most New Age practices have different views.

Though there are only three, primary “dimensions” of bioenergy, there are 12 forms of energy that arise, in two states, a yin bioenergy, normally associated with involuntary or repetitive functions) and a yang bioenergy, associated with voluntary and projected functions). Yang bioenergy is what is most often demonstrated by things like telekinesis and teleportation. Healing is a yin function.

There is a LOT of information out there, in many different forms and presentations; I hope this summary is some help to you.

[Hidden]
1

Nothing wrong with fun stories, but I smell some hippy bullshit.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Joseph Joseph (@warriors41) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

@bruce very interesting and informative.

I saw a video once of a man lighting a fire without flint or match, but simply using his hands and chi. It could have easily been faked but it did not seem so. he also punctured a table with a chopstick. I have no idea where to find the video :( but does this make any sense?

To me chi is what bruce said, biological energy. like metabolism. Making the most efficient amount of energy for your body and then knowing how to distribute it through your body.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Watch Starwars, the force is basically the same thing, lol

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of EEL EEL (@mindlessfreak30) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

@ Joseph I think this is the man you’re referencing. Pretty interesting I was actually thinking about this video today and was going to share it to HE haha weird.

“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F3ovb2kZ9Q”

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

From what I understand, chi is “life force”.

Why read about it in a book? :P

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Dick Dick (@dick) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

I have the power to neutralize other peoples powers. Ghosts will not appear when I am present, spirits will not reveal themselves, psychics can’t read me, hypnotists can’t hypnotise me. My chi is strong!

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Joseph Joseph (@warriors41) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

@Lee YES that is exactly the video! haha coincidence :O

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Ki is the stuff that the world is made out of, it’s this “energy” that hippies talk about. It’s all ki. Just like the force in Star wars.

A lot of people confuse Ki with other energy stuff, like Kan & Li (the polar union, also known as kundalini) or Gong (higher energy / “godforce”) or Jing (life energy.)

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Colton Colton (@emecom) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

@bruce wow that is awesome thanks for the info!

I watched that video clip and think its pretty amazing that the guy can do all that.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of bruce bruce (@lonebear) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

@colton: That video is about John Djang (Chang), who became rather notable for his mastery of Mo Pai. It concerns is the healing aspect of Qi.

I have a personal preference for the Chi Kung techniques that create a rapport of Qi between people. This allows a sharing of bioenergy–or the overriding of it. This can be used for healing as well as boosting physical strength in a group activity, or increasing intellect by sharing Shen.

There is a very interesting YouTube video by Lama Dondrup Dorje, giving a demonstration of this rapport in a discourse on the Heart Sutra (4 parts):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26pJkYhHGek

I get a good laugh from it, as these martial arts experts just don’t have a clue as to what hits them! And it’s just their own energy, being controlled by Lama Dorje. It’s worth watching.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

@bruce – that video is great, it made me laugh too

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Michael Michael (@mike) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Bruce, enjoyed your first post, interesting explanation. The video you posted is incredible!

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Colton Colton (@emecom) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Man that series of videos are amazing. Bruce, I remember you said you have read a lot of books on the subject, but if you don’t mind could you recommend some of the best ones in your opinion. Or explain a little more how you learned all this?

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of bruce bruce (@lonebear) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

@Colton: Book list would be tough; I’ve probably read over 1500 books on metaphysics and from those resources, attempted to identify the common denominators and build a core theory.

Probably the most influential series of books I’ve read in my life have been Dewey B. Larson’s books on the Reciprocal System of physical theory, first published in 1959 under the title, “The Structure of the Physical Universe,” and later expanded to the 4-volume set, “Nothing But Motion” (concerning physics), “Basic Properties of Matter” (atomic and molecular properties), “Universe of Motion” (astronomy) and “Beyond Space and Time” (life, metaphysics). Larson’s work is unique in that it IS a “theory of everything” derived from two, basic postulates concerning the reciprocal relationship between space and time. NASA consulted with Larson back in the 1960s on his astronomical concepts in order to help them get to the moon.

One may think that atomic physics has little to do with Qi, but it is a lot easier to bake a cake if you know what the ingredients are. (But make no mistake, Larson’s theories are not accepted by conventional science… despite the fact he predicted the existence of Quasars some 4 years before one was actually found. And I do not totally agree with all of Larson’s conclusions, though he made one heck of a good “first draft.”)

I have used Larson’s theories as a basis to interpret metaphysical theories, as a type of underlying structure, since Larson addresses both local (spatial, structural) and non-local (temporal, energetic) aspects of physical existence, and his premise that the “natural datum” of the Universe is UNITY makes things a lot easier.

I’ve also studied a good bit of psychology, C.G. Jung in particular (Volume 8 of his collected works, “The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche” is particularly interesting), because psychology does play an important role in bioenergy–our emotions, feelings and thinking all affect Qi significantly.

I’ve read a lot of channeled material, particular favorite there being the “Law of One” (Ra Material). But I have come to the conclusion that “enlightenment” is not a bureaucracy, so one does not have to go through channels.

I’ve also had a few exceptional teachers, though they would never call themselves “teachers”–just other travelers on the Path that were willing to share where they’ve been. A philosophy that I also hold true.

It all comes down to a simple understanding of dichotomy, as the Chinese say, yin-yang, as physicists say, time-space, as ethical philosophers say, rapport-rivalry. Once you comprehend the the dichotomy, then take a look at how that dichotomy is projected and interpreted by consciousness, which will eventually lead to the particle-versus-wave idea of physics, and the quantum-versus-aether theories of the 19th century. And don’t discount aether theories… a lot more there than you may realize. If you want a good book on that, try, Stanley Grimes’ book, “Etherology, and the phreno-philosophy of Mesmerism and Magic Eloquence,” written in 1850. It is one of the founding works on which all of today’s “synergy” concepts are based.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Colton Colton (@emecom) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

@bruce: I gotta say you are pretty amazing. I didn’t realize how much you had studied this. Everything you said sounds pretty interesting, so I guess I will just have to start researching and reading myself. It sounds like it will probably take me a few years though ;). Thanks for all your information!

[Hidden]
Reply to this topic
What can you accomplish in 30 days? Join our site-wide challenge. Challenge Yourself

More Posts Like This

1

Profile photo of Belle Lexi My experiences with Stimulants

Two months ago I cam across this thing called research chemicals. I was very interested so I researched on it for about two weeks straight. First thing you should know, there is a lot of information out there and some is...

0
24

Profile photo of Portals [HE 30 Day Challenge] April 2015 – Project or Skill

Hello good people! This month’s challenge is going to be different from the others in two ways: The nature of this challenge will allow you to actually show your progress throughout the month, making it more useful...

93
1

Profile photo of LifeInMyOpinionLIMO Onomatopoetic

Onomatopoetic: My definition and I are one in the same. You can’t place definition on what derives it’s definition from what it is and what it may potentially be if said thing so chose. Ex. I cannot be...

0
2

Profile photo of Sean Yardley Happiness..

It seems to me, that what we as a people desire most in this life is happiness. We are constantly without end seeking out that good feeling inside of us that keeps us as a species trucking forward. There is something...

2
2

Profile photo of Clarza A Message to Humanity

Realize your true potential as a human being. Forget the imaginary restraints that have been placed before you by the academic system and the limitations you are told exist by science and religious teachings and look at...

11
26

Profile photo of Reynevan What single change would have the MOST positive impact on the world?

Could be societal, political, economical, etc. In other words, if we could only change ONE thing about the world to better our lives, what should it be?

93
32

Profile photo of Zykanthos So you've woken up – Now what?

Question: “What do you say to people who have woken up but can’t leave the system because of family and friends?” This and those like it pose a very broad question since we’re all different and need to be led of...

19
1

Profile photo of Zykanthos What Is The Universe Expanding Into?

Come on, admit it, you’ve had this question. “Since astronomers know that the Universe is expanding, what’s it expanding into? What’s outside of the Universe?” Ask any astronomer and you’ll get an...

0
3

Profile photo of vidapura The Condition (Opinions in the Morning)

Are my thoughts cloudy or clear? Am I asking questions out of curiosity or fear? Have my beliefs changed or grown? The principles, morals, and values sounds right, but something feels wrong. Blindly accepting guidance,...

4
3

Profile photo of SmokeUP1 Perfect Pitch

Straight to it.. I play guitar, will master the guitar in a couple years & I’m trying to mimic some things that great guitarists have done like train my ears to hear sound and physically be able to transfer it...

4
1

Profile photo of angstrem "Open system" is necessary for healthy relationships and friendship?

In interpersonal relationships, let “open system” be a state when they have some external inputs for their relationships. It can be a common activity or a hobby or an information supply, for instance....

0
1

Profile photo of joseph dobbs The nonexistence of self, or a 'person'

Well, I have come to realize that there is no such thing as a self, or in a larger scales, a human being or any other animals. The only thing that exists is my consciousness, and it is free of race, color, gender,...

15
6

Profile photo of NTesla Love. Love. Love…

….just try to love. And understand. And show compassion. And trust. And encourage. And support. And listen. And learn. And grow. Let your emotions show. It’s ok to be vulnerable. It’s ok to not fit in....

4
1

Profile photo of Imperium my definition of worry

Worry is the fear of how you will feel emotionally or physically when a particular situation goes south. Fear is just negative power of imagination. It’s not real.

6
2

Profile photo of Raymond Foster True Happiness

    Don’t let the fear of things not working turn you away from what makes you happy because you will never know  if you don’t try. You only live once so live the way you want because...

0