By Stefan Stenudd
I'm a Swedish writer and instructor of the peaceful martial art aikido. I've written several books about qi energy and other lifeforce concepts. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Qi is the Chinese word for life energy, also spelled chi, ch'i, or ki. Qi energy is the essence in acupuncture, qigong, taiji, reiki, and many other traditional arts in China and Japan.
Qi Energy Exercises:
Books by Stefan Stenudd:
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained
The great Chinese classic, translated to English and extensively commented. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art
Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
My Other Websites:
The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.
Taoism, the old Chinese philosophy of life, based on Tao, the Way.
The many life force beliefs all over the world, ancient and modern, explained.
Aikido, the peaceful martial art. Its basics, principles, techniques, and more - in texts, images and videos.
Qi. Calligraphy by the author.
Qi Energy Exercises
Feel the Qi (Chi) Energy Flow and Increase It
Qi is the Chinese word for life energy, also spelled chi or ki. Qi energy is the essence used in acupuncture, qigong, taiji, and reiki, as well as many other traditional arts in China and Japan. The Western counterpart of qi energy is the spirit.
I have practiced the gentle and peaceful Japanese martial art aikido since 1972, when I was a teenager. That's for over 40 years, and it still inspires me greatly. Something within aikido vitalizes and delights me, just by practicing the movements.
That is qi, the life energy. The swirls and spins of the aikido movements stimulate the flow of qi energy inside me as well as the other practitioners, and whirls through the space between us. Aikido might have the form of a martial art, but in essence it's a way of dancing to the flow of the qi energy.
In China and Japan, most of the arts - not just the martial ones - are expressions of the qi energy flow. It's how the painters and calligraphers make their brushes sweep over the paper, how dancers move their bodies, how musicians make their instruments resonate and singers reach out with their voices. It is also essential in such healing methods as acupuncture, qigong, and reiki.
Qi Energy ExercisesThe qi energy can be awakened and increased by exercises. It's not even difficult. You need to be persistent, but the method and the exercises are easy as pie. Still, they quickly lead to significant results. That I can assure you, not only from my own experience, but also that of the many aikido students I've had through the years.
Qi is a life energy flow that should run smoothly through your body and out of it. Therefore, it needs to be treated similarly to how a flow of any substance is optimized in nature. There are five basic conditions that need to be corrected and then perfected: posture, relaxation, breathing, extension and the center. To the extent they're all adjusted, your qi will flow all by itself.
So, I've collected and developed a set of exercises for each of the five basic conditions. They're all in my book, but several of them can also be found on this website. Check the menu in the left column.
But don't take my word for it. Try the qi energy exercises you find on this website, and if you find them rewarding - repeat them. Quicker than you imagined, you'll get your qi flowing, and if you're persistent it will increase.
It's so easy, simply because it's so natural. It's what your body and your mind want, so they'll be very quick to adapt. Try it out:
Worldwide Life EnergyThe idea of a life energy is present in many of the world's cultures and ancient traditions. It's often linked to breath - as in the Chinese concept of qi energy, the Indian prana, the Greek pneuma, the Hebrew ruach, and our word spirit, from the Latin spiritus - also used in the word inspiration.
Maybe it could simply be explained as a symbolic way of celebrating the joy of being alive: the breath of life, without which we quickly perish.
This breath of life can be stimulated to increase. Thereby it rises to something far more than the mere consumption of oxygen, and extends way beyond the reach of our bodies. You will definitely feel the difference.
You don't have to believe in qi energy to try it. Keep an open but also critical mind, and make your decision afterwards.
Life is a wondrous mystery. What brightens it up is precious, whether it can be seen in a microscope or not. And you know what Hamlet said to his doubting friend:
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
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 former. Here are the two books: