Understanding Chi (Energy)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a history that is thousands of years old. This fact alone gives credibility to this practice and philosophy. Although it is not as widely known as westernized medicine it is gaining in popularity. The advancements made in western medical technology are truly astounding but it is not without its drawbacks. Confronted with unique medical problems such as heart disease, cancer, and infections and viruses that mutate and become resistant to the weapons we currently have to fight them, gives me an appreciation for technological aggressiveness and sense of urgency.

We have all seen and heard the news stories about medical procedures and pharmaceuticals that have been given the green light and how the realization came later that the seal of approval was premature. It should concern you greatly that all or nearly all over the counter and prescription medications have side effects and some are quite serious. The odds are extremely low but they are odds nonetheless. Someone; however few that may be, has experienced side effects, that’s why they are called odds. Be that as it may these medications do save lives and a lot of people seriously need them. Before you take the medication your doctor prescribes for you, consider the seriousness of your health issue, and the risks involved in taking or not taking the medication. However, you should always listen to your doctor.

A well rounded program would be a combination of western traditional medicine and a natural holistic treatment program. Please consult with your health care professionals such as doctors, nutritionists, trainers, and therapists before engaging in any type of treatment program or regimen. I believe that today’s consumer is better educated and understands the importance and benefits of having a synergistic relationship between these two schools of thought.

To gain a basic understanding of chi you must first go back to the very beginning of oriental medicine to Taoism. Tao means ‘the way’ and it is the most influential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The ancient Taoist’s foremost theme was to observe the ways of nature, that is, the natural laws that govern the universe and gave them a way to understand the unseen inner universe of a physical body.

One of the basic philosophical principles upon which this medical theory is built is recognizing that everything in the universe has a composition of two energy forces that oppose each other and yet somehow complement each other. These two great energetic forces are widely known as Yin and Yang. Yin is the female and is associated with water and represents the earth. Yang is the male and is associated with fire and represents heaven. When the two primary forces of Yin and Yang unite the water energy of the earth and the fire energy of heaven, the result is the responsibility of all of creation. The energetic life force of Yin and Yang together creates chi also known as energy. One of Mr. Einstein’s famous equations concludes that energy forms matter and when matter disperses it converts back to energy. Every particle of existence is made of energy or chi and explains all movement, changes, and phenomena in our universe.

The ancient people believed that the same laws of Yin and Yang that govern the universe also had to influence the human body. The human body is not considered a separate entity but rather we are viewed as a micro universe subject to the very same laws that govern the universe. Further, if this Chi is the creating life force of all living things, then it had to be responsible for our existence as well. As a result, from Yin and Yang came the five elements of the universe, and these five elements, water, wood, fire, earth, and metal creates all living things including humans.

The human body is a micro universe that houses twelve energy pathways containing the flow of Chi. These pathways referred to as meridians connect to every facet of the human body. Don’t forget, the body is electrical in nature, so it would seem logical that these energy meridians reach every part of the human body. This energy is basically all that we really are, and not only the physical body, but also the mind, emotions, and spirit.

The ancients believe, as do an increasing number of people today, that every illness, every pain, whether real or imagined, is caused by a blockage of the flow of Chi. When the flow of energy is restored the illness or discomfort goes away. The flow of chi moves through your body in two ways. One is an internal movement meaning it circulates through all the meridians but stays inside the body, and one is external meaning you release it to the universe and receive it fresh from the universe.

There are two ways to increase the quality of Chi in your life. One is by constantly improving the quality of your life and actions, and two, by exchanging Chi with the universe on a regular basis. There are some excellent ways to accomplish this by practicing ancient Chinese deep breathing techniques coupled with the regular practice of Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and martial arts. Since there are a number of styles and methods for each it should be easy to find something that is right for you.

If you would like a good demonstration illustrating the flow of Chi, try this little exercise that I learned from my master, eighth degree black belt Grand Master Yong Sue Rho. You will need someone to help demonstrate this. First, extend your arm straight out to your side parallel to the floor and make a tight fist. Next have someone try and push your arm down towards the floor while you resist as much as you can. The result will be that someone will be able to push your arm down with little difficulty. My master explains, when you make a fist the flow of chi goes down your arm, circles around your fist and returns. Now instead of a fist, extend your hand wide open with your fingers fully and firmly extended. Have someone try to push your arm down now. The result will be extremely more difficult if not impossible to push your arm down. My master explains, when you extend your fingers firmly, the flow of chi goes out and exchanges energy with the universe, making your energy stronger. Incidentally, this exercise is not about whether someone can push your arm down displaying a test of personal strength. It is about the difference in resistance and the strength of Chi energy.

There are a number of factors that are usually responsible for blocking the flow of Chi and since Chi affects every part of the body, as mentioned before, a blockage will create illness or disease. Emotions are the biggest offender, specifically unbalanced emotions. Emotions are very powerful and too much of one or an imbalance of another causes physical illness. Over excitement and excessive happiness causes damage to the heart energy. When you experience this emotion the energy will first warm the heart. The excess energy then travels to the brain and since the channel between the head and the rest of the body is small it becomes difficult to get that excessive energy out. When this happens an energy explosion could cause a stroke or heart attack. Other more negative emotions will cause damage to other areas. Anxiety and anger will damage the liver energy, fear will damage the kidneys, and sadness and depression will damage the lung energy. There are others but I think you get the idea. The objective here is to release excessive energy back to the universe and exchanging energy with the universe to maintain a balanced harmony with the universe. The wisdom of the ancients is to stay calm all the time and to keep the Yin and Yang energy in a good balance.

Poor nutrition is another factor that blocks the flow of energy. Food has Chi and when you do not eat healthy, the flow of energy in your body will be out of balance, creating physical illness. For example, spicy foods are not good for the liver, acidic foods are not good for the stomach, and sweet foods are not good for the heart. Plant life grows very well on the earth because the energy of the plants and of the earth is harmoniously balanced. It is always best to eat foods that are locally and naturally produced. It may not be easy to change your diet, and to eat healthy, but once you do you will be glad you did, and it is very much worth it.

Everyone knows that the earth rotates as it revolves around the sun. Of course this is what gives us days and nights and the different seasons of the year. When the weather or seasons change the energy frequency of your body may not be in harmony with the change. If you practice regularly a form of exercise, Tai Chi, martial arts, Yoga, or meditation, it will become easier for you to adjust your energy to the changes in the weather or seasons before a blockage occurs.

Your environment has a great deal of influence on your health. You can create your own personal living environment to give you a great influence in the flow of energy and balance. Feng Shui is a study of energy relationships between the earth, sun, and moon. Managing those influences harmoniously will provide a good and healthy place for living. The study of Feng Shui will reveal how different parts of every building has a different energy. Every object has its own energy frequency and magnetic field and this will positively or negatively affect or influence your body’s energy. The key is to arrange furniture and objects in an optimal location and direction so that the frequency of the energy from those objects is in harmony with the frequency of the energy in your body. When you change the energy of your environment, it will strengthen your body’s magnetic field, and if your body’s energy is stronger than that of your environment, it will positively influence everything and everyone around you. Actually your body’s energy will be very comforting to those around you.

A couple of other factors that block the flow of Chi and are actually quite obvious are wrong medications and injuries. As mentioned earlier, medications are a great benefit to many people. However, you have to be ever vigilant to insure that problems don’t develop due to wrong prescriptions and side effects. All injuries including cuts, sprains, bruises, torn muscles, carpal tunnel, and broken bones will block the flow of Chi. So it becomes very important to get medical attention and heal as quickly as possible and restore the flow of Chi.

Chi is all around us, the rock, the leaf, it is everywhere, in everything we do, and it is what gives us our strength.  I know I am beginning to sound like Master Yoda from Star Wars. If you study it, be more aware of it, control your emotions, change your surroundings, watch what you eat, practice your exercises, serve you well it can, and better you will feel.

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Understand that Chi is the vital life force energy

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Awaken the natural life force energy inside you

Balance your thoughts and emotions

Heal your body mind and spirit

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Feel calm and peaceful

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