The Nature of Qi

What is Qi?

Qi (pronounced Chee) is within every living thing. It is in the air that we breathe, in the food that we eat. Qi is not only fundamental to Chinese philosophy, but also to Traditional Chinese medicine. Qi is the electrical impulse that makes our heart beat. It is our heart beat. It is in the blood that circulates throughout our body. Qi creates our voice, enables us to walk, run, and jump – it is within everything we do.

The nature of qi is to flow and move. Not too fast, not too slow, but to move. In terms of ourselves, qi is what makes our physical body, and is what makes us who we are. The more we understand the concept of qi and how it manifests and moves within our body and soul, the more we can direct how we use it. In any given moment we only have so much of it, and what we do with it is up to us. This is the nature of qi; this is the nature of being.

Do we expend our qi on external endeavors? Yes. Can we spend our qi on self-cultivation? Of course. Is there a right or wrong way to use and expend our qi? Yes, absolutely. This reality is not judgmental, it is discernment. Our qi is our qi, and it is ours to use in any manner we desire.

The nature of qi is to flow. However, how it flows and how we as individuals use it to direct our lives is up to each of us. This is the realm of free-will, this is the realm of qi. Qi’s natural flow is in tune with the natural order of life, but it can be directed by our will – for better or for worse. However, qi will always return to the natural order of life – it is just a matter of when.

This is the first of a series of posts on The Nature of Qi.

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