I’ve been looking for the time to ask these clarifying questions for a long time and I feel lucky to have Qi here to answer me. The term Qi has become a common used word in our everyday vocabulary, but we really don’t know in depth what it refers to. Welcome!! could you clarify for us what your real name is? Or what should we call it?
Answer: Thank you for your research and the opportunity to clarify some names or concepts about me that can be confusing. My real name in Chinese culture is simply Qi, there is no translation of it, nor is there a word in Western culture that can represent my name. Although it is good to clarify that the concept of Qi is not unique to Chinese culture, most cultures around the world have a concept similar to Qi, such as:
- India Prana
- Tibet Loong (Lung)
- Japan Ki
- Greece Pneuma
- Egypt Ka
- Iran Asha
- Australia Aboriginal Mana
- Nordic Seid
- Jewish culture
- Iroquois Indians Orenda
- Catholic Religion Holy Spirit
- Finland Vaki
It shows us that at a certain moment the human being of different cultures, with different ideologies and in chronological moments of historical development, becomes aware of the presence of Qi, of the manifestations and transformations in man and in the environment that surrounds them and , the most important of the inseparable connection with the universe.
If the correct thing is to call it Qi, could you define what its nature is?
Answer: The term Qi accompanies many words in everyday vocabulary as a suffix or prefix, which makes us understand that the concept itself is not at all mysterious is the oriental culture. Qi is defined as any energy that demonstrates power and strength, whether it is electricity, magnetism, heat, or light. Electrical energy is called Electrical Qi (Dian Qi) and heat is called Heat Qi (Re Qi).
The word Qi can describe different tangible and intangible aspects of perception of everything that exists in the universe, therefore, several times we have seen Qi relate to words such as spirit, force or charge, spirit, luck, energy, ether, etc.
When we speak of the universe in terms of Qi, we have to overcome the border between the concrete and the abstract, since the Qi can be matter and energy at the same time depending on the context from where we observe the phenomenon produced. Qi is essence and movement, the effects it produces can resonate in a perceptible and differentiable way.
“Qi is the term they used to describe the universal energy that permeates to the cosmos and to the human being “
Let’s talk about its rise to popularity in the West in “The movie Star Wars”, do you think the term defines what Qi represents in the West?
Answer: Throughout the saga, from its beginnings to the last films, the concept of “The Force” as an energy coming from a universal force field that surrounds us that sustains the living human being and upon death, this energy will return to that universal source.
This concept supports one of the principles of Qi, which indicates that everything in the universe is interconnected and that both energy and matter are not lost, but are transformed, returning to the original source to which we belong.
It is important to emphasize that the universal force does not stop at the original source, but rather that source is maintained in a dynamic of exit and return, because its nature is constant flux.
By presenting duality of the force, with its good side and its bad side, it presents an aspect of extremes of energy or Qi. Presenting us the battle within ourselves, shows that fragility of the nature of being, which is influenced by its weakness by the dark forces that we carry within.
Qi is dual, and its duality is part of the inseparable unity existing within man and the universe. Each side will be more visible indistinctly when it touches its extremes of force, the fact of reaching these extremes does not mean that its counterpart is absent, but on the contrary, it is waiting for its moment to resurface. That replay between the extremes is what represents the internal movement of Qi, known as Yin and Yang.
Knowing that the seed of one is present within the other, as human beings makes us aware of maintaining the constant search for balance. Nature naturally supports the dynamics of balance because it has as its principle the sense of unity.
Master LaoTse Tao describes Qi in one of his tables:
Dao from which One is born (the unmanifested Qi).
One that gives birth to Two (the static polarities of Yin and Yang).
Three: a dynamic Qi appears that opens the Yin and Yang in
a harmony of interaction.
And of the Three, the creation