Qi, commonly pronounced as chi, is real, based on my personal, even if a bit limited experience.
According to Chinese philosophers, Qi refers to the force that binds and helps make up the things that exist in the universe.
Ancient Chinese texts define it as “both everything and nothing,” a definition that perplexes most Westerners I have met.
Where Does Qi Come from?
In East Asian Medicine, Qi is used as a reference to energy.
For example, I could say that you have an incredible “Qi.”
I prefer to think of it as an active principle that forms part of who I am due to the vital energy flowing through my body.
As a result, the Qi in me comes from two primary sources:
I. I inherited the first Qi from my parents during conception, called an ‘innate vital substance.’
II. The second source is from natural substances around me, like the air I breathe in and my daily food and water intake.
These two types of Qis go through my bodily organs, where they are processed before transforming.
Every organ in the body has its own Qi responsible for expressing a state of balance or proper function.
To produce the Qi, I need to live a normal life, the inherited Qi, stored in the kidneys, gets sent upwards, where it gets to blend with food essence during the digestion process.
It gets to mix with the air present in the lungs during this process and transforms to become my body’s Qi.
Qis Functions in My Body
After transformation, Qi undertakes the following functions in my body:
• It prevents excessive leakage of bodily fluids, e.g., urination, and makes sure all the organs are in their proper places
• It helps to protect my body from disease-causing entities by providing a protective layer throughout the body.
• It sustains average body temperature
• It transforms food essence into the urine, sweat, blood, and other fluids
What Are My Beliefs with Regards to Qi?
I have encountered people in the past who have asked whether I believe in Qi.
While I may not have much use for its literal concept, I would like to state that it greatly differs from its symbolic interpretation.
As a deep spiritual believer, I believe that its idea is aesthetically pleasing, engaging, and immensely useful.
However, I don’t believe that it can be used to describe real stuff!
When practicing it, I don’t bother myself with trying to understand whether Qi is real or not.
For me, it’s an art, and one I take pride in practicing, ensuring I do so in a beautiful way.
A good example is a typical Japanese cuisine. The food tastes good when it looks good.
Qi works in the same way.
Is Qi real?
Is Qi real? Yes, I believe so but it may not be a big magical force of energy that humans can harness and do incredible things with.
And the science is still not 100% confirmed either.
While it’s not possible to measure it, the benefits accrued by your body from practicing it are immense, regardless of whether you believe in it or not.
Its energy is all over, but you have to separate yourself from modern life and its accompanying stress to be aware of its existence.
To state it simply, Qi is everything, and at the same time, it’s nothing.