posted on Mar, 25 2003 @ 06:18 PM
Ki energy is the life force that animates all living things. Ki energy cultivated and controlled within oneself. Ki can be directed externally for the
purpose of self defense and attack as in the marital arts; Ki can be directed internally for the purpose of health and longevity, healing and stress
reduction, productivity and creativity, and inner power and spiritual growth as in Sunin Do. Four qualities of Ki energy circulate throughout the body
system: negative, neutral, positive and pure. Good health and vitality depend on the predominance of positive Ki energy - the unrestricted flow of Ki
en the body. This vital life force has the power to alleviate or reduce the impact of stress and trauma that occur to the entire system.
Description The terms ch'i and ki (as related, for example, to martial arts) are indistinguishable. Although it has a multitude of meanings, ki or
ch'i has been described as the breath, spirit or nature of things. In Taoism, ch'i is the life force, the vital or primordial energy which, as
cosmic spirit, diffuses all creation and gives it life. Every individual has a reservoir of this energy from birth, located in the physical sense at
the navel, the so-called "ocean of breath" where exercises aimed at prolonging life are centred, the ch'i-hai. Normal living depletes this store of
energy and leads to sickness and death. Different techniques, for example those of Taoist alchemy, concentrate on preserving, nurturing and
replenishing ch'i, whether in the physical, mental or spiritual sense; and lead to health, longevity or immortality at the appropriate level. In the
physical sense, exercises concentrating on control of breath may lead to re-establishment of emotional well-being and balance within the neurohormonal
Ki energy is both personal and impersonal, concrete and universal. Transcending time and space, it is the basic creative energy or force in life. As a
psychophysical energy important in the martial arts, ki energy is developed by breathing exercises and implemented by concentration of the will. Ki is
twofold - the unity of the individual-universe and the free and spontaneous expression of breath-power. The former, inheriting the ideas of ancient
Chinese thinkers, is realized through unifying ki, mind and body in, for example, aikido training. It acts as defence against physical attack and may
be used at a distance. The kiai shout focuses all the bodily and spiritual energy into one sound, unifying the proponent's powers and disconcerting
Harmony of ki, or ai-ki, is manifest when mind and body are unified, its subtle working is the maternal source that affects changes in breath. As
delicate changes in breath power occur spontaneously, proper technique flows freely.
Awareness of delicate changes may show fierce and potent or slow and stolid movements of ki in the void, leading to discernment of the degree of
concentration or unification of mind and body. Ki can be taken to mean mind, spirit or heart, and thus to have ki out of order in some way means a
diminished state of consciousness. This may be insanity, nervousness, depression; it may be an emotional condition (quick tempered, shy). It is the ki
and not the individual that is referred to in these cases.
Refs Book of Ki: co-ordinating mind and body in daily life (Koichi, Tohei); Ki: a practical guide for Westerners (Reed, William); Ch'i: a neo-Taoist
approach to life (Siu, R G H, 1974); The Root of Chinese Chi Kung (Yang, Jwing-Ming, 1988).
Reiki is a powerful system of healing that utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. It
is a holistic, natural, hands on energy healing system that touches individuals on all levels; Mind, Body & Spirit. Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a
Japanese word representing Universal Life Energy, the energy that is all around us. It is derived from rei meaning "transcendental spirit" or
"universal" and ki meaning "vital life force energy".