If you have heard about #FengShui you have probably heard about #Qi (pronounced “chi”) and you have probably asked yourself what is it?
Qi is the backbone of #ChineseMetaphysics, it is the subject matter of practices like feng shui, traditional Chinese medicine (#TCM), acupuncture or meditation, to name some.
Qi is the energy that circulates and permeates the universe: Qi is within us, around us and throughout the whole universe.
Qi is known as universal energy or life force because it brings life to all-natural things, from mountains, to rivers, to human beings. But for Qi to bring life it has to flow, if Qi gets stuck, it causes problems and eventually life stops.
Qi has two basic forms: Yin and Yang. A perfect world or a perfect life requires Yin and Yang to be in perfect balance.
In our body Qi flows through the meridian system, an invisible energy system that contains energy points and energy centers. All sicknesses are caused by Qi blockages in that system, when the blockages are removed through acupuncture or other healing techniques, we restore the flow of Qi and achieve health.
On earth, Qi flows on the wind (feng) and rests on the water (shui). Qi is conceived through the interaction between the universe and earth’s natural forms (mountains and rivers), and it is contained, conducted and/or emanated by those natural forms. Qi can be favorable and in such case it nourishes, or unfavorable and in such case it harms.
Classical feng shui focuses on the flow of Qi on earth. After thousands of years of empirical research the Chinese established rules to assess it and to quantify its benefits on properties depending on the properties’ connection to the environment and the way they receive Qi.