What is Chi or Qi?

Chi literally means breathe or air. You should however not think of qi in its literal sense. If you do that you will seriously limit your understanding of Chinese metaphysics. Instead for now, think it it as an invisible ‘energy’.

River bend
River bend

So what really is chi? The ancient Chinese believe in the existence of an invisible life force or energy that permeates the universe. You cannot see it (like radio waves) but it exist in the environment, in things (matter) and in humans.

Let me quote an explanation by Zhang Dai a great scientist who lived during the Song Dynasty. This is what he said.

“The universe is a body of chi. Chi has both positive and negative qualities. When qi spreads out, it permeates all things; when it coalesces (spreads out) it becomes nebulous (gaseous or vague). When it settle into form it becomes matter. When it disintegrates it returns to its original state.”

The explanation appear to imply that all things are a body of energy and that energy and matter are the same and the states are interchangeable.

Since all things are ‘energies’, the idea that one (the environment) can affect another (mankind) when brought in close proximity makes Feng Shui entirely plausible.

Positive Qi is known as Sheng Qi or Living Qi while Negative Qi is called Sha Qi or Killing Qi. In the practice of Feng Shui,  sheng chi can help improve wealth, heath, relationships etc while Shar chi may cause injury, accident, fire, lawsuit, illness and so on.

The whole idea of Feng Shui is to position, orientate and layout our homes and workplaces to accumulate and tap on Sheng (good) chi and avoid or minimize Sha (bad) chi.

Feng Shui Buy House Guide
Click here to Download

More from my site

  • Chinese Wedding Ceremony In ancient times, the Chinese wedding ceremony is held to get recognition from society. It comprise of many ceremonial processes that include the wedding proposal, engagement and the […]
  • Chinese Feng Shui Compass The Feng Shui compass, also known as a Lo Pan, is an indispensable tool for the Feng Shui consultant. Compass The Feng Shui compass is nothing more than a compass with Feng Shui […]
  • Feng Shui Personal Gua and Sleeping Directions Do you know that your sleeping direction can affect your fortune? Most fans and practitioners of Feng Shui do and believe in it strongly. Of course sceptics differ but that is another […]
  • You gave me the Wrong Date! I remembered an incident from a few years back. I received a call from a client. He said that the date which I selected for him to move (house) was, according to his mother-in-law, an […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *