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What is Qi?

What is Qi?

Early people lived immersed in their natural environment. They learned directly by contemplating and keenly observing nature.  This led them to see the inner workings of life in themselves as well as in their natural environment as one. They learned that the universe operates with the same organizing principles at all spheres, from the cyclical movements of the smallest atom to the orbits of the cosmos.

A responsive energy web
They described this unity as a responsive web of energy or Qi. Qi (also spelled: Chi or Ki) is what gives life to any ecosystem.  Qi flows within our bodies and supports the functioning of our organs and tissues. Qi is the vitality of the Earth and manifests as mountains and valleys, forests, fields, streams, rivers and oceans.

Fluid and interconnected
From the perspective of Qi, life is essentially fluid and interconnected (see The Five Healths).  As we develop and attune our understanding of the functions and nature of Qi in each particular manifestation or circumstance, we understand the interrelationships between the parts and the whole and their integrated dynamic balance in life (see Principles).

Root of Ancient Science
The knowledge of Qi is at the root of the ancient science of acupuncture and Feng Shui.  It is also the basis of all Qigong (Qi – energy, gong – practice). With Qigong movement or meditation, we discover Qi, cultivate Qi, and learn how to modulate its different aspects for specific purposes. With the knowledge of acupuncture, we can re-establish the harmonious flow of Qi that is the expression of our health. With the methods of Feng Shui, we understand the flow of Qi in a particular location or environment and can introduce constructive modifications.

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A Practical Tool
The knowledge of Qi is a practical tool to gain mastery of our health and our life.  With this knowledge, we can more fully realize and harmoniously channel the energy of nature (see Qigong classes).

For the complete list of current Qigong classes & seminars, see Schedule.