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Ch'i

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Western monotheistic religions tend to visualize a God "out there" or "up there," with whom humans respond, communicate, and live to please. Chinese religious traditions may worship God or, more frequently, gods, but in terms of day-to-day life, more emphasis is given to "balance." Ch'i is life force, the essence of what it is to be human. To be content, yin and yang, feminine and masculine principles, must be balanced and in harmony. Sometimes, as in Daoism and Confucianism, this balance is brought about through meditation and spiritual exercises. At other times the flow of ch'i is aided by acupuncture or herbal combinations (see Chakras).

Ch’i

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Ch’i (pronounced “chee”) is the Chinese name for the “vital energy,” or psychic energy, that flows through everything. All things in the physical world are endowed with Ch’i. Because it is forever flowing, it is often referred to as a “sea of Ch’i.”

There are three basic foundations for Ch’i: It animates, it connects, and it moves everything through the cycles of life. Inanimate things also contain Ch’i—buildings are viewed as living bodies in the art of Feng Shui. Terah Kathryn Collins says, “We live in an interconnected web of life, where everything is related to every other thing.

Throw a pebble in a pond and watch the whole pond be affected by the ripples of one small stone. This gives a special importance to your neighborhood and community, because the Ch’i flowing through them is also flowing, relatively undiluted, through your home or workplace.”

Viewing Ch’i as flowing not only through the living but also the deceased, there is an obvious connection between the here and the hereafter that must facilitate communication with the world of spirit. In that sense, mediums are utilizing Ch’i when they communicate with the deceased.

Sources:

Collins, Terah Kathryn: The Western Guide to Feng Shui. Carlsbad: Hay House, 1996
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