Ch’i – Life Force Energy

We have to look at the concepts of Taoism in order to understand the concept of Ch'i. Out of the Wuji, the Nothingness, we derived the Tai Chi, which symbolizes Heaven, Men and Earth. Yin and Yang – and hence the eight trigrams Kun ( Earth) , Gen (Mountain), Kan (Water), Xun (Wind) , Zhen (Thunder), Li (Fire) , Dui (Lake) and Qian (Heaven) develop out of the Tai Chi. These are the building blocks of everything in Nature and the Universe. Taoism teaches that nature itself is cyclical – there is no starting point and no ending point. It is a circle.

The Tai Chi with its complimentary aspect of Yin and Yang, where Yin is considered female and Yang considered male, also symbolizes vibration and change as well as a state of balance. Yin and Yang continuously fuel the flow of Ch'i. At this point duality and polarity emerge out of the Unity of the Tao. Out of this Yin and Yang movement emerge the 5 Elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water with their respective characteristics as well as the 8 Trigrams of the Bagua, that subsequently form the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching. The opposing forces of Yin and Yang are considered a central aspect of Feng Shui.

Ch'i is energy that cannot be created or destroyed, only converted from one source to another. This relates to Einstein's Theory of Relativity – Everything in the Universe is transmutable:  E=mc². Matter can be transformed into energy and energy transformed into matter. Nothing is ever lost which is considered the Transformation of Energy.

With Feng Shui we can alter our environment that benefits the Chi' flow within the body and in our environment. The Ch'i energy influences the way we think.

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