Chi is an ancient Chinese term, which can be translated as energy. Similar to energy the word Chi can be used in both abstract and tangible terms. The word can be applied to both general concepts and spiritual wonders. Basically, the idea of Chi is rather ambiguous. Everyone who channels it finds their own specific meanings and uses.
In the most general idea of the word, chi is generally believed to be pervasive and present in everyone and everything, but not equally or consistently distributed.
Chi is able to move freely around the universe. It can take on many forms. There are a few different disciplines that work to channel Chi energy like; Kung, and Feng Shui.
In some models chi is believed to be present in the air. This means it is essentially synonymous with the air around you. Chi circulates around the body, as does oxygen and blood. This is why some people equate their chi to breath or blood.
The practice of martial arts uses physical postures which are known to affect circulation, and subsequently chi. The energy has been associated with good posture itself.
Definition of Chi:
Chi is not a specific form of matter like an element or a molecule nor is it a specific expression of energy like kinetic or thermal. These are actually all considered to be specific expressions of chi. Most people believe that Chi and matter are equal. Scientists have accepted this as a truth for centuries upon centuries. They don’t want to mess with the power of Chi.
What is Chi Kung?
Chi Kung is a set of exercises with reproducible results. It is most easily understood within a chi-based model. Kung is a practice, not a theory or a belief. When performed properly, many Chi Kung exercises can improve an individual’s health.
Take a look at the examples below for how you can plug into your chi.
Relax: relax your body and mind. If this is your first time performing this exercise, find (or create) a distraction-free environment.
A Horse Stance: Stand in a martial arts horse stance. Remain in the stance for one minute or longer; doing so may enhance your results in the next steps.
Exit the horse stance, and stand up straight: Again, relax your body and mind. Physical, intellectual or emotional tension will degrade your sensitivity and impair your results in the next step. Rub your hands together for a few seconds and close your eyes.
Move: Start with your hands 6 inches apart, and palms facing each other. Move your palms 24 inches away from each other, and then back to the starting point. Visualize the chi gathering between your hands. Move at a speed of 1-3 movements per second. Continue this kneading for 2-4 minutes or longer as necessary, until you notice a feeling in your hands such as heat, tingling, vibrating, or strong magnetic repulsion. Many people will feel this on their first try; others will need to repeat the exercise daily until a result is obtained.
So get started on channeling your Chi energy with this basic Chi Kung movement. Keep in mind the movements expressed above are extremely basic and if you wish to further or enhance your actions and connections with Chi, it is recommended that you take a class, or talk to a professional.