Qi – vital energy

Qi is the Chinese term for vital energy or vital breath. Qi is a fundamental component of the universe, an energy field that underlies the creation of all material forms and animates all life forms. This energy field is extended throughout the universe, it “penetrates” and “connects” objects and beings.

Qi can flow or stagnate, obeys the laws of resonance, behaves synergistically and holographically. Certain properties of the universal qi field can be described through the laws of physics, while explaining others requires a paradigm shift in modern science.

Qi is the vital force responsible for the good “functioning” of the human being, in all aspects: physiological, mental, perceptual, psycho-affective, etc.

The human qi field, or aura, is a manifestation of the universal qi associated with each person’s life. The human qi field is described as an energy field that surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body, presenting characteristics that reflect the state of health, vitality, emotional and mental dynamics, as well as the level of spiritual evolution of the person concerned.

The purer and stronger a person’s qi is, the more deeply that person is in harmonious relationship with the Universe and the higher spiritual forces that govern this Universe.

Qi is governed by the two polar opposite principles: yin and yang. When yin and yang are in balance, the body is healthy. When yin and yang are out of balance, illness occurs.

Qi is influenced by the human mind. By means of qigong techniques, qi can be accumulated, concentrated, refined – to achieve various effects: healing certain ailments, increasing performance, developing certain capacities, or spiritual evolution. At the same time, human beings driven by selfishness, evil intentions, or simply out of ignorance, create disturbances in the flow of qi, both in their own field and in the surrounding environment, disturbances that will manifest as illness or suffering in various forms .


The concept of vital energy is present under various names and representations in countless Eastern and Western spiritual traditions: prana (in Hindu spirituality), ki (Japanese martial arts), the nimbus or halo of light of the saints (in Christianity). Detailed descriptions of various aspects of life energy are given by Tibetan Buddhist monks, Zen monks, or Native American shamans and healers.

Vital energy was also studied in the west: Paracelsus – in the Middle Ages, Mesmer and von Reichenbach – in the 19th century and Wilhelm Reich – in the 20th century, to mention just a few examples.

Currently, qi is studied all over the world, in numerous avant-garde research projects, with applicability in various fields: medicine, education, social relations, management, defense. Although the phenomenology of qi is not yet accepted by official materialistic science, the published results of these studies, the interpretations made by researchers, as well as the descriptions made by masters of various energy arts, clairvoyants, healers, or people with so-called paranormal abilities, lead towards a new model of understanding the Universe and the infinite possibilities that the human being has.