What is Qi?

Although there are many methods for flowing Qi as in Qigong, the best description is a life force we all have. When high in Qi we are healthy. When low in Qi we are sickly, need more sleep, and are more easily tired. Everybody alive has some Qi, since when it is gone you are dead.

Some can focus their life force and combined body's motion, in fluid powerful dishcharges of power. Qi moves in waves, connected to a whole body movement from the ground an/or from the center of the body, near the navel; the Lower Dan Tien.

Qi is formed in the lower part of the spine in an area called the sacrum. Qi is stored near the navel, in the Lower Dan Tien, which focuses its power by directing it and connecting it to other parts of the body. Although Qi has some electrical properties, it is much more, since it is part of one's life force. Some have compared Qi to the effects of magnetic resonance.

Martial Arts moves are limited and not as powerful, if they are not done with Qi (Chi, Ki). Qi uses the whole body power of the life force. Moves are hollow without Qi, and are no better than dance. It is like a car that is running in neutral or a jet without the thrust of the propulsion of the rocket engine. Qi has all the properties of water except that of wetness, so this is the Shaolin Buddhist meditation that is usually concentrated on.

Describing Qi, leaves a lot out; since this entails aspects rather than a whole or essence; as a concept or non-visual image.

Qi has many of the properties water, except that of wetness:
  • our bodies are over 80% water;
  • Holy Water which has symbolism of the human/divine living force,
    is no more than blessed salt water, all animals need salt to survive, and the origin of most of Earth's life comes from the salt-water ocean;
  • most areas of spirit or psychic phenomena are near misty areas;
  • many shamanic practices use a spray to connect, intitate, catalyze or charge a spirit, force or entity;
  • when wave theory was being developed and tested by physicts, most of the wave models were water or fluid based;
  • the Tao Te Ching entry on water, by Lao Tzu chapter 8,
    The highest good is like water.
    Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
    It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
  • Even though water is not hard or sharp, it cuts through rocks as the rivers make valleys and the rains; and ice can support tanks and stop bullets.

Measuring external qi (EQ or wei qi) during qigong healing, has shown shown Qi had these physical effects:

  1. far-infrared,
  2. heat,
  3. micro-pressure detectors
  4. microwave radiation,
  5. significant increases in wavelength to above 10 mm,
  6. significant magnetic signals,
  7. sound frequency lower than 16 Hz from qigong healers at different acupuncture points.
(Alternative Therapies, July/Aug 2004, VOL. 10, No.4; Analytic Review of External Qi Studies, page 38-41; An Analytic Review of Studies on Measuring Effects of External Qi in China by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D., M.P.H.,University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; World Institute for Self Healing, Inc. http://www.wishus.org ).

More of the study details at: http://www.jadedragonalaska.com/scientific-qi-measurements.php

Kirlian photography has shown surrounding Qi as a bright radiating light.
Auras will show colors and states of Qi.
Many Qigong practitioners report sensations of warmth, and tingling in their hand while exercising.

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Qigong as Electricity and Water

“Qigong is a kind of frequency energy, which can be affected by the strong magnetic field and stored in the human body and released by it. When we are doing the basic exercise of qigong (e. g. cycle movements with hands in front of the abdomen), we are using the blood in the hands, the blood cells in the blood and the magnetic matters in the blood cells to crosscut the magnetic line of force of the globe.

As a result, there produces the direct current and magnetic field when the frequency of the cycle movement is 0.3-0.7 Hz, and a numb feeling appears in the hands. This kind of qi sensation is neither electric current because the feeling will disappear when the cycle movements are accelerated and the frequency is over 0.7 Hz, nor magnetic field because when the hands are placed between two pieces of strong magnet, no such feeling occurs.

The author thinks that it is a feeling caused by the magnetic resonance. There is a coincidence between the qigong phenomenon and the mechanism of the magnetic resonance when one is practicing the basic exercise of qigong. A human magnetic field with an appropriate frequency is produced, which can cause the water in one's hand to have nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The 1H and 3C are orderlessly arranged in the body, but after the qigong exercise through the auto magnetization, a magnetization state (ARROWS Here) appears. At this moment if there is an energy coming from outside, the frequency of which is correspondent to the formula of nuclear magnetic resonance: n = rHo/2p

the magnetized water may absorb the energy and there occurs the magnetic resonance state.

n is the frequency,
Ho is the intensity of the external magnetic field,
g (rotatory magnetization) and
2p are constant. The weaker the magnetic field is, the lower frequency needed.

Water and organic compounds are considered as the media for the magnetic resonance force, flowing in the body. “

Mechanism of Qigong - Magnetic Resonance, Ma Jianna, 1st World Conf Academy, Exchange Medical Qigong, 1988. From: http://www.qigonginstitute.org/shopping/preview_abstract.php?id=150

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Qi Emissions

Effect of emitted bioenergy on biochemical functions of cells
by Chien CH1, Tsuei JJ, Lee SC, Huang YC, Wei YH.


The 3-5 microns infrared spectra of the external "Qi" generated by a "Qigong" master from his palm was measured using a III-V compound semiconductor InSb detector.

It was found that certain Qigong master can emit two opposite kinds of "Qi": the "facilitating" (beneficial) and "inhibiting" (destroying) "Qi". During the facilitating "Qi" emission, large amount of infrared wave were detected by a temperature rise of the air in the vicinity. When the inhibiting "Qi" was emitted, the infrared wave was absorbed from the environment resulting in a cooling of the air.

The temperature rise or drop possibly reflects the fact that the blood flow to the palm was increased or decreased by dilating or constricting the blood vessels through parasympathetic or sympathetic nerves. The biochemical effects of emitted "Qi" from the same Qigong master on the human fibroblast FS-4 were investigated.

The facilitating "Qi" caused 1.8% increase of the cell growth in 24 hrs, 10-15% increase of DNA synthesis and 3-5% increase of protein synthesis of the cell in a 2-hr period; while inhibiting "Qi" caused 6% decrease of cell growth in a 24 hr period, 20-23% decrease of DNA synthesis and 35-48% of protein synthesis in a 2-hr period.

In addition, we found that the respiration rate of boar sperm increased 12.5-13.0% after receiving 5 min exposure in facilitating "Qi," and a decrease to 45-48% by exposure to 2-min of inhibiting "Qi." The results could be attributed to the effects of emitted "Qi" or energy containing infrared light (wave) and possibly some other types of energy.

PMID: 1767800 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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