Within your body, there runs a life force that makes you alive and strong. If the life force gets weak, it makes you feel sluggish and tired. This life force travels within the human body along channels known as meridians. This life force is also known as Chi by the Chinese, Prana by the Indians, Ki by the Japanese and Great Spirit by the Native Red Indians. For all these cultures and many others, the idea of life force is central to their healing.
Picture a garden hose where the water runs freely. If you fold or bend the hose to put a kink in it, the water will slow to a trickle from that point onward. The same principle holds true in the body meridians. Where there is free flow of the life force, there is no pain or disease in the body. However, when is the Chi is weak or blocked, there is no energy flow and the body will experience many forms of pain, illness and disease.
The knowledge that our bodies are filled with life force energy or Chi and that this is directly connected to the quality of our health, has been part of the wisdom of many cultures for thousands of years, and has resulted in the development of many different forms of energy medicine.
We absorb some in the form of food and drink – remember all animal and plant life, and even water, is filled with Chi too. We also take in Chi from the air we breathe and absorb it through our auric fields. Chi energy is everywhere; it is the connective force of the Universe so there is a limitless supply.
The levels of life force or Chi in our bodies have an impact on our inherent healing ability, as Chi helps to nourish the structure, organs and systems of the body, supporting them in their vital functions and contributing to the healthy growth and renewal of cells. However, the amount we absorb is not constant, and can depend on many factors, and we may always sufficiently replenish our supply of Chi.
If we don’t replenish the Chi over some time, our energy body can become depleted, and this is when we become weaker and more susceptible to illness, the ageing process and even physical death.
This means that when our life force or Chi is high and flowing freely around our whole energy body, we feel healthy, strong, fit and full of energy. We also feel confident, ready to enjoy life and take on its challenges, and are much less likely to become ill. On the other hand, if our Chi is low, or if there is a restriction or blockage in its flow, we feel weak, tired, listless and lethargic, and are much more vulnerable to illness or “dis-ease”.
To maintain pain-free optimal health, your life force or Chi should circulate throughout your entire body in a smooth, powerful way, without any disruption.
If the circulation of your life force or Chi is blocked in any of the points along the meridians, you will end up having pain and disease. Conversely, if your life force or Chi in your meridian lines are fully connected and circulating without blockages, you will have neither pain nor disease.
Making your life force circulate freely in the body should be your basic health goal. You can attain this result by practicing tai chi, qi gong, acupressure, yoga, stretching and exercising regularly. And doing Hijama on a regular basis is one of the best ways to remove blockages in the meridians.
By balancing out and connecting your life force or Chi so that it has no blockages will both get rid of the pain of disease and make you feel a whole lot better.
Building Life Force or Chi In Your Body
Energy can be increased in a human being. Consequently, the development of chi can make an ill person robust and vibrant. More life force or Chi can enhance mental capacity too.
The concept of life force or Chi also extends beyond the physical body, to the subtle energies that activate all human functions, including emotions and thought. Unbalanced life force or Chi causes your emotions to become agitated and distressed. Balanced life force or Chi causes your emotions to become smooth and more satisfying.
From the perspective of thought, when your mental life force or Chi becomes more refined it enhances your creativity at all levels–art, business, relationships, child rearing, etc.
Spiritual life force or Chi makes it more possible for us to personally enter into higher states of consciousness, which lie at the heart of religious experience.
Qigong, tai chi and other form of Taoist martial and healing arts, help you to develop subtle Chi-energy, not as an idea but rather lead you to directly feel and experience what this is in your body.