"Lifes a bitch...When you act like one !"
- Unknown
"The best of healers is good cheer."
- Pindar
"If You’re Going Through Hell, Just keep On Going"
- Winston Churchill
"As you sow, so shall ye reap"
- Galatians 6:7
"Time may be a great healer, but it's also a lousy beautician"
- Unknown
"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
- George Bernard Shaw
"The real trouble with reality is that there's no background music"
- Unknown
"Peace, It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise no trouble or no hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still BE CALM IN YOUR HEART"
- Unknown
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Body and Qi

Looking at the human body through the eyes of a scientist reveals some remarkable things. The quantifiable, statistical picture of the human body shows us that the body has, typically, 206 bones together with adequate ligaments to hold them together; 640 skeletal muscles with more than twice that number of tendons; eleven organ systems; anywhere from ten to one hundred (depending on who’s opining) trillion cells; each made of multiple organelles which, in turn, are the product of countless chemical reactions using what amounts to only a handful of basic elements: primarily carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus.

From one point of view, the body is a type of jello—it’s mostly water, after all, with some other stuff thrown in the mix to make it a largely malleable semi-solid. However, consider this: if you were the proton in an atom of hydrogen, the electron encircling you would be miles away. Applying that concept to the atoms (which make up the molecules, which make up the chemicals, which make up the components of the cells...) within your body, it is also easy to see that the body is, in fact, mostly empty space. And yet, there your body is, occupying the volume of space that it occupies, at first glance, a single, solid structure.

From a single cell to the largest bone, each component plays its part. The heart beats; the blood flows; all of the anatomy, alive and in constant motion, fulfills its physiological imperative. Every tissue and structure, every individual cell, working on its own, participates in the larger function of the whole being. Through some miraculous process this physical reality manifests mental, emotional and spiritual realities as well, themselves part of the whole. Together with all the others, each of the component parts of the human body, including the ethereal ones, works constantly to maintain a state of balance among all of the component parts of the human body. When one is in a state of disharmony, the others are affected.

The human body. To each of us, it is everything. Seen by an electron microscope, it is largely nothing. It is a single organism. It is a group of components comprising a whole. Each component is integral, and it, as the saying goes, is all connected. In the end, it is all we have, and as such it’s a remarkable thing to possess.

People in the West have a cultural predilection to define terms in a static way, which is to say that we seem to have a need for a single word to represent a concrete, bordered idea. It is our inclination to take the word “qi” and say that it means “energy” because “energy” is something that we already understand, and the boundaries of that concept are clear to us. However, the word “qi” comes to us from a different culture, one that has a different language and which language has as one of its remarkable characteristics that a single sound, intoned differently or even intoned the same, can have several meanings. The users of that language understand the meaning of the sound, the word, in its context, not because of what the word means, alone, but also because of what the word means in relation to the words which accompany it. So it is with “qi,” which means different things in different contexts. It would be a grave mistake to think of qi merely as “energy,” and doing so does disservice to the word, to the meaning behind the word and to us as users of the word and as humans who wish to have a relationship with it.

Qi has many meanings in the Chinese language, “invisible” or “that which is unknown” and according to Taoism it is defined as “vital energy” or “breath.” That of which all things are made.

Qi does mean “energy” in the sense that it is the motive force which causes things to move and to perform their assigned functions. “Spleen Qi” does not mean the qi that resides in the Spleen so much as it means the ability of the body, attributed to Spleen, to transform food and fluids, to generate Blood and to nourish the muscles and power the intellect. Qi also has the nuance of referring to structure. Bones have qi. A table has qi. A mountain has qi. And, beyond this, qi has an ethereal quality that is even more unpalpable than one might imagine energy to be. We would not say that an idea is energy. An idea is an abstraction that is the product of the mind, which, as an abstraction, has no energy of its own. An idea is not an actual thing; it’s a virtual thing. Yet, even an idea has qi.

Qi is in everything and everything exists within qi. It is not possible to be outside of qi and be a part of our world and our consciousness. It is not the mountain; it is the substance within the mountain which makes it massive and unmovable. It is not the idea; it is the thing which gives the idea its power. It is not the body; it is the fundament on which the body is constructed and it is the driving impetus of every phenomenon which occurs within us.

Qi is everything.