Monday, December 15, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Ki is a simple two-letter word that has a deep meaning that will widen or expand your understanding about the way of life. Ki usually means “flow of energy” and often means “energy” in Western philosophy. This called “energy flow” has lots of alternate names in Asian countries like in Chinese it is called qi, in Japanese it is ki, in Vietnamese khi, and in Korean gi.

Ki exists in many beliefs especially in Asian countries. It plays a big role in lots of martial arts which exist in Asia, especially in Japan which is the birth place of the martial art of Aikido which was founded by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido focuses on unifying with life energy or what they called “the Way of harmonious spirit”. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on.

In Chinese traditional art of geomancy, the word feng shui is based to calculate the balance of qi, the connection between elements, and many others factors. The Chinese believe that knowing the energy flow will affect their health, business, luck and other aspects of life.

In my understanding everyone of us has our own ki. Whether it is positive or negative it is up to us to develop, understand, and learn how to use it wisely.