A genuine smile distributes the cosmic current, Prana to every body cell. The happy man is less subject to disease, for happiness actually attracts into the body a greater supply of the Universal life energy. – Paramahansa Yogananda
Life Energy – scientists say it does not exist, but billions of people believe in forms of divine life-energy. In India the energy is known as Prana. In China, Japan, Korea… the energy is known as Qi (or Chi, in Japan Ki (breath/air). This energy is created by nature and gathered in various ways. Ever-shifting intersections between the real and the unreal generate momentary opportunities for infinite change; choice coalesces potentialities and defines the Way (Tao – Way or Path). For the Taoist the Wuji is the original form of the universe. Wuji is represented by an open circle as it represents the Tao in stillness. The characters for Wuji can be translated as endless or infinity. Then motion – energy creates a vibration or spin, which become the twin Yin and Yang energies of the Taiji These twin energies in motion manifest the ten thousand things (all physical reality).
I practice brushstrokes by painting Wuji / Enso and Taiji (Yin/Yang) on scraps of paper. The following is a video on my Youtube channel I call Living Qi Hiaku (Haiku in the description).
The character for Yin is a hill in shadow, and Yang a hill in sun, and both represent the same thing but seen at different moments, or under different conditions. Yang is represented by a solid line and Yin is a broken line. Mist is made of water and moved by wind. Feng means wind and Shui means water. Feng Shui is about the flow of energy which in turn is controlled or generated by these five elements, which also have corresponding colors, seasons, and directions. When things are out of balance it is because of too Yin or Yang or too much of one element or too little of another, which constricts the natural flow of energy.
The Five Elements of: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. All things come from the relationship between destruction and creation. So, for example, wood nourishes fire which creates earth from which is born metal which in turn carries water which, returning, nourishes wood. Now wood controls earth which controls water and water restrains fire which melts metal which can cut, or control wood.
The original universe (the Tao) is also called nothingness or a void. In Japanese Zen this circle is called enso and it represents similar ideas. To many artists the enso symbolizes the moment when the spirit of the master reaches into the void and sets the energy of creation in motion. The enso’s circle remains open to represent our incompleteness. That life energy we create through happiness, contemplation, and self-awareness brings the ends of the circle closer together – closer to the ultimate.
Parts of this post are excerpted from my novel which my literary agent is submitting to various publishers (keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂