For millennia, Europeans expressed their understanding of health and nature with the word vitality. Then, somewhere between penicillin and the advent of allopathic medicine, “vitality” became something too unsophisticated to take seriously. Perhaps because the idea of vitality (or Chi), an energy that is not really measured in volts or amps, is difficult to quantify with current tools.
However, chi can be evaluated with the naked eye and simple palpation of pulse, or the sense you have in your own body, as any natural medicine practioner can affirm.
It is a very real phenomenon that dictates your wellbeing daily. The balance of this vitality and having it in storage is often the main focus of the Oriental Medicine practitioner for her patients.
Prestigious researcher of evolutionary biology Andreas Wagner stated in his recently published book on the most current revelations in genetics and evolution that there is a “robust quality” , and later, “a robustness” found in certain genes that lend to their expression over others. He had no other explanation deeper than this. It is interesting to me to watch this circle of acceptance of the chi concept complete. One of the most in-depth investigators into genetic expression brings forward the notion of robustness, which equals vitality according to Webster’s, which is Chi.
Realizing Your Chi
Acupuncture treatments are specifically applied to balance chi in the body effecting blood flow, neurotransmitters, and hormones directly.
Practicing Qi Gong, meditating, receiving acupuncture treatments can put you in touch with the movement of energy that is always present seeking balance and expression but often just under our conscious awareness.
As science learns more through computational biology and our instruments become more sensitive, I am certain there will be more scholarly works to help us understand the nature of this mysterious life force that animates us, and the world around us. Particle physics is offering some amazing realities that explain energy that is not measured easily. Until then, be aware of your senses and know we are more than our tissues! We are energetic beings.