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Qi in the West is usually translated as "life force", "life energy", or simply "energy". It is an amazing and beautiful thing.  For a balanced life we must understand it.

This understanding of life is unique to each culture of the universe. The Chinese call it qi (pronounced chi, or chee), in Japanese and Korean they call it ki. In yoga, they call it prana and in Southeast Asia they call it mana. In other traditional cultures have their own name and concepts, which are unique to their environment. But all are looking at the same concept from different points of view.