Ch'iCh’i is sometimes referred to as ‘Qi’ or ‘Positive Ch’i’ or as ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and simply put is an invisible life-force.

The ideal, is to create positive energy, where everything flows properly for humans, the animal kingdom, nature and even buildings…

When the flow of ch’i is properly regulated health, vitality and growth will all be promoted, but when the opposite happens and energy is blocked problems occur in health and in life. Ch’i needs to be balanced just right, when it runs too intensely and fast it can lead to all sorts of things like hyperactivity, anger, lack of relaxation and more which in turn takes away good well-being and prosperity.

To understand ch’i better it can be useful to imagine the energy circulating around a building, it is not rigid and it will not flow in straight lines, but instead it snakes around gently. Conversely negative ch’i does run in straight lines creating stale air and what are called ‘poisoned arrows’ which occur as a result of diagonals within the building, sharp corners, badly placed furniture or even adjacent structures. This type of negative ch’i is sometimes referred to as ‘Tiger Energy’.

The four directions of Ch’i:

East – Sheng Ch’i – or Ch’i of Growth – This should be encouraged and nourished – it brings creative energy and health.

South – Yang Ch’I – Nourishing Power – This should be nurtured, when free-flowing and not too fast it will bring worldly success, fortune and prosperity.

North – T’sang Ch’i – Mysterious Waves – For the quiet of sleep, tranquillity and harmony, this ch’i should be fostered by flowing gently and softly.

West – Sha Ch’i – Disruptive Ch’i – A disruptive ch’i will always be present, think of it like ‘change’, but it is important to regulate the power, to stop a full blast.

The I Ching references ch’i as an invisible force that unifies the three energies of the universe – heaven, earth and human. Human ch’i flows through all 12 meridians (energy channels) in the body. Think of it just like blood flowing through our veins and arteries – where it can manifest in one of three states: stagnant (aches, discomfort and pain), deficient (lethargy and low mood) or harmonious (restful sleep, productive, content, good stamina and creativity).

In traditional Chinese medicine it is thought that there are three sources of ch’i: From your parents at conception, from the food and drink that we eat and from the air that we breathe.

Ref: Encyclopaedia of Magic & Ancient Wisdom and The Encyclopaedia of Mind Body Spirit