Ki Energy

Ki Energy
The Universal Life Force

The Japanese kanji or character for kiIn the Japanese language, the word "Ki" (pronounced key) is commonly used to refer to spirit or universal energy. The character Ki can be found in word compounds such as yuuki (courage), genki (health), kimochi (feeling), and of course, aikido. In the English language, there is no word for "Ki."  The best way to define Ki is to say that it is the natural flow of one's life energy. 

Universal Ki energy is the spirit that exists in all things. The Native American Indians depicted Ki energy as spirit, such as the mountain spirit, the forest spirit, or the spirit of the wind, which is the same spirit that exists within everyone since we are all made out of the same fabric as the universe. In fact, the word inspiration means "in spirit."  When we are inspired, we feel a great surge of energy that flows through us as creative energy that is always positive and strong. Ki energy creates a sense of peace and mutual accord. As the founder of Aikido said, it is a way “to live together in harmony.” 

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