Life force, energy, breath, fluidum; central concept of Daoism and Chinese culture, which still shapes the world view of many people today. Alternative spellings: ch’i (China), ki (Japan) or gi (Korea).

In traditional Chinese culture qi is believed to be  a vital force within every living being and must flow unhindered. Therefore qi is the central basic principle of traditional Chinese medicine and also plays an important role in Chinese martial arts. The practice of cultivating and balancing qi is called Qigong.

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Qian, the Heaven

Modern Interpretation: Clarity and coherence; expression, passion, spontaneity; warmth, love; spirituality

Qian represents the zenith of our human potential, a state of mind of clarity and coherence, undisturbed by worries, desires, thought loops. When our mind is clear, if we are simultaneously one with ourselves and with our goal, we become creator: the constellating power of our coherent mind, our own living consciousness is able to act upon the unstructured potential that surrounds us, to organize and form it according to our will.

Phase (Element): Fire
Functional Circuit: Heart (HE)

Read more: I Ching Study Guide: Qian, the Heaven

quiet point

The model Follow the Path of Dao distinguishes individual trigrams according to their qualitative dynamics. At the two quiet points, Qian, the heaven (pure yang) and Kun, the earth (pure yin), movement seems to pause for a moment.

The two quiet points consist of identical lines, either exclusively yang lines (Qian) or yin lines (Kun). In Qian, the encounter with the world reaches completion in the sense that one knows about one’s own self-efficacy in the world. In Kun, the individual completely becomes one – one with himself – and has found peace within himself by integrating conscious and (formerly) repressed parts which now become a valuable source.

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