Arguments for the existence of chi

This is the first in a series of excerpts from our patent application that are of general interest in the area of energy work. The purpose of this portion of our patent application is to present evidence of the existence of chi (also known as "prana," "subtle energy," "life force energy," "orgone," and others) to a patent examiner who might not be familiar with this idea.

Similar information about chi was determined independently by different cultures and individuals

Throughout history, the maintenance of health has been a human endeavor of the highest priority. Prior to advent of medical science, there were numerous healing modalities that flourished, many of which are still in use today. Particularly, Yoga, Qi Gong, Acupuncture, Reiki, and various other forms of biofield/subtle-energy therapies (a.k.a. energy healing) have been used for hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of years.

Central to all of these modalities is the notion of a life-force energy that is involved in nearly every aspect of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. There are many names for this energy, Chi, Ki, in China and Japan, kundalini in India. Yogic traditions refer it as Prana. Sufism teaches about an essence of life called baraka. Aristotle believed in a fifth element. Mesmer studied an elusive force he called animal magnetism. Baron Karl Von Reichenbach (the inventor of Kerosene) studied a version of this energy, which he called the odic force. Wilhelm Reich studied a similar energy which he called orgone.

More interestingly, there is a high degree of similarity between the energies described in each of these paradigms. Common among many of them are the following attributes:

  • The notion of a life-force energy that is universal, that is in all things, and which flows from a Creator (i.e. God, Spirit, Universal Mind, Source Energy, etc.)
  • The notion that there are energy systems that regulate how life-force energy flows in the body. Chakras, acupuncture meridians, and doshas (Ayurvedic) are three examples.
  • The notion that balance in this energy is a desirable state that contributes to a state of optimal health, and that energy blocks, can disrupt the flow of this energy, and are at the root of many physical and emotional health problems.
  • The notion that energy blocks can be the result of physical or emotional trauma to the individual, and can result in issues in the physical health years later
  • The notion that this energy is associated not just with humans and other living organisms, but also with physical spaces and objects as well
  • The notion that this energy can be of a higher vibrational (positive energy) or lower vibrational (negative energy) nature
  • The notion that energy of a lower vibrational nature can be cleared through a variety of techniques and raised to a higher vibration
  • The notion that energy can have vibrational qualities above and beyond being high or low. For example, energy can be yin or yang, 3rd chakra energy, or fear energy. Energy can have a mental or a spiritual quality to it, or many others.

It seems highly unlikely that so many individuals and cultures would have independently come up with such similar paradigms relating to a life-force energy if it did not, in fact, exist. The people who developed these paradigms lived thousands of miles apart, on different continents, and there were thousands of years between the development of the earliest and the most recent of these paradigms.

A paradigm that includes chi can explain anomalous phenomena

One of the more dramatic and well-known examples of working with chi or life-force energy is martial arts. Central to many martial arts practices is the cultivation and use of energy to support one in one's self defense. The fact that a person can break a board or a brick with their hand is anomalous within mainstream science. There is no explanation for how a person can accomplish such a feat at all, much less using the soft tissues of the hand, and without sustaining injury. It is the opinion of this inventor that the martial arts practitioner is directing their life-force energy through that brick or board, and that their hand is just the vehicle for directing this energy. It is the person's chi that breaks the board.

Modalities involving chi are used by millions of Americans and being actively researched by the National Institute of Health

This notion of a life-force energy has been conspicuously absent from our modern, science-based healthcare paradigm. However, that is changing. The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a branch of the National Institute of Health, has been actively studying Reiki and other forms of energy healing. NCCAM describes itself as follows: NCCAM is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. NCCAM explores complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, trains researchers, and provides authoritative information to the public and professionals. Here are some excerpts from their website:

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of Complimentary and Alternative Healthcare (CAM) use by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults had used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year. The survey also found that approximately 161,000 children had used an energy healing therapy in the previous year.

People use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. Reiki has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering from surgery or experiencing side effects from cancer treatments. Reiki has also been given to people who are dying (and to their families and caregivers) to help impart a sense of peace.

There are a number of studies ongoing and completed regarding energy healing. Current information may be obtained at the NCCAM website.

There is a YouTube video demonstrating a simple exercise that enables most people to feel their own chi as a direct experience

If one is curious and desires to have a first-hand experience of their own life-force energy, there is a simple exercise presented in a YouTube video. In this video, entitled Chi Exists, here's proof (Qi), Joseph Geyer demonstrates a simple exercise that enables a person to feel their own chi. In this exercise, he holds out his left hand, fingers aiming forward, palm facing to the right. His right hand has the first and middle fingers extended. He then positions his right hand so that the tips of the first and middle fingers are about 1/2" away from the palm of the left hand, directed toward it at a 90 degree angle to the plane of the palm of the left hand. He then moves the right hand in a circular motion so as to draw a circle on the palm of the left hand. This is done while maintaining the approximately 1/2" distance between the fingers of the right hand and the palm of the left hand, so that the hands do not touch one another. The circle is drawn a number of times, until sensations are felt in the palm of the left hand.

It is common for people who try the exercise presented in this video to report a variety of sensations in their left hand, for which there is no scientific explanation. Interestingly, people who try this exercise often feel sensations similar to what they feel when they position their hands over the present invention, when in operation. (See The present invention makes an energy field similar to chi later in this patent description.)

Modalities involving chi are beginning to be used in hospitals

There is even more evidence of therapies and practices involving the life-force energy of the body coming into the mainstream. According to, over 50 hospitals employ some form of energy healing as an adjunct to their traditional medical treatments (as of 2006).

If you enjoyed this article, you might also enjoy the second excerpt from our patent application, entitled "There are limitations with how science is currently practiced regarding determining the existence of chi".

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