On Chi- Life Force

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What does the word “chi” mean? The word chi by itself means “air.” But when we talk about chi in terms of Tai Chi training, usually it means “energy” or “function”. Thus, the chi of the five organs is the function of the five organs; and the chi of movement is the energy of motion. It is very important to note that Chi as “energy” is a force. This means that life itself must have this energy, this force, in order to be alive. In order to survive, humans need Origin Chi, air, and food.

Close Reading:

Level 1: Paraphrasing-

State in your own words the meaning of each sentence.

The word chi means air. In Tai Chi training, chi is the energy you need to do something. Therefore, the chi of the kidneys, lungs, heart, liver and spleen are what makes these organs work. The energy from moving around is life power. Always remember Chi energy is the power we need to stay alive. Every human being needs their original chi (power), air, and food to stay alive.

Level 2: Explicating-

  1. State the main point.
    1. Chi Energy is the energy source of life.
  2. In other words….
    1. Our kidneys, lungs, heart, liver and spleen function from a Chi Energy. That’s what keeps them moving.
  3. For example…
    1. When you lay down your kidneys, lungs, heart, liver and spleen are not moving around. Moving around creates energy to keep your organs working.


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