I haven’t ever really given too much thought to this idea before- and the adage: everything is energy always seemed to cover that topic. Because, well.. everything is energy.. but- in the same way two hydrogen combined with an oxygen molecule is water…BUT… rain water, ocean water, streams, rain, lakes, rivers, and puddles are all very different manifestations of water.
I would say- and again- this is just my opinion as I am thinking and writing– that these different forms, sources or types of energy are all different aspects, different tunings, of energy. Maybe Energy is a bit like Gold- is a gold coin the same thing as a golden statue? Even if the same size and weight… Are they the same, or is there something intrinsically different? Has the Gold been changed in some way, being turned into a statue? In the same way, is all Energy the same, as it becomes Chi, or SAlka, or Prana, or psychic energy? Are they all different terms for the same thing? OR- are they different usage/ aspects or manifestations of how different cosmologies are tapping into a universal energy?
CHI- for example, is defined as life-force. Is that the same thing as psychic energy? To me, psychic energy is different, but it may be semantic, ie how someone is using the term. When I refer to psychic energy, I am referring to genuine psychic, intuitive energy, versus emotional energy or physical energy.
Every teaching around the world, understands that there is some life-energy force, or universal energy source. I would guess that all cultures/cosmologies are referring to and trying to define or grasp that same universal cosmic principal. But I think what each culture does with it, and how it is embodied and manifests may be subtlto significantly distinct and different.
For example, in the Andean teachings- there is Illya- which is like raw energy ( not physics energy- hard to explain/ describe).. but that energy, needs light, to give it structure.
then there is salka- wild, un-tamed energy.
And then there is the energy most people use and access, sami/sawi, light-refined nourishing energy, and hucha, heavy energy that impedes our soul-path ( we create our own hucha, and only humans create hucha).
so- perhaps this energy is like the reverse of the microbial chain… where the plankton absorb sunlight, convert it, the plankton then gets utilised by the krill/shrimp/crustaceans..purer energy, but less accessible to humans, turned into something slightly less “pure” but more use-able.. and then further up the food chain to something WE can utilise. Are all these different types of energy, chi, prana, sami, like that.. Each cosmology taps into a universal energy force, but utilises it in slightly different aspects?
It may be that these various aspects of energy that you are asking about.. all stem from one pure cosmic/universal/ natural state/source.. but that depending on what route they have followed.. they have become both the same, but slightly different things/ manifestations of that same original energy.
Perhaps Spirit- would be more like salka… whereas chi, would be more like Sami.. and emotional energy could be some combination of sami-hucha-sawi, depending on the emotion being ” expressed”…
btw- I am using Andean terms 1, because that is my strongest area of familiarity, and 2- they seemed applicable to create parameters for context/ reference… there may be other cosmological frameworks that equally apply:) Raw, wild, and what we use and draw on. 3 Different types or levels “filtering” from A/the universal source.