Are different kinds of spiritual energy the same? Prana, Chi, Sami, psychic energy?

Someone asked if chi, psychic energy, and other forms/ kinds of energy are in fact all the same thing. or if they were inherently different.

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.

Hope this helps.. and I don’t say that there is any definitive answer yes or no:) Please share your thoughts or ideas below!

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3 Comments

  1. Enjoyed this discussion of energy Teri.

    The answer that comes up for me is that psychic energy, physical energy, universal energy etc…are all different frequencies of the same energy flowing from source.

    I liked your quote from the Andean teachings…more on that would be appreciated!

    In the energy of love
    Sarah
    A Mom On A Spiritual Journey!

  2. I wonder if the different kinds of energy are only our perception, as creatures forced by our makeup to discern things only in terms of pairs of opposites. Might it help to use the term ‘enabling’ rather than energy? That which can be enabled will depend on a wide range of circumstances and properties. Thus we are able to consider it in holistic terms rather than dualistic cause and effect.

  3. Apparently each spiritual tradition names or catalogs types of energy perceived by their adepts who actually experience differences in specific frequencies. The Yogis maintain that there are several hundred different types of Prana, for example, and can explain characteristics and purposes for each one. So for me, this explains the different nomenclature, that Chi and Prana are perhaps general terms for the same subtle energy.
    I agree that everything is energy. I see energy as on a continuum of frequencies extending from the subtlest forms, such as Chi, to the forms of physical matter, such as the rocks in our world. The continuum of course includes all manifestations of life, individual forms of which, like us, hold an infinite number of frequencies.

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