Abstract...Essentially Ki and Chi are the same things. When the energy gets blocked, we are reduced to a static position. Our flow is hindered, as we are going no where. With the development of and running of this energy, we shift from static to a dynamic position and reflexology has a significant role to play in the chi flow. It begins with a comparative analysis, only to find the Ki and chi are essentially the same.
Below the navel is situated the symbolic energy center, Earth Ki, the hara. The hara is an important aspect of Japanese life and their spiritual practices. Hara means belly. In a profound sense, hara denotes true nature, one who is not just human but humane. From this perspective, hara represents not just the physical center in the entire body, but also the central point in one’s authentic nature. It symbolizes our authenticity. When we are authentic and true to ourselves, we speak from our hearts. Essentially, we are speaking the truth. So, the word hara carries an immense depth and not just a belly button. The practicality is bringing the energy down to the hara. There are many layers to be undiscovered within hara.
The building of earth Ki leads to solidification from where we arise in Japanese energetic wisdom. It is essential to build a solid energetic base. Its existence is imperative. To comprehend its essentiality, lets visualize the human body as an energetic triangle, whose base becomes the supporting foundation. The hara contains a singular, original energy. The Ki denotes the original energy with which we are born into this earth. This Ki is not a static, dormant energy, rather it is something that can be built upon to make it more solidified. This energetic center for Ki is comparable to the wok for cooking purposes. The analogy lies as follows. Just like the essential ingredients are added one by one, garlic, ginger, onions and sesame oil and then the soy sauce comes to it. The rich mixture is subsequently heated to form the stable base for savory foods that we delight in. Similar is the function of the hara that offers a practitioner the imperative base, the essential foundation from which the development of Ki occurs.
The rising of Ki from the earth is compelling and dynamic. It offers the support for physical and mental nourishment. The Ki establishes us, furthers our development in a dynamic pattern, so we are not caught in a stagnation. The feeling of security is solidified as we are physically anchored to the environment. This anchorage establishes our footage. In the process, we learn to endure and keep going. This Ki encourages our persistence, sustenance, while flowing frontward. Our feet are planted in the grounds, we are securely held by this earth with self-esteem. That builds our confidence as we become unshakable. As we become stressed, the Ki will kill the fear and make us fearless. In the process of our own solidification with earth Ki, the possibility of cracks in the foundation is minimized which upholds us in the long run. The Ki becomes the bedrock of our wellbeing.
Reflexology is the manipulation of energetic reflex points in the feet, hands and ears. What is a reflex? Reflex is an action in response to a stimulus without any conscious thinking. Now, the feet connect us with the healing earth energy. Reflexology stimulates the body’s repairing ability by itself. Thus, the body is in balance and is self-healing. In a way, it boosts the body’s self -repairing capacity. Reflexology sends energetic signals to the brain or the central nervous system. Consequently, then the brain sends the current of healing energy to other organs or parts of the body. Additionally, reflexology delivers healing signals which is then transmitted through the meridians for energy clearing. What is a meridian? In acupuncture, meridian is a set of pathways along which vital energy begins to flow. The body then gets an energetic attunement from reflexology and we are harmonized. The touch calms the central nervous system and induces relaxation. Reflexology can lead to a pain alleviation through the calming touch which then leads to stress reduction.
Reflexology can also be viewed as a sort of massage that requires applying different amounts of pressure to different places in feet, hands and ears. The theory on which it is based is that there is a connection between the body parts and certain organs. Reflexologists believe that applying pressure to these areas in feet, hands and ears offers a wide range of health benefits. It is based on the ancient Chinese belief in chi or vital energy. Chi is synonymous with breath and reflexology develops that energy that animates the body. This chi is at a molecular level. A vibrant life force enlivens a person, makes him/her totally alive, replaces the dullness, and brings them into alertness and present moment. As per the Chinese belief, chi flows through every person. A strong life force brings vitality in a person whereas a weak life force makes someone sluggish. When a person is stressed, there is a blockage of chi. This blockage then causes an imbalance in the body which becomes indicative of illness. Reflexology aims at keeping the chi or vital energy flowing. By its continual flow, the body becomes balanced and free from any illness. As per the Chinese treatment options, there is a one to one correspondence between the body parts and the pressure points on the body. In reflexology, a map is made of these points in the feet, hands and ears for the exact determination as to where the pressure needs to be applied. Reflexology believes in touch and by this touch, a reflexologist sends the energy flowing through the body and ultimately in the area where healing is needed. A dynamism is in motion, as we come out of the static manner. We break through the blockage and the healing begins. So, reflexologists work on developing chi to overcome illness. There is a balancing and enhancing of chi or the vital life force to induce vitality in the body.
Both the Ki and Chi are seen as the vital energies. The Hi in the Japanese belief and Chi in the Chinese beliefs. But essentially, they are the same.
Jayita Bhattacharjee....born in Calcutta, India and later on education from University of Houston in Economics, she had chosen her career as a trustee and teacher.
Her books " The Ecstatic Dance of Life",
" Sacred Sanctuary", " Light of Consciousness", " Dewdrops of Compassion" " The Light of Life",
" Song of Eternity" " The Breath of Heaven" are among the many that she has authored.