An Inquiry into the Nature of Chi
Format: Trade Paper
Since prehistoric times, peoples the world over have believed in a creative force that inspires life. Throughout history it has been known by many names: mana, prana, ka, and chi, to name only a few. Much has been written about this energy and the ways in which it can be strengthened to enhance life and well-being as well as provide the basis for many of the Eastern martial arts, particularly tai chi chuan. But if chi is real, why is there so little scientific evidence for its existence or for the physiological structures that generate and channel it throughout the body? Moreover, what is the exact nature of chi, and how can it interact with physical reality in the sometimes esoteric ways that are reported? The Wellspring draws together, for the first time, two significant but disparate lines of scientific research that not only identify the physiological structures that produce and channel chi but that point to the true nature of this mysterious power.
What they're saying about The Wellspring:
"I enjoyed The Wellspring greatly and found it very well written, with many complex ideas clearly spelled out. As a Tai Chi author myself, I appreciate the effort the author put into this small volume. The presentation is well thought out and easy to read, with illustrations for the most important points.
Author of 108 Insights into Tai Chi Chuan: A String of Pearls
and 101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan
"Students of chi; get this book! Without a doubt, this book has a sensible approach firmly rooted in scientific studies.... It is very readable, with humorous stories illustrating concepts explained.... The Wellspring
describes chi in a way that even skeptics may have to rethink.... If you are going to pick up one book to help you understand the concept of chi in the human body, this is it!" (Read the full review here.
"In his book, The Wellspring, Christopher Dow presents a thorough and studied presentation of both the deeper esoteric side of, and the scientifically tangible data surrounding the presence of chi.... Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this read is that I found it constantly leaving my mind in a state of ponderance on the deeper practices of chi.... Inclusion of this book to your library might not just be a great choice, but also an indespensible one." (Read the full review here.)
—Corey H. Wiscomb