What is Ki (気)?

Ki is a Japanese spelling of the Chinese Qi and means universal energy. Ki is very connected to daily life in Japan; for example, people will ask, “How is your Ki today (Gen ki)?” rather than “How are you?”. In addition, the disease is described as illness of Ki (Byo ki). In the West, there is no integrated sense of being, such as described by Ki. According to traditional Tao theory, there are three different types of Ki energy which affect everything in the universe; Ten ki (天気/heaven), Ji ki (地気/earth) and Nin ki (人気/human being).