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Are Different Kinds of Spiritual Energy the Same?

Teri DluznieskiPrana, 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 subtly 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”…

By the way – 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!



I am an Education Specialist, Health Coach and Author. I work with aspects of the teachings I have learned from Andean shamanic and cosmology, to health, nutrition and education.  Everything is energy. Energy must flow. Like water, when it does not flow, it stagnates and is not healthy. These techniques help your life to flow. I have been initiated into many of the ancient lineages and learned ceremonies, rites of passage and healing techniques.  I have worked as a healer and done workshops and taught some of these aspects – passing the teachings on.

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