The Chinese character “Qi” combines the symbols for rice and steam. This indicates the nourishing characteristic of “Qi”. Therefore, Qi is often translated into “life force energy” or “energy”. According to Zhineng Qigong Science, Qi is defined as having the three forms: Physical matter, energy and information. There are two sources of Qi: The Qi of nature (external Qi) and the human body Qi (Internal Qi). The internal and external Qi always exchange with each other, transform, balance and benefit each other, and thus representing the evolution and regeneration of life.

Zhineng Qigong views Qi as a form of information capable of effecting physical changes in specified targets during Qi Therapy and external Qi treatment and human consciousness (intention, thoughts) as capable of generating such effective information.

Dr. Pang Ming subdivided Qi into three groups:

Primeval Hunyuan Qi

which is the most fundamental substrate of the universe; everything in the universe evolved from this.

Hunyuan Qi

the information content of all objects in the universe. Everything in the universe has its own form of nonlocal, holistic information substructure.

Yi Yuan Ti

Qi of the central nervous system of humans. This is the fundamental nature of human consciousness. In comparison to the two other levels of qi, it has initiative and selectivity. A person who learns to stay mindful and focused (as taught in qigong training) has the ability to impose qi (or information) on the chosen targets, to bring about the desired outcome.