I had supper with a good friend last night. He had been living and going to school in Hong Kong and China for the last year and a half and had many stories to tell. He is very much into Kung Fu, so he took the opportunity to spend his school break at a Shaolin school. He said that the training was very rigorous but that he enjoyed it greatly. Ok enough digression
I asked about tai chi, something I've been quite interested in for quite a while. He talked about the chi and I've done a little checking on the meaning of the word - it translates as either 'air' or 'energy'. But when I talked with my friend he referred to it almost as an inner spirit and referred to getting in touch with the power of the chi. I found this quite interesting.
I think sometimes of the yoga equivalent. I'm not sure of the terminology, but I do know that there are exercises in yoga that are designed to get a person in touch with their inner spirit.
Then there's Deepak Chopra speaking about 'the path' and the need to stay on the path. Now in his terms I believe that we each have our own path - not the same at all as Christian beliefs.
So, ok to my point. I'd like to use these more or less random ruminations to start a discussion from as many points of view about the human spirit, chi, astral body or whatever else people would like to name it. Does it really exist separately from the corporeal body? What is it's nature? Where was it before you were born? Where will it go after you die? How can a person best improve on it and care for it? Is there any point to being concerned about it's welfare? And so on.....
Oh, for this thread it'd be really nice if we could have a sort of 'non-partisan' discussion, if possible. I know religion is about beliefs, but I'm taking a point from Tansy here - we seem to have a preponderance of Christians and I'd rather this thread took into account as many different belief systems as possible. I'll answer my own questions from my own belief system in due course but I'd like to hear from others first, if anyone would like to comment.