Kai xin

"Kai xin" or open heart


What terms are commonly used in Chinese that had their origin in chi kung?

— Javier, Spain


The terms commonly used in Chinese are “kai xin” which means “happy”, “hou yun qi” which means “good luck”, “fa bei qi” which means “being temperamental”, and “da tan” which means “being brave”.

Actually, word or word, “kai xin” is “open heart”, “hou yun qi” is "good circulation of energy”, “fa bei qi” is “manifest spleen energy”, and “da tan” is “big gall bladder”. But when you ask a Chinese what “kai xin” is, he will tell you that it means “happy”, and so on.

Chi kung (spelt as “qigong” in Chinese) masters discovered long ago that when a person’s heart was open, he would be in a mental or emotional stage of being happy. When a person had good circulation of chi, he would have good luck. If he manifested his spleen energy, i.e. chi in his spleen, he would be temperamental, like pulling his hair or stamping his feet. When there was a lot of chi in his gall bladder, he would be brave. Because of its long history, most Chinese today may not know the origin of these terms.

The above is taken from Question 1 December 2019 Part 1 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.


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