Vanity arises when you believe beauty is a moral or social virtue. True virtue needs no classification.
Shall we discuss chi? Chi is universal subtle energy. It is said to precede all other forms of energy, to give rise to the behavior of these others forms, as well as govern how they interact with each other. It runs through all states of matter. Those we consider alive and those we do not.
In the Chinese elemental system, you hear no mention of air because air is considered more or less pure chi. Adding a touch of science into this model, air as chi makes sense as the earliest form and still most pervasive form of matter is gas, the various gasses, helium and hydrogen, anything on the light end of the atomic scale.
Chi has no concrete qualities in its purest state. At least from one point of view, chi would be both light and perception, air and the sound we hear in air, as well as the energy behind your blood flow and heartbeat.
So breath must be chi? One form of chi, yes, and breath control is a form of chi cultivation. Perhaps of interest, neuroscience has given the stamp of approval to breath control practices as a way to improve emotional health.
Now the arts that deal with chi take many forms from health and exercise to resource management and personal development. Emotion itself is chi. Any emotional drive is seen as one of the forms chi takes, and they use the observable qualities of emotion to draw connections between internal states of chi and external forms of chi.
Chi is mojo? Prana or ashe, yes. It’s related at least. Mana.
Everything has chi. Every state of being and form of life, biological life, elemental forms, even spirits have chi, and this chi is pooled and shared in the environment. So the influence of spirits arises from their impact on the world chi, and the conditions we experience in life are reflected in the quality of chi in the place we are at.
Is it chi when people say they can feel the tension or sadness in the air? Yes. Strained chi and cultivating your personal chi is seen as one method of healing imbalances like that you encounter in the environment. An example would be the very calm person, who though you may have been irritated before, just soothes you when you are in their presence.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.