Wei Chi and Well-Being

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Be aware when things are out of balance. –Tao Te Ching

Let us delve deeper into the understanding of vital energy. This topic will focus on the role of emotions that can so deeply affect our state of well-being, the quality of our relationships and enhance our understanding of who we are and also of how we function.

Many of our clients have been exposed to a fair amount of information regarding the concept of vital energy common to all energy medicine but particularly common to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Unique to TCM is the 5-Element Theory that explains the five aspects or phases of the invisible energy patterns that affect all of us and our entire environment.

The 5-element model provides a logical and systematic way to classify and analyze just about everything about and around us–from the macrocosm to the microcosm. It is also a way to understand who we are and provides a way to understand ourselves in order to achieve a degree of mastery or control over what affects us positively or not, internally and externally, all with the goal of maintaining some balance. This model assists us to diagnose the reasons for any imbalance so that we may uncover a remedy for the imbalance.

In our approach, we have talked about vital energy simply as “chi” with the understanding that chi needs to flow in order to avoid imbalance or blockages. In fact, there are still more subtle differences that we must consider.

We have often used two of our favorite quotes:

  • The physical body is actually a complex network of interwoven energy fields. Richard Gerber, M.D. in his book, Vibrational Medicine.
  • Your body is a field of energy, information, and intelligence capable of perpetual healing, renewal, and transformation. Deepak Chopra, M.D. in his book, Grow Younger, Live Longer: 10 Steps to Reverse Aging.

The energy fields these two authors refer to are both internal and external to our physical body. We use the general term “aura” for the external fields, and the vital energy that protects the aura is called Wei Chi. Its specific function is to guard and protect the aura, our external energy field.

The seminal Chinese text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic, gives the following information about the sources of Wei Chi power and its attackers.

Sources of Wei Chi power:

  1. Ancestral energy (from the mother)
  2. What we eat and drink
  3. The air we breathe
  4. The relationships we have with friends and family

While we have no control over the first source, we have degrees of controls over the second and third sources. This depends, of course, on our awareness and willingness to practice some discipline to maintain a nourishing and balanced way of life.

The fourth source may be surprising. It means that we are fed by the emotional qualities of our relationships and by the emotions we derive from them.

Wei Chi is under attack from two different fronts:

  1. The 5 devils
  2. The 5 emotions

The 5 devils are the “cosmic” energies that translate in:

  • Wind during the Wood/Spring season
  • Heat during the Fire/Summer season
  • Dampness during the inter-season of Earth
  • Dryness during the Metal/Fall season
  • Cold during the Water/Winter season

We can escape from these climatic conditions when they get extreme by moving someplace else, but that is not often possible. Therefore, by and large, we have little to no control over their aggressive effects.

In our next blog post, we’ll explore the five emotions and how deeply they affect all aspects of our lives including the physical. Stay tuned.


We are inspired by many authors when writing on the vital energy subject but, in particular, by:

  • Haas, Elson M. Staying Healthy with the Seasons. Celestial Arts, 2003. Print.
  • Beinfield, Harriet, and Efrem Korngold. Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine. New York: Ballantine, 1992. Print.
  • Elias, Jason, and Katherine Ketcham. The Five Elements of Self-healing: Using Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity, Wellness, and Health. New York: Harmony, 1998. Print.
  • Gerber, Richard. Vibrational Medicine: New Choices for Healing Ourselves. Santa Fe, NM: Bear, 1996. Print.
  • The abundant writings of Deepak Chopra, M.D. including Chopra, Deepak, and David Simon. Grow Younger, Live Longer: Ten Steps to Reverse Aging. New York: Three Rivers, 2003. Print.
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About the Author:

Dawn Tardif, Founder and President of BodiScience Wellness Center & Spa since 1990, has more than 25 years in the health, wellness and spa industry. Ms. Tardif earned her degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from the International Ayurvedic Institute in 1999. She studied with top Ayurvedic leaders Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, Melanie and Robert Sachs and Eve Taylor in her pursuit to become a master in the field of wellness. Ms. Tardif also holds certifications in Allopathic Medicine from the Boston University Mini-Medical School as well as Anti-aging Nutrition and Clinical Aromatherapy. Her commitment to continual education is the foundation of delivering the latest results-oriented treatments to her sophisticated clientele who seek out her innovative approach to health and wellness. Prior to entering the wellness field, Ms. Tardif studied at the Babson School of Executive Entrepreneurship and Bentley University for Accounting. While pursuing an early career at leading companies and national chains in the retail and couture fashion industry, she became one of the youngest managers and district managers. Ms. Tardif was acknowledged for leadership, team development, employment retention, and superior financial performance. This unique blend of business leadership experience combined with her passionate drive has prepared Ms. Tardif to be a leader in health and wellness. Highly respected in the salon and spa industry as a spa owner and consultant, Ms. Tardif has been acknowledged for her service excellence and business systems. She is known for inspiring and encouraging others to create well-being and wellness relationships that cultivate community and enrich the families and lives of one another. Ms. Tardif was invited to present her wellness concepts on Dr. Wayne Dyer’s self-help talk radio show and served as a speaker and panelist at national industry events. She delivered Tibetan Spa experiences to attendees at Green Music for the Grammys and was a panelist for Green Spa’s “Building a Green Spa Team — The First Steps to Sustainability” as well as other sustainability and green consumerism spa classes. She was chosen as a speaker and panelist for “The Future of Esthetics” at Les Novelle Esthetique’s International Congress of Esthetics and Spa, a prestigious industry event. Ms. Tardif’s unwavering passion for and knowledge of ancient philosophies helps others to reach a level of wellness that enhances their lifestyle and well-being. To further her mission, Ms. Tardif and her staff participate in the “Welcome Home Warrior Project” created by Melanie & Bob Sachs of Diamond Way Ayurveda. The program offers complimentary health and wellness plans as well as treatments to returning veterans and their families. As one of the East Coast trainers, and to help advance the program, she teaches CEU Ayurvedic classes to other licensed health and wellness professionals. Ms. Tardif lives on the Seacoast in New Hampshire with her Yorkshire terrier. She enjoys walking the beach, kayaking and hiking.

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