Test your chi

Can you make an object move without touching it?
How strong is your chi?
This simple device is said to offer some answers…

The Psi wheel (also known as Chi wheel or Gonzo wheel) is a small pyramid-shaped piece of paper or foil, balanced on top of a low-friction pivot such as the tip of a needle.
It is commonly used to attempt to demonstrate and develop psychokinetic powers (i.e. telekinesis).
Psi wheels are also said to provide a measure of the strength of one’s chi, or vitality.
The beauty of a Psi wheel resides in its simplicity, and the ease with which one can seemingly get fast results from it.

In the short video below, I will show you how to build a Psi wheel, and how to make it spin.

Psychic powers and telekinesis
Here’s a quick tutorial I have thrown together (based a method which sevral people have found to be sucessful) on how to make your Psi wheel spin through your psychokinetic powers:

1. Our first step is going to involve making a Psi ball, which we will hold in our cupped hands, and subsequently use to spin the wheel. This involves some visualization.

Sitting in front of the Psi wheel, but not focusing on it at the moment, we’re going to start drawing energy from the nearest available source: the earth.

Let’s visualize drawing energy from the core of the earth, through our feet. Picture this stream of energy flowing from the deepest part of the earth, and rising as a torrent of fire to your feet. Picture yourself drawing this energy through your feet until it rises through your legs, abdomen and torso, and finally separating into two streams flowing down through each arm.

Visualize this stream of energy still flowing through each arm, twisting and meandering like a great torrent of flames, until it reaches your cupped hands, where it is gathered in a ball.

As you keep visualizing the earth’s energy being drawn through your body, the Psi ball in your hands will be slowly growing. Keep going until it reaches the size of a football, and you can feel it’s size, weight and texture in your hands.

You have your first Psi ball!

2. Now, still holding this ball of energy through your hands, bring it to the Psi wheel so that it would envelop the device, the foil pyramid sitting in the center. Keep visualizing this ball of energy still flowing through your hands and now starting to spin, and starting to make the Psi wheel spin with it.
Through visualization, you can also reverse the direction of the flow, and make the wheel spin the other way.

You have now just mastered basic telekinesis!

Harness the power of chi (qi)
Chi (also spelled ch’i or qi) is a vital concept of chinese culture. The term, meaning ‘life force’, or ‘breath’, is said to be a form of energy (though it cannot be measured directly) which flows through every living being and organism, and can be harnessed in the human body at a point in the lower abdomen called ‘tan t’ien’.

Psi wheels are said to provide a measure of the strength of one’s qi, and they have sometimes been used in the West by some martial artists to provide a physical manifestation of qi.
A version similar to the one we have built is sold commercially as the ‘Chi-spinner’, a tool said to “help you measure your chi energy level” (http://chi-spinner.com).

Chi cultivation is an essential part, notably, of chinese internal martial arts such as T’ai Chi or Qigong, as it is said to dramatically enhance performance -notably strength, balance, and coordination. The fundamental concepts of these martial arts cannot -obviously- be picked up in a few minutes, but here are a couple of simple exercises used in chi cultivation, illustrated in this short video:

1. Diaphragmatic, or belly breathing:
As you inhale, allow your stomach to push-out, thus relaxing your diaphragm, and allowing more air to enter your lungs. When exhaling, allow your stomach to return to its normal position.
This method of breathing is said to allow the accumulation of chi energy in the ‘tan t’ien’, a point an inch and a half below the navel.

2. Taoist breathing:
Taoist breathing is the contrary of belly breathing. With each breath, pull in your stomach, while allowing it to return to its normal position when exhaling.
This sort of breathing is said to help facilitate moving chi around your body.

3. Embracing the tree:
In an upright position with feet shoulder-width apart, allow your knees to drop until they are directly over your feet. Keep your back straight and relaxed. Raise your arms in front of you level with your shoulders, and extend the palms of your hands as if hugging a tree.
In this position, use abdominal breathing to accumulate qi in your tan t’ien.

Vitality meter
Chi spinners have also found themselves on the market, under a slightly different disguise: the Egely wheel.

The Egely wheel is the brain child of Dr. George Egely ( http://www.egely.hu ), a Hungarian scientist who, after many years of research, developped a version of the wheel featuring a very low-friction pivot.

You can see the mechanism of the Egely wheel, and the way it is used in the video below.

Dr. Egely’s research suggests that his wheel gives a good measure of vitality, which he also calls ‘life energy’, and compares to chi. In short, it gives an indication of a person’s health, fatigue, mood, and personality.

The results from his research can no-doubt translate to our Psi wheel:

– 0-2 revolutions per min: Vitality very low, must be improved.
– 2-4: Low vitality, worth improving
– 4-5: Still under average
– 6: average level
– 6-12: good healthy level
– 13-24: outstanding high level
– above 24: exceptional talent
(source: http://kirlian.org/interesting/egely/leiras2.htm )

Vitality, according to Dr. Egely, can be increased through: sleep, relaxation exercises, sport, vitamins and trace elements, diet, exposure to sunlight… etc.

Interestingly, the highest score ever on the Egely wheel was reportedly achieved by Erno Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik’s cube, with 35 revolutions per minute.

Scientific explanations
The short video below details the following processes:

Heat convection
The most common scientific explanation for the movement of the Psi wheel involves heat convection: by placing your hands around the wheel, they warm the air surrounding the wheel. This warm air, through convection, rises above the surrounding cold air thus creating a small updraft that sets the wheel in motion. The direction of this motion can then be affected by hand positioning, and the slight off-centering of the paper or foil pyramid.
Observation suggests that a temperature difference of at least 10 degrees Celsius (20F) is required between your hands and room temperature for the wheel to turn.

Air currents
The extremely low-friction pivot which is formed by the foil pyramid and the needle, means that the Psi wheel can be affected by the slightest air current, from drafts in the room, to your breath and the movement of your hands.

Again, the Psi wheel’s inherent sensitivity means that vibrations from the surface it rests on can set it in motion.

Static electricity.
The above video demonstrates that an object charged with static electricity can easily set the paper wheel in motion.

Better Psi wheel design
The standard ‘paper pyramid’ design of the Psi wheel means that there remains a fair amount of friction between the paper and the needle, thus making it less susceptible to the influence of air currents. While this may sound like good news, the downside is that the Psi wheel often does not yield any great results for the non-gifted!
This can be improved by reducing the weight of the paper (i.e. hollowing out the sides).

Tin foil Psi wheels, tend to have less friction, though they are a bit trickier to shape. These are by far my preferred choice.

A Psi wheel which will be particularly sensitive to heat convection can be fashioned by cutting out half of each side of the pyramid, thus forming an helix.

Finally, in a pinch, the foil wrapper from the inside of a cigarettes pack makes ideal Psi wheel material (the shiny foil part should be on the inside of the pyramid, in contact with the needle, for reduced friction.

The ultimate test
Short of suspending the paper pyramid in zero gravity, the following experience should be the ultimate test of your Chi/Psi powers:

The influence of air currents can obviously be dramatically reduced by placing the Psi wheel under a glass bowl.

Contact with the surface on which the Psi wheel rests should be prohibited, in order to rule out the possibility of vibrations affecting it.

Finally, in order to rule out the possibility of other factors affecting the wheel, a second Psi wheel should be placed under the glass… The aim of the experience being to spin the main wheel, without the second (the test one) being affected.

Being able to change the direction of the spin at will would also constitute a sign of a very strong Chi!

one million $ challenge
For those of you who have succeeded in the ‘ultimate test’, it might be worth considering applying for the ‘James Randi one million $ challenge’, as such a feat would definitely make you eligible.

Here’s a few lines of information, copied from the James Randi’s Educational Foundation :

“The Foundation is committed to providing reliable information about paranormal claims. It both supports and conducts original research into such claims.

At JREF, we offer a one-million-dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. The JREF does not involve itself in the testing procedure, other than helping to design the protocol and approving the conditions under which a test will take place. All tests are designed with the participation and approval of the applicant. In most cases, the applicant will be asked to perform a relatively simple preliminary test of the claim, which if successful, will be followed by the formal test. Preliminary tests are usually conducted by associates of the JREF at the site where the applicant lives. Upon success in the preliminary testing process, the “applicant” becomes a “claimant.”