Peter Hershock in his book Chan Buddhism address the relationship between karma and qi--action and energy.
Think of ripples in a pond and amplitude of the waves. Living is always in cross-sections of events using our energy to tact.
Qi's origin, comes from experiencing swirl (p158-162). I think of being affected by swirls of sound, light, smell, taste touch and feelings, hence the unfolding impressions (patterns) as the various swirls ebb and flow.
In Chinese medicine, philosophy, and Chan, energy connotes balance of wisdom. What seems like coming and going is neither coming or going but rather being.
When Chan is Chan practice, awak