I once had a discussion with a Japanese friend of mine about ki, kami, and the religion of Shinto. The point I was addressing was my thought that perhaps every nucleus of every atom is a tiny kami, and each organisms' goal is to somehow work in harmony. My friend said this is quite in tune with Shinto beliefs. Many of us know that electricity plays an essential role at the atomic level, and I now consider ki to be this electricity, ever-flowing and always joining matter together. Perhaps ki is the "One Kami" and organisms are the "many kami". I continue to seek other meanings and evidences concerning ki and kami, and I've found many aikido and religious books to be quite insightful on these topics.