Heretic of The Seventh Circle
IIRC, they add up to spell points only if you cost abilities at 1+1/spell level, as the elements monk does, and get the right amount over the course of the day.It's bland as all get out, but perhaps one of the safest ways to ensure the de-Orientalizing is to just make Ki points into Spell Points, or even Spell Slots that can be used for Martial Arts abilities similar to a Smite: they already are by the math, and making that more clear might help with designing abilities.
But only the 4elements monk costs abilities at that rate, so it doesn’t add up in practice for the majority of cases.
Besides which, using spell slots makes it harder to avoid having to design a dozen or so abilities for spell levels 1-5, rather than a couple dozen total at most.
So I’m probably going to keep the math, and a name other than spell points, and include a pb/day “ritual” to regain your spent focus, rather than using a short rest.