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Are you mistaking the finger for the moon?

By Marcus Santer

Don't mistake the finger for the moon

The Saturday Quote:

“Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger.”

I get a lot of questions along the lines of:

Which Qigong form should I practice?


Which Qigong form is the best?

So I thought I’d write this post, and then I can simply forward the question asker here, instead of re-inventing the wheel over and over again.

Let’s start at the beginning…

Qigong is a combination of form, energy and mind.

With form being the least important.

But most practitioners focus on the form without realising it’s the energy and mind aspects that give you the benefits of Qigong.

Sure Qigong uses forms, but forms are not Qigong.

To paraphrase Hui-Neng (traditionally viewed as the 6th and last Patriarch of Chan Buddhism)…

Qigong can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Forms, in this case can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However the finger is not the moon.

So how do you gaze beyond the finger?

How do you develop and improve your energy and mind aspects?

By focusing on skills and not forms.

And what are the 3 core skills of Qigong?

If you’ve been reading my work for any period of time, you should know them well.

Repeat after me:

  1. Enter a Qigong State of Mind
  2. Energy Flow
  3. Cosmic Balance

And it’s by developing these skills through practice, practice, practice that you get to look at the moon, that you get to experience the benefits of Qigong that the ancients spoke of:

Not by practicing Qigong forms.

Not by collecting Qigong forms.

Not by searching for the best Qigong form.

That’s why I suggest you learn a number of Qigong forms – like the 19 I share in my Qigong Secrets Home Study Course (QSHSC) – and then choose the two or three you like the most and focus your practice on these forms.


Because you’ll get so good at them, you’ll be able to do them unconsciously, which frees you up to develop your skills because you’re not concentrating on which arm or leg goes where.

Do you understand?

If you do, you’ve got an advantage most Qigong practitioners who concentrate only on forms will never have.

For full details of the QSHSC and to get your two week test drive for only $4.95…

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Bye for now


P.S. Of course if you’re going to teach Qigong, you’re going to have to master quite a few forms so you can share them with your students…

But that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

First you need to master the fundamentals of authentic Qigong.

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