This used to be one of the most common questions I received.

But it’s been a while since someone asked it.

Maybe the rest of the Qigong-verse is catching up?

If you’re a client of mine, or you’ve already worked through my Qigong Secrets Home Study Course (QSHSC) then see if you can answer it yourself before reading my reply.

Here goes:

Dear Marcus,

Why does 1 form replace another form in your Qigong practice?

Isn’t it better to use lifting the sky, butterfly dancing, shooting arrows and changing galaxies all in the same practice?

I would like to practice Qigong for longer than just doing PERFECT and 1 form.

If using 1 form a week is essential, I will only use 1 form, but I would like to understand why? Is it just to get people in the habit of practicing Qigong?

All the best


Remember, see if you can answer Peter’s question yourself before reading my reply.

Okay, here’s my reply.

Hi Peter,

You’re making a classic Qigong mistake.

And what is the mistake?

Thinking the forms of Qigong are Qigong.

They aren’t.

They’re just forms.

Forms are kinda important.

But nowhere near as important as Qigong skills:

  • Entering a Qigong State of Mind
  • Energy Flow
  • Standing Zen

Without these skills Qigong is just gentle exercise.

Unfortunately most Qigong practitioners today are not aware of these skills and so they practice gentle exercise when they think they’re practicing Qigong.

Why is this?

Because they are unable to tell the difference between Qigong and Qigong form because outwardly they look the same.

Consider this…

If you wanted to learn rock climbing you wouldn’t go to a swimming lesson.


Because it’s very easy to tell the difference between rock climbing and swimming. Their outward forms are very different.

Okay, moving on.

So why do we practice different forms?

Because when they are practiced as Qigong they work on different meridians (energy streams) of your body and influence the type of Energy Flow you will have.

That’s why I encourage my students to practice one Qigong form during their practice. Because you will find ones you prefer more than others. You’ll also find ones that work better for you than others.

But how will you know if you lump them all together?

Plus, a lot of Qigong teachers are actually Tai Chi teachers who think because they know Tai Chi they know Qigong – another common mistake.

As a result they teach Qigong as if it was Tai Chi i.e. a set of forms to be practiced one after the other.

And don’t get me started on the difference between Tai Chi Dance and Tai Chi Chuan!

Practicing more than one Qigong form in PERFECT Qigong is what I call Self Manifested Energy Flow and it’s very different to the way other schools practice.

But that’s a topic for another day.

I want you to learn and practice Qigong, not gentle exercise.

So focus on one form at a time and work on developing your mastery of Qigong skills.

The Qigong you’re learning is very high level. As a result you only need to practice it for 15 minutes.

Over practicing can lead to overtraining problems like Qigong Deviation Syndrome.

Or as I prefer to call it: Not following instructions.

I hope that answers your question.

Bye for now



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