The Difference Between Aims And Objectives

by Marcus on February 13, 2011

If you want to get the best results from your Qigong practice in the quickest time, one of the most powerful exercises you can do is to get clear on what you want from your practice.

I’m amazed at how many students come to Qigong with flimsy reasons for practicing Qigong.

When you are clear on what you want from your practice and why you want it, it’s like putting 4 horses at the front of a carriage and shouting “Yahh!”

When your not clear it’s like having 4 horses and putting one on each side of the carriage. You could end up anywhere!

Aims are long term. They usually take more than 6 months to attain and are general. The main aims of Qigong are:

  1. Health and vitality
  2. Longevity
  3. Internal force
  4. Mind Expansion
  5. Spiritual Cultivation

Objectives are specific and short term. Examples of objectives:

  • Increase my understanding of how Qigong works by reading all the blog posts on
  • Learn and practice the best qigong exericse for overcoming depression every day. Checking my progress regularly.

Give some thought to what your Aims and Objectives are for practicing Qigong. If in doubt speak to your teacher.

The starting point of all achievement is definite knowledge of what one wants
Andrew Carnegie

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suzanne February 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hello Marcus,

I am enjoying watching (and starting to learn) your free videos on qigong.

I was taught from my qigong/tai chi teachers years ago, that energy is intelligent, and so knows where to go.

If one has an intent or aim/objective before starting qigong practice, can this interfere with quieting the mind and allowing the energy to do what is needed.
Also, since all illness stems from ‘spiritual imbalance’, for lack of a better way of my wording this…are not we all ‘aiming’ to find spiritual cultivation, ie working from the inside out?

I am sure these questions demonstrate a busy mind…something that pushes me to find the quiet mind…

Thank you for all your emails and sharing of the beauty and peace-making of qigong


Marcus February 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Hello Suzanne,

Thanks for commenting and for asking questions =)

1) If one has an intent or aim/objective before starting qigong practice, can this interfere with quieting the mind and allowing the energy to do what is needed?

Yes and no. I believe that we all practice Qigong because we want something. Whether it’s more relaxation, overcoming illness, or merging with the Cosmos. If we are clear on why we are practicing Qigong then we can check out practice to see if we are getting the results that we want. If we are brilliant, if not, we need to look at what we’re doing.

For example, let’s say I want to see a sunrise and I keep walking West. Well I’m going to see some spectacular sun sets, but no sun rises. If I’m clear that it’s sunrises I want to see and I check in after a week to see how I’m doing, then I can quickly see there is a problem and work out what it is. Ah, I need to be walking East…

Clarity is king here. But if we take our aims and objective ‘into’ our practice then this can interfere in the ways you pointed out. When we start to do our practice, we leave EVERYTHING else ‘at the door’. Especially during Energy Flow – we let go and do nothing, trusting that, as you put it, our energy is intelligent and so knows where to go.

2) All illness (from the Qigong point of view) stems from Yin/Yang disharmony, which is caused by disruption to energy flow, which is caused by blockage/s in the meridians. A classic example of a ‘Spiritual’ illness is depression. A persons Spirit is literally pressed down. As our Spirit/Shen/Mind is so important to healthy functioning of all the process in a human, depression can result in all kinds of illness.

Depression is usually linked to blockages in the Heart meridian, so Qigong Exercises that are known to focus on that meridian will be of great benefit. E.g. Butterfly Dancing in Front of Flowers and Green Dragon Separating Water to name a couple.

Don’t worry about the ‘busy mind’ – just enjoy your Qigong practice!

I hope that answers your questions, if not let me know and I’ll try again.

Bye for now


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