This falls under the category of: Experience something new no matter how long you have been practicing!
I took the DT online course to relearn the exercise from when I first took the class back in the '80s with Bruce ("Kumar" in those days) and found that the 'sword fingers' I had been using for years is formed differently from what I had been doing.
I think I got my position from the Yang style T'ai Chi sword form. I was holding my third and fourth fingers against my palm with my thumb (the thumb covering the fingernails of those fingers). My understanding from Bill on the video is that the position is formed as a variation on the 'beak' position from movement #2, the pads of the thumb, third, and fourth fingers touching; like a 'mini-beak' and the first two fingers together, pointing straight up. This is actually much easier for me. AND then I started playing with it - and here is my question....
Question: In movements 6&7 what points at the meridians? Is it the straight fingers or the point of the 'beak'? I was using the straight fingers because that's what I have been doing for years. But then I started experimenting by pointing the beak until the flick when I 'plugged into' the energies of heaven and earth at the end of the move , with the straight fingers of the hand (doing this with both 6&7) .
This feels more powerful, but as in many things in life, it could be just that it feels different because it is - well ,,,,,, different. It is possible; that when it becomes the new 'natural' that it will not feel more powerful. Although I have been doing it now for a couple of months this way and I can still feel the energy more powerfully doing the movement with the hands this way.
Advise please Bill (or Bruce), which way is correct?
I first met Bruce in 1992, as a 17 year old, I had all sorts of fantasies about becoming strong and learning to defend myself. Bruce taught me that through hard work and daily practice a world of incredible depth and peace can be found within the art of Ba Gua Zhang that goes far beyond the ability to knock out King Kong.