In general, Qigong can be divided into two broad categories: those based on form and those based in message.
Form-based systems use specific postures and movements to stimulate Qi and help heal the user. In these systems it’s important to follow the master’s direction exactly to achieve the system’s benefits. Results depend on the student’s ability to observe, copy and practice the posture correctly. In this type of system, practicing the posture correctly is the key to receiving the benefit.
Message-based systems are based on an “energy message” passed from the master to the student. This message conveys a key for learning and understanding the system. At the same time it connects the student to greater Universal energy.
In these systems, movements and postures play a secondary role; they function as a vehicle for transporting the energy from master to student. With this type of system it is the relationship—the energy connection—between the master and student that is of primary importance.
Message-based systems are more difficult to find. Meeting a competent master to teach this kind of system is rare, because the master’s knowledge is transferred without learning. This is known as instantaneous transmission. The level of commitment and level of understanding on the student’s part must align with the master’s message. A bond of great trust is developed. Not everyone is qualified to receive in this manner. It takes deep commitment to follow the master and his guidance to a deeper understanding of who you are.
Lifelong energy cultivation requires a serious preparatory phase. It’s a natural requirement for the student to receive a direct energy transmission from the master. This work is very important because it lays the foundation for the student to be able to receive the knowledge and wisdom that the master shares.