March 8, 2002: Transformation through respect and kindness

Me: “Under your teaching are the interactive Forms, Push Hands or Free Form Sparring, necessary to reach the higher levels?”
Ni: “No.”
Me: “Then, is practicing the solo Forms all that is needed?”
Ni: “Listen. Every so often I get a card from a student that says thank you for transforming my life through respect and kindness. This is all.”

What I get from this is that helping out is essential for the transformation process to take place. The Forms are just to break down the rigid self and get the energy to flow but are insufficient in and of themselves. Teaching and sharing is an essential ingredient to success.