BKF – Bruce Kumar Frantzis – Bagua Mastery program
I’m gonna say the same thing I’ve said all along about practice, especially those of the taoist variety that BKF has given out to the public: they are, ultimately, practices that get you inside and get you to feel things for yourself. This is a natural process, and this is emphasized a lot in Frantzis’ writings, and is repeated by many masters in the taoist tradition (Taomeow’s story of Wang Liping moving organs around comes to mind).
I find that a lot of teachers saying, “oh you need a teacher to really learn the truth of this” is… well, kind of advertising. Maybe it’s a product of modern society, in which you need to have to be a licensed medical professional in order to diagnose problems, and any non-licensed people need to put disclaimers. Maybe it’s a message to prevent people from screwing themselves up. I don’t know.
What I CAN say is that I’ve seen more than a few people follow up the phrase, “you need a master to learn this” with “it’s all inside yourself, it’s all about feeling, it’s natural but you forgot”. Well if it’s all natural, why do you need a teacher? If you are trying to be natural, and trying to move in ways to optimally feel energy and be healthy, well, a teacher can’t “teach”, so much as show you how to do stuff, and put you in an optimal position for getting to that place yourself- but you have to do it.
I find this especially so with the stuff BKF has put out. His emphasis is on you increasing feeling and being natural. If you’ve REALLY got that down, then you don’t have to have a teacher to tell you when you are doing something wrong- your BODY will be telling you when you are doing something wrong. The energy won’t circulate. Things won’t flow. I think what BKF puts out puts people in the best possible position to reach that state. But at the same time, he’s gotta deal with the modern world, and peoples’ inability to get to that point.