The following text is from Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching. I see it as a metaphor for getting out of our own way so that we can progress in our practice. We exhibit different attitudes towards ourselves that color our practice and can impede our journey. So, reflect on this and see if this metaphor applies to you. Let go and allow the practice to transform you, in a watercourse way (as phrased by Alan Watts, see the link below) and you be more in congruence with the water method of Taoist meditation.
When the Master governs his people
They are barely aware that he exists.
Second best is a leader who is loved.
Next, one who is feared.
Lastly, the worst leader is one whom the people detest.
If the leader doesn’t trust the people,
He makes them not worth trusting.
The Master doesn’t talk, he acts.
So when his work is done,
The people say, “Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!”
The last part of this chapter represents the condition where the practice changes us. Letting the practice change us is a significant aspect that fosters progress in qigong practices for improving health and spiritual realization.