Hello Michael, and all,
I may not be the best person to ask about suggestions for helping people continue the practice because my students also stop and start, but I think the answer may be both obvious and subtle. The obvious part of the answer involves motivation. As a teacher we know that motivation is the key to learning anything; a student must want to participate and learn in order for even the best teacher to be successful. Many of the testimonials illustrate individuals inability to change their thinking. The subtle aspect is how to motivate. But let me purposefully digress a moment.
Each of us, individually, is one person out of seven billion (7,000,000,000) on the planet. Somehow that brings some comfort. As individuals we are almost insignificant in terms of a number of Pangu Shengong practitioners. Individual to individual we might never make a difference globally with anything. Just as we might teach 10,000 new Pangu students this week, more than that are being born! In our lifetime we may never catch up... But, I think you know there is something more profound that is happening in the consciousness of humanity on this planet. The great philosophies all state that our most profound level of connectedness in on the qi level. This goes by many terms: consciousness, unified field, samadi, zero ground state, spirit, and the dao. Back to the subtle aspect.
Master Ou states that starting Pangu is a matter of destiny, in fact most human activity is a matter of destiny. Assuming that as a basis for analysis, then we are a fortunate few. (Of course I do not exclude other qigong schools or true seekers of truth, for they have their positive destiny as well.) But the decisions each of us makes (all seven billion) are based on previous experience or antecedents, cause and effect. In effect, we are all blind to our potential. Even the miracles of all the saints in all times did not convince humanity to lead a more compassionate life. I believe that the best way for us to help others is to be profound in our practice, and sincere in our daily life. According to Master Ou, a portion of Pangu's spirit is in us all, it is one unified spirit; somehow we are all connected. I believe that as we activate that spirit in ourselves it may cause a change in others' destiny. If it is a matter of destiny, we need only change destiny.
In Ecuador a woman asked me why she should practice Pangu Shengong when she already prayed. I asked, "For what do you pray?" She replied, "For good health and a better life." I said that Pangu was the answer to her prayer. I told her a story about a man caught in a flood who was praying on the roof of his house to be saved. He refused several boats and a helicopter rescue crew because he was certain that god would save him directly. Well, eventually the flood carried him off and he went to heaven where he asked why he had not been saved. The celestial authorities asked him why he had not accepted the boats that they had sent! What do you think?