Breaking Through Negative Imagination With Kind Understanding
(Clearwisdom.net) One day fellow practitioner "A" consulted me with an issue, and I recommended practitioner "B" to him. However, A immediately hesitated: since B did not respond to A on an earlier request, he doubted if B would help this time. It took me a while to convince A that it would be worth a phone call to see if B could help. This incident caught my attention. These types of situations are very common. Why not chance a phone call before thinking negatively?
That night when I turned on my computer I did not get an e-mail I had expected. A thought came to me immediately: "Fellow practitioner C probably did not like the idea I forwarded to him." I felt somewhat depressed.
All of a sudden I remembered Master's teaching, about "immense tolerance" and the state "of being able to understand everything with kindness," in "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston." Wasn't my thought of practitioner C not liking my idea a very negative reaction? Why couldn't I understand others with kindness? Maybe C needs some time to think about the idea; perhaps he was so busy that he did not read my earlier e-mail at all; maybe he was busy with other emergent issues, or he was so busy from work that he needed to rest for a while, or he had other difficulties...
Everyone is saying that we need broader and deeper communications, yet the evidence is not very satisfying. I think one reason for that is that many times we were blocked by our own human concepts and negative thinking, which causes us to always imagine negative responses or personal rejection from others when we discuss a point with fellow practitioners or when spreading the Fa. Doesn't this actually involve a factor of old evil forces using our human concepts to short-circuit our righteous thinking in these circumstances?
Once I realized these possibilities, I understood why I encountered the incident with fellow practitioner A, above. It became clear to me where I did wrong before and how I can do better during future Fa rectification. Thanks to our Master for everything.