"Eliminating Evil Is Thus Doing Fa-Rectification, and Is Also Saving the World's People and Sentient Beings."
(Clearwisdom.net) I moved to an unfamiliar city to start a new job at the end of August 2001. Since my first day of work, a colleague persisted in bullying me in all possible ways, but I always conducted myself following the requirements of a Dafa disciple. I endured my coworker's bullying in an unfriendly workplace and treated her with respect at all times. I believed that my coworker would eventually let up if I continued to display compassion towards her. Just the opposite happened. She did not have any regret for her cruel acts towards me. Besides intensifying her harassment, she would often say bad things about me in front of my manager, and even went to the director to slander my reputation and to recommend firing me. Both my manager and director were convinced by her story and began to scold and insult me in public. While I was under consistent verbal attack and faced false accusations from all directions, I was given additional work on top of my existing work assignments. I then decided to do my best in my work, so as to leave no loopholes for them to utilize. I completely buried myself with work and did not have time for eating lunch, studying the Fa, or doing exercises. Despite my intense efforts to perfect my work, the situation seemed to get worse. I eventually began to fear my work, colleague, manager and director. I was certain that I would be fired. Desperate as the situation may have seemed, I had never stopped searching inward for areas I could improve my xinxing. Still, I remained blind to my flaws. Fellow practitioners that I had made friends with lived thousands of miles away [and no one was there to offer me any advice]. Moreover, I was denied access to Minghui Net. Consequently, the hostile work environment struck me as a personal tribulation that I must endure completely alone.
I continued to passively endure their insults and verbal attacks. One day I was again bullied at work. That night I looked at Teacher's photograph in tears, pleading for him to give me a hint on my cultivation. Then I wiped my tears and began to study the Fa. Soon I came across the following passages: "Dafa disciples amidst Fa-rectification have a different situation from when personal cultivation was done in the past. In the face of the groundless harming, in the face of Dafa's persecution, and in the face of the injustice forced upon us, we cannot handle things or categorically accept things the way it was done before in personal cultivation, because Dafa disciples are now in the Fa-rectification period. If a problem isn't caused by our own attachments or mistakes, then it must be that the evil is interfering or doing bad things." "Yet we are still cultivating and still have some last ordinary human attachments. When a problem arises, we have to examine ourselves first to see whether things are right or wrong on our part. If we determine that it is interference or [an attempt to do] damage, when we deal with the specific problem we should try our best to be calm and kind to these people who are at the surface, because when the evil uses people, these people themselves usually aren't aware of it (although those people who are used are usually either people whose thoughts are just bad or people who have bad thoughts arising). As for the interference by evil in other dimensions, we must seriously eradicate it with righteous thoughts." ("Fa-Rectification and Cultivation" in Essentials for Further Advancement II.) These words triggered a revolution in my thinking. I no longer regarded the injustice at work as a personal tribulation, but persecution against a Dafa practitioner. I decided to send forth righteous thought every night. At first, I was not sure whether I had acted according to the Fa by sending forth righteous thoughts in order to overcome this tribulation.
The second night I received a hint from Teacher in a nightmare where I was surrounded by giant serpents covered in filth. I felt a bit intimidated by the presence of the giant serpents, so I silently recited the Fa-rectification verses that Teacher often taught us: "Fa zheng qian kun, xie e quan mie. Fa zheng tian di, xian shi xian bao." (translation: "The Fa rectifies the cosmos, the Evil is completely eliminated. The Fa rectifies Heaven and Earth, immediate retribution in this lifetime."). After I recited the verses three times the giant serpents disappeared. Then a furious red serpent, as thick as my wrist, advanced quickly in my direction. I started to panic and recited the verses again, but this time it did not work. It suddenly bit me on the right hand, and I woke up from the startling attack. I sudden realized that Teacher had hinted to me through the nightmare. The root of my tribulation had not been the colleagues or supervisors that were causing problems for me, but the evil in other dimensions, which exploited the loopholes in my xinxing and used the form of personal persecutions at work. I took Teacher's hint, and started to send forth righteous thoughts instantly. I had to eradicate the giant serpents in the dream that had vanished to escape my sending forth righteous thoughts. At first I felt a strong presence of evil in the surroundings. As I continued sending forth righteous thoughts, I felt a gradual change in the air. After half an hour I felt that I had successfully eliminated all evil substances, and restored the purity in my dimensions.
The winds of persecution have died down since that night. I persisted in sending forth righteous thoughts every day. In addition, whenever I encountered my colleagues who had been under the manipulation of the evil old forces, I silently recited the Fa-rectification verses in order to eliminate the evil in other dimensions. Although I have not regained serenity in mind completely, my work environment seemed to improve very quickly. My colleagues and supervisors suddenly stopped pressuring me at work. Consequently, I now have time to study the Fa. In just a few days after I started to send forth righteous thoughts, my company suddenly sent me to another city for a three-week job training session. Upon my return, I found myself in a rectified work environment. My colleague even openly compliments my work and my character! When the director asked her about my work performance, she told him, "She is an excellent employee." Even my manager, who had insulted me openly on various occasions, gave me his sincere apology. More importantly, I now had plenty of time for Fa study because they no longer gave me additional workloads.
Soon afterwards I received a copy of "Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A." from a fellow practitioner. While reading it, I came across the following passage: "Let me tell you, all those who remain and that can persecute Dafa and Dafa disciples are due to our students themselves. Students who haven't taken sending forth righteous thoughts seriously: the evil in the dimensions that you are supposed to shoulder and be responsible for has not been eliminated. That's the cause." ("Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A."). It was now clear to me that the root cause of the persecution against me at work had been my lack of emphasis on sending forth righteous thoughts.
I have come a long way to understand the significance of sending forth righteous thoughts in the Fa-rectification period. Hence, I would like to share my experiences with fellow practitioners who may not have paid due attention to sending forth righteous thoughts. I hope my experiences will help them improve their cultivation state. Thank you in advance for any compassionate advice to help me advance in my understanding of the Fa.