Control Every Single Thought and Negate the Old Forces' Arrangements
(Clearwisdom.net) A few days ago, I went out of town twice to attend group study and experience-sharing conferences in other areas with fellow practitioner Z.
During the conference an older fellow practitioner felt suppressed and almost couldn't breathe. All the practitioners who attended the conference immediately sent forth righteous thoughts together to help him eliminate the evil dark minions and rotten demons and to eliminate the Communist evil specter's persecution. After a while, most of this practitioner's symptoms disappeared. Then practitioner Z and I shared our thoughts of what just happened.
Practitioner Z first asked this practitioner if he felt very uncomfortable and as if he was being suffocated? He said yes. Z asked him a couple times, and each time he answered yes. Practitioner Z said, "You regard that as yourself, but actually, it is not you at all. When I sent forth righteous thoughts just now, I saw a sticky thing attached to your throat. It was that thing that made you feel uncomfortable. I just eliminated it. But because you still admit that it was you, it still has a shadow left there."
We often say, "I have attachments," "I didn't do well," "My righteous thoughts are not strong," etc. We always emphasize "I" so and so, and regard those bad things as part of ourselves, which strengthens them again and again without our realizing it. We continuously give it energy. Why didn't our righteous thoughts work? Perhaps you already see the attachment, but since you admit it was you and keep holding onto it, how can you eliminate it? Can you eliminate yourself? You have already admitted it. You want it. How can you eliminate it? Just like Master said in the Fa: "With regard to what you want, both Falun and my fashen will not intervene--this is for sure." (Zhuan Falun)
I pointed out to a fellow practitioner one of her attachments. She said she had realized it quite a while ago, but she couldn't get rid of it. The very first sentence was said by her. However, the second sentence was not said by her. That attachment controlled her and made her admit that she couldn't get rid of it. But she continued to maintain that it was herself. I told her, you are able to get rid of it. Another practitioner said the same thing to her as well, finally, she said OK.
Even though she didn't say "I can get rid of it" explicitly, this did impress her. The next day, when sending forth righteous thoughts, the thought "I have attachments" popped up in her mind again. She immediately realized, "No, this is not me who is thinking this. I don't have attachments." Right away, a hot stream went through her whole body.
We need to control our every single thought at all times, we need to distinguish what is ourselves and what is interference the evil imposes on us or thoughts sent by the evil things. Sometimes when I walked, the evil specter's song popped up in my mind. I immediately realized that it was not me singing. It was imposed by the Communist evil specter. I would eliminate it; eliminate it together with all levels of beings and factors that arranged this.
When it was time for the local practitioners to collectively send forth righteous thoughts, the elderly practitioner (mentioned above) realized that "the thing that made me almost lose my breath was not me." Practitioner Z saw that the shadow that was left there earlier was completely eliminated.
The conference continued. It became more and more clear that we should cultivate by controlling our every single thought. We know how to control our every single thought.
After one of the practitioners who attended the conference, L, went home that night, she started sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate her lower back pain. She clearly realized that the thing that caused her pain was an evil being. It was not her back that was painful. After she sent forth this thought and held her palm erect, instantly, the black being on her back was disassembled. She felt much relief.
Practitioner L attended the Fa conference the second day. As soon as she entered the fellow practitioner's home, she got a headache, and felt like she was wearing a ring of something on her head. This time she again realized that: "I have a headache. No, it is not me who has a headache. I will eliminate the evil being that is trying to interfere with my attending the Fa conference." She immediately held her palm erect to send forth righteous thoughts. The headache went away immediately. Practitioner Z also saw the scene of her sending forth righteous thoughts. Z told L: "The moment you held the palm erect, I saw you shining with boundless, golden radiance. Your body became larger and larger. The clouds were under your feet. The thing that caused your headache became smaller and smaller, and was eliminated quickly."
During the Fa conference, L shared her experience. Everyone's understanding became clearer.
"And where do people's thoughts really come from? Scientists have now realized that man's brain isn't really where his thoughts originate. So where do people's thoughts come from? Everybody thinks they come from what they've learned in the ordinary society and from their own reasoning. But that's not how it works. When an everyday person has a thought about doing something, his brain actually hasn't gone through some long process of reflection. A lot of things just instantly pop up, and a lot of words just roll right out off the tongue. So then just where exactly do those thoughts come from? We cultivators all know that there are actually connections between a person's mind and factors in a lot of different dimensions, and when it comes to major things, man is just doing things under the control of other beings. He's just acting things out here in the human world, that's all. The surface of the human body, the postnatally formed body, is really nothing." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.")
"Your origin is your true self. It's the source of your mind and your thoughts; it's where the motive for whatever you want to do originates. That is your true self." ("Lecture at the Fa-Conference in Canada" unofficial translation)
"A person's earliest life comes from the universe. The space of the universe is benevolent to begin with and embodies the characteristic of Zhen-Shan-Ren. At birth, one is assimilated to the characteristic of the universe." (Zhuan Falun)
From studying Master's Fa, we know that our true selves should totally assimilate to Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Anything that is not according to the principle of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance is not us. This is especially true since we are in the Fa-rectification period. Master told us that: "By July 20th of 1999 I had already pushed all of the pre-July 20 students to their positions--I pushed you to your highest positions." (Touring North America to Teach the Fa) Therefore, for every single thought we have that is not according to the Fa, we need to clearly realize: it is not myself, I will eliminate it.
We had severe interference before we went to another area's Fa conference. I had a conflict with a fellow practitioner, which made me very frustrated. A headache and lower back pain occurred together. Initially, I didn't realize it. I repeatedly asked myself: "What kind of attachment do I still have?" I was deeply falling into the attachment of finding attachments. I was looking for attachments, and getting rid of attachments by way of acknowledging the attachments arranged by the old forces. The result was the harder I tried, the more attached I became, and the more severe the headache and back pain was. I even had the thought of not going to the Fa conference. But then I thought that this event was planned, and how could I change it so casually? So I picked myself up and struggled to leave home. But I still felt uneasy.
After I got in the car, I started discussing this with fellow practitioner Z. I suddenly realized that I had gotten into the situation of looking for attachments. But in fact, does that attachment really exist? Didn't I fall into the evil's trap? If you acknowledge the existence of it, it will stay in your field and it will manipulate you. If you don't acknowledge it, then it is nothing. I instantly jumped out of the old forces' arrangement, and negated it. I suddenly enlightened to a new level and felt light and happy. I came to understand that the principle for Fa-rectification cultivation was as if it had a form and displayed in one's mind. I then understood how to become a true Fa-rectification period Dafa Disciple.
We always say that we don't acknowledge the arrangement by the old forces; we negate all the arrangements by the old forces. But when we encounter problems, we always say, "I have this attachment," "I have that mentality," "I am not good on this aspect," and "I don't feel well." We regard those bad things as ourselves. We try to eliminate and eradicate them, but not very effectively. Why? Because you regard it as yourself and you hold onto it and don't release it, even though you say you don't want it, even though you say you are doing the three things. You are doing all these with the mentality arranged by the old forces. You are negating the old forces with the thoughts arranged by the old forces. How can this be a Fa-rectification period Dafa Disciple's behavior? We should negate the old forces, too. We are negating everything the old forces arranged for us. How can we acknowledge the appearance of attachments, dirty minds, physical discomfort or sickness as ourselves? Didn't Master push us to our highest positions after July 20 of 1999? Aren't the things that are appearing now due to the old forces taking advantage of the loopholes or gaps in our understanding, and imposing all forms of persecution on us? If we don't do well by negating its arrangement, it will make us think, "Why am I like this?" It will create illusions and misconceptions for us, and make us feel that it is ourselves, so we become depressed, self-accusatory and no longer diligent. It tries to destroy our spirit. How evil it is.
We need to identify every single thought the old forces arranged for us and negate and eliminate them. We need to eliminate all the evil beings and elements that cause us to have any thought that does not conform to the Fa, along with all levels of beings and elements that arranged and instigated them. We need to completely negate everything of the old forces. We need to walk well our path while negating the old forces' arrangement. We are cultivating in the Fa-rectification period and we need to be noble Fa-rectification period Dafa Disciples.
"Of course, we don't acknowledge any of the things that the old forces arranged--I as your master don't acknowledge them, and Dafa disciples of course don't acknowledge them either. But after all, they did do what they wanted to do, so there's all the more reason for Dafa disciples to do even better and cultivate themselves well in the course of saving all beings. When you encounter ordeals during your cultivation, you have got to cultivate yourself and look at yourself--that doesn't mean acknowledging the ordeals arranged by the old forces and trying to do well amidst the ordeals they've arranged, that's not the case. We negate even the very emergence of the old forces and everything that they've arranged; we don't even acknowledge their existence. We're fundamentally negating all of their things, and all of, and only, the things you do while negating and getting rid of them is mighty-virtue. It's not that you're cultivating amidst the ordeals they created. Rather, you are to walk your own path well while not acknowledging them, not even acknowledging the elimination of their ordeals' manifestations. So looking at it from this angle, what we need to do is completely negate the old forces. Dafa disciples and I don't even acknowledge the manifestations of their last-ditch efforts." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference")
"The path that Dafa disciples have walked in validating the Fa--where as they cultivate themselves they also save sentient beings, accommodate the needs of the cosmos's Fa-rectification, and disintegrate and clear away the dark minions and rotten demons that are negatively impacting the Fa-rectification and doing evil against Dafa disciples, as well as all the elements of interference and persecution arranged by the old forces--such is the complete path of cultivation, Consummation, and becoming a magnificent god that Disciples of Dafa walk." ("My Version of a "Stick Wake-up"")
This article was written based on my experience of attending the Fa conference. When I tried to write it down, I found it was very hard to find the language to express my understanding. I tried my best. I hope this is helpful for fellow practitioners.