Why My Determination in Cultivation Practice Never Faltered
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a 47-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner from Shandong Province. From the time I was very young, my health was poor and I was physically weak. I had asthma and gastric disease. During the years I was in school, I frequently took days off due to my illnesses. Year after year, before winter had even arrived, I had already put on my warm cotton-padded jacket and cotton-padded trousers. I was afraid that I might catch a cold and my diseases would flare up. My classmates nicknamed me, "Weakling." A classmate in middle school said that I wouldn't live to be 25.
After I finished school and got a job, my physical condition got worse. The factory leaders and my co-workers all knew that I had long-term illnesses. In search of a cure, I have been to the Beijing Xiehe Hospital, the Tianjin Medical University Affiliated Hospital, the Shandong Weifang Asthma Hospital and many other hospitals. I have seen many experienced doctors of traditional Chinese medicine and I have tried many folk remedies. I even visited some witch doctors, who gave me some "medicine." None of those approaches improved my physical health at all. It was common for me to stay in the hospital for long periods of time. In 1995, the local hospital once declared that my life was "in danger."
I also practiced several kinds of qigong when it was popular. It did not help me either. When I was put on long-term hormone therapy, the side effects caused me to become obese. My illnesses actually got more and more serious. After arriving at work, the first thing I did was go to the factory clinic for medical treatment. Finally, my health got really bad. I had serious allergic asthma, pulmonary emphysema and heart disease from lung failure. (My right atrioventricular was blocked completely and in arrhythmia.) Every day I depended on the hormone and the antibiotic to keep me alive. I carried an asthma medicine inhaler with me at all the times. I had to first inhale my asthma medicine before climbing the stairs or going somewhere in a hurry.
Today I am a happy, energetic and healthy person, instead of a seriously ill patient. Do you know how this miracle happened to me?
Just after the Chinese Moon Festival of 1996, the dormitories in my factory set up a Falun Gong practice site. I wanted to give it a try. The first evening at the practice site, I watched Teacher's video lectures. In the first lecture, Teacher said that he was teaching Falun Gong in the world for the purpose of upgrading people's levels, not curing diseases. Teacher explained that Falun Gong was an advanced exercise and meditation practice system of the mind, body, and spirit, and that genuine cultivators' bodies would be completely purified. I understood right away that Falun Gong was the right one to save my life. Those qigong practices that I had tried before could not completely change my life.
Through the cultivation practice of Falun Gong, I completely understand the true meaning and purpose of human life and understand that the universal characteristic of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" is the only standard for distinguishing good people from the bad people. Only by judging people and things according to the principles of the universe can humankind survive in this universe. From that time on, I took lightly my bad attachments to fame and self-interest. I worked harder at my job and was strict with myself about meeting the standards of a cultivator. My health also changed rapidly. Just like Teacher said, my whole body was very comfortable and light. I had totally changed into a new person.
When I started to eliminate my bad karma, my old asthma symptoms recurred and my breathing was very heavy. Due to my poor enlightenment quality, I still regarded this as an illness, so I once more took several days of medicine treatments. That certainly didn't work at all.
A few days later when I was sitting in meditation, I suddenly felt a tickling sensation come down from the top of my head and cold air came out of my body. Only then did I realize that it was Teacher purifying my body and that the physical suffering was to eliminate my karma. So I threw away my asthma inhaler, which I had used for nearly 20 years, and stopped taking all the drugs. When I was enduring my sickness karma, I would listen to Teacher's audio lectures and recite a sentence from Zhuan Falun:
"When it's difficult to endure, you can endure it.
When it's impossible to do, you can do it."
For three days, my temperature reached 39 degrees Celsius (about 102 degrees Fahrenheit) and I spat out a lot of red phlegm. My breath smelled like the medicines were coming out of my mouth and I was extremely weak. With the protection of Teacher's Law Body and encouragement from fellow practitioners, I passed the first test. The shape of my body returned to normal, just like before. I didn't take any more hormones. I truly understood Teacher's words:
"When you are overcoming a real hardship or tribulation, you try it. When it is difficult to endure, try to endure it. When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find: After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!" (Zhuan Falun)
My doctors and colleagues at the factory all saw the miraculous changes in my body due to Dafa. The story of my physical recovery through cultivation practice of Falun Gong was reported in my factory's newspaper. From that time on, I chose the road of cultivation practice. Falun Dafa changed my life and re-kindled the fire in my life!
I experienced another miracle soon after I began cultivating Dafa. One day as I was walking along the road, pushing my bicycle home because the of narrow road and crowds of people, a speeding truck suddenly came directly at me. Its bumper hit my previously injured left knee and then it stopped. At the time, I wasn't afraid. The people next to me, however, were so frightened that they cried out. The driver quickly jumped down from his truck and explained that he had turned towards me to avoid colliding with a tractor on his right side. I didn't get angry at all and just told him to be careful and make sure not hit anyone. Then I let him go. What was most surprising was that my injured left knee was actually cured by the impact. Just as Teacher said in Lecture Three of Zhuan Falun:
"Debts have to be settled. So on your cultivation path some dangerous things might happen. But when these things happen you won't be scared, and we won't let you get into real danger."
By July 20, 1999, Falun Dafa had spread all over China and Dafa practitioners numbered nearly 100 million. Whoever practiced had their minds and bodies tremendously improved. They all thanked Dafa and Teacher for his merciful salvation. Jiang Zemin, jealous and afraid, started irrationally persecuting practitioners in China. The Party created many lies, such as "the deaths of 1400 people," the staged Tiananmen Self-Immolation Incident, the suicide cases, the murder cases and many other false stories. They made charges against Dafa and Teacher so that people who didn't know the truth would hate Dafa. This was to achieve their evil purposes. Many people in China and abroad were deceived by the propaganda of Jiang's regime.
I was very sad to see so many people misunderstanding Dafa, swearing and committing bad actions against Dafa. I had the responsibility and duty to clarify the truth to those who didn't know the facts. I told everyone I met how cultivation in Falun Gong had made possible my great physical and mental improvements. Now I have written down my story to let more people know how wonderful Falun Dafa is. It is not what the propaganda on Chinese television and Chinese radio stations claim it is. They slander Falun Dafa. Falun Dafa is the law of mighty virtue. Everyone, please remember this!