(Clearwisdom.net) Eight years have passed since I first started to validate Dafa, and I have not encountered any major difficulties. When I encountered occasional interference, even though I did face some danger, it never amounted to anything. This has shown me that we, as true Falun Gong practitioners clarifying the truth and saving people, have followed the Fa and carried on with righteous thoughts and righteous actions.

I started practicing Falun Gong in 1996, and I am now in my sixties. When I rode an old bicycle to go to the countryside to clarify the facts about Falun Gong, I did not find it difficult at all. When riding uphill, even young men could not keep up with me. I rode for over 50 km every day with no problems. I believe that through cultivating and removing our attachments, we lose karma that we have accumulated and gain an energetic body without any illness.

Since July 20, 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party started the persecution of Falun Gong, Falun Gong practitioners have faced extremely severe conditions. At that critical time, some wavered, but many did not. We made our decision without hesitation to firmly cultivate in Falun Gong, follow Master's teachings, and to walk well our path of cultivation during the Fa-rectification period.

I remember that in 2000 when the evil was most rampant, our local practice sites' coordinators and other fellow practitioners were arrested and detained one after another for going to Beijing to appeal. Some were sentenced to forced labor camps later. However, the rest of the practitioners continued exposing the evil's crimes. We studied the Fa together and removed our mentality of fear. We came forward to validate Dafa, to explain the facts about Falun Gong to people and to awaken them.

Even with the rampant persecution, we never stopped producing truth-clarifying materials and using them to help people see the facts. At one point we went out to distribute fliers at night, but we later found out that the fliers were all taken away by the patrols. After we discussed the matter together, we decided to distribute fliers during the daytime. We did it during the lunch hours to maximize the number of people who saw them.

We told people the facts face-to-face to awaken them. Through our efforts, a department head at our workplace developed a good understanding about Falun Gong. Later he provided protection to the practitioners and stood up to the city 610 Office. He refused to let the 610 Office come to our workplace to conduct brainwashing, and after he found out that practitioners had been taken away previously, he assigned people to help get them back and even called the 610 Office himself until they were released.

When we base ourselves on the Fa to save people with compassion, people will change. After we explained the facts about Falun Gong to the police in our area and the residential committee members, the local situation changed completely.

At 8:00 p.m. on the 2003 Chinese New Year's Eve, the city 610 Office and the police department held an emergency meeting at our district's residential office to plan the arrest of several practitioners. However, because the local police officers and our residential committee members understood the truth about Dafa, they worked together to keep the arrests from happening.

One time, one of the coordinators in our city was arrested and detained. After we found out about it, we worked together to come up with a plan. We made phone calls to the local street police station head, explained the facts about Falun Gong to him and asked him to release the practitioner. The younger sister of the police station head talked to him face to face and explained the facts to him. Other fellow practitioners wrote articles to expose the evil in our local area to help people understand the truth and to gain public support. Other practitioners wrote letters to the station head to help him see the facts.

Through our efforts, the arrested practitioner was soon released. This demonstrated that as long as we base ourselves on the Fa, we will have powerful righteous thoughts that can rectify everything that stands in our way.