Cultivating and Improving Myself While Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts in Close Proximity to an Evil Place
(Clearwisdom.net) Since Master's article "Thoroughly Dissolve the Evil" was published in October 2006, I have sent forth righteous thoughts 24 times, on the hour, every day. It was difficult to persist in doing it, especially at one, two, three o'clock in the morning when I had just gone to sleep, then had to get up again. It would have been impossible to accomplish without strong willpower. I gained insight from studying "Thoroughly Dissolve the Evil," that the Fa-rectification process had been pushed ahead one more step, and it was Master's requirement and Dafa disciples' responsibility to send forth righteous thoughts.
"...to concertedly send righteous thoughts toward those evil places, thoroughly dissolving all evil beings and elements that persecute Dafa disciples, clearing away the evil circumstances under which Dafa disciples are persecuted in mainland China, and saving the world's people, [thereby] fulfilling the duties of a Dafa disciple and advancing toward godhood." ("Thoroughly Dissolve the Evil")
I lived a dozen miles from the prison where Dafa disciples were severely abused, and I sent righteous thoughts toward the prison at five minutes before each hour. I did it by thinking, "Thoroughly dissolve all evil beings and elements at the prison and all external spaces corresponding to the prison, clearing away the evil circumstances under which Dafa disciples are abused in the prison, demanding the prison officials unconditionally release practitioners, strengthening the practitioners with righteous thoughts to do the right things, denying any arrangements from the old forces, and getting the practitioners out of the prison immediately."
A little more than a month later, the local coordinator organized some volunteers to send forth righteous thoughts in close proximity of the prison. We did it orderly, in shifts.
Every Friday I went close to the prison to send righteous thoughts with another practitioner, and felt good doing it. In early March it snowed heavily for two days. It was the heaviest snow in recent years. The first day it snowed, the road was slippery, and only a few buses were running. I thought, "In this weather, what should I do if the other practitioner has difficulties going?" No matter whether the other practitioner went or not, I knew I must go. The more we send forth righteous thoughts, the more strength we have to dissolve the evil. Getting on a bus after a one-hour wait, I went to the prison.
The snow lay thick on the ground, obscuring the roads. I could only feel my way along in the snow, and I sent forth righteous thoughts while walking. I concentrated so much on sending righteous thoughts that I didn't realize how far I had gone, and I soon found myself in the area of the prison. After sending righteous thoughts for a while, I asked Master to strengthen me, to help me return the way I had come. I was then afraid of nothing. All human notions and attachments disappeared. The only thing I wanted to do was send forth righteous thoughts. On my way home I saw what seemed to be a desk appearing out of a prison wall and a god taking some record in another dimension. What I saw with my third eye encouraged me to send more righteous thoughts, to thoroughly dissolve the evil, destroy the evil place, rescue fellow practitioners, and offer salvation to sentient beings. The following Friday there were still remnants of snow in the city and suburbs. No buses operated at that time, and the road was pock-marked with lots of potholes. In some places the road was as slick as a mirror. How far could an over sixty-year-old woman like me go? Should I go, or not go? I thought of Master's teaching, "When it's difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it's impossible to do, you can do it." ("Lecture Nine" from Zhuan Falun)
I also thought of overseas practitioners sending righteous thoughts continuously around the clock in front of some Chinese Consulates. I was greatly encouraged. I arrived at a spot near the prison, by climbing over some places on my way, and my righteous thoughts became stronger and stronger. They felt very strong, and I also felt the latent joy of victory.
It rained several times during subsequent days, and I considered whether or not I should go on time, or wait until the rain stopped. I thought of Master's words,
"Whether it's the bitter cold of winter, the intense heat of summer, or when everything is covered by ice and snow, or in the pouring rain, and no matter what people's attitudes are or how difficult it is, you haven't let up. Master knows about all of this. I see it, and I'm happy. I know that you're choosing on your own to do what you should." ("Touring North America to Teach the Fa")
Then I did not encounter any difficulties! I came and went in the rain and required myself to arrive there on time.
After Master's article "To the Canada Fa Conference" was published, I read,
"The closer it gets to the end, the more you cannot let up; the closer it gets to the end, the better you must study the Fa; the closer it gets to the end, the stronger your righteous thoughts must be." ("To the Canada Fa Conference")
My insight let me know that this was a requirement for Dafa disciples and was also encouragement for me to follow through with sending forth righteous thoughts in close proximity. I demanded of myself that each time I went there, I must send righteous thoughts five times and think, "I am outside the prison and incarcerated practitioners are inside the prison. Let's cooperate on the inside and outside and make our super-natural powers come into full-play."
We should use Master's teaching, "The Fa power of their righteous thoughts pounds the demons' dens." ("Besiege and Annihilate" from Hong Yin II) I sent righteous thought like this continuously, and found I had let go of my "self" with no fear, with less selfish motives and interests, less of a human mindset, and less interference. The only thing remaining were righteous thoughts.
Sending righteous thoughts in close proximity for more than ten months made me realize that acting according to Master's requirements was validating the Fa and saving sentient beings. I now more deeply understand Master's teaching, "I can tell you, all those things that you do are actually done for yourselves--not a single thing is done for me." ("Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
I saw clearly that cultivation shortcomings are cumulative and in turn form a loophole, which allows the old forces and demons in other dimensions to find cause to test and persecute us. Only by seeing clearly and completely denying them can we thus thoroughly clear away any of their pre-arranged elements that interfere with Fa-rectification.
We should look inside, cultivate ourselves, and eliminate any bad, selfish, unkind thoughts and mindsets that are not up to the standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance. We should assimilate ourselves into Dafa, and correct and purify ourselves in Dafa. That is real cultivation.