I Am a Young Falun Dafa Disciple
(Article from the Fifth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China)
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings revered Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I am an eight-year-old disciple. I always wanted to report my cultivation experiences to Master, so my mother encouraged me to participate in the Internet conference. This is an oral account of my cultivation journey, which my mother helped me write and organize.
Since I was very young, I was able to easily recognize Chinese characters and had no trouble reading different types of books. Mother told me that Master had opened up my wisdom to enable me attain the 'Fa". When I was three-and-a-half years old, I was happily reunited with my mother, who had been imprisoned for practicing Falun Gong.
At that time, she would recite Master's Lunyu before I went to sleep. After doing that for several nights in a row, mother and I would recite it together. Afterwards, mother started to read "Zhuan Falun" to me. When I was about five years old, I was able to read Zhuan Falun without her assistance. To date, I have read it fourteen times¯in fact, I don't go a day without reading the Fa. I am also able to recite most of Master's poems in Hong Yin and Hong Yin Vol. II.
Sometimes mother will show me Master's new writings and other fellow practitioners' articles on the Minghui website. I especially like to read young fellow practitioners' cultivation stories and experience sharing articles. I also like watching Divine Performing Arts' video and no matter how many times I see it, I never get bored with it.
Shortly after I started studying the Fa, I had a dream: I was climbing a very high mountain, which almost reached to the sky. When I was about to reach the top, I saw a higher and even more challenging mountain on the other side, which had a narrow foot path leading to it. When I turned my head to look down the mountain that I was climbing, I saw black ominous waves billowing below me, making it impossible to see the bottom.
As I glanced over at the narrow foot path leading up to the other higher mountain, which appeared to be enshrouded in fog, I was unwilling to walk on it. Instead, I lay on the ground, crying in fear. Suddenly Master appeared in front of me, except he was gigantically tall! Since I was still quite young, I did not know it was Master. I only knew to shout "Daddy, Daddy," and was wondering how come my daddy was bigger than a mountain.
Master smiled and extended his huge palm to me, which I happily jumped onto, and I played there for a while. Then Master gently put me down at the foot of the other mountain, which I immediately started to climb. When I woke up and told my mother about the dream, she said that it was Master encouraging me to cultivate well!
When I was six years old, I started to learn the five sets of exercises with mother. When I was practicing the "Falun Standing Stance" and the "Reinforcing Supernatural Powers" exercises, although my arms were very tired from holding them up so long and my legs were very painful from being in the lotus position, I still followed Master's words and persevered. As long as I practiced together with my mother, I persevered in doing the Falun Standing Stance for 30 minutes and sat in meditation for one hour. Once, I even sat in meditation for 90 minutes!
When practicing the the first four exercises, I often feel very hot, as if I am standing next to an open fireplace. While sitting in meditation, I feel the pain in my legs coming in waves, exactly like it says in Zhuan Falun. Sometimes when a lot of karma comes up, my whole body trembles in pain. It feels as if someone is drilling into my legs or shearing my muscles.
Several times the pain was so severe that it caused me to cry, but I persevered by reciting ""It's hard to endure, but you can endure it. It's hard to do, but you can do it." (Zhuan Falun). After a portion of karma was eliminated, my legs felt a lot better, but after a while the pain would return.
Once I had a high fever that lasted for about a week. Even though I felt both physically and mentally distressed, I was fully aware that Master was helping me to clean up my karma-laden body. During this period, my Dad got really worried and took me to the hospital to have an IV. After coming back home, my fever got even worse, and I also vomited. Mother decided to play Master's Fa lecture recordings for me and read Dafa books out loud whenever I wasn't sleeping.
It was in this way that my fever disappeared and I was able to return to school to take my midterm examination. When the exam scores were announced, I was, once again, among the top students in my class. To me, doing good in school is a way of validating Master and Dafa's greatness. Mother told me that her "xinxing" was also tested during my karma-eliminating process.
When Mother and I went out, we often distributed truth-clarification materials and paid for our groceries using yuan notes that had words written on them, "clarifying the facts" about Falun Gong. Sometimes when mother was clearing up a person's misconceptions about Dafa, I would stand next to her and send forth righteous thoughts. Each week when the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) blood-red flag was being raised in school, I would send forth righteous thoughts to disintegrate the CCP.
Since a very young age, I have been able to see many dense, bright, colorful particles moving in the air. Sometimes I can also see spinning Faluns, which are very beautiful.
One of my greatest challenges is to learn to look inward when facing problems. Mother helped me to look inside myself and together we found many shortcomings and attachments of mine: When doing things I am often sluggish and waste valuable time. I very rarely clarify the facts or send forth righteous thoughts, and I do not do the exercises every day. When others point out my shortcomings, I become defensive and when handling day-to-day matters, I often find it hard to think of others first.
I must listen to Master's words and cultivate away these attachments and deficiencies according to Dafa's requirements. Mother said that I am not alone and that these same xinxing issues exist within herself, too. So we must do as Master requires, "Focus on how you study and cultivate." ("Solid Cultivation ," Hong Yin), and remind each other to do well and improve together.