Sharing My Enlightenment about "Material Substances"
(Clearwisdom.net) It is said in Zhuan Falun,
"...let me tell everyone that matter and mind are one thing."
"Once you upgrade your xinxing, your body will undergo a great change. Upon xinxing improvement, the matter in your body is guaranteed to transform. What kind of changes will take place? You will give up those bad things that you are attached to."
"If you are not truly practicing cultivation, gong does not grow; this is because there is a xinxing standard. While your gong grows, one at high levels can see that when your attachment, a substance, is removed, a yardstick grows above your head."
When I realized that everything in my dimensional field, regardless of whether it's good or bad, is a material existence, I decided to break through these material hurdles.
In the past, I always felt sleepy when I practiced the exercises in the morning, and I couldn't stand steadily when I did the "Holding the Law Wheel" exercise. Under the influence of postnatal notions, I believed that I felt sleepy because I had not slept well. In the past, I stayed with some fellow practitioners, who when they got up in the morning, asked me to get up and practice the exercises, but I still could not. Because this substance was built-up, in the end, no one could wake me up. (My mother, also a Dafa practitioner, had criticized me a lot on this very matter, but I still held that thought.) Later, on several occasions Master also gave me hints in my dreams. I wanted to break through it, but at the time that was set for all practitioners globally to practice the exercises, my attachment to comfort controlled me, even when I did not feel sleepy. Even when it was time to send righteous thoughts, I still did not want to get up. I instead chose to send righteous thought while still lying down. When I talked about this issue with a practitioner who is several years younger than I am, this practitioner also felt that my behavior was ridiculous. In this way, I have missed, one after another, many times to practice the exercises and send righteous thoughts. I felt that if I always acted like this, how could I live up to the expectations of Master, fellow practitioners, myself, and the sentient beings? I felt embarrassed and ashamed.
A practitioner said in an article, "...everything, with or without form, including human desires, is a substance. A cultivator must walk out of humanness before he or she can become a divine being, and the first step to achieving that goal is to get rid of all kinds of desires, including attachments to food, sleep, emotions, and even human truths." (http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2008/10/14/101468.html )
I suddenly came to a clear understanding of this issue from the perspective of the Fa. I realized that I shouldn't be constrained by this substance and I should break through it. During the previous several days, I felt sleepy each evening at around 10:00 p.m. When I laid down, although I didn't feel that sleepy, I still went to sleep in a short while. Yesterday evening, I thought that if I broke through this substance of sleepiness, would it no longer be able to reach me? Then yesterday evening, when it was midnight, I still didn't feel sleepy. I thought that during the past several days I had slept seven to eight hours each day, and I should make up for the time that I had wasted. So I thought that I would go to sleep if I felt sleepy and that I would not if I did not feel sleepy. After I finished reading the Minghui website (Clearwisdom.net) and Zhengjian (Pureinsight.org) website, it was already 2:30 a.m. I then started practicing the exercises. So in the end, I went to sleep at 5:00 a.m. in the morning. The next day I didn't feel sleepy at all during work. What I want to say here is that for a Dafa cultivator, as long as one is determined to follow Dafa in cultivation, it won't be difficult to overcome it, and one will be able to really feel that, "After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!" (Zhuan Falun)
When I wrote this paragraph, I remembered Master's Fa in Zhuan Falun,
"Everything within the field of your dimension is dictated by the thoughts in your brain."
"This is because everything within the dimensional field around his body will transform according to his thoughts, which is called 'transformation follows mind-intent.'"
My personal understanding of this Fa is that one is raising one's level if one has understood it and been able to act accordingly. When one has raised one's level, one has already broken through that level, and the substance of that level will no longer be able to restrict the practitioner. It will instead be controlled by the practitioner's own mind.
We don't, in fact, have any human notions in our inborn natures. However, in our numerous reincarnations, we have developed postnatal human notions. These notions have become strong substances which block every practitioner. As long as we improve ourselves a little, we will be able to eliminate some of those substances that don't belong to us. What we eliminate are bad substances. However, when I became too attached, or even when I had conflicts with others, I still always felt that I was the one that had all the "reasons." I wanted to argue with others whether I was right or wrong. Regardless of whether I appeared peaceful or not, I always wanted to prove my point. At times when I felt that I was right, even when I lost the argument, I still felt agitated and held onto the view that I had tolerated it all and was better than the others. This was all caused by my postnatal human notions.
I have now enlightened to this issue, and I certainly want to eliminate these substances. All attachments are material existence. If we can break through them, they can no longer restrict us, and at the same time, we have also improved our xinxing. Perhaps some practitioners have long understood this point, or they haven't been able to act the way they should even though they have understood this point. I hope that fellow practitioners can get a little help from my shallow understanding so we can improve ourselves and raise our levels together.
Please point out anything that is not appropriate. If you have further understanding, please share it. Thank you!
October 22, 2008