Validating the Fa in a Family Environment
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings Revered Teacher! Greetings Fellow Practitioners!
1. Obtaining New Life from Teacher and Dafa
I am in my forties, and I started practicing Falun Gong in June 1998. I had a serious attachment to gambling on Mahjong, but after I began practicing Falun Gong, I stopped gambling and all my illnesses also disappeared.
On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started brutally persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. Worrying that I might be persecuted, my family tried hard to stop me from practicing. I experienced great pain and mental pressure and gave up my practice unwillingly. The period was really bad for me. Not only did my old diseases come back, but I also contracted new diseases. I was tortured badly by a herniated disk in my back and became almost paralyzed. I asked many people for help and tried every possible treatment, but it was fruitless.
While I was struggling in pain, some practitioners came to my home to encourage me to resume my cultivation. This time my family didn't object. In Fall 2005, I returned to my path of cultivation. On the third day of doing the exercises, I was able to walk again, and came downstairs. My health then started to improve dramatically every day. Gradually, I could do housework, could carry heavy things, could walk normally, and could go out to clarify the truth about Falun Gong. I was much healthier than any time in my life. I could run and jump. Everything was normal again. And everything was supernormal!
2. Harmonizing and Validating the Fa in the Family Environment
After I regained my good health, I faced an extremely challenging family condition in my cultivation environment. My father-in-law was unconscious and paralyzed, my husband who had acute renal failure needed extensive care, and my school-age daughter needed care, too. In short, all of the family burdens were on me.
Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa in Canada, 2006,"
"Many students understand only that doing the exercises and studying the Fa are cultivation. Yes, with those you directly engage the Fa. But as you go about truly cultivating yourself in your day-to-day life, the society that you come into contact with is your cultivation environment. The work and family environments that you spend time in are both settings in which you are to cultivate yourselves, are part of the path you must walk, are what you must handle, and handle correctly at that. None of these should be glossed over."
How would I do well in my cultivation? I decided to use Dafa to rectify my every thought, every word, and every action, so that I could harmonize and validate the Fa and help my family understand the truth of Dafa from my behavior.
Every day I was energetic and happy to take on all the housework. I continuously rectified every human thought that popped up, time after time. I never complained or felt sorry for myself no matter how harsh life was, and when I had unrighteous thoughts and behaviors, I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate them right away. Seeing what I did, my husband, who used to claim to be an atheist and materialist, and didn't believe in Dafa, had nothing to say. Instead, he started reading the book Zhuan Falun and experienced an obvious improvement in his health.
3. Recovering in Eight Days from Severe Scalding
On the evening of February 3, 2007, as I left the bathroom after bathing, I wasn't careful and tripped. I landed on an aluminum pot that was full of boiling water. The pot fell over and I landed on the floor in hot water. The burning pain made me dizzy, and I was shaking and cramping. I couldn't bear the extreme pain, and in tears I cried, "Teacher! Teacher! Please save me! Please save your disciple!" Magically, all of my pain disappeared immediately! In other words, from the start of the accident to the time I asked Teacher for help, I only experienced pain for five minutes, and I have not felt any pain since.
Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles,"
"When you have strong righteous thoughts, nothing can impede you. From the day that a Dafa disciple takes up cultivation his whole life is rearranged. In other words, this life of yours is now the life of a cultivator. Nothing is by chance anymore, and nothing will happen just by chance. Everything on your life's journey is directly related to your improvement and cultivation."
In this huge tribulation, Teacher bore so much for me. What was left to me was to believe in Teacher and the Fa, treat it with the righteous thoughts, and overcome the tribulation.
My husband managed to pick me up. There were many blisters the size of a fist all over my body. The scalded areas covered over twenty percent of my skin. I couldn't sit, wear clothes, or lay on my back or side, and I had to have my back exposed to the air when lying on my stomach. My husband said he wanted to take me to the hospital. I explained the Fa teachings on these matters to him, and assured him that I would be fine. Then I put on my sleeping gown backward and started doing housework as if nothing had happened. I could only stand, but I felt no pain or exhaustion. It was the coldest time of the year in Northeast China. It was freezing outside. Though there was heat in the room, people still need to sleep under a quilt, but I had to have my back and legs exposed to the air while sleeping. Nonetheless I slept soundly and didn't feel cold at all. It was quite amazing.
The next morning, I asked my neighbor, a retired nurse, to help me to break the blister to release the liquid. When she saw my scalds, she asked me to go to hospital. I just insisted on breaking the blisters, and she helped me with that every morning. On the seventh day she was busy and didn't come. My skin was almost recovered by that time, so I took a bath. The next day I wanted to take my daughter out to do grocery shopping for the Chinese New Year, and we bumped into the retired nurse when we left. She was very concerned and asked me to stay at home. But after she examined my skin, she was astonished. She said, "It's recovered completely. No scar at all. Without any medical treatment, you recovered in eight (actually seven) days! This has never happened in medical history. It definitely is a miracle from the Dafa that you believe in! You are so lucky! Your Teacher and Dafa are safeguarding you. They can turn ill luck into good and a crisis into success!"
She and my husband subsequently started practicing Falun Gong. Soon their bodies had amazing changes. My own husband's health condition had returned almost back to normal, and an exam showed that his kidney, that used to be shrunken and distorted, had returned to normal size. Those patients who had the same disease at the same time as him had all passed away. Now my husband can help me do housework. We "focus on how you study and cultivate" ("Solid Cultivation," from Hong Yin) and advance diligently together. Our relatives all believe in Dafa now. They learned the truth and quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
Teacher has spent a lot of time and effort, and endured much for me. Even thousands of words are not enough to describe Teacher's immense graciousness. I can only walk well every step on the Fa-rectification path, keep improving my xinxing, and rectify myself when doing well the three things, to reach the level of the new enlightened beings of the universe and be worthy of Teacher's expectation.
Thank you Teacher! Thank you my fellow practitioners!
October 28, 2008