Eliminating the Attachment of Fear
(Clearwisdom.net) Recently I was deeply inspired after hearing a fellow practitioner talking about his experience on the path of Fa-rectification. When I ran into him again, he expressed his desire to share his experience with fellow practitioners, and asked me to write an article about his experience of eliminating the attachment of fear.
This practitioner is 61 years old. Since obtaining the Fa in 1996, he has been steadfast in practicing Falun Dafa. After the persecution against Falun Dafa began, he too went to Tiananmen Square to clarify the truth. He has always been persistent in clarifying the truth, distributing truth-clarification material, and advising people to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. However, he had a strong mentality of fear. He was arrested many times and illegally sentenced twice to serve forced labor terms. In April 2007, several policemen went to his youngest son, telling him to contact his father for an interrogation. He was so scared that he immediately went into hiding. In October 2007, about a dozen police officers again located his son and threatened him, demanding that he contact his father for an interrogation.
For this same scenario to occur twice made the practitioner realize that it was persecution by the old forces, along with his attachment of fear and not being able to maintain righteous thoughts, and that he had brought the trouble upon himself. What should he do to take a right step? The practitioner started to search deep inside himself and found his attachments to fear, as well as to showing off, seeking comfort, and lust. He realized that it was not good if he carried these bad attachments with him and then went into hiding. So he decided not to run away. He told Teacher in his mind, "These attachments are not truly mine. Teacher, please help me to eliminate these attachments."
The practitioner opened a copy of Zhuan Falun and started studying the "Fa." At the beginning he could still feel his strong fear, but he was not moved by it. He simply calmed his mind and studied the Fa. The more he studied the calmer he became. Gradually he felt his fear slowly diminish, and it eventually disappeared. He sent forth righteous thoughts at the top of every hour to completely eliminate all the evil that persecuted him. He was able to stay in a tranquil state when sending forth righteous thoughts. The practitioner could feel strongly that less and less evil remained to persecute him, and eventually it was completely eliminated.
From that point on, the practitioner felt that he had become braver, and that he was able to clarify the truth and advise people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations in an upright and dignified manner, instead of how he used to be timid and scared. In my view, the practitioner has become a completely different person.
Righteous actions originate from righteous thoughts, and righteous thoughts originate from Dafa. When something comes up, it is not terrible if one develops thoughts that are not righteous. We should just eliminate them as soon as we are aware of them. In fact, this is a good opportunity for us to eliminate the bad substances and improve ourselves. That's when we should evaluate things according to the Fa and should not be driven by the bad thoughts. We should use the Fa to rectify them or eliminate them.