(Clearwisdom.net) While we celebrate the 17th anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction, Falun Dafa practitioners around the world express their wishes to our benevolent teacher. Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Xu and Ms. Li, who are now living in the U.S., were fortunate enough to attend Falun Gong founder Mr. Li Hongzhi's nine-day lectures and physically experience the miraculous healing power of Falun Gong.

Attending Teacher's Lectures and Witnessing Miracles of Falun Gong

Ms. Xu reports that in 1994, she attended Teacher Li Hongzhi's two lectures: one in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province and the other in Yanbian, Jilin Province. She felt that time was the happiest time in her life. After obtaining the Fa, she understood how to become a good person and consider others first. Her entire world view changed after she experienced happiness both mentally and physically.

Before practicing Falun Gong, Ms. Xu had been suffering for about a year with a slipped disc, and could not live a normal life. She tried massage, acupuncture, etc., but saw no change in her condition. In August 1994, she attended Falun Gong classes in Harbin. Ms. Xu felt that Falun Gong truly changed her life. "In the beginning of August 1994, someone introduced Falun Gong to me and suggested that I attend the classes. At that time, I did not believe that Qigong could cure illnesses. Later, my friends told me that there would be Falun Gong classes in Harbin. It was during the summer break, and I agreed to attend the classes. I thought I would just give it a try. We arrived, and attended Teacher Li's lecture the first night. After the two-hour class, I did not feel any back pain, and I wondered why. Over the course of eight days, I continued attending the ten classes. Each day I experienced changes in my thinking, starting with the first day when my pain disappeared. My view of the world changed, and I seemed to become another person."

Ms. Xu said that when Teacher Li was giving lectures in Yanji City, Jilin Province, a young man who worked in Dalian Air Force School brought his two-month-old baby and waited outside of the classroom to express his gratitude to Teacher Li. That young man told Ms. Xu that Teacher Li had saved his baby's life. He said, "This baby was born with illness. We tried all kind of methods and could not cure the baby's illness." Then he said he wanted to give Qigong a try. The person in charge of the Beijing (Qigong) Science Research Association told him that Falun Gong could cure his baby's illness. He flew to Yanji from Beijing because he was told that there were Falun Gong classes there. He and his wife brought their baby to the auditorium and met Teacher Li at the entrance. Teacher Li said, "I know about your situation." Then Teacher Li told him to let his wife take the baby back to the hotel and asked him to attend the class, which he did. Each day while he was attending the classes, his baby got better and better. The baby's illness was very serious and the baby wasn't even able to drink milk, yet soon everything became normal. On the last day of the lectures, he brought the baby to the class and told Teacher Li that his baby was Teacher Li's youngest disciple. "Based on my own experiences, and after hearing about that baby's case, I knew that this Fa was really marvelous and I began my practice of Falun Dafa."

Falun Gong is What I Have Been Looking For My Whole Life

Ms. Li, who began practicing Falun Gong in 1993, now lives in the U.S. She also talked about how she began to practice Falun Gong and shared some miracles. She said that becoming a Falun Gong practitioner is what she had been searching for her whole life.

Group Practice in the Mountain of Jietai Temple, Beijing

Ms. Li was a Qigong enthusiast. During Qigong's peak of popularity in China, Ms. Li got in touch with many Qigong masters, but none of them moved her heart. One day, a colleague came to her office and brought her the book China Falun Gong, the only Falun Dafa book available at that time.

Ms. Li said, "I began to read the book in my office. I was shocked when I saw it. I thought to myself that it was what I had been searching for. I kept the book for one week and then returned it to him. During that week, I went through the book several times. "

While talking about the initial stage of obtaining the Fa, Ms. Li continued, "At that time, the book Zhuan Falun had not yet been published. We only had the book China Falun Gong, but I read the book every day. I was especially amazed because although I read the book every day, I always felt that I had a better understanding about something every time I read it. The next day when I read it again, it seemed that I understood another layer of its meaning. I even told people around me, 'It's amazing. This book is alive!' At that time, I wanted to swallow the entire contents of the book into my stomach and memorize everything."

When Ms. Li first obtained the Fa in 1993, she attended Teacher Li Hongzhi's four lectures. She benefited a lot from those lectures.

She recalled, "I attended the classes. I could not hold my hands in a fist because there was warm air coming out from my palms all day long. It was so warm that I could not hold my hands in a fist. I had to keep my hands in the wide-open position because both hands were so warm. Later, warm air even emitted from my heels. If I touched it, I did not feel any warmth and it felt normal. Sometimes, I could feel warm air coming from my knee. Teacher Li said, "Whatever it is you encounter, it is a good thing. It is all because after you obtained the Fa, it is a condition that arises from your cultivation." (from recording)

Witnessing Falun Gong's Miraculous Healing

At the end of 1993, in order to promote and support the national large scale Qigong activities at that time, Mr. Li Hongzhi led his disciples to participate in the Oriental Health Expo in the Beijing International Exhibition Center. During the exhibition, Ms. Li witnessed Dafa's miracle of healing illnesses.

Ms. Li said, "I met a person who had cancer in his brain. He heard that his ward mate's illness was cured at the Oriental Health Expo in Beijing in 1992. At the Falun Gong booth, there were about ten Falun Dafa disciples. Teacher Li divided his gong among these disciples and sealed their hands and then let them heal illnesses for people at the Expo. Their goal was to support the country's large-scale Qigong events. One Falun Gong disciple gave him some treatment. He did not feel anything and wondered whether his illness had been cured. We told him that his illness was definitely cured, and that he should go home and he would be able to tell right away. He left with satisfaction."

Ms. Li said many patients wanted to wait for Master Li to personally treat their illnesses. One of the patients was sitting in a wheelchair and went to the Expo with his family member. "Teacher Li simply patted his back and told him to stand up. He did. Teacher Li then told him to walk forward. He did. The next day, his family members came and delivered their letter of gratitude."

Ms. Li also talked about a little girl's story. "There is another case that I witnessed. A little girl was brought to the Expo by her mother. She was about three or four years old. After walking a few steps, she would kneel down and could not move any further. Then her mother would help her to stand up and walk a few more steps, but then she would kneel down again. Teacher Li gave her some treatment. There was no special movement. She just stood in front of Teacher Li and he looked at her for a moment and then said, 'All done!' Then she was cured and could walk normally. Her mother took her home."

In 1993, Falun Gong participated in the Oriental Health Expo in Beijing for the second time. According to Ms. Li, many people visited Falun Gong's booth. Every day, there were several hundred people waiting in the line to have their illnesses cured. Next to the booth, all kinds of thank you letters were displayed. Ms. Li also attended the awards ceremony in which Falun Gong was honored with the highest award.

Mr. Li Hongzhi was honored with the greatly coveted "Award for Advancing Frontier Science" and a "Special Gold Award" as well as the title "Qigong Master Most Acclaimed by the Masses" at the 1993 Health Expo in Beijing.

The highest awards given by the Expo were the "Award for Advancing Frontier Science" and a special award from the Expo called "Special Gold Award" as well as the title of "Qigong Master Most Acclaimed by the Masses." Of all the Qigong masters, Mr. Li Hongzhi received most of the awards.

Ms. Li said that after practicing Falun Dafa she noticed that practitioners around her experienced great changes every day and their mind nature and moral standard also improved very quickly.

"Some people who had bad tempers before could control their tempers when they had conflicts with their colleagues. A female practitioner's mother-in-law's relatives came to visit her. She had been saving money and wanted to buy a sofa, but because of the expense of their visit, she couldn't. She felt very unbalanced in her heart, and we exchanged our understandings. She realized that she should let go of her attachment to money. She should treat others well and should not have such unbalanced thoughts."

Ms. Li's hometown is Beijing. When talking about the group practice of Falun Gong in the morning at that time in various Beijing parks, she recalled, "Zhongshan Park practice site had the most people. One practice session was from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. Whoever came during that time period could join in the group practice. There was another session at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and another group of people came to do the exercises. At 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. there was a group practice session for another group of people. There were so many people practicing Falun Gong in Zizhuyuan Park, Zhongshan Park, etc, and there were also practice sites in Ditan and Tiantan. All these practice sites had to have several different times for group practice, as there would not be enough space for all those people at once."

Ms. Li immigrated to the U.S. in 1996 and set up a local practice site.