Cultivation Experiences of a Practitioner from the Countryside
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a Dafa practitioner from the countryside. I obtained the Fa in 1996. Over the last twelve years cultivating in the Great Law, Master has been protecting me. I have experienced the power of Dafa and witnessed the wonderfulness and miracles of Dafa. These experiences have enhanced my determination in cultivation. People around me have also come to admire me and believe in Dafa.
1. Obtaining the Fa
Before I started to practice Falun Gong, I was in very poor health. There were periods when I was unable to do the housework because I was so sick. I was not able to look after my elderly parents or my young children. I just wanted to end my life to save trouble for my family. After I obtained the Fa, I completely recovered from my illnesses. My friends and relatives all said that I had completely changed, as if I were a new person. My family members were grateful to Dafa and Master for his mercy in saving me.
Every day I practiced the exercises, studied the Fa, and participated in activities to let more people know about Falun Dafa. One day I had severe diarrhea and went to the toilet more than forty times. My family was frightened and wanted me to take medication, but I believed that I would recover the next day because I cultivate Dafa. In Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa - Explaining the Fa for Falun Dafa Assistants in Changchun, Master said, "True cultivators have no illnesses." The next morning when I got up, all the symptoms had disappeared. The whole family again witnessed the miracle of Dafa. I thought to myself that I must let more people know about such a good practice and I would go out to tell people as often as I could.
2. Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions When Facing Persecution
On July 20, 1999, the CCP started to persecute Dafa and Dafa practitioners. The pressure was so great it felt like the sky was falling. Officials from the village, the township, and the county governments came to me one after another. It was a huge tribulation for me, and I was unable to eat or sleep. I often cried when thinking of Master and Dafa being slandered.
The tribulations at home were just as great. My whole family was watching me. They didn't let me have any contact with other practitioners. They let me practice the exercises at home reluctantly. I reasoned with them. I said, "Before I started to practice Falun Gong, I was very sick and suffered from all sorts of diseases. Now I am very healthy and can do any work. You have witnessed all these changes yourselves. I wonder if you would like to see me become sick again. If you don't let me practice Dafa, you had best end my life." In the end they all agreed to let me practice, so I was able to get out of my home and practice with other practitioners.
That day I thought of "Huge Exposure" from Essentials for Further Advancement." Master said:
"If we change the situation in human society and reverse the general climate, then let's see who still says that Dafa is good and who changes his mind. This way, won't everything suddenly become crystal clear?"
One day a practitioner from a nearby village was arrested, and he said to the police that he had gotten the Falun Gong materials from me. The police came to get me and asked me whether I had given him the materials. They also asked who else I gave materials to. They beat me for a while and then asked me again. They were going to shock me with electric batons. I was very calm at the time. I thought to myself that I was the kindest person in the cosmos and that the electric batons should not be used to hurt me. In the end police didn't shock me. They locked me in solitary confinement. I sat on the ground and recited Lunyu. At 7 p.m. they released me. Recalling what happened, I realized that it was like what Master said: "If thought is righteous, evil will collapse." ("What's There to Fear" in "Hongyin" II) At that time I didn't know that it was righteous thoughts that had eliminated the evil tribulation.
Another time the police came to see me and said they were afraid that I would go to Beijing to appeal. I said, "Whether I go to Beijing or not is my own business. Our Dafa disciples are good people and never do anything illegal. There are plenty of bad people out there that you aren't taking care of. Why do you come to watch over good people? You are not allowed to come harass me in the future." They left and never came back.
3. Looking Within with Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions
Every time I went out to tell people the truth about Falun Gong, I would remember the Fa from Zhuan Falun. Master said:
"If you are a true practitioner, our Falun will safeguard you. I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe."
In "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston," Master said:
"The old forces don't dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What's key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things."
Every time I stepped out to validate the Fa, I encouraged and measured myself with this Fa. Every time I was able to do it in a noble and dignified manner, and everything went smoothly.
In the spring of 2008, I came to the realization that I should send forth righteous thoughts near forced labor camps and detention centers and that it was a good way to dissolve the evil. We should put this into action. I went to see other practitioners to share my view. They said, "If you go to send forth righteous thoughts in those places, your thoughts must be righteous and you can't have any heart of fear." To start with, I went there by myself, then shared with practitioners. Gradually, other practitioners in our area started to step forward and send forth righteous thoughts in close range. Practitioners felt that they were elevating and their righteous thoughts became stronger. I knew that Master was encouraging us.
In the days leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games, there was once again pressure from society and my family. I looked within. Was it that I had done something wrong? I found that I had once again developed a heart of seeking comfort. I realized that it is safest if we negate the old forces' arrangements and walk on the path that Master has arranged for us. We should practice the exercises together. So I went to see my fellow practitioners to share views with them. Everything went smoothly. The next day we practiced the exercises together. Every morning we started at 3:50 a.m. and did the five exercises. After righteous thoughts at 6:00 a.m., we went home. We also have group Fa study and have kept it up without slacking off. Since then I have had no interference.
I am the coordinator in my village. I have the responsibility to lead practitioners to cultivate diligently. No matter how busy we are, we should not forget to study the Fa. We should help Master rectify the Fa and save sentient beings. We should set the three things as our priority and put forth every effort into completing our historic vows.