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Getting Rid of My Attachment to "Modern Tools" -- Using Righteous Thoughts to Break Through Human Notions

September 12, 2001 |   A Practitioner in China

(Clearwisdom.net) When I realized that my dependence on modern tools was an obstruction to returning to my original nature, I used righteous thoughts to break up the notions formed in everyday life. My righteous beliefs, understandings and thoughts rose higher and became stronger.

A few days ago, I met a fellow practitioner on the street. He asked, "Does any practitioner drive? I want to go to the rural area to eliminate evil forces and clarify the truth of Falun Dafa." I answered, "I have no idea who has a car, but why do we need a car? Why do we have to depend on the modern tools? How come the first thought in our mind is to use these tools?" Immediately I realized that this dependence on modern tools was blocking my path of returning to my true nature. Isn't this precisely "the human logic that you, as an ordinary human, have formed deep in your bones over thousands of years" ("Cautionary Advice") that dominates our thoughts? Certainly, if convenient, we can utilize these tools, but as a practitioner on the way to his highest position, we should not have the attachment to modern tools. We have all kinds of supernormal abilities that enable us to "use them at will--whatever they want to use, they almost always have it." ("What Are Supernormal Abilities")

In ancient times, people could walk hundreds of miles per day, and these were not fairy tales. The people's thoughts were pure and not as complicated as modern people's. Whatever they wanted to achieve, they could do it, but modern people are different. For example, a person is anxious to get to his destination. On his way, he may see many interesting, novel things, or anything that fits within his own notions. Then he would "inadvertently" wonder what they are and why they occurred. Even though he wants to arrive at the destination quickly, his mind is actually not focused on it. He doesn't know that he has slowed down gradually. In other words, his main consciousness is not in charge. Instead, the notions formed in everyday life take charge and control his actions.

My understanding is that when the main consciousness is in charge, it is the body in the other dimension that is leading the human body in this dimension. When the human notions are controlling the person, the human body in this dimension is restraining the body in the other dimension. When our main consciousnesses control our bodies to do something, it is done according to the time in the other dimension. When the notions are in charge, things are done according to the time in this dimension. That and other forms of interference cause things to be done in a very slow manner. Ordinary people like to say that "concentration" will result in high efficiency. Its purpose is to strengthen the main consciousness, but for a practitioner, it is different. Because in the process of cultivation, we will get rid of all these human notions formed in everyday life and return to our true nature, and our main consciousnesses will be in charge all the time.

It is very important to constantly maintain righteous beliefs, understandings, and thoughts during cultivation. Teacher keeps asking everyone to take more time to read the books and study the Fa, so that we can have the correct understanding and not be manipulated by human notions when facing a problem. So we should start from a foundation of understanding the Fa to handle every problem.

One day, a group of local practitioners planned to hang up balloons with "Falun Dafa is good" printed on them at 1 am. That night, my wife and I set the alarm clock and went to bed. I woke up in the middle of the night and found that the clock had stopped. This had never happened before. Was Teacher trying to tell us that danger was out there and we had better stay home? We hesitated but felt we should go anyway. Finally we made up our minds to hang up the balloons regardless of what might happen. We were very nervous and hastily put the balloons up not too far away from our home. When we came back home, I felt that my state of mind was very bad. It was so obvious that I was afraid. Even though I realized that I had the attachment of fear, I was not satisfied. What was the problem, then? I looked inward from all aspects. Suddenly I realized that I did not consider everything that had happened from the point of view of the Fa. What we did tonight was not wrong. It was our attachment that the evil took advantage of.

As soon as I found the problem within myself, my righteous thoughts broke through the human notions formed in everyday life. My righteous beliefs, understandings and thoughts gradually rose and became stronger.

All of the above is my personal experience and understanding. It is only for everybody's reference. If there is anything inappropriate, please kindly point it out for me.