Looking Back On My Eight-Year Long Cultivation Path (photos)
Red light covered the exercise site
One day eight years ago, then 42-year-old Qiu Ruizhu attended a wedding. A friend came to her and asked, "Do you want to practice Falun Gong with me?" Although she had never heard of Falun Gong before, nor did she know anyone who practiced Falun Gong, she answered, "Sure." Just like that, with what looked like a coincidence but was actually predestined, she became a Dafa practitioner.
When she first started practicing, Qiu Ruizhu clearly felt the Law Wheel revolving in her lower abdomen. Her whole body felt comfortable. One morning during practice she opened her eyes and saw the entire practice site bathed in red. It was exactly as it says in Zhuan Falun,
"Our exercise sites are better than any other qigong exercise sites. As long as you go to our exercise sites for practice, it is much better than your treating your own illness. My fashen sits in a circle, and above the exercise site is a shield on which there is a big Falun. A large fashen guards the site above the shield. This site is not an ordinary site, and neither is it a site for an ordinary qigong practice: It is a site for cultivation practice. Many of our practitioners with supernormal abilities have seen that this Falun Dafa site is shielded with red light, and it is red all over."
Diligently practicing the exercises; meditating at 3:00 a.m.
When she first did the fifth exercise, Qiu Ruizhu could only do single leg crossing. To do the double leg crossing she had to tie up her other leg. Even though she was in a lot of pain, she could barely do the double leg position. When she took on the responsibility of getting the tape recorder to the practice site, she was very anxious, fearing that she might oversleep and waste fellow practitioners' time. Such conscientiousness caused a funny incident.
One day she did just what she normally did, took the tape recorder at twilight and rushed to the practice site. When she got there she did not see anyone. Without thinking, she started to practice the fifth exercise. After an hour, still nobody came. She started to feel a little strange. She looked at her watch and saw that it was only 3:00 a.m. She had made a mistake and come to the practice site much too early! This incident also shows her sense of responsibility and how serious she considered her task.
Qiu Ruizhu in front of her Fa-study desk
Participating in Fa-rectification activities (in back, first from the left)
Searching inside herself; eliminating the attachment of resentment and envy
Qiu is frequently involved in Fa-rectification activities. One day the practitioners all needed to go to Yilan to spread Falun Gong. She was responsible for renting a tour bus although everyone that went would share the cost. This time she planned to collect the money from the other practitioners on the bus. When another practitioner saw that Qiu was very busy, she suggested that Qiu take a nap and let the other practitioner collect the money for her.
Later, when they all sat down and started to exchange their experiences, many practitioners complimented the practitioner who had collected the money but neglected to compliment Qiu, who had made all the other preparations for the outing. She felt uncomfortable at first but did not realize then that she had any attachments. Afterwards, when she studied the Fa, she noticed her attachment of resentment and envy, which needed to be eliminated. She smiled, thinking that after practicing Falun Gong for so many years she had just discovered her attachment to envy and resentment had not been eliminated.
One member practices Falun Gong, the whole family benefits
Once, her two preschool-aged grandsons had high fevers. When they got to the hospital the nurse said, "Sorry, we don't have their records." Her grandsons had been to the hospital before, so how was it possible that they did not have their records? The nurse said, "If you have not been to the hospital for over a year or two, the administration destroys your records." Then Qiu's family members realized that ever since Qiu started practicing Falun Gong, her grandsons had not been sick. No wonder the hospital did not have their records.
In Taiwanese schools these days, many students are packed into small classrooms. If one class member falls ill, the others are often quickly infected, yet her young grandsons seem to have strong immune systems because they are always safe and sound. This is probably due to Qiu Ruizhu's Falun Dafa practice that has brought a healthy energy field and good fortune to the whole family!
The Buddha's light shines and her daughter is saved
On September 21, 1999, a huge earthquake occurred in Taiwan. Her then 26-year-old daughter insisted she go with the Red Cross to the disaster area on the third day after the earthquake to help with rescue efforts. A month later she returned but seemed to have been greatly affected by some disaster area phenomenon and behaved strangely: Sometimes she would inexplicably smile while at other times she would bellow and yell. She was simply not herself. Her family members looked for divine help. Although Qiu Ruizhu had already started practicing Falun Gong by then, her family members only believed in myths, and every other day they would ask a Taoist priest to perform an act of magic. She also felt quite helpless. Her daughter's situation did not improve but actually worsened. Sometimes she would disappear for a week, and nobody knew where she went or what she did.
One day in 2001 her daughter started to bellow in her room again. Qiu Ruizhu really did not know what to do, so she asked Teacher Li to help drive out the spirit that possessed her daughter. As it says in Zhuan Falun,
"The Buddha's light illuminates everything and rectifies all abnormalities."
Since then her daughter completely recovered and has lived happily ever since.
Being deported while clarifying the Fa in Hong Kong, using righteous thoughts to eliminate evil
In July 1999, Jiang Zemin and certain people in the Chinese Communist Party started to persecute Falun Gong. Besides ruthlessly persecuting practitioners inside Mainland China, Jiang's regime also spread their persecution overseas. In places such as the U.S., Canada, and England, the Chinese consulates refused to renew many overseas Chinese practitioners' passports. The regime also used a "blacklist" to stop practitioners from entering Hong Kong, which is operating under the "one country - two systems" policy.
Since she benefited physically and mentally from Falun Gong practice, Qiu often traveled at her own expense to other countries to clarify the facts about Dafa. In June 2002, at least 89 Taiwan practitioners with valid visas were refused entry into Hong Kong at the airport. Customs officers deported the practitioners. The immigration office personnel treated some practitioners quite roughly. They used stretchers and canvas sacks to carry these practitioners onto airplanes. Some practitioners sustained neck and arm injuries.
Representatives of the Hong Kong government deported Qiu Ruizhu. At the airport, the practitioners started to loudly sing the song, "Falun Dafa Is Great." Several practitioners clarified the truth to the police. By 10:00 p.m. there was still no resolution. The police carried some practitioners away and other practitioners were ordered to board airplanes to be deported.
Qiu Ruizhu and several other practitioners strengthened their righteous thoughts. They pondered how to best deal with this emergency situation. After boarding the airplane they found that the flight departure had been delayed for two hours in order to wait for the deported practitioners, and the passengers on board were blaming the practitioners. Qiu Ruizhu asked the captain to allow her five minutes to explain the whole story to the passengers. Besides apologizing for the delay, they also wanted to explain that the airline was being pressured by the Hong Kong immigration office to change the departure time, which had caused the delay. The captain refused her request and said, "Wait until you get back to Taiwan. You can hold a press conference to explain."
Qiu Ruizhu immediately started to draft a statement to reveal that, by accommodating Jiang's regime and the CCP, certain people in the Hong Kong government had treated these innocent tourists terribly. After the airplane landed, they were greeted by a large group of reporters. A photojournalist happened to walk toward her. Qiu Ruizhu took the opportunity to face the camera and read her statement. This press conference helped many people to understand Jiang's regime and the CCP's persecution and the fact that the persecution had spread overseas.
Removing the attachment of fear, traveling to Mainland China to clarify the truth
When Qiu prepared to travel with her family members to Mainland China, nobody thought that she would get the required permit and believed she would definitely be refused entrance. She righteously thought that this trip would allow her to clarify the truth to the precious Chinese people in Mainland China. What a valuable opportunity it would be! Against all expectations she arrived safely in Mainland China and remained for over ten days.
Wherever she went, either on boats or trains, she would seize the chance to tell the truth of Dafa to the people beside her. Some people were really interested in listening, while others were too deeply polluted by the CCP's lies and dared not even listen to her.
Regard self as a practitioner; good or evil comes from a person's spontaneous thoughts
In July 2005, when Qiu Ruizhu was about to return to Taiwan from overseas, the airport staff asked to check her ticket receipt, but she couldn't find it. This meant she would have to buy another ticket. Right then, these lines came to her mind,
"For us cultivators conflicts come up suddenly. So what should we do? If you always keep a compassionate heart and a peaceful state of mind, when you run into problems you'll handle them well because it will give you space as a buffer... We'd say that a good or bad outcome comes from one thought. The difference in one thought leads to different results."
She regarded herself as a true practitioner. What should a genuine practitioner do? She should use compassion and righteous thoughts. She thought that she should not bother the airport staff and should let go of the attachment to "financial benefits." She would only need to spend a little over 1,000 yuan and she did not have any thoughts of resentment. All of a sudden a polite staff member appeared. After getting the details she said, "It can all be cleared up if we check the computer and see if there's a record for her." Qiu's name appeared on the computer, just as it was supposed to. Then that staff member said, "Now that you are clear, you may go ahead and board the flight."
She understood that when compassion and righteous thoughts come forth, things turn out for the best. It was exactly as she had read,
"When you pass the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and a new village ahead!" (Zhuan Falun)