(Clearwisdom.net) Even though I haven't always been diligent in my cultivation practice, Master has never given up on me. Instead, he has let me see the wonders of Dafa everywhere I go. I wrote down some of my experiences to help encourage fellow practitioners.
1. Obtaining the Fa
When my daughter first began practicing Falun Gong in 1996, she suggested that I take up the practice too, saying that it had greatly improved her health. With her encouragement, I also began my journey of cultivation that same year. Before attaining Dafa, I was diagnosed as having hardened blood vessels in my brain. As a result, one side of my head was always numb, and I had to take drugs three times a day to soften the blood vessels.
When I received a copy of Master's 9-day lecture video, I watched it for two days straight. However, no matter how hard I tried, I found it very difficult to stay awake.
I recalled Master saying,
"A few individuals may fall asleep and wake up as soon as I finish my lecture. Why is that? It is because their brains have illnesses that need to be treated. One will be unable to stand it if one's brain is worked on. Therefore, one must be put into a state of anesthesia or become unconscious. Nevertheless, some people do not have a problem hearing me. Though they may sleep soundly, they hear everything without missing a single word. They will become energetic afterwards, and will not feel sleepy even if they go two days without sleep. " (Zhuan Falun)
When these two days had passed, my body felt full of energy; I felt like a completely different person. As a result, I threw out all the drugs that I had been previously taking. This was the first time I felt the wonders of Dafa.
2. Studying the Fa
Although I am 75 years old, I haven't attended a day of school, therefore I never learned to read. As a result, I could only listen to the lectures when I first started studying the Fa. In an effort to learn to read, I decided to try to follow along in the book while listening to Master's lectures. In no time at all, I was able to read Zhuan Falun, and shortly after that I was able to read other Dafa books as well. I knew in my heart that Master was helping me.
3. Getting rid of my attachments
I started smoking cigarettes when I was 14 years old. As a result, I formed a very strong attachment to smoking. After listening to Master's Fa lecture for the first time, it didn't feel right the next time I picked up a cigarette. But because I didn't have a firm resolve to give up this attachment, I was unable to quit.
Afterwards Master gave me hints, one after another: my cigarette lighter exploded, my mattress caught on fire, and I would vomit and have diarrhea right after smoking. I slowly became aware that Master was taking care of me, but I was too unwilling to quit. It was not until this spring that I thoroughly quit smoking. I feel ashamed for not getting rid of this attachment sooner than I did.
4. Eliminating karma
One snowy winter in 1996, I went to a practitioner's home to watch Master's 9-day lecture video. While in route, I slipped and fell flat on my back. I immediately told myself that there was no cause for alarm and that I was perfectly fine. Then I sat straight up, not feeling any pain.
When I looked down at my right foot, I saw that it was facing backwards, almost 180 degrees. Without giving it a second thought, I grabbed my foot and bent it back to its normal position. Then I got up and walked as if nothing had happened.
When I thought back on this event, I realized that Master had borne my karma for me and that I had in fact witnessed a miracle. Afterwards I didn't dare mention this event to others for fear that they would not believe me. It was only later that I realized that this incident was a perfect opportunity to promote Dafa.
Another time while experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, I suddenly felt as if a giant hand had lightly scratched my body, starting from my upper right shoulder area. I immediately felt a deep relaxation washing over my entire body, and then the hand was gone. Again, I felt as if Master had eliminated a big chunk of karma for me.
5. Clarifying the facts
I have greatly benefited from Dafa in more ways than I can say. For one thing, compared to my peers, I look very healthy and young. People who know me all compliment me on my youthful appearance. I found this was a perfect opportunity to dispel people's misconceptions about Falun Gong and ultimately save them.
While visiting villages in my local area, I talk to people about the wonders of Dafa. Although I still have an attachment of fear when it comes to clarifying the facts about Falun Gong in public, I am encouraged when people spontaneously bring up the subject on their own initiative. I know that Master is helping me to see that all sentient beings yearn for the truth. From now on, I will be even more diligent and strive to do the three things well.