(Clearwisdom.net) My mother and I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997. Soon after, our whole family started practicing it. However, after the persecution began on July 20, 1999, my mother became not so diligent. Because my sister and her husband had been arrested many times, my mother was frightened and stopped practicing Dafa. During that period of time, her health condition deteriorated and she suffered from heart disease, diabetes and kidney stones. My husband, sister, brother-in-law and I tried to convince her to continue practicing, but she just could not practice diligently. In particular, she could not let go of the attachment of taking medicine.
In mid-June of this year, my mother said that she had a cold. She coughed all night, was fatigued and often lost control of her urination and bowels. At the beginning, I went to her home and sent forth righteous thoughts every day. However, her condition did not improve. At that time, my sister (a practitioner) told me that she dreamed about our two other sisters--they came back from other cities and bought the kind of paper money burned for dead people. My husband and I had similar dreams. I started realizing the seriousness of this issue. Especially after I read the article in Minghui Weekly, "It is our responsibility to care for elderly practitioners," I awakened.
I brought my mother to my home. We studied the Fa, practiced the exercises and sent forth righteous thoughts. We studied Teacher's lectures and read "Minghui Weekly." We also shared our understandings on the Fa. Her righteous thoughts became increasingly stronger and her condition improved rapidly. Every day, she would study the Fa, practice the exercises and send forth righteous thought voluntarily. One time, when she was practicing the second exercise, she had symptoms of heart disease. Her legs were shaking. But she only had one thought - I will finish the exercises no matter what happens. She indeed insisted on finishing the five exercises. Since then, my mother has not had the same symptoms. In addition, she has generally recovered. Even her hand edema, which lasted for a long time, was cured. She said that Teacher and Dafa saved her life.
With the protection of Teacher, my mother overcame her diseases. However, from this incident, I realized my shortcomings in cultivation. I live very close to my mother but I rarely studied the Fa and shared experiences with her. My mother only listened to Teacher's Fa lectures and rarely had the chance to study Teacher's Fa lectures abroad, let alone read Minghui Weekly. Her muddy-headedness on the Fa principles caused her to view problems with human notions and nearly step onto the path arranged by the old forces. Looking deeper, it is the result of seeing things with postnatal notions instead of righteous thoughts. I always thought that my mother suffered because she was not diligent in studying the Fa and clarifying the truth. My thinking unknowingly acknowledged the persecution by the old forces. Elderly practitioners are particles of Dafa. They need us to spend time with them to study the Fa and share experiences. Our attachment of being afraid of their slow reading or being bothered is exactly what we need to get rid of.
I want to share with fellow practitioners that nothing around us is random. Everything that happens to us is a good thing. As long as we can view everything with righteous thoughts, and not be interfered with by human notions, miracles will happen. Through these situations, we can upgrade ourselves and take each step firmly. Please point out anything inappropriate.
October 4, 2008