(Clearwisdom.net) I have read many articles on the Clearwisdom/Minghui website lately that report renewed and intensified persecution in some areas of China. I feel we should deeply think about how Teacher has told us to deny this persecution. "We don't even acknowledge their existence." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference") Why do we continue to suffer persecution? I believe that it is because we have not been working on improving ourselves, and have therefore failed to meet the even higher requirements of the Fa.
Cultivating in Dafa is a limitless endeavor. The more relaxed the environment is, the stricter we should be with ourselves. We should constantly look inside ourselves. From studying the Fa, we know that we all make mistakes. If a practitioner is surrounded by fellow practitioners' compliments, then he/she may think too highly of themselves. Therefore, it would be difficult for that practitioner to improve from learning from mistakes. Regardless of how relaxed our environment is, as long as the evil forces exist, we should not neglect the matter of safety. We should not ignore the improvement of ourselves and that of the one body of practitioners.
Normally, when things are on the verge of success, our human mentality will become more vulnerable. Slacking off even a little bit might cause disastrous losses. Our cultivation is no exception. Demons will constantly seek moments to create interference for us. Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles," (2006)
"Dafa disciples, all the way until their last step to Consummation, will be tested as to whether they can make it. There could be very, very critical tests for you all the way until you are just one step away from finishing. That is because every step becomes more and more critical to your cultivation and your tests, especially toward the end. You know, those lawless gods of the old cosmos will try to maneuver things until the very end, as long as they are still around."
I understand that the closer we are to the end, the more crucial it is for us to improve as a whole body. When we are able to improve as one body, we can demonstrate the mighty virtue of Dafa, and the energy of our field will be stronger. The demonic forces won't dare to interfere with us anymore.
In our everyday practice, we should not ignore improving ourselves. We should build our abilities to carry out tasks by ourselves. We should avoid solely relying on other practitioners. We have to walk our own solid path. Many practitioners like to think that we should help lessen a coordinator's load, or reduce the pressure on materials production centers, so they lend a hand. This happens as a result of righteous enlightenment in the Fa. This is to walk one's own path. Some practitioners in remote areas hand write their truth-clarifying materials and post the materials by themselves because they do not have access to the ready made materials. Some practitioners who did not know how to read and write, learned to write and clarify the truth on paper Chinese currency. They are all walking their own paths. Practitioners who do not have any special skills simply clarify the truth face to face and persuade people to renounce their Chinese Communist Party (CCP) membership. They are also walking their own paths. To clarify the truth of Fa, fellow practitioners have not waited, nor have they relied on anybody else. They have been clarifying the truth from the perspective of their understanding of the Fa. They all walk their own paths, and at the same time, improve and elevate themselves.
I feel that those of us who are coordinators should be more clear-minded and more rational. We should not bring the focus of the whole area onto ourselves, nor should we keep fellow practitioners doing things centered on us. If we do, it can bring negative effects to us and the whole body as well. We are all particles of Dafa. Whatever we think and do should reflect what the Fa teaches us. We should use the Fa as the only standard. It does not matter how well one practitioner is doing, we should always stand on the point of being responsible for the coordinator and fellow practitioners. We should help them understand that Dafa is great and sacred from the behavior of ourselves. We should understand that practitioners are not validating ourselves, but rather validating the Fa. We should, therefore, avoid leading fellow practitioners to learn from certain persons instead of from the Fa.
Coordinators should pay attention to fellow practitioners' improvement. Coordinators should share the coordinating jobs among fellow practitioners and let fellow practitioners walk their own paths as much as possible. Unless a task requires the whole group to work together, and under normal circumstances, coordinators should help practitioners to work individually based on their own understanding of the Fa. In addition, coordinators should let fellow practitioners do some small scale coordinating jobs. In doing so, we can all experience what Teacher said, which is that everyone is a coordinator and everyone is responsible. While working with fellow practitioners, coordinators should pay even more attention to our own improvement, broadening our minds, and taking the initiative to accept and use fellow practitioners' suggestions and ideas. Coordinators should be willing to play the supporting roles and assist others. In doing so, we can help fellow practitioners to build their abilities to solve problems independently. We should do our best to collaborate with fellow practitioners and harmonize when problems occur.
Fellow practitioners should also keep coordinators in mind. If the coordinators overlook some points, we should help them to make it more complete. When they are not doing things according to the Fa, we should point it out to them immediately. If we all take responsibility for the whole group, and regard the coordinating jobs as our own, our environment will improve. We should all voluntarily do some positive things for our group, and point out things that are not consistent with the Fa. We should react to and stop anything inappropriate from spreading. We should be concerned with fellow practitioners. Besides doing the three things well, we should encourage each other and improve together. Every single practitioner's improvement is connected with the improvement of the whole group; every practitioner's safety is the safety of the whole group.
If the majority of practitioners in one area can walk on our own paths, not shy away from difficulties, not overly rely on anyone, not blindly follow anyone, but instead follow Teacher's teaching at all times, be responsible for the Fa, and unconditionally harmonize with Teacher's requests, we will become a whole body of solid gold when we work together, and shining particles when we work by ourselves. If we, as one body or by ourselves, can meet the requirements of the Fa at different levels, the persecution will end.
This is my personal understanding. Please point out anything inappropriate.