Strong Righteous Thoughts Whatever the Weather
(Clearwisdom.net) I decided to start sending forth righteous thoughts in front of the Chinese Consulate every morning and evening beginning last week. Every time, before I started out, various reasons for not going came to my mind. But every time I stood in front of the Chinese Consulate, I felt grand and mighty and all those bad notions that occurred to me before completely vanished. It is winter now in the Southern Hemisphere and everyone knows that the Chinese Consulate is a cold place. However, in the past few days when I sent forth righteous thoughts in front of Chinese Consulate, I felt that I was surrounded by a very warm energy field.
Recently the weather in Auckland has changed suddenly and frequently. Once it hailed during the day, so I hesitated before going to the Chinese Consulate that evening. Finally I decided to go there as planned. Just after I hung up the banner reading "Falun Dafa Is Good" in front of the Chinese Consulate, it started to hail. The hailstones were very dense and about as thick as a a thumb. I couldn't help calling out to Teacher and then the hail suddenly eased up and it turned to rain instead. I checked the time: it was 3:59 p.m. I continued to concentrate to clear away the bad thoughts, karma, bad notions, and external interference in my mind. I was about to hold one palm erect to eradicate the evil when I heard a clap of thunder that felt as if it exploded right at the gate of the Chinese Consulate. Even the car alarms nearby were shaken and began going off. It stopped raining instantly, and the sun came out immediately. I held one palm erect to send forth righteous thoughts and then I saw a dark blue traditional Chinese character "Mie-Å" appear in front of my eyes. It was so shiny that I couldn't even open my eyes. It remained there until I was done sending forth righteous thoughts. When I opened my eyes and looked up at the sky, it was a beautiful azure blue and all the dark clouds had been driven far away. Then I started to do the exercises in front of the gate of the Chinese Consulate. I felt warm all over. While doing the second exercise holding the wheel, I felt that my arms were very light and weightless.
It began to rain again when it was close to the time for me to again send forth righteous thoughts. The sky turned dark and the rain came very suddenly. A thought of going back home early flashed in my mind. "No," I said to myself, "a practitioner's decision cannot be changed so casually." I thought of the practitioners in other countries that send forth righteous thoughts in front of the Chinese Consulate 24 hours a day. If I were there and it were my turn to be on duty, then could I choose not to be on duty just because the weather was not good? Could I break my promise just because I was here by myself? That would only be self-deceiving. At 4:55 pm I steadfastly sent forth righteous thoughts. When I completed sending forth righteous thoughts after 15 minutes, I saw that the rain had stopped already, but I didn't even realize it had happened.
I folded the banner and went home. Once there, I found that my clothes were almost dry. Unparalleled gratitude to Teacher rose in my heart. I thought of Teacher's Fa teaching:
"Cultivation is hard. It's hard in that even when a terrible calamity strikes, even when evil madly persecutes, and even when your life is at stake, you still have to be able to steadfastly continue on your path of cultivation without letting anything in human society interfere with the steps you take on your path of cultivation." ("Path" from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
We will steadfastly walk our cultivation path.