My Understanding of Using Our Skills to Validate the Fa
(Clearwisdom.net) When the request for practitioners to submit articles for the Sixth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China was published on the Minghui/Clearwisdom website, I discussed it with local practitioners. I came to understand that many practitioners' first thought was almost the same: they thought that they had not cultivated well enough and so they had nothing to share. I also had this thought. I had not done a good job in clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings, so I did not feel I had done anything spectacular or did not feel any sense of achievement in the Fa. Sometimes I knew that I should clarify the facts, but would fail to do so or fail to do it well because of my own attachments. That was why I thought I had not cultivated well and was dispirited. After rectifying my thoughts and having a clearer understanding that I was validating the Fa and not myself, I realized that my passive thought was itself a misunderstanding and a manifestation of failing to understand the Fa.
When teaching the Fa outside China, Teacher has often said that practitioners should use their respective skills or environmental conditions to validate the Fa, stating that this was remarkable. Teacher also said that even those who do advertising sales for the media outlets run by practitioners will also have a share for every life saved by that media. Since the practitioners who work together well form one body, they will share in everything, even though every practitioner is walking his or her own path of validating the Fa. Maybe it's hard to find two practitioners who are on exactly the same path, but this doesn't mean that we should find excuses for not looking directly at our own shortcomings and thereby not overcoming them. We must have a clear understanding of the path we are taking. We should not become complacent when we do well in certain areas nor should we belittle ourselves unduly. Teacher has arranged different paths for us in accordance with our own conditions, and Teacher has encompassed everything he has given us into our cultivation path. A practitioner's abilities are bestowed upon him or her by Teacher to allow the person to fulfill his or her vows made in prehistory. It won't do if we cannot fulfill these vows. We are of one body and can only fully play our roles when we can coordinate well as one body. When this one body coordinates well, then we all can maximize our talents and skills to play the most effective role in validating the Fa all the way to the end. No matter how well we do individually, if we do not coordinate well, we cannot accomplish things to the best of our ability.
Among the practitioners that I contacted, some of them had done very well in certain aspects of their cultivation. For example, some overcame the difficulty of being restricted and monitored by the authorities. They learned some technical skills and are now able to teach other practitioners the skills they learned to validate the Fa. They can help others set up and maintain material processing sites that produce informational materials. Some practitioners were responsible for producing large quantities of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, with one practitioner being able to finish the whole process, from start to finish. Some practitioners were able to bring local practitioners together, despite the threat of the CCP, to play an important role in saving sentient beings and improving as one body. From what these practitioners have done, I saw the greatness of the lives created by Dafa. Teacher said,
"This is something everyday people can't do--everyday people absolutely wouldn't be able to do it. " ("Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference")
When we were able to see our own shortcomings, we used this opportunity to do away with our human notions and to understand the Fa better. After sharing we were able to overcome these notions and write our own articles for the Internet sharing conference.
I hope practitioners can all seize this unique opportunity during the last stage of the Fa rectification and display their magnificent undertakings in validating the Fa in this human world. Let us validate the Fa, find our shortcomings, and be diligent together!
Fellow practitioners, please point out anything incorrect or inappropriate in my understanding.