Do Not Get Attached to Hints in a Dream
(Clearwisdom.net) I realize the seriousness of cultivation from reading Master's new article "Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference." Master said:
"Being attached to dreamtime hints is not cultivation, but rather, going dangerously off course. Disciples of Dafa cultivate by following the book of Dafa, and they take the Fa as their standard. Whether you're off in dreamland or in whatever setting it may be, you have to use the Fa as your standard for measuring right and wrong, and only then will you not fall prey to interference. " ("Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference")
We can deter the interference only when we get rid of all our attachments and take the Fa as Master and do everything without any conditions, according to what Master said.
I have always been very attached to so-called "hints" in my dreams, because things in my dreams always, to some degree, came true later on. Especially when the hints in the dreams were something bad or disadvantageous to me, I would believe firmly them.
However, one experience made me completely give up the attachment to the hints in my dreams.
Once I planned to go out of town to a fellow practitioner's office to get materials. Before I went, I dreamed that I was arrested at his workplace. After I woke up, I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts to clear the interference inside and outside of myself. However, the deeply-rooted fear and the strong attachment to protecting myself almost stopped me from going at all. Many reasons came up, like, "I shouldn't ignore Master's hints, my dreams had always been accurate, I should not go to be persecuted by the evil people, what if I am abducted, and could I endure the torture, etc..."
All of my thought karma and notions were just like wild horses racing through my mind, shaking my righteous thoughts. I tried hard to dispel them. My main consciousness kept thinking, "This is not me, it is evil interference." When I got off the bus and went to the door of the office, everything I saw in front of me was exactly the same as I had seen in my dream, and my mind started to waver. The evil thought karma pressed down on me like a mountain. At that moment, my breath got quicker, and my heartbeat got faster, my legs became weak, and there was a force trying to drag me back, telling me to go back. I begged Master in my mind, saying, "Master, please help me!" Immediately I felt clear-minded and heard Master's words:
"'I'm Li Hongzhi's disciple, I don't want other arrangements or acknowledge them'--then they won't dare to do that. So it can all be resolved. When you can really do that, not just saying it but putting it into action, Master will definitely stand up for you." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
When I pushed open the door of the office, the other practitioner was waiting for me with a smile. With Master's compassionate care, I passed one more test.
After this experience, I let go of my attachment to dreams and understand better the seriousness of cultivation. We should always keep clear-minded during everything we do. We should use the Fa to measure all our behaviors. Only in this way can we dispel the interference. That means we have to continuously study the Fa.
Finally, please allow me to quote "Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference" to encourage my fellow practitioners:
"Cultivation is serious. You have to be able to ensure a pure and sincere state when you study, and cultivate, and only then will you make improvements and get results."