New Practitioner: How I Have Benefited from Falun Dafa
(Clearwisdom.net) I am 70 years old, and have been practicing Falun Dafa since 2007. Before I learned Falun Gong, I was suffering from all kinds of serious diseases like emphysema, asthma, and persistent cough. I had to take medicine every day, and got infusions frequently. During the winter time, I couldn't get out of bed. My husband had to bring water to the bed to wash my face. At the age of 61, I had a cerebral hemorrhage. Although I had survived that, the headaches still persisted.
One day in 2007, I went to the home of my eldest daughter, who happens to be a Falun Gong practitioner. I hoped she could accompany me to the hospital. At that time, I had had a low fever for several days, and could not walk, since I had developed sciatic nerve leg pains. I had to rest after only a few steps. The asthma drugs contained a large amount of hormones, which made my face swollen and purple. Seeing my condition, my daughter shared about Falun Dafa with me again, and the miracles of cultivation. At that time, a bunch of Udumbara flowers blossomed on the clothing racks which were outside the window, and I had a chance to see these flowers, which blossom only once in three thousand years.
My daughter gave me the book Zhuan Falun, and asked me to read it without any notions nor intent of curing my illnesses. I liked it very much after the first reading and realized it to be a book that guides you to be a good person and teaches the higher principles of life. My daughter taught me the five sets of exercises too. I could only do them for a few minutes at first, but later on my confidence strengthened, especially when I could do the second and fifth exercises for over twenty minutes. Even though at the time I was taking antipyretic, anti-inflammatory drugs, and asthma drugs, my fever hadn't come down. I then threw away all the medicines in anger. At midnight, I felt very comfortable, and upon touching my body, I found that the fever and the asthma was gone, and I was cured completely.
After returning home, I studied Zhuan Falun diligently, and held myself to a high standard. Gradually I could practice all five sets of exercises. Master Li purified my body many times, and I frequently vomited and experienced diarrhea. Once when I had a high fever, my husband asked me to take medicine and get an injection. I refused, believing that it was Master purifying my body. One day, while I was doing the sitting meditation, a Dao appeared and he told me, "You have a daughter." I didn't reply and I coughed several times. He then told me, "I have medicine for you which will cure you." He then showed me a bag of medicine in his hand. I told him firmly, "I am a disciple of Master Li Hongzhi, and I only take things from my Master. I won't accept other things." After my words, he disappeared. My body changed significantly after that and I have not taken any medicine again. My face was shining reddish white and the people around me said that I looked well. Moreover, I again started having menstrual periods within a year of cultivation, which seems to be a sign of youth in my body.
During my practice at home, I often saw the colorful Falun. Once, while doing the sitting meditation, I saw a mountain, where I was climbing up some steps. Upon reaching the peak, I saw two heavenly soldiers guarding it. They blocked me with their weapons, and didn't allow me to go higher. I realized that this might be due to the height of my level. I also saw my gong column, and I knew within that Master was encouraging me to be diligent in cultivation.
There have also been many areas where I didn't do well. Since there are no fellow practitioners nearby, I developed laziness. My various attachments included showing off, lust, jealousy, competition, and being unable to take criticism. Sometimes I could not pass xinxing tests well. During conflicts, I always looked outside, and for others' shortcomings, instead of looking inward. I will cultivate myself better in those areas in the future.
I have been cultivating for over three years, and it is all due to Master's compassionate saving grace and the beauty of Falun Dafa. I deeply appreciate Master and Falun Dafa.