Being a Happy Practitioner
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings Master, greetings fellow practitioners!
When I look back at my cultivation path over the past 10 years, I don't feel any sadness, because all that I have suffered is not worth mentioning. As a Dafa disciple of the Fa-rectification period, I feel blessed and happy. I am clear about who I am and for what reason I live. I have become mature and more rational. Now, I need to continue to let go of self and cultivate with faith in Dafa and rock-solid determination.
1. Clarifying the truth
I work for an advertisement company and meet many clients every day. My workplace is the main place where I clarify the truth. Over the years, many people have come to me here to hear the truth and quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. When I am calm, it is easy to clarify the truth. When I am worried, however, then I don't do well and hesitate to face sentient beings. So, it is most important that I keep a peaceful mind.
Sometimes, there is a lot of interference and a new client comes in too early, when I have not yet finished helping another client to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. At first, I felt very angry and disappointed when this happened. Later, as I studied the Fa more, I was not affected as much. I try to focus my mind, strengthen my main consciousness and send forth righteous thoughts to cleanse the field of the person to whom I plan to clarify the truth, so that he or she will attentively listen to me and quickly agree to quit the CCP. I also look inward to find attachments and remind myself that I should clarify the truth in a dignified manner. I cannot waste time by beating around the bush. If I am not able to finish clarifying the truth when a new client comes in, I say to the person that I've been speaking to: "Please do not leave. There is something that I still need to let you know. Please give me a few minutes." Then, after the new client leaves, I continue to clarify the truth to the one who was left waiting. I do not allow the evil from other dimensions to interfere with the sentient beings' chance of being rescued. When I am calm and my mindset is not affected by human attachments, then my work is very efficient. The energy of benevolence brings me and the sentient beings happiness. So, I try to keep in mind that I need to cultivate myself well and keep a peaceful mind to save more sentient beings.
Previously, it was hard for me to clarify the truth face-to-face to strangers on the street. I realized that it is very urgent to save sentient beings, but was very worried and anxious. Once I met a young man who sold fish while waiting for a bus. I wanted to tell him the facts about Falun Gong, but I hesitated for half an hour and still wasn't able to tell him a single word. After I got on the bus, I could not hold back my tears. I asked myself: "Why didn't you tell him? Why didn't you save him?" Later, I met a worker on the side of the road. I felt sympathy toward him and wanted to save him, but at first I passed him by. Then I stopped after about 10 meters and reminded myself that I would be regretful if I didn't save him. So I went back to clarify the truth. Because I was completely thinking of others, it only took a few sentences for him to agree to quit the CCP. Later, I had a breakthrough and no longer found it difficult to clarify the truth to strangers. It is hard to cultivate xinxing. As a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple, I have a responsibility to save sentient beings. Only if I complete this mission will I find true happiness.
2. Incorporating cultivation into my work
Because of my professional ability and the nature of my work, I participate in lots of projects to save sentient beings. Our local production site has produced all kinds of truth-clarifying materials and then we forwarded these materials to fellow practitioners for distribution. Gradually, I came into contact with more fellow practitioners. Master has arranged for us to meet and form a stronger one body.
Once my Dafa book was seen by a client who had previously practiced Falun Gong. After we made contact, he came back to the path of cultivation. Someone else saw me reading a Dafa book and said: "This qigong is good. Please study well." After further discussion, I realized that she was a fellow practitioner. Some fellow practitioners were introduced to me by sentient beings that I had clarified the truth to, and some others were brought to my home by fellow practitioners. More and more fellow practitioners then started to participate in our truth-clarification projects, and some also got more involved with projects in other provinces and cities.
Because of the requirements of Fa-rectification, those projects that require professional skills have run from my place for a long time. It is Master who helps us to fulfill our vows. With the ability that Master has given me, I have to do well what I need to accomplish. Sometimes, I feel too tired or under all sorts of pressure and I don't want to endure more things than I have to.
However, then I remember Master's words:
"When it's difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it's impossible to do, you can do it."(Zhuan Falun).
During my cultivation, I've learned to be calm and focused without any desires. Then the old forces are not able to take advantage of any gaps. If I am not moved, then the old forces will not be able to interfere with me.
I always insist that we need to complete our projects very well, or otherwise we should not do them. We should not let sentient beings see any items of poor quality made by Dafa disciples. We need to do a professional job so that the sentient beings will not find any shortcomings. Dafa disciples also need to do these things with a pure heart. Sometimes after inspecting quality, I've asked fellow practitioners on our project team to repeat the work to make it better. They've suffered a lot from my imperative tone and attitude over these years, for which I feel regret. So, I would like to apologize and tell them: "Please forgive me. I will try to improve."
For the majority of practitioners who come to visit my home, we do not know each other's names or personal situation. However, we share the goal of assisting Master with Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings. Our faith has brought us together and enabled us to do the three things calmly and continuously over these years. All of us have our own tribulations and tests, but we rarely mention them. Even when we do mention them, we usually do so with a smile. Dafa buoys us so that we stay positive and optimistic. We feel happy to have the opportunity to save sentient beings and assist Master in Fa-rectification.
3. Treasuring the family environment and taking care of a little fellow practitioner
I leave home early and return very late without taking much care of my family each day, for which I feel ashamed. However, with Master's compassion, everything has been arranged well for me. My husband has not yet started practicing Falun Gong, but he provides great assistance, which enables me to focus on doing the three things well. When he meets with any trouble, he says, "Falun Dafa is good!" and recites a Fa-rectification verse. He respects fellow practitioners and has a warm heart.
On several occasions he told me that he did not feel comfortable seeing other Dafa disciples. I understood that this happened because the evil factors were controlling him. I then looked inward to rectify myself and proceeded to take better care of him and send forth righteous thoughts for him. Soon he returned to normal. He does not show much attachment of fear and has collaborated with me on some projects. I am lucky to have such a good spouse while assisting Master in Fa-rectification. Everything exists for the Fa-rectification and I should treasure my environment more.
My son was a born a Dafa disciple. When he was around four years old, he started reading Zhuan Falun. When he was eight years old, he asked me to bring him to the group Fa study. He could already study with the adults and read fluently. Even when he read something wrong, he would correct himself. However, I have experienced many xinxing tests with this little fellow practitioner and sometimes I got angry at him. His teacher said that he didn't focus in class and he was not a good student.
After experiencing many tribulations, I became more mature and realized that these tests occurred for me to improve and targeted my own attachments to fame, arrogance, resentment, and doing things. I also realized that I had a wrong notion that once a child obtains the Fa, he or she would enjoy wealth, be noble and not have any problems. Actually, however, little Dafa disciples also need to have tests and tribulations. It's not easy to obtain the Fa.
After looking inward and sharing with other fellow practitioners, I realized the following: A child is born a Dafa disciple but not a divine being, so it is normal for my son to have shortcomings. Master takes care of him, and my duty is to take care of my son, not to change him. Only Master can change his destiny, and I need to simply encourage him and help him on his cultivation path. I also need to understand him. He is not unwilling to study and does not intentionally avoid listening to the teacher. He also understands that it is important to strengthen his Main Consciousness. However, he has to overcome his own tests and eliminate the interference from the old forces. Only then can he become mature in the cultivation. Previously he did not send forth righteous thoughts, so we started sending forth righteous thoughts together. He could see lots of phenomena in other dimensions, including the evil's interference. Then we eliminated the evil one by one based on the Fa--with a clear mind and without pursuing results.
Through this process, I also realized that cultivation is actually very simple. You just need to cultivate without thinking about other things. The obstacles are those attachments that you do not want to let go of or those that you do not recognize. One has to continuously study the Fa and overcome tribulations.
I understand that Master's Fa-rectification does not need the persecution. Then, the Chinese communist regime's persecution of Dafa disciples in China should not happen, because it is not necessary for Fa-rectification. It is very important to validate the Fa and save sentient beings.
"If something is not within the scope of a time-field, it is not restricted by that time." (Zhuan Falun)
This may be the reason why I rarely have the attachment of fear and am able to walk through the persecution with righteous thoughts.
I still have many shortcomings. I have not yet reached the basic requirement of "one should not fight back when being punched or insulted."(Zhuan Falun)
Previously, I did not always consider fellow practitioners' positions, which was selfish of me. Now I try to be more compassionate toward them, so that we can form a stronger one body and save more sentient beings.
Once, when I stood in front of Master's photo, I heard Master's merciful and peaceful voice: "Take care of fellow practitioners. You should cultivate yourself well, as well as take care of fellow practitioners. This is also your mission." I could not hold back the tears and have remembered these words ever since.
The hardships of cultivation cannot compare to the immeasurable happiness we will gain as a result of saving sentient beings. Do not focus on yourself, but rather on serving others. Let us be happy Falun Dafa practitioners with calm minds.