Cultivation Experiences of a Factory Supervisor
(Clearwisdom.net) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997. I am a deputy head in a factory.
1. Setting up a Falun Gong Materials Production Site at Home
In 2005, I read an article in Minghui Weekly and couldn't help but admire the practitioners who had set up truth clarification materials production sites at their homes. I hoped that I too could be part of this sacred effort. Perhaps because of my wish, Teacher arranged for a project coordinator to visit me at home. The coordinator said that my house would work really well if I wanted to set it up as a materials production site. With my child's computer and some work, I managed to turn my home into a materials production site.
When my family found out what I was doing, they were afraid, since they knew of the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong. I told them that practicing Falun Gong had improved my health and had also brought the family blessings. They gradually came to accept what I was doing. My husband and mother often even helped me with Dafa work.
There was a practitioner who often came to my house to produce copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. After less than a year, that practitioner was arrested. When I heard the news, my heart trembled and I began to wonder whether I should remove the equipment from my home. I looked at Teacher's picture and thought about how moving the equipment would mean that I could no longer help make Dafa materials. I knew that fear was interfering with me. I then thought to myself that, being a practitioner, I had Teacher and Dafa to protect me, and I shouldn't be afraid. Practitioners went to Beijing to protest right after the persecution began on July 20, 1999, and I greatly regretted not being able to stand up for Dafa at the time. This time, I knew I couldn't hide just because a practitioner had been arrested. I was determined to continue.
My family eventually found out about the practitioner who had been arrested. My mother complained that the coordinator shouldn't have set up a production site in our house. She was very fearful and held me responsible. My husband was furious with me, yet also worried, but seeing that I was determined to continue with what I was doing, they stopped trying to persuade me. Slowly they began to help me again, just like they did before.
As a practitioner, it is very important to create a good family environment. Since starting to practice, many of my chronic illnesses disappeared. I took care of everything in the house, and took good care of my husband and our parents. I was always cheerful. They saw the beauty of Falun Dafa and thanked Teacher and Dafa for the person I had become. Though they did not practice Falun Dafa, they did read Zhuan Falun and other Dafa books. They also helped with Dafa work and were blessed for what they did.
Our laser printer frequently had problems, so I had a practitioner come fix it. That practitioner was later arrested. I felt really bad because I thought that the practitioner had been so busy helping me and other practitioners fixing technical problems that he didn't have time to study the Fa. I was determined to study the Fa more to ensure that everything ran smoothly, so that I wouldn't have to bother other practitioners.
I also learned how to fix things for myself. On one occasion, I took the printer apart but could not put it back together. I asked Teacher for help and was then able to learn how to fix the printer problems. Afterwards, when other practitioners had problems with their printers, I went over to help them. I thought that having someone like me who was able to take care of small problems like that would save time for the practitioners who are usually called on to fix technical issues. As I studied the Fa more, looked within frequently, and sent more righteous thoughts, my equipment seldom seemed to have problems.
Over the past few years, I feel like I have quickly improved my skills for producing materials. Teacher protects me every day and helps me to improve. He encourages me when I do well and kindly points out my mistakes.
Through reading articles on Clearwisdom, I have come to realize that practitioners who make materials should study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts more. When we do well in cultivation, the materials we make will carry more energy and can better save people. Problems at materials production sites are often the result of practitioners not being able to calmly study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts. I began memorizing the book Zhuan Falun, and quickly improved myself as a result. When I studied the Fa in the past, it was often a routine. In the process of memorizing the Fa, the meaning of the Fa continued to manifest to me and I came to understand many Fa principles. It has become a habit for me that no matter how busy I am, I study at least one chapter of Zhuan Falun per day, and send forth righteous thoughts four times a day. If I miss sending forth righteous thoughts once, I just make up for it. As a result, I am able to do Dafa work and encounter few problems.
I receive financial support for producing materials from the coordinator. He told me that the money was only to be used for saving people. He said that no matter what kind of financial trouble I was in, I should never use the money for myself. I write down all the expenses for the project in a book and have a special bag for the money. I have never made any mistakes with this over the past few years. I know that I have to cherish the money donated by other practitioners and spend it appropriately. All the gods and the old forces are watching us closely, so we must walk every step righteously. Other practitioners started adopting my bookkeeping methods. Recently my financial situation improved, and I now try not to take money from other practitioners.
2. Clarifying the Facts of the Persecution
Teacher has been arranging opportunities for me to clarify the facts of the persecution to people I have not run into for many years.
I reunite with former classmates every year, and all of them have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Some years, friends from other classes also join the reunion, and they have also quit. One of my classmates is a police officer. After I told him about the persecution, he said that he would support Falun Gong, and would never help torture or persecute practitioners. When he quit the CCP, he said that he did it for his son, and that he would also tell his son about the persecution.
I had been giving my former classmates Falun Dafa materials and CDs. They watch Shen Yun DVDs every year. Whenever someone comes to my home to install something, deliver goods, fix an appliance, or collect recyclables, as long as they enter my home, I help them to quit the CCP. I know that it was because of their predestined relationship with me that they visited, and that it's my responsibility to save them.
A man delivered flour to me one day, and I helped him quit the CCP, which he did by signing with the name "Blessing." He really liked this name. After I saw him off, he yelled in the stairway, "I am truly blessed!"
When I bought several melons from another young man, I told him the facts about the persecution and offered to help him quit the CCP. He suddenly jumped into his truck, picked a big melon, and put it in my bag without saying a word. I didn't accept it, but my heart was heavy with concern. I knew that the part of people that understood was waiting for us to save them.
It is very important to study the Fa. If I don't study the Fa for one day, I feel that my heart is empty. I have to study because it is part of me. I often feel eager to learn and am hungry for the Fa when I study it. Afterward, I feel energized and do well with whatever I do.
3. Helping Former Practitioners
Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference,"
"And then there are a number of people who are like this: they too haven't stepped forward all along, but have been hiding at home and reading [Dafa] books, and have even been making excuses for doing that, when the truth is, it's their fear at work. I hope that the other Dafa disciples in Mainland China will help these people and ask them to step forward and do what a Dafa disciple should do. This thing hasn't ended yet, so for any being it still presents an opportunity and a chance."
"I'll say this again: I don't want to leave a single person behind."
Teacher made his point clearly, but have I truly done what he wanted? Did I really let go of life and death? Thoughts of selfishness still push me to protect myself from harm.
Teacher protects me and I believe that if we do as Teacher asks, he will take care of everything. I went out and found those practitioners who had not stepped forward and had them come to my home to study the Fa together on the weekends. Some of them did not have Teacher's more recent lectures and books. This was during the Chinese New Year, so I didn't have to work. I woke up early every morning and eventually made 69 copies of Dafa books. My arms hurt, my fingers were stiff, and I was tired. However, when I delivered the books to those practitioners, when I saw their happy faces, I felt gratified. It's been a year since then, and I have seen them make improvements. They began to worry about lagging behind. Teacher gave them many hints, and they have started to do the three things.
Over the past year, Teacher has been looking out for me at every moment. I know that I am still far from doing well when I compare myself to other practitioners. I tried rectifying my every thought, but still at times feel that I don't catch every attachment. For example, I didn't realize that I was attached to eating until I bit my lips. I often wanted to show off when I did something nice. Now Teacher has arranged for me to work half a day, twice a week. I warned myself that the extra time isn't for me to relax and live like an everyday person. It's for me to do the three things well and validate the Fa. I must cherish the time to steadily walk the last part of my path. I will carry out my prehistoric vows, and accomplish my mission to save people.