Walking My Own Cultivation Path
(Clearwisdom.net) I am over 70 years old now, and my husband and I began practicing Falun Gong in 1997. It is our strong faith in Master and Dafa that has brought us through the more than decade long persecution. Every day we study the Fa, practice the exercises, and send forth righteous thoughts. Under Master’s protection, both of us have experienced dramatic changes in our physical health. Our mental well-being has improved as well.
Our cultivation environment was destroyed after the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999. However, we never stopped clarifying the truth about Falun Gong to people. I mainly distribute Falun Gong informational materials to people to save them. Back then, police vehicles were all over the place during the daytime. So I went out at 11p.m. or midnight to post Falun Gong flyers onto people’s door-frames. I made sure that I did not disturb anyone’s decoration on their doors. Occasionally, I went out from around 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. On one such early morning, as soon as I came downstairs, I saw a police vehicle with its headlights on. Unafraid, I thought that they could not see me. Thus nobody saw me, and I came home safely that day. I constantly recited Master’s poem, "The Awakened" in Hong Yin,
"Ordinary people know me not,
I sit amidst Mystery;
Where there is profit and desire,
there I am not,
After others pass away,
only I remain."
Going downstairs one day to distribute materials, I came across a lady who was on her way back from the vegetable market. She tapped me on my back and said with an agitated expression, “What do you Falun Gong practitioners want to do by posting your materials on our door everyday? Isn’t it annoying?” Kindly I replied, “Dear sister, go home and read the materials. I’ve just posted another one on your door. After you understand the truth of Falun Gong, your whole family will benefit and get good fortune.” Silently, she went upstairs. I am sure she must have felt my compassion.
When there were not enough materials to distribute, my husband and I just made some posters with beautiful designs and put tape on the back of them. We held strong righteous thoughts while making the materials; thus the results were very good. Sometimes, some of the posters remained up for a long time, which successfully deterred the evil forces. We do our best to deliver the truth-clarifying materials to every household, building by building--from the top floor down to the ground floor. Because we kept very strong righteous thoughts while delivering the materials, we did not see anyone throw away the materials.
Later on, our entire family went to the neighboring countryside to deliver materials. We printed the materials ourselves, put them inside envelopes, and put the envelopes inside plastic bags to prevent them from getting wet in case of rain. Every time we went there, we took with us about 50 to 60 copies of our materials. With my husband and grandson, we delivered the materials to every household. In the countryside we sometimes saw some families throw the materials out without even opening them. We then took the materials back to them. Lots of dogs barked at us during the evenings. In the countryside when one dog barks, all the others join in. At first I was scared; however, after a while my fear went away, and the dogs then stopped barking. To date, we have delivered materials to almost all of the nearby villages.
My husband and I went to a building to distribute materials one summer night. Since it was very hot, we just wanted to finish quickly. Since that thought was not very righteous, by the time we finished and were about to leave the building, we found that the entrance gate was locked from the outside. Earnest to get out, I became irritated, and I asked a resident to open the gate for us, but to no avail. However, at that very moment I suddenly realized that, being a Falun Gong practitioner, why did I ask for help from an ordinary human being? I have my Master! Then, I sat down with my legs double-crossed, and my right hand straight to ask Master to open the gate for us. A few minutes later we heard a clicking sound, and the gate was opened. We had been locked inside for more than twenty minutes. After looking within, we found that we had a fear of hardship, and an attachment to finishing the task. Because we disliked the heat, the vicious forces took advantage of our loophole to lock us inside the building for some extra time. Cultivation is a serious matter, and I have personally experienced it. From then on our enlightenment has increased, and with a more stable mentality and righteous thoughts, we never met with any other such problems when we distributed materials.
On another such occasion, I wrote a letter to the Public Security Bureau to tell them to stop participating in the persecution of Falun Gong, and my husband and I went to mail the letter. On our way back I began to feel zealous, and, because of that, I fell down while going downstairs, and I sprained my ankle. Telling myself that I would be fine since Master was protecting me, I told my husband, “Let’s walk slowly.” After we got home, I sat down with my legs double crossed because I did not see any problems with my ankle even though it hurt badly. After uncrossing my legs an hour later, I noticed that the ankle was swollen, and the back of the foot was blue; however, it did not hurt that much. I got up and practiced the exercises the next morning, and I continued sending forth righteous thoughts. A few days later, my foot was fine. Both of these incidents occurred because I had human attachments. After those events, I realized that, regardless of what we do, big or small, we should just do it with a calm mind. As long as we do our tasks without attachments, no accidents will occur.
When I clarify the truth and tell people to quit the CCP, I always remember to keep one thought in mind; clarifying the truth to save people is part of my daily life, and as long as I try my best, Master will make all the arrangements for me.
Once when taking a taxi, I saw that the taxi driver had a picture of evil head Mao on the mirror in his car. I asked him, “Why do you hang a dead man’s picture? He was an evil ghost who will bring tribulations to you instead of good fortune. Throw it away right now. I have a Dafa message card which can truly protect you and bring you good fortune.” Happily, he said, “I’ll throw it away then.” After that, I asked if he was a member of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or its associated organizations. I told him that I could help him quit the CCP with a pseudonym. He said, “Good, thank you.” On another occasion, I gave a taxi driver a Dafa message card with a big, “Fortune” on it. Happily he took it, looked at it, and said, “It is about Falun Gong.” While saying that, he hung it on the mirror, and said, “Thank you.”
When I buy fruits and vegetables from the vendors at the market, I never sort out the good vegetables from the bad ones, and neither do I negotiate the price with them, but I always talk to them. Once a vendor told me, “It’s hard to find people like you. Everybody wants to pick the best ones, and won’t be happy if the scale is a little bit low.” I told him, “It is because I practice Falun Gong, and our Master tells me to be a good person everywhere I go and to always think of others first. If you remember 'Falun Dafa is good, and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good', you will get good fortune. Let me give you a Dafa message card to protect you.” He thanked me, and I paid for the cauliflower with cash that had the truth about Dafa inscribed on it. Starting from then on, those vendors would greet me warmly from afar and treat me as their family.
Regardless of where I am and with whom I talk, I always think of others first. The Neighborhood Association and other people who live on our street have previously done things to hurt us. However, I do not hold grudges against them because their minds have been poisoned by the evil CCP. I feel sorry for them. Therefore, whenever I see them, I greet them and smile to them.
In the past few years, no matter where I was--vegetable markets, supermarkets, or smaller stores--I would talk to people and tell them, “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” If I had only a few minutes, I just gave them the Dafa message card, but if time allowed I clarified the truth to them. With strong righteous thoughts, the results have been very good.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to see our former leaders and colleagues who are CCP members, and whom we have not seen for a long time. After buying some fruits and gifts, we went to visit them. Some of them live in the city, but for those who live outside the city, it took us one to two hours to travel there. Regardless of whose family we visited, we brought them the beauty of Dafa and told them the truth. They knew that I had various illnesses when I was young and had often taken sick leave. Thus I told them that the reason I was healthy and strong now, at an older age, was because of the miraculous healing power of Falun Dafa. I said I did not even know if I would have lived this long if I had not practiced Dafa. Since they all saw the changes in me, they were able to accept Dafa. However, they had questions regarding the incidents of “April 25” and the “Tiananmen Self-immolation”. I told them the truth about both incidents, and after I finished I gave them copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and the copies of the DVD, Disintegrating the Party Culture. I went back if some of them asked for copies of Zhuan Falun. Eventually, they all quit the CCP.
An elderly couple lived outside the city. After we went to talk to them twice, their entire family quit the CCP. Some senior CCP cadres and members, who had been polluted by the CCP’s propaganda, told me that, since they had been CCP members for decades, after listening to me for just a few minutes, it was not easy for them to make a decision right away. For people like them, I normally give them copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and told them to read it. I also made sure that before I left them, I told them to sincerely remember, “Falun Dafa is good,” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” and that they will have good fortune if they do. Generally, those people can accept it.
Every day, after meals, sleeping, and doing chores, I make sure that I spend the rest of my time studying the Fa, memorizing the Fa, practicing the exercises in the morning, sending forth righteous thoughts, and telling people to withdraw from the CCP. I am busy but happy. Before going to bed every day, I think about what I have done during the day that is not very righteous; then I search inside myself to eliminate it so that I can improve. I join group study twice a week and share with fellow practitioners.
The process of writing this article has also been a cultivation process. While writing this experience sharing article, I felt excited when I wrote about the cultivated side of me, but I felt regret when I wrote about the aspects where I did not do well. During the process, I also overcame the unwillingness to continue writing this article, and I constantly rectified myself from the perspective of the Fa to check myself to make sure that I am up to the level of a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple, which enabled me to finish writing this article with perseverance.