The Power of Righteous Thoughts: Handcuffs Become Unlocked by Themselves
(Clearwisdom.net) I often remind myself that I am cultivating the great Fa of the cosmos and how fortunate I am to be living in the era of Teacher's Fa-rectification. No force can hinder my forging ahead in cultivation.
Before I started practicing Falun Gong, I had been living on medication and was hospitalized much of the time. I actually learned the practice while in the hospital. All my illnesses had disappeared within a month of doing the exercises. Teacher was adjusting my body and I could feel Teacher's Falun rotating above the top of my head and in my lower abdomen. Seventeen of my friends and relatives also started practicing Falun Gong after seeing the dramatic changes in my health.
When I saw that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had started its propaganda campaign to defame and slander Falun Gong and Teacher, I cried and was determined to go to Beijing to speak out for the practice. On the way to the bus station, I saw policemen all along the street. As soon as I sat down, I saw Teacher's image right in front of me smiling. I almost cried out aloud, as I knew Teacher was encouraging me. I had never left my hometown before, and this gave me more confidence and determination to go and appeal for justice for Dafa.
Thirty practitioners were on the same bus going to Beijing that day. The bus conductor repeatedly announced that all practitioners going to Beijing had to get off the bus. The police stopped the bus at Tiemenguan Station in Tianjin City, and demanded that everyone on board produce their ID cards. I had not brought any ID with me. I remembered what Teacher told us:
“If you are a true practitioner, our Falun will safeguard you. I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe.” (Zhuan Falun)
I had the thought: I am Teacher Li's practitioner and I am not under the control of the police. I got off the bus and walked away without anybody trying to stop me. I had to switch buses four times before finally arriving in Beijing. I started doing the exercises when I got to Tiananmen Square, and after I started the fourth exercise, a police officer spotted me and told me to stop. I said, “I came thousands of miles just to tell people that Falun Dafa is good and to demand that the government clear our Teacher's name.”
I was taken to a detention center, and held in a cell with eighteen people. Eight were non-practitioners and four were on death row. I tried to tell them the facts about Falun Gong and teach them to practice. I told them that if they had learned Falun Gong, they wouldn't have ended up here. The environment changed after talking with them, and I asked Teacher to send books into the detention center. Later that day, a fellow practitioner sneaked the book Zhuan Falun into the detention center, and after getting breakfast the next day, we opened the book. I placed the photo of Teacher on the radiator and sat down in the lotus position with my palms joined, “Teacher, please take me as your practitioner. I will definitely go home with you.” The four inmates on death row sat down and started crying. One of them said, “Teacher, please take us as your practitioners. As long as we live another day, we will follow you and practice Falun Gong.”
The cell in the detention center was transformed into a Fa study site. We studied as much as eight lectures of Zhuan Falun in one day. One of the death row inmates said, “It is truly a magnificent book. The more I read it, the more comfortable I feel.” An inmate who was originally sentenced to an eight-year term was later released ahead of time. An inmate on death row was also released. One inmate's death sentence was postponed, and another inmate's seven-year term was reduced to three years.
When Teacher published the article about sending forth righteous thoughts in 2002, I followed Teacher's words and tried to get rid of my human attachments so that they would not affect my sending righteous thoughts.
I was once detained in a forced labor camp, and saw a guard dragging a practitioner out to the field. I started pulling on the iron bars of the window, as I was shouting to the guards. The bars came loose after a few tries, and we managed to get out and follow them. The leader of the guards grabbed me, cuffed my hands behind my back and tied me to a tree. I shouted, “We gave up our lives and careers in order to save people, including you. But you treat us like this. What you are doing is being recorded in the universe's history.” The head guard said, “Release her.” Right at that moment, my handcuffs opened by themselves. The people around us were shocked when they saw this. A guard said, “It must be your teacher who unlocked the handcuffs for you.” I picked up the handcuffs and then talked to the guards about Falun Gong.
I put special emphasis on sending forth righteous thoughts wherever I go. Before I go out to talk to people about Falun Gong, I first send forth righteous thoughts to clear up the field in other dimensions.
“Make clear the truth,
and drive off foul spirits.
Spread widely the Nine Commentaries,
and the wicked Party shall fade. ” (“For the Good of the World”)
As a lot of Chinese people are deceived by the CCP's propaganda, we must expose their true nature. I discussed with fellow practitioners and decided to distribute the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party to each household in our town. During the Olympic Games in 2008, many police were deployed all over the town, but because our actions were righteous and we maintained our righteous thoughts, we were able to undertake our task without any interference.
It took one year before we finished distributing the Nine Commentaries in our town, and we improved our xinxing and enhanced our righteous thoughts during the process. As a result, no practitioners were arrested.
I am grateful to Teacher for guiding me during each and every step along my cultivation path over the past twelve years. I have benefited from my firm belief in Teacher and the Fa, and I have felt the power of righteous thoughts.
Please kindly point out anything inappropriate in my limited understanding.