New Practitioner: Catching Up on the Divine Path
Greetings, Dear Master! Hello, fellow practitioners.
I became a practitioner in 2008. Here I would like to report my cultivation experience of the last year to Master and practitioners.
1. Validating the Fa and Saving People in a New Job
During the second half of 2010, I was transferred to a new department that has poor working conditions and a heavy workload. I did not complain because I knew Master sent me here to save more people.
In “Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Singapore,” Master said: “That’s because the conduct of each student in everyday people’s society represents Falun Dafa [in people’s minds]”
My new colleagues were mostly young men. When they saw that I remained calm and happy despite the harsh environment, they admired me. On young man said, “How come you are so happy all the time?” I did not tell him. I am happy because I have Master and Dafa, and I am a Dafa disciple envied by all gods in the universe.
In addition to doing a good job, my top priority is to tell people the truth about Falun Gong and invite them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. I really hope they all have a bright future. When I tell people the facts about Dafa, I usually do not reveal my own identity as a practitioner. I tell people about the Party’s corruption and cruelty and about Falun Gong’s amazing effects and wide influence around the world. People easily accept my approach.
One day I talked to a lady a few years older than I. She listened to me carefully and occasionally asked some questions. I tried my best to answer her. Finally, she said, “My older sister and her daughter are Falun Gong practitioners. Because of the lies spread by the CCTV, I encouraged them to give up practicing, but they refused. I was so mad that I stopped talking to them. After talking with you, I have realized that the Communist Party is evil.” She asked me to help her and her family members quit the CCP. I told her to contact her sister because it would benefit herself.
2. Learning to Cultivate Myself
During my first year as a practitioner, I had very limited contact with other practitioners. In the second half of 2009, I joined a Fa study group in an effort to rescue fellow practitioners. Soon after I joined them, one practitioner began to suffer from a serious “illness karma” that diverted the attention of everyone in the group. Eventually, even our rescue efforts stopped. During this time, we constantly disagreed with each other, were anxious, resented each other, and had a number of other situations. Six months later, there was no major improvement in the practitioner’s condition. I became impatient and felt bad about not being able to do the most important task. I joined another project team and left the study group.
A practitioner told me that no matter what a practitioner encounters, it is not accidental. Everyone is responsible for the situation in the study group. She said that I tended to focus on others’ problems and did not do my best to harmonize with the group. It was my own xinxing problem.
I began to examine my motivation for leaving the group. When faced with problems during the past year, did I really look within? When an argument arose among practitioners, did I cultivate my own heart? When my recommendations were rejected, did I treat the rejection with “great tolerance?” I asked myself, “Do you truly cultivate yourself?”
Although I am a new practitioner, I put good effort into doing the Three Things, and because of that I considered myself quite diligent. When some veteran practitioners slacked off a bit, I even felt some gratification, thinking that I was not too far from these veteran practitioners. With that thought, I developed some human mentalities, such as showing off, zealotry, and to doing things. I became attached to my own good work and equated doing things with cultivation.
Master told us in Zhuan Falun: “Cultivation is just awfully grueling, it’s incredibly serious,” (“The Sixth Talk”)
I realized my problem and began to pay attention to my own cultivation. I constantly reminded myself: I am a cultivator, and cultivation is not merely doing work.
3. Using My Talent to Save People
In the second half of 2010, I began to send text messages to clarify the truth using my cell phone. At first, I downloaded text message samples from the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom), collected phone numbers, and selectively send the messages to different people. Later I began to write my own texts. To avoid evil interference, I had to change some sensitive key words and that caused some inconvenience for the readers.
At the end of 2010, I received a message in color on my cell phone. I realized that using colorful print to clarify the truth is a good idea, and it is harder to block. Using my basic knowledge of computers, I learned how to send messages in color. Soon, other practitioners also began to use this technique.
I downloaded some colored characters from Minghui and began to send them manually by entering phone numbers one by one. This was rather time consuming.
Later I learned to produce colored characters I obtained from other practitioners, and I sent different messages to specific groups.
When I have strong righteous thoughts and fewer human notions, the results are often extraordinary. When I maintain a pure state of mind, a 50-yuan phone card can support several thousand color messages. Sometimes when I made good progress, my mentality of showing off, zealotry, and of doing things would surface. I sometimes did not wish to hear negative feedback from others. But I could quickly find my attachments and immediately eliminate them. Saving people is also a process of cultivation.
Now people are more willing to accept the truth. We are making more colored messages suitable for saving people, and this project is progressing. All the other practitioners are doing everything they can to contribute. We have learned to work as a group, and we will save more people and fulfill our pledge.
Thank you very much, Master. Thank you, fellow practitioners, for giving me help.