Progressing with Poise in the Wind and Rain – My Experiences over the Past 12 Years (Part 1)
(Clearwisdom.net) I have practiced Falun Dafa for 12 years. In the past, I did not realize that writing experience sharing articles is also validating the Fa. That is why I only participated in two out of seven previous Internet Experience Sharing Conferences. Now I have come to understand that preparing sharing articles is important since it creates an environment for us to improve together and do better in saving sentient beings.
1. Overcoming Difficulty and Beginning to Practice
On May 13, 1998, a friend asked me to come to her home and watch a video on qigong. I agreed without thinking about it. Then she called me again in the afternoon to remind me. However, a tribulation almost blocked me from learning about Dafa: after I hung up the phone, I fainted in bed for no reason. After a while, the friend called me again asking me to come. I stood up and hurried to her home. On the TV screen, a handsome and easy-going person waved his right arm and said, “This characteristic, Zhen-Shan-Ren, is the criterion for measuring good and evil in the universe.” His words were solid and succinct. Then a close-up showed the master’s face with fair skin. I was stunned and knew deeply from my heart that this was the master I had been waiting for.
2. Finding Zhuan Falun
Although many people had told me about Master and said he was already very famous, I did not know he was the person I saw on TV. I did not connect the video on Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance) with Falun Gong, either. The next day, I suddenly wanted to check my son's homework. I hardly ever felt the need to check it due to being very busy. To my surprise, from the school bag, he took out a copy of Zhuan Falun. I looked at the book and decided to read it thoroughly.
I read Zhuan Falun through once without stopping, and I said to my son, “This is a very valuable book and you are fortunate. Please do not miss this opportunity and study it well.” He said to me seriously, “Mom, you are more fortunate than I am. Most people obtained the book from a bookstore, with Master's help. But for you, the book was handed to you. Please also study it well.”
3. Determined to Cultivate
I had an overseas trip scheduled for August 3, 1998. Before leaving home, I casually checked under my pillow and took the book Zhuan Falun with me, as if somebody had handed it to me. As I recalled later, after my son took the book out of his school bag and I read it, I put it somewhere, but it should not have been under the pillow.
After getting on the train, I began to read the book. The words were golden and shining, as if a gold necklace was hung next to each line. After a while, I noticed that the book disappeared, and so did the paper. The words, which had moved into a gigantic field, were now very big. I read those big words calmly. Behind the words was a large open field, with trees in rows as well as animals. I enjoyed reading the book so much that I did not realize that the train was delayed by 12 hours.
Because I traveled with a group, the flight was fixed, and I had to arrive at Guangzhou airport at 4 p.m. on August 4. Because of the 12-hour delay, it was already the morning of August 4 when I arrived in Wuhan City, and there was no way for me to get to the Guangzhou airport on time by train. So after getting off the train, my husband and I took a taxi and went to Wuhan Airport. One man wanted to get a refund for his two tickets. We bought his tickets, flew to Guangzhou, and arrived there at noon. A group of friends were waiting for us, and they were very happy to see we were able to make it. One friend was a professor at Shanxi University of Political Science and Law. When he shook hands with me, he saw the book Zhuan Falun in my left hand and whispered to me, “Someone plans to defame this [Falun Dafa] and the master. We have heard some talk about this.” I replied, “Falun Dafa is very good and it teaches one to become a better person.”
After arriving at Bangkok, I canceled all activities and stayed in the hotel to read the book. My husband and friends went out to tour the resorts. In the hotel room, I held Zhuan Falun in my hands, looked at Master’s picture and said sincerely, “Master, I want to cultivate!”
4. Master Took Care of Me During My Self-study
Most people travel overseas for leisure and shopping. This was especially the case in the 90s when traveling abroad required tedious paperwork and was expensive. After reading Zhuan Falun, I knew what it was, and I cherished it more than my own life. Part of the reason for me to travel overseas was to evaluate investment opportunities. However, I knew that all these were things for the future, and were unpredictable, while this book is “Genuinely Guiding People Toward High Levels” (Zhuan Falun). Therefore, it is more valuable than hundreds of millions of dollars, and I would rather read the book than do other things.
Since I had no pursuit and simply wanted to cultivate, Master began to purify my body soon after I arrived in Thailand. Just like the student Master mentioned in the lecture, I had to go to the bathroom again and again. Our two friends from Beijing were concerned about me. They were also surprised by my energetic mood and said, “You might be protected by a high level divine being.” I replied, “Yes, Falun Dafa's Master is protecting me.” In total, 97 friends traveled with me, and I shared with them how Dafa was extraordinary and wonderful. They were very impressed by the principles mentioned by Master, “…one should not fight back when being punched or insulted…” (“Lecture Four” in Zhuan Falun) Despite their high rank in society, they all concentrated on my words, with their mouths slightly open, as if they wanted to pick up each word I said and not let it drop. That professor from Shanxi University of Political Science and Law also agreed, “Falun Dafa is indeed good!”
5. Benefiting from Dafa
The entire trip took about 20 days, and the last stop was Macau. When checking out of the hotel, many people found that their personal belongings had been stolen, from a diamond ring, to cash, to a video camera. I had a bundle of cash with me, and I somehow put it together with Zhuan Falun. I opened my suitcase and found the cash was there intact. Master already protected me, although I had just started to practice.
After returning from the trip, someone asked me to invest in the futures in a large company. Just as I was ready to register for an account to invest, a young man spoke aloud in the hall, “This company has been fraudulent.” I thus stopped the registration process. I thought that I had begun to cultivate and nothing was accidental. Then, six months later, the company collapsed, and people lost all the money they had invested. This is just what was mentioned in Zhuan Falun, “If something is yours, you will not lose it.” (“Lecture Seven”) I am very grateful for Master’s help.
6. Study the Fa Well and Attain Joyfulness
There were many tests after I came back from the trip. My attachments to fame and material interests also weakened. From late 1998 to July 1999, I was able to study the Fa calmly, which established a good foundation for me to assist Master with Fa-rectification later on. As I continued to study the Fa and purify my mind, I had a feeling of harmony and happiness. I had no fear or worry, as if I was totally immersed in the Fa. By then, I deeply felt that achieving reputation and fame in everyday society was not true joy. Instead, assimilating to the Fa and dissolving into the Fa is genuine happiness. In April 1997, I spent 27 days transcribing Zhuan Falun in its entirety.
7. Master Saved My Son
One day in May 1999, I suddenly felt uncomfortable and was agitated at noon. It was already lunch time, but my 12-year-old son had not come back home. Then a friend called me, “There was an accident near my restaurant and the victim seemed to be your son. Please come and take a look!” I hurried there while thinking about the story Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun that an elderly lady was hit in a car accident, but she was totally fine. I believed that my son would also be alright.
I rushed into the emergency room and saw my son lying in bed. I did not check if he was alive or dead, I just spoke to him close to his ear, “Son, you will be all right. Master will take care of you. Let us go home!”
I did not blame the driver nor ask him for money. I simply washed the sand off my son’s injury, put on some gauze, and took him home in a taxi. Then I played Master’s audio lecture for him. At that time, I saw a beam of light, one foot long and one inch wide, moving around my son’s body, which had bruises all over. After six hours, I saw tears in my son’s eyes. I was very happy, “Son, are you all right?” He was weeping and said, “Mom, had you not practiced Dafa, I would have been dead today.” I also cried. Once again, I was very grateful for Master’s help.
(To be continued)