Selection from Call for Articles: I Walked Right Between Them and Safely Left
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a Falun Dafa disciple working in the military system. After I started to practice Dafa, I experienced many amazing things. Now I want to share some of these experiences with fellow practitioners and I also want to demonstrate the beauty and solemnness of Dafa with my personal experiences.
Before I obtained the Fa in 1996, I had peripheral neuritis due to drug poisoning. My limbs were weak and numb. Because my entire nervous system was damaged, I often had headaches, back pain, and trigeminal neuralgia. I was in so much pain that many nights I couldn't sleep at all. I went to many hospitals and tried different treatments, but none of them cured me.
After one of my old classmates heard about my situation, she mailed a copy of Zhuan Falun to me. I finished reading Zhuan Falun and Zhuan Falun (Volume II) in two days and two nights. Three days later, I stopped taking any medicine and went to a practice site to learn the five exercises. Thus I started cultivation practice. The first time when I read Zhuan Falun, as soon as I started reading, I hurt all over. But when I put the book down, the pain immediately stopped. Despite the pain, I just wanted to study the Fa. I curled up and sat on my knees while I read. After I finished, I was surprised to find that without my being aware of it happening, the pain had completely disappeared.
Several days later, I began to have diarrhea and it lasted for a dozen days. At first my stomach and spine ached, and then I began to have sepsis. However, because of my firm belief in Master and the Fa, I still went to work in the daytime. At night, I studied the Fa and did the exercises. After thirteen days, all the symptoms disappeared and I have rarely had diarrhea again in the past fifteen years.
Several days after that, I started to eliminate karma again. This time I had a fever and a sore throat. I couldn't eat anything for three days. The entire time I studied and recited the Fa. On the third night, after I woke up in middle of the night, my sore throat and fever were gone. When I swallowed my saliva, it just felt like sweet spring water. Tears flowed down my cheeks, I knew Master resolved all the karma for me.
More surprisingly, not long after I started cultivation practice, I could sleep very well at night and after I woke up, I felt very energetic. Several months later, the pain all over my body disappeared. My cold, numb limbs started to warm up and I could move my toes again.
The first test for me in cultivation was to put up both of my legs on top of each other in the lotus position for the sitting meditation. I had never done this before and it was very hard; not to mention the double-leg crossing or single-leg crossing. Even just sitting on the floor and crossing my legs was so difficult for me that I couldn't keep it up for more than ten minutes. With fellow practitioners' help, I could finally do single-leg crossing. By that time, I had sweat all over my face and the tears kept flowing. I encouraged myself: “I am making progress even if I can do it one minute longer.” In this way, after six months, I could finally do double-leg crossing for half an hour.
After July 20, 1999, all the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) media broadcasts slandered Dafa and Master. Police officers illegally arrested many practitioners, and their family members were living in fear. The leaders where I worked talked to me and told me to give up practicing Dafa. I used those opportunities to clarify the truth to them. Later, after our top leader came back from a conference in Beijing, he said to me very seriously, “I have been instructed to fire whoever practices Falun Gong. You need to make a decision now.”
I calmly told him, “There is nothing wrong in practicing Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Master Li saved me, so I couldn't even begin to thank Him enough. How could I every say something bad about Him?” My leader looked at me in surprise and said, “Even if you don't think about yourself, you should think about your husband and your child.” I answered him very determinedly, “I know I have done the right thing in cultivating Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. You can decide for yourself what to do with me.” After I walked out of the office building, I felt a warm flow running through my body from head to toe. I knew Master was strengthening and encouraging me.
Later on, my supervisors went to talk with my husband and tried to pressure him to make me give up cultivating Dafa. My husband told them very seriously, “Several years ago, she was sick. Our family life was hell. She was in so much pain that she couldn't sleep at night. She couldn't go to work, couldn't do housework, and then I had to take her to the hospital every now and then. Our family members also suffered a lot. After practicing Falun Dafa she recovered. It's such a good practice, even if our family all become beggars, we will support her practicing Dafa.”
It is indeed as Master said: “If you are not afraid, the factor that would make you afraid will cease to exist. This is not to be self-imposed, but is achieved by truly and calmly letting go of it. ” (“Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s),” Essentials for Further Advancement II) In the end, my boss protected me and didn't report me.
During those hard times, I often reminded myself to be a true practitioner. I often studied the Fa until midnight and often recited the Fa whenever I had time. If there was an opportunity, I clarified the truth to my family members and friends.
In 2000, a big blister began growing on my nipple. In those months, three of my neighbors had mastectomies because they were disagnosed with breast cancer. My husband asked me to go to the hospital, but my heart wasn't moved and I continued cultivating as usual. After nine days, the blister broke and oozed yellow fluid. My husband asked me to go the hospital again, but my heart still wasn't swayed. I went to work and didn't interrupt my Fa-study and doing the exercises. Several days later, the blister completely healed. I realized the mammary hyperplasia and breast fibroids I had in the past had already disappeared.
In the newspaper in 2002 I saw an article that said there were nearly 100,000 customers at the City Book Building during the National Holiday Week. I suddenly enlightened: every day they had more than 10,000 customers—it was a great opportunity for me to clarify the truth and to spread the Fa. Then Master's article repeatedly appeared in my head: “Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy.” (“Rationality,” Essentials for Further Advancement II) Then I had another thought: “There are six floors in the building, and each floor has dozens of salespersons and a security checkpoint. If I am discovered, how could I ever escape?” But I negated that thought by remembering that I am a Dafa disciple, and my sacred responsibilities made me determined. I started to make about 200 truth-clarification bookmarks. On Saturday, I went to the book building with the bookmarks. On my way there I kept sending forth righteous thoughts and recited Master's lectures. I reminded myself to be calm. I specifically picked the most popular books to place the truth-clarification bookmarks in. After I finished distributing the bookmarks, I safely returned home. The success of my first experience greatly encouraged me and I was full of confidence. From then on, I often went to the book building to distribute truth-clarification materials.
One time when I was distributing the bookmarks, a boy suddenly ran up to me and asked, “Auntie, do you know where the Physics Exercise Questions book is?” I pointed to a pile of books where I had just distributed bookmarks and said, “It's over there.” He walked to the books, took the top one, and left. My eyes immediately filled with tears—I knew Master was encouraging me. Fifteen minutes later, three female soldiers came up to me and asked, “Excuse me, do you know where the College Entrance Examination Questions and Answers in Politics book is?” I pointed to another bookshelf where I had just finished placing bookmarks and said, “Over there!”
During the many times I distributed truth-clarification bookmarks, I encountered interference twice, but I was protected by Master and safely left both times. Once while I was distributing bookmarks, a salesperson suddenly shouted at me behind my back, “What are you doing?” I turned around and answered her calmly, “I am looking at the books.” Then she walked to the shelf and started to search for something. I immediately started to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evil factors behind her and I also sent one thought that she wouldn't find anything. In the end, she didn't find anything and she turned around and said, “Sorry about that.”
Another time I was so focused on distributing bookmarks that I completely forgot that there were others around. All of a sudden I heard loud talking. I looked up and saw two people rushing towards me. They shoved me aside and started to search through the books.
Dozens of people were staring at me. Because I had never been criticized in public before, my face immediately turned red. I told myself, “You are a Dafa disciple, you are saving sentient beings, and this is the most sacred and greatest thing in this world.” After I had this thought, I calmed down immediately. By that time, the manager had already found several bookmarks. I asked Master to strengthen me and I also started to send forth righteous thoughts. Then the manager began to call out, “I'll help you distribute the bookmarks!” I smiled at her and said, “Well, that's the best thing for you!” She became very angry, phoned the security people, and told them to arrest me. Meanwhile, she also went to the security checkpoint to keep me from leaving.
I thought, “I am a Dafa disciple, I am doing the most sacred thing in the world. You don't have the right to arrest me—you will not be able to see me.” Right after I had that thought, I walked towards them to the security checkpoint. When I was about six and a half feet away from them, I heard a salesperson telling the manager, “I saw the woman just now, but how could she suddenly disappear?” While they were talking to each other, I walked right between them and they didn't see me at all. After I passed the security checkpoint, I slowly walked to the stairs. When I came down to the second floor, two security people rushed upstairs. One of them ran hastily past me and the other one stopped in front of me and stared at me for ten seconds. I looked at him with a smile and thought, “Why don't you go upstairs?” Then he turned around and ran to the fourth floor. I left the building safely.
After I got back home, I looked inward to find my attachments. I found that after I had gone there so many times, I began to develop the attachment to doing things and zealotry. I didn't pay enough attention to safety and thus the evil almost took advantage of me. I realized that cultivation practice is really serious and that even one unrighteous thought or a small attachment may cause some interference to our cultivation.
Time is passing very quickly. I have been practicing Dafa for 15 years now. I can feel Revered Master's protection and infinite grace at all times. I will be more and more diligent in my cultivation and I will do the three things well and not let Master down.
Selected from “Call for Articles about Divine Occurrences in the Human World”