(Clearwisdom.net) I began practicing Falun Dafa in May 1999. Prior to that, I suffered from different illnesses including psoriasis, lumbar vertebra problems, severe constipation (I had a bowel movement only once a week), insomnia, nasal inflammation and arthritic joints. There wasn't a single place on my body without illness. All the illnesses disappeared after one month of practicing Falun Gong, and I experienced the happiness of a completely healthy body.
Before I began cultivation practice, I was unsociable, narrow-minded, full of complaints and quite depressed. I didn’t like communicating with others, and lived inside my own world of physical and mental pain. After I started practicing Falun Dafa, I understood that everything had its own predestined relationship. I became the happiest person in the world after receiving the Great Law (Dafa). Within two months, I had become optimistic, open-minded, understanding and tolerant. My life was filled with happiness and peace. Additionally, Teacher dissolved the resentment in my relationships with colleagues, changing them from enemies into friends, who now help me to clarify the truth. My life changed completely, and this also laid a good foundation for me to clarify the truth in the future.
The persecution of Falun Gong began just two months later. On the afternoon of July 19, my workplace party secretary called and informed me that I wouldn't be allowed to practice Dafa anymore. I burst into tears, since the last two months was the most wonderful time of my life, and it would have been impossible for me to thoroughly remold myself within that short period without Dafa. I was determined to remain in Dafa, determined to believe in Teacher. Teacher is the best, Dafa is the most righteous. There is nothing wrong with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. All the ensuing lies and defamation didn't affect me. I just turned a blind eye and deaf ear to whatever propaganda I came across. I kept cultivating the way that I believed was right.
The persecution escalated in late October. Under pressure from the supervisors, my workplace required me to hand over my Dafa books. There was one other fellow practitioner and another colleague in my workplace who also had books but didn't practice. They asked me what they should do; I explained that there weren't any books for me to turn in - they would have to take my life (that was what I understood from the Fa perspective). Since I refused to give them the books, the party secretary came in an attempt to “transform” me. Since I was aligned with the Fa, no one could actually transform me, so I explained the facts about Falun Gong to the party secretary, including the beauty and wonder of Dafa from my personal experience. I spoke to him about the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) cultural revolution, which utilized lies, hatred, political labels, and elimination of dissidents. Since the CCP itself was evil, it labeled everything that was righteous as evil, confusing the white with the black. In fact, Dafa practitioners take worldly fame and profit lightly, and weren't interested in their power. At that moment, the party secretary said: “Please go, otherwise, you might even convince me.” I clearly felt Teacher's strength while talking to him. There were many places in my body that felt like Falun turning. This showed me the power of Dafa that may not be seen or touched, but had tangible wonder.
One day in October 1999, my head supervisor came to notify and threaten me since I was determined to continue practicing Dafa: “If you don't transform, I'll send you to the brainwashing class - what a shame.” I told him that it wasn't a shame to cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, and that I would continue to practice Dafa. He left without success or hope. This was also the first time that I talked to many of my colleagues and clients in the workplace about the beauty and wonder of Dafa, and also about the lies and deceit of the CCP. I felt some pain in my lower back on the way home from work. I went to the washroom, then something magical happened - an egg-sized, tumorous tissue mass dropped into the toilet. I understood that Teacher purified my body, and encouraged me that I'd done the right thing. I have continuously clarified the truth ever since. I created the environment for clarifying the truth in my workplace. Currently, most of my colleagues and clients have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
One day in the winter of 2000, it snowed heavily. The roadside was slippery as a mirror. I was riding my bicycle on a turn in the road, when another vehicle approached right in the middle. We would crash if I didn't hit the brakes, but it would've been even more dangerous if I slid and fell down. At that very dangerous moment, my bicycle became stuck frozen to the road, and the vehicle passed close by me. I was panic-stricken. When I got off the bicycle and tried to push it, it was still completely stuck, frozen to the ground. I finally freed the bicycle, and realized that Teacher protected me once again.
I was in tears later when I thought about Teacher's immense compassion. I can hardly imagine the huge tribulations that Teacher has endured for sentient beings in the universe. Teacher's merciful protection, guidance and encouragement enabled me to walk with resolve on the path of cultivation. Looking back, every step on the path would have been impossible without Teacher's protection, guidance and encouragement. I will follow Teacher, cultivate with firm determination, do the three things well and save more sentient beings. Only in this way, will we be worthy of Teacher's compassionate salvation.
This is my limited personal understanding; fellow practitioners, please point out any shortcomings.