Commemorating World Falun Dafa Day - A County Leader’s Investigation into Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) I began to learn Falun Dafa in 1996. I was a major leader of a small county in the mountain area where I lived. Growing up under atheism, I believed in evolution and materialism, because the CCP had brainwashed everyone in China to believe in them above all else. I did not believe in Qigong or cultivation at all.
In early 1996, Dafa’s spread in my county already had reached a peak. There were practice sites around every corner. At that time, some of my old acquaintances were cultivating in Dafa and tried to explain Falun Gong to me. Not only did I not listen to them, but I used my authority as a county leader to criticize them and tell them not to believe in such superstition. Although they felt they could not talk to me, before leaving, they very kindly left a copy of Zhuan Falun in my room for me.
That night, I had a very clear dream that I was on a large high platform made of fine silt. An old man with a loaf of white bread pointed to a river far from me and said to me, “I want to save you to over there. Are you going to come with me?” I said I would. Then I followed the old man and walked down the platform. It was a long way to the river and the ground was covered with reeds and all kinds of aquatic plants. There was no way to get to the river that way. The old man said, “You walked the wrong way. You need to go back and walk the other way.” I followed the old man and went back to the platform of silt. Suddenly the old man was gone and I woke up.
Over the next few days, I asked my heart what the dream meant. Terms like “salvation” and “cultivation” were words I had never used, so why were they emphasized in my dream? I saw the high platform at the flood area of Huaihe River, so what did it mean when I had walked the wrong way? I just could not figure it out. I had a feeling that it was not an everyday dream and that the gods and Buddhas were trying to help me understand something. The only clear thought I had was that it might be related to the book Zhuan Falun. With that one thought I began reading read Zhuan Falun. I also decided to ask the Falun Dafa practitioners about their experiences and understandings.
I spent nine months reading Zhuan Falun, while I visited many practitioners. I talked to nearly one hundred practitioners face to face. During our conversations, almost all of them told me about miracles that had happened to them after they began to practice Falun Gong. Some were rid of their illnesses and were now healthy. Some had supernatural powers. Some had their third eyes opened. All of these reports really shocked me.
I even witnessed what happened to an older woman who had been paralyzed for six years. Her friends carried her to a site to study the Fa and practice the exercises on a tricycle. After six months, she could walk to the exercise site by herself without any help.
I heard about an old lady whose back curved almost at a 90-degree angle. Just three days after she started to practice Falun Gong, she could straighten up her back. I really wanted to see her. In the summer, I heard that the town she lived in was hosting a Fa experience sharing conference, so I drove the 50 kilometers and attended the conference.
When I arrived, I was told she could not attend the conference at that time. The local assistant saw my disappointment and told me there was a male practitioner attending the conference who had a similar condition before practicing Falun Gong and now his back was straight. After being introduced to this practitioner, he told me he was in the army when he was young and when he left the army, he developed a serious illness and could not stand up straight anymore. It was very inconvenient for him, and he was also depressed and afraid of being laughed at. When he about heard the beauty and miracles of Dafa, he started to practice it. When he did the first exercise, he could not straighten his back and he felt very uncomfortable. Six months later, he experienced a dream that a few people were pressing all around his lower back. It was so vivid that it woke him up. The next morning when he went to the practice site, magically, his back was straight.
Another Falun Gong practitioner that I knew also experienced a miracle cure. In the 1950s he was the head of a district. Something went wrong with his leg and he became crippled. After a year of practicing Falun Dafa and reading Zhuan Falun he was no longer crippled. In order to introduce Dafa to the public and let all the neighbors see the miracle of Dafa, he physically transported all the fertilizer bags to the fields non-stop for many days. Many people saw this miracle and started to practice Falun Gong.
Among the practitioners I visited, some had their third eyes opened and saw some scenes in other dimensions. Some of them were illiterate but could easily relay the magnificence of Falun and the scenes in other dimension with such vivid and convincing descriptions that it was hard for me not to believe them. Some also had the superpower of telepathic abilities and could clearly reveal what others were thinking. Many of them had incurable diseases before, but they all had fully recovered after learning the great cultivation way of Dafa.
After my preliminary study and investigation, my views of the world and life completely changed. My attitude about Falun Gong changed from distain to respect. I realized that Zhuan Falun is a divine book and that Falun Gong is a divine cultivation practice. As long as we truly cultivate ourselves and study the Fa, miracles will happen. I made up my mind to study the Fa and practice the exercises. I began practicing with a group of practitioners and was finally on my way home to my true original self.
At that time, I was still a government leader. The biggest obstacle for me was that I did not want to open my heart and share my experiences with my fellow CCP officers. I recognized at that time I was not cultivating myself diligently or truthfully.
Teacher saw my cultivation state and He used dream scenes and other practitioners' words to enlighten me again and again. My xinxing gradually improved, and I began to let go of my fear of anyone discovering that I, a county leader, practiced Falun Gong. After letting go, I found I could study the Fa, practice the exercises, and share my experiences with other practitioners. I also went out to tell others about Dafa many times. I recited the Fa and completely focused on truly cultivating myself. I became a true practitioner on the way to godhood. To encourage me, Teacher let me see the Falun rotating rapidly. I heard the whistling sound of wind when Falun was rotating while I did the exercises. For two days, when I got up at night to do the exercises, I saw the whole room was full of light. I also saw a big flower on top of my head, which I had never seen before.
These miracles happen to many Falun Dafa practitioners. My views of the world and my life have been completely changed. I believe that Master Li came down to this world to save all sentient beings. The miracles that happened in history when Jesus and Buddha came to the world to save the people are happening now, again today. I am eternally grateful!
All these experiences laid a solid foundation for my cultivation. During the last 15 years' cultivating in Dafa, no matter how much frustration and pressure I've had to deal with, I have always believed in Dafa and followed Teacher closely to keep up with the progress of Fa-Rectification. Although there were times I did not cultivate myself diligently, overall, I never forget I am a Falun Dafa practitioner. I consistently got rid of my attachments and have always done the three things Teacher asks us to do.