Eight-year-old Western Practitioner Growing Up with Dafa
(Clearwisdom.net) I am eight years old and this is the second time I have appeared on stage in front of all of you. The first time was when I was two years old; I was part of the Pedals of Peace bicycle team that rode their bicycles from Washington D.C. to Chicago. I rode in the RV!
I am a practitioner of Falun Dafa. I feel that I have been practicing all of my life. Some of my memories and experiences of my practice are in this paper.
When I was much younger, I was laying in my parents’ bed and I had a fever and a big headache. My dad kept telling me to call out for Master’s help. I kept refusing to listen to him and kept calling and crying out: “Mommy, my head hurts!” My dad then suggested to my mom: “If he is going to act like an ordinary person, we had better treat him like one.” He said that he would put me in the shower to cool me down. My dad then sat up on the edge of the bed in the dark room and was about to stand up, when I finally cried out “Master, please help me!” As soon as I said those words, the entire room changed. The windows got darker, my body cooled off and I immediately went to sleep, not to wake up until morning. My head never bothered me again.
Another experience that showed the power of righteous thoughts or actions came from something that happened at school. At the end of this school year, I became really upset that my favorite teacher, Mr. Troy, was about to leave the school. I kept asking my parents: Can I give him a gift to show my gratitude? My mom and my dad said, “Yes, you can, but you already gave him the best gift in the world.”
To tell you about that gift, I must first tell you that my classmate Ahmad and I had to give a report in our class about China and Japan. In our report, we talked about ninjas and Chinese cooking, but the best part was about Falun Dafa. I explained to my partner Ahmad about the persecution of Falun Dafa and he created a nice presentation slide with pictures of practitioners from all over the world.
We finally gave the presentation to our class. Everybody asked us many questions, but mostly about ninjas. We answered many questions, and my teacher Mr. Troy then asked the final questions -- he asked questions about Falun Dafa. Also he asked me to demonstrate the exercises in front of the whole class. When I started doing the exercises, the class started to imitate me. Not only did the class start to imitate me, but Mr. Troy and the other teachers that were watching the presentation started to imitate me also. Most importantly, Mr. Troy and the whole class got a chance to hear Master Li’s voice. They all had a chance to be saved!
I am not a perfect practitioner. There are many things I have to learn. For instance, I have to learn to call out for Master more when I need help. I have to look out for others, rather than just myself. I need to improve on sending forth righteous thoughts – I have to be able to keep my eyes closed. I can also improve in doing my exercises. Mommy and Daddy read the Fa to me every night, but I need to read more on my own.
I had a recent experience that reminded me that I have to work harder on my cultivation. Here, in Washington D.C., we had the Independence Day parade on July 4th. Many of my friends were able to get onto the Falun Dafa float. I was the only one who was not able to get onto the float. I got very jealous and started to cry. But I learned that I have to be happy for other people. I also learned that maybe I did not get on the float because of my being lazy when doing the exercises the day before.
Master says in Zhuan Falun,
“As practitioners, in the course of cultivation there are so many attachments to be relinquished, such as the mentality of showing off, jealousy, the competitive mentality and zealotry.”
One day I was going to school and I was crying. My dad asked me why I was crying. I said that I felt that I was not cultivating well enough. Dad and Mom said that it was a good thing that I recognized that I have gaps in my cultivation. When I see the gaps, I can start fixing them.
Master says in “Lunyu”:
“If human beings are able to take a fresh look at themselves as well as the universe and change their rigid mentalities, humankind will make a leap forward.” (Zhuan Falun)
Master, I will do better!
Thank you Master, and thank you all for listening to my experiences. I hope that you all will help me grow to be a strong practitioner.