(Minghui.org) Jana Shearer was born in 1957 in Montreal, Canada, and now resides in the town of Denmark in southwestern Australia. She's been a Falun Dafa practitioner for ten years.
Jana and her husband
“My brain was injured during birth. I seemed to always have a very gloomy personality. My parents told me that when I was little, I was always depressed. I did not like to eat or interact with others. It almost seemed as if I did not belong to this world,” Jana recalled.
“As I got older, I often had memories of previous lives and kingdoms. When these things appeared in my mind, I felt very comfortable. I subconsciously felt that this place called Earth was only one of the stops in my long life. Eventually I would return to my real home.”
Jana could read and write by the time she was four years old, so her parents sent her to a preschool for more education. The teachers were catholic nuns. Her first day at school, she greeted a girl who sat next to her in class. The nun who was teaching the class grabbed her by the collar and told her to kneel down in front of a crucifix. The nun told her to ask for Jesus' forgiveness.
“I looked up at Jesus and asked him who these people [the nuns] were. He smiled at me and replied, 'They are not my followers.' I knew then that these people did not do what Jesus told them. They were not true practitioners.”
After this experience, Jana turned very quiet and became very kind. She was friendly to the children who were picked on and became popular.
In North America in the 1970s, Jana's parents started to worry about her because she was quite popular and it was a time when many young people were trying out drugs and succumbing to other temptations.
Seeing all the bad things going in society, Jana's parents wanted a safer place for her to grow up in. They emigrated to New Zealand when Jana was 14. What they hadn't realized was that it was even worse in New Zealand. Jana quickly began to use drugs.
A Page Turned in Life
Thirty years later, in 2002, Jana was introduced to Falun Dafa. She was living in the town of Denmark and was not in good health. She had divorced in 1998 and was raising four children on her own. Jana had severe arthritis and endometriosis, and she was also an alcoholic.
One day, a martial arts teacher came to town. He specialized in electrotherapy. While Jana was being treated for her arthritis, she learned that the martial arts teacher practiced Falun Gong. When she closed her eyes, she saw and felt a spinning universe. Four months later, Jana took the martial arts teacher's advice and began to practice Falun Gong.
“After I did the exercises three times, I could feel that it was something that I had been looking for my entire life. I sincerely devoted myself to the practice. That same day I read Zhuan Falun. Since then, I have experienced many wonderful things,” said Jana.
She immediately quit excessive drinking and has given up alcohol ever since.
“One time I asked my husband to help me copy Teacher's lecture DVDs. I had two DVD players and the TV was on. I saw Teacher doing the Big Hand Gestures on TV. I was able to understand what the gestures meant and I was so touched that I cried. As I was enjoying the beautiful feeling, my husband asked me to look at the TV. He showed me that the two DVD players were not yet connected to the TV, but the TV was already playing the DVD. He was baffled. I told him it was a miracle.”
Jana's endometriosis prevented her from working and walking normally for five years. It was considered incurable. Surgically removing her uterus and taking hormones for the rest of her life was her only option. After she began practicing Falun Dafa, her endometriosis disappeared. As a result, she no longer needed to take drugs and alcohol to find relief.
“One day my husband and I were on our way home in our van, when a large dead kangaroo fell out of a speeding truck in front of us. Suddenly, the two wheels on the left side of the van elevated and the kangaroo slid passed us. No one was hurt and the van was not even scratched. Even my husband thought it was a miracle.”
Before she practiced Falun Dafa, Jana divorced her first husband in 1998. The terms of the divorce were still not settled after five years. One day she clarified the truth about Falun Dafa to the presiding judge and the defense lawyer in the courtroom for half an hour. Later the judge thanked her. After that, her ex-husband never reopened the case.
“This is the second marriage for both my current husband and me. Our divorces caused our ex-spouses a lot of pain. After I read Zhuan Falun, I believed that I must follow the standard of Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance. My ex used to slander Falun Gong and me. Later, he came down with Bell's palsy. The right side of his face was paralyzed. I felt sorry for him and visited him. I gave him a hug and a copy of Zhuan Falun. Six months later, his face returned to normal. Now we get along and discuss Falun Gong. He often visits me and the children and I often help him. Earlier this year, his chest x-ray showed an abnormal growth in his lung, so he had an MRI. Before he got the MRI results, I told him about the Shen Yun Performing Arts shows. He agreed to see the Shen Yun performance. Several days later he went to the hospital for his MRI results. The doctor told him everything was fine and he came to tell me the good news.”