Quietly Cooperating with Fellow Practitioners to Save People
Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I obtained the Fa and began cultivating in March 1996. Magically, within ten days after I began practicing Falun Dafa, all of my diseases disappeared and my body felt light. After witnessing the positive changes in my body and mind, people around me were amazed and many of them started to practice Falun Dafa.
After the Chinese Communist Party started persecuting Dafa in 1999, I quickly started to talk to people about the beauty of Dafa and to expose the persecution with local fellow practitioners. In the years since, I have participated in talking to people about the persecution in mainland China, and have faced grave danger many times. Because of Master’s protection, time and again the situation would be alarming but not threatening, and it would pass.
Seventeen years have passed since I began practicing Falun Gong. Looking back on the path I’ve walked, words cannot express the immeasurable gratitude that I have for our compassionate and mighty Master.
Here, I would like to share with everyone my cultivation experience in validating the Fa after I left China.
Cooperating While Promoting Shen Yun
At the end of August 2010, I left China and came to live in the Midwest U.S. In October, our local coordinator asked me to sell Shen Yun tickets with my daughter, who is also a Dafa disciple. I greatly cherished this precious opportunity. I told myself that I would try my best, cooperate well, sell more tickets, and save more sentient beings.
Before I go out to sell tickets, I calm my mind and study the Fa. On the way there, I listen to Master’s lectures or the CDs of the Shen Yun Performing Arts Chorus Concert or the music of Pudu. Although I can’t speak English and I can’t sell tickets on my own, I can pass out flyers and Special Edition brochures. I help fellow practitioners by sending righteous thoughts and make sure I use my purest heart to cooperate with other practitioners to sell Shen Yun tickets.
Because there are few practitioners in our area, every time I'm asked to participate, I happily cooperate and I try my best to do as I'm asked. I know that only if we cooperate well can we sell more Shen Yun tickets and save more sentient beings.
I came to the U.S. three years ago, and every year I've participated in Shen Yun ticket sales. How many bright nights and how many nights with heavy rain, heavy snow, heavy fog, or thunderstorms, my daughter and I drove through on the way home. Sometimes I felt very tired. But most of all, from the depths of my heart I felt infinite gratitude for Master and happiness for the sentient beings that are saved by Dafa.
Cultivating and Improving While Making Truth Clarification Phone Calls
When I first arrived in the US, in such a nice cultivation environment, I felt very happy. But I also felt lost because I can’t speak English nor can I drive. These two things were big obstacles for me to validating Dafa in the U.S. After a while fellow practitioners suggested that I make phone calls to China. Thus I started to make truth clarification phone calls to China to urge people to quit the CCP organizations.
1. Studying the Fa is the Key to Making Effective Phone Calls and Clarifing the Truth
It’s important that we always put Fa-study in the first place. When I truly study the Fa with my heart, I can feel a very strong energy field around me. Then when I make calls to China, my wisdom obtained from the Fa opens and what we say to people is filled with the power of compassion. When I don’t spend enough time studying the Fa or don’t focus during Fa-study, I feel that what I'm saying doesn't have the power of righteous thoughts behind it. Therefore, each time before I make any phone calls, I always make sure I study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts. By doing so I notice we have much better results when urging people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
2. Get Rid of the Attachment of Seeking Comfort and Ease
For the past three years, I have joined in promoting and selling Shen Yun tickets. Frequently the ticket sale locations were far from my home, and many days we had to leave home at 6 or 7 a.m. and came home around 11 p.m. Standing outside for an entire day, I was often very tired. Sometimes when we drove to other states to help sell tickets, we got home even later. The next morning whenever I thought about taking a break and sleeping a bit longer, I would remember Master’s Fa in Zhuan Falun: “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” This thought pushed me to get up quickly and get going with my phone calls to clarify the truth to the Chinese people.
3. Cultivating on the RTC Platform
One day I went to the RTC US Team room to dial China. After I finished a call, a fellow practitioner pointed out some of my weak areas in this phone call. Although I thanked her, actually I didn't feel comfortable in my heart. Afterward, I didn’t go to that room to make phone calls for about 10 days. Another fellow practitioner met me on the platform and asked why I didn’t come to the US team room, I said, “I’ll come back later on.”
After I chatted with this practitioner, I felt very bad. I identified a big attachment that stayed in my mind for a long time – not willing to let other people blame or criticize me. From the day I began cultivating, I knew that I should examine myself internally whenever things happened to me. Now it was being pointed out to me that I hadn’t gotten rid of this attachment yet. Every time I heard opinions that differed from mine, I usually defended myself. Sometimes, even though I kept silent, I kept my anger and dissatisfaction in my heart. My peaceful outward appearance disguised my internal unhappiness. Could this be genuine cultivation? Not letting people point out my shortcomings or criticize me--wasn’t this a display of my selfishness rooted with the old cosmos’ personality? Master has said in “Don’t Argue” in Hong Yin Vol, (III) that
“Wanting to explain just feeds the attachment
Breadth of mind, unattached, brings true insight” [not included in CMH article]
Now I finally identified this attachment that seriously hindered my truly cultivating myself in the past. Not only should I expose it, but also eliminate it now. I made up my mind that I would join in the US team room to make phone calls again and sincerely accept criticism and advice from every fellow practitioner.
The next day I went on the US team room. I dialed my first number and talked with the person on the phone for 2 minutes, I easily helped this person quit the CCP’s Young League. After I finished my last phone call that morning, the host practitioner was very pleased. She said I clearly clarified the truth to people using a peaceful mind, soft tone, and clear thoughts. I understood in my heart that compassionate Master had saw my determination to get rid of my attachment, so He passed on these encouraging words to me via my fellow practitioner.
That night, when I meditated, a scene appeared in front of me: many people were walking on a path toward the top of a mountain. Later, they started to run. The mountain was very high and the path got steeper and steeper. When the road ended, a pavilion appeared. An elevator dropped from the top of the mountain. These people finally made it to the top of the mountain by taking the elevator. At this moment, the elevator automatically withdrew and rose up, just like stairs extending to the sky. I realized that Master was enlightening me that I should cultivate myself, get rid of those hidden attachments, and clean up the mentality of avoiding criticism. These attachments and human mentalities do not belong to my true self. I should keep improving and upgrading myself.
So, the next day after I finished my phone calls, I shared my experience of these few days with other practitioners on the team. All of us felt very encouraged. We all started looking inside. Now our team members cherish each other, remind each other, and encourage each other. We have turned our team into One Body to “Focus on how you study and cultivate” (“Solid Cultivation” in Hong Yin). Since I started making phone calls on the RTC platform, I found that I have made big progress in my cultivation. I am able to look inside and I've become more patient when doing my tasks. My tone and attitude when speaking changed, and I'm now more peaceful.
When I make phone calls, instead of focusing on the number of people who quit the CCP organizations, I now pay more attention on how to clearly clarify the truth. Every word that a Dafa disciple says plays a role in shaking the evil and disintegrates the evil elements hiding behind people. I also always try to forward the software to break though the Internet firewall to people in China and encourage them pass it along to their friends and relatives. I think passing the truth from mouth to mouth and heart to heart is most powerful in helping more people understand the truth. The process of making phone calls not only offers me a chance to validate Dafa but also to cultivate myself.
During this process, I have experienced being refused, being hung up on, being misunderstood, being insulted and scoffed at. Having gone through all of these experiences, my mind became more pure and my tone more peaceful. And as a result, the effect of urging people to quit the CCP is significantly better than before. Nowadays, if I didn’t make phone calls for a few days, I feel my heart is empty. The more I make phone calls, the more I like to do it. Now, fewer and fewer people refuse to quit the CCP when I call them. Every day I'm able to urge a few or ten or dozens of Chinese people to quit. The maximum of people I helped quit was 31 in a day. In the last 2 years of making phone calls to China, I have already helped a total of 3,439 Chinese people quit. Recalling all of these experiences, I am deeply grateful for Master’s compassionately saving sentient beings.
Collecting Signatures with Compassion
I participated in a recent event to collect signatures to help stop the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) crime of forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. I noticed that people were sitting on the lawn waiting for hot air balloon rides. I can’t speak English and was afraid of interrupting their festivities, but I thought, "I must let them sign and be saved. Don’t overlook them and then the coming disaster may eliminate them." I sent righteous thoughts to ask Master for help. I walked to each and every one, smiled, and handed the petition form to them. I said the one sentence in English that fellow practitioners taught me. The weather was very hot that day, and my clothes were soaked with sweat. I thought of fellow practitioners in China, still being tortured and persecuted. Some of them have their organs removed while still alive as a form of torture, and my heart was very sad. I went to each person and asked them to sign the petition. One old man pressed his hands together in front of his chest to me after he signed the petition. I am truly grateful to Master for bringing such a kind sentient being to me.
I also met five young Americans. I handed them copies of Resolution 281 and soon all five had signed their names. After a while, one of them found me in the crowd, handed me his cell phone, and showed me his phone screen. The screen showing one line of characters, “You do for mankind a great honor.” Suddenly I was in tears. I took out a pen, wrote down his words on the back of the petition form. His eyes were also filled with tears. He held out his hands and we held each other tightly. I know that this is our compassionate Master using ordinary people’s kindness to encourage every Dafa disciple who helps Master rectify the Fa.
During three hours of collecting signatures, I got 127 signatures. Every time I collect signatures, someone always shakes my hands, hugs me, or gives me a thumbs up. Even though we don’t speak the same language, I can feel my heart and the hearts of all these sentient beings already interlinked. Thanks to Master’s compassionate care,
I am so happy from my bottom of my heart for these people so fortunate to be saved by Dafa and I also feel deeply blessed.
Thank you, Master, for saving me. Thank you, Master, for arranging the path for me. I'm so grateful for Master’s compassionate care, and I cherish everything that Master gives me. In the future I must study the Fa well and cultivate solidly. We must walk well the path to help Master rectify the Fa, save more people, save people more quickly, and follow Master to return home.
My level is limited. Please kindly point out any inappropriate understanding.
Thank you, our compassionate and mighty Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners! Heshi!