Breaking Through Notions and Abandoning Attachments When Writing Articles
(Minghui.org) When I saw the “Call for Articles for the 10th China Fahui on Minghui.org” on July 31, 2013, I just looked at the title without reading the content, because I felt it had nothing to do with me. I had not been cultivating well and did not know what to write about.
Several fellow practitioners' articles encouraging everyone to contribute sharing articles were published on Minghui two days later. I carefully read every one. They touched me, and I thought about submitting an article. After carefully reading the article submission requirements, I turned on my computer and stared at the monitor for a long time. I did not manage to write a word, as my mind went blank.
I turned off the computer and sought help, “Master, please give me wisdom!” I began to recall bits and pieces about starting cultivation practice and thought about the events that I could write about. When I felt that my ideas were pretty good, I turned on the computer again. After staring at the monitor for quite a while, I was still unable to write a single word because I did not know where to start.
I again begged, “Master, please give me a magic pen!” I remembered that fellow practitioners' articles did not have many fancy words or neat sentences. It was just like chatting face to face, and the sharing was written with a pure heart. Soon, I had many words and completed the article in one round.
Fellow practitioners had said that the process of writing an article is also a process of cultivating xinxing. I did not deeply experienced this until I began to write. I got rid of many attachments in the process of writing the article.
When I wanted to quote Master's Fa principles, I could only remember the meaning that I understood and not Master's original words. I did not know which lecture the words were from. I could not remember. I realized that I had not studied the Fa well; I had not studied with my heart.
As I began to search for those words in Master's lectures but couldn't find them, I wanted to give up. There are so many lectures; it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I immediately realized my attachments of anxiety and impatience, so I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate them. I asked Master to help me find the quotes. Shortly after I became calm, I found Master's original words.
I completed the draft and asked my mother, a fellow practitioner, to review it. She suggested several changes, which upset me. I felt it was written quite well.
I quickly realized my habit from childhood of being unwilling to modify an article. I had often written school essays in one sitting and would not polish them afterwards. However, my essays were often deemed the best in the whole class, so I developed the habit of not modifying after writing the first draft.
When my mother asked me to modify my draft, it touched my human notions.
Master's Fa immediately came into my mind:
“In order to explore this domain, humankind must fundamentally change its conventional thinking.” (Zhuan Falun)
I realized that I had been using conventional thinking, so I decided to sincerely accept my mother's advice. I treated myself as the reader. I read the article again to see if it was clear. I modified it over and over again until I was satisfied, and then sent it to Minghui.
I felt that completing the article was a great breakthrough. Initially, I had been indifferent. Then I was inspired by fellow practitioner's articles. I summed up my journey of cultivation practice, thus breaking through the notion of having nothing to write about. I sought help from Master to complete the draft. I enlightened to the Fa principles, and then quickly found the words in Master's lectures that I wanted to quote. I improved my xinxing and abandoned the long-standing habit of being unwilling to modify my article.
I wrote down my experience of writing this article to inspire more practitioners. There might be many practitioners with the thought of nothing to write about or not knowing how to write an article. As long as we have the wish in our heart to write, and as long as we firmly believe in Master and Dafa, we will be able to write articles, as there is infinite wisdom in the Fa.
It is impossible to have nothing to write about after so many years of cultivation.
With our righteous thoughts of firm belief in Master and Dafa, we have walked through every test and every ordeal under Master's protection. Every moment on the road of validating Dafa is unique. Do not treat your experiences as too ordinary; they are the cornerstone on your path to Buddhahood. Do not miss this opportunity with an excuse of not knowing how to write an article.
“When it is difficult to endure, try to endure it. When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible.” (Zhuan Falun)
Fellow practitioners have done many things well, and those things were much harder than writing articles. We can simply turn these experiences into words, and then they'll become articles. Writing about it is much easier than doing it.
This is my current understanding. If there is any mistake, please compassionately point it out.