China Fahui | Walking My Cultivation Path with Master's Care and Guidance
(Minghui.org) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
Along with millions of other practitioners, I have followed Master over the past 14 extraordinary years, and I have felt Master's benevolent care and guidance every step of the way.
Today I feel tremendous happiness and pride to be writing my experience sharing article for the Minghui Fahui. Like other practitioners, I have experienced many, many things in my cultivation. Due to the limited space, I will only share a few of them.
Predestined to Obtain the Fa
In early 1998, I read Zhuan Falun once and realized that Dafa was good. But I was on the fence about starting cultivation at the time, so I returned the book to my older sister.
She asked me, “Do you want to start practicing?” I said, “I have a bad temper. Cultivation is very serious. If I did not do well, it would be bad for Dafa and I would be punished for it. That is my reservation.”
She said, “You should not worry about that. You can get rid of your bad temper little by little.” Encouraged, I brought the book home once again.
After I read the book the second time, I had a very different understanding. I knew Dafa could raise people's moral levels. Master said, “However much you sacrifice is the amount you will gain...” (Zhuan Falun)
I thought the Fa was very fair and decided with firm determination to start my cultivation.
I studied the Fa every day and did the exercises in the morning and evening every day. I conducted myself according to Dafa's standards at home and at work. One night after about three weeks, I felt a rhythmic vibration under me as if the bed was shaking and it continued for several months. I also started to feel a very comfortable sensation spinning all over my entire body from head to toe. As I did the exercises, I could feel waves of energy in my chest and light beams emanating from the back of my neck to both ears. I knew it was due to the miraculous nature of Dafa and that Master was adjusting and cleansing my body.
“We require that hundreds of energy channels be opened from the very beginning. By this day, eighty to ninety percent of our practitioners have reached the state where their bodies are very light and free of illness.” (Lecture Eight, Zhuan Falun)
I was not expecting a cure, but all my health problems that had plagued me for years disappeared after I started practicing Falun Gong. Some of my problems were: abnormal bone growth in my left palm, lumps on both sides of my neck, hypertension, pain in all my bones, ear infection, and pleural thickening. I also had a persistent low grade fever between noon and midnight every day.
After taking medication for nine months, my doctor told me to stop taking it as it was wasn't doing any good. I thought I was merely waiting for death. I was 37 at the time and my child was just a few years old. I lived in pain and despair every day. After practicing Falun Gong, my life became peaceful, pleasant, and illness-free. I have deep gratitude for our Master.
Stepping Forward to Safeguard the Fa
After the persecution started in 1999, I was at a loss initially and in great distress. I cried out loud at home. I sometimes could not help crying while studying the Fa. I said to myself, “No matter how evil it gets, I must continue my cultivation. With Master and the Fa by my side, I have nothing to fear.” I continued my Fa study and exercises and reciting the Fa.
In my dreams during that time, I frequently had exams on literature, math, physics, and chemistry. The exams were all multiple choice. I also dreamed about taking the train to the final stop, and many passengers got off at each stop along the way. I came to the enlightenment that Master was giving me a hint to step forward.
I said to myself, “I am a Dafa disciple and have benefited tremendously from my practice. I ought to validate and safeguard the Fa. If every disciple comes forward, we would form the state of hundreds of energy channels being open and connected to each other, and we would have the power of a united whole body. Our Fa validation would be more powerful.” I decided to go to Beijing and speak out for Falun Gong.
I wanted someone to go with me, and Master kindly arranged for a fellow practitioner to go with me. There were a large number of policemen and plainclothes officers. As we lacked experience, we were arrested once we entered Tiananmen Square. The police took away our ID cards and locked us up in an iron cage at the Haidian District Police Station, where we met many other practitioners from all over the country.
We were all happy to see each other, just like members of a big family. Later, the two of us were taken back to our local city. On the train home, I dreamed of myself in my teens sitting in an elegant chair floating in the air. Master was alongside me, smiling, and there were many other people welcoming me. After I woke up, I felt happy and realized it was an encouragement from Master.
Upon returning to our hometown, we were detained at the local detention center. One night, I dreamed of being in a garden with golden and purple colored fruit. I was thankful that Master gave me more encouragement.
After a month, the police tried to coerce me to sign a statement to give up my practice of Falun Gong. I recalled Master's teaching:
“If you do not follow the requirements of the Fa, you are not a practitioner of Falun Dafa. Because you want to be an everyday person, your body will be reset to the level of everyday people and the bad things will be returned to you.” (Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun)
I did not cooperate with the police and did not sign the statement. Later, I was released. At the time, my body felt very light and I could not hold back my tears whenever I saw anyone because I felt they were all living in misery. Fellow practitioners told me that the state of my cultivation was a result of the compassion that I had cultivated.
After I returned home, five different officials from my workplace, my neighborhood committee, and my local police station came to speak with me in an attempt to coerce me to give up my practice. I thought it was a great opportunity to share with them my story of benefiting from my practice and told them, “Falun Gong teaches people to be kind to others, not to fight back when punched or insulted, and to have high moral standards. If there are more good people, society will be stable and the police won't need to work so hard to keep us safe.” After listening to me, they said to each other, “Forget it. We came here to 'transform' her. Now we are transformed ourselves.”
Master Protected Me All Along the Way
One morning in September 2001, I was talking to people about Falun Gong and was reported to the authorities. Several police officers handcuffed and arrested me. I was taken to the local police station and forced to stand for six hours. After 11 that night, my family paid the bail and took me home. At the time of release, the police tried to extort 2,500 yuan from my family. My family paid them only 1,000 yuan.
After my release, the police said they would come again for me in three days. My family feared they would and told me to leave town. Prior to my arrest, I had already been detained for 45 days in the local detention center and forced to stay at the brainwashing center for 12 days. To reduce the pressure on my family, I agreed to leave.
I stayed with relatives in another city. Prior to my arrival, one of my relatives had been looking for a job for a couple months. We then started looking for work together and both successfully found a job. I knew Master was helping us. I went to work during the day and did Fa study and the exercises at night. At my lunch break, I wrote positive messages about Falun Gong on adhesive stickers and went out at night to post them around town. Because I was not in contact with a local group, I did not have other resources to make better materials.
A year later, I went back to my hometown and stayed at a relative's. One night, I went out to post stickers. I had only one left and was going to put it on an electricity pole right across from the entrance to the police department. A motorcyclist passed by and asked, “What are you doing?” I hid the sticker behind my back and looked him in the eye. Thinking I was doing the most righteous thing, I said, “What are YOU doing here?” He asked again, “What are you doing alone at night?” I said fearlessly, “I was visiting a relative. Now I am returning home. Am I not allowed to do that?” Then he said with concern, “Are you okay?” I said, “Of course I am okay.” Then he drove into the police department's family residential compound, and I returned home safely with Master's protection.
Another time I went to a rural village with a fellow practitioner to distribute Falun Gong materials. After all had been handed out, it was after 9 o'clock at night. We started walking back in the rain with a flashlight. We soon reached a fork in the path with three possible ways to go.
As we were not sure which way to go, we stopped there and started sending righteous thoughts and asked Master for help. Suddenly I thought, “Returning home is going forward.” So we picked the path straight ahead. Soon we saw some woods ahead and we had no idea how long it would take to get through it. I thought, “Since we made up our minds, we should just go on.”
To our surprise, it took only a few minutes before we arrived at a major paved road with street lights. We both felt the happiness of “After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!” (Chapter Nine, Zhuan Falun) After a while, a motorcyclist gave us a lift to the nearest bus stop. Along the way, he listened to our truth clarification and agreed to quit the CCP. Eventually, we were fortunate to catch the last bus and returned home safely before midnight.
Along the way in the past many years of assisting Master in the Fa-rectification, I have walked step by step toward maturity, realized my responsibility and mission, and learned how to eliminate interference and negate the arrangements of the old forces.
In May 2008, I fell in my home and injured my left knee. I simply could not walk. I told my husband not to worry. I knew it was the old forces that imposed the persecution on me. I crawled back to my room in spite of the extreme pain and sent righteous thought for 90 minutes. There was a focal point in my knee that hurt the most, and it felt warm. It felt like there was a magnet at that point that was attracting the surrounding broken bones as in a process to restore the fractured pieces back together. I said to myself, “Is it really a broken knee? No, it is an illusion. I should let it be and carry on like normal.” Thus I studied the Fa in the afternoon as usual.
At suppertime, I could not move my leg at all and it hurt so much that I could not go to sleep. I then got up and took the opportunity to send righteous thoughts to eliminate the old forces' persecution, the dark minions, and evil spirits. I thought, “I follow nobody but Master's arrangement for everything in my life and cultivation.” I chanted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
Around three in the morning the next day, a miracle happened: I could walk again by supporting myself against the wall. I thought, “It is so true that there is no tribulation that I cannot conquer as long as I believe in Master and the Fa.” I continued to do the five exercises and read three chapters of the book every day. A week later, I could walk in large strides and I happily returned to my routine work of truth clarification.
In the past ten years, there have been so many such miracles that happened in my cultivation.
My Own Material Production Site
When I first started to clarify the truth, I used to get materials from a fellow practitioner who ran a relatively large material production center. Master taught us,
“Students in Mainland China actually have a much tougher time. Their materials production sites are basically at a household level, and they spring up everywhere. In other words, people walk their own paths. Each person, or some that are coordinating with each other on a small scale, is walking his own path.” ("Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005")
I thought, “As a practitioner, I should follow what Master teaches us. At the same time, I need to be considerate of other practitioners' situations and try to relieve their pressure. I should start my own material production site on a small scale.” However, I feared that I might not be competent for such glorious work due to my limited literacy and age.
Later, I read some experience sharing articles on Minghui Weekly about some practitioners in their 70s and 80s and even less literate than I was. They changed their human notions, conquered all kinds of difficulties, and learned how to operate computers, navigate the Internet, and make truth clarification materials. I realized my gap and had a breakthrough in my understanding of the Fa. Master knew I had the desire and around 2008, arranged for another practitioner to bring me a computer and a printer. I started by learning how to use a computer mouse, what a “Desktop” was, and how to click open “My Computer.” I took notes as the fellow practitioner held my hand, teaching me everything step-by-step. I successfully learned the basic operations.
After the practitioner left, I encountered more problems. Since I knew she was very busy and it would be hard for her to help me again, I made an effort to solve the problems by myself. With Master's hints and my strong willpower, whenever I encountered a problem I would search within to improve my xinxing. By doing that, I was able to successfully make the materials on time every week.
After operating my own material production center for a couple years, my original secondhand computer needed an upgrade. I had limited financial resources. Although my child gave me 1,000 yuan, I was short by over 1,000 yuan. Some fellow practitioner wanted to help, but I did not accept it. One day, however, I inadvertently came across 500 yuan in a pocket of my clothes. The next day, I found another 600 yuan in another pocket. I was amazed with joy. I always kept money in my purse and did not have the habit of leaving money in my pockets. My husband and child also did not put money in their pockets. After hearing about the money, my child said to me with a smile, “Your Master knew you needed money and so just gave it to you.” Indeed, Master gave me the money.
My family, my parents and siblings, my in-laws, and other relatives have witnessed the miraculous nature of Dafa in the past years. They all identify with Dafa and support Dafa. They have quit the CCP one after another. Although my husband has not started practicing Falun Gong, he occasionally talks to people about Dafa and persuades people to quit the CCP. Each of the four times I was detained, he always went to the authorities and demanded my release and, at the same time, kept telling people how I benefited and had all my illnesses cured by practicing Falun Gong. He did that without any fear of the hardships he might encounter until I was released and got home safely.
I feel so fortunate that I have consistently walked my path of cultivation till today. Along with millions of fellow practitioners, I have feared no hardship. I am very grateful to Master's compassionate guidance and salvation. I am also thankful to Minghui and local fellow practitioners's cooperation and help. No matter how difficult the path ahead, I will walk it consistently and righteously to fulfill my prehistoric vow and return home with Master after reaching consummation.
Fellow practitioners, please point out anything inappropriate. Heshi.