I Have Obtained the Best Thing in Life
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Gong in late 2011. I used to fight for recognition and self-interest, and I was not a good person. I constantly had a long face due to my poor health, and I felt I would be better off being dead.
I previously suffered from arthritis, cervical spondylosis, lumbar disc herniation, cholecystitis, cholangitis, hemorrhoids, and dry eyes. I also had bone spurs, which made it challenging to even lower my head or bend forward. I had three surgeries for hemorrhoids, one caesarian section, and one abortion. I was extremely frail, and one side of my body felt numb. The doctor said that the nerves were compressed and that I would be paralyzed within six months. I sought medical treatment using Chinese traditional medicine, but was told that there was no cure. My arms and legs felt cold all the time. It was as though the fire in me had diminished. I was barely alive.
Treatments Didn't Help
I sought treatment everywhere. I used what seemed like hundreds of patches to mitigate the pain from my arthritis, and the skin on my back was torn from peeling off the patches. I spent over 20,000 yuan on a famous drug from Thailand, but it did nothing for me. I then spent more money on a secret drug from Tibet, and it also did very little for me.
The pressure on my spine caused one of my legs to become longer than the other. Massage therapy helped temporarily, but the next day they were uneven again. Eventually I resorted to acupuncture. Normally one would get such treatment every other day, but I went every day because I was anxious to get better. I eventually learned that acupuncture could damage one's qi, so having the treatment every day is not recommended. Moreover, my eyes were so dry that it felt as though there were needles poking them. I was often in tears. After three surgeries to remove hemorrhoids, bleeding continued after bowel movements. In addition, my cholangitis caused my back to hurt more. These were such tough times for me.
A Colleague Didn't Give Up On Me
It was then that a Falun Gong practitioner started working at my organization. I refused to listen at first because I was very loyal to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I was one of the first group of students in college that joined the CCP, and I was quite proud of it. I would therefore not do anything that the CCP forbade me to do. I often mocked and made fun of this practitioner based on the CCP hate propaganda I read. I feel so bad in hindsight. Yet he did not give up on me, even though I was not receptive at all. It was not until he showed me a documentary film on Falun Gong that I finally accepted the truth. Yet I was not interested in practicing Falun Gong because I knew the CCP was persecuting the practice. What would happen if I disobeyed the CCP and practiced Falun Gong? He patiently explained Falun Gong to me, but I had poor enlightenment quality, and I was indifferent.
He finally said to me, "This is the very last time I will invite you to practice Falun Gong. It is up to you, but you will miss the best thing in life if you don't give it a try."
I was intrigued. I wanted to know what it was that he described as "the best thing in life." I asked to take a quick look at some Falun Gong books. He said, "You can buy a copy of the book Zhuan Falun and respectfully take it home. When you read the book, you should read it from the beginning to the end. You mustn't read only the parts you are interested in or skip chapters. It is best that you read from cover to cover without procrastination.” I agreed.
Zhuan Falun Opens My Eyes
I may be stubborn, and have relatively poor enlightenment quality, but I am a woman of my word. I read Zhuan Falun from cover to cover, and I agreed with everything. I had spent my childhood in a rural area where I had witnessed people possessed by animal spirits and speaking cosmic languages. I had practiced several different schools of qigong when I was in my twenties, and I believe in divine beings and Buddhas. I didn't initially have a deep understanding of the book, but the contents definitely seemed to be true. It is indeed the best book in the world. It is the light of my life.
I thus started practicing Falun Gong. I spent my free time studying Falun Gong books and practicing the exercises. I still remember what it was like for me to do the sitting meditation for the first time. I was in agony when trying to force my legs on top of each other. I felt excruciating pain and numbness in my legs, yet I preserved.
“The five sets of exercises will be taught to you all at once, and you will learn them all.” (Zhuan Falun)
My understanding of “learn them all” was that I should practice the sitting meditation in the Full Lotus position from the very beginning. I vowed not to succumb to the pain. I started practicing Falun Gong in the winter, and I did the sitting meditation with a quilt over my legs. Yet I was soaked in sweat by the time I finished. I perspired so much that there was a puddle of sweat on the floor. One can only imagine that kind of pain. I felt that every pore was in excruciating pain. Yet I knew I was shedding karma. I am very glad that I persevered. The next day the practitioner asked if I had tried the sitting meditation. “I did.” "For how long?" “An hour.” He was so astonished that his jaw dropped. “You are remarkable,” he said. I didn't think it was such a big deal. After all, aren't we supposed to practice until the music ends?
“I practiced the sitting meditation, but I didn't have a peaceful or serene expression on my face. My entire body was trembling in pain, and my face was twisted in pain. How could I possibly maintain a peaceful and serene expression?” Yet he assured me, “I have witnessed too many miracles to count in people who practice Falun Gong. You will eventually reach a peaceful and serene frame of mind. Eventually your legs will stop hurting, and you will experience a wonderful feeling when you practice the sitting meditation.” I kept shaking my head, “It is impossible. I nearly died of pain. I dared not even move after the music stopped. It took me a long time to release my legs. I had to sit for thirty minutes before I started moving about.” He replied with a smile. “You don't have to believe me now. You will see for yourself.” I no longer feel that pain. In fact, I enjoy practicing Falun Gong. I now feel wonderful when I practice the sitting meditation.
Before I knew it, all my illnesses had disappeared. I am now perfectly healthy and I feel as though I am almost levitating when I walk. It is exactly like what Teacher said,
“Speaking of the great heavenly circuit, though you are not allowed to levitate, you will feel that your body is light, as though treading on air. In the past, you would be tired if you walked a few steps, but now it is very easy no matter how far you walk. You feel as if being pushed while riding a bike, and you are not tired when going upstairs—no matter how many floors there are. It is guaranteed to be this way. Those who read this book and practice cultivation on their own can also reach this state, as expected.” (Lecture Eight, Zhuan Falun)
Grateful for Dafa
I would like to thank Teacher and Falun Gong for restoring the health of a woman at the brink of paralysis. Now that I am healthy, I am happy and smiling all the time. I have been completely transformed. I used to have a sickly complexion and had a long face all the time. I now have a healthy complexion and a smile on my face. My family used to fear and oppose Falun Gong, but now they are very supportive. My two younger sisters started practicing Falun Gong as well. I would like to thank compassionate and magnificent Teacher for giving me a second lease on life. I thank Teacher from the bottom of my heart. I feel enormously lucky. I would also like to thank my coworker and fellow Falun Gong practitioner for introducing Falun Gong to me. I might have missed “the best thing in life” if he had given up on me.
When my mother was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer, the doctor said she had but three months to live. My entire family was devastated. I knew that only Falun Gong could save her, so I tried to persuade her to practice Falun Gong. But my mother must have been possessed because she worshiped strange things at home. She confessed that she was afraid of practicing with those things at home, but she was afraid that they would bring trouble to the family if she didn't keep them. I asked another practitioner to help persuade her. Eventually my mother said, “If you can get rid of those things, then I will start practicing Falun Gong.” The next day she and another practitioner burned those things. My mother started practicing Falun Gong right away, and her lung cancer disappeared in less than four weeks! She also gained more than eight pounds. She could eat again. Soon my mother could see other dimensions with her Celestial Eye. The miracles manifested in my mother allowed my entire family to become all the more convinced that Falun Gong is good.
My mother had just started practicing Falun Gong, but she regarded her vision as the truth because she didn't have a deep understanding of the Fa. Her vision of other dimensions affected her faith in Falun Gong. I didn't have a deep understanding of the Fa at the time, so I hadn't shared about it with her. She became very attached to what she saw and heard from other dimensions. She didn't know she had lung cancer. She just knew that her pain disappeared when she practiced Falun Gong. She thought of Falun Gong as a means of treating her illness, but not a faith. She did not even understand the solemnity of concentrating only in one faith. One day she went to a Catholic church with her Catholic neighbor and even bought a few Catholic scriptures.
That night she suddenly felt pain all over her body and lost her vision completely. My father immediately called my younger brother who does not practice Falun Gong. When my brother arrived, he saw my mother in excruciating pain and her quilt was soaked with sweat. It was past midnight, so he was afraid of moving her. He called and asked me what to do. I asked to talk to my father and found out what she had done during the day. I was convinced that my mother had lost the protection of Falun Gong because she did not focus on one cultivation way. She did not even understand that her life had been extended by Teacher and that she should have cherished it! I was very calm, and I told my brother, “Ask mother if she wants to practice Falun Gong. If she decides to practice Falun Gong, play Teacher's lecture video for her.”
My brother asked my mother the question. She could not speak because of the excruciating pain, but she nodded in tears. My brother played the video for her. My brother told me that within fifteen minutes she was no longer in pain and was able to see again. Then she calmly fell asleep. Teacher saved my mother from death's door! Thank you, magnificent Teacher!
No other practitioners lived nearby. All her visitors were neighbors who came to chit-chat. I live far away and did not exchange cultivation insights with my mother, so she often argued with others like an everyday person. One day she suddenly lost her eyesight again. My older sister happened to be with her. She called me and my younger brother right away. I told her to repeat “Falun Gong is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” for my mother. I hurried home right away. My brother and I arrived at the same time. We kept chanting these words. She was then able to see again in about twenty minutes. My family witnessed the power of Falun Gong once again!
My father soon started practicing Falun Gong as well. He used to suffer from a myriad of illnesses, and his stomach disease was particularly bad. There was a long list of foods and drinks that he couldn't touch. He had also suffered a stroke. He was very skinny and had a sickly complexion. He became completely healthy shortly after he started practicing Falun Gong. His entire head of gray hair turned black again. He is now 71 years old, but he can hike at the same speed as a young person. He has a good appetite, no longer has any food allergies, and he has a very healthy complexion. Words can't describe Teacher's infinite grace towards our entire family.
Since I started practicing Falun Gong, I had always felt very healthy. I thought at first, “Why have I never shed karma like many other practitioners?” One day my hemorrhoids suddenly returned. It was unbearably painful. I told myself that I was a cultivator and ignored it despite the pain. I was very busy at work. I focused entirely on work and did not use any over-the-counter medicine. The pain was gone the next day. I realized that my illness was gone quickly because I was not trying to have my illness cured when I started practicing Falun Gong. I guess Falun Gong manifested its power because I had attained the realm of “natural attainment without pursuit.” ("Lecture in Sydney")
I may have started late in comparison to other practitioners, yet I have been steadfast in my faith in Teacher and Falun Gong. Teacher requires practitioners to clarify the facts about Falun Gong, so I decided to produce materials at home. I am determined to let Chinese people know how wonderful Falun Gong is. I purchased a three-in-one printer. The box containing the printer was very big and heavy, yet I was able to carry it all the way to the seventh floor by myself. I could never have lifted such a heavy box by myself in the past.
Doing the Three Things
Sometimes I'm very busy with work, yet I have never neglected to do the three things. My work might be exhausting, but I have never felt worn out physically or mentally. In fact, I feel energetic and agile all day long. I get up at 3:50 a.m. to do the Falun Gong exercises. I leave home at 6:30 a.m. to distribute truth-clarification materials. I spend an hour distributing these materials before I go to work, and have a few cookies for breakfast. After I finish work, I come home and produce truth-clarifying materials first. Before I leave home to distribute these materials, I send forth one thought, “May all the predestined people see these materials and pass them on to more people.”
I went out one day during the pouring rain to distribute materials. I didn't carry an umbrella with me because it was not convenient. Yet there was hardly one drop of rain on my clothes. Later, a work colleague of mine arrived at the office soaking wet. She had to change shoes because her shoes were wet, too. She was astonished when she saw me completely dry without an umbrella. She nagged all morning, “How curious. I was soaking wet, yet she's dry.”
I've encountered many miracles as a Falun Gong practitioner. They might seem incredible or unbelievable to those who do not practice, but they are real occurrences that both my family and I have experienced. Falun Gong is the most righteous and best thing in my life, and Teacher is most compassionate.
I hope that people understand that Falun Gong is good, and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Please do not believe the CCP lies about Falun Gong. Learn the truth about Falun Gong. Quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations and embrace a beautiful future!