Letting Go of Conventional Thinking while Making Phone Calls to China to Clarify the Truth
(Minghui.org) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
Master said in the “20th Anniversary Fa Teaching:”
“When you fail to walk the correct path, one reason for it is karmic causes. Among them is the trouble that accompanies a being in the background; past favors done for others or scores to settle; old promises; all of the different connections one might have with a being, and so on. Another cause is the attachments that come from one’s human mindset. Especially notable are the notions that one forms, or habits of thought that one forms, which make it very hard for a person to recognize when human thinking is unconsciously at work.”
It has been six years since I began to make truth-clarifying phone calls to China to help Chinese people withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated associations (the "three withdrawals"). I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to join the worldwide Rapid Truth Clarification platform online (known as RTC) to work and train online to clarify the truth of Falun Gong to people in mainland China. With Master's help, I have benefited tremendously from participating in this project.
When I first joined the RTC group, I explored different ways to call China efficiently. I tried numerous methods, and I clarified the truth from different perspectives. After gaining more experience, I became calm and stable when I spoke to people on the phone. I used Dafa disciples' righteous thoughts to clarify the truth. I learned that to clarify the truth to people is a process for me to let go of my attachments and human notions. It is also a process for me to break through my self. I would like to share my personal experience with fellow practitioners. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate in my understanding.
1. Breaking through conventional thinking to make phone calls, using the strategy of "One sentence to rescue sentient beings” with righteous thoughts
Learning something new is difficult at first. It’s certainly true with clarifying truth over the phone. If I do a good job in the first minute, the "army of truth" will be able to easily break into the “city.” However, if the first few seconds are not spent well, the "army" will have to surrender, and as a result, will be unable to continue clarifying the truth. This is where most beginners get stuck. For many years, I tried different ways to begin the phone conversation, but I did not have confidence in myself because I was worried that the listeners would be upset, and that they would hang up on me. If I did not have a solid mind, the listeners would hang up on me. In early 2012, RTC introduced the "One sentence to save sentient beings" strategy ("one sentence"). I have finally found the correct way to begin the phone conversations.
The “one sentence” strategy requires practitioners to have strong righteous thoughts, and to use a simple and direct sentence to help the predestined listeners to quickly learn the truth of Falun Gong, so as to quit the CCP. At first, I had some doubts about its effectiveness, fearing that it was too simple.
Master told us, “The movements seem simple, but were they complicated it wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing—the Great Way is the simplest and easiest.” (“Teaching the Fa in Beijing at the Zhuan Falun Publication Ceremony” in Zhuan Falun Fajie)
I learned through sharing with fellow practitioners that ordinary Chinese people were already familiar with the “three withdrawals” and Falun Gong, therefore, it should not be very complicated. Simple and short sentences make it less intimidating for people on both ends. Keeping it simple and natural while clarifying the truth and helping Chinese people to quit the CCP should be the normal way. Since I came to understand this method, I require myself to maintain a peaceful and beautiful state of mind and tone of voice. I should pass on the good news of the “three withdrawals” to the Chinese people. Before making phone calls, I study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts. Studying the Fa well and sending forth righteous thoughts form the solid foundation for everything.
After making a few phone calls using the new strategy, my doubts were all cleared away; the simple and direct "one sentence" helps me to overcome my nervousness. Following the "one sentence," once I became comfortable with the script, I was able to elaborate and speak freely. A righteous field is established as soon as I begin talking. I normally begin by saying, “How are you, my friend? Please allow me to take a couple of minutes of your time to tell you some great news. Millions of ordinary people have followed Heaven's will and done the ‘three withdrawals’ to secure their future. The three withdrawals mean that one sincerely quits from the three Party organizations, the Chinese Communist Party, the Communist Youth League, and the Young Pioneers. Human beings are acting while Heaven is watching. Kind-hearted people will be protected. Are you a CCP member?” When I use my mighty, strong righteous thoughts while talking on the phone, the listeners seem to be fixed there. Many agree with me, even before I finish the first line. The simple, but straightforward sentence works well with the busy and careful Chinese who are always on the alert.
A few days after I began to use the "one sentence" strategy, I realized that more and more people were willing to listen to me, and many wanted to do the three withdrawals. My confidence also grew. Currently, my daily three withdrawals rate is about 40%, higher than before. Once, with strong righteous thoughts, I helped 23 people to quit the CCP in two and a half hours. I realize that this is to comply with the current Fa-rectification trend; more sentient beings will quit the CCP, and it is going to happen inevitably. However, the number is still far lower than what Master wants. Increasing the three withdrawals rate has to been done. Right now, many practitioners have joined the RTC group to save more and more sentient beings.
2. Breaking through my self while making phone calls
The Wang Lijun incident caused political turmoil in China. More and more facts emerged afterwards. To comply with the political shifts in China, our global phone team quickly launched a project targeting those Chinese who have the power to influence policy-making in China. Thus, I volunteered to call more than a hundred high-ranking army officials. However, the concept that they were “high-ranking army officials” was deeply imprinted in my mind; therefore, when I spoke with them on the phone, I was attached to their social status. I thus hastily poured the information of Wang Lijun and Bo Xilai out for them, and I directly pointed out Wang and Bo’s military backgrounds. After making about 70 phone calls, many hung up on me before I could finish.
When studying the Fa afterwards, I read what Master said in “Fa Teaching Given at the NTDTV Meeting:”
“When saving sentient beings, you want to direct your efforts at people—not how things are shaping up in society. Focus on people’s hearts and minds, and not on a certain social class or an organization or institution.”
I learned that I had treated people of different backgrounds differently. I should have treated everyone the same way and truly considered their well-being. Considering the environment they live in where there is no freedom, I understand that they must be under pressure and may be afraid. From then on, I used the normal approach that I had always used to tell people about the three withdrawals first, and then, after a conversation was established, I began to tell them the truth of Falun Gong, and then share the military information. I helped two officers to quit the CCP after making two phone calls, and after that, I helped six people to quit the CCP with ten phone calls. All of them listened to my entire conversation, including the part where I asked them to tell their friends in the military and law enforcement to never point their gun at an ordinary Chinese; they should not be the personal guards for the CCP, but should genuinely serve the ordinary Chinese people. When I truly considered the listeners and wanted them to hear the truth of Falun Gong, the rest of the phone calls went smoothly.
Not long ago, I joined the group to make phone calls focusing on the “fingerprints” event in Hebei Province. Ordinary Chinese people in Hebei Province have stamped their fingerprints on petitions to show support for persecuted Falun Gong practitioners in China. At first, many hung up on me when I told them to do the three withdrawals to protect their future. Searching inside myself, I found out that I had fear hidden deeply inside me, and that I lacked a sense of justice, which was why I had failed to give the listeners encouragement. After sharing with fellow practitioners on the team, I learned that the reason we make phone calls to China is to support the ordinary Chinese people, guide them to oppose the persecution of Falun Gong, and expose the long-term persecution that the agents from the Political and Law Bureaus have carried out against Falun Gong practitioners and those who have given their fingerprints to record their support for Falun Gong practitioners.
I needed to analyze the current situation and the shift of the environment, and point out method for Chinese government officials and ordinary Chinese people to save themselves. I need to clarify the truth to them, expose the truth of the Tiananmen Self-immolation and the so-called “1,400 Deaths” and other lies that the CCP has spread. Before calling some numbers back, I sent forth righteous thoughts to cleanse the interference in my own environment and that behind the phone numbers. With righteous thoughts, I began by telling the listeners that I have brought them good news from overseas – that the corrupt gang has been eliminated, that people are using their fingerprints to oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. I also tell them the truth of Falun Gong and of the three withdrawals. With righteous thoughts, I was able to break through the initial difficulties, and consequently many people were happy to hear what I had to tell them. It is now easier and more powerful to clarify the truth. I have genuinely experienced the power that righteous thoughts and actions play in truth clarification.
3.Working on my attachments to purify myself while making phone calls to rescue fellow practitioners.
I had known for a long time that the rescue team directly confronts the evil forces, and the two teams are located in the same building. However, for too long, I had not broken through the barriers to work on this effort – until about six months ago. Chinese people go to bed at around 9:30 in the evening on average. I finally decided to join the group to make phone calls to rescue fellow practitioners by calling the evil dens directly for one hour each day.
One needs very strong righteous thoughts to clarify the truth to the personnel working at police stations, prisons and 610 Offices. Participating in RTC projects has trained me so well that I was able to call the evil dens with no difficulties, even when I first joined the group; the truth just came out of my mouth like a sharp sword. I did not have any fear at all.
I still remember the first time I called a detention center. With no notions at all, I began talking as soon as the line was connected. With my pure heart, I told the police officers that treating Dafa practitioners kind-heartedly is the same as treating themselves nicely. I told them that they should be fully aware of the current situation, and choose what their conscience told them was right, so that they could avoid catastrophe in the future. Some policemen who'd hung up on fellow practitioners previously listened to me the entire time. They even listened to me when I told them to protect Falun Gong practitioners, and to collect persecution evidence to report to the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong.
Fellow practitioners who were listening to our conversation helped send forth righteous thoughts to strengthen the strong righteous field. After the conversation ended, we were all encouraged. I was enlightened that Master helped me to do a good job the first time I called a detention center so that I should make more phone calls to rescue practitioners, and that I should use a different method to add more righteous thoughts to the rescue team.
Nevertheless, we are still cultivating. After a while, difficulties occurred, and I sometimes just wanted to follow the format. I have learned that I need to break through that. Searching inside, I found out I had formed some notions and attachments to competition and accomplishing tasks. I had intended to “shock” the listeners more than be truthful and kind to them as sentient beings. One day another practitioner and I called to rescue a fellow practitioner held in a brainwashing center. Since I knew the fellow practitioner that we were rescuing, I became irritated when I called, and it sounded like I was acting superior to the listener. The result was not good. However, when the fellow practitioner called, she sounded very calm. Her words were spoken with a mixture of solemnity and kindness. When talking on the phone, the woman who was head of the 610 Office shared many of her personal thoughts, and she also thanked the fellow practitioner for her concern for her.
While talking with her, the fellow practitioner mentioned the “20th Anniversary Fa Teaching.” She [the 610 Office head] was deeply touched. The fellow practitioner learned that we should treat those who may be unwilling to listen to us kind-heartedly and patiently when we clarify the truth to them. If we are genuinely concerned for their lives, ordinary Chinese will change. I was deeply touched by the fellow practitioner’s mentality. With such a pure mind, when she clarified the truth, she had no conventional thinking at all; therefore, people wanted to listen to her. I found out that I had a strong attachment to competition. Being young, I was impetuous and not very reliable. Because of that, I had exposed my attachments after making more phone calls.
Master told us in “20th Anniversary Fa Teaching”:
“…each person, each god, and each being having his own history—much like a story. The course of life is, for each person, just like a volume of history.”
Since then, I often reminded myself that I must treasure each predestined being instead of assuming that they will respond negatively. I must sincerely care for the well-being of those that I am in contact with, and righteous thoughts will emerge when I do. From then on, I often remind myself of the word “treasure.” Therefore, before making any phone calls, I send forth righteous thoughts to cleanse my own environment and human notions, to encourage myself to face all kinds of challenges broadmindedly, and to cultivate my character in a variety of complex environments so as to improve my xinxing.
My steady efforts in making phone calls to clarify the truth to ordinary Chinese people and as well as to those who are directly involved in the persecution have paid off. I believe that the biggest achievement I have is that I can now calmly and peacefully face ordinary Chinese people from different walks of life; no matter what social status they have, whether they are policemen, ordinary Chinese, or high-ranking government officials. To me, they are all precious beings who have come here for the Fa. If I can offer my assistance at this critical moment, and awaken those who have predestined relationships with me, this moment is extremely precious.
4. Encouraging conscience and courage to wake up those who are misled by the CCP
The typical Chinese person I have come across in the many years of my experiences is timid, cold-hearted, pragmatic, and has no faith. When I talk to them, it feels like that I am talking to a wall; I feel sorry for them, but there is nothing I can do. Some immediately become impatient as soon as I begin talking. They do not trust even a little bit of what I tell them, and believe that if things are irrelevant to them, they should not bother. These people tend to have many grievances. Instead of sympathy, they normally carry negative attitudes.
Master said in “What Is a Dafa Disciple”
“As for saving sentient beings and clarifying the truth, a lot of people haven’t done it in depth. They’ll say just a few words to people, thinking ‘Listen or don’t listen, just do whatever you like. You don’t want to listen, fine!’ and they’ll go on to find the next person. In whatever you do you should carry it through to the end, do it well, and if you intend to save someone, then go ahead and save him.”
Master’s teaching helps me to learn that I should not shrink from hardship, and that I must break through impetuousness. I must be thorough when I clarify the truth; I must have a good beginning, then carry through responsibly to the end.
How can I help people to untie the knots in their mind? I noticed that they are all selfish and timid because they believe they can protect themselves by being that way. To tackle that, I need stop worrying that if I am too direct, they will be offended; I must be straightforward to tell them why it is important for them to listen to me. Under the current climate, it is vital to encourage Chinese people to have courage and act by their conscience. Because of that, I began to encourage them to have courage and conscience. Maintaining strong righteous thoughts, I can help them to rid themselves of the influences from other dimensions, and consequently they can make the correct decision for which they have waited for millions of years.
For example, I normally tell people, “My friend, please listen to me. Under the current circumstance, it is the most dangerous if you remain neutral, timid or indifferent. Falun Dafa is the Buddha Law. The evil CCP has been persecuting Falun Gong for 13 years. It fabricated the Tiananmen Self-immolation, and made millions of Chinese turn against the Buddha Law. This is the root cause leading to the catastrophe. Gods and Buddhas see human hearts. Everybody has to make a clear choice between good and evil. Good has good returns. It all depends on how you lay your heart. Let me tell you something from the depth of my heart: to escape the catastrophe, and for your own security and happiness, you need to obtain a sense of basic conscience and courage. Being a descendant of the Yan Emperor, I hope you can have the courage to choose to side with the kind-hearted people and walk the bright and broad road. You should be truly responsible for your own life. Gods and Buddhas want to save you. You will be saved if you offer a hand now. Think logically: can it be a coincidence that millions of people have to make a choice? The reason that millions of people have done the three withdrawals is because they do not want to be affected. If you do not do the three withdrawals, you will have no choice but to suffer the catastrophe. However, on the other hand, if you do the three withdrawals, you will be safe. It is this simple. Have you joined the CCP before?” At this moment, many people begin talking with me. After we converse, it is easier to help them do the three withdrawals.
From actual practice, I found out that encouraging conscience and courage does not only help those who are intimidated, but also those who have been deeply polluted by the CCP’s culture, as well as those who have been blinded by the teaching of atheism. I encourage fellow practitioners to try it.
5. Exposing my own attachments: cultivating myself well to save sentient beings
I have been the anchor of RTC for over a year, and have heard many compliments from others. Thus I have unintentionally allowed the development of some of my attachments: the attachments of zealotry, showing-off, jealousy and selfishness have all grown. I have failed to watch what I say to my family members and friends; I have even talked to them disrespectfully. In addition, I have not thought of others when carrying out certain tasks.
"It’s a problem if you forget about your cultivation because of doing too many things. You are cultivators. I’m not talking about your past, what you once were, or what you display on the surface. I am talking about your core and the meaning of your life, the responsibility you shoulder, and your historic mission. Only thus are you truly a Dafa disciple.” (“What is a Dafa Disciple”)
I know now that just doing things is not at all the same as cultivation. It is time for me to strictly cultivate myself. Now I often remind myself to cultivate well: be watchful of my words, and be modest; keep a kind and peaceful mentality; think of others first. I must cultivate well, and only then can I be a qualified Dafa disciple.
Recently, our merciful and magnificent Master published two articles, "To Choose" and "20th Anniversary Fa Teaching."
In these articles, he pointed out to us, as well as the people of the world, once again that divine beings are saving people in the world right now. Everyone has to choose between good and evil. Knowing the truth of Falun Gong is the only way to be saved. We Fa-rectification era Dafa disciples must do our very best to spread the truth of Dafa to as many people as we can, in order to minimize any regrets.
I hope that more Dafa disciples join us to clarify the truth to people; with our supernormal abilities and wisdom that Dafa bestowed on us, along with our broad mind, we can help guide sentient beings to return to the right path. Fellow practitioners, let us work together diligently to save more people so as to fulfill the vows that we made in prehistory.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!