New Practitioner: Dafa Gave Me a New Lease on Life
(Minghui.org) I'm a new practitioner. I started to practice Falun Dafa in October 2011. No words can express how amazing Falun Dafa is and the depth of our revered Master's compassion.
My Life Was Miserable Before I Obtained the Fa
I had a rather hard life. My husband and I divorced when our son was still very young. I provided for my son and myself by selling fruit. Others considered me to be smart and competitive; what people sold for 100 yuan, I could sell for 200 yuan. In the process, I became more and more attached to protecting my self interests, and I even cheated customers by overestimating the weight of the produce I sold. I never thought that I was doing anything wrong because everyone was doing it. As the saying goes: "Everyone for himself and the devil take the hindmost." One would be stupid not to try to make a profit. With this mentality, I slid deeper and deeper into the abyss.
My only comfort was my son, who was always well-behaved and did well in school. In 2008, he passed the tertiary entry exams and became a university student. I was overjoyed, but my happiness didn't last long. When disaster struck, I could not believe what was happening. It felt like the sky had fallen down on me.
On January 8, 2009, I suddenly felt very sick. I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a variety of health problems, such as a duodenal ulcer, chronic gastrorrhea, superficial gastritis, gastric polyps, heart disease, cervical spondylosis, and lumbar spondylosis. My entire body was ridden with illness!
Treatment was very expensive, but my son also needed money for his education. I was under enormous financial strain. At that time, my son was out of town and the hospital would not treat me unless I paid upfront. I turned to my older brother and younger sister and other relatives and friends for help.
Upon learning that my illnesses were beyond cure, they all refused to help me. Not only that, my brother even severed our relationship for fear that if he lent me money and I died, my son would not pay him back.
My sister didn't care about me much, either. She said, “I could give you the few willow trees we have!” What she meant was that after I died, they could use the willow trees to make me a coffin as a way to help me.
Because of the way they treated me, I really resented them. My son was the only moral support I had left. For his sake, I thought I mustn't give up. So I borrowed money and kept going by relying on medication. My son managed to complete his education by working part-time. I was having a really hard time then.
Dafa Changed My Life
In October 2011, a practitioner clarified the facts to me. She told me that Dafa could change people's hearts and that, as long as one cultivates their xinxing and always considers others first, one could have good health without spending a cent. I obtained a Dafa book that day and read it attentively. Master's words sank into my mind and broadened my thinking. I understood that Dafa not only could help one become a good person, but an extraordinary person.
I understood that even though I took many medicines every day, they could not help me eliminate my illness karma, but only postpone it to a later time. From that day on, I stopped taking any medication. Miraculously, all my illnesses disappeared. I was so excited and felt so happy when I experienced the light and pleasant feeling of a body free of illness! I'm deeply grateful to Master for giving me this honor to be a practitioner and for opening up a new path for me.
Through Fa-study, I understand that everything around us has come for the Fa, and everything that happens, either good or bad, is directly related to our karma. Why was it that my brother and sister were so mean to me when I was in need of money? Wasn't it because I owed a lot of people by cheating them when I did business in the past? Nothing is accidental and everything is connected to our predestined relationships. When I understood this, all my resentment against my siblings disappeared and we became close again, as if nothing had happened.
Now, I study the Fa with other fellow practitioners every day, and we go out to clarify the facts to people and distribute truth-clarification flyers. Whether at work, in public, or at home, I always measure myself against the standards of the Fa and always remember that I'm a cultivator. I always look within myself when encountering any issues and try my best to do the three things well and be diligent in cultivation.