I Started "Cultivating with the Heart I Once Had" While Practicing with a New Practitioner
(Minghui.org) I have been practicing Falun Dafa since 1995. After so many years, I feel that I've only started cultivating, and that this opportunity is so precious. After I introduced Falun Dafa to a new practitioner, I found the feeling again of, "cultivating with the heart I once had” as when I first started.
A Person with a Good Predestined Relationship
A customer walked into my shop in July 2014 and I was shocked by her appearance. Her skin was very sallow, her eyes were dull, and she spoke in a weak voice. I'm not a doctor, but I could see that she was very ill. I greeted her and asked what I could help her with. She said she wanted to renovate her home. The last time she did some renovation she used products from my shop, so she came back.
I asked her to sit on the couch. She told me she was 60 years old and retired. Four years ago, when she worked as a nurse in the county Chinese medical hospital, she contracted Hepatitis C. This illness is like a death sentence. All the people who contracted the disease about the time she did had passed away. As a nurse, she knew about medical treatments. She visited all the major hospitals and spent about 500,000 yuan, but her condition kept getting worse.
The medicine to treat her illness cost about 4,000 yuan per month. In order to save money, she had to switch from a larger apartment to a smaller one. She couldn't do any physical activities or carry heavy things. She had to rest several times after climbing three flights of stairs. When her condition was bad, she could not even cook for herself.
She was a tidy person. Her apartment was painted a few years ago, but the walls were not dirty. I could tell that she knew she was dying and she wanted to make the place clean before she left. I felt very sad for her.
How could I help her? I began to tell her about Falun Dafa. I told her some stories of my friends and relatives who benefited from Falun Dafa, and I told her sincerely reciting "Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good" can save her life. She did not believe me and she said a neighbor of hers practiced Falun Dafa but was persecuted.
I explained that everyone's situation is different. No one said you won't get sick if you practice Falun Dafa. But for most people, as long as they followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and cultivated seriously, their health will improved. Many people, even some who were terminally ill, regained their health this way. There were many such cases in China and overseas. As she listened to me, she stopped frowning and smiled.
I continued: Many practitioners would not be alive today if Master had not cleansed their bodies. After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Dafa, some people were afraid and stopped practicing. Others slacked off because they lost a normal practice environment. These people's illnesses may return. Think about it, even if one does regular exercises one needs a stable environment which allows them to exercise daily outdoors. The problems are due to the CCP's persecution.
She agreed and said her neighbor was indeed persecuted by the CCP. The rest of our conversation went smoothly. I looked at her and said sincerely: "Auntie,You must have been very beautiful when you were young. You are 60 and you are still nice looking." She sighed and said, "I would look much better if I were not ill. Now I'm only trying to survive."
I suggested she try reciting the sentences I mentioned. "If you do it from your heart, miracles will happen," I said. She did not shake her head this time. But she did not say she would try.
When she was leaving, I saw that she looked very different from when she came in. Here eyes were sparkling. She walked with ease. As I walked her to the door, I said, "Look, you have a much better spirit now. Don't forget to recite 'Falun Dafa is good' often at home!" She smiled.
Saved by Dafa
We set the date to send a worker to her home. Since I did not talk about quitting the CCP to her, I talked to the worker who was a practitioner, and asked him to talk to her when he went there. Since she already understood the truth, it should not be difficult for her to quit. When the practitioner talked to her, she agreed to quit the CCP right away. Then she said she would like to read Zhuan Falun.
Several days later she came to bring the payment. I gave her a copy of Zhuan Falun and told her a few pointers. I also suggested she get rid of the Buddha statue in her home. There was no Buddha on it and it could be full of things such as foxes, weasels, ghosts, and snakes and would be best to get rid of it. Our Master said, "One would rather not obtain a righteous way in one thousand years than cultivate a wild fox practice for one day." (Lecture Three in Zhuan Falun) If you believe it, it will control you and collect your human essence. I advised her to read the book first and come to talk to me if she has any questions.
After a few days, she removed the statue. She came to tell me: "I got rid of those things!" I could see how happy she was, and that she knew she had been saved. I thanked Master in my heart for his mercy: “Master! It was you who saved this terminally ill person! It is not easy for someone to enter true cultivation at the ending period of Fa Rectification. How many life cycles she must have waited for this!”
Another practitioner and I went to her home. We watched the video lectures Master gave in Guangzhou. We taught her the exercise movements. There was a long couch at her home. We both sat in the double-lotus position when watching the lectures. She followed us. She could not do the double-lotus position so she sat in a single lotus position. Her hands were in the Jieyin position (conjoining the hands}, just like us.
When we laughed at the humor in Master's lectures, she laughed too. When Master talked about installing Falun for practitioners, I noticed she subconsciously looked at her lower abdomen. During the entire lecture, she stared at the screen. I was touched by how focused she was.
At the beginning, she was dressed in long sleeves, thick woolen trousers, and two layers of socks, while the rest of us felt very hot in our thin summer clothes. Every evening at 8 o'clock, she took two pills and washed ir down with a gulp of water, while staring at the screen that was showing Master's lecture. The practitioner and I saw it but we did not say anything.
On the fourth day, she changed to short sleeves and only wore a single layer of socks. After we did the exercises together she said she felt her entire body was warm, and in the past it was not possible. She was very excited that after only a few days, her body already showed obvious changes. She stopped taking medicine at 8 p.m. But she kept taking other scheduled medicine. She was afraid of stopping all of it at once. I knew she would stop taking it once she understood more of the Fa.
When we finished all nine lectures, we chatted with her. She was still afraid to stop taking all the medicine. She said she still had medicine which was worth thousands of yuan. I said, "Look how much your body has changed in these few days! You are a totally different person from before! You see Master has already taken care of you and cleaned your body. But you still want to fill yourself with those dirty things.
I mentioned to her that an old Chinese saying was that all medicine is thirty percent poison. Master has to pushed the poison out of your body again. Aren't you adding more trouble for Master?" Another practitioner said, "These big changes in your body were not because of medicine you took. It was because Master took away the main cause of your illness!"
She listened and decided to stop taking the medicine. Afterwards, she was completely transformed. The color of her face changed. She could carry heavy things up three flights of stairs without taking a break. She could cook. She listened to Master's lectures every day. She watched the exercise video every day and tried to correct her movements.
She said she would give all her friends and relatives a big surprise. She would tell them it was Dafa that made the change.
"Cultivating with the Heart You Once Had" (“Fa Teaching at the 2013 Greater New York Fa Conference”)
What a significant event in this universe for one to acquire the Fa! What a chance in history! During the time I helped the lady start practicing, it was like I just started to practice myself. Every day after work, I hurried to have a simple supper and then rushed to her home to watch Master's lectures. It was like when I attended Master's seminar. It was inexpressibly sacred.
During Master's lectures, I was totally focused and did not want to miss one single word. I felt Master pour energy into my head, reinforced my confidence and righteous thoughts in cultivation, and took away many bad substances. My whole body felt it was being washed inside out by Master. All human thoughts seemed to be contained. During those nine days I had only one thought: go to see Master and watch Master's lectures in the evening. My happiness was beyond words and I only felt this way when I had started to practice in the beginning.
The lady had practiced for a month. Her health improved so rapidly that every day she could feel the difference. Every few days she came to visit me to tell me her new experiences. I encouraged her to continue reading the book, to listen to the lectures and do the exercises. With that she would get better and better.
For me, those nine days when I watched Master's lectures with the new practitioner were so special. I found the energy I had when I first began to practice. It was like I just entered the gate of cultivation again and started to practice. After the persecution began, for a long time I did not cultivate diligently. I was disturbed by fear, seeking comfort, laziness, fame and gain, lust, sentimentality toward my son,... These attachments made me fall many times.
Thinking back how I had stepped out of cultivation, I felt ashamed in front of Master's mercy. But the past is history and I cannot go back to redo everything. Fa Rectification is progressing so rapidly. Master hopes that at this last precious moment that we will study the Fa well, look within, cooperate with others, save more people, and redeem our holy pledge. This moment will be only a flash. I will follow Master's requirement to walk steadily on the path of cultivation the same way as when I just started.
Thank you great and merciful Master! Thank you fellow practitioners who helped me selflessly!