New Practitioner: Catching up with the Progress of Fa-Rectification
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 2010. I had a chance to obtain the Fa in 1993, but I missed it. Master lengthened the Fa-rectification through His magnificent endurance, and I was able to become a Falun Dafa practitioner.
1. Obtaining the FaI used to suffer from serious insomnia and depression. To me, life was more miserable than death. I went to several doctors and tried many cures, but nothing worked. I could never calm down and always had to have someone with me. They listened to my nagging, otherwise I kept calling people on the phone. My family members and friends all worried about me.
I have a cousin who lives in Shanxi Province. She is a diligent Falun Gong practitioner. I used to call her all the time. She asked me to come to Shanxi to learn Falun Gong. I was practicing something else at that time, but she said, "You just come, everything will be fine." I went to Shanxi, hoping to find a cure.
My cousin took out a copy of Zhuan Falun for me to read. I tried hard but could not read even one word. She helped me by reading one sentence and then I would read one. She called other practitioners to study and share with me.
Two weeks later, I slept soundly for two days straight. When I woke up, I felt like a totally different person! My mind was clear, and I was in good spirits. I really experienced what Master said:
"It is because their brains have illnesses that need to be treated. One will be unable to stand it if one’s brain is worked on. Therefore, one must be put into a state of anesthesia or become unconscious." (Lecture Two in Zhuan Falun)
I told my cousin, "I want to practice Dafa! But it is so late. Will Master still let me in?" My cousin kept saying, "Yes" and told me I was very lucky! I cried out of pure excitement.
After I came back from Shanxi, I studied the Fa and did the exercises every day. I read Zhuan Falun from cover to cover twice each week, I did the standing exercises twice a day, and meditated three to five times every day. I soon could sit in the double-lotus position. A year later I could sit that way for over an hour.
My husband was afraid that I would be persecuted by the evil Party, so he hid Zhuan Falun three times, but every time I was able to find it. I told him seriously that it was Dafa that saved me and I would never give it up. When he saw how much I improved, he stopped interfering with my cultivation practice. From then on, I completely devoted myself to doing the three things.
2. One Person Obtains the Fa, the Entire Family BenefitsMy son had been married for two years, but he and his wife still had no children. Right after I obtained the Fa, his wife got pregnant.
Because my son often travels on business, I went to take care of his wife. My daughter-in-law strongly opposed my practicing Falun Dafa because her grandmother had died due to the persecution. One night when I was doing the meditation, she came to my room, knelt down in front of me, and begged me not to practice anymore. I unwillingly agreed.
That night I could not fall asleep. I said to Master with tears in eyes, "Master, I will never give up practicing Falun Dafa!"
When my son came back, he told his wife, "Freedom of belief is everybody's right. Before she cultivated, my mother was on the brink of being mentally disordered, and the whole family was worried about her. After she began practicing, she never took another pill. There will be the day when the truth is known!"
Because my son supported my cultivation and insisted on reciting "Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good," he was blessed. Things went well for him at work, and he got a raise in salary. And because he supported my practicing, my daughter-in-law stopped being against it.
3. Clarifying the TruthTime is so precious for a latecomer like me! Every evening is my Fa-study and exercise time. When I read the electronic Dafa book, the screen is colorful. I know it is Master encouraging me.
Through a great deal of Fa study, I realized it is every Dafa disciple's responsibility to assist Teacher in Fa-rectification. I am mainly engaged in face-to-face truth clarification. I go out to clarify the truth every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. When I buy groceries and take the children out to play, those are also chances to clarify the truth.
I had a good friend that lived in the same courtyard. Right after I obtained the Fa and told her the good news, I tried to persuade her to practice as well, but she was strongly opposed because her brother-in-law and all his family had been severely persecuted for practicing. I understood that she was worried about me, so I patiently explained what Falun Dafa is. She also witnessed how I changed from being sick to healthy. Eventually she was convinced and began to practice as well.
One time when I was reading a Dafa book on the hospital stairs close to my home, a middle-aged couple from another city who had come to see the doctor sat down on the stairs. I clarified the truth to them, and they both accepted it and agreed to withdraw from the CCP.
The hospital was close to my new place, and many people went there, so I kept going there to clarify the facts. One time, an older couple had come to see the doctor, and I clarified the truth to them. They both did quit the Party. When they left, I paid the taxi for them out of my own pocket. They raised their arms and shouted in front of the hospital, "Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!" I was moved to tears that they were saved.
To clarify the truth became the most important part of my day. I talked to people in hospitals, in front of schools, on the street, on buses and trains, etc. I spoke to students, laborers, passengers, and passersby. In the process I realized Master has prepared everything for us, and we only need to walk the path and open our mouths.
I also came across some troubles. One time I spoke to two college students in front of a supermarket and helped them quit the Party. When I turned and was about to leave, I saw two men who looked like plainclothes police were following me. One of them came up right next to me. I sent forth righteous thoughts, asking Master to protect me. The other one began to talk to the students. I knew Master was helping me, and I left.
4. Passing the Test
"Physical pains count little as suffering,Indeed, cultivating mind is hardest."(“Tempering the Will” in Hong Yin)
I had xinxing tests to pass in dealing with my daughter-in-law.
Before they married, I thought she was not a good match for my son and I opposed their marriage. But my son liked her so much that they got married very quickly. After their child was born, I almost became the nanny and took care of all the housekeeping.
But my daughter-in-law was still unsatisfied and kept complaining about trifles. I endured everything, because I understood I was a cultivator.One day after I cooked dinner, I took care of the child so she could eat first. But when it was my turn, I saw she had eaten everything. I was so upset that I just went back to my room.
As I was sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight, she suddenly opened my door and started to curse, saying I had put poison in the mushrooms I had cooked and that I'd made her sick.
I took her to the hospital. The doctor said that her problem was caused by overeating. She was embarrassed and restrained herself a little bit after that.
But before long she began to complain unreasonably again. One time, she loudly complained about me in front of an acquaintance. I failed to endure this time and cursed her in return.
My cousin, a fellow practitioner, said I disgraced Dafa. She said I acted badly, that I did not act in line with Dafa. From then on, I always deemed every conflict an opportunity to improve my xinxing and reminded myself to behave well by reciting the Fa.
After some time, I seemed to do much better, but I didn't truly let go of it from the bottom of my heart. One time, my husband asked why I did not respond to my daughter-in-law's complaints. My son also told me I should defend myself and argue with his wife, and said he would divorce her if she continued to act like that. Their words all touched me, and I became unbalanced in heart again. I said to Master in mind, "Master, I am suffering in cultivation!"
My cousin helped me get enlightened from the Fa and helped me look inward unconditionally. I found many attachments that were hidden deep in my heart and had not been eliminated.
I asked Master to help me let go of all those attachments. At once I sensed all the feelings of being wronged disappear. I knew it was Master who reinforced me again.
After that, my daughter-in-law almost became a different person. Not only did she stop her nitpicking, she began to help me do the housework. Our family is now warm and harmonious.