A Young Practitioner Overcomes Addiction to Video Games in 30 Minutes
(Minghui.org) When I was studying Master's new article “Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference,” I read:
“Disciple: How about the matter of young disciples playing video games?
Master: Video games are really harmful to people, and not just Dafa disciples’ kids. They really draw people in, and have had a negative effect on everyday people as well. They make you do poorly in your work, sleep poorly, rest poorly, and make you devoid of human affection or warmth of feeling, make you neglect your family, make students neglect their studies, and entice you and draw you in. They are contributing to humankind’s destruction. In order to promote video games, those business people constantly come up with new kinds and hype them up on a large scale. What are people to do after they’ve created such an enormous amount of karma? They are corrupting humankind.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference”)
I felt so shocked and ashamed when I read this paragraph of the Fa. Master, I have behaved terribly. I have been cultivating in Dafa for almost 20 years. I was lucky to obtain the Fa during my youth and have been very strong in my belief in Dafa, even in China where Falun Dafa is persecuted. However, I have been slack in guiding my son to study the Fa. Therefore, he did not clearly understand the Fa.
When my son entered the 5th grade, he grew more interested in playing video games. We set a rule to allow him to play video games for one hour a day during the weekend, but he always played over-time.
When we told him that it was not good to play video games, he would talk back, saying that the games exercised his brain. Also, his teachers and classmates all played video games. If he didn't play them, he wouldn't have anything to talk about with them.
So I agreed and thought that his games were not violent but more about architectural design as his dad works in the field of architecture. I thought it might be OK for him to play a little bit.
However, he became particularly irritable when he played. He was not patient or polite to his parents anymore. I could feel that his demonic nature had gained the upper hand. My family was very anxious about my son's attachment to playing video games but felt they couldn't do anything about it.
Master’s lecture clearly stated that video games are destroying human beings. What Master has said is the Fa. I couldn’t make anymore excuses for myself. I expected a lot of resistance from my kid, so I was kind of worried. I then studied Master’s Fa repeatedly and determined to follow what Master said to help my child to break his addiction to video games.
After my son got home from school the next day, I guided him to study Master’s Fa about video games. I asked him if he thought he should stop playing them.
He didn't speak at first and then he ran to his room crying and kicked the closet door. I went to him and said, “Don’t you think it is abnormal to be so upset about giving up video games? Is it because evil is controlling your mind? Don’t you think you should give up the attachment to video games? Have you seen Buddhas or angels playing video games?”
My child cried bitterly, but I was not moved. I believe that once Master teaches us the Fa, the evil in other dimensions is already eliminated at its root. All we need to do is take care of things in our human world.
I silently sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil behind the video games and also asked Master to reinforce me. My son was still crying, but I asked him, “As a young practitioner, don't you think you should listen to Master?” He nodded his head while still crying.
I recited Master’s Fa to him: “the entire cultivation process for a practitioner is one of constantly giving up human attachments.” (Zhuan Falun). I told my him that it is hard to cultivate our xinxing, but we are improving once we overcome it. He suddenly calmed down and agreed to delete all his games. He opened his iPad and deleted all his video games.
I suddenly relaxed and started to feel overzealous. My son started to cry again, “Mom, my world is gone! (He meant the houses and gardens he had built in the game.) I spent a lot of time building it.”
I remembered something else in Master's recent lecture: “Sometimes, when kids on the mountain behave poorly, I know that their parents haven’t cultivated well.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference”) I knew my status was influencing his righteous thoughts.
I opened Zhuan Falun and asked my child to heshi to Master’s picture and repeat after me sentence by sentence, “Master, please help me eliminate the demon in video games. Your little disciple doesn’t want to play video games and wants to eliminate this attachment.” He suddenly calmed down and stopped crying as he was speaking.
After a while, he stood up and hugged me with a smile on his face. Then we deleted all the free games on the cell phones. I know the evil was eliminated and it could not find a loophole to harm us anymore.
The whole process took less than half an hour. It is so incredible that his addiction to video games was overcome so quickly. During this process, I have found my problem with the “Desire for Comfort” and the problem of not guiding a young practitioner to study the Fa. The gap is huge.
I am thankful for Master’s compassion. I hope this experience can help other practitioners who are addicted video games eliminate this serious attachment, especially young practitioners.
Please correct me if anything is not appropriate! Heshi!