Don't Give the Old Forces Any Opportunity to Interfere
(Minghui.org) I have recently observed some fellow practitioners' and coordinators' dilemmas in cultivation. After spending so much of their time and energy on Dafa related work, they have little or no time to study the Fa and do the exercises. I would like to alert my fellow practitioners about this form of interference by the old forces and offer my suggestions.
Stop Relying on Practitioners for Technical Support
I visited a Falun Dafa coordinator in another town recently, and was told that a local Dafa practitioner who knows technology well had been kept so busy that he hadn't been able to study the Fa for a couple of weeks. He had to help one practitioner after another every day. I said, “He can't continue like this. Studying the Fa should be his priority as a Falun Dafa practitioner.” The coordinator said, “We all know that. But we all need his help. What should we do?”
I would like to share my thoughts on this issue:
First of all, Dafa practitioners should treat Fa study as the top priority, no matter what happens. The path of cultivation that Master has arranged for us must include the time needed for us to study the Fa. In addition, we have to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the old forces' interference. When we have strong righteous thoughts, Master will be able to protect us. Our environment will also change accordingly. As Master said, “The appearance stems from the mind.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the Epoch Times Meeting”)
Secondly, before we call on our fellow practitioners for technical help, we should look inward first and cultivate ourselves, and only ask for assistance when we really need training. One time, a practitioner's computer stopped working, so she simply waited for the tech-support practitioner to fix it. I told her that she probably needed to check her own cultivation status. She searched her own heart and found her attachments, including over-reliance on others. After sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate her attachments and interference from the old forces, she found that her computer started working again. I saw with my own eyes how the computer's spirit smiled in another dimension. It was happy because its discomfort was gone. As Master told us, “Matter and mind are one and the same.” (Zhuan Falun)
Coordinators Need Time to Cultivate Themselves, Too
One trip gave me an opportunity to follow the coordinator of one town to visit several of the local practitioners. She had to deal with a large variety of issues, such as sickness karma, distorted understandings of the Fa, different truth-clarification projects, group purchases of supplies, etc. She was kept busy all day long and could hardly find time for Fa-study and exercise. It reminded me of what Master said,
“The result will be that he can’t practice anymore, and his physical body won’t be able to take it, either, he’ll have spent just too much energy, and in the worst case scenario he could even be left powerless.” (Zhuan Falun)
This coordinator has been practicing Falun Dafa for years, but she is now experiencing pain in several places. It's even hard for her to keep her hand and body straight when sending forth righteous thoughts. I told her that the first priority was to make sure she study the Fa and do the exercises regularly, this being the only way that she could gain a good understanding of the Fa and solve problems efficiently from the perspective of Dafa. I also suggested she send forth righteous thoughts a lot to stop the old forces from exhausting her energy. I tried to convey to her that we should walk the path of cultivation arranged by Master.
In addition, I believe coordinators need to delegate some authority. Assistant coordinators have the ability to shoulder a lot of the detailed coordination. Every Falun Dafa practitioner is capable of making wise decisions based on Dafa principles. They can do even better with the coordinators' trust.
The above is my personal understanding. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.