Running a Business with a Fellow Practitioner to Clarify the Truth
(Minghui.org) My family was greatly impacted by my being illegally detained in a labor camp, and after my release I was determined to let everyone see the wonderful nature of Dafa. I teamed up with a fellow practitioner to do business because we both had similar dreams. By working together, we saved many sentient beings, and turned around our life situations. The following describes how we did this.
My family suffered immensely when I was detained and persecuted in a labor camp for a year. My husband became addicted to gambling and had an affair, and my child's academic performance plummeted. The restaurant business I previously operated became a mess, and my husband owed money to many vendors.
As a Dafa disciple who safeguards the Fa, I wondered what I should do. My family members were also victims of the persecution. Only by letting go of my own feelings, recovering from the damage, and doing well in every area, could I help sentient beings see the wonderfulness of Dafa. This is what Master wants.
Enlightenment from Master to Cooperate with Another Practitioner
I once had a dream where I was climbing a mountain. Just when I was about to reach the top, the mountain top suddenly protruded, and I could no longer climb upward. Another person was climbing at the ridge with me. She stretched out her arm and pulled me over. Both of us were thus able to climb to the mountain top.
The next day a practitioner visited and asked if I would be willing to be her business partner. She also had a dream in which she and her child were walking along a very muddy road. She saw someone who was having difficulty and pulled that person out.
With Master's hint, we agreed to go into business together. While cooperating, we played to our strengths, and were able to clarify the truth better and complete our vows of saving people.
Working Together to Clarify the Truth and Save People
Initially, after both of us finished work, we distributed truth-clarification materials one-by-one to every shop, residential building, and bungalow in the area. After we distributed materials to all the surrounding shops, we enlightened that to allow more sentient beings to understand the truth, we needed to have more options and opportunities to reach sentient beings.
We thus used our personal time to meet more people. We went to small eateries to have meals, and made conversation with those at the tables next to us, finding a topic from which to clarify the truth to them. When we encountered people who were pure, we often persuaded them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations on the spot. If we encountered people who were instilled with deep party culture, we first spoke about the truth, then gave them materials and persuaded them to quit on their own.
Having such a wish, Master opened up the path for us to meet sentient beings. We met more and more people, each of whom had different mindsets, social status, and occupations.
The sentient beings that Master arranged for us to save came group by group, such as from the engineering and apparel industry. We enlightened that Master had paved the platform for clarifying the truth, and it was up to us to do it.
During that time, we worked during the day and went out after work. Sometimes laziness surfaced, and I did not feel like stepping out. The fellow practitioner's young daughter, said, “Hurry up and clarify the truth. I am not afraid to be home alone.” We thus strengthened our righteous thoughts and went out again.
The other practitioner silently sent forth righteous thoughts while I tried to find the opportunity to change the topic to clarifying the truth about Dafa. When we were finally on the topic, both of us spoke, and the results were better.
With Master's strengthening, the energy field became larger as we continued. Our physical and mental states constantly expanded, and the groups of sentient beings we were saving also expanded. We came to know senior leaders from the public security and judicial departments. The difficulties then increased, as these people were deeply poisoned, and I needed to have even stronger righteous thoughts so these people could be saved.
We both took turns to rest and study the Fa at home, as only the Fa can open up our wisdom and eradicate the notions and attachments that block us from effectively clarifying the truth.
After gaining understanding from the Fa, we used the wisdom we gained from the Fa to clarify the truth when we encountered people with various mindsets. This process touched upon our different human attachments, including the fear of hardship, and we encountered various enticements. This was to see whether our minds would be moved by them.
“Wandering around in society is rather torturous. It must beg for food and meet different kinds of people who will scold, insult, or take advantage of it. It might encounter all kinds of things. It will treat itself as a practitioner and balance well relations with others, always maintaining and upgrading xinxing. It will not be moved by the temptations of different benefits among everyday people. After many years, it will return from wandering around.” (Zhuan Falun)
We realized that there were people who would say that we were good and others who would say that we were not. This was to see whether our minds were moved. When we encountered difficulties, it really was a blow to our xinxing, and affected our clarifying the truth. We both continued to summarize our inadequacies, and when we had insufficient wisdom and righteous thoughts, we adjusted our states and studied the Fa more at home.
As we looked inward while studying the Fa, things improved. The difficulties dealing with sentient beings subsided, and they were able to accept the truth again. During the process of our clarifying the truth, we eliminated many human attachments and became more rational and peaceful. Our attachments of fear diminished, and our righteous thoughts became stronger.
As we elevate in the Fa, we now even clarify the truth at our own shop. Initially, we were only able to speak to one customer at a time, but our mindsets are changing in the Fa, and we are very happy when a group of customers come. As we wished to not miss these groups of people, we clarified the truth and requested they make the three withdrawals (withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party and affiliated organizations), and it has not affected our business.
After we read Master's Fa about Shen Yun saving people, we started to distribute the Shen Yun DVDs to people face-to-face. When there were fewer customers, my fellow practitioner would watch the business, while I prepared the materials to clarify the truth after work. When we finished working, we walked down each side of the road and distributed the DVDs, and people willingly accepted them. We distributed them on a different road the next time. As I continue progressing in these efforts, my mood has become more relaxed, and I seldom feel stressed.
My one-way trip to work takes one hour. I use this time to make truth-clarification phone calls on the bus. The results have been very good. We have used ordinary people's forms to do the three things well, and Master has arranged the best for us.
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
“Its broad and immense, profound inner meaning can only manifest itself to, and be experienced and understood by, practitioners who are at different levels of true cultivation. Only then can one truly see what the Fa is.” (“Broad and Immense” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
While clarifying the truth, we have used the Fa to deal with various mindsets and difficult tasks that we encountered, and we have cultivated various types of wisdom. I am grateful to revered Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners for your cooperation!
Doing the Three Things Well, Everything is Arranged by Revered Master
The changes we experienced during these seven years after I returned home have been great. My husband eliminated all of his bad habits. He now does the cooking and cleaning at home. He assumed all these efforts on his own. My child was also admitted to college.
The other practitioner bought a house, and her child has grown up healthy. The child's studies are also very stable.
Although this practitioner left her hometown and lived in another area during these few years, she did not neglect clarifying the truth in her hometown. Master hinted to her in a dream that she needed to clarify the truth to colleagues and friends whom she had not seen for many years. She made use of the festivals each year to return to her hometown and talk to her relatives and friends, and help them do the three withdrawals.
It was the same for me, as I did not leave out anything. Everything was arranged by Master and was the result of our cooperation. It would have been very difficult to do well in various areas if we were alone and did not have free time.
During our cooperation, we respected and were tolerant of each other. We cherished our cooperation, and our families were very supportive of us, and admired our long-term, pleasant relationship. They affirmed from their hearts that Dafa and Dafa disciples are remarkable.
The merchants we bought our goods from also admired our long-term cooperation. I told them, “Our belief is Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. We use it to guide our cooperation. In this day and age, we would not have been able to do this if there were no magnificent Fa.” We clarified the truth to them, and they happily accepted it and made the three withdrawals.
The colleagues in the mall felt that our business was good and saw that both of us did things together and were very confidant. They were very envious and curious. Thus, they asked about our relationship and why we were able to cooperate so well.
Initially, we told them that we were cousins. Later, we enlightened that all these things (e.g., that we cooperate so well) were due to the mighty nature of the Fa and that we should validate the Fa better. So we told them that we were good friends. This is because they know that we are Falun Gong practitioners who believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
We looked inward when we encountered problems and used the Fa to measure whether the things we did were in accordance with the Fa's principles. Thus, we did not have to stare at each other all the time. When we saw the bad side of each other, we gave ourselves a friendly reminder not to be attached to the other person's shortcomings.
I fully listened to the other practitioner's arrangements for the business. I gave suggestions in a friendly manner and did not persist with my own ideas, as I did not want to create gaps and conflicts.
We are under the guidance of Dafa and will look within ourselves, let go of our selves, rectify mindsets that are not pure, and continue to walk forward. We are walking on the path that Master arranged and following Master's requirement to do things. We will cooperate and cultivate ourselves better while doing the three things so as to better clarify the truth and use the mighty nature of the Fa to save the world's people.