Rebellious Teen Returns to Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) Xin Yun has grown into an attractive young lady. It is difficult to believe that this engaging college freshman was once a rebellious teen with a bizarre hairstyle. Falun Dafa, she says, is what changed her: “Falun Dafa gave me a new life and hope. Since my family practices Falun Dafa, we live in harmony." She added, "Because I practice Falun Dafa, I study very hard.”
Xin Yun began to practice Falun Dafa with her mother when she was in the second grade. Although she couldn't read Dafa books very well at that young age, she understood that she should live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Sometimes, she participated in activities to promote Falun Dafa. Her school principal, teachers, and classmates all thought highly of Xin Yun.
When she was in junior high, Xin Yun went through a very rebellious stage and appeared to have stepped away from her cultivation path. She loved doing and seeing strange new things, imitating dark websites, dying her hair, and wearing her hair in a bizarre style. She felt so cool. She developed an eccentric personality and found an attraction for abstract painting.
The Beginnings of Change
Xin Yun's mother realized that Xin Yun had left her cultivation path, but she also believed that only Dafa could turn her around. Then Xin Yun applied to a high school in Yunlin that helped students develop their artistic talents. In that school, the students had to practice Falun Dafa. Xin Yun was very nervous: "I was not like a practitioner at that time. I wondered, would Master still take care of me?”
She struggled internally, but in the end decided to apply. When she was waiting to take the entrance exam, she thought that the other kids looked very kind. She said, “I felt they were very calm and had great personalities.”
For the arts test, she did a casual painting, just as she imagined in her mind. Then she turned around and saw the others' paintings. She thought, “Wow! I'd never seen such delicate paintings. They were very beautiful and very traditional. I was very surprised. My painting was simply what a child could have done and didn't look good. My heart was greatly shocked and I saw the gap between us.”
Before the oral exam, the examiner said, “In our school, the boys and girls are separated. If you are a girl, you are not allowed to have a boyfriend or dye your hair. If you cannot abide by this rule, please raise your hand.” Xin Yun instinctively raised her hand and everyone's eyes fell on the rebellious candidate. Xin Yun said, “I didn't think I had a chance to be accepted. Yet, I was looking forward to be admitted to that school with all my heart.”
Finding a Firm Foundation
Xin Yun's mother arranged for Xin Yun and her sister to attend the school's summer camp. Studying the Fa and practicing the exercises were part of the daily schedule. Xin Yun was surprised that cultivating Falun Dafa made her happy and calmed her down. She didn't need to find something strange anymore to enjoy life.
Drawing and playing games were the main emphasis at camp. Xin Yun said, “I think that I learned real traditional arts. I practiced drawing and read Hong Yin every day. I also watched a European Renaissance DVD. Within five days, I knew that my drawing style had changed.”
Xin Yun explained that because she practiced Falun Dafa at camp, she could again do so at home. She said, “When I practiced the sitting meditation at home, I suddenly saw Falun turning in front of me. I was shocked. Did that mean Master still considered me a Dafa practitioner? I also saw a universe with millions of stars and Falun floating around. It was so beautiful and bright. It seemed like I had found what I wanted to do with my life.” Xin Yun was accepted at the school.
On returning to cultivation, Xin Yun had a tough time passing xinxing tests. She was assigned to a cleaning job at school, which included taking care of a fishing ditch. She just didn't feel like cleaning the ditch on a rainy day, which made it worse when her classmate told her to clean the ditch. She did it reluctantly but complained, “Why does it have to be me?” The same happened a few days later. Despite trying to hide from her classmate, she had to clean the ditch again that rainy day. She first wanted to fight, but then calmed down and cleaned it.
As she was cleaning, she remembered what Master said in Hong Yin. Tears covered her face and she said, “Nothing is a coincidence. It is to improve my xinxing. I should appreciate my classmate.”
At home, her mother asked Xin Yun to wash the dishes. She was unhappy, complaining that her mother preferred her sister, who never had to wash the dishes. On the other hand, she said, “When my mother scolded my sister, I felt happy inside.”
Since practicing Dafa again, Xin Yun has changed dramatically. She said, “Now I recognize that my sister is still very young. I should do what my mother tells me to do. If I refuse, it is very hard on my mother. Now when my sister does something wrong, I talk to her kindly and encourage her, because I think that Master's 'Tempering One’s Heart and Will' from Hong Yin and the young monk mentioned in Zhuan Falun are clear examples of Fa principles.”
Xin Yun's father is the head of a communications company. He was too busy to practice Falun Dafa. But when he witnessed the changes in his wife and two daughters he started to read Zhuan Falun and joined the local Fa study group.
Now, Xin Yun sends truth-clarification letters to Mainland China in her spare time. Sometimes she sends righteous thoughts when her mother makes truth-clarification phone calls.
This family hopes that every predestined Chinese person has the opportunity to learn the truth about Falun Dafa and has a bright future. In fact, everyone can benefit from Falun Dafa.
With the Fa principles to guide her, Xin Yun is now full of energy and a pleasure to be around.