A Newer Practitioner's Story of Stepping Out to People About Falun Gong and the Persecution
(Minghui.org) I ran into a Falun Gong practitioner in September 2005, and she told me about the practice, the persecution, and the importance of withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. I agreed to quit and asked her to use my real name.
My husband had been in a car accident that left him bedridden. The practitioner also told me that my husband would improve if he sincerely recited, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
When I thanked her for the Falun Gong amulet, she said, “Please do not thank me. Thank my teacher, Li Hongzhi, instead.”
On the Path of Cultivation
I invited this practitioner to my home in December 2011. She brought a DVD of Teacher's exercise instructions, and I began to study the Fa and learn the exercises that day. Two weeks later, the practitioner gave me a copy of a Shen Yun DVD, Dafa books, and Teacher's new articles.
I made up my mind to practice Dafa and embark on the journey of returning to my original, true self on January 13, 2012. I truly felt that I was the most fortunate person in the world.
Besides studying the teachings, doing the exercises, and sending righteous thoughts every day, I also watched the Shen Yun DVD and listened to Teacher's lectures with my husband. He enjoyed watching Shen Yun and listening to the Fa, even though he was not a practitioner. He also sincerely recited, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
I once asked him why he was looking at me so attentively. He answered, “You have changed. Your health has improved, you have become kinder, and you look prettier.”
I said, “Teacher requires us to be good, because we are doing Fa-rectification cultivation.”
Clarifying the Truth
I began to talk to people about Falun Gong a month after I began practicing.
When I saw two vendor stands outside the supermarket, I walked over and began chatting. After talking about the weather and natural calamities, I asked them if they had heard about Falun Gong.
One of the vendors said he knew that Falun Gong was good and helped improve one's health, while the other one brought up the Tiananmen Square “self-immolation.” I told him that the self-immolation had been staged by Jiang Zemin and his cohorts.
I pointed out several suspicious points about it, such as those noted by foreign media, and how Falun Gong practitioners are absolutely against suicide.
“Our Teacher tells us to follow 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' and think of others first,” I added. “Please do not believe the Party's lies about the practice and think about quitting the CCP to ensure your safety.”
Their reactions were amazing, and both vendors quit the Party using their real names.
In August 2013, my husband did not feel well, so I took him to the hospital. When he was admitted to a semi-private room, I took the opportunity to talk with the other patient, who was a business owner. I asked him, “Have you heard that quitting the CCP will ensure one's safety?” He said he had never heard about it.
He told me that he had joined the Young Pioneers, so I said, “Quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations ensures a bright future for yourself and your family.” He asked to quit the Party.
Overcoming a Tribulation with Righteous Thoughts
I woke up one morning and discovered that I had lost my voice. My tongue was numb, and both my hands and feet were swollen. My daughter cried when she saw me. “Dad is already in the hospital,” she said. “What if you get sick, too? Please get a CT scan this afternoon, so I won't worry.”
I agreed to get a CT scan since I practice in ordinary human society, and I felt this was a case in which I should not go extremes. I was clear in my mind that I had to pass this test.
At the hospital, the doctor took my blood pressure first. I do not have high blood pressure, but that day it was 150/80 mmHg. The doctor then prescribed medication to lower my blood pressure, but I did not take it.
When it was time for the CT scan, my thoughts were firm: “Teacher, your disciple is walking the path of divinity. I don't have any illness. It's all an illusion. I firmly believe in Teacher and Dafa. Rest assured that I will pass this xinxing test.”
The first CT scan machine wasn't working properly, so the doctor had to use a different one. However, the second machine didn't work right, either. I said to the machine in my mind, “You can return to normal now so that they can see I am fine.” The machine began to work properly.
The test results indeed came out normal. I knew that Teacher had protected me.
Although my tongue no longer felt numb, my voice was still hoarse. I said in front of Teacher's photo: “As Dafa practitioners, we need to have a good image. How can I talk to people like this? Teacher, please let your disciple recover quickly.”
I was soon completely well. I came to understand better what Teacher taught:
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide” (“The Master-Disciple Bond” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
I always put Fa-study before everything else, do the five exercises every day, and never miss any of the four times to send forth righteous thoughts. As a practitioner, as long as one puts one's heart into studying the Fa, one will be enlightened. I will do the three things well, save more sentient beings, and accomplish my mission as a Dafa disciple!
Thank you, Teacher! Thank you, fellow practitioners! Please point out anything inappropriate.