[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] Falun Dafa Changed my Fate and Transformed my Life
(Minghui.org) I am 69 years old. Nineteen years ago, in 1996, I had the good fortune to be blessed with beginning Falun Dafa cultivation practice.
My entire body was in poor shape before I began practicing Falun Dafa. But cultivation practice changed my fate. Dafa’s great, compassionate Master picked me up from hell and gave me a new life.
Struggling to Live but Waiting to Die
After a serious fight with my husband when I was 29 years old, I suffered a heart attack. From then on, my heart was so debilitated that I often needed hospitalization.
The following year, I came down with nephritis, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as hyperplasia of the cervix, thorax, and lumbar, all at once. I spent practically the entire year in the hospital, and could not take care of my home, much less my daughter.
Yet, no matter how many times I visited the hospital, my diseases were not cured.
On the contrary, my medical problems increased every year. My hemorrhoids, colon, rectum, gall bladder, stomach, and spleen all had problems. I had breast hyperplasia, nose and sinus inflammation, otitis media, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, and esophagus globus syndrome, so I couldn’t even drink water. I also had severe insomnia, frozen shoulder, and frequent colds that no amount of medication could remedy.
Every time I went to the hospital, I would need acupuncture and diathermia treatments. I was under consultation by a team of integrative medical experts, but all remedies used were to no avail.
My belly was distended, and my body temperature extremely low. I could barely eat, and I often collapsed and needed immediate rescue.
Due to my condition, my contribution at my workplace was minuscule, but the trouble I caused was great. My employer had to pay out money for my medical care, and had to assign a colleague to help me out when I needed to be hospitalized.
My husband was having an affair and didn’t come home. He had not paid one yuan for my care, nor had he stopped by to check on me.
I was by myself and suffering alone. Many a time I considered ending my life. Only the thought of my child and my mother kept me going.
My husband died in a car accident in 1990, the same year the hospital detected a cyst in my ovaries.
The following year, the hospital sent for an expert from Beijing to perform laser surgery on me. I almost died from the surgical anesthetics, due to allergies.
The following year, I fell and broke my left hip, but I had no money for the necessary traction therapy. So I just let it go untreated and suffered in silence.
At the time, I was only earning 60% of my wages. When my husband was alive, he never gave me any money for living expenses. Instead, he asked me to give him 20 yuan here, 30 yuan there, and when I refused, he beat me.
So, I had no savings, and could not even pay 10% of my medical bills.
I struggled to live, but was waiting to die.
Dafa Gave me a New Life
Fate was against me, as if it were determined to bring about my demise.
I turned 48 in 1994, the year the doctor detected I had late stage ovarian cancer and recommended immediate surgery.
I told the doctor, “I’ve decided not to do anything and leave everything to fate!”
I said to my daughter, “My body is beyond repair. It has almost no resistance. Surgery will do nothing but spread cancer cells around faster and cause me to die sooner. To spend money and get into debt will be wasteful, and will not save me.”
My daughter cried and begged me to seek a medical cure and not give up.
When she realized I wouldn’t listen, she suggested, “Why don’t you try qigong to see if it helps.”
I tried several qigong practices, expending quite a bit of money and a lot of time, but to no avail.
One day in late 1995, I went to the park to practice my qigong and saw some banners promulgating Falun Dafa.
I asked a young lady who was doing some kind of exercise, "How much tuition are you charging?”
I was shocked when she told me there was no charge.
“Are you for real? Everybody charges hundreds and even thousands of yuan to teach…”
She answered with a smile, “Our Teacher will not allow it.”
“When is your teacher coming?
“He won’t be coming.”
“Then how am I to learn? How am I to get help from him to cure my many sicknesses?”
The young lady replied, “Auntie, all you need to do is to follow the principles of the universe, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, in your every thought and action, and come here to learn the exercises. Our Teacher will then cleanse your body of all your sicknesses.”
When I heard the word “forbearance,” my heart skipped a beat. I exclaimed, “Hey, this 'forbearance' word sounds wonderful. If I can endure and not get angry, then I won’t get sick. This is what I want!”
As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I felt something turning “whoosh, whoosh, whoosh” near my left hip where I had hurt myself before, as if someone was removing a big iron vice. It was indescribably comfortable!
When I went home and told my neighbors, they all thought something was wrong, and insisted that I go to the hospital for a checkup.
I later asked some Falun Dafa practitioners and learned that Master had used the Falun (Law Wheel) to adjust my body.
And so it was at the Falun Dafa exercise site, before I even started doing the exercises, that Master had already begun to cleanse my body. I clearly felt the Falun rotating seven times around my waist. After that, I could straighten up my back. It was really amazing!
In late January 1996, I formally became a Dafa disciple.
The first day I participated in the group exercise, my heart hurt badly. I wondered if I could even hold the first position during the second exercise. I decided I would hold the position for as long as I could, regardless.
Wonder of wonders! As soon as I lifted my arms to hold them in front of my head, I could feel the Falun turning at my back close to my heart. It felt wonderfully comfortable.
I was so happy, and kept thinking, “What great ability Master has that He knows exactly where I hurt! Master is just too great!”
My ill heart, that caused me to be rushed so many times to the hospital for the past decade, no longer troubled me after that day. I can’t find words to fully express my gratitude to Master!
Thereafter, regardless of whether I was doing the exercises or not, I would often feel Falun of different sizes and forces turning here, turning there, turning all over my body.
Several times, I felt strong energy from my head to my toes. The energy was extremely comfortable.
From then on, my perennially cold hands and feet were warm. My soles and palms sometimes feel like big fireballs so that even in frigid weather I don’t feel cold while doing the exercises outside.
I subsequently discovered pus in my bowel movement three times, and my bloating stomach never reoccurred. My appetite returned. I also quit smoking after 20 years of the bad habit.
I now go to the park every morning to do group exercises, rain or shine.
Late one night, the wind turned into a gale, but I told myself even if it were raining daggers, I would not be deterred. The following day, I was on time to the practice site as usual.
I made up my mind to attend Master’s next series of classes, but I learned that Master had been invited abroad, and since 1995 was spreading Dafa overseas.
So, I found out where I could watch Master's lectures on video and attended as many times as I could.
One time, I was a bit late. I ran up three flights of stairs two steps at a time and flopped down on the cold floor. Dafa gave me the energy.
But I was miserable, because I always seemed to doze off while watching the videos, even when I kept telling myself to stay alert.
Then, I understood from reading Master’s words,
“It is because their brains have illnesses that need to be treated. One will be unable to stand it if one’s brain is worked on. Therefore, one must be put into a state of anesthesia or become unconscious.” (Zhuan Falun)
My body is no longer riddled with sicknesses. I walk with a spring, and I’m always smiling from not being weighted down in spirit by physical problems.
More than one month after I started Falun Dafa practice, my workplace conducted a medical checkup for the female staff.
When it was my turn, the doctor cried out in surprise, "The cancer is gone!"
He consulted with three other doctors. They examined my medical records and decided to do another round of tests.
Finally, he concluded. “There is not even a trace of your malignant cancerous cells! Your blood pressure, body temperature, and everything else are also all normal!”
He asked, baffled and incredulous, “What panacea have you taken?”
I exclaimed in jubilation, “I’ve practiced Falun Dafa for only a month. I just do the exercises and follow the Falun Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my every thought, word, and deed! I haven’t spend any money, nor have I even met Dafa’s Master!”
“Incredible! Miracle! Truly a miracle! Falun Dafa is too extraordinary!”
Some colleagues with existing problems, and who were now discovering more problems, looked at me and proclaimed, “We want to practice Falun Dafa too!”
Saying “No” to 50 Thousand Yuan
After I started practicing Falun Dafa, I always remember to live my life according to Master’s requirements, and to speak and act with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in mind.
If it snowed, I swept the snow from my own yard all the way to the main road, and made two paths leading to the two public toilets.
If I saw debris on the road, I always picked it up and threw it away, to make sure no one would accidentally stumble over it.
If I found money, I always tried to seek out the owner.
If people wanted to thank me or offer me any form of gratuity, I always said to them, “Thank Dafa’s Master! Please remember that Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! Say these nine golden words often. They will bring you blessings!”
Our apartment project's common standpipes needed repair again in 2002. In the past, every resident was responsible for digging a section of the underground pipe, but since everyone knew that I was sick, I hadn’t been required to do the work.
Now that I was well, I wanted to do my share. My neighbors all said not to worry. I persisted and they finally relented. I picked up a big hammer and finished the job in no time at all.
My neighbors were all surprised and applauded, “Way to go, lady!”
I said to them, “You forgot that I practice Falun Dafa! My illnesses are all gone. I’m now full of energy and vitality!”
They all marveled at the wonder and power of Falun Dafa, which can bring a seriously ill person to incredible health.
I took the opportunity to remind them, “Falun Dafa is a mind-body cultivation way. Do not be misled by the propaganda on TV. It is created by the government to frame Falun Dafa and turn people away from Falun Dafa!
I was involved in four car accidents after I started Falun Dafa practice. Each one was quite serious, but I never collected retribution money from anyone.
Master says, “Good or evil comes from that instant thought.” (Zhuan Falun)
I trust Master and Dafa. I always told the people involved that I was alright, and there’s no need to go to hospital.
And sure enough, Dafa’s wonder manifested in me and I was just fine. Everybody around couldn’t help but be amazed after witnessing time and again the magic of Dafa.
The police once caught the young man who caused a hit-and-run with me. They withheld his driver's license, fined him 30 thousand yuan, and ordered him to pay me 50 thousand yuan. I refused to take the money.
The captain of the Traffic Police Brigade was so frustrated, he pounded on the table and yelled at me, “It’s not easy to be a mediator. People are always complaining they are retributed with too little money. And you! You wasted our time investigating your case! We give you justice and you refuse again and again!”
I said to him, “I know you’ve done a good job for me. My family can indeed use the 50 thousand yuan you awarded me. It would be a good sum even if it were only 5 thousand. But, I am a Falun Dafa practitioner, I cannot go against Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I cannot take the money.”
Dafa Grows my Business
By the time I had fully recovered from all my illnesses, I had also reached my mandatory retirement age.
Because all my savings had been spent on previous medical treatments, I opened a small eatery to earn enough money for myself and to send my child to college.
My customers are basically low-income people. Because I don’t skimp on the ingredients and won’t overcharge, by word of mouth, my customer base has grown steadily in number.
One time, there were just too many people, I begged the customers, “Please come back another time. My place is too small and I don’t have enough bowls and chopsticks to go around!”
But people didn't want to leave and go elsewhere. They told me, “No, we want to eat here. We will wait. Your food is good and substantial, and your price is fair. You don’t take advantage of us. You are honest and courteous…”
Some went on to suggest, “Why don’t you buy some more bowls and chopsticks. We will be happy to stand and eat outside.”
So I bought more bowls and chopsticks, set up a few planks for tables and chairs outside my eatery, and customers continue to show up in droves.
I apologize to the customers during days when it’s hot, windy, snowy, or rainy, “I'm so sorry to have you eat outside in this kind of weather!”
The customers nonetheless comfort me, “Thank you for worrying about us. We are fine. You have a good heart, and you feed us well. We are happy to eat here. We will tell people about you and give you free advertising.”
I hasten to tell them every time, “I used to be sickly, but Falun Dafa cured me of all my diseases, and I didn’t have to spend even a penny! I have nothing to pay back Dafa’s Master for His mercy. Our Master only requires His disciples to speak and act in accordance with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. So what I’m doing is because of Master’s teachings…”
An old seller of garlic often stops by after selling his goods in the city’s early market. I buy up all his leftover garlic and place them in the middle of my eatery so that customers can help themselves.
Another steady customer is an old man who sells eggs in the same early market. I need eggs anyway, so I buy up whatever eggs he can’t sell for the day, and add them to the ingredients to feed my customers.
My eatery is becoming more and more popular, and more and more prosperous.
Indeed, my older customers provide me with free advertising. Upon hearing how I conduct my business because I practice Falun Dafa’s Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, many new customers come from far away to see and experience it for themselves.
My customers often say to me, “In today's society, only Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance can teach people to be fair and honest in doing business! You're not after making a lot of money, but you’re also not at a disadvantage, because your fairness and honesty are giving you a good name, more customers, and much prosperity!”
Dafa has granted me a new life. I will continue to show my gratitude to Master by contributing to the community to the best of my ability in accordance with Master’s teachings!