A New Practitioner's Journey with Dafa
(Minghui.org) I began to practice Falun Dafa in 2014, during my search for a cure for scleroderma, a chronic disease that causes hardening and contraction of the skin and connective tissues. It was amazing that my illness, for which I could not find a cure, disappeared about one year into the practice.
Meeting up with Dafa when Searching for a Cure
I was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2013. The color of my skin changed and I looked like a burn victim. Although I was only in my 30s, I hurt all over without any reprieve and felt as if I was near death.
My mother and I were looking for the best skin specialists in China when a kind lady introduced me to Falun Dafa. She told me to recite “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
Brainwashed since childhood by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda and atheistic teachings, I could not accept Falun Dafa at the time.
But, treatments only aggravated my physical condition and side effects from the medicines caused my hair to fall out.
When I continued my search for alternative cures, I ran into the same Falun Dafa practitioner again. She convinced me to stay in her home, where she told me the facts about Falun Dafa. I listened with skepticism because I did not want to be rude.
However, after I learned the facts about Dafa and the truth about the CCP’s persecution of the practice, I realized that the CCP had lied to the Chinese people about Falun Dafa.
I also understood the reason for my suffering. I no longer blamed my family for my condition. I used to vent my frustration when I was with my family, since I was miserable and depressed. I hated everyone around me. However, the Falun Dafa teachings helped me understand why I was in such misery. I understood that when I suffer, I am repaying the debts I owe for mistreating others in the past or during a prior life. I now feel so ashamed for the bad thoughts I used to have.
Dream Foretold Possible Future
Before I started practicing Falun Dafa I had a dream, in which I went to hell and saw many people on their knees receiving punishment. The scene was terrible.
I also saw that the walls in our house were covered with black bugs, and I screamed and asked my father to kill the bugs with hot water. The dead bugs first turned into black feathers, and then crystals. I did not understand the meaning of the dream, but only remembered clearly how terrifying it was.
I realized after reading the Falun Dafa books that those black bugs and crystals must be my karma, a black substance that resulted from previous wrongdoing. Had I not begun to cultivate in Falun Dafa, I would have to face the horrifying scene I saw in my dream.
Improved Cultivation State Changed Physical Condition
I have seen amazing things numerous times since I started practicing Falun Dafa. When I read Dafa materials or watched Dafa CDs, my lower abdomen was very warm, and I could feel things moving inside it. I did not know what it was at first, but after I read Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa, I realized that the law wheel was actually turning inside me.
Deeply contaminated by the CCP’s doctrines, I still doubted the amazing things I saw and experienced, and wondered if the Falun Dafa teachings were real. These doubts hindered me from overcoming tribulations smoothly.
I experienced illness symptoms shortly after I began to practice Falun Dafa. A transparent bubble grew inside my left eye, which caused discomfort and constant tears. I understood that it was karma, but after some time I began to lose faith in Falun Dafa and I went to a hospital. The doctor could not find anything wrong and just prescribed some eye drops, which naturally did not help. Once I decided to ignore this problem, the bubble disappeared within two days.
My primary goal for practicing Falun Dafa was to cure my skin disease, because I did not quite understand what cultivation was about. I did not cultivate my mind, nor did I let go of my attachments, so my physical condition did not improve.
As I gained a better understanding of cultivation, my faith in Falun Dafa grew, and my reason for practicing Falun Dafa changed. Immediately, my cultivation state improved and along with it my physical condition.
Growing and Benefiting as a Cultivator
When doing the Dafa sitting meditation, I used to change my position to alleviate the pain in my legs. After I understood that the pain was caused by karma, I held my body straight even though my legs were in excruciating pain.
To divert my attention away from the pain, I sometimes recited poems from Hong Yin, written by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa. A cool breeze blew at me one day, and joy and harmony arose in my heart.
There is no more pain when I get up from bed and I can even jump and run, something I was not able to do in the past. I no longer feel tired and my skin also turned from being dark and rough to smooth and soft.
My parents were impressed by all the changes in me since I practiced Falun Dafa, even though their minds were deeply polluted by the CCP’s propaganda. They now support me and remind me to practice the exercises.
I sincerely thank the founder of Falun Dafa, whom practitioners call Teacher, for telling me the real meaning of life and cultivation, and most importantly for not giving up on me.
To those that have doubt about Dafa, please consider my account and how you might also benefit from being a practitioner.