From Fear to Faith—My Husband's Radical Turnaround
(Minghui.org) I am a 60-year-old woman from Sichuan Province, China. Since the end of 1996, I have been practicing Falun Gong, after having suffered from an illness for a long time.
After taking up the practice for a period of time, I was healed, and I was filled with excitement and joy. However, my politically sensitive husband warned me otherwise. “Stop practicing Falun Gong,” he said. “The government will eventually ban it, because too people have come to it. At least, don't do the exercises in public please.”
Despite his pleas, he still sometimes followed my morning exercise routine.
No Abuse Can Stop Me from Practicing
After the persecution of Falun Gong began, I had the opportunity to go to Beijing to speak up for the practice. However, my husband's fear of the CCP drove him to beat me. His aim was to cut off my communication with fellow practitioners and to stop me from practicing Falun Gong.
Since the persecution started, my husband made every effort to stop my practice. Sometimes, I would have bruises all over my body. Even my boss and son would ask me about them. Yet I had to tell lies to cover it up.
I was later detained for seven days for telling people about the persecution of Falun Gong in 2007. At this time, my husband burned a whole set of Dafa books at home. Unfortunately, since then he has suffered from long-term indigestion and various serious eye diseases such as blurred vision and cataracts.
Despite my husband's beatings, which continued for 10 years, I still made sure to keep Master's teachings in mind:
“We have said, however, that as a practitioner one should not fight back when being punched or insulted, but should conduct oneself with a high standard.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun)
When he was most agitated, I always gave in and tried to talk some sense into him. But he did not not listen at all, and he even threatened to divorce me in 2008. Luckily, a friend of his, who understood the facts about Falun Gong, dissuaded him. In 2010, he stopped beating me—though he still made a point to swear at me.
Gradual Awakening, Battling with Fear
In 2013 I started to tell him more about Dafa bit by bit, and he slowly became more reasonable. Later, when it came to Falun Gong, he talked sensibly to his acquaintances, saying things like, “Falun Gong is good. Those practitioners are all kind people who should not be persecuted.”
At the end of that year, a piece of negative news from the radio about Dafa attracted my husband's attention. He became very sensitive again and warned me to be careful.
The next morning, he developed symptoms of a stroke and became bedridden. He was hospitalized, and I looked after him day and night during the first week. I also reminded him about the benefits of repeating “Falun Dafa is good,” but he refused.
He had stayed in the hospital for 37 days, during which three practitioners came to see him. Each spoke to him about the goodness of Falun Gong and how his past actions may have contributed to his current health problems.
It was good to see that he was not cruel to these practitioners, but he admitted to me that he was nervous talking about Falun Gong in public.
Change from the Inside
A few days after returning home, I started to read articles about Falun Gong to him. Over the next few days, he had many questions about the Fa and how people become good. His understandings improved across the board. He also realized that he should publicly declare his bad deeds against Falun Gong. We sent his declaration in to Minghui.
Since then, whenever I studied the Fa, I would read out loud to him. Soon he even started to respect Master Li Hongzhi, and after only studying Zhuan Falun one time, he became rather emotional. “What Master says is really fantastic!” he said. “The book is indeed very thorough, and if everyone behaved according to Dafa, the world would be at peace. Master's teachings are really good—without it you wouldn't be able to do so well. After my healing, I will also study the Fa.”
Since starting Fa-study with me, his health has recovered quickly. His trouble urinating eased, and in only half-a-month at home, his numb body regained mobility, his limbs became retractable, and he could stand up to walk with assistance in small amounts.
After a month, he could sit for more than an hour. A month-and-a-half later, he was able to go up the stairs to the first floor. His digestion improved and he could eat supper. His eye conditions disappeared and his eyesight improved.
Whenever his health improved at all, he showed gratitude to Master. Once he said to me, “I started too late. When I get healthier, I will help you to clarify truth. I can send forth righteous thoughts in the meantime.”
To me, it seems obvious that my husband's changes inside and out proves the wonders of Falun Gong. The practice is indeed great. On top of it all, the practice has healed a large number of people, helped them elevate their moral character, and benefitted hundreds of millions.
I hope even more can benefit from Falun Gong. I hope such blessings spread far and wide so more and more people can gain these wonders as well.