Cultivation Journey of a Chinese Practitioner in Northern Ireland
Greetings esteemed Master and greetings fellow practitioners!
I moved to Northern Ireland in 2014 and found that only a few people had heard about Falun Gong. The Chinese people who live there did not have many opportunities to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliate organizations.
Forming a Strong Energy Field with Only Few Practitioners
After settling down in Northern Ireland, I contacted the fellow practitioner who is in charge of the Epoch Times newspaper distribution. Another Chinese practitioner and I agreed to hand out 150 Chinese Epoch Times papers every week. Whenever we came across any Chinese people we tried to persuade them to quit the CCP and most agreed to quit.
We were only two Chinese practitioners in Northern Ireland and cherished the cultivation opportunity very much. We did the exercises, studied the Fa, and told people about this cultivation practice daily. Although we did have conflicts, we looked within for where we could improve and resolved the problems.
Then, another Chinese practitioner moved to Northern Ireland who, with the help of Western practitioners applied for a permit for holding Falun Dafa-related activities in public areas.
Our first signature drive took place on June 13 of this year. Although we were just a few practitioners, there was a strong energy field. Many of the Irish people had not heard of Falun Gong, but most signed the petition and we collected over 400 signatures that day.
Some said that they never hesitate to sign our petition, while others encouraged us. Many were interested to learn Falun Gong.
Raising Awareness of Organ Transplant Crimes
One of our events will be imprinted on my mind forever. Many people visited our booth on July 13. A young lad said, “The best way to stop the persecution is to practice Falun Gong.” I was touched by his awareness.
A man who listened to us appeared sympathetic to our cause, but could not believe the existence of forced organ harvesting from living practitioners and other prisoners of conscience. We found out that he had had an organ transplant. Alas, I could not explain in more detail because of my poor language ability. Then, I remembered that a practitioner had given me a brochure illustrating live organ harvesting, which he read.
“Now I fully understand,” he said. “I can confirm that my organ did not come from China. May I sign the petition?”
“I'm a human rights advocate,” said a young lady. “I heard about the persecution of Falun Gong and the live organ harvesting for the first time. If you need any help, just visit me.” I gave her a DVD of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
A Difficult Decision
Before I moved to Northern Ireland, one of my best friends asked me to teach her boyfriend the Falun Gong exercises. He had been arrested as an illegal immigrant and his lawyer suggested that he apply for asylum as a Falun Gong practitioner. Since both had renounced their membership in the Party and wanted to learn Falun Gong I agreed to teach him and his asylum request was approved.
Then, I felt extreme pain when doing the meditation and felt uncomfortable when I walked. This made me realize that I should not have helped an ordinary person take advantage of Falun Gong. The pain stopped after about one year.
A similar situation happened after I moved to Northern Ireland. My boss was arrested as an illegal immigrant. His wife asked me to lend him Falun Gong clothes and books, and to teach him the exercises. I told her that I could not help them, but explained in more detail about Falun Gong.
This incident made me realize that the Northern Irish immigration authorities must learn the facts about Falun Gong. We clarified the facts to the immigration officers and gave them Falun Gong informational materials.
Righteous Mind Resolves Anything
I had a learner’s drivers license for nearly 10 years, but did not obtain a license for one reason or another. Then, my car broke down.
I realized that I had to search within and realized that I was busy with Falun Gong activities, but was not a diligent practitioner when it came to Fa study, doing the exercises and sending righteous thoughts.
I decided to have the car repaired and also be more diligent in my cultivation. After some back and forth I started to study the Fa, corrected my thoughts and sent righteous thoughts. In the end I had to pay only one-fourth of what I originally was quoted for the car repair.
Thank you Master for teaching me how to cultivate. I realized that cultivation is to perfect my thoughts. If we have a righteous mind, anything can be solved by Master.
Letting Go of Fear of Suing Jiang Zemin
Master, in his Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference, made it clear that “all of humanity should sue it.”
I procrastinated until the Minghui website published many articles regarding suing Jiang. Then I realized I should also submit a criminal complaint. I had a British passport and there was nothing to fear. Although I still was fearful, I decided to process a complaint against Jiang.
As I wrote, I came across much interference. I didn’t have the software needed for the documents and was asked to attach a copy of my passport and my phone number. I hesitated. Then, a sharing between new practitioners helped me decide.
“It is a pity that I could not join the April 25, 1999 peaceful demonstration by practitioners in Beijing. Therefore, I must write a criminal complaint against Jiang to make up for it,” a new practitioner said.
I realized that any human attachment could hinder us from succeeding in cultivation. With this new mindset, I finally mailed my complaint on June 29, 2015.
Spreading the Fa in Northern Ireland
We found a place at a community center where we could teach the Falun Gong exercises twice a week. There are close to 20 students in our class.
As practitioners, we should be kind. Therefore, I sent small gifts to people who helped us. When I asked if we could put our class information on the community website, a member of staff in the center processed it immediately.
I recently received many emails that said that they heard about Falun Gong because of the information on the community center website. A lot of people said they would like to join the class. I even received an email from a Chinese lady in Italy. She asked a lot of questions and I encouraged her to read Master’s early stage Fa teachings. I hope that more and more people will practice Falun Gong.
Though I obtained the Fa more than a decade ago, I still do not do the exercises every day. I am now over 30 years old, but I do not handle things in a very mature way. I must let go of my attachments.
I very much thank fellow practitioners who have helped me and pointed out my weaknesses. I will keep in mind that conflicts and human attachments show up and tell us that we still need to cultivate. I hope to learn more from other practitioners and be more diligent on my cultivation path.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!
(Presented at the 2015 UK Falun Gong Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference)