Austria: Falun Dafa Annual Experience Sharing Conference Held in Vienna
(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in Austria held their annual cultivation experience sharing conference on October 9, 2016 in Vienna, the capital of Austria.
Over a dozen practitioners shared their cultivation experiences. They talked about looking within, how they feel the urgency to tell people the facts about Falun Dafa and the persecution, and doing the things practitioners should do to fulfill their historic missions. Some practitioners who had left the practice but have resumed practicing spoke about their determination to be diligent.
Balancing Well My Family and Cultivation
Kalina has practiced Falun Dafa for a decade. She is in her 30s. She spoke about how she made it through sickness karma and balancing the relationship between her family and cultivation.
She had a comfortable job and good income after her graduation from a university. She then began practicing Falun Dafa and putting a lot of effort into projects that clarify the truth.
Her life changed after her son was born because she needed to take care of her baby and do household chores, but she also needed to do the three things well as a practitioner.
She found she didn’t have enough time to do everything and that it was hard to balance her relationships.
Her relationship with her husband became tense, and she was bothered by long-term sickness karma. She became dissatisfied with herself and her family and blamed her husband and son for her bad state, rather than truly looking within to find the cause.
She shared with fellow practitioners her situation and how she looked within, and found her fundamental attachment: her diligence in the initial stage of her cultivation was because she wanted to become wiser and smarter from practicing Dafa instead of cultivating from her heart. She appeared to be diligent, but actually she didn't cultivate herself.
Kalina finally passed the sickness karma test that had plagued her for years through her continuous looking within, studying the Falun Dafa teachings and sending righteous thoughts.
Letting Go of the Attachment to Face
Practitioner Katjia talked about how she let go of her attachment to face and managed to talk to Members of the European Parliament (MEP) about forced organ harvesting from living Falun Dafa practitioners in China.
She felt practitioners were bothering people by continuing to reach out to them after three people told her that they had learned about organ harvesting atrocities long ago.
She discussed with the local coordinator and realized that she should let go of her notions and provide people an opportunity to make a good decision for themselves. She gathered her courage and managed to successfully meet with three MEPs on three different occasions.
Katjia also shared that she once overcame fear and spoke to hundreds of attendees at a conference held by an international organization against human trafficking. She felt Master Li’s (the founder) strengthening which enabled her to calmly finish her speech.
Good Cultivation Opportunities
Sofie, a professional golfer, began practicing Falun Dafa one and a half years ago. Guided by Dafa, she takes fame and personal gain lightly in her competitive career. She takes all bad factors in her career and daily life as good experiences for cultivating herself.
Returning to Cultivation
Sahra, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate, has practiced Falun Dafa with her parents since she was young, but she dropped out and indulged herself in everyday life after she began high school.
She decided to resume her cultivation this year after she watched the Shen Yun performance. Her study at school made progress and she graduated with outstanding results. She now realizes the importance of solid and steadfast cultivation and diligence.