(Minghui.org) My husband and I were born in the same village to honest and well-respected farming families. But fate put us through a life of suffering. My husband's mother died when he was six, and he and his siblings often went hungry.

As for me, my mother had emphysema and my elder brother had severe rheumatic heart disease. They were both bed-ridden. My father died when I was 13 years old.

From a young age I had to take care of my family, do the household chores and work on our farm. It was exhausting! After my father died I had to quit school and work to pay our medical bills.

I married when I was 19 and we moved to Sichuan Province to work at a state-owned enterprise. I worked hard and was promoted to be a training supervisor, but my health deteriorated. I suffered from a degenerative neck disease, right leg atrophy and nerve damage among other illnesses.

My husband developed a gall bladder infection and severe duodenal ulcers. Coupled with the stress of work and looking after our three children and me, my hot-headed husband would sometimes vent his anger on us.

New Lease on Life

My condition worsened in April 1993 and I was transferred to another hospital. When my boss visited me, he noticed how dejected I was. He told me that he just came across a new qigong practice.

“The practice is called Falun Gong,” he said. “It's very good, and it teaches people to cultivate their hearts and be good people. Not only does it elevate one's moral standards, it also has amazing effects on one's health.”

For the first time, I saw a ray of hope. I begged him to teach me the exercises immediately. He taught me the five exercises, and I memorized each step. Before leaving, he encouraged me to do the exercises whenever I could.

When doing the exercises, I felt a warm current flow through my body, and I also felt comfortable. I could stand the next day and walk a short distance after three days. I asked the doctor to discharge me from the hospital on the fifth day.

He was shocked and I explained that I had been practicing Falun Gong for the past few days. He discharged me, but cautioned to take 15 days' leave from work to prevent my illness from recurring.

At home, I continued to practice the exercises daily. When practicing I would enter a state of tranquility immediately, and I would feel so tall and enormous that I dwarfed trees and buildings. It was a wonderful feeling.

I returned to work earlier than expected, and my boss said, “Your complexion is rosy, and you look younger and prettier! You don't look like a sick person at all!”

Dream Becomes Reality

I dreamed that I was in an old temple in September 1993. I saw Master Li Hongzhi (the founder of Falun Gong) dressed in a purple robe in the temple courtyard. Before I woke up, I asked him to teach me his practice

The next day, I received a call from my boss inviting me over to watch Master Li's exercise videos. I excitedly told him about my dream. When I watched the video, I knew that I had seen Master Li in my dream.

Understanding the True Meaning of Life

I attended Master's series of lectures in Chongqing in 1994. Chongqing practitioners offered their seats in the first row to practitioners who had come from afar.

When Master walked onstage, the audience burst into thunderous applause. Master took out a small piece of paper and began to lecture. I did not want to miss anything.

Master lectured on the Fa principles and answered many questions I had struggled with for years. I finally understood that my life's suffering was karma accrued over many lifetimes. I finally understood the true meaning of life.

Never before had I felt so light and content. During the lectures, Master’s powerful energy blanketed the entire hall. The audience was calm and quiet, and no one smoked or walked about.

Changing Into a Completely Different Person

At the end of April 1994, my husband attended Master's lectures in Chengdu City. When he returned, he was a completely different person. His cheeks were rosy, and he excitedly told me all that he had experienced.

Master said,

“I advise everyone that if you truly want to practice cultivation you should quit smoking from now on, and it is guaranteed that you can quit.” (Zhuan Falun)

After the lecture, my husband and his colleagues went out for a smoke. But, the first puff they took was so horrible that they could not continue to smoke. They gave up their decade-long smoking habit without any difficulty. My husband's chronic illnesses also vanished.

Many practitioners experienced their illnesses disappearing after attending the lectures.

Witnessing Amazing Changes

I follow the Falun Gong principles “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” and stopped pursuing fame and fortune. Therefore, the department I supervised always outperformed the other departments. For three consecutive years, we were nominated “most advanced group” in the National Defense Industrial Office, and I received the “most advanced worker” award several times.

My husband also changed dramatically. Whenever he encountered conflicts, he followed Master Li's teachings.

Master said,

“As practitioners, you will suddenly come across conflicts. What should you do? You should always maintain a heart of compassion and kindness. Then, when you run into a problem, you will be able to do well because it gives you room to buffer the confrontation. You should always be benevolent and kind to others, and consider others when doing anything. Whenever you encounter a problem, you should first consider whether others can put up with this matter or if it will hurt anyone. In doing so, there will not be any problems. Therefore, in cultivation practice you should follow a higher and higher standard for yourself.” (Zhuan Falun)

Not only did my husband quit smoking and drinking, he also got rid of his bad temper. This was witnessed and praised by everyone at his workplace.

We are now in our 70s and are both healthy. We read the Fa, do the exercises and talk to people about Falun Gong.

My husband and I have told our friends, relatives, and former colleagues about Falun Gong. Many of them have witnessed our improvement, and they are aware of the many benefits of practicing Falun Gong. Not only have they quit the Chinese Communist Party {CCP) and its affiliated organizations, but some have also become practitioners.