We Must Intensify Righteous Thoughts by Looking Inward
Breaking Through the Arrangement of the Old Forces
The old forces are responsible for pre-arranging many of our attachments in the human world. They did this by dividing tasks among themselves, with each responsible for arranging a specific element.
They intended to disturb Dafa disciples by creating interpersonal divides among disciples, wasting time and money, causing problems with disciple's bodies or with their families, and intensifying disciples' attachments. Examples of the attachments they intensify include bad thoughts, hatred, lust, a contentious mentality, the pursuit of comfort, thought karma, and others.
I have come to realize that in order to fundamentally reject the old forces' arrangements, we must look deeply inward to assess the problem, and then completely eliminate it.
Eliminating Human Attachments
These evil beings must be destroyed. However, they make this difficult by hiding inside of us, and our attachments help sustain them. The more attachments one has, the more evil beings there can be hidden in his or her body. These forces punish practitioners who are not cultivating diligently by arranging for them to suffer from sickness karma, persecution, or other tribulations, sometimes even taking away the practitioner's life.
It must be noted that these beings are truly evil. They even dare to cause trouble by making some practitioners feel sleepy while studying the Fa and sending righteous thoughts. They deliberately enlarge practitioners' attachments and steadfastly prevent them from improving.
Master has said:
"When your righteous thoughts are firm and when you can repel those things, I remove them for you bit by bit; however much you can do, that's how much I remove for you and diminish for you." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference")
When we have heavy human attachments, our righteous thoughts are weaker. Therefore, before sending righteous thoughts, we must purify ourselves to ensure that the righteous thoughts we send and the Gong we attain are pure and powerful.
Master has also said:
"...thinking about eliminating the bad thoughts, karma, bad notions, and external interference in their minds. As you're like this, think that they die, and then they will be eliminated. Five minutes will do." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2001 Canada Fa Conference")
When I make a conscious, focused effort to reject human notions, Master helps me take them away. Whenever I recite Master's words, I see the power of the Fa break the harmful matter in my personal space, which is not in line with the values of the Fa. I see this kind of black, decaying matter cleansed from me.
It is extremely important to look within oneself. Only by doing so can we see our existing problems and thereby improve ourselves. Only when we study the Fa well and look within can we do the three things well. When we look within and improve ourselves continuously, our space and hearts become immeasurably purer, and we get closer to our ultimate goal: returning to our true home.
Additionally, by reciting, "Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good," we can often help cleanse a practitioner's space.
Master has said:
"Saying 'Dafa hao' is not only effective for ordinary people, but also for Dafa disciples since it clears away the bad things in the mind. When you have every cell in your body saying that Dafa is great, you will find that your entire body feels the reverberations. (Applause) It is the Fa that your mind is invoking, so that's why it is so powerful." (Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York)
Whenever a conflict occurs, we should think of the Fa, look within ourselves to find our own shortcomings, and align ourselves to the point where we are one with the Fa. That is, we only improve by means of the Fa.