Dafa's Power Resolved My Daughter's Sexual Identity Crisis
(Minghui.org) My daughter practiced Falun Dafa at the age of three. Before the onset of the persecution in 1999, I took her with me when I talked to people about this cultivation practice, to group practice, and to group Fa-study.
When she was not feeling well, she told herself that she was fine because Master was protecting her. As she became a teenager, she began to struggle with her sexual identity. I asked Master to give me courage and compassion, so that I could help my daughter, and she ultimately returned to cultivate in Dafa.
Going With the Trend
My daughter turned into a withdrawn teenager and no longer wanted to share her thoughts with me. I thought that this was just a phase, but gradually she became even quieter.
When I read her diary one day, I found out that she was struggling with her sexual identity. This was shocking news and I almost collapsed.
I knew that only Dafa could save her, but she refused to read Master’s teachings with me.
“I know Dafa is good,” she said, “but the requirements are too high for me. You go ahead and cultivate, and I will do what I’m fond of.”
Our friends said that they knew many young people who were lesbians or homosexuals, but we could not accept the fact that our daughter was a lesbian.
To help her resolve her identity crisis, I took her to psychologists and tried a number of different methods, but nothing worked. Ultimately, I no longer could discuss the subject with her. She even signed an agreement to end the father-daughter relationship with my husband. We felt desperate.
We could only hope that she would change after entering college, but that did not happen either. She actually dated another girl.
I cried every time I thought about her. Since we could not face each other, I began to write to her. While watching her sound asleep one night, I typed a very long letter to her with tears in my eyes.
“Dear daughter,” I said, “you’re my only child. This world is a pit filled with poisons, but you should not fall like so many others have done.”
Dafa Opens the Door
While we were in despair, I heard a voice in my mind that said, “Falun Buddha Fa, the mighty Buddha powers are boundless.” The world brightened and brought happiness to my mind.
“I can tell you, we're cultivators, so you need to treat all of the sentient beings around you as compassionately as you can.”
“I think that you absolutely shouldn't be discouraged or apathetic. Do this compassionately no matter who it is, and with a compassion that can melt steel you'll be able to do it well.” (“Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference”)
With hope rising in my mind, I pleaded, “Master, please help my daughter return to Dafa.”
As I was feeling hopeful, my daughter and husband had another fight. She was so upset that she left home and stayed overnight in an airport. Fortunately, she called me and after some discussion agreed to stay at her friend’s place.
After she came home a week later, I made her favorite food, and treated her just like before. I treated her with unconditional compassion.
Return of a Harmonious Family Life
I began to read Dafa books in her room after she returned, and also shared with her my cultivation experience and the beauty of Dafa. I noticed that she did not turn away, so I suggested, “Shall we read Dafa books together again?” She replied, “Mom, I’ll read Zhuan Falun with you tomorrow.” I could hardly believe my ears. Thanking Master from the bottom of my heart, I said, “My daughter is back!”
We finished watching Master’s nine-day lecture DVDs during the following two days, and also read Zhuan Falun repeatedly. At night, my husband watched the Nine Commentaries of the Communist Party DVDs with us. When it was showing practitioners being tortured, my daughter said with tears in her eyes, “Mom, if the evil people are not punished, there is no heaven’s law.”
She also enjoys the NTD television programs very much, and asked her father to watch them with her.
“I’ve read hundreds of books since grade school,” she said to her father, “but only Zhuan Falun has changed me.”
Witnessing the extraordinary change in our daughter, my husband changed his attitude toward Dafa. He now reads Zhuan Falun with us.
It is Falun Dafa that brought good fortune to my family and the return to a harmonious life.