(Minghui.org) As cultivators, we all know the importance of sending forth righteous thoughts.

The Falun Dafa Association sent a notice in July 2016, which read:

“It is suggested that all Dafa disciples strengthen their sending righteous thoughts. Truly achieve sending forth pure, strong righteous thoughts at the four set times, cleanse oneself, and disintegrate the last factors that can be used by the old forces, including dark minions, rotten demons, and the Communist evil specter. In the last phase of Fa-rectification, quickly improve oneself and save more sentient beings.” (“Strengthen Sending Righteous Thoughts”)

I had many problems sending forth righteous thoughts. My mind wandered, I fell asleep at times, and I often was not able to maintain the correct position. When other practitioners pointed out my problems, I came up with all sorts of excuses, “I’m getting old, I got up too early today, I didn’t sleep well, etc.” I missed one opportunity after another to improve.

How could I save sentient beings and eliminate evil with an attitude like that?

One day when a fellow practitioner pointed out again that I had a problem, I decided not to make excuses anymore and began to seriously search within.

I eventually identified the notions that were preventing me from being diligent. A cultivator is walking on a divine path, so age should not be a hindrance. I was attached to my reputation and couldn’t tolerate anyone pointing out my shortcomings. I was being complacent about my own cultivation state, and using excuses to cover up my shortcomings. This was selfish and foolish!

I have a historic mission to fulfill as a cultivator. I should not allow any kind of interference prevent me from being diligent and completing my mission.

Master told us:

“The truth is, anything that is not consistent with Dafa or the righteous thoughts of Dafa disciples results from the old forces’ involvement, and that includes all of the unrighteous elements that you have. And that is why I have made sending righteous thoughts one of the three major things that Dafa disciples are to do. Sending righteous thoughts targets things that are outside of as well as inside of oneself, with nothing unrighteous allowed to escape. It’s just that there have been differences in how we have regarded and handled sending righteous thoughts.” (“On the Responses to the Piece About Assistant Souls”)

I made a promise to Master that I would negate the old force's arrangements and pay attention when I sent forth righteous thoughts.

I no longer feel resentful when fellow practitioners remind me to fix my posture. I thank them instead.

We recently had a difficult task that required everyone to send forth righteous thoughts to reinforce the effort. I worried that I might not have enough time to cook lunch for my grandson that day. But I calmed down and concentrated in my effort to do what was most important at the time.

I did well that day... Energy enveloped me, and I was very focused. When it was over, I had just enough time to fix lunch. I realized that as long as I kept my priorities straight, everything would be well taken care of.

I studied several newer teachings recently and noticed that in each one, we are asked to pay attention to cultivating ourselves. I am determined to cultivate my heart and consistently search within to improve.

I had a dream one day, where my body was so light that I floated up and soared high in the sky! What a wonderful feeling that was! I realized that when I cultivate myself, Master helps eliminate substances that weigh me down.

Thank you, Master! I will do well the things that a Dafa practitioner should do.