A New Perspective on Life – A Young Practitioner’s Cultivation Experience
(Minghui.org) I am a 24-year-old practitioner who started cultivation practice in March. Cultivating in Falun Dafa changed my life, attitude and even my appearance for the better! I now understand the true meaning of life and my reason for existing in this world.
A Missed Opportunity
Being frail since I was young, I was a difficult child to take care of. My mother was forced to quit her job to care for me full time, leaving my father to provide all financial support for the family. In comparison to my peers, our family was not well off. Many of them were showered with beautiful clothes and ate gourmet food. I was envious.
My feeling of inferiority only grew with age, and I became a rebellious, bad-tempered teenager. I looked down on my poorly-educated parents, and our relationship became strained by frequent arguments.
My Aunt loaned me a copy of Zhuan Falun in 2011. I spent the next few days attempting to read the book, but soon gave up, preferring to spend time on ordinary pursuits.
Under the influence of modern society, I began pursuing material things, including the fashionable clothes and delicious food that I envied. My personal enjoyment and comfort came first, and I only did chores when I was in a good mood. I took my parents for granted and prioritized my schedule around my circle of friends.
I eventually lost interest in obtaining material things and instead quenched my thirst for enjoyment with television dramas. I stayed up very late each night and dragged my exhausted body to work each morning after. This became a vicious cycle, and I began dozing off frequently.
This lack of sleep took its toll on my health, and I became frequently ill with coughs and colds, which eventually developed into chronic rhinitis. Increasing amounts of antibiotics were needed to treat recurring illnesses. Eventually, oral medications failed to work, and doctors were forced to prescribe a course of intravenous therapy whenever I fell ill.
I soon developed stones in my kidney and urinary tract. To help with medical scans for the stones, the hospital gave me an intravenous dye. Within a week, I had an allergic reaction along the underside of my arm. From an initial mild rash, clusters of itchy and painful pimples developed, which subsequently festered and burst. Conventional treatment failed to cure the allergic reaction.
Due to the large amounts of medication, I developed gastritis. Unable to eat or sleep well, my hair began falling out in large quantities. Dark circles appeared below my eyes, and the frequency of my menstrual periods increased to two or three times a month. I also became dizzy and lethargic at times. Half of my monthly wages went to medical fees. The illnesses ravaged my body, and I looked many years older than my age.
A Wish Come True
While cycling to work in rainy weather this past March, I had to swerve to avoid colliding with an oncoming car. My bicycle slid on the wet road, and I crashed into the ground. The doctor said I had a fractured ankle, and I needed to wait for my bones to heal before I could walk. My best friend lent me a crutch and even took me to a traditional Chinese doctor for an herbal treatment.
Angry at my misfortune, my bad temper became worse. I drove my friend away and vented my frustration at my worried parents.
My aunt received news of my condition and visited me, bringing with her a copy of Zhuan Falun and video recordings of Master Li Hongzhi's lectures for me. She advised me that only Dafa could help me. With nothing to lose, I focused and diligently read Zhuan Falun.
After reading the book, I wanted to learn the five sets of exercises, but was unable to stand because of my injured foot. I then recalled Master’s words, “Some people may think, "I’ll practice cultivation after my illness is cured." There is no precondition for practicing cultivation, and one should practice cultivation if one wants to.” (Zhuan Falun)
Hence, I removed the plaster cast from my leg, stood up and began practicing the exercises. Initially, I was had to sit and rest frequently due to the pain and numbness from my injury. Because of my chronic rhinitis, I had to pause frequently to wipe my nose. I put in much effort and needed a lot of time and to complete one set of exercises. I gritted my teeth and carried on.
I regained my ability to walk in just 20 days! This miracle greatly boosted my belief in Dafa, and I gratefully thanked Master.
Master then began to adjust my body. Master said, “With this body, it is impossible for you not to have any reactions when it is purified all at once. Thus, you will have reactions. Some people will throw up and have loose bowels.” (Zhuan Falun)
I began suffering from headaches and nausea after each time I read Zhuan Falun. However, I knew this was a good sign as Master was cleaning up my body.
While at work one day, I suddenly had sharp abdominal pain, and I knew that I had urinary tract stones again. In the past, I would have immediately gone to the hospital for medical treatment. However, I was now a Dafa cultivator and knew that it was a test. However, I was befuddled as to what had caused the stones.
I consulted another practitioner who advised me to let go of my worries and study the Fa. I began reading and memorizing the Fa, and I listened to recordings of Master’s lectures at night when the pain kept me up. I continued to report to work every day. Within three days, all the symptoms of urinary stones disappeared!
Gradually my various illnesses left me one after another, including, headaches, rhinitis, neck pain, joint pain, gastric, insomnia, and the menstrual disorder. I now have a healthier, more energetic body, a thick head of hair, and a rosy, smooth complexion.
My attitude toward life drastically changed for the better through cultivation practice. I now know the true meaning of life, and my reason for existing in this world. With a clearer sense of purpose, I mended my relationships with my parents, and our household is more harmonious. I strive to treat my friends and colleagues with sincerity, adhere strictly to the principles of the Fa, be considerate of others, and search within upon encountering problems.
I let the first opportunity to obtain the Fa slip by five years ago. Although I deeply regret the valuable time I lost, I feel honored and blessed to be accepted by Master as a new disciple. I am determined to catch up with the Fa-rectification, study the Fa well, and clarify the truth to save more sentient beings.
Words cannot express my gratitude to compassionate Master. Here, I would like to wish revered Master a Happy Chinese New Year!