An Atheist Becomes a Steadfast Falun Dafa Practitioner
(Minghui.org) I’m a medical doctor who grew up in an atheist society. Before I started practicing Falun Dafa, I would not believe anything unless I saw it with my own eyes.
Convincing Evidence Changes My Mind
When my husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 1995, a retired colleague of mine introduced Falun Dafa to us, suggesting that the practice had extraordinary powers. I did not believe her and asked her why we needed hospitals if Falun Dafa had those powers. She told me about how a colleague’s mother recovered from severe arthritis by practicing Falun Dafa. I still refused to believe her.
One day, I ran into the colleague she mentioned and asked about her mother’s arthritis.
“My mom was able to straighten her deformed fingers,” she said, “after attending the lecture class for a few days, and before she started doing the exercises.”
I had seen the badly deformed fingers of her mother when she came for treatment at our hospital. Still, I was not convinced about the power of Falun Dafa.
When I happened to bump into her mother one day, I asked her to show me her hands. She stretched out her hands with a smile. Wow! They were perfectly normal! I simply could not understand what had happened.
I told my husband about it, and he said, “Let’s give it a try, shall we?”
So I asked the retired colleague to come to teach us the Falun Dafa exercises. A few days later, she also brought us the practice's main book, Zhuan Falun.
The book talks about elevating one’s xinxing (mind nature) by following the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
We decided to practice Falun Dafa and experienced the extraordinary power of this cultivation practice, something I cannot explain with the theories of empirical science.
The Extraordinary Power of Falun Dafa
A couple of months later, a practitioner arranged for a nine-day class, during which one could watch the videos of Master Li teaching Dafa. The head of the local armed forces department had Parkinson’s disease and wanted to learn Falun Dafa. He helped arrange a large meeting room that could seat around 240 people. My husband and I attended the nine-day class in May 1995.
A few days later, my husband started vomiting and stopped attending the class. When experienced practitioners learned about this, they told him that Master was cleansing his body and that he should keep attending the class. So, my husband and another person who had a similar experience returned to the class.
As soon as they walked into the meeting room, their sickness symptoms disappeared, but as soon as they walked out of the gate, they started vomiting again. Three days later, my husband had recovered. He started putting on weight and looked very healthy. In addition, a big lipoma on his back that had been there for over 20 years disappeared without a trace.
When we went for a walk that August, we stopped at the house of the person who had Parkinson’s disease. He showed us his hands: they were normal and steady and no longer shook involuntarily. This gave us more confidence in practicing Falun Dafa.
One’s Thoughts Decide the Outcome
I slipped when walking down stairs at the end of 1997 and injured my ankle. It was very painful. I called out to Master for help in my heart and then said to myself, “It’s nothing! Master has told us that good or evil comes from a person's spontaneous thought.” This one thought is very important. I slowly stood up and went downstairs.
I limped to the group practice site and did the exercises. When I got back home and took off my socks, I saw that my foot was swollen and had turned blue and purple.
My colleagues at work were shocked to see the state of my foot, but I told them it was nothing and I would be fine in a couple of days. Indeed, by the third day, the pain was gone, and I had no problem walking up and down the stairs or sitting in the full lotus position.
It was close to the New Year’s Day, and I went to get some groceries during lunch time.
I ran into the wife of my second son’s colleague. She said to me, “It’s so cold. Why don’t you ask your son to do the shopping?” From her, I learned that my second son had two days off, and he was playing cards with a few friends!
On New Year’s Eve, my two sons came for dinner, as their wives had both gone back to visit their parents’ homes. I complained to my elder son that his brother did not help me with shopping even though he had two days off, and that I had to do grocery shopping with an injured foot.
When he saw my swollen foot, he grabbed his brother’s ear and dragged him over to take a look. In fact, I had no pain. After they left, my foot started hurting badly. I knew I was wrong to complain and said in my heart, “Master, I was wrong!” However, the pain continued, and the next day I could hardly walk. It took me over a month to recover. I knew that I had brought the tribulation on myself because of one wrong thought.
Later, I had a sharp pain in my abdominal area and kept tossing in bed. I started vomiting by midnight and also had diarrhea. My second son came to my place and called my elder son, who came over with his wife. They asked if I was running a fever and said that, if so, I must go to the hospital because some kind of disease was spreading quickly. I told them I was fine and there was nothing to worry about. I felt perfectly fine a few days later.
It was truly like what Master said: “...good or evil comes from a person's spontaneous thought...” (Zhuan Falun)
Solidly Improving Xinxing
When I was assigned to work in a hospital warehouse, a salesman came to my house on a Sunday and brought some goods. I felt really strange. Then, he tried to hand me an envelope. I realized that he was trying to bribe me.
“I earn a salary for what I do. I’m a Falun Dafa practitioner and won’t accept any money or anything else.” I went on to explain to him the principle of “no loss no gain” and lent him the book Zhuan Falun to read.
He was very touched and said, “I have been in sales for many years, and usually people would ask for money and would be unhappy if we did not give them enough. And yet, you Falun Dafa people refuse to accept any money even when I give it to you.”
Letting Go of My Competitive Mentality
I was known for having a hot temper. As a Falun Dafa practitioner, I knew that I must change and improve myself. I worked with a person who always created trouble for me. Perhaps it was arranged to help me improve my xinxing.
Once, someone delivered anesthetic drugs, and I took the goods as I was in charge of the warehouse. I noticed that my colleague was not happy about it, so I asked her to handle special goods and gave her the cupboard key. However, when the goods were delivered, she had disappeared without telling me, and I had to wait for hours until she returned to pass the goods to her.
On another occasion, we received a truckload of goods from out of town. There were several hundred boxes. She told the deliverymen that they could leave because it was so hot and that we would move them later. Once the men unloaded the truck, they left. So did she.
It was getting hot, and we could not leave medicine in the sun for too long. I had to move all those boxes to the warehouse on the third floor.
The warehouse building was an old one our hospital had just purchased from a bankrupt business. It did not have any lifts, only a lifting machine on the opposite side of the warehouse that could only take 10 boxes at a time.
After I loaded the lifting machine and switched it on, I had to run up the stairs on the other side of the building to unload the boxes, then run down the stairs to start the process all over again. It was getting hotter and hotter, and I became really worried about the medicine in the scorching sun. I kept going as fast as I could. When my husband came to look for me around midday, I asked him to help me, as there were still nearly 100 boxes to be moved. With his help, we soon managed to move all the boxes into the warehouse.
When I told him what had happened, he got very angry and asked why I did not call the manager and report the colleague for dereliction of duty. I smiled and said,” Don’t forget, we are practitioners!”
People around me all said that my temperament had changed and that I no longer got angry. I told them that this was because I practice Falun Dafa.
Dafa Practitioners Are Good People
At a meeting of head nurses and section heads, the hospital president openly said, “You Falun Dafa practitioners are truly good. How I wish I could encourage the entire hospital staff to learn from them.”
The Chinese Communist Party started its persecution of Falun Dafa in 1999. When I was taken into custody for my faith, the police officer who handled my case said during an interrogation session, “I feel really bad to see such good and kindhearted people like you being locked behind bars. None of you have done anything bad or acted out of your own interest.”
There is a young nurse in our hospital who is always happy and never loses her temper, no matter how tired she is. A veteran cadre said to her, “I’ve come to this hospital many times, and you never lose your temper and always smile. How come you’re so nice?”
She replied with a smile, “The patients are already suffering due to their sickness. How can I possibly argue with them? Besides, I practice Falun Dafa, and our Master told us to always consider others first.”
“It’s true. You’re all so kind. Then why did the media say such bad things about you?” The veteran cadre even went to see the hospital president to praise the young nurse. The president later mentioned this at a general assembly, so the whole hospital knows how good Falun Dafa practitioners are.