Overcoming Tribulations at Home
(Minghui.org) I am 66 years old and began practicing Falun Dafa in 2003. I have experienced hardship and joy throughout my cultivation, but always kept Dafa in my heart.
Refusing to Cooperate with the Persecutors
I was sentenced to a three-year prison term in 2011 for my belief. The guards ordered inmates to torture me in an attempt to break my will.
“And whoever can hold firm that righteous thought and go the distance will become a magnificent god forged by Dafa.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference”)
After I was released from prison, another practitioner and I visited my friends and relatives to talk to them about Dafa. About 83 people quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations after we spoke to them.
Filing a Criminal Complaint Against Jiang Zemin
After I filed a criminal complaint in July 2015 against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the CCP for initiating the persecution of Falun Dafa, officers from the local 610 Office and the police station came to harass me several times. I knew that I should tell them about Dafa and the persecution.
Without any fear, I talked to anybody who came to my door. I explained why I wanted to bring Jiang to justice and the consequences they would face if they continue to be involved in the persecution. They listened, and one of them quit the Party.
My husband is not a practitioner. He became a seaman after being discharged from the military. He agreed that Dafa was good and was aware of the evil nature of the CCP, and has quit the Party.
Before going to sea, he reminded me to not get into trouble, but I carried on with the three things that practitioners should do.
When he was away from home I went out to talk to people about Dafa. When he returned I stayed at home to study the Fa, work in the fields and did the housework. I thought that I was being smart, but I was taken to a forced labor camp in 2008 for two years.
I couldn't figure out what was wrong on my part to be persecuted like that.
After my release I kept thinking about how I could go out to save people without my husband knowing. Then I was sentenced to three years in prison in 2011.
After being incarcerated for five years my husband would not let me go out. I was helpless, so I asked Master for help.
A practitioner came to see me, and I sneaked out to attend group Fa study.
My husband soon figured out what I was doing and started screaming and yelling at me. He was livid, but I ignored him.
This repeated every time I came home from Fa study. I kept telling myself that he was being manipulated by the old forces and that I should not accept this.
I was not looking inward.
Doing Everything in an Open and Dignified Manner
“I'm going to tell you that no matter what kind of conflicts arise, or what kind of situations emerge, it's bound to be that we have gaps in ourselves. That's for sure. If there weren't a gap nobody could exploit it.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference”)
After studying Master's Fa, I realized that I should look within. My tribulations happened because I was not cultivating myself well. I should not do things behind my husband's back. I should do the three things in an open and dignified manner. Master has taught us time and again that we must handle our family affairs well.
When my husband seemed to be in a good mood I let him know that I went once a week to study the Fa in a practitioner’s home, and apologized for not telling him the truth.
He told me that I was not to go there anymore. I said that practitioners should attend group Fa study, and assured him that I would be fine.
When he questioned, “How come you ended up in prison?” I said that it was because I did not do well in following Master’s teaching, and I apologized for creating these hardships for him all these years.
He was still determined not to let me go out.
I continued to send righteous thoughts and tried to see things from his point of view and address his concerns, without focusing on myself.
My husband gradually calmed down and told me that he worried about my safety. I assured him that I understood his concerns.
After that, he no longer stopped me from going to group Fa study. He even saw me off at the door. When I walked out of the house, turned around and met his eyes, I was so touched. Had it not been for Master strengthening my compassion, I could not have resolved this family tribulation so fast.
Opportunity to Let People Know about Dafa
My vegetable garden thrived after I came home from prison. I had so much harvest that we couldn't eat it all. Thus, I decided to sell my produce at the market, which would also be an opportunity to talk to people about Dafa and help them quit the CCP.
I took Dafa informational materials, amulets, and paper currency with Dafa information written on them. I held on to two thoughts -- may the old forces be eliminated and may Master strengthen me.
I met lots of people in the busy market. On a good day, I helped around 40 people quit the CCP. When they understood the truth about Dafa, they were eager to get the information we had and quit the CCP. Some people brought their family members to listen to me, and some shouted: “Falun Dafa is good.”
My husband has changed his attitude over time, and is now happy to see me going to the market every day.