Improved Fa Understanding on Talking to People about Withdrawing from the CCP
(Minghui.org) I came across the following passage during recent group Fa study:
“The man would then take out a matchstick from his pocket. While talking about his drug, he would push the bad tooth with the matchstick and it would come out. It was not painful. The tooth would have just a few bloodstains, but there would be no bleeding.” (Zhuan Falun)
The paragraph enlightened me about problems I was experiencing when I spoke to people about withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party (CPP) and its affiliated organizations. It was like pulling out a bad tooth, with me using Western doctors’ methods, which did not work well.
I was typically talkative and eloquent at work and was seen as a capable person. However, I became extremely shy and awkward when speaking to strangers to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa. I often read other practitioners' experience sharing articles on the Minghui website and tried to learn from them, but I remained puzzled about how to clarify the truth efficiently and effectively.
I prepared nicely packaged DVDs and pamphlets about Dafa, carried them in my purse every time I went out and tried to clarify the truth to people. I found that it was difficult for people to understand and accept the truth quickly. When they started to repeat the CCP propaganda to me, because of my years of scientific training, I easily slid into “debate mode.”
Because I did not want to get into heated arguments, after I presented the information, I would be silent, hoping that the person would read the materials with an open mind. This discouraged me from talking to strangers about Dafa.
I preferred to talk to colleagues, friends, relatives, and former classmates about Dafa since we could find comfortable, private spaces to discuss the issues thoroughly. I was also able to try several times with people I knew if they didn’t understand right away, and sometimes I treated them to tea to have more time to talk. I spoke about my personal experiences of practicing Dafa while considering individual differences in educational, occupational, and family backgrounds.
It was not easy for me to convince even one person to withdraw from the CCP and its organizations. Even if they agreed to withdraw, I felt that they did so because of their friendship or love for me, or even because of romantic attraction at times, rather than from a genuine understanding of Dafa and the persecution.
My road seemed to be getting narrower as time went on. For a long time, I wasn't able to convince anyone to withdraw from the CCP. When I looked inward for what I was doing wrong, I realized that I was using an ordinary method, just as Master described:
“If a doctor in Western medicine wants to pull a tooth, the doctor will first inject the patient with anesthetics here and there. Injections are quite painful, and one must wait until the anesthetic works. Then the doctor will pull the tooth with a pair of pliers. After a lot of time and effort, if the doctor is not careful, the root may break inside the tooth bed. Then the doctor will use a hammer and a drill to dig for it, which can make the patient palpitate with fear and anxiety. Later, a precision instrument will be used for the drilling. Some people are in so much pain from the drilling that they almost jump. Quite a bit of blood comes out and the patient will spit out the blood for a while.” (Zhuan Falun)
What I was doing when I clarified the truth was apply a structured method aimed at changing the person's mind. I realized that I should change my starting point and focus on the person learning the facts, instead of his or her immediate reactions. The important thing is to help people know that Dafa is good and that the CCP is persecuting a group of innocent and kind people.
Master also said,
“The liquid drug emitted very thick yellow fumes. While pulling a tooth, he would open the drug bottle and put it on the patient's cheek toward the area of the bad tooth. The patient would be asked to inhale the fumes of the yellow liquid drug, which was barely consumed. The drug bottle would be sealed and put aside. The man would then take out a matchstick from his pocket. While talking about his drug, he would push the bad tooth with the matchstick and it would come out. It was not painful. The tooth would have just a few bloodstains, but there would be no bleeding.” (Zhuan Falun)
The power of the yellow fumes does not function in this dimension but in another one. Our clarifying the truth and saving people works the same way. The power of our clarifying the truth about Dafa also occurs in another space. We only need to think about doing the three things well, and the outcome is beyond our control in this world.
Once I enlightened to this understanding, I regained confidence in my ability to clarify the truth. My heart is no longer easily affected by people’s immediate reactions. My difficulties in the past were all caused by my not closely following Falun Dafa’s teachings. Master saw that I had wasted too much time on this issue and helped me enlighten during my Fa study. Thank you, Master!