(Minghui.org) I am a 65-year-old new practitioner. I would like to share my experiences on how I came to start practicing Falun Dafa.

While working with my husband in 2012 to store our harvest of corn stalks on top of our sheep shed, I slipped and fell through the roof and hit my head on the concrete sheep trough inside the shed. My terrified husband took me straight to the hospital where they took several stitches to close the wound on my head.

Although the surface cut was healing well, I started noticing worrying signs of vision loss in both eyes. Despite being treated by several doctors, my eyesight continued to deteriorate to the point that I was forced to stop doing household chores. Doctors also repeatedly warned me not to engage in strenuous manual labor, for fear of exacerbating my condition.

I had in the past helped my husband in the fields and done the household chores. My poor eyesight meant that my husband had to take over more and more of these daily tasks, forcing him to toil both day and night. My inexplicably worsening eyesight created much stress and anxiety for both of us.

After hearing about my condition, my son and daughter hastened home and persuaded me to visit a large hospital in Beijing. My children handled the arrangements and I left for Beijing with my daughter a week later.

At the Beijing hospital, experts informed me that the cerebral hemorrhage when I had my accident had caused a buildup of pressure around my optic nerves, which was affecting my vision. The doctors prescribed some medication, and my vision improved after a while. However, because my vision remained poor, the doctors recommended that I have surgery, which would cost tens of thousands of yuan, to correct my condition.

I was horrified to hear this and refused to undergo the risky procedure. Not only that, our family could not afford it. My daughter, however, was determined I would have the procedure. After some discussion, we reached a compromise. We would return home first to make preparations before returning to Beijing for the surgery. The hospital prescribed some medication and we returned home.

Back home, I remained hesitant about my decision to have the operation. Worry over the financial impact, along with fear that I would not survive, made me suffer many sleepless nights.

While agonizing over my decision, I suddenly recalled that my mother-in-law had also suffered from blindness and various other illnesses. Her health and sight were miraculously restored after she began practicing Falun Dafa, and it allowed her to resume her household chores. 

When the persecution of Falun Dafa began, however, her youngest son and his wife forced her to stop practicing. Her illnesses recurred and she passed away soon after. My mother-in-law’s miraculous recovery inspired me to consider practicing Falun Dafa to cure my poor eyesight.

I knew of a neighbor who practiced Falun Dafa, who coincidentally walked past my home every day. I patiently waited at my door and greeted her the following day, asking for a minute of her time. I briefly told her about my recent predicament, and the young lady calmly told me, “Sincerely recite the phrase, ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good’ and your misfortunes will be resolved.”

I committed her advice to memory and began silently reciting this phrase whenever I had the opportunity. To my surprise and delight, my eyesight improved by leaps and bounds within a few days! My neighbor was equally happy to hear of my progress, and she seized the opportunity to tell me more about Falun Dafa and the truth behind the persecution of the practice.

I learned from her that Falun Dafa is a Buddha School cultivation practice that teaches practitioners to be good by following the universal law of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in their everyday lives. My neighbor told me the truth behind the Tiananmen Self Immolation incident and the reason for the CCP persecution of Falun Dafa. She also let me watch some truth clarification DVDs at her home. My admiration for Master and Falun Dafa practitioners slowly progressed into a desire to cultivate Falun Dafa.

I mustered my courage one day and asked my neighbor to teach me the practice. She delightedly agreed, and over the following days we watched videos of Master’s Guangzhou lectures. She also taught me the five exercises.

Listening to Master’s teachings was a life-changing experience. I learned that people who did bad deeds would accumulate large amounts of karma and would eventually have to suffer illness and troubles in life to repay this karma. I also learned that cultivation practice could enable practitioners to return to their true homes.

From Master’s teachings, I acquired a greater understanding of the meaning of life. My spirits were lifted, and I experienced a great sense of comfort.

This is how I became a Falun Dafa practitioner. My sight has since returned to normal and I feel lighter in body and spirit. My health and stamina have greatly improved, and I am able to resume my normal life again.