A Teacher’s Life Changes
(Minghui.org) I was promoted to a teaching position in a key middle school in my area after being a representative for schools in my area. I had missed the first Teachers Day Celebration because of illness. I was looking forward to my new role as a teacher and had worked out a great plan for my new job. Unfortunately, I was snubbed by my colleagues. Being excluded by the other teachers and staff was hard to bear. After a battle with depression I felt hopeless and ended up getting very sick.
How I Started to Practice Falun Gong
At the time when I was in the deepest despair, a former classmate gave me the book Zhuan Falun. I began reading it in hopes it would shed some light on my situation. Shortly after I began reading it a parent of one of my students introduced me to the Falun Gong seminars, and I watched Master Li’s (it’s founder) lecture series on video. I felt that Falun Gong was a good practice and began practicing it. After only two months of doing the Falun Gong exercises and studying Zhuan Falun, all my mental and physical health issues disappeared and my perspective on life fundamentally changed.
Before I encountered Falun Gong, I had never thought about where I came from or why I was in this world. I had always sought material things and struggled to save face. Soon after I began to practice Faun Gong I realized that I could not take these things with me when I leave this world, and I came to feel light-hearted and relaxed! I was truly joyful. I also found the true purpose of my life and why there is so much suffering in the human world.
When Teachers' Day came that year, I toasted to the teachers and staff who had excluded me and thanked them from the bottom of my heart. Without them creating challenges for me to overcome, I might have been lived a miserable life of pursuit of fame and self-interest.
My colleagues really appreciated the way I had changed. The management agreed to let me use the school's hall for the local Falun Gong practitioners to practice the exercises, study Falun Gong and share experiences. The school hall became our meeting place from 1996 to 1999. It was a precious time for us. Sadly, it ended on July 25, 1999 when the brutal persecution of Falun Gong was launched.
No Fear After Being Persecuted
I went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong, but was arrested and sent to a drug rehabilitation center. I was illegally detained and forced to do hard labor for almost a year. While in custody, I lost my income, my child was forced to leave school, and one of my parents passed away.
When I was finally released, the school management and all of my colleagues welcomed me back on the first day of the school year. The principal said, “I admire Falun Gong practitioners very much.” One teacher asked me if I had any regrets about practicing Falun Gong. None” I replied. After being shunned by my colleagues, I was now being praised for my courage and determination.
My life slowly returned to normal. In class, I taught history to the students and helped them learn to recitesome Falun Gong passages. The principal said that I had opened up the hearts and minds of the students.
My students and I went to Beijing in 2002 for a social study field trip. Standing in front of Buddha Sakyamuni's statue, I cried my heart out. Somehow, I came to understand that I was once his disciple in a former life. At the Great Wall, I saw myself as a general who bravely fought in a battle there. In the Forbidden City, the emperor's chair seemed so familiar. It triggered the memory of my previous life there. Over the course of the trip, I became very aware that I had lived many lives and had a long history with the city.
In Tiananmen Square, I clarified the facts about the self-immolation incident that had been staged there. My method was effective and I helped many people realize that the incident had been staged.
I taught my students about traditional culture in an effort to break through the theory of evolution and atheism that had been planted in their minds.
Though the students were doing well with their assignments, I was removed from my job in 2003 and my husband was forced to close his business because we practice Falun Gong. With no income, our life was thrown into turmoil. I wrote a letter to every teacher in our school and to the municipal and provincial education departments to let them know the facts about Falun Gong and that the persecution was wrong. With the help of local practitioners talking to the teachers in person, many of them came to understand the truth.
I clarified the truth to the local 610 Office personnel. They became convinced that the persecution was wrong and decided to reinstate my salary.
My Persecutor Forgiven
On the Teachers' Day before I retired, many teachers showed me their support and understanding. They shook my hand and hugged me. Some of the teachers did not dare to express their support openly but I could feel that their hearts were with me.
I saw Ms. Liu there. She was the secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in our school. She had been actively involved in persecuting me in those years and looked a bit embarrassed when she saw most of the staff expressing their kind regards to me.
Soon after she retired, she passed messages to me through my husband that she was only following orders from above. I was reluctant to talk to her or visit her because many of my hardships and tribulations were caused by her.
As I studied Falun Gong more, my attitude towards her gradually changed. I no longer looked at what she had done to me in the past, but rather looked at her future. Actually, everyone in China has been persecuted by the CCP. She was in fact one of the victims. I came to understand that I should awaken her to understand the truth about Falun Gong.
I passed a message to her through another one of my former colleagues. I offered her the opportunity to quit the CCP and create a better future for herself.
I was invited to a thank-you banquet after the wedding of an old classmate's son. I prepared Falun Gong informational materials to give to my former classmates who came to the banquet.
Just before the banquet, all of a sudden I had terrible pain in my right heel. The pain increased wave after wave until I was paralyzed by it. I was determined to attend the banquet so I could give my former classmates the materials that I had prepared for them. I knew they were waiting for me and I was being interfered with.
With great difficulty I stepped out of my apartment. As soon as I set foot outside the door, the pain was reduced a lot. As I stepped into the banquet hall, the pain disappeared completely. About twenty of my former classmates were there and I gave all of them the materials I had prepared for them. Before the end of the day, sixteen classmates and their family members withdrew their membership from the CCP.
Clarifying the Truth to My Former Students
My students from thirty-two years ago had a class reunion right before Teachers' Day in 2016. I gave each of the 40 students who attended informational materials about Falun Gong. Most of them had already learned some of the truth about it and wanted to know more about Falun Gong and the persecution. I answered their questions one by one. Some of them had seen practitioners and their activities overseas. Many of them praised Falun Gong and condemned the former leader Jiang Zemin for initiating the persecution of Falun Gong.