An Atheist Becomes a Steadfast Practitioner of Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) I am a 60-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner from Weifang City, Shandong Province. I began to practice Falun Dafa in 1997.
I was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on my uterus at the age of 31. I had surgery and chemotherapy, and later came down with other illnesses. I ended up taking Chinese and Western medicine for a long time, but none of them helped.
Drawn to Dafa after My First Read of Zhuan Falun
I was barely clinging on to life with my body riddled with illnesses. I couldn't stand the thought of leaving my three young children without a mother. Then one day, my husband suggested that I try Falun Dafa.
My parents had been practicing Falun Dafa for over a year. They encouraged me to practice, but I had been indoctrinated with the atheistic ideology of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As such, I didn't believe in the Buddha Fa, and didn't believe that qigong could cure illnesses. I regarded anything to do with Gods and Taos as superstition.
However, my condition was not getting any better, so I reluctantly began to practice Dafa. I borrowed a copy of Zhuan Falun from my parents, and when I read the section “Genuinely Guiding People Toward High Levels,” I was immediately drawn in.
Even though I was eager to read more, I would get very drowsy and be unable to finish more than a few pages each time I picked up the book. Therefore, I borrowed videotapes and audio tapes of Master's lectures from my parents.
After watching Master's lectures once, my atheist beliefs went out the window, and I found the answers to many of my questions in life.
Furthermore, the illnesses I had for over 10 years disappeared within 20 days. I became more energetic, and my body felt light and free of illness.
Family Members Benefit from Supporting Dafa
My three children, who were still in school, watched Master's lectures with me. They started to become more responsible for their own behavior, and I no longer needed to supervise them when they were doing their homework.
My husband supported me practicing Falun Dafa and purchased all the Dafa books, exercise tapes and Master's video lectures. He even bought a VCD player and a music player for me. He made copies of Master's Jinan lectures and gave them to our friends and relatives.
We took some Dafa books and tapes to his hometown so that his parents could also practice Dafa. His parents had witnessed the positive changes in me, which reinforced their belief in Dafa. They listened to Master's lectures, did the exercises, and benefited greatly from the practice.
After the CCP began persecuting Falun Dafa in July 1999, my parents-in-law stopped practicing through fear of being persecuted. However, they continued to be very supportive of me practicing. They are now in their late eighties, and in excellent health.
Colleagues Quit the CCP
My workplace put people on an extended vacation in 2006, so I took a job with a private company. After some time, my former boss asked me to come back. I was hesitant, but thought that this must be related to my cultivation, as Master told us that nothing is coincidental. I realized that I had not told my former colleagues about Falun Dafa and the persecution, nor had I helped them to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
When I was chatting with the quality inspector at my workplace, he talked about how corrupt the CCP was. I told him about the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and Anything for Power: The Real Story of China's Jiang Zemin and recommended that he read them. My other colleagues listened to our conversation, and after I had finished, I gave them all some Dafa informational materials. They all eventually withdrew from the CCP.
The inspector talked to colleagues from other areas about Dafa, quitting the CCP, and the persecution. Many of them also quit the Party.
The inspector told me two days later that he felt a warm glow in his body when he quit the CCP. From then on he no longer had any dizzy spells that he'd had before. He wanted to thank me, but I told him to thank our Master, Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa.
Many colleagues asked me to help their family members quit the Party. I reminded them to sincerely recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” to bring them a good future.
Having Faith in Master and the Fa
I decided to file a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the CCP and initiator of the persecution, because I was imprisoned in forced labor camps twice for a total of two and a half years. During that time, my family also suffered psychologically and financially.
When I told my husband that I wanted to sue Jiang, he backed my decision and helped me locate records of a 4,000 yuan fine that the police extorted from me because of my belief.
I was hesitant when it came to writing my complaint, as I worried that by using my real name I would be persecuted again. Then I realized that this was my attachment to fear surfacing.
“Indeed, it should be sued (enthusiastic applause from the disciples); all of humanity should sue it. It has harmed all Chinese people, as well as many people in other regions all over the world. So many people are going to be dragged into Hell because of its lies.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”)
Master has already explained it clearly, yet I still had doubts. Was this not an issue of my lacking faith in Master and the Fa? With Master and the Fa present, what is there to be afraid of? So I strengthened my resolve and wrote the complaint letter.
When I asked my husband to post the complaint letter, he became fearful too. He worried that I could be arrested again by using my real name to file the complaint.
I tried to reassure him, and said, “The government has passed a new policy. It is my civil right to sue Jiang for persecuting me. He is the one who should be afraid! My decision is made; no one can change my mind!”
My husband knew that he couldn't stop me, so he called our daughter. She tried calling me, but instead of answering the phone, I sent righteous thoughts. She then called my husband, who told her, “Don't bother about it anymore. I'm not going to worry about it either. Let her do as she wants.”
I submitted my criminal complaint the following day, and soon received two notifications that my complaint had been listed as “high priority.”
Through this action, I have furthered my understanding that as long as we have faith in Master and the Fa, no one can obstruct our cultivation path.
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Everything is taken care of by Master. While going through the process of suing Jiang, I feel that Master cleared up many bad substances from my body. As such, I rose in my cultivation level.