[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] Stubborn Atheist Becomes Dafa Practitioner
(Minghui.org) I am a 52 years old man who is a relatively new practitioner. I started to practice Falun Dafa after I had run out of all options in treating an unknown illness. I regained my health after I began to cultivate in Falun Dafa.
Hanging on to Atheism
My legs started to twitch in the first half of 2009. The pain intensified at night, and I could not sleep or eat. I was exhausted and weak.
My wife, a Falun Dafa practitioner, suggested that I take it up as well. She said that only Dafa had the power to improve my health. However, being an atheist, I refused to take her suggestion.
After being tested in a county hospital in June 2009, all tests, including a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (NMRI), showed that there was nothing wrong with me.
My wife mentioned Dafa again on the way home, saying that the pain medicine I received from the hospital would not solve my problem. I agreed, feeling this disease would not be easy to cure. But, she could not change my mind.
Since the pain was so unbearable, I felt a need for more tests. I made an appointment with an experienced neurologist at a large hospital. The neurologist suggested that I might have a serious nervous disorder, whose causes and treatment methods were not known. He prescribed expensive nutritional medicines. However, my condition worsened. I lost a lot of weight, and I felt weak and miserable.
Cultivation Is Free
My wife asked me to practice Falun Dafa several times, but I was stubborn and did not believe it could cure me. She was not so cynical, and started cultivating after she finished reading Zhuan Falun, the main book of that cultivation practice.
She asked me again and said, “I don't want to see you suffering so miserably! I am not opposed to modern medicine, but they did not work for you. Why don't you try this extraordinary science? Cultivation does not cost you a penny.”
I was still hesitant and unsure that cultivation could make the difference, although the doctors could not define my illness. I had reached the end of my endurance, so I thought that I would give Dafa a try and start with the exercises.
First I had to sit when doing the exercises. Then, I could stand for a little while and did feel somehow better. I also read the books and listened to Master's Fa teachings on a DVD.
My physical condition improved and I no longer felt any pain. This gave me some confidence to continue with practicing Dafa.
I had a dream one night. I dreamed that two men approached me when I was standing by a river. One of them said, “ Your legs are bad. Let me replace them with good ones.” He unfolded a white sheet underneath my right foot and moved the foot around. As my leg moved with it, I felt relaxed. When this man wanted to work on the left leg, the other person wanted him to wait.
My wife woke me up at that moment. My right leg was no longer in pain. But, the left leg was still a little painful. When I blamed her for waking me up before the left leg was cured, she said, “I did not know that Master was treating your legs. I thought you had a bad dream. It seemed that someone did not want Master to replace your bad leg. It may be because you are not firm enough in cultivation. It is a test of your enlightenment.”
I was very hungry the next morning, something that had not happened since I fell ill. I ate a lot during all meals. My appetite had come back and I gained weight. From then on, I practiced the exercises and studied the Fa everyday.
This illness proved to me the extraordinary power of Dafa and I now believe in cultivation.