A Hopeless Life Turned Around
(Minghui.org) Before Huang Yahui learned Falun Dafa, she was a lost soul. She spent all her time and energy pursuing materialistic things. She didn’t know where she was going, and felt like she was sinking into a big black hole. When she found Falun Dafa, she was awakened. “This is a wonderful practice and is such a bright path for me.” She wasted no time in learning Falun Dafa and gradually it lifted her out of her hopelessness. She is now well on her way to health, wellbeing, and a bright future.
She said, “Many people are like me. They are nice people, but they are inadvertently drawn to earthy pleasures and lost in the big dye vat because they don’t know any better.” Yahui was determined to share her experience to help more people out of hopelessness and learn this righteous cultivation way.
A Misguided Youth
Yahui was a makeup artist in the entertainment industry. She married a costume designer in the same industry when she was 23-years-old. They both made a lot of money, but they failed to manage their wealth well, and squandered most of their money.
Yahui was addicted to drugs and partied all the time. She was completely lost, riding an emotional rollercoaster and putting herself in harm's way. She longed for some calm and peace in her life so she could improve her professional skills and creativity. She longed for hope, but didn’t know what to do.
A Book that Changed her Life
Ms. Huang Yahui doing the sitting meditation
In the summer of 2003, Yahui went to a drawing workshop in Taipei, where she met an instructor who was very bright. She could zero in on problems when she was teaching, and helped the students effectively. Yahui was very impressed. When she chatted with the instructor about drawing skills and the purpose of life, the instructor suggested that she read the book Zhuan Falun. She said to Yahui, “Please read this book. You will have your questions answered.”
So Yahui started reading. At first she thought the book was about teaching people to be good. The more she read it, the more extraordinary she found it. Profound principles were explained in simple language. What seemed to be complex questions about life were explained succinctly and to the point.
While Yahui was reading the book, she had strange thoughts interfering with her reading. She felt that something was trying to stop her from reading. While she was not sure what it was, she trusted her art instructor and believed that the book was valuable. She resisted the interference and tried to get the negative thoughts out of her mind. She managed to finish reading the book.
As she read the book more and more, Yahui found herself becoming more and more light-hearted, hopeful, and her thoughts became purer, with layers upon layers of old notions being cleaned out. She said, “As soon as I started reading Zhuan Falun, I stopped doing drugs. I did not have to try. My life is back to normal. I have not looked back ever since.”
Out of Tragedy Comes a New Chapter in Life
As the saying goes, disaster or good luck may befall at any moment. Yahui's husband’s clothing company suddenly went bankrupt. He couldn’t take it and became depressed. Yahui had to hold down two jobs to help pay their bills and debt.
She maintained a positive mindset by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in her daily life, and she provided emotional support to her husband. When conflicts arose, she looked inward to see how she could improve. She said, “Before I learned Falun Dafa, I could not take any hardships. I only knew to indulge in pleasures. Now I can endure hardships without complaint.”
Unfortunately, her husband could not pull himself out of depression and committed suicide. They had no children and she was always very attached to her husband, who was famous in his field. Overnight, he was gone and so was all that he represented: fame, sentimentality, and gain.
She felt fortunate that she had started practicing Falun Dafa so she was able to get herself out of the hole. Without Dafa, she would have had a nervous breakdown, depression or even suicide. She said, “It was Dafa that saved me and gave me a new life.”
Yahui said, “Falun Dafa is omnipotent. I no longer pity myself. I am filled with hope and joy, and at peace with my circumstances. Spiritually I am very rich and I cannot begin to express my gratitude. I will spend my whole life practicing Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and let more people know that Falun Dafa is good and Falun Dafa is a righteous way.”