Blazing My Own Path to Assist Master with Fa-rectification
(Minghui.org) In “Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference”, Master said,
“I ask every Dafa disciple to do well in walking his own path independently in cultivation, to establish his own mighty virtue, and to have himself truly reach Consummation and become a King who presides over his own domain.”
After the persecution started in China, like many other practitioners, I suffered a lot. Nonetheless, I often considered finding a path that could use more of my skills and talents. But with a limited understanding of the Fa, it was difficult to make a breakthrough.
My everyday job involves the strategic planning of projects. I have been working in this sector for many years and have accumulated a lot of experience. I was hoping to apply my experience in some way as I did the three things as a Dafa disciple. But it was easier said than done, and other practitioners shared similar feelings. Many practitioners told me I just needed to do the three things well and needn't think too much. As a result, I made phone calls or distributed materials to help others learn the facts about Falun Gong. I also explained the truth to my clients, sent forth righteous thoughts for other practitioners, and helped those who had stopped practicing.
Still, I felt that there must be better methods. For example, one practitioner is an engineer at an IT firm, and he is an expert in computer technology including computer repair. However, he only distributed Dafa materials on the Internet and hardly helped with local technical support. Several other practitioners I knew were good at writing, but they were all busy with their own businesses. Plus, they didn't interact with other practitioners much to share experiences or work on truth-clarification projects.
Using Our Skills and Talents
When I thought it through further, I found a few examples from overseas practitioners as a reference. For example, no matter whether it was the Shen Yun performance or software that breaks through the Internet blockade in China, practitioners have worked on these things for many years and established their path. If we practitioners in China could combine our talents and skills to establish some projects, then our overall effect as one body would be more powerful than it is now. That would help oppose the old forces' arrangements.
In “Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference”, Master said,
“There are a lot of things Master doesn't want to discuss too explicitly, or too much, or too comprehensively. That's because there is one thing that some of you are still not that clear on, though I have mentioned it many times: that it is you who are validating the Fa, not Master. Only when you walk your own path validating the Fa can you perfect yourself and establish your own mighty virtue. So you must do it yourselves. That's why when sometimes people come to ask Master about each project or even things they want to do as individuals, asking, "How should I go about it?" Well, with that you just gave your mighty virtue to Master. Of course I know how to do it. But if I were to spell it out for you, you would have nothing, and when you worked on it, you would merely be helping me do it and not establishing your own mighty virtue.”
As Dafa disciples, we need to keep up with the momentum of Fa-rectification. That is, based on our talents and skills, we may find a better way to use our resources to save more people and fulfill our vows.
After spending a lot of time studying the Fa, as well as discussing things with other practitioners, I was more clear on a path in front of us. There could be difficulties, but as long as I have righteous thoughts and faith in Master and Dafa there is a path.
Starting this year, a few practitioners and I worked together as a team. Some are good at writing, some are good at art design, and some are good at coordinating. We focused on exposing the persecution in our area and we helped other regions as well. We share understandings based on the Fa and everyone has made progress. Later, we included more practitioners with certain skills and formed several specialized sub-teams to work closely with each other.
Here is what we did. Each sub-team has different functions. My team collects the facts about persecution cases, writes articles, and makes follow-ups for rescue efforts. Another team is working on the legal aspects, such as hiring lawyers, checking laws, and bringing lawsuits against people who persecuted practitioners. Practitioners in this team usually have law degrees. Another team is technical support for computer software installation and maintenance.
We meet at least once a week to study three lectures ofZhuan Falun, plus hold other project meetings as needed. In addition to sending forth righteous thoughts four times a day, we added one to eliminate interference for this project. For security reasons, we do not tell other practitioners about our project if they are not on the team. We also study Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party on a regular basis to help with truth-clarification.
This helped us a lot because, instead of working on our own, we are now able to help each other and become more effective.
I was initially expecting that some very capable practitioners would lead our group. Now my understanding is that when we maintain righteous thoughts and do what is required, things will work out. Through working with others, I learned to consider things from the perspective of the overall project and gradually let go of selfishness.
From studying the Fa, we know that everything in this society was established for Dafa. When we consider things based on the Fa, we will become able to find the best path. In fact Master has given us everything we need, including the related talents and skills.
In “20th Anniversary Fa Teaching”, Master said,
“I’ll tell you, for years I have been continually saying that Dafa disciples’ abilities are tremendous, yet many people don’t believe this since those abilities were not allowed to be seen. Under the effect of righteous thoughts, everything around you, as well as you yourself, will undergo changes. Yet you have never thought to give it a try.”