Tribulations Dissolved When We Changed Our Notions
(Minghui.org) My husband developed severe gastric problems in the 1970s, and the illness later progressed into a preliminary stage of cancer. His condition deteriorated in 1995. He couldn't properly digest anything he ate. He felt that he had reached the end of his life. Although he traveled to many places in search of a cure, nothing helped. He then was fortunate enough to find Falun Dafa. After practicing for only two months, he fully recovered.
Seeing what happened to him, I realized how extraordinary Falun Dafa is. In 1999, I decided to practice as well. My health also improved. My constant coughing stopped, and the severe pain I had in my face and my insomnia disappeared.
We were so grateful for Master's immense benevolence. We felt that we had the responsibility to let others know about Falun Dafa, and many people started to practice with our help. However, we were only cultivating superficially. Thus, we often stumbled. I'd like to share a few of my cultivation experiences.
Sentimentality and Fear Were the Root Causes of My Tribulations
In October 2001, we witnessed many of our fellow practitioners being arrested, and my fear kept flaring up. My fear gave the old forces the excuse to persecute me, and five to six people came to my son’s home in to arrest us. We were forced to leave home to avoid arrest. The company we had worked for stopped paying our pensions.
I lived through additional interference in 2003 due to my sentimentality. My daughter was the doctor in charge of handling cases related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) at a hospital. She had to live there for two weeks and was not permitted to go home. Her son was still a baby at the time, and her mother-in-law couldn't help much due to poor health.
My daughter needed me to babysit her son, but I was too afraid to return home. The thought of it made me very anxious. I couldn't calm down to study the Falun Dafa books or do the exercises.
My strong attachments had been taken advantage of, which led to more tribulations. A few members of the authorities went to where we were staying and knocked on the door. We went up to the roof and climbed down an electric pole. I had to jump down at the end, and my right elbow hit the corner of a brick very hard. I couldn't raise my right arm at all; I thought it was dislocated.
I went to a hospital for treatment. The X-ray showed that I had a bone fracture and a dislocated bone. I was then admitted to the hospital. The next day, the doctor said that there would be after-effects because the tip of my elbow was injured.
His words shocked me. My body had gone through miraculous changes after I started practicing Falun Dafa. My husband had recovered from complicated illnesses. Why had I gone to a hospital to seek treatment? I needed to improve my xinxing.
I pulled my husband close and said, “I want to go home. I will be fine by studying the Fa and doing the exercises.” He agreed.
We left the hospital and stayed with another practitioner. She put a strip of cloth around my neck to hold my arm. The next day, my arm and fingers were swollen. However, I didn't feel any pain because Master was bearing it for me. I began to calm down, as I definitely couldn't help my daughter, given my situation. I was able to finally put my full heart into Fa-study and doing the exercises.
I remembered Master’s words:
“You will be made to abandon all those attachments that cannot be given up among everyday people. As long as you have them, all of those attachments must be removed in different environments. You will be made to stumble, whereby you will become enlightened to the Tao. This is how one goes through cultivation practice.” (Zhuan Falun)
The passage enlightened me. I realized that I had a lot of sentimentality towards my daughter. My situation was a wake-up call.
After I studied the Fa for two days, my arm began to feel better, and the swelling went down, but I still used the strip of cloth as a sling.
I soon heard about someone who had injured his arm; it only took him two to three weeks to heal and remove the plaster. I became alarmed and realized that Master had given me a hint. I then threw away the strip of cloth. In a few days, I was able to use my right arm. In just over a month, I could straighten and raise my arm, and it was completely functional.
Changing My Notions, Turning Bad Into Good
Through this test, I began to feel that Master was always around me. The test also strengthened my righteous thoughts. I realized that wandering around to avoid persecution was not a path that Master arranges for practitioners. I decided to go home and lead a normal life. By doing so, we would reconnect with people with whom we have predestined relationships. We need to clarify the truth to them.
With the help of our relatives and friends, we finally went home, and our former company paid us all the pension money they owed us. It was truly as Master said:
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Zhuan Falun)
Clarifying the Facts to People
In 2004 Master published “Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World's People.” In it, he said:
“From now on, the Dafa disciples in China as much as anyone, both new students and veterans alike, should let go of their long-standing human attachments and start to seize the day and comprehensively save the world's people.”
From then on, I began to clarify the facts to people. I started with my relatives. I always brought gifts to make them happy to see me. This made it easier for them to accept the truth from me, and that laid the foundation for my helping them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.
I clarified the facts to strangers. The more I talked to people about Dafa, the stronger my righteous thoughts became. I talked to people in the morning and studied Master Li’s lectures and articles in the afternoon. I managed to help more than 10 to 20 people quit the CCP every day.
While on a bus, I talked to a young student. She told me that she was studying Chinese medicine. I said, “That's great! Not sure if you know, but ancient Chinese medicine is very profound. Chinese medicine emphasizes keeping one's energy righteous. What is righteousness? It's one’s morality and conscience, and it guides people to be kind and to accumulate virtue. This helps to improve one's physical health.”
I continued, “Falun Gong also teaches people to be kind, which is in line with what's required in Chinese medicine.”
She agreed. When she said that she didn't know much about Falun Gong, I told her some basic facts about the practice, and I helped her to withdraw her memberships in the CCP and its youth organizations. She thanked me.
Most of the time that I spent at bus stops, I spent talking to people. It was easy to engage people in conversation, though I had to be quick and get right to the point. During all these years, I cannot remember how many people I have helped quit the Party. There were also times when my xinxing dropped and I was criticized. They said that they would report me, or they sneered at me. But ultimately I was safe and sound under Master's protection.