(Minghui.org) I am a new Falun Gong practitioner who began practicing Falun Gong in October 2017. One day, I discovered a link through Wechat (a social media platform) and found news that one usually cannot see in China. The link helped me break through the internet firewall and I was able to read uncensored news.

There were also stories of people whose health greatly improved after they practiced Falun Gong. I was a bit skeptical, because I grew up in the 80s and was indoctrinated by the Chinese Communist Party and its cult of atheism. How could it be that, just by reading a book, illnesses disappeared – even terminal illnesses?

I was diagnosed with psoriasis four years before and had tried all sort of treatments. I even endured bitter Chinese herbal medicine soup for years, but the condition still flared up from time to time. In October of 2017, it flared up again. I'd had enough of the bitter medicine and decided to give Falun Gong a try.

When I first read the book Zhuan Falun, I often did not understand the content. But this paragraph touched me:

“It is because there is such a principle in the universe: Ordinary human affairs, according to the Buddha School, all have predestined relationships. Birth, old age, illness, and death exist as such for ordinary people. Due to karma resulting from past wrongdoing, one has illnesses or tribulations; suffering is repaying a karmic debt, and thus nobody can casually change this. Changing it means that one would not have to repay the debt after being in debt, and this cannot be done at will.” (Zhuan Falun)

As I continued to read the book, I noticed something cool flowing down from my head. About two-thirds of my psoriasis was located on my head. I also noticed that my headache intensified. I thought it might be because Master was cleansing my body. I went to the bathroom a lot during that period of time, and the places where I had psoriasis began to peel.

A few days later, I noticed new skin appear where the psoriasis had been! From that point on, I no longer had psoriasis! At the beginning of 2018, I began cultivation with a renewed purpose. I no longer wasted time playing majhong or watching television. After reading Zhuan Falun several times, I had a sense of coming home. I wondered what I had been doing all those years!

When I started to cultivate, I began to live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and paid attention to my attachments. In the past, I often liked to show off my abilities and could not stop bragging about how much I knew and how much I had accomplished. I enjoyed being praised.

In the past, when my wife got mad at me, I fought back. Now I've learned that it is not right to fight, so I listen to her complain with a calm mind. She was surprised at this change in me. I've gradually been able to be more considerate of others whenever a conflict surfaces. I abide by the principles of Falun Gong and pay attention to cultivating away my attachments of jealousy, the competitive mentality, elation, and so on.

When I began cultivation, I was just reading the Fa teachings and did not do the exercises. Later I realized I was attached to leisure and comfort. As a cultivator, I needed to do the three things well. I began to learn how to do the exercises from the video and kept correcting my movements. I also began sending forth righteous thoughts. I even set an alarm to remind myself.

I also started to tell people about the persecution and encourage them to quit the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. As I did, I noticed my attachments to fear and sentimentality. Even when I brought the persecution up with my family and friends, my understanding of the Fa teachings was limited and it showed in my conversations. I am determined to learn the Fa teachings well, have sufficient righteous thoughts, and carry out my duties well.