New Practitioner: Following Dafa's Principles Gives Me Inner Peace and Wisdom
(Minghui.org) I am a new practitioner. I was introduced to Dafa when a friend gave me Zhuan Falun in 2012. After I read it once, due to some notions I had, I did not pick it up again until later, in 2013. I started practicing the exercises on April 2, 2014, and officially became a practitioner.
When I started reading Zhuan Falun again in 2013, my friend encouraged me to read it over and over again and shared that each time, I would have a deeper understanding of the book. I tried my best and read it eight times. However, I did not feel anything different.
After I read it the ninth time, I woke up one day and suddenly felt awakened and renewed. I felt like a layer that had been covering me was broken off. I saw light surrounding me and understood higher principles. I was shocked and the feeling was beyond words. I continued to study the Fa and continued to have more understandings.
Spurred on by this, I have started memorizing the Fa. Studying the Fa has become the best part of my day and something that I thoroughly enjoy.
I realized that as a true practitioner, I should follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in every role I have, whether it's in society or with family.
Having Compassion for My Husband
More than ten years ago, my husband had lost his job after his company went bankrupt. He started his own business, but was unsuccessful and owed a lot of debt. He tried to look for other jobs, but nothing worked out. My income became the only income for the family.
Prior to practicing Falun Gong, I felt that this was unfair. I thought that it was the man of the household who had the responsibility of providing for the household. We argued often.
After I started practicing Falun Gong, I no longer had this competitive mindset. I found an opportunity to tell him calmly: whether or not he brought in an income was not the most important. Having a job is a way to maintain contact with society. It would be beneficial to one’s own physical condition as well.
In the end, he didn't listen, but I did not force him to do anything either.
“You are unable to interfere with the lives of others, and neither can you control others’ fates, including those of your wife, sons, daughters, parents, or brothers. Can you decide those things?” (Zhuan Falun)
After I understood this Fa principle, I repaid the debt my husband owed from his business. I tried my best to take care of the family’s daily life without any complaints. Maybe I owed him from past lives. This is merely repaying him. Now, we live together in harmony.
Treating My Mother-in-law Kindly
When I first began the practice, I failed to truly genuinely cultivate my heart and mind and got into an argument with my mother-in-law. She suffered from schizophrenia and was suspicious of everybody stealing money from her. Other than her own son and grandson, she wouldn’t trust anybody.
She scolded me multiple times for stealing her towels, clothes, and money. Everybody knew I was innocent. My husband also felt bad for me. At first, I was upset. Then I realized that this was a test for me and that I needed to search within and improve myself.
In the past, I indeed did not take good care of my mother-in-law. I also looked down on her because she was uneducated and rude. However, once she began suffering from schizophrenia, I felt bad for her and no longer had any resentment of her.
My husband sometimes would scold her; I asked him not to do that. During holiday seasons, I had my husband give her money and told him not to mention my name. I know that in the relationship with my mother-in-law, I still have room for improvement. I will continue to work on it.
Following the Principles, Gaining Wisdom
On my cultivation path, in the process of improving my heart and mind, my chronic illnesses disappeared.
At work, I treat my daily assignments seriously. I do not complain and do not pay too much attention to my own gains. I can always finish my assignments successfully and in a way that is considerate of others. Leadership is very satisfied with my work. I’ve even amazed myself, because I knew that I was not able to accomplish this before I began practicing Falun Dafa. Simply following Master Li's teachings had given me wisdom.
Helping People Understand the Truth about the Persecution
I have been witness to many cases of people benefiting after having understood the truth about the persecution and cut ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The first person who I was successful in reaching out to was my daughter. She agreed to withdraw from the Youth League and Young Pioneers. After that, her school work improved significantly. She became the top student in her grade and was admitted to her dream college.
I then persuaded a friend of mine to quit the Party. She used to have a very tense relationship with her father-in-law. After that, things changed and the family lived in great harmony.
Another classmate agreed to withdraw from the CCP. Within a short period of time, she was able to become a visiting scholar at a university where she met a great mentor. Everything happened so smoothly. She understood that these great things all happened after she withdrew from the CCP. So she actively looked for opportunities to persuade her friends and coworkers to withdraw from the CCP and tell them that Falun Dafa is good.