Reflecting on My Past Year of Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I could not think of anything significant on my cultivation path over the past year. I went through tempering and improved in my cultivation.
Reading or Reciting the Fa
Fa-study is the foundation of one's cultivation, the guarantee of the ultimate Consummation, and the driving force in strengthening one's righteous thoughts. No matter how busy I am, I make time for Fa-study.
When I study the Fa, I either read or recite it. However, sometimes when I read the Fa, I felt that I was going through the motions, so I started to recite the Fa instead.
I found it very effective to recite one paragraph after another, as it helped me get rid of thought karma. As a result, my mind became clear and clean, which lifted my spirit. The transformation of my mind and body enhanced my confidence in studying the Fa well. It has also strengthened my righteous thoughts.
Doing the Exercises
I have done all five exercises every day and never slacked off over the past year. Sometimes, I could not do all the exercises in one go, so I finished them later on in the day.
I sometimes felt reluctant to get up in the morning, especially on weekends. When this happened for a few days, I decided to put a stop to it so that I would not breed the attachment to comfort. As long as my righteous thoughts were strong, nothing bad could interfere with me.
When I used to do the sitting meditation, I would often force myself to enter a state of tranquility. I realized how difficult it was for me to calm down. Thus, I extended my sitting meditation by half an hour. I felt more peaceful and less agitated, and my mind became clearer and cleaner. However, compared to practitioners who can sit for three hours, I am still behind. I will try to catch up with them and keep making breakthroughs.
Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts
After I came across articles on the Minghui website that spoke of practitioners who pay a lot of attention to sending forth righteous thoughts, I found that they could do it more intensively and for a much longer time. It has achieved a great effect in eliminating negative substances within their dimensions as well as in the external environment.
Inspired by these practitioners, I extended my sending forth righteous thoughts during evening hours. With time, my righteous thoughts became much stronger.
Master said in Zhuan Falun,
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.”
After reading Master's Fa, I set aside one or two hours in the evenings for sending forth righteous thoughts. Thus, I could feel less interference, and it strengthened my righteous thoughts.
Some of our local practitioners were either harassed or interfered with by police for filing criminal complaints against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.
Through sending forth righteous thoughts persistently, I did not face any harassment. I thought it was largely related to how Master safeguards us and my sending forth righteous thoughts more intensively.
Clarifying the Facts About Dafa
I have also made phone calls to clarify the facts about Dafa to people and help them withdraw their memberships in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). This was in addition to using my cell phone to play prerecorded messages over a year ago. I used my lunch break to make phone calls in a quiet place for about two hours.
Although my success rate is not very high compared to other practitioners, as long as the person heard me, it would lay a good foundation for him or her. They may quit the Party after listening to another practitioner.
After a while, I learned from watching other practitioners to adjust my words and expressions. Consequently, more people who were misled by the CCP’s lies decided to quit the Party.
I have made more than 3,000 phone calls over the past six months. I have also put up truth-clarification stickers and mailed out letters.
It is a new project for me to mail out these letters. I started by compiling information from persecution cases on the Minghui website. There is detailed information with the parties and organizations involved, as well as their contact information. I have used the resources provided and mailed out the letters to target those who are deeply poisoned.
Udumbara Flowers Blossoming at My Home
Whatever I run into in my day-to-day life or at work could be a test for me. When attachments manifest themselves, such as feeling unbalanced, jealousy, competitiveness, lust, and selfishness, I need to let them go.
I have managed to eliminate many attachments amid tribulations while being tempered over the past year. As a result, my xinxing and realm have elevated. Even though I feel quite far away from the Fa’s requirements, I am determined to eliminate all my attachments to return to my original, true self.
Twenty-five udumbara flowers grew on my windows back in 2016. This was a great encouragement from Master and helped me let go of attachments and continue diligently on my cultivation path.