New Western Practitioner from Australia: Master Gave Me an Immense Gift of Life
(Minghui.org) Miraculous changes were experienced by a lady from Melbourne after she started reading the main book of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun, every day one and a half years ago. This Australian mother of four children lost more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of excess weight within five months. After a subsequent serious car accident, she was unable to drive alone due to extreme stress but was able to eliminate this psychological barrier in only two months. Her daughter, who suffered from dyslexia, changed from being irritable, unsocial, and struggling with learning difficulties, to becoming cheerful, confident, and having many friends. Her husband, whose condition required awakening from sleep regularly and emergency hospitalization four times per year, no longer needs to be awakened from sleep.
Geraldine Beck and her family were amazed and delighted. She said, “Master Li is showing me the immense gift of life, I have only just started living.”
Pondering the Meaning of Life Since Late Teenage Years
Geraldine had frequent bouts of depression and apathy from the time she was a teenager. “Since my teenage years, I often pondered the meaning of life,” she said. “After building a house with my husband and living a good life, I felt empty and discontent. I spent all my spare time reading romance novels. Then we had children and health issues, during which I started actively searching for meaning and answers to life and its purpose.”
She said, “This at times provided short-term comfort but was very shallow. During this time I would follow a strict diet that I could not maintain over the long term, and some weight would come off. I would feel better for a while but it was always unsustainable. My weight subsequently ballooned, depression returned, and I would then feel exhausted. Repeating this cycle for many years resulted in a feeling of very low self-esteem and helplessness.”
Miracle after a Serious Car Accident
Geraldine had a car accident in August 2015. Her car was damaged. “I was not hurt, but I just had no consciousness or awareness of what was going on. I was extremely stressed and had no memory of the event or anything else after the accident. It had a big impact on me the following year. I felt mentally uneasy, I felt odd and not normal after the car accident,” she recalled.
Once Geraldine was able to drive again, she had such intense anxiety that she could not manage to drive. She contacted a friend who had shared her interests over many years, and he introduced her to the nine-day video lectures [given by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa]. She immediately began to watch.
“I watched one each day for nine days, after which I felt happy and light,” Geraldine said. “Then I started doing the exercises and studied Zhuan Falun every day. I felt good, I felt balanced, I felt my thoughts return to normal.”
“Within two months the anxiety was gone, I was able to drive by myself. I lost 36 kilos (79 pounds) in five months. My father was delighted because he often worried about my health.
“I also started to do more of the housework. I had not been a very energetic person, and everything required a big effort. I found that this was no longer the case. I now have the energy to do things well and I no longer get tired. I used to sleep 9-10 hours per night, but now I sleep just 5 hours.
“The kids were really pleased to see my changes—I was more energetic, ate healthier, and maintained a tidy home,” Geraldine said.
Husband Overcomes Sleeping Danger
Miraculous events were also experienced by Geraldine's non-practitioner husband and her daughter, who read Zhuan Falun occasionally.
“My husband has type 1 diabetes and needs insulin injections three times a day. When he slept he could lose consciousness, so I had to wake him up, give him a needle in case the glucose level was too low. I had to call an ambulance at least four times a year. The injections are not good for his kidneys.
“He improved a lot after I started reading Zhuan Falun. I no longer need to give him injections since he never loses consciousness when he is at home. I haven't needed to worry about that during the past year.
“He feels the differences himself and has noticed a major difference in me as well. He encourages me in the practice,” Geraldine said.
A Totally Different Daughter
“I have two daughters and two sons. My daughter has learning difficulties at school, which caused her to develop very low self-esteem. She has dyslexia.
“When I started reading Zhuan Falun around that time, I had a problem with her. She didn't want to go to bed and didn't want to go to school. It was a very difficult time.”
All this completely changed over a year ago.
“When she had a bit of anxiety and watched me reading Zhuan Falun, she read with me for four to five minutes, which really helped her.
“She has changed her self-image and is happier with herself. Her social skills and self-esteem have increased dramatically. She asks for help and no longer experiences depression.”
Gratitude to Compassionate Master
Geraldine appears open and full of energy in the eyes of her husband and kids. She said, “I now have the vitality to live, and a heart that is being fulfilled and opened through the practice in a way that I have never experienced before.
“It has taken me a while to look inward and begin to truly understand cultivation. I no longer see the trivialities of life as mundane or try to escape from life through food.
“Master Li is gently guiding me step by step to learn and understand the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my life through my relationships.”
As a new practitioner, Geraldine is full of gratitude. “Master Li is showing me the immense gift of life, and I have only just started living,” she said. “Falun Dafa is allowing me to have the life I often dreamed of.”