From Misery to Harmony After Practicing Dafa
(Minghui.org) I am 79 years old and started to practice Falun Dafa in 1996. Before I stepped on my cultivation path, I was diagnosed with all kinds of serious and not-so-serious illnesses, such as a cerebral infarction, rheumatism, cholecystitis, and neurasthenia. I took medicine as often as I ate, yet none of my illnesses were cured. If fact, they worsened.
My brother began to practice Falun Dafa in 1996. Within two days, the rheumatism he had suffered for 10 years and lymphoma symptoms disappeared. I began to cultivate after having witnessed the power of Falun Dafa. Shortly into the practice I also had recovered from all my ailments.
Overcoming Sickness Karma
One of my former ailments, for which I used to take medicine and even had surgery because of it, bothered me for three days, and brought much inconvenience. Besides, I felt excruciating pain. I tried different remedies but nothing helped.
My daughter, who is also a practitioner, said, “Mom, do you think it’s an illness?” Her question made me realize that I was wrong. I had to break free of human notions and thoughts. This was not an illness, I told myself, “If it wasn’t an illness, what would I be afraid of?” Therefore, I did the sitting meditation exercise. By the fourth day, I returned to good health.
I once had back pain that made me unable to stand up. If I wanted to stand up, I had to squat down one leg first, then my hands had to hold onto something to support my body’s weight. I bent my waist to 90 degrees and then slowly straightened my back. Once I gathered the strength, I could begin walking.
One day, the back pain occurred again, but, I ignored it. Then, a thought came to me, “I am not even afraid of death. Why would I worry about pain? I am no longer an ordinary person, but a Dafa practitioner.” I got up with ease and walked without any further problems.
Master said, “Righteous thoughts display the might of Gods” (“New Year’s Greetings” from The Essentials of Diligent Progress, Vol. III)
The Power of Dafa Saved My Husband
My husband was involved in a car accident in November 2016. The accident caused a cerebral hemorrhage and multiple fractures and he was hospitalized for 40 days. After being released from the hospital, he did not recognize anyone and could not take care of himself.
The car accident cost us almost 60,000 yuan. With other expenses added, it came to 120,000 yuan. After he came home, we hired someone to help take care of him until he could get up on his own.
We only intended to take 60,000 yuan from the person that caused the accident, but he was reluctant to pay. I thought, since he was a farmer and did not have much of an income, I should not press him for any money.
My children who did not cultivate felt uneasy about it. They were ready to sue him, but I stopped them. I said, “It was an unfortunate incident, but I don’t want to bring misfortune to others.”
Because my thoughts were righteous, Teacher Li (the founder of Falun Dafa) helped me, and my children accepted my decision.
My husband benefited from my practicing Dafa. His head became clearer, and he could take care of himself. He said, “I am grateful for Teacher Li’s help! It is he that saved my life! I support you practicing Dafa. I admire Falun Dafa!” Before the accident, he did not understand what I did and was opposed to my practicing Dafa.
Then, he accidentally fell in the bathroom and became unconscious. But, I was not scared, and thought, “He’s going to be okay.” I woke him up and helped him get to the bed. He seemed to be fine. But, after a while, one of his eyes opened and the other closed. Then, he gasped and passed out. I thought, “He couldn’t pass away like that. Dafa could save him.” So I repeatedly whispered in his ears, “Falun Dafa is good. Falun Dafa is good.” He woke up and also recited, “Falun Dafa is good.” Then, my daughter advised him to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He thought about it, and then shouted, “I quit the party!”
Recalling Miseries from the Past
I recalled the early life of my marriage. We lived at separate places. He had a mistress and didn’t take care of me and our two children and only sometimes sent us some money. The children and I lived in a shed. The shed was humid especially in the summer, and in the winter water drips became icicles. I worked, but my wages were low, and I could not pay all the bills. I had to borrow money from colleagues and repayment of these loans was difficult.
I always tried my best to do well at work. Therefore, every year, I was rated as an outstanding teacher.
After I retired, my physical body was in bad shape. Then, my husband wanted to file for divorce. However, I refused to divorce, as I did not want my children to be of a broken family. I wanted to look for a positive way to deal with the situation. On the surface, my children had a father and mother. But in my heart, I was pessimistic. Quietly, I complained about my husband and there was a big gap between the two of us.
Dafa Changed Resentment to Kindness
After I started practicing, the Fa principles helped me understand the reason for life's difficulties. I decided to treat him kindly and found ways to help him improve. I enlightened from the Fa that there were resentments between my husband and me and that these grudges needed to be settled. These understandings helped calm my heart.
Although I made a great effort to treat him kindly, we still found it hard to live together in peace. He spent his pension on himself and did not care about the family. He never asked me about our debts--as if they had nothing to do with him. His behavior angered our children, and they even encouraged me to divorce him.
“I am a practitioner,” I thought. “I must follow the Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I must be a good person. I cannot file for a divorce, regardless of how people view the situation. I have to be calm. I need to treat him well and pay my debts.”
After the car accident, I put his interests before mine. I spent time and effort preparing food for him. With my constant righteous thoughts and the compassion, my husband changed. Now he supports my practice of Dafa and my truth clarification efforts. My children have also started to respect him.
I now understand the Fa principle of no loss no gain. On the surface, I do things for others – actually I do things for myself. The biggest reward is that my husband helps me let go of my attachments of resentment and hatred.
My husband and I respect each other and live in harmony. Happiness is in everyone’s mind – mine, my husband’s and our children’s. It is like Teacher said, “The Buddha-light illuminates everywhere and harmonizes everything.” (Zhuan Falun)