A Hairdresser's Journey of Cultivating Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1995. Since the day I began, I have been doing my best to meet the standards that Master has set for us and to be a true practitioner.
Cultivating in Dafa and Being a Better Person
To be a practitioner one has to be a good person. I work as a hairdresser. Usually when people are bedridden or near death, their relatives have trouble finding a stylist willing to cut their hair. When I am asked to cut their hair, I always say yes and go to their homes.
When I cut the hair of someone who was bedridden for a few years, the person’s hygiene was very poor, and the smell in the room was so bad that I could not eat that day. When the sick were on the brink of death, even though many people who know them are petrified just to look at them, I just said I was a practitioner and went to work.
I always did a good job, which left a good impression of Dafa. I also clarified the facts to people and helped them quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. I told them that it was my master who taught me to be a good person.
Practitioners from my township were not proactive in clarifying the truth in 2008. When they had informational materials on hand, they handed them out, but if they ran out, they just waited for more to be brought to them.
In our area, we were short of materials. I was very worried. I thought, “I am the youngest one in our area. If I could make materials, the problem would be solved.”
When Master saw my wish, he arranged for a computer-savvy practitioner to connect with me. After a few days of training, I acquired basic computer skills. With a used printer that this practitioner gave me, I printed materials in the evening, then distributed them to other practitioners. With truth-clarification materials available, our effort to expose the persecution became more powerful.
Through our joint efforts, we made great breakthroughs in saving sentient beings. Gradually we also overcame other obstacles that had prevented us from clarifying the facts face-to-face. We are more proactive in doing the three things.
Overcoming Tribulations and Validating Dafa
When I was riding my motorcycle home one day in 2009, I collided with another motorcycle driving in the opposite direction, and I was knocked unconscious. When I came to, I realized that my family had already taken me to the hospital. I had a fractured right hand.
I told my family that I would be fine and didn't need to stay in the hospital. They didn't believe me and didn't want me to leave. They were afraid that if my right hand did not heal correctly, I would not be able to work as a hairdresser. They insisted that I have an operation the next day. I checked myself out of the hospital without letting my family or the doctor know in advance.
The doctor told my family that if I did not have the operation, I might lose my arm. In order to calm my husband, he and I agreed that if I lost my arm, we could divorce. I firmly believed that Master was by my side, and I would be fine. My husband, in-laws, and other relatives pressuring me was much more of a tribulation than any pain I felt. Master shielded me from much of the pain.
I left myself in Master's hands and made up my mind to face everything with righteous thoughts. When I had trouble using my right hand to eat, I insisted on using it. When I had trouble washing my clothes, I continued. And when I had difficulty doing the exercises, I carried on. While I was negating the old forces' arrangements, I began to look inward to find where I fell short. I spent a lot of time studying the Fa and reciting the Fa. I also sent forth righteous thoughts every hour and did my best to rectify my every thought and action.
Within half a month, my hand healed, and I reopened my hair salon. On the very first day, I was so busy that I had to skip lunch, and I ended up taking care of more than 30 people. And my hand was fine. I realized that I had broken through the tribulation with righteous thoughts and validated the Fa at the same time.
Escaping Capture with Righteous Thoughts
Five men came to my hair salon, which was unusual. I realized that they could be police officers. At that time, I was serving a client. I managed to step out for a moment and called my dad. I asked him to go right home and hide my Dafa books, my printer, and everything else related to making the truth-clarification materials. After that, I kept sending forth righteous thoughts and calmly thought about what I should do next.
Several officers were now sitting in my shop and several other officers stood outside. I saw a tricycle taxi coming. I had a strong thought: “Don't let the evil police officers see me.” Under Master's protection, I got into the taxi and left.
After they realized that they had lost me, they went to my home. They searched all over my place but couldn't find anything. Then they left.
Cultivation is extremely serious. Only by diligently cultivating can one walk well on one's cultivation path, do the three things Master has required us to do, and stay aligned with Fa-rectification.
After years of cultivation, I truly understand that no matter what we encounter, we have to look inward unconditionally. The only way not to leave any gap for the old forces to take advantage of is to study the Fa well and to maintain firm, righteous thoughts. Only by believing in Master and Dafa can one follow the Fa-rectification process closely.
Just as Master said:
“As a Dafa disciple, in order to do Fa-rectification things well and to consummate everything of yours well, you need to study the Fa a lot. No matter how busy you are, you cannot skip Fa-study. This is what can best ensure your reaching Consummation. Despite your time being tight and your being amidst the many difficulties, you are still doing what you should do. This is remarkable and is establishing your own mighty virtue, for you are emerging from the hardships, from the pressures, and from the difficulties. (“A Message” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Although I am only a hairdresser from the countryside, I feel proud because I'm a Dafa practitioner, a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple, a Dafa disciple in this human world!