New Practitioner: Eliminating Sickness Karma
(Minghui.org) I am a 55-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner who stepped into this cultivation practice in November 2015.
Introduced to Falun Dafa
Prior to practicing Falun Dafa, I had disabling joint pain. Doctors diagnosed me with inflammation of the nerves. No treatment or medication was available to relieve my pain.
Some of my relatives visited me, including my brother-in-law, a Falun Dafa practitioner in his 70s. He looked very healthy and appeared much younger than his age.
He suggested that I practice Falun Dafa, and I agreed without hesitation. A co-worker, also a practitioner, had told me about Falun Dafa a few years before and mentioned that it helped practitioners return to good health.
The next day, my brother-in-law gave me the exercise DVD and a copy of Zhuan Falun. He emphasized that I must read this book diligently.
I thought Falun Dafa was like Tai Chi, and one only needed to learn some movements. I didn't know that we also needed to study the Fa and elevate our xinxing. I quickly flipped through Zhuan Falun but didn't bother to read it again.
A fellow practitioner visited me. She was very patient and showed me the exercises and read Zhuan Falun with me. She told me cultivation stories and let me listen to Dafa music. After that, I started to diligently read Zhuan Falun and learn what cultivation was about.
Soon my chronic cough and stomachache were gone, and my joint pain gradually disappeared. I could feel a Falun (law wheel) turning in my back, reconditioning my body. I was able to extend my hands fully and felt only a tiny bit of numbness.
Dealing with Sickness Karma
A red rash appeared on my legs from my ankles to my knees in April 2016. It slowly spread to my thighs and eventually my waist. The density of the red rash also increased. It was extremely itchy. I scratched until I bled. I thought about seeing a doctor.
When I discussed this with my fellow practitioner, she said that Master was doing a vigorous cleaning of my body, so the rash was a good thing. However, I kept thinking about seeing a doctor. She then asked me to study one lecture of Zhuan Falun a day and do the exercises daily.
Master enlightened me through other people's words. When I was about to lose my temper, my husband said, “Cultivators need a calm heart.” When the thought of going to see a doctor formed in my mind, my daughter said, “Mom, Master is getting rid of the toxins in your body. If your rash were on an internal organ, it would be some kind of cancer. Could that be cured? You can tolerate this.” My granddaughter chimed in, “Grandma, your body is covered with worms.”
My family's encouragement gave me some comfort. I couldn't dare to slack off in cultivation.
The condition of my skin worsened and it looked like I was wearing red leather pants. My granddaughter asked me to put on my clothes after I took a bath because she was frightened by the sight of me.
I felt numbness and a Falun spinning in my legs when I could not continue the standing exercise. There were also two Faluns spinning in my upper back. My fellow practitioner said that Master was helping me, and the Faluns were cleansing my body.
Whenever I had thoughts that weren't righteous, Master would use various ways to point them out to me. One time, my mind started to wander when I was doing the exercises, the exercise music skipped to “Believe in Master and the Fa-cultivation sharing.” I thought the mp3 player was broken, but it was okay the next day. I was going through a difficult time but realized that Master was watching over me.
My skin condition peaked around July 2017. The red rash was still there and I felt even worse from the waist down. My fellow practitioner took me to group study and we sent righteous thoughts as a group. I shared my tribulations in the group.
“The worse you might feel, the closer you are to the turning point, and your entire body will be, and must be, fully cleansed. The roots of any ailments that you had have been taken out, and all that remains is some dark energy that is coming out on its own and causing you a little misery or trouble, since you can’t get off completely scot-free.” (Zhuan Falun)
My little granddaughter said, “You're already cured, no more bacteria.”
I kept Master's words close to heart, “Nothing is truly unbearable or impossible.” (Zhuan Falun)
Dream Opens Mind
I dreamed that I was told to open a door to a room. The room was not a familiar one. I saw my entire family sitting on the floor, which was covered with all kinds of worms and big scorpions. None of the people sitting on the floor noticed the creatures on the floor. After I woke up, I realized Master was pointing something out to me.
“The old forces wouldn’t venture to directly persecute Dafa disciples at present—none of the larger beings that assume a form would venture to do that. Then what sorts of things are doing that now? Things like worms, bugs, bacteria, and all kinds of foul things like that. Sending righteous thoughts is extremely effective in these cases! They are annihilated in large batches. But there are a lot of them, given how big this cosmos is; and the cosmos consists of many layers. So after you have wiped these things out, shortly after, before long, they might infiltrate again, and you need to eliminate them again. So you need to keep sending righteous thoughts like this, and persist with it for some time, before you will see obvious results. Don’t lose confidence just because, after feeling good following a while of sending righteous thoughts, things don’t seem to go well again. I can tell you that they are using this approach to wear you down—to whittle away at your strong sense of conviction. So you need to be alert to these things.” (“Fa Teaching at the2015 West Coast Fa Conference”)
No wonder my granddaughter said I was covered with bugs. I regretted not eliminating those creatures in my dream.
I am a new practitioner, and my cultivation overlaps with the Fa-rectification period. Not only do I need to study the Fa and send righteous thoughts, I also have to overcome sickness karma. This last stretch was painful. My granddaughter saw my suffering and said: “Meditate and recite the verses for sending righteous thoughts. You will be well in 20 days.” Hearing this, my confidence increased.
The beet red skin on my lower body started to clear up 20 days later. Patches of red inflammation were reduced to individual small red dots. The small red dots gradually faded to light brown. Broken skin from scratches scabbed over and healed. There was no more itching.