My Husband Recovers from a Stroke after Doing the Falun Gong Exercises for Three Days
(Minghui.org) When my husband came home from work one October day this year, I noticed his left eye was smaller than the right one and kept blinking. He asked me why he had trouble getting food from his bowl into his mouth, and he complained about a headache and neck pain.
I had become illness-free by practicing Falun Dafa, so I urged my husband to give it a try now that he seemed to have the symptoms of a stroke. He did not respond.
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a mind-body practice based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
My Husband Witnessed the Power of Falun Dafa
I used to suffer a myriad of health issues, including neck pain, headaches, and thyroid problems, but they all disappeared shortly after I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1996.
My husband witnessed my enormous changes and he also read Zhuan Falun, the main teaching of Falun Dafa, and did the exercises occasionally. He acknowledged Falun Dafa and followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
When the Chinese communist regime launched the persecution of Falun Dafa in 1999, my husband stopped cultivating. He still followed the principles and supported my efforts to raise awareness of the persecution. But he no longer studied the teachings or did the exercises. Whenever I asked to, he got upset. We later no longer brought up the topic.
Learning to Look Within
My husband's symptoms got worse over the next few days. His one eye became bigger while the other one got smaller. He couldn't stop blinking. His mouth drooped, his head and neck hurt, and he felt sharp pain in his left leg. He could not lay flat or sleep well. He had chills and was extremely uncomfortable.
His sudden symptoms were a huge blow to him. He looked awful but still refused to heed my advice when I tried again to get him to practice Falun Gong.
I grew impatient and asked him whether he knew what had happened to him. He replied, “Nothing.” I felt that he was beyond reason. Why would he rather suffer than do the right thing?
While reading the teachings that afternoon, I came across the following:
“Then, if a cultivator can handle things in that manner, using true principles to cultivate himself, then aren’t the unpleasant things that you experience in the ordinary world good things? If you want to cultivate, if you want to break free of the Three Realms, if you want to return to your original place, and to save the sentient beings belonging to your paradise, if you really want to help Master rectify the Fa, then aren’t [those adverse things] facilitating all of that for you, enabling you to truly cultivate yourself? Isn’t your encountering such adverse things in fact paving the way for you?” (Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching)
I suddenly realized it was my problem. I was obsessed with my husband's refusal to resume practicing Falun Dafa, but I neglected to look within to see what I didn't do well. I failed to cultivate myself. Instead of being kind to and patient with my husband, I developed resentment.
Letting Go of My Attachment
My husband grew up during the Cultural Revolution and had a rough childhood. When he was in first grade, he wrote a slogan on a bathroom wall at school. Because the slogan was deemed “anti-revolution,” he was put under investigation and was discriminated against. He moved to live with his grandmother and finished the first grade in her school district. He returned home to start the second grade, only to be bullied again by his classmates. His entire family was also implicated.
What happened to a then-seven-year-old boy was beyond what he could handle. My husband was severely traumatized and never recovered. I felt a deep sense of sorrow for him. I decided to let go of my attachment and to follow the course of nature. As long as my husband still believed in Master and Dafa, there would be a Way.
My Husband Recovers in Three Days
When I came home one day, my MP3 player did not work. My husband assured me that nothing was wrong with it, as he simply turned it off after using it to do the exercises earlier that day.
What? Do the exercises? I could not believe my ears!
I suddenly realized what Master once told us: “For a cultivator, looking within is a magical tool.” (Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference)
It was so true! I realized how wonderful cultivation is!
Three days later, when I got home from work, I noticed my husband was completely recovered. His face had returned to normal and his other symptoms were also gone. His recovery once again validated the wonder of Dafa!