I Finally Decided to Practice Falun Gong After More Than a Decade
(Minghui.org) Several coworkers asked me out of curiosity: “How come you’ve slimmed down all of a sudden? You look much better too.” I told them this was because I started practicing Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong. Words cannot express the joy I feel in my heart and how grateful I am to the founder of Falun Dafa.
Marrying a Falun Dafa Practitioner Despite Opposition
Over a decade ago, I was in my early 30s and had been divorced for many years. I was introduced to my present husband by an acquaintance. At our first meeting, the first thing my future husband said: “I am a Falun Gong practitioner. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is still persecuting practitioners. If you are scared, there is no point for us to continue with this relationship.”
My family opposed our relationship when they learned that my husband was a Falun Gong practitioner. My dad had witnessed many bodies–Chinese nationals persecuted by the CCP–floating down the river in front of his house during the Cultural Revolution, so my parents wanted me to stay away from Falun Gong practitioners to avoid trouble.
I too hesitated getting into a relationship with a Falun Gong practitioner. My best friend who knew several practitioners told me: “These people follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and tend to be kinder.” Her words helped me let go of my anxiety, and I decided to marry him without further worry.
Waiting Over 10 Years for My Husband's Release from Prison
A few months after we got married, my husband was arrested for his belief and sentenced to a long prison term.
I was left to deal with this sudden ordeal, and on top of that, my family members scolded and ridiculed me. My husband's parents also treated me badly. I went through unimaginable pain and hardship.
One night after my husband's imprisonment, I was alone and bored at home. I could not resist my friend's invitation and learned to play mahjong. I did this nearly every day and often returned home at midnight to take a shower and go to bed.
Through the ten years of waiting, I kept asking myself, “When will my misery end?” I confided in practitioners who knew my husband, and they patiently comforted me and told me that justice will prevail. My husband's family members who practiced Falun Gong tried their best to help me resolve any difficulties I encountered. They would tell me some of the principles taught in Dafa and encouraged me to face the persecution with courage. They also visited me during the Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. They even brought gifts and visited my husband's elderly parents.
My husband was finally released from prison after more than a decade. It was a bittersweet moment when we were reunited.
Witnessing the Power of Dafa
A few years ago, a practitioner in my husband's family became ill, and although he went to the hospital for treatment, his condition was not stable. He later developed a lot of swelling, and for nearly a year he could not take care of himself.
My husband and I moved into his place for some time. I bought food, prepared meals, and was sometimes asked to read Zhuan Falun (the main book of Falun Dafa) with him. Several practitioners also visited and encouraged him, but his condition did not improve.
Everyone wondered what attachment was causing this tribulation. One day, someone persuaded this practitioner to uninstall WeChat on his phone and delete his account, as well as to stop using QQ, an instant messaging service by the Chinese tech giant Tencent. (Editor’s note: the Chinese regime uses these tools to spy on Falun Gong practitioners in the persecution, and Minghui.org has advised all practitioners to stop using these platforms.) He took the advice, and two or three days later, he passed many dark blood clots, and his swollen body basically returned to normal within two days. He was able to return to work.
I witnessed the power of Dafa and posted a statement online to formally renounce my membership in the Young Pioneers, a youth organization of the CCP. When practitioners asked why I didn’t practice Dafa too, I told them that I lacked the patience to read the Dafa teachings every night.
Becoming a Practitioner
I continued on with my leisurely life, including playing mahjong. I sometimes laughed at my husband for reading Dafa books every day and persisting in practicing self-cultivation. I thought it was meaningless.
Nevertheless, I still benefited from Falun Dafa. Sometimes I had a headache after playing mahjong and could not sleep. I would then recite the phrases that my husband had taught me: “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Amazingly, after reciting these words, my head would stop hurting, and I would gradually fall asleep.
One day I discovered that I had put on a lot of weight. I tried many things to slim down, but the effects were not satisfactory. I thought of doing sports or going for walks, but these methods somehow didn't appeal to me. I decided to do the Falun Gong exercises instead. At the end of October 2018, I got my husband to teach me the five sets of exercises, and I finally became a practitioner.
Dafa is Precious
When I learned the first set of exercises, I could feel a wheel rotating in my abdomen. I thought it was abdominal cramps, but when I told my husband about it, he said it was the Falun wheel and encouraged me to read the teachings.
One day I made up my mind to practice cultivation to the end. As soon as I had this thought, I cried uncontrollably. Master Li (the founder of Falun Dafa) opened my celestial eye, and I saw scenes from other dimensions. I used to laugh at my husband when he told me that he saw such things. Now that I have experienced these things myself, I am very grateful to Master for letting me see the preciousness of Dafa.
My body was purified, and in the process I developed flu-like symptoms. I did not regard them as sickness and quickly recovered. Also, I had injured my kneecap some time ago. While doing the sitting meditation, I saw through my celestial eye Master fixing my kneecap, just like changing parts of a car. After that, my kneecap stopped aching.
After practicing Falun Dafa, my night sweats, migraines, breast hyperplasia, and other health problems disappeared. Before, when I had my menstrual period every month, I would be tormented by swollen and hot breasts. My chest, hands and bones would ache unbearably. Since I started practicing Falun Dafa, these symptoms have vanished.
To my delight, I also lost weight: I got rid of excess fat, my stomach became smaller, and my figure looked much better. I had fewer wrinkles on my face, and my complexion became clear and rosy pink. I looked much younger too. My coworkers remarked that I looked only 27 or 28 years old, though I'm close to 50.
Finally, I stopped wasting time playing mahjong and got rid of my gambling habit. I experienced so many amazing things within several months of practicing Dafa, and the more I practice, the more amazed I am at my positive changes.