(Minghui.org) I am 85 years old, illness-free, have a glowing complexion, and have no trouble walking. If I didn't practice Falun Dafa, I wouldn't be here today.
Master Li Hongzhi has extended my life.
When I was just over 30 years old, I had sciatica, a herniated disc, rheumatoid arthritis, a low white blood cell count, and hardening of the arteries.
I tried Western medicine, Chinese medicine, qigong, and other methods; none of them worked. My complexion was dark, my joints were red and cold, and my cognitive functioning was limited.
My muscles atrophied, and my bones were crooked. I couldn’t touch cold water and, in the summer, I had to wear winter clothing.
My life was an absolute misery. In 1996, however, I was lucky enough to begin practicing Falun Dafa (Falun Gong). It didn't take long for my ailments to disappear.
Health problems I’d lived with for decades, which drugs and hospital visits had had no effect on, were cured after practicing Falun Dafa for less than three months.
About a year ago, I appeared to have symptoms of illness karma. My right hand started to swell and became numb and stiff. I couldn't grasp things like chopsticks and couldn't do stretching activities. My legs became stiff like boards.
It was very painful for me to sit in the lotus position, and I couldn’t sit for long. As a disciple who has been cultivating for more than 20 years, I was not even able to cross my legs. This made me extremely sad.
After practicing Dafa for so long, not only did I not make improvements, but I seemed to be going backward. At that time, I was not clear what was wrong with me.
I started to faint, had palpitations, my throat bothered me, and I had nausea and severe vomiting.
My systolic blood pressure reading was 240, which frightened my family, and they took me to a hospital. The doctor said I was fortunate I got there in time.
After the exam, the doctor said I had hematopoietic issues and that my nervous system and blood cells were being affected.
The doctor also explained that there were problems the blood vessels in my brain, and the blood supply was insufficient. This was why I was having dizziness and fainting spells.
But I knew those symptoms were false, that they were tests for me. I am a Dafa practitioner, and I have no illness. I have only Dafa and Master in my heart. My problems can’t be solved in a hospital; only Master can solve them!
Holding onto these righteous thoughts, I was determined to leave the hospital and went home a week later.
At home, I didn't take any medicine or injections; I no longer felt dizzy or had high blood pressure. Of course, I didn't take my blood pressure, otherwise that would be an attachment. I haven't had any problems since then.
My understanding is our cultivation paths are not always flat and wide. They can be very narrow and difficult to walk. Encountering tribulations is a rare opportunity to improve our xinxing and establish virtue.
From the very beginning, I didn't think I was ill. I knew the symptoms were false and it was a test for me to get over.
Another point is that we need to study the Fa more and strengthen our righteous thoughts. Effective righteous thoughts come from being assimilated to the Fa. Dafa is omnipotent!
I have to look inward to find attachments like resentment, complacency, fear of suffering, inertia, grievances, competitiveness, and so on. The problems will go away if the attachments behind them are found.
When encountering interference from the old forces, we need to send forth strong righteous thoughts to eradicate and destroy them.
Another point is to keep doing the exercises. Even when my hands were debilitated, I insisted on doing the exercises every day.
As an elderly disciple, I now have the confidence to keep up with Master's Fa-rectification and return to my true home.