Overcoming a Tribulation
(Minghui.org) I have benefited greatly from practicing Falun Dafa. Through the practice, I have changed from a narrow-minded and sickly youth into a physically and mentally healthy person. In the past, I had migraine headaches, and I had to give up my schooling as a result. Moreover, I often had nausea and vomiting due to a stomach problem, generalized joint pain due to arthritis, and other health issues.
After I began practicing Falun Dafa, my life changed for the better. I learned to be less selfish, and my illnesses all went away. I went from having a dark outlook on life to being upright, positive, and full of optimism. I'm very thankful to Master Li Hongzhi for helping me to find meaning in life. I feel that my hope has been restored.
I'd like to share the story of one particular tribulation that happened to me a few years ago.
I was on the night shift at work. In the early morning, the right side of my back suddenly started to hurt. I thought to myself: “I'll go home to do the exercises – I'll be alright.” But the pain came and went in waves, and it got more intense. After I finished my shift, I went home to do the exercises, but I couldn't continue after finishing the standing exercise.
The pain was so intense that all the muscles in my body were tensed up. I could not sit, stand or lie down; I was rolling on the bed, moaning in pain, and my body was covered in cold sweat. My wife, who was nearby crying, did not know how to help me. I could hardly talk to her because I was in so much pain. “Master save me, Master save me!” I had just one thought in mind: no matter what happens, I will follow Master's arrangement.
It was the weekend. Outside the window, I could hear people going about their lives. Everything felt so real and so familiar, yet so far away. In the face of excruciating pain, the pursuit of worldly reputation, wealth, happiness, and sorrow seemed so insignificant! I thought, how precious it is for one to have a healthy body, and how fortunate it is when a cultivator is able to go beyond reincarnation and reach consummation.
Once my body reached the limit, Master eased the pain for me. By that afternoon, I was exhausted and fell asleep. When I woke up around dinner time, the pain was gone.
After breakfast the next day, the pain flared up again. I went to purchase supplies for the Dafa material production center, and I visited fellow practitioners to deliver the truth-clarification materials that had been completed. After coming home around noon, I went straight to bed; the pain was so intense, it almost took my breath away!
By that night, I could not handle it any longer. I thought, “Maybe I need to go to the hospital tomorrow.” I knew that this thinking was not righteous, so I stopped it immediately. Kneeling on the bed, I began listening to Master's Fa lectures, trying my best to pay attention. Finally, the pain subsided at around 4 a.m., and I fell into a deep sleep.
When I woke up the next morning, the worst part of the pain had passed, but I could not bring myself to stand up straight. It seemed that my back was broken in half, and I had a hard time supporting my own weight. Once my wife left for work, I thought, “What should I do now?”
I could not go to work, nor could I do household chores. Most of my relatives, friends, and co-workers know that I practice Falun Dafa, and I often tell them about the wonders of Falun Dafa. How could I end up like this? I knew the reason for my tribulation: I had not handled my cultivation with due seriousness, and I had not strictly followed the principles of the Fa.
But wouldn't a non-practitioner have trouble understanding this? How could they still think that “Falun Dafa is good,” despite my “sickness?” I thought to myself, “I am a cultivator, so I should not be like an ordinary patient, bed-bound by illness. I should carry out a Falun Dafa practitioner's duty.” I got up from the bed and went to make truth-clarification materials.
Once I got up, my pain disappeared! Meanwhile, I felt something sliding downward in my lower abdomen. When I went to the bathroom to urinate, with some pain, a stone the size of my nail fell out. I knew that the tribulation was over and that Master had taken the stone away because of my righteous thoughts! I felt a sense that my life had been renewed.
Master's saving grace is boundless. I wanted to share this story to validate Falun Dafa. I hope that the world's people will no longer be deceived by the CCP's lies and will stand on the side of kindness and justice. Falun Dafa is good. It will help one purify one's heart and mind, it will help to restore one's health, and it will help a cultivator to elevate. Remember that Falun Dafa and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good!