Do Not Be Misled by Surface Appearances
(Minghui.org) Two of my relatives became ill in the summer of 2018. My father-in-law had a brain hemorrhage and lapsed into a coma. His doctor said his prognoses was poor, he would be in vegetative state even if he woke up.
I read an article on the Minghui website about a practitioner's family member who recovered from a stroke. I thought perhaps Master was trying to tell me something.
The next day, I told my husband's family about the article and urged them to recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” when they visited my father-in-law in the hospital. I believed that the power of Dafa would help in the recovery of my father-in-law.
Two days passed but my father-in-law did not improve. My brother then became ill.
When I visited my brother he was having stomach pain and had not eaten anything for a week. He went to see a doctor, but medication did not seem to help and he was deprived of sleep because of the pain. I also told him to recite, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” My brother said he would.
Both my brother and father-in-law are important people in my life, and I felt their falling ill at the same time must be related to my cultivation. This was not a coincidence. I realized that this was an opportunity to let go of my attachment to sentimentality. I decided to examine myself and see if I had caused it.
My understanding, based on the Fa, was that the old forces were interfering. Master does not recognize the old forces, so we should negate them.
I could clearly see that the old forces were using my sentimentality as an excuse to destroy these two people and me. Both my father-in-law and brother believe in Dafa, especially my brother. Over the years, he fearlessly advocated for my rights when I was arrested for my spiritual belief. He helped me when I was in need.
I started to send righteous thoughts and completely denied the old forces' plan. The old force cannot interfere with our cultivation nor can it make any arrangements for practitioners' family members! I begged Master to help my relatives recover, not because they are my family, but because they are positive towards Dafa.
After I searched inward I found strong attachments to my family and I eliminated them.
The next day, my father-in-law regained consciousness and quickly recovered. When I phoned my brother that afternoon, he said loud and clear, “Sister, I'm fine now, I ate a big bowl of rice for lunch today, please don't worry about me.” Filled with gratitude I said, “I knew you were better, Master helped us. You must recite 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' more often.”
Good Health Validates the Power of Falun Dafa
“...I don’t wish to leave a single person behind, nor do I want to lose them or let them depart too soon. There is no more question of Dafa disciples achieving Consummation. However, were you to depart early, it would undermine what Dafa disciples are trying to achieve, and it would amount to allowing the old forces to exploit your gaps. This is a time when manpower is really needed. Don’t allow that kind of loss to happen.” (“Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. X)
My understanding of Master's Fa is that practitioners are to follow Master's lead until the end of the Fa-rectification. Practitioners who passed away were interfered with by the old forces. We must help practitioners in need because we are one body.
My parents are practitioners in their 80's. After they began practicing, their health improved and they look much younger than their actual age. My parents' health suddenly declined in 2017. My mother's back started to hunch. My father started to cough and he lost a lot of weight.
I believed that they needed to improve in their cultivation. I also recognized my sentimentality towards them. Where we live, my parents are living examples of how powerful Dafa is, and many people witnessed their positive changes. I reminded them of this, encouraged them, and told them to send righteous thoughts to eliminate the interference.
A couple of days later, my mother told me my father had gotten worse. Relatives urged him to go to the hospital but he refused. Instead of getting upset, I sent righteous thoughts to help strengthen their righteous thoughts. My father's condition and my mother's health soon improved.
Intent Determines Outcome
Ms. Wang, a practitioner, called. She said, “I told you not to tell anyone about what happened to me, why did you do it? I'm no longer angry with you, that's why I can call you.” She then hung up, leaving me flabbergasted.
I didn't know what to think. Why was she upset? There must be something I needed to eliminate. I carefully reflected on everything I'd done recently and looked for any shortcomings.
Not long ago, Ms. Wang was arrested and taken to a detention center for talking to people about Falun Dafa. We exposed this persecution on the Internet and started a plan of rescue. Another practitioner and I visited Ms. Wang's family several times. Ms. Wang had been detained many times in the past, and her family had endured tremendous pressure. They refused to participate in the rescue this time. After several meetings with them, they finally agreed to cooperate. We made many trips to the government agencies and Ms. Wang was finally released.
We had two sharing meetings with her in regards to this incident. She was emotional and praised herself for doing what a Dafa practitioner should do while in the detention center. However, she could not search within for her shortcomings. We reminded her to spend more time studying the Fa.
A few days later, Ms. Wang wrote a letter to one of the local government officials. Part of the letter included things she'd heard in other dimensions and were not aligned with the Fa. I told her that we should measure everything we do with the Fa and not easily believe messages from other dimensions. I pointed out the effect would be negative. She delivered the letter anyway. She was beaten and dragged out of the government building.
Upon hearing this, I felt sorry for her and a little upset. I asked a few local practitioners to help her out but I hadn't seen her myself.
Looking at the whole picture, I could not figure out where I went wrong. Master's Fa suddenly appeared in my mind:
“I often say that if all a person wants is the well-being of others and if this is without the slightest personal motivation or personal understanding, what he says will move the listener to tears.” (“Clearheadedness,” Essentials for Further Advancement).
I truly wanted the best for her, how could she be so angry with me? I must have attachments that I needed to eliminate. I found several – anxiety, accusing others of failures, looking down on others, wanting to be recognized, imposing my understanding on others, strong attachment to myself, talking too much and sentimental attachments to other practitioners. The problems lay within myself. I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate them.
Ms. Wang changed after I cleansed my heart. She visited me and said, “I came to apologize.” I told her it was my fault. We then had a genuine conversation about our thoughts. I gained a lot from it.
From this incident, I learned that in cultivation, we cannot be focused on who's right or wrong, we have to look beyond the surface appearance, to let go of our attachments and change our human notions. Elevating our xinxing is most important.