My Understandings on Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts
(Minghui.org) I feel immensely honored and grateful to be a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period. I would like to share some of my understandings on sending forth righteous thoughts.
Master Gave Me Hints to Send Forth Righteous Thoughts
I started Dafa cultivation in the autumn of 2004. At first, I had very little understanding of what cultivation meant and never visited the Minghui website or read any sharing articles by fellow practitioners. I didn't know how to do the first four exercises and only did meditation from time to time. My understanding of sending forth righteous thoughts was next to nothing.
Later, I made contact with local practitioners and joined a group to study the teachings on a regular basis. That was when I began to understand the importance of doing well the three things expected of us as cultivators in the Fa-rectification period. Sending forth righteous thoughts is one of them.
I experienced something quite miraculous. Every night at midnight, I would hear a very pleasant ringtone in my ears. I would immediately wake up to send forth righteous thoughts. I was very grateful as I knew it was Master who was calling me to send forth righteous thoughts.
The same thing happened throughout the winter, then it gradually stopped after a strong mechanism was formed in me for sending forth righteous thoughts. This helped me a lot when I encountered difficulties and tribulations later on.
I have also experienced interference as well as anguish when things were hard to deal with. No matter what happened, I have always taken Fa-study and sending forth righteous thoughts very seriously.
For the last 10 years, I have made sure that I send forth righteous thoughts eight times every day. I always sit up straight and maintain the correct hand positions. I feel that, as long as we keep a clear and calm mind, the energy of our righteous thoughts will be very strong.
Righteous Thoughts Helped Me Overcome Tribulations
In the autumn of 2005, I browsed the Minghui website at work. The local monitoring center in our area detected it and sent someone to where I worked (a school) the next day to find out who was responsible.
I was nervous and scared when the head of our section told me about it, as I was only a new practitioner and I didn't know how to cope with such a situation. My thoughts were not very righteous at the time.
The school held a special meeting about the incident. In the end, the leaders decided to ask the Party secretary of the discipline and inspection committee to have a talk with me and let him deal with it.
Many people at school knew that I practiced Falun Gong because I had talked to them about the “quit the CCP” movement. They also knew that I visited the Minghui website.
Although the head of my section was reluctant to learn the truth about Falun Gong, he was not hostile towards me. In fact, he was rather protective of me.
The Party secretary spoke with me a number of times, demanding that I give him a clear explanation of what I had done.
I should have taken the opportunity to clarify the truth to him, but due to my poor xinxing, I just could not do so at that time.
The pressure was intense, and I was even too scared to go to work. The more afraid I was the worse the situation became.
Every time I went to work, I saw a police car parked by the school gate. This made me feel even more nervous and scared. I had no idea how to deal with the situation with righteous thoughts, and was overwhelmed by “fear.”
I met a fellow practitioner from out of town one evening and told her about my situation. As soon as I finished, she said, “You have no righteous thoughts in dealing with the situation and are trying to cope with it with an everyday person' s mentality. Of course, it has gotten worse.”
Not understanding what righteous thoughts actually meant at that time, I was thinking: “What's wrong with browsing the Minghui website? Freedom of belief is my right. I haven't done anything wrong!”
As I was thinking this way, my body began to feel very warm.
Another practitioner suggested that the three of us send forth righteous thoughts together to deny all evil interference.
I will never forget what I experienced that evening. While sending forth righteous thoughts, I felt a belt-shaped substance leaping out from my body. Although I could not see it, I knew it was something bad that Master had taken away from me. My anxious heart calmed down and I felt very peaceful.
Looking back, I realized the righteous thought I had at that time was: “I haven't done anything wrong by browsing the Minghui website.” The issue I was facing seemed to be forgotten and no one did anything about it.
I was very grateful to Master [Li Hongzhi]. It is so true that Master will always protect us as long as we hold righteous thoughts, even just a tiny righteous thought.
Master Protected Me Again
It was late autumn, and I'd just returned home after visiting my daughter who lives out of town. My husband was overseas on business, so I was by myself. It was raining outside and I felt lonely in the house. Having been on the train all day, I was tired and fell asleep. I didn't cover myself with anything and thought to myself that I must not miss sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight.
Suddenly I woke up and realized it was time to send forth righteous thoughts.
Just then, something miraculous happened. A huge bird flew away from me. I could feel that it had been keeping me warm with its big wings. I felt very warm as if someone had covered me with a quilt. I tried to grab the bird subconsciously, but it flew away and seemed to have landed on the windowsill. I tried to see it more clearly but could not catch sight of anything. My heart was filled with Master's compassion. I sat up straight and started sending forth righteous thoughts.
Many years have passed since then. Even though I have shared this experience with many fellow practitioners, I have not shared it until now on the Minghui website. I will never be able to repay Master for his boundless compassion.
I have had too many amazing experiences to mention!
Once I saw a boundless dazzling paradise in heaven with many Buddhas meditating. On another occasion, I saw the characters [words] in the book Zhuan Falun bulging up layer by layer, shining with purple radiance and golden stars floating around them. Sometimes they rippled. One day I was a little bit drowsy while sending righteous thoughts when a beam of bright light suddenly came out of my computer. I was so stunned I almost fell off the bed. Immediately I felt energized and focused on sending forth righteous thoughts. I realized that the things Dafa disciples use to validate the Fa are truly Fa tools and they are all living beings.
The Power of Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts Together
One evening while I was studying the teachings of Falun Dafa with two other practitioners, a male practitioner came in and told us his wife (also a practitioner) was experiencing severe pain in her abdomen. He asked us to send forth righteous thoughts to support her.
We rushed to his home and saw his wife groaning in pain on the floor. The four of us sat down and started sending forth righteous thoughts: “Eliminate the persecution and all interferences by the evil. Master is taking care of her. Even if she has loopholes that need to be rectified, we forbid any evil to interfere with her.”
Half an hour later, her pain subsided and she sat up. We then shared together to improve.
Her husband later told us that it was the first time he'd ever witnessed the power of righteous thoughts.
Even though he had done a lot in distributing truth-clarification materials over the years—something like over 20,000 copies—he often dozed off when sending forth righteous thoughts and could not keep his palm straight. This practitioner was later illegally arrested and sentenced to jail.
I understand that it was thanks to Master's compassion that I had those miraculous experiences while sending forth righteous thoughts. Only by doing the three things well are we truly cultivating. The three things complement each other and are closely related. Solidly cultivating our xinxing is also very important.
I have also experienced difficulties and dangers as well as agonies when things became too hard to cope with. However, I have overcome them all with my firm faith in Master and the Fa.
I repeat this teaching of Master's every day on my way out:
“As a matter of fact, if your thoughts are very righteous, when you walk down the street and go about your life in the city where you live, all of your surroundings will be cleansed. Your mere existence has the effect of saving sentient beings.” (Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York)
Wherever I am or whatever I'm doing, whether I'm on a bus or shopping, walking on the street or getting together with friends, or clarifying the truth to people, I always make good use of any spare time to send forth righteous thoughts.