A Doctor's Cultivation Journey
(Minghui.org) I am a 74-year-old retired doctor. I used to work in a village hospital and was well recognized by my patients.
Well Respected by Patients
I specialized in delivering babies and treating skin diseases. Some patients consulted only me, because no one else could help them recover from whatever ailed them.
The village chief asked me to serve as a doctor for the village clinic in 1979. I gained a lot of experience while working there, and was known to be very proficient in my areas of specialty. More and more patients from far and wide heard about my abilities. I was also known for my positive attitude. An article was published about me in a newspaper, which allowed more people to hear about me.
I did well on my career path and after the city's health bureau assessment in 1989, I was transferred to the village hospital, in charge of the women's and children's health department. I was very busy because many patients wanted to be seen by me. The hospital authorities decided that I could also see dermatological patients when all my other patients had been taken care off.
My patient load increased, as my reputation spread by word of mouth. As time went by, I developed an attachment to fame and gain. I felt that I was great and wanted to earn as much as I could. Besides my regular fee, I also accepted gifts and additional money from patients. I reasoned that this was fair, because if the patient went to another hospital, they would have had to spend much more money than any gifts they gave me.
I retired in 1996 but continued to take care of dermatology patients.
Changing When Dafa Came into My Life
I began to practice Falun Dafa on January 16, 1997. I realized that my life was given by Dafa and that Master [Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa] had endowed me with specific abilities. These abilities were not for me to become rich. I needed to use them to help people learn about Falun Dafa and get to know Dafa's principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
When a city government official came down with shingles, none of the hospitals he visited could help him. Instead, his situation worsened. He was tortured by the pain, couldn't eat or sleep, and even thought of committing suicide. I clarified the truth about Dafa and the persecution and convinced him to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. He also agreed to sincerely recite “Falun Dafa is good.”
I gave the official a seven-day prescription for his shingles. He returned after seven days smiling happily, as he was no longer in pain and all shingle symptoms had disappeared. He handed me 1,000 yuan.
“You not only have excellent medical skills,” he said, “but you also are very kind. You told me how to be a good person, and I benefited a lot. I have been sick for a very long time and have spent more than 10,000 yuan trying to get cured. I never expected that my health would be restored within seven days! It's amazing! Incredible! Please do accept this money.”
To his astonishment I said, “I can't accept your money. I already charged you the regular fees and I won't accept anything extra. I strictly follow Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. I always think of others' needs first. If I accepted your money, I wouldn't be qualified as a Dafa practitioner.
“If I hadn't practiced Falun Dafa, I would definitely accept your money, and I would have accepted any amount you'd give me. You must know that many doctors accept 'gifts,' and some won't even take care of you if you do not give them enough money.”
He said, “You are right – the current situation in hospitals is exactly as what you said.” He gave me the thumbs up, “Your Master is really something! With his guidance, there are so many good persons. Jiang Zemin [the former dictator who started the persecution of Falun Gong] committed a big crime in persecuting Falun Dafa. He must make amends for what he did.”
Displaying the Demeanor of a Dafa Practitioner
A 60-year-old woman consulted me in May 2017. She had a large cluster of boils on her belly. She had asked her daughter to come home from Beijing because she thought she was dying. She came to my office and asked me if I could help her, or if she should just wait to die.
I told her, “You will be fine. We are predestined to meet.” I clarified the truth to her and not only she, but her entire family quit the Party.
Within a few days she started to get better. When she returned to my office, she said that her daughter had prepared 100 duck eggs for me. I told her that as a Dafa practitioner I could not accept a gift, but only the regular fee I charged all my patients.
But as the duck eggs could not be returned, I deducted 200 yuan from the fee she owed me.
If patients dropped off a gift at my home while I was not there, I returned it to them. Some even put cash under flower pots and notified me after they were back home. I always returned everything.
Since I started to cultivate, I have not accepted any gifts from patients. If for one reason or another I could not return the gift, I compensated the patient by charging less for their visit. When seniors or other patients couldn't afford the fee, I waved it.
Through all these years of cultivating in Dafa, I have shown my patients the good demeanor of a practitioner and they all put their trust in me.