[Hong Kong Fa Conference] Raising My Cultivation Level by Participating in Media Advertising
(Minghui.org) Greetings, revered Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
After my children were born, I suffered from various ailments. The doctors said that I had serious liver and gall bladder problems that required surgery. I also suffered from depression and needed to take anti-depressant drugs. While searching for help I fortunately found Falun Dafa.
Protected by Master Li, I’ve cultivated for over 20 years. In 2015, I started to work at the bookstore that specializes in Dafa books and reading materials. Every morning, several practitioners and I take turns distributing truth clarification newspapers. Afterward, we do the exercises and study the Fa teachings, then I return to work at the bookstore. Every day is full. I’m really grateful for Master’s kind arrangement, which allows me to keep up with the pace of Fa-rectification!
Participating in Advertising Sales
In July 2017, an independent truth clarification newspaper resumed publishing. The goal of this media outlet is to promote traditional Chinese culture. It was hoped that it would be funded through advertising sales.
When the coordinator invited me to sell advertising, I had inner struggles: I was not good at communicating, not good at expressing myself—how could I sell advertisements? Besides, I already worked six days a week at the bookstore. Where would I find the time?
Then I realized: I am a Dafa disciple. Nothing is coincidental.
Master said, “Of course, one of you is a match for ten or a hundred people.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. III)
A newspaper needs income from advertising to operate, and I knew that we were short of manpower. If I didn’t do it, who would?
When I adjusted my thinking, things worked out. Every practitioner is busy working on projects to save people. All these years I have been the only person working in the bookstore. Then, a practitioner was able to come twice a week to help in the bookstore. That meant I could spare two days a week to work on advertising. So in November 2018, I officially joined the sales team.
In the beginning when I was supposed to deliver newspapers to clients, I stopped at their door. Sometimes I could not answer their questions. After I received training and guidance from experienced practitioners in Hong Kong and from the Australian media, I started to change my own notions. I also understood that, as a salesperson, I must be familiar with the content of our newspaper and that I must present a professional image.
Things did not go smoothly. The clients were not satisfied despite multiple adjustments by the designer. Why? I searched inside myself and found that I was overly anxious to get results but did not communicate with the clients during the process. I was also dependent on fellow practitioners and did not do my own job.
Gratefully, another practitioner gave me timely reminders. Through Fa study, I understood that, as long as I sincerely wished to save the client, Master would bring the right people to us; as long as I tried my best, the business would come.
I felt a strong karmic bond with one client. Every time we met, it felt like I was seeing a long lost relative. Unfortunately, because she had heard to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) lies, she was prejudiced against Falun Dafa and had misunderstandings. I sent her newspapers every week for two months. Each time I told her about the wonders of Dafa, but I could not find an opportunity to clarify the truth to her.
When I was very anxious and distressed, she told me that she dreamed of a weeping Bodhisattva. She also said that she felt we knew each other in previous lifetimes. I told her about my understanding that the CCP is an evil specter that has ruined China’s traditional culture and filled people with atheistic notions and that many Chinese have been taken in by the Party’s lies. She wept and said this time she believed what I told her, and she quit the CCP. She also said that her company was restructuring and she would soon place an advertisement with us. I was also moved to tears and silently thanked Master for his infinite mercy; one more person was saved.
Eliminating My Attachment to Family
When my daughter’s second child was born, the first one was not yet 2 years old. They needed help. I had no time to help during the day, only at night. My daughter's mother-in-law was not happy with me, constantly complaining about my shortcomings.
I worked in the bookstore all day and went straight to their house for dinner and to take care of my daughter and my grandchildren. Normally they had dinner at a certain time. Once when I went to their place as usual, they had finished eating and there were only some leftovers. In a low voice, my daughter told me that her mother-in-law had insisted on eating without waiting for me. Although I told my daughter that it was fine, I felt slighted.
Also, when my aunt traveled a long distance to visit my daughter, her mother-in-law was very rude. She ignored my aunt and had her just sit in a corner. But when the mother-in-law's friends came, she was very cordial.
Even though she was so rude to us, I thought she also had a hard life. Every day she was busy taking care of her family, her son, and the grandchildren. She pursued fame and was full of anger and attachments. Her husband did not respect her, her son was not devoted to her, and she suffered from all types of ailments. I had no resentment, only compassion for her.
When I heard that she was not feeling well, I sent her my regards. When her own mother became sick, I paid her a visit. She now respects me and invites me to visit the grandchildren at her place. Every time I leave, she takes me to the station and smiles and bids me farewell. She even told my daughter, “Your mother is so nice. You and your brother are so affectionate, she is really lucky.” This year she went with the whole family to visit my father and aunt in China during the Chinese New Year. My father was very happy!
After cultivating for years, I’ve made breakthroughs in my notions and increased my capacity. During these 20 years, Falun Dafa has given me so much. I went from being a person full of karma to a Dafa disciple. I understand the truth and treat others with kindness. I’ve gradually assimilated to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Every step of my cultivation was guided by Master. No words on earth can express my gratitude to Master!
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!
(Presented at the 2019 Hong Kong Fa Conference)