As a Cultivator, Be Down to Earth and Not Perfunctory
(Minghui.org) I was born in May 1950. Prior to practicing Dafa, I suffered from multiple ailments that left me pessimistic.
I broke my left humerus. After that eventually healed, I had a hard time walking upstairs, because my left leg could not support my full weight. I was paralyzed on the left side of my body. Although I had therapy, I did not regain full control of my left side and had problems walking.
I also had tinnitus, which resulted in hearing phantom loud noises, which affected my sleep. I took sleeping pills for years just to get some rest at night. I was also plagued by gynecological and stomach issues. I took modern, traditional, and folk medicine, but without any success.
After I started practicing Falun Dafa, I recovered, gained weight, enjoyed sound sleep, and felt energized.
My Bureau Director Protected Me
Colleagues and supervisors where I worked witnessed the changes in me and asked me what had happened. I told them about Dafa and said that it was powerful. Over a hundred people at my workplace bought Dafa books through me. Some of them learned the exercises and benefited as well.
After the persecution started in 1999, management pressured me to give up my faith, and warned me of serious consequences if I didn't, such as being fired.
When my bureau director talked to me, I told her that I wouldn't give up practicing Dafa or write any guarantee statements.
She told me that she had heard about Falun Dafa's wonderful health benefits before, and there were also people who’d tried to persuade her to take it up, as she had some health issues. She didn't pressure me to give up the practice but asked me to be careful and said they would try their best to protect me.
My Daughter-in-law’s Attitude Changed
My daughter-in-law is a prison guard. She used to be very supportive of my practice after witnessing my health improvements. After the persecution started, she was poisoned by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) propaganda and became a willing tool in the persecution at her prison. My husband and I were deeply saddened.
In order for her to have a good future, I seized every opportunity to talk to her about the facts behind the CCP's lies, such as the Tiananmen self-immolation hoax. She was resistant and even argued with me, leading to unpleasant discord at every family gathering. My son also complained to me that they were inclined not to visit me anymore. Then, they did not come for a long time.
When they came to visit again, I started to talk about Falun Dafa again. She was infuriated, jumped up and down, slammed the table, and shouted, “Are you ever going to stop? Now, we really won't come back anymore.”
My husband comforted me, “You have tried many times. If she remains resistant, just let her be. Otherwise, everyone is unhappy.”
I cried and said to her, “I think of you as my own child and I cannot bear to see you being ruined. I will never give up on you. What goes around comes around. You know, there will be consequences for being an accomplice in the persecution. I don't want to see you become a victim of it.”
To my surprise, she suddenly stopped shouting and we finished our dinner in peace that day.
The next time they visited us, the magic happened. She chatted with me as if nothing had ever happened. Seeing her attitude taking such a turn, I took the chance and said, “You should write a solemn statement and renounce what you had done before against Dafa practitioners. This is being responsible for your life.”
I handed her the Minghui Weekly bookletand told her to follow the sample statement on it. She smiled and said to me, “Let me do it next time.”
A few days later when they returned, she wrote the statement. I helped her publish it on the Minghui website.
Afterward, my son and daughter-in-law did a lot of things to help me, such as protecting Dafa books, distributing Dafa materials, purchasing and transporting printers, Dafa informational materials, and so on. As my daughter-in-law was in frequent contact with practitioners at her prison, she brought clothes from home to those in need. She bought new clothes for some practitioners that were just released and even gave them money to help them get re-established in society.
My son's family was rewarded for supporting practitioners. My granddaughter's application to study abroad went smoothly. They purchased a condominium of over 80 square meters. I contributed 100,000 yuan to help them out. They both were very grateful to me. I told them, “You should thank Master Li. As I am a Dafa practitioner, all the blessings are bestowed by Master Li.”
Installing Satellite Dishes
My husband and I made many informational materials to let more people know about Dafa and choose a bright future for themselves. In addition, I also worked with another practitioner to install satellite dishes for people to receive the uncensored news televised by New Tang Dynasty television.
Once we got a request, we would get it done in a timely manner, no matter how bad the weather or whether it was in the city, the country, a high rise building, or a ranch house.
Early on New Year's Day 2015, we were on our way to four installation jobs. We had to take public transportation with connecting buses. It took us about two hours to reach our destination, and we had to carry all the heavy parts and tools to install the four satellite dishes. Although the coordinating practitioner arranged for us to stay the night and complete the remaining jobs the next day, we decided to finish all of them on the first day to avoid spending extra money staying overnight out of town.
While there, the neighbor of one of our customers was recovering from surgery for brain cancer. When the neighbor learned about the dish, he and his wife complained and argued that the satellite dish would cause extra radiation which would be harmful to him. They threatened to report us to the police if we didn't stop.
With this unexpected interruption, our customer was concerned that the police might come and find out what the satellite TV was for, which could potentially lead to their arrest and imprisonment. So the customer was about to cancel the installation.
I discussed the situation with the other practitioner and we decided that we had to convince her neighbors it would be fine. We went downstairs and reasoned with them. We said, “The satellite dish receives TV signals, the same as any antenna, which is not harmful to humans. Even without the dish, the TV signal is still there. It will not affect your health.”
After our sincere conversation, they calmed down and agreed to let us install the dish. It was eight p.m. when I returned home. I was surprised to see that my children were waiting for me.
They said, “Today is New Year's Day. We had to wait for you so we could have our family dinner together.” Then they asked, “Mom, you are almost 70. Where do you get the stamina to do all the things you do?”
I told them, “It is from practicing Falun Dafa.” They urged me to be mindful of my health. I smiled and reassured them, “No worries. It may be hard work for me, but when more people know about Dafa and are saved, do you know how happy I will be?” They all laughed with me.
The Oldest and Most Extraordinary Student
I attended a culinary school in October 2015. The registration and classes were on a rolling basis and there were new students coming in and existing students graduating every day.
I first learned traditional baking skills and then continued on to culinary techniques. I was 66 at the time, three years older than my teacher, a retired chef. The principal told me that I was the oldest student in the school's history, yet I looked more than 10 years younger than my teacher.
During the over three months of classes, my teacher praised me frequently: “You are amazing. In your 60s, you are still able to handle the heavy work. It is so extraordinary that you have perfect health.”
I told him, “I enjoy great health because I practice Falun Dafa. I used to suffer all kinds of ailments prior to that. Falun Dafa gave me a healthy mind and body.” I took every opportunity to use my personal experience to tell others about the beauty of Dafa. I helped over 50 people at the school quit the CCP.
With my diligent study and practice, I graduated with excellent grades and was awarded the certificates of Advanced Level (3rd rank) Chef in Chinese Style Baking and Advanced Level (3rd rank) Chef in Chinese Style Cooking.
Master Li has arranged everything, including everything I have been able to achieve. I am merely a small particle in Dafa. In the days ahead, I must remember Master's teachings, and do the three things well.