Saving People Through Social Media and Cultivating Myself
(Minghui.org) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
Because so many people communicate through social media these days, we decided to use it to promote our media. I realized that a certain social media has a huge platform, 2 billion active users. My personal understanding of this is: Why are so many people using social media? I felt this platform existed for us to use to save them, so I decided to participate in this truth-clarification project.
Besides my work in media, I also clarify the truth on chat platforms. When I encountered great difficulties, I thought: Why should I bother since I was already very busy? However, I felt that since I was already familiar with social media, maybe it was arranged for me to join this project so I could save a large number of people. I decided to continue. I became very busy. Luckily my project for clarifying the facts on chat platforms has other practitioners to take care of the technical aspects as well as the coordination.
I wasn’t familiar with the popular social media we decided to try, so it was almost as though I went back to the university to earn an unfamiliar degree. I began by following veteran users to learn from them. I also studied on my own and practiced a lot. After a few years I learned a lot and felt that I mastered the technology.
I came to the understanding that truth-clarification and one’s cultivation go hand in hand, since one’s cultivation state directly impacts the outcome of one’s truth-clarification. If one’s cultivation state is not good, then one may incur a great of deal of interference from the old forces and would easily be interfered with.
Setting up an account was my first big step, since one’s account is the most fundamental and important step. It’s just like generals and soldiers on the battlefield. The old forces don't want us to make any effort, but if we try we can save a lot of people. I was met with a lot of interference, and the media platform constantly began changing its rules. One time, almost all my accounts were blocked, mostly for no reason. My understanding was that the old forces were interfering behind the scenes.
We used social media to clarify the truth on a grand scale. Because we intended to save thousands of people, we encountered interference. Some examples were, when the sharing among groups went very well, my account was blocked. When the direct broadcasting was going well, my main pages were restricted. Every time we came up with better approaches and were ready to launch it on a mass scale the platform changed its policy, so our plan couldn’t be executed.
Every time we ran into big problems, we’d always look for reasons within our cultivation and increase sending forth righteous thoughts. Now that Fa-rectification has come to the very end, our project has reached its peak as well. Our video on the social media platform can be viewed by an average of 0.1 billion people per month, with mostly positive feedback. Many people left us messages to show their interest in learning Falun Dafa and asked us where they could learn.
After the video of The Ultimate Goal of Communism was broadcast, several Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spies began attacking us. This has recently subsided. The number of clicks on these truth-clarification videos can range from a few hundred thousand to a few million, or even a few hundred million. When we were able to spread the video effectively, it had a good effect.
Participating in this has also been a cultivation process for me. I’d like talk about how I’ve been able to eliminate my attachments.
WhenWe Truly Let Go of Ego, The Fa Gives Us Wisdom
“I don’t agree with the teachers who claim that unvirtuous people are prone to doing wrongful things when they get supernormal powers. That’s not the case at all. Those who are unvirtuous or don’t try to become better people will never gain such powers. The closest thing to it would be cases where someone with good character gets powers somewhere along the way but doesn’t handle it well, and does something inappropriate. But his powers will be weakened or even lost if he abuses them. And any such loss would be permanent. Yet the more serious risk is that he would get attached to them.” (The Second Talk, Zhuan Falun)
Since we could save a large number of people on this platform, I knew that I had to be compassionate and humble. When I adjusted my mindset, practitioners who had technical backgrounds helped me. Everything they taught me was top-notch technology, and I managed to easily pick it up. From this I deeply felt that one should not have attachments to one’s ego, a show-off mentality, or the attachment to fame. My understanding is that gods would either help us or prevent us from obtaining the wisdom, depending on our mindset.
NeverGiveUp When EncounteringDifficulties
“In some cases our practitioners give up as soon as there’s a bump in the road. But that doesn’t cut it. How will you overcome challenges without perseverance? You are saving people. So you have to do everything you can think of to save them, to rescue them.” (“2018 Fa Teaching Given in Washington, D.C.” Team Yellow Translation)
Every time we ran into difficulties, we’d examine our cultivation, send righteous thoughts more frequently, and try to come up with new approaches. Through our persistent efforts, we were finally able to find the solution. If we didn’t persist, our project would have been halted. When my accounts and the main pages I managed were blocked, I did not give up. I stuck with it and made a breakthrough.
Eliminating My Attachments
Three years ago, I quit my job and joined our media as well as truth-clarification projects. I became very busy. I took on multiple roles and some days I worked ten hours. When I was very tired and my cultivation state wasn’t good, I’d think, “Why do I have to make myself exhausted?” I no longer feel this way. My understanding is that everyone’s path is different, this is my cultivation path. Working harder is part of my cultivation. While working on these projects, many of my deeply hidden attachments were exposed. I’d like to share how I eliminated my attachments and my understanding of the Fa.
Jealousy cam manifest in many ways, such as having a show-off mentality, a competitive mentality, looking down on others or feeling unbalanced. In the projects that I'm part of, many practitioners have better technical expertise or they're more effective in clarifying the truth. I asked myself, “Wasn’t my feeling unbalanced a manifestation of jealousy? Later, as soon as I caught this thought of feeling uneasy, I’d suppress it. By doing this repeatedly, my jealousy was gradually eliminated. I could feel genuinely happy for others when they did well, or sincerely work with others by helping them when they didn’t do well.
Getting Rid of My Resentment
When I feel others have a negative attitude towards me I can keep quiet on the surface. Deep down, however, I still want to avoid him. Later I realized that my reaction was a form of resentment. Through Fa study, I came to understand that if I don’t have compassion, then I can’t reach consummation. An ordinary person can’t be a practitioner’s enemy. The same goes for fellow practitioners.
“You are all fellow practitioners. Do you think you’re enemies? You are here on this earth working toward the same goal of saving people, so you should be the closest of kin and be helping one another. Do you find someone annoying? That person’s outward appearance and behavior are only what’s present here in this human world. Weren’t all of you originally divine? I don’t think your divine side would possibly find someone annoying. You need to view things as a cultivator.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the New York Fa Conference Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dafa’s Spreading” Team Yellow Translation)
We have compassion for ordinary people, and we should treat our fellow practitioners the same way. When I truly managed to cultivate that state of mind, I felt happy. If we can maintain a heart of compassion, the skies become open and boundless. One needs to be tolerant of others and view things from their standpoint.
Remembering to Unconditionally Look Inward
When I ran into issues at work and other practitioners pointed them out to me, I felt uneasy, and tried to look outwards. Later after having been constantly reminded by other practitioners, I can now look inward when an issue arises.
“Some people appear to be quite diligent as they cultivate, studying the Fa and doing the exercises, but they don’t look within. But if you don’t look within, think about it, aren’t you an ordinary person then? Does any ordinary person look within? Which ordinary person can look within? Suppose someone tries to reflect on where he did wrong in any disagreement he comes across, and apologizes to the other party after figuring things out,...” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”)
For one to be able to look inward when problems arise is the fundamental difference between a practitioner and an ordinary person.
Appearing to be diligent doesn’t count, one has to work on one’s xinxing.
“What a cultivator cultivates is none other than him or herself. The outside pressures that Dafa disciples face are tests as well as opportunities to be more diligent, while the internal conflicts and pressures among Dafa disciples are, likewise, tests and opportunities to be more diligent.” (“A Congratulatory Letter to the Fa Conference of Europe”)
Through continuous Fa-study and talking with others, I now have a deeper understanding of what it means to look inward. One needs to do it unconditionally. When other practitioners point out my problem, even though their tone may be harsh, their intention is to help me improve. I also realized, when I didn’t do well and a conflict arises, this could be a hint to me to show me that I need to look inward. When I examine myself, whether I’m at fault or not is not important. What matters most is that I need to identify those attachments I haven’t eliminated, which caused the conflict. Nothing is trivial in our cultivation. We need to unconditionally eliminate all our attachments before can reach consummation.
Remembering To Be Humble
“Some are more capable when it comes to one thing, others with another--you definitely shouldn't let your thoughts run wild based on that. You say that you have such great abilities and so on and so forth, but that was all bestowed upon you by the Fa! Actually, it wouldn't work if you failed to attain that level of abilities. Fa-rectification required your wisdom to reach that point, so you definitely shouldn't think that you're so capable. Some practitioners want me to check out their abilities and skills. But actually, what I think is, all of that was given by me, so there's no need to look.” (Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Lantern Festival)
Some of us may think that we are very capable: “I’m a coordinator, I can do such and such that others cannot do.” We know from the Fa that any abilities we have are bestowed on us by Master, it’s an arrangement. This arrangement is for us to cultivate so we can save sentient beings. For me, it’s good to be humble, it also helps for me learn from others. I truly came to this realization while I participated in truth clarification projects. If one is humble and open to suggestion, one can learn more effective ways of clarifying the facts.
Remembering That Everything We Do Is To Save People
I heard one practitioner talk about going through illness karma elimination. He had trouble breaking through it, so he went to hand out Shen Yun flyers. His motive was not pure, it was for himself, so his efforts did not achieve good results. Later he began clarifying the facts to government officials. This time he didn’t think about his situation, but only wished to save them. He worked hard each day until 9 p.m., when the MP office closed. Afterwards he realized that he was no longer “sick”. During the 2019 New York Fa conference, one practitioner said something similar. He said that when something happens our first thought should be to save people. The basis of the beings in the old cosmos is selfishness, whereas Falun Dafa practitioners are altruistic. My personal understanding is that our starting point and basis of all we do should be to save people.
This page in history is about to turn. In a sharing article on the Minghui website a practitioners reminded us that sentient beings in the universe are watching us, time is so precious for our practitioners. We should seize the time, every minute and second. During so many years of cultivation and truth-clarification, practitioners have built up a lot of good experience, let us walk steadily on the final leg of the journey and do the things we are supposed to do well.
I’d like to conclude my sharing with Master’s Fa, “Strive to spiritually perfect yourselves, do your utmost to show what you are made of as you strive to save all lives, and try to do even better!” (“Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference” Team Yellow Translation)
Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
Thank you Master!
(Presented the 2019 Canada Fa Conference)