Why Couldn't I Bear to Read Persecution Articles?
(Minghui.org) I once got frightened after reading an article on the Minghui website about how a person who was deceived by the Chinese regime’s propaganda called the police and reported a local practitioner who had talked to that person about Falun Dafa and the persecution. I made a mental note to myself to not ever go near the place where he was reported.
One day I met the practitioner mentioned in the article. After we talked, I realized that the article only talked about how terrifying and irrational the person who reported him was – he even demanded that the police arrest the practitioner’s family member who was with him at the time.
But what the article didn't mention was how the practitioner handled the situation with strong righteous thoughts. He clarified the truth to the police and they left without arresting him. The person who reported the practitioner also understood and stopped behaving irrationally.
At that moment I realized that the article not only exposed the evil but also contained elements for me to cultivate. I asked myself if, as I read that article, did I face the evil with my righteous thoughts or human notions?
From then on, I was able to read persecution articles on Minghui without fear. I only worried about the perpetrators and their future. I asked myself what I could have done to save them in those situations. The only way would be to study the Fa teachings well and send righteous thoughts and become a true Dafa disciple.
This year, the practitioners in my area started to send righteous thoughts in close proximity to the local prisons, detention centers, and brainwashing centers to eliminate the evil elements in those places. A few months later, many practitioners felt that sending righteous thoughts near those areas also helped cleanse their own dimensions. As a result, they did better in Fa study, doing the exercises, and clarifying the truth.
On the other hand, if we'd only sent righteous thoughts in an attempt to shut those places down, it wouldn’t work, because we would only be targeting the superficial manifestation of the persecution without touching the evil elements in other dimensions.
“If every Dafa disciple can think and act righteously as he goes about things and can look at things with righteous thoughts under any circumstance, none of you will become afraid when facing persecution. If that is how you are, who would dare to persecute you! If a person is completely in the Fa no one can touch him. Isn't that having the ability to protect yourself?” (“Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005”)
We should pay special attention and eliminate our notions acknowledging the existence of dangerous places, the persecution, and the subtle fear related to the persecution. We must understand why the persecution came into being and how we should face it in our cultivation.
When we no longer acknowledge the persecution or the prisons in our hearts, then the prisons won't be able to detain us anymore.