Truly Cultivating Myself To Save More People
(Minghui.org) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I’m 40 years old and I started practicing Falun Dafa two and a half years ago. Encouraged by other practitioners, I wrote an experience sharing last year, but I did not submit it. When I read it now, it’s full of bragging and ego. I decided to rewrite it and tell you what happened this past year.
I Begin to Practice
I’ve run a second-hand cellphone business for a couple of years. The past 20 years of my life have been full of ups and downs, and I tried many occupations. I often asked myself why I was living. Who am I, and what’s the point of life? Besides cellphones and other necessities, I also carry books about reincarnation.
One day a lady came to have her cellphone fixed. After looking at my book collection, she said, “I have a book that mentions high-level principles. Would you like to take a look?” She showed me the book Zhuan Falun. I wasn’t sure because I was in contact with someone from a religious group. It just so happened that I was in contact with both the Falun Dafa practitioner and a person from a religious group at the same time. I would meet that person one day and Falun Dafa practitioners the next. My work hours were tight, and as a result I read Zhuan Falun very slowly.
Encouraged by the lady from Ulsan, I started to read Zhuan Falun seriously. The more I read, the more I wondered how the author could write about such explicit and high-level principles. I felt I understood what Master was talking about in Zhuan Falun since I was interested in spirituality. I read each word very carefully, and after reading the entire book, I felt as if I found some answers to my life. That practitioner also lent me a couple of other books from Master’s collected Fa teachings.
One winter night, something amazing happened. After reading Master’s lectures for three hours, I completely forgot about how cold it was. I felt all the cells in my body were full of energy. That night, I saw a white, rotating Falun emblem before going to sleep. I enlightened that Master was purifying my body and had given me a Falun.
After five months, I obtained the Fa and started to practice the exercises. As soon as I began practicing the first exercise, my hands and feet felt warm. When I practiced the second exercise, I could feel a Falun rotating in my body and also felt a draft of cold air from the Falun rotating outside my body. When I practiced the fifth exercise, the sitting mediation, the palms of my hands felt heavy and hot. I could feel something lifting my hands and help me maintain the proper position. While practicing the exercises in the winter, I did not wear gloves, yet my hands felt very warm. I knew that Falun Dafa was what I had been looking for.
The longer I cultivate, the more I realized that the principles of Dafa are genuine. I decided to only practice Falun Dafa. I also realized that many of my old notions were incorrect and that many things I’d encountered in the past happened so I could obtain the Fa. I am thankful for that Falun Dafa practitioner for introducing me to Falun Dafa, and I am forever grateful to Master for letting me obtain the Fa.
Comprehending “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.”
In the beginning, I could only meditate for 40 minutes. After two months, I was able to meditate for an hour. Usually the last five minutes were most painful. Before I began practicing, I used to work out. As a result, my muscles were very tight, and when I meditated, I had trouble putting up my legs. I thought of using a rubber band to secure my feet and prevent them from dropping.
The 30-minute version of the fifth exercise consists of six five-minute music sections. When I thought the music was over, I would get ready to put my legs down. When I heard another section start, I felt as if the sky had fallen on me. I remembered what Master said:
“When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
I felt that this sentence in the Fa encompasses a lot and that as a Falun Dafa disciple, I can endure anything. I enlightened that I should have boundless endurance.
After two months, I managed to meditate for one hour. However, one of my legs started to raise up, and it took three months to get it closer to the ground. At this time, I realized I’d been meditating with the wrong leg on top. I had to start all over again. After readjusting my legs, the pain started again.
I remember what Master said:
“This is because we have seen that when the legs are painful, the black substance moves to the legs. The black substance is karma that can be eliminated through suffering; it can then be transformed into de.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun)
I limped for two months. Now I can meditate for one hour and it’s not as painful. I knew I had a lot of karma. I know that Master and Dafa gave me the courage to persist.
Experiencing the Power of Dafa
While driving to the practice site one day, I noticed a taxi speeding through a red light and it was about to hit my car. As I stepped on the brakes, I felt a big force pulling my car back. That taxi skidded for ten meters with a loud screech. I immediately knew that Master had protected me, and I was deeply moved by Dafa’s power. The taxi driver, who was in his 60s, was trembling with fear. That scene is still vivid in my mind.
I did not do well for a period of time in my cultivation, so I met with a bigger tribulation. While waiting for the traffic light one day, I saw an SUV driving directly toward me. It crashed into my car and then hit a third car. The police charged the driver with driving under the influence of alcohol. My car hood was damaged severely and my neck was wrenched, but I felt fine.
The driver’s insurance company contacted me and wanted to settle the case quietly. I only asked them to pay for my car’s damages but did not ask for a personal injury settlement. If I were an ordinary person, I would have been hospitalized and demanded money. When I looked inward to see why this happened, I realized that I was talking to a female coworker in a way that practitioners shouldn’t. Master enlightened me and made use of this car accident to repay my karma. If I did not read Zhuan Falun, I would have gained more karma. Once again, I thanked Master.
Cultivating While Training As a Reporter
After a couple of months, another practitioner encouraged me to train as a reporter for the media. I politely refused because I had no experience. But after I learned that this project can save sentient beings, I changed my mind. I was familiar with cellphones but had never used a computer. We had to fulfill our assignments in a designated time period. Because my writing and typing skills were poor, I often stay up late to write articles. At one point I wanted to quit because I thought this project was not for me.
I remembered what Master said in Zhuan Falun and realized I had many shortcomings. I enlightened that this was an opportunity to improve and upgrade my xinxing. I needed to eliminate my postnatal notions and cultivate myself.
The hypermarket was very busy, and I usually got off work after midnight. As a result, I had even less time to work on articles. I looked inward and realized that Master arranged this path for me to save sentient beings. I decided to persist, and in the end I obtained a certificate of accomplishment in the media reporter classes.
Although the training only went on for six months, I felt the time passed very slowly. Looking back, it was a very good cultivation opportunity for me. I was very happy. I treasured the short time I had to study the Fa. It was a very precious cultivation experience.
Couple Receives Blessings from Dafa
I’ve now worked at the hypermarket in Ulsan for six years and have a steady flow of customers. I realized that this is a place for me to clarify the truth. I placed some pamphlets about Dafa on the counter.
One day a customer visited my store and I clarified the truth to him. That man said that he used to live up in the mountains for a long time and his wife was a cook for a monastery. He said she could hear things in other dimensions. She said that by listening to a monk’s muyu (a muyu is a wooden instrument monks use during rituals) she could tell whether he was truly cultivating. She said that many monks nowadays ask for money so when they do the rituals, their muyu sounds very dull. That man came back, and when he saw how calmly I talked to an arrogant customer, he decided to go home and tell his wife about Falun Dafa.
This couple lives in Gyeongju, and after understanding the truth about Falun Dafa, they began coming to my store. They said, “We’ve seen Falun Dafa practitioners in Haeundae and didn’t understand what it was. After we talked, they realized they had misunderstood practitioners. I realized that in order to validate the Fa, we need to cultivate ourselves from within. Only by following the standards of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance can people around us believe that Falun Dafa is good.
The couple took a paper lotus and hung it on their backpack. They later told me that people often asked them what the lotus was for and that they would tell them about Falun Dafa. One day, the man was admitted to the hospital. I sent him many articles about how people felt better after sincerely saying, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” I also sent him the music, Pudu and Jishi. He began to read Dafa books and say the nine auspicious words. He said he liked listening to the muyu sound in the music and that it sounded very clear.
After Typhoon Maysak came through Gyeongju, the couple came to my store. They said that when the typhoon came, it took many of their belongings. Only their Dafa books and the lotus flower were untouched. They were amazed and grew even more interested in Dafa. They decided to learn the exercises, and the lady immediately felt energy in her hands. When the second typhoon struck, they said that by sincerely saying the nine words, they stayed safe and their power was only out for a short time. The couple thanked me, but I told them that Master Li (the founder of Falun Dafa) was the one who had saved them and that they should thank him. They began to study the Fa and practice the exercises seriously.
Clarifying The Truth at the National Garden
This year, Ulsan’s “Taehwa Bamboo Grove” was nominated as Korea’s Taehwagang National Garden. Naturally many tourists came to visit, and I realized that Master had arranged this opportunity for us to save more sentient beings. I always went on weekends and participated in clarifying the truth.
When the CCP virus began spreading, many people became interested in practicing qigong. They may not be familiar with Falun Dafa, but they know how evil the Chinese Communist Party is. They’ve gradually come to realize that Falun Dafa is good.
We should not leave anyone behind.
“Once this affair is over, however Dafa disciples did during this period of time [will be as it is], and there won’t be a second chance, for the evil will no longer exist. The evil beings have gradually been eliminated to the point that they are powerless, so there won’t be another opportunity for them to test you again or for you to go through that process all over again. However you did will probably be set. Fortunately, this affair hasn’t yet ended. As a Dafa disciple, no matter what setting you are in, you should do well, do even better, and quickly eliminate your shortcomings and the things you shouldn’t have.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference,” Team Blue Translation)
I’ve kept Master’s teachings firmly in mind. There won’t be a second chance. We have to save more sentient beings during this period of time. We need to seriously study the Fa and send righteous thoughts so we can do the three things better.
I started to ask myself if I always looked inward during tribulations, or whether I always held grudges and viewed things from an ordinary person’s perspective. While training for the media, I never once felt tired despite the sleepless nights. Two winters ago, just after I obtained the Fa, I would send righteous thoughts for one hour before studying the Fa for another hour. After sleeping for one or two hours, I would head to the morning practice site. Never did I doze off while practicing the exercises, nor did I feel tired. I am sincerely grateful for Master’s guidance. I feel like I am still lacking and need to look inward more often.
I recently joined a radio and email project to clarify the truth to Chinese people. I’ve wanted to clarify the truth to the Chinese people in Korea and miraculously found a way to contact them. As long as we put in our heart to do things, Master will help us.
The universe is renewing itself, and we have a historic mission to save people. We should remember that any problems or hardships we encounter are opportunities to cultivate ourselves.
I’ve regarded this experience sharing as a mirror for my own cultivation within these past two and a half years. I need to do the three things well, strive to do better as a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple, and be more diligent.
(Presented at the 2020 Korea Online Fa Conference)