The Environment Changes When You Put Your Heart into Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I started cultivating Falun Dafa in April 2011, and over the past nine years, many of my illnesses disappeared and I became energetic. I have learned how to look inward and improve my xinxing. During the process, I have experienced the power of Falun Dafa, including changes to my physical environment. In the process of cultivating I feel the solemnity and sacredness of Dafa and the boundless compassion of Master.
In the past, I focused more on doing things, and not on improving my character. I had strong attachments to personal gain and sentimentality for my son. During these tests, I took a big detour and brought difficulties to our family.
In 2015, my mother-in-law developed terminal cancer. Her salary card was taken by my husband’s third sister. We had to borrow money for my mother-in-law to see the doctor because we still owed money after we'd bought a house and had it renovated. My husband even said that he would sell the bungalow if we did not have enough money. My heart was not moved by him saying this and I felt that my attachment to self-interest was not strong at all. Two months later, my mother-in-law passed away.
At one point my son was opposed to me practicing Falun Dafa. Later he started to practice, but because of a strong pull toward worldly things, he quit practicing. I spoiled him and he started to play video games. If I spoke with any human attachment and emotion, he would get mad at me and sometimes even throw things. When I became defensive and quarreled with him, Master would hint at me in my dream. I realized that my child was helping me eliminate karma and improve my xinxing. I stopped arguing with him and felt compassion for him. I reminded myself that I am fortunate to have the opportunity to improve through this tribulation.
When the bungalow was being demolished prior to our building a new home, my husband’s third sister asked me three times to give her the original real estate certificate so she could try to get more compensation. I didn’t give it to her and told her we should not take advantage of others and that we should only get compensation based on the size of the house. This made her angry and she took it out on my husband. After hearing this, all my attachments to self-interest and competition were exposed because I started to think about when we bought the bungalow four or five years after we got married, how my husband didn’t have enough money, and how I borrowed money from my mother, including for the cost of remodeling.
For over three years, I fought with my sister-in-law using an ordinary human mindset, which caused the conflict to grow. Due to my attachment to self-interest, my son spent more than 100,000 yuan on computer games. He had just worked for one year without being paid. In addition, my company owed me one year and four months of wages and my retirement procedure had been delayed for over a year.
I realized that I must have problems in my cultivation. I contended with people for self-interest and was taken advantage of by the old forces. So they persecuted me and my family financially. I realized that I must change my notions and conduct myself according to the standards of a cultivator. They are committing bad deeds, accruing karma, and have not been saved yet, so they are most pitiable. I realized that my husband’s sister was helping me improve my xinxing, and I should thank her.
Every day I studied the Fa a lot and sent righteous thoughts. I tried to let go of the emotion towards my son and believed Master would take care of him. I tried to get rid of human attachments such as self-interest, an unbalanced mind, the competitive mentality, wish to avoid criticism and feeling wronged, etc. I paid attention to each thought that appeared in my mind. I sent righteous thoughts to eliminate any thought that did not meet the standard of the Fa as soon as it emerged. I conducted myself according to Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and relinquished selfishness. I tried to be considerate of others and repay grievance with kindness.
I told myself that the house was just a matter for ordinary people and it had nothing to do with me. I should just let my husband and my father-in-law handle this. Master’s Fa appeared in my mind:
“It does not make you actually lose anything in terms of material benefits. Instead, you are to temper your xinxing amidst the material benefits of everyday people. What is truly upgraded is your xinxing.” (Lecture Six, Zhuan Falun)
My husband’s third sister stayed at his other sister’s home to recover after surgery. I let go of the resentment I felt towards her and invited her to my home for dinner. I made dumplings, which made her very happy. My husband said we should give them some money after the house was sold and I agreed. When my attachment to self-interest was weakened, I felt relaxed physically and mentally, so that Master was able to take away the bad matter in another dimension.
When I got rid of the attachment to sentimentality, self-interest and competition, my son stopped playing video games and started to listen to Master’s Fa. When people sent him gifts at work, he would exchange them for money and ask me to use the money to make truth-clarification materials to save people. He also conducted himself according to the Fa. His first-year salary was delayed for five years and finally he was given a retro payment of 50,000 yuan.
The bungalow couldn’t be demolished for two years because a family member refused to move out. Later, they moved out and the house was demolished and construction on the new building started this spring. As long as we only follow the path arranged by Master and we oppose the old forces' arrangement, Master will stand up for us.
On the afternoon of July 10, 2020, after I got home from Fa study, I found a missed call so I called back. It was a team leader from the Bureau of Legal Affairs telling me to go fill in and sign a form the next day. I knew that they would pressure me to sign a guarantee statement. I told him that I didn’t have time as I needed to take care of patients, and I was adamant that I wouldn’t sign it either. He threatened that if I didn’t sign the form, they wouldn't process my retirement procedure. I said, “If I sign it, it will harm you. So I can’t sign it, for the sake of your life.” He urged me to sign it several more times.
A colleague texted me, asking me to sign the form and to consider the overall situation and think about the company. I didn’t return his message.
On the morning of July 12, I texted the team leader: “I will go to the office next Monday morning but I will not sign the form. Please tell them, for their peace of mind, I can’t sign.” Around 3 p.m., I got a call from the team leader who informed me that there was no need to go to the Bureau of Legal Affairs. He also explained that it was the director’s idea.
I sent a text message to the director the following Monday morning: “If I sign it, it will harm you. It’s up to you whether or not you process my retirement procedure. Good is rewarded with good and evil meets with karmic retribution. Since ancient times, giving a monk a bite of food has enabled people to accumulate infinite merit, and your choice determines your future.” The director didn’t reply to my message.
Two days later, the team leader called me: “You can come in to process your retirement papers tomorrow.” I told him that he shouldn’t cooperate with the police to persecute Falun Gong, as it would be bad for him. He said he understood. I later clarified the truth to the team leader and the director and helped them quit the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations.
After I went to the office and signed the retirement processing form, I found the director and gave him a set of truth-clarification materials. I told him, “Director, you asked me to sign a form. Practicing Falun Gong is legal. But the verbal order from the Political and Legal Affairs Committee, public prosecutors and legal personnel is illegal.”
The director said, “We don’t care what you do and we are just letting you know. It won’t affect your salary.” I gave him a USB stick with truth-clarification materials and he accepted it.
On August 18, my colleague called me to pick up the retirement certificate and told me my retirement salary would be deposited into my account on the 20th of the following month. I thanked her.
Recently, my son sold two electronic games for 12,000 yuan and the money was used to pay off debts. Every night after getting off work, he listens to Master’s lectures and reads the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. His overall expression is now one of kindness. This is the power of Dafa.
When we let go of sentiment, attachment to profit, selfishness, and are considerate of others, when we look inward and get rid of human attachments, the persecution will disintegrate.
“When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find, “After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
In every little thing, we should be strict with ourselves and cultivate our every thought. After getting rid of human attachments, karma is eliminated and everything, including the physical body, changes for the better. We will further experience the beauty of cultivation and be more convinced that Dafa is omnipotent. When we truly cultivate ourselves, all kinds of miraculous changes happen around us. I want to constantly get rid of attachments, cultivate myself well, and go home with Master.