Awakening People's Consciences after Changing My Notions
(Minghui.org) Since July 20, 1999, Falun Dafa practitioners have been subjected to an unprecedented persecution that was unleashed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The people of China were so poisoned by the CCP’s propaganda that some developed hatred for practitioners. In order to clear up people’s misunderstandings about Falun Dafa, practitioners came up with all kinds of ideas, including awaking their consciences by talking to them face-to-face.
I was illegally detained a few times. In the past, I didn’t clarify the truth in person very well because I had great obstacles to overcome. My fear, worries, and attachment to leisure held me back. Oftentimes, I felt I should try to awaken the consciences of those who had predestined relationships with me. I’d plan how to approach people, but due to my fear and hesitation, I lost many opportunities and ended up blaming myself afterward. Occasionally, I’d be courageous enough to talk to people, but I could easily stumble over my reasoning, which made me feel that I hadn’t made myself understood.
After many setbacks, I decided to drop the idea. Yet deep down, I knew this was something that a practitioner was supposed to do; it’s our mission. Master Li has mentioned the urgency of saving sentient beings many times, yet I still couldn’t make a breakthrough in this regard.
Before long, I had a dream that I was taking an exam. When the time was up, I’d only finished the first of two pages. I was so worried that I felt like crying. Then I woke up. I knew Master was giving me a hint since my performance on the exam reflected my current cultivation state. I didn’t clarify the facts to people face-to-face. Wasn’t this my loophole? Master must have been worried about me.
Another Practitioner Gives Me a Hint
A few days later, I went out to run some errands and ran into a fellow practitioner. He looked at me and said with a straight face, “I didn’t think you went out to talk to people about Dafa. Do you?” I was caught off guard but still smiled and replied that I didn’t. Deep down, I felt extremely hurt. What I felt uneasy about for the past many years, didn’t dare to face, and tried to cover up, was pointed out right to my face by this practitioner. To defend myself, I quickly added that I handed out truth-clarification materials in our area and participated in other projects to save people.
Then he said, “Master has mentioned many times the importance of clarifying the truth to people face-to-face, which can be more powerful than handing out brochures, because it facilitates people quitting the CCP. We still need to hand out those materials, but awakening people’s consciences is also very important. During the process, one can eliminate many attachments. I hope you can step forward.”
When I still tried to defend myself by saying that I was really busy last year rescuing a practitioner family member, he asked, “But did you do that before that?” I had to admit to him that I only did it occasionally. He then said, “Saving one person at the beginning of the month, then another in the middle of the month, or even over a few months. Is that what Master wants?”
His every word targeted the place I was most afraid of being touched. Though I didn’t feel comfortable with what he said, I still felt that everything he said made sense. Wasn’t this my true state?
He then smiled and shared with me some of his understandings. He also encouraged me to step forward. Though I appeared to be lighthearted, I felt a bit heavy.
I thought: “It’s time to calm down and begin to look inward. What’s blocking me from stepping forward to awaken people's consciences? It’s selfishness, which has fear behind it. This selfishness only exists in the old cosmos, which is the fundamental reason for the old cosmos needing to be dismantled. If we don’t get rid of it, we won’t be able to go to the new cosmos.”
Why did I still hold onto fear? Seeing that so many practitioners have stepped forward to clarify the truth to people over the past decade, I started to see the gap between myself and them. Then I began to ask for Master’s help to empower me to make the breakthrough.
When I enlightened to this, I began to feel that my whole body was full of energy. I could clearly feel Master’s empowerment, for he instantly removed my fear. My every cell was cheering and there was an incredible sense of joy and relaxation in my heart.
My First Steps in Clarifying the Truth
The next morning after sending righteous thoughts, I headed out with another practitioner to talk to people face to face. On our way, this practitioner shared with me a great deal of experience and pointed out some aspects we needed to pay attention to in our truth-clarification. This inspired me a lot and helped to strengthen my confidence.
Soon enough, I began to chat with someone. I started talking about the Wuhan Virus, how wide-spread and contagious it was, and epidemiologists’ predictions. After he agreed with what I said, I told him how to stay safe. Then I talked to him about quitting the CCP. I made myself understood about why one needed to quit the CCP, covering the basic facts, including the staged self-immolation incident and Dafa spreading throughout the world. In the end, I gave him a delicate Dafa amulet.
He was a nice person and listened to me very attentively. In the end, he decided to renounce his memberships in both the Youth League and Young Pioneers using his real name. When I gave him the amulet, he repeatedly thanked me.
The moment that someone has learned the truth is truly unforgettable. Deep down, I kept thanking Master for arranging for him to be saved. I also understood that Master was encouraging me. In the next 40 or so minutes, I helped two more people renounce their memberships in the CCP.
So, on the very first day, I helped three people quit the CCP. Though the number was small, it truly was a great breakthrough for me, which also enhanced my confidence. The other practitioner said that after I made the breakthrough in my attachments and notions, I was capable of awakening the consciences of people because I had elevated to a higher level.
In the following days, I reminded myself every day to calm my mind to study the Fa well, to send strong righteous thoughts, and to maintain a peaceful mind. All of these pertain to a practitioner’s regular state, and they provide a fundamental guarantee for effective truth-clarification and saving more sentient beings. It’s been nearly two months since I have stepped forward to clarify the facts to people face-to-face with fellow practitioners. On an average day, I can help a few people quit the CCP, with six a day being the most.
There have also been days when I didn’t help anyone quit the CCP. It came down to the fact that I didn’t study the Fa well and my xinxing fell short, which negatively impacted my truth-clarification. After I looked inward and found my issues, I immediately adjusted my mindset and then rectified myself. After that, I carried on and did better.
I truly feel that Master sends people to me with whom I have predestined relationships. Many of them are honest and kind. After learning the truth, some constantly show their appreciation by shaking hands with me. Some have invited me to their homes for a visit. Some have said from the bottom of their hearts, “Sister, what you are doing is for my sake. This is truly a good deed!” Some have also reminded me to pay attention to my safety. I’ve almost been in tears sometimes.
Sure enough, there are some who don’t accept the truth. As soon as I start talking, they wave their hands to stop me and try to get away from me. Some even go as far as to threaten me, and some have tossed away the amulets and cards with information about overcoming the Internet blockade. When I run into such situations, while pitying them, I look inward to see if there are any omissions in my xinxing. I also hope that they will learn the truth later when they get another chance.
Just after I began stepping forward to clarify the facts, I realized that making the breakthrough itself was not hard. It was my notions that made me think it was hard. It was just like a wall blocking my way. When we can’t make a breakthrough, that wall keeps getting taller, and I became increasingly smaller. Looking at that wall, I thought it was impossible to get over it. But when I faced those human notions and attachments, studied the Fa more, and kept eliminating them, I found that I became taller, and the wall gradually faded away.
Actually, Master has laid the path for us and is waiting for us to step forward. I truly appreciate Master so that I could finally make the breakthrough to awaken people’s consciences and save them. A fellow practitioner encouraged me by saying that I was eloquent. I actually knew this myself: Wasn't everything I had given by Master?
One day, someone who learned the truth said something that greatly impressed me. She said, “By just looking at how healthy you are and at your bright eyes, people will feel that Falun Dafa is wonderful.” At times, I felt that when we saved a person, it wasn’t due to how well we spoke but, rather, that they were transformed due to a practitioner’s upright manner and compassionate energy. I hope that practitioners who face the same obstacles can change their notions and quickly step forward, because sentient beings are waiting for us to save them!
A practitioner said to me, “The Fa-rectification is coming to the end. For you to be able to step forward to save people at this time is truly great! Now, every day is so important. Please treasure it.” Saving sentient beings is a practitioner’s mission and a great honor!
I’d like to conclude with Master's poem “Hurry Up And Tell Them,”
“As Dafa disciples clarify the truthSharp swords shoot forth from their mouthsTearing open the rotten demons’ liesLose no time and save them,hurry up and tell them”(Hong Yin Vol. II, Translation Version A)