Eliminating Fear and Raising Awareness During the CCP Virus Epidemic
(Minghui.org) I live in a township near Wuhan, Hubei Province and I began practicing Falun Dafa in 2010. Before the epidemic began I did little to tell people about Falun Dafa or the persecution.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, nearby Wuhan was put under lockdown on January 23, 2020. I finally realized that this infectious disease must be severe. Our county was placed under lockdown two days later.
I was always busy with my business and never had time to browse Minghui.org before. But now I had a lot more time at home due to the lockdown.
I studied the Fa together with five local practitioners each afternoon at the end of January. When I read, “Deciphering the Last Three Stanzas of the Plum Blossom Poem” in Essentials for Further Advancement II, I suddenly enlightened that time was running out. I still needed to improve my character. I also hadn't clarified the truth to many relatives and friends.
My eyes filled with tears and I thought, “Master, I'm worried. Now that my business is closed I finally have time. I want to assist you and help save people!”
Making Up for Lost Time
Master must have seen my wish and arranged my relatives and friends to get in touch with me, and I contacted others. I clarified the truth to them and advised them to quit their membership of the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
Those who hadn't done it before agreed to quit the CCP. I sent them Minghui articles about the current epidemic and ancient prophecies such as Plague Predicted in the Ming Dynasty by Liu Bowen.
I asked them to share the information with their relatives. As a result, their family members also quit the CCP. I told them that many people feel they've been blessed when they say, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
Some fellow practitioners reminded me to pay attention to safety when I used online chat programs. They warned me that my account could be closed. I wasn't afraid. I felt that since I used the programs to raise awareness and the internet police saw my messages, they would understand. I helped dozens of people quit the CCP.
One day, another practitioner pointed out, “We can't just sit at home like this. We need to distribute information and clarify the truth.” But the township and surrounding areas were all barricaded, and we didn't have the resources to print flyers and booklets in large quantities.
We got help from another practitioner who printed over 200 copies of a one-page article, “How to Help Yourself During the Plague”. She suggested each of us distribute them in our own neighborhoods.
When I went out to distribute the printouts I felt something was wrong. As I placed the information in front of people's doors, I wondered if the papers would actually be picked up or read. My mentality of fear rose so I returned home after posting some stickers.
“The fact is, those who can’t step forward, regardless of the excuse, are concealing fear. Yet for cultivators, fear or lack thereof proves [one’s] humanity or divinity, and it is what differentiates cultivators from ordinary people. It is something that a cultivator must face, and the biggest human attachment that a cultivator must remove.” (“Study the Fa Well, and Getting Rid of Attachments is Not Hard” in The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
I realized I had a fear that it would be hard to talk with people face-to-face and raise awareness.
A practitioner phoned me a few days later and asked me to come to her home. She said that people didn't take any printed materials fearing they'd contract the virus. Also, there were few people on the streets.
She suggested we post stickers with printed messages on the entrances to residential buildings. We posted stickers and talked with passersby who were out shopping for daily necessities. We also talked with the security people who stood at entrances and checkpoints. We gave them the article and asked them to remember the phrases. Most of them accepted what we said and thanked us.
I knew as long as we had righteous thoughts, Master would strengthen us and arrange for people to meet us. By talking face to face and distributing information with the other practitioner, my fear gradually lessened.
The situation in our area became worse after 20 days of lockdown. People were not allowed to leave their homes. Only special volunteers were allowed to go shopping and deliver necessities to residents. It was even said that drones would be used to monitor whether people were outside.
Anyone found walking on the streets or going shopping without permission would be detained for 14 days. It was hard for us practitioners to meet.
Since all the main roads were being monitored, we switched to walking on small side roads to distribute printouts. I even posted stickers on a wall that local residents must pass to discard trash.
“What are you posting there?” A lady on the second floor called out from her window.
“I'm posting information about how to stay safe during this plague,” I said. “Did you want to read it? I can come upstairs and show you.” She agreed. She was one of my former customers.
I told her how millions of Chinese have already quit the CCP and I advised her to quit it. I also told her that many people feel they've been blessed by saying, “Falun Dafa is Good. Truthfulness Compassion Forbearance is Good.” She agreed to quit the Party.
I felt that Master helped eliminate my fear. Master said:
“If your righteous thoughts are strong enough, who would dare to do something? So if you are in the right, Master can resolve anything. But if you don’t act righteously, what can Master do? Tell me, if you yourself haven’t done things right and yet Master clears away those [old force] beings, could that be acceptable? If you haven’t done well and whenever you have tribulations we eliminate those beings for you, then who would we be saving?” (“20th Anniversary Fa Teaching” in Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
During this special period of time, practitioners must diligently raise awareness and not fear contracting the virus. There is limited time left. We must study the Fa well, send righteous thoughts and clarify the truth to the public.