A Talented Dancer Cherishes the Opportunity to Cultivate and Awaken People
(Minghui.org) I was born into the home of Falun Dafa practitioners in 1998. My mother took me to Beijing to appeal for justice against the persecution of Falun Dafa when I was a year old, and I went out with her to distribute truth clarification materials the following year.
My immune system was very weak when I was young, and I was hospitalized with pneumonia at the age of 5. I was fed through an intravenous drip, and was constantly taking medication. It was an unpleasant experience for a young child.
My mother had me studying the Fa and practicing the exercises by 2005. I finished reading Zhuan Falun within 6 months. When I was practicing the second standing exercise one time I vomited a yellowish mucus-like substance several times, and knew that Master Li (the founder) was cleansing my body. From then on, I no longer needed to take any medication.
My elementary school teacher demanded that every student join the Young Pioneers, one of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s youth organizations. I knew that this wasn’t right, and told my mother when I got home.
We went to my teacher’s house and clarified the truth to her. She was very understanding and said that I didn't have to join the Young Pioneers.
During my Chinese class, the teacher wrote slanderous words on the blackboard against Dafa. When I walked to the front of the class to hand in my work, I erased those words. I was very nervous and afraid that my teacher would reprimand me, but she never even noticed.
My house is a group Fa-study site, and during school holidays young Dafa practitioners would come to study the Fa and practiced the exercises at my home. Sometimes when we got tired I suggested that we play for a bit.
I was interfered with by the old forces during group Fa-study one time. I was so sleepy that I couldn't open my eyes. I suddenly heard a voice say, “What are you doing?”
It startled me and made me alert. When I inquired later as to who asked me the question, they told me nobody said anything to me. Immediately, I realized that Master Li (the founder) was encouraging me to be diligent.
My mother videoed us doing the exercises so that we could watch ourselves and correct our movements. We were practicing the exercises every day and our hearts were very pure.
Learning to Dance
My academic scores were not ideal when I was young. I didn't like doing homework and my teachers were always calling my parents, which made them worry about me.
After watching the First NTD International Chinese Classical Dance Competition, I was in awe. I watched the dancers on stage and thought that they looked divine.
My mother signed me up for a class, and my dance teacher informed us that there was a dance competition coming up. I signed up for a solo piece, and the musical accompaniment was “Ode to the Lotus,” written by a Falun Dafa practitioner.
At the time, my dance was not recognizable as a dance piece as my arms and legs were just flailing about on stage. My teacher was not impressed, but it didn't deter me.
After practicing for several months, I went on stage again for another solo performance. The competition was quite formal and was held in a university hall. I was very nervous so I started to recite:
The pure lotus is born from the FaCompassion spreads its fragrant scentSprinkling the world with sweet dewBlossoming lotuses fill Heaven’s courtyard(“Fragrant Lotus”, Hong Yin II, Translate Version A)
I recited the poem seven times before going on stage. The audience was very quiet, and you could hear the beautiful melody of “Ode to the Lotus” being played. My dance piece went very well and received enthusiastic applause.
My teacher gave me thumbs up as I exited the stage, and I was awarded the first prize. I watched the recording of myself dancing when I got home, and this was by far the best performance I had ever done.
My love for dance has driven me to take dancing seriously. After graduating from elementary school, I was accepted into a dance academy. During my years there, my dance skills were considered above average.
Starting To Cultivate Anew
I lived in a boarding school during my years in the dance academy and gradually started to break away from the cultivation environment I was used to at home. Many bad habits thus started to take hold, and I slowly submerged myself into the big dye vat of everyday society.
I would be playing on my cellphone until the early hours and got easily annoyed. At home, I would scream and yell, slam the doors, and steal money. Sometimes I wanted to destroy whatever I was holding in my hands, just to make me feel better.
“A person is like a container, and he is whatever he contains.” (“Melt Into the Fa,” Falun Dafa Essentials For Further Advancement)
My mother saw that I was in a really bad state and wanted me to move back home so that I could return to the cultivation environment I once had. However, I was very defiant, and said: “I won't move back. Why should I be the only one to commute every day to school? Why do you have to make me look so weird?”
My mother told me about a dream she had: My school was inside a dark cage, and the people in the school were all short and hideous-looking. I was the only one standing tall with some radiance about me, but I was still listless. Several aliens appeared, wanting to harm me, but because I was wearing a golden body armor they weren't able to touch me.
They said that they wanted to play a game with me, and all I needed to do was to stand still. As soon as I heard the words “play a game” I cooperated with them and stood still. They began to bind me with metal chains from the bottom up. I was very happy playing with them at first, but when the chains reached my neck they said that they didn't want to play anymore, and wanted to strangle me. I tried to resist but I couldn’t move. My mother saw me and started to send righteous thoughts. The aliens then became smaller and smaller until they disappeared.
After listening to this frightful dream I agreed to move back home, which helped me to regain a cultivation environment. Although I was not as diligent as before, I still persisted in studying the Fa every day.
Clarifying the Truth
My sister later started dance lessons, and we entered various competitions. We used the music from the NTD dance competitions and choreographed our own pieces. We would often be awarded first place.
We were also hired to dance at special occasions such as weddings or birthday parties, and would use these events to clarify the truth to people. For example, we would prepare exquisite gifts for everyone, and put truth-clarification materials inside. People seemed really happy to receive them. Once, we gave out over 300 informational materials about Falun Dafa. My sister and I used our dance skills on stage to awaken each sentient being in the audience, hoping that they would understand the goodness of Dafa and their conscience would awaken.
Master Turns Back Time
While at the dance academy, a friend of mine learned that I practice Falun Dafa and started to treat me differently. She would talk behind my back with other classmates and isolate me from all my other friends. While I was in the bathroom one day, she asked me directly: “Do you practice Falun Dafa?”
Fear struck me at that moment, and I exclaimed, “No, I don't!”
I was extremely remorseful when I got home and told my mother. She said that I should write a solemn statement and say that I regret that I lied. After writing the statement, I hid it in my dorm. Somehow, my roommate got hold of it. Although I was still scared, this time I did not deny that I was a Falun Dafa practitioner. I took the statement home and my mother posted it online.
After a period of time, it seemed as if nothing had happened and my schoolmates treated me no differently than before. It was as if Master had turned back time, and I even became best friends with the classmate that isolated me from everyone.
I invited her over to have a meal before our graduation, and mustered up the courage to talk to her about Falun Dafa. Although she did not want to quit the Young Pioneers and Youth League, two of the youth organizations of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), she agreed with what I told her.
Clarifying the Truth to a Taxi Diver
I was once listening to Minghui radio at home and heard about young practitioners talking about Dafa face-to-face with people.
While I was in the taxi going back to school, I thought about what I'd heard on the radio and decided to talk to the taxi driver. I could hear my nervous heartbeat and worried about what the taxi driver would do. I plucked up the courage and decided to give it a try.
I said, “Mister, do you know Falun Dafa?”
The taxi driver looked at me in the mirror, and replied, “Falun Dafa? Yes, I’ve heard about it.”
I asked: “Did anyone ever tell you about it?”
He replied: “No. Why don’t you tell me about it.”
I started to chat with him and felt less nervous as I was talking.
I talked about Falun Dafa, and that it is practiced in many different countries around the world because people are attracted by its principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I also told him about the CCP's persecution of the practice, the staged self-immolation on Tiananmen Square, and the large rock with the words “Chinese Communist Party perishes” on it. The taxi driver nodded in agreement with what I was saying.
I also told him about the CCP's corruption and criminal history and asked if he would like to quit the Communist Party.
He agreed to use his real name to quit, and said: “This is the first time I’ve seen a young person like you addressing an issue like this.”
When we arrived at my school, I took out my keepsake and gave it to him: “I want you to have this. Please cherish it! Recite the nine special words printed on it, and it will save you from danger!”
“Thank you! Thank you!” he said, as he happily accepted the keepsake.
When I got home, I told my mother what happened and she was really happy. No words could describe the happiness I feel from the bottom of my heart! I built up my confidence after my interaction with the taxi driver.
Master created this environment for us to awaken sentient beings. Everything has been arranged for us, we just need to be proactive and make the best use of our time to cultivate ourselves.
Acknowledge our mistakes immediately, look inward, and don’t leave behind any regrets!