(Minghui.org) I had a carefree childhood, which allowed me to be happy, active, and extroverted. I enjoyed art, music, and sports. My mother suddenly passed away when I was 16, which made me feel deep sorrow. I withdrew, and became introverted. At home, I worked hard and assumed all of the household chores. My father was in a bad mood all the time and kept giving me a hard time. Thus, I felt tired and hopeless.
After I got married, I was bothered by insecurity. Within just a few years, my health declined, and I was diagnosed with heart disease, arthritis, and felt neck pain. I did not really care much about my health, which prevented me from seeking treatment.
A relative gave me the main book of Falun Dafa – Zhuan Falun – in 1998, which I was not sure I could read, given my poor health. He told me that if I had a predestined relationship with Falun Dafa, then I could read it. If not, he asked me to just return Zhuan Falun to him.
When I read Zhuan Falun, I truly enjoyed it. In discussing the principles, Zhuan Falun was simple to understand and the thoughts were easy to follow. Shortly after I began to cultivate, I returned to good health, and no longer gave my husband a hard time. We lived a harmonious life.
When the persecution was initiated in 1999, I lost my cultivation environment and felt a sense of pressure. Two local practitioners were arrested because they refused to give up their faith.
When the police came to my home, I was at work. My mother-in-law was scared to death. I told the head of the village: “I am responsible for my own actions, don't come to my home to scare my family.”
On my way to work the next day, they arrested me and took me to the police station. A middle-aged policeman asked me: “Did you watch the 'Tiananmen Self Immolation'? What do you think about that?” I calmly replied: “Maybe I should call you a big brother, since you must have more life experiences than I. There were many similar stories during the Cultural Revolution. They had to find an excuse to persecute people, right?”
“Maybe you want to know my story,” I said. “I used to suffer from all sorts of illnesses, I had a hot temper, and nobody dared to cross me. I did not pay any tax for our farm products for many years. After I began practicing Falun Dafa, my health improved, and I also began to follow the Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I went to the village head and paid all my outstanding taxes of the past years.” The village secretary nodded his head in agreement.
I continued, “I will practice Falun Dafa until the end of time – no one can change that.” No one harassed me after that.
I was arrested in December of 2009 when I was clarifying the truth about Dafa to people. I was sentenced to a three-and-a-half year prison term. During those agonizing days, Master protected and sheltered me. I did not feel any pain when I was shocked with an electric baton and beaten.
One morning when I woke up, I heard a noise from across the hall. An inmate told me that the inmates were beating a Falun Dafa practitioner all night long. I asked why. They said that it was because she was doing the Dafa exercises. I thought I had to tell them that they could not persecute Falun Dafa practitioners at will, and keeping them from committing sins against Dafa was an act of compassion.
I went to see the most vicious inmate, and asked her what was going on last night. Before she could answer, an inmate from across the hall showed up, and I asked her why there was such a ruckus last night. She told me that they all beat the Falun Dafa practitioner last night, and I asked why. She said it was because she was exercising and disturbed them.
I said: “How could she bother you with her exercising? There is never any noise when one does the exercises, but when you beat her up, you disturbed us all! Should we all beat you because you made a noise? Which law allows you to beat others at will? Who gives you the right to beat others? I will report all of you. No one can reduce a prison sentence by beating others!” She got scared and left.
The warden showed up and asked what was going on. I told her that those inmates across the hall beat up a Falun Dafa practitioner last night. She asked whether I saw that myself. I told her that I did not see it, but was told about it. She took me to her office and showed me a closet full of torture devices. She threatened to use them on me.
I replied calmly: “Why would you beat me? For reporting to you the situation last night? I did not violate any rules or regulations. Just because you have torture devices doesn't mean you can use them at will. In that case, can the military indiscriminately kill innocent people just because they have guns?” She softened her tone: “If you do not pursue this, I will let you eat with your family next time when they come.”
I told her that I would pursue this to the end, whether I had a family visit or not. She told me to shut up and ordered me to go to work. Several days later, I learned that a guard named Liu, who instigated the beatings, was removed from the job.
I tried to save the guards, but if they demanded that inmates beat Falun Dafa practitioners, I reported them. If they forced others to watch video slandering Falun Dafa, I clarified the truth to them. Before they searched the living quarters, I wrote truth-clarification letters and put them in my diary. Gradually, the guards no longer ordered inmates to beat Falun Dafa practitioners or played the DVD with defamatory information about Dafa. Some guards even secretly quit the CCP and its youth organizations.
After I was released from prison, I again did the three things. While working with other practitioners, I discovered many attachments, such as jealousy, the mentality of fighting, showing off, looking down on others, and so on. I kept looking within, exposed my shortcomings, admitted my mistakes, and was determined to get rid of those human attachments.
After many years, I resolved my conflicts with other practitioners. My home life became more harmonious, and my husband is more supportive of my practicing Falun Dafa.
I will continue to cultivate solidly, pay attention to every thought and measure myself with the Fa principles, as well as walk the last leg of my cultivation path well.