Memorizing the Fa, Looking Inward, and Awakening People’s Conscience
(Minghui.org) I would like to begin my sharing with a quote of Master's Fa:
“Attaining a human body is so difficult! If a person can truly obtain Dafa, this person is really most fortunate.” (Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun)
I am 69 and started practicing Dafa in March 2014. I am so fortunate to have this unprecedented opportunity to become a Dafa disciple during the Fa-rectification period. I will seize this opportunity and practice Dafa diligently.
I get up at 3:10 a.m. every day, do the exercises, send forth righteous thoughts, and recite the Fa in the morning. In the afternoon, I go out to clarify the truth until 3 p.m. After I return home, I sort out the list of people who agreed to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. Then I read sharing articles by other practitioners on the Minghui website. In the evening, I study and recite the Fa. I send forth righteous thoughts four times a day.
Memorizing the Fa and Improving in Cultivation
“Memorizing Zhuan Falun helps you improve, since both the microscopic part of your body and the human part at the outermost surface are memorizing it together.” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Switzerland)
I used to study one lecture of Zhuan Falun in the beginning. Yet, I felt my improvement was slow. I read many practitioners’ experience-sharing articles on the Minghui website about how they improved quickly by memorizing the Fa, so I decided to memorize the Fa as well.
The process of reciting the Fa is one of eliminating attachments. At first, I wanted to speed up my memorization. However, the more anxious I got, the slower I could memorize. I realized that I was pursuing speed. I had forgotten that the fundamental reason to recite the Fa was to assimilate to the Fa. Only by reciting the Fa from my heart could I assimilate to the Fa. After I realized this, the principles of the Fa unfolded for me. I would suddenly understand a principle when I recited the Fa.
“What is xinxing? It includes de (a type of matter), tolerance, enlightenment quality, sacrifice, giving up everyday people’s different desires and attachments, being able to suffer hardships, and so on. It encompasses various things.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
When I recited the above Fa, I understood why Master asked us to study the Fa more. I also understood that we can improve as long as we study the Fa.
Sometimes, I felt a compassionate field surrounding me when I recited the Fa. I also felt a stream of warmth circulating throughout my body. I truly realized how wonderful and great the Fa is. I became happier, and my mind became clean and simple. I became more compassionate and would measure everything with the Fa. I rectified my thoughts and behavior according to the principles of the Fa. It is so great to have Master. It is so great to cultivate. It is so great to recite the Fa.
Family Helped Me Eliminate Attachments
Because I am retired, my cultivation environment has been my family. I also learned that my family environment was arranged to help me improve my xinxing.
“I’ll tell you a truth: The entire cultivation process for a cultivator is one of constantly giving up human attachments.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
Before cultivation, I was a dominating wife. I always looked down on my husband. I was born into an intellectual family. I had a higher job title and a higher salary than my husband, and I was accomplished at work. At home I did not care about my husband’s feelings. We had a cold war going on in our family for many years.
“Women are strong and smartImpetuous, sharp-tongued, and dominating”(“Yin and Yang Reversed,” Hong Yin III)
This was the case for me before I took up cultivation. After practicing Dafa, I learned that regardless of whether I was at home or in society, I should hold myself to the standards of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance and be a true practitioner. I learned to look inward.
I started to care about my husband, think about him, and respect him. My husband also changed after I improved myself. I found that he had many strengths after I learned to be a better wife. I found he was kindhearted and honest. He would do everything at home as long as he had time. He took self-interest lightly. He prepared breakfast every day after I sent forth righteous thoughts.
Sometimes my husband blamed me for trivial things. For example, he said I should not have put hot food in the fridge or I used too much oil when I cooked. Sometimes I talked back. Sometimes I bit my tongue but still felt upset.
“As a cultivatorOne always looks for one’s own faults’Tis the Way to get rid of attachments most effectivelyThere’s no way to skip ordeals, big or small[During a conflict, if you can remember:]“He’s right,And I’m wrong,”What’s to dispute?(“Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong,” Hong Yin III)
I realized that all these issues were arranged for me to improve myself. When I did not look inward, I lost the opportunity to improve. I realized that I was competitive and attached to saving face. I only wanted to hear compliments from others and looked down on people. I realized that I could not improve if I held onto these attachments.
After I understood this, whenever my husband accused me of something, my first reaction was to look inward. Sometimes I wanted to explain myself, but I could immediately stop and appreciate him for giving me an opportunity to improve. In this way, I constantly eliminated attachments, improved myself, and paid more attention next time and did better. My family became more and more harmonious when I used Dafa to guide myself.
Awakening People’s Conscience During the Pandemic
The CCP virus (coronavirus) broke out suddenly during Chinese New Year this year. I did not know what to do at first.
“No matter what big things are happening, pretend nothing is going on and just go about, as usual, doing what a Dafa disciple should do. This is the path you're taking today, and this is the [legacy of] mighty virtue you are leaving. The path you, the Dafa disciples, take, is how you have to cultivate as dictated by our cultivation way, and it absolutely cannot change with shifts in the ordinary world.” (Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Washington DC Fa Conference)
The CCP virus is another test for all Dafa practitioners. We should do the three things well in accordance with Master’s request. So I still go out to clarify the truth to people in the afternoon. I go out every day and have not stopped for even one day. I asked for Master’s protection before I went out. I asked Master to help me find sentient beings who can be saved. Master helped me because my thoughts were righteous.
There were a few pedestrians on the street. When I saw someone, I would greet them and clarify the truth. Some people asked why I was out during the pandemic. I told them I was out to tell people how to stay safe during the disaster. Many people thanked me.
One Saturday afternoon, I saw a lady answering her phone at an intersection. She was looking for an address and following the directions on her phone, but she was lost. I approached her and told her I could help her out. She gave me the phone, and I figured out the address and then walked her there. On our way, I told her about Falun Dafa and asked her to quit the CCP and its youth organizations. She agreed to quit with the nickname “Happy.”
Now people understand the truth more and more. One day a woman agreed to withdraw from the CCP and said, “Falun Dafa is good. Only the Chinese government does not allow people to practice it.” I said if Falun Dafa had continued to spread in China, there would not have been so much corruption and so many bad social phenomena, because Dafa can help maintain the moral standard in society. I gave her a brochure and asked her to share the information with her family members.
I once told a lady about Dafa while social distancing. She smiled while listening and came up to thank me. She quit the CCP and asked me to lower my voice to protect myself amid the persecution.
I have too many experiences to share with you when I look back at my cultivation process during the past several years. I am fortunate to walk my cultivation path today with Master’s protection. My gratitude to Master is beyond words. Every improvement I made was under the guidance of Master, and every enlightenment was given by Master.
I appreciate Master’s compassion. I appreciate the goodness of Falun Dafa. It is great to have Master! It is great to cultivate.