The Wonderful Changes That Dafa Has Brought Me
(Minghui.org) Master Li Hongzhi said:
“In fact, since you all have the Fa, regardless of whether those Dafa disciples are in touch with others, as long as they know Dafa’s current state of affairs, if they are able to get online and break through the Internet blockade, they will be able to keep up with the current state of affairs, because gods are watching over things.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference”)
I moved to the city that I currently live in ten years ago. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to return to Dafa and have been cultivating by myself since I was not able to get in contact with local practitioners. However, under Master’s benevolence, I have been able to overcome many cultivation tribulations by maintaining my daily Fa study and going on the Minghui website to get the most current news on the Fa-rectification.
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference,” Essentials For Further Advancement)
Studying the Fa is an essential thing that Dafa disciples should do every day. Since I was very determined to study the Fa, I was also able to stay focused very well. I experienced the power of the Fa and a very strong righteous field.
I would like to summarize some of my wonderful and amazing experiences.
Genuinely Studying the Fa
If we are able to genuinely study the Fa, we will experience many changes in ourselves. It became easier for me to find attachments and eliminate them. such as being jealous of my colleagues’ children and comparing them to my child; being bored with students asking the same questions in my classroom; being attached to fame when students would comment on my ability to teach; being attached to showing off my name brand handbags; being selfish, arrogant, and not compassionate when I read practitioners’ experience sharing articles; and always finding excuses for myself. These attachments were very stubborn and would quickly appear if I slacked off in cultivation. I was very troubled by them.
One day I realized that I could easily restrain my attachments and eliminate them if I wanted to. Almost immediately they became very small and weak, and I became very powerful. It was truly a miracle. I enlightened to the fact that when we strengthen ourselves by studying the Fa, our righteous thoughts will also be more powerful. It is truly:
“A person who truly cultivates will gain things naturally without pursuing them. All of the gong and Fa lie in the book, and one will naturally obtain them by reading Dafa. Those who learn it will change automatically, and they will already be in the Dao when they read the book over and over again.” (“Seeking Discipleship with Teacher,” Essentials For Further Advancement)
Genuinely studying the Fa has brought about another change in myself: I became more calm, peaceful, and rational. In the past I was very bold and forceful when clarifying the truth; now I am gentler and rational, reflecting the compassion of a Dafa disciple. I realized that we are not spreading hatred and resentment. On the contrary, we clarify the facts about Falun Dafa to sentient beings. I used to despise and regard the members of “50-cent Party” (paid social media users who censor information and post pro-CCP content) as our enemies. I no longer harbor hatred or resentment and work to achieve the status of how “...cultivators have no enemies,...” (“Turning the Wheel Towards the Human World,” The Essentials Of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
I can now be rational and properly deal with my relationships with the members of “50-cent Party” and understand that they aren’t here to persecute Dafa. Cultivators should always have compassion in their hearts and regard them as sentient beings to be saved.
After I filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin in 2015 for initiating the persecution of Falun Dafa, I was often stopped by police officers. They would ask for my cellphone number and take my picture. I was startled the first time it happened and did not have strong righteous thoughts. Afterwards, I knew I should not cooperate with them and should use my righteous thoughts to counter them. I refused to let them take my picture or give them cellphone number.
I returned to the high-speed rail station again. Upon entering the station, I still felt quite nervous, but I regarded them as sentient beings who have yet to know the truth about Falun Dafa. After successfully entering the station, a young police officer walked towards me. He asked me to take out my national identification card and took a picture of it. Then he timidly asked for my cellphone number. I told him that there was no need to take down my cellphone number. He agreed and walked away peacefully, but I regretted not taking the chance to clarify the truth to him.
Through studying the Fa, I became more compassionate. By eliminating jealousy, the competitive mentality, and the attachment to fame and profit, I was able to experience inner peace. When my Western colleagues from school learned that I practiced Falun Dafa, they said, “No wonder you look so kind and peaceful all the time.” Many of my ordinary friends also liked hanging out with me, saying, “We can always get positive energy from you.”
These were all words of encouragement from my colleagues.
These are the wonderful things I’ve experienced from studying the Fa, and it is truly amazing.
I still have many attachments that have yet to be relinquished, such as fear of suffering, a desire for comfort, being absent-minded when working on a project, being meddlesome, and not cultivating my speech. Only by studying the Fa will I be able to upgrade my xinxing and walk righteously on this path of cultivation.
Let us remember what Master said:
“The only way to gain a good understanding of Dafa is to study it without any intention. Each time you finish reading Zhuan Falun, you have made progress as long as you have gained some understanding. Even if you understood only one point after reading it, you have truly made progress.” (“Learning the Fa,” Essentials For Further Advancement)
“Actually, in cultivation practice you ascend by improving yourself gradually and unknowingly. Keep in mind: One should gain things naturally without pursuing them.” (“Learning the Fa,” Essentials For Further Advancement)