Cultivating Solidly in the Remarkable Year 2020
(Minghui.org) 2020 was a remarkable year. It started with the CCP virus (coronavirus) and ended in the chaos of the U.S. Election.
In 2020, I started participating in the RTC platform to clarify the truth to Chinese people, and I made 3,720 phone calls. I usually make about ten calls every day. My experience is that we must cultivate well so we can save sentient beings.
Every Call is an Opportunity to Cultivate
I’ve encountered a variety of people on the phone. Some were impatient. Some were polite but were afraid to listen to the truth. Others remained silent. Some repeatedly hung up the phone. Still others said, “Falun Dafa is good” when they answered the phone. Some accepted the truth and wanted to practice Falun Dafa. I felt that the reactions of people reflected my cultivation status on the day I called them. I usually then looked inward, identified my attachments, and eliminated them.
It is important to maintain a good cultivation status while making phone calls. One day, I studied the Fa and sent forth righteous thoughts longer than usual, and I finished all five sets of exercises before I began making phone calls.
When I made the phone calls that day, it was exceptionally successful. The 16 calls I made all went through. One person I spoke with was an officer at a police station. As soon as I explained why I called him, he said, “Falun Dafa is good!” I encouraged him to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
I explained that it was inevitable that the CCP would be held accountable for its crimes, and that people who were Party members would be implicated for its wrongdoings. I also said that I saw the coronavirus epidemic as a warning from the divine. Countries with close ties to the CCP had been hit the hardest by the outbreak. I told him how the CCP has been persecuting Falun Dafa. The epidemic was targeting the CCP and that it was the beginning of the end for it. He agreed to withdraw from the CCP and thanked me for calling him.
An instructor from a police station once answered my call. He immediately started to curse. When I asked why he was cursing at me, he said he was in a bad mood. He cursed at me for 14 minutes and 55 seconds without interruption.
While he yelled, I tried to maintain a calm mind. As I calmly clarified the truth, his voice became lower and lower. He stopped cursing and then hung up the phone.
I looked inward and found my attachments after I put down the phone. Before I made this phone call, I had a call with my family members. Their tone was not friendly, and I was upset. I knew I needed to adjust my status, so I sent forth righteous thoughts for a while until I calmed down. I realized that I had not eliminated my resentment towards my family. Cultivation is serious. We can only save people when we cultivate ourselves well.
When I was making a call one afternoon, the left side of my face started to hurt. I realized that the bad things in other dimensions were interfering with my phone call, so I immediately denied it in my mind, and I refused to acknowledge the pain. I sent forth righteous thoughts and looked inward, but it didn’t work. Thirty minutes later, the pain became severe. I could not even sit still. I had to put down the phone and seriously look inward. The pain lasted for about eight hours that day.
The next morning, the pain started again after my first call. I realized I could not allow the evil to persecute me this way. I said loudly, “All the Gods, please listen. I am a disciple of Master Li Hongzhi. I am saving people because Master has asked us to do the three things well. You allowed the negative things to persecute me in other dimensions, so I can’t concentrate on saving people now. I can only eliminate all the evil beings that interrupted my making phone calls.” The pain stopped after I had that righteous thought.
“The old forces don’t dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What's key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
I also looked inward and found many attachments. For example, I had the attachment of zealotry when the effect of my call was good. When I looked inward further, I found that I was validating myself instead of validating the Fa. Sometimes I felt uncomfortable if the person was rude to me. I realized this reflected my attachment to vanity. I realized that I only liked to hear nice words, but not any criticism. All these loopholes could invite interference.
Look Inward Unconditionally
I have been studying and reciting the Fa for several years on the RTC platform with other fellow practitioners. We studied one lecture in the morning and recited the Fa for two hours in the evening.
One day, when I got up from the chair after a phone call, I suddenly had a cramp on the outside of my left thigh. It hurt very much. I thought to myself, “This is all an illusion. I won't let this stop me.” I then rode my bike to the library as I had planned.
Two hours later, when I came out of the library, I couldn't ride my bike because of my leg pain, so I had to slowly push my bike to the supermarket. When I walked out of the supermarket, the pain got worse. My foot could not even touch the ground.
I quietly said, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” with each small step I took. I then recited Master’s Fa.
“I’m Li Hongzhi’s disciple, I don’t want other arrangements or acknowledge them”—then they won’t dare to do that. So it can all be resolved. (Teachings Given on Lantern Festival Day, 2003)
In this way, I got home. The trip usually only took four or five minutes by bike, but that day it took me an hour.
When I got home, the pain intensified. It even hurt when I breathed. I had a firm thought that I must not accept this illusion, so I did not go to bed and lie down. I didn’t go to bed as usual until 12:00 a.m. after I sent righteous thoughts. I started to examine my recent behavior and look inward.
I remembered one thing that happened the day before in our Fa study group. Another practitioner suddenly spoke to me in a very rude and impatient tone. I was surprised and wondered why she was treating me that way. I didn’t say anything even though I felt uncomfortable.
I asked myself if this was the loophole. My leg immediately stopped hurting as soon as I realized this. I looked inward further and found that I had an attachment to face and resentment towards that practitioner.
However, after a while, I started to look outward again, “No matter what, she should not have spoken to me that way!” My leg hurt severely as soon as I had this thought. I continued to look inward. I realized that I had an attachment to my ego, and I wanted other people to respect me. My leg immediately stopped hurting.
After a moment, I started to blame her again. My leg hurt again. In this way, I kept identifying my attachments and eliminating them for one hour. The next morning, I woke up with no pain and my body was completely back to normal. From this, I deeply realized that we should look inward unconditionally in cultivation.
“For a Dafa disciple, cultivation is first priority. That’s because if you fail to cultivate well, you will not be able to accomplish what you are to do; and if you fail to cultivate well, your power to save sentient beings will not be that great. And if you cultivate a little worse, then you will view and consider problems in the manner that ordinary people do, which would be still more awful.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
I realized that we must cultivate solidly. Just as a driver must steer the vehicle on the path back home. We will be closer to our real home if we head in the right direction. Sometimes we might deviate from the path. We should detect it on time and resume traveling in the right direction. Sometimes if we find an obstacle in the road, we need to quickly eliminate it. If we find ourselves slacking off, then we should become diligent. Only by looking inward can we find the problems in our cultivation and move forward.
In the year 2021, I will cultivate myself diligently and do my best to save people. I will try my best to keep up with the Fa-rectification.