California: Finding Falun Dafa in Fremont
(Minghui.org) Although Julie had heard about Falun Dafa 20 years ago, it wasn't until January 2021 that the wish to practice blossomed: “I want to find Falun Dafa and start practicing.” A friend had told her that Falun Dafa practitioners often practice the exercises in public parks. Julie, who is a customer relations specialist, found Falun Dafa practitioners at Fremont's Central Park when taking a stroll on January 16, 2021. She said to herself, “This is what I have been looking for.”
Falun Dafa practitioners decided to add another practice site closer to the pedestrian walking area at the park. The purpose was to help more people become aware of the beauty and wonder of Falun Dafa.
Julie experienced a lot of discomforts in her body recently and had undergone many surgeries. Her friend had told her that when Falun Dafa practitioners practiced the exercises they collected energy from the universe. So Julie decided to give Falun Dafa a try as she was headed to the park several weekends ago.
After finding the practice site, Julie recalled that she has seen Falun Dafa practitioners years ago. They were holding up banners about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China and calling for an end to the Chinese regime's forced live organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience. From that event she learned that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is evil and is persecuting good people.
After learning the Falun Dafa exercises, Julie said, “I was not feeling well and I did not have my menstrual period for four months. After I started doing the second standing exercise, my menstruation came.”
“I was feeling pain all over my body before practicing the exercises. However my pain disappeared, and I could feel a warm current moving through my body.”
“I felt an energy field when I practiced the exercises, and knew that Falun Dafa's founder, Master Li, was purifying my body.” Julie also said that she had digestive problems in the past, but felt much better after doing the exercises.
Julie recalled, “When I was practicing the second standing exercise for an hour two weeks ago, I felt extreme discomfort. I kept asking for Master’s help. It was so painful that I cried. In the end, my karma was removed, and I was filled with energy.”
Julie was in tears as she described what she went through. She was in disbelief at how her karma could be eliminated by just merely reading Dafa books and practicing the exercises.
She was also surprised at the improvement in her spiritual level. “When I started, I was only concerned with improving my physical health. I didn't expect my moral standard to improve as well.”
Julie feels that she is now less attached to many things. In the past, she would get easily agitated, but after practicing Falun Dafa, those irritating things no longer interfere with her. She did not expect Falun Dafa to really work. Julie has always prayed and believed in God, but saw no changes. “But Falun Dafa really works,” she said.
As Julie has continued practicing the exercises, about two weeks ago, her children noticed a change in her. One of her kids said, “Mother, Falun Dafa works. You are much calmer now.”
Julie started to read Zhuan Falun and is currently reading Lecture Five. She shared, “My journey has just begun. When I was studying Lecture Two in Zhuan Falun, I saw beautiful red flowers and a great, beautiful and pure eye. Master has opened my celestial eye. Many people tell me that I have changed. This is true and I know this is just the beginning.”
Julie knows that she needs to endure hardships to eliminate karma and cultivate her xinxing. “I am also changing myself for the better. I know that I need to bring a positive attitude to the practice site.”
Julie has done yoga and meditation in the past, but she said that Falun Dafa is the best practice she had ever seen – unbelievably wonderful.
Julie used to seek revenge when people hurt her in the past. But ever since she started practicing Falun Dafa in January, she knows that she needs to maintain her xinxing and be good to others. She also knows that she has to exercise self-restraint.
She got into an argument with her supervisor a couple of days ago and did her best to maintain her xinxing. Instead of arguing and quarreling with her supervisor, she patiently explained the situation.
“I hope that I am able to control my emotions and be a better cultivator. I want to help my children grow up healthily, and I wish for them to be cultivators as well.”
Julie is currently teaching her kids how to do the exercises.