(Minghui.org) Time goes by quickly, and the Fa-rectification period is nearing its end. I heard about some elderly practitioners who had passed away, which caused some difficulties for truth clarification efforts in our area. I’d like to share my view on this matter.

Slacking Off in Cultivation; Not Giving up the Notion Of Illness

A practitioner who was the coordinator in our area learned Falun Dafa before July 20, 1999. She organized practitioners to do the exercises, study the Fa, and promote Dafa. She was devoted, and everyone liked her. After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to persecute Dafa, she relaxed due to the lack of a cultivation environment.

She also developed resentment towards employees while helping with her husband’s business. As time went by, she had some health issues. She thought this was because she lacked nutrition, so she bought health supplements to address it. Although she continued to study the Fa, she did not focus her mind on it and worried about ordinary people’s matters. It was just as Master Li Hongzhi said:

“Those who cannot give up their attachments may claim that they have released them, but in fact, they are not able to give them up at all.” (Chapter Two, Zhuan Falun)

She suddenly had a stomachache one day. The doctor said it was colon cancer. She was shocked by the diagnosis and underwent surgery to remove it. She felt well afterward, but she could not give up the notion of being sick. She then asked her husband to accompany her to her hometown to say farewell to her relatives. They donated a lot of money to her.

Still feeling concerned about the cancer, she went back to the hospital for an exam and was told the cancer had spread. She became even more scared. Instead of looking inward, she blamed fellow practitioners for delaying her examination. They, in fact, had reminded her to give up her attachments. She began chemotherapy treatment and died within a few days. It is my understanding that Master Li kept giving her opportunities to overcome this tribulation. But she did not enlighten according to the Fa and eventually went on the path arranged by the old forces.

Master said:

“Cultivation and Fa-rectification are serious. Whether you are able to treasure this period of time is, in fact, a matter of whether you can be responsible to yourselves. This period of time will not last long, but it can forge the mighty virtue of magnificent Enlightened Beings, Buddhas, Daos, and Gods of different levels, and even Lords of different levels. It can also destroy overnight a cultivator who has reached a really high level but who has become less strict with himself.” (“Fa-rectification Period Dafa Disciples,” Essentials for further advances II)

Master Is Protecting Practitioners Who Can Truly Cultivate

During the past 20 years of cultivation, Master has protected me, which is how I made it to this point. He repeatedly saved me in dangerous situations. It was a close call every time. Below are a few of these occurrences.

One day, a ceiling fan dropped from above my head at work. I happened to turn my head, saw the fan falling, and somehow averted it. On another occasion, as I rode my bike, a car quickly backed down a small hill on my right side and hit me. I climbed up and thought, “I am okay. I am a Dafa disciple.” Sure enough, I was unscathed. I got on my bike and rode on.

A third example is when I rode my electric bike and rushed to work in a storm. There were few people on the street. The rain made it difficult to see ahead of me. My bike suddenly died, so I had to get off and push it. To my surprise, I encountered an open pit in front of me that wasn’t covered. The rainwater was gushing into the pit. I almost drove into it. What a near miss! Wasn’t Master protecting me? If I drove or fell into the pit, I would have drowned. Every time I think of this, I shed tears and thank Master.

Fellow practitioners, Master is next to us all the time, protecting us. How can we not trust Master and Dafa?

Going Through an Illness Tribulation is Actually a Xinxing Test

I had a buzzing sound in my left ear. It got louder and louder as the days went by. It also made me dizzy and nauseous. It could occur at any time. For example, I had it when I met with classmates or went to parties. It could even occur when walking outside.

One day, I felt extremely dizzy, and my husband took me to the hospital. I murmured, “Master said I am not sick,” each time they examined me. I told my husband and child that I wanted to go home since I was not sick, and it was a waste of time. My husband and child both understood me since I had all sorts of illnesses before I cultivated, and the illnesses went away after I practiced Falun Dafa.

Moreover, my husband had a similar experience. His heart disease had become serious, and the doctor recommended he have surgery. I urged him to learn Falun Dafa, and it helped him to recover.

My sister and her daughter, however, insisted that I stay at the hospital. I sensed it was a test of my attachment to sentimentality. The doctor also asked me to wait until they had the test results. But I insisted on being discharged.

The symptoms did not disappear after I returned home. But I did not care. I continued to go to the Fa study group and do the three things as usual. But I woke up one night at midnight and found my whole body was drenched in sweat, and there was a humming noise in my ears. I was very dizzy.

I struggled to get up and change my clothes. But they were quickly wet again. I knew the old forces wanted to use my attachments to harm me again. But I had no fear with Master and the Fa. I took off the wet clothes and wrapped myself in a blanket. I then sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all the interference by the old forces and asked for Master’s help. I also thought of the phrase, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”

I thought that since this is effective for ordinary people, it should be even more applicable to me as a practitioner. So I kept reciting it until I fell asleep. When I woke up, the blanket was completely dry, and I was not dizzy at all, as though nothing had happened. The humming noise in my ears was gone as well, and it never returned.

In thinking about my own experiences, I believe the crucial thing is whether one can trust Master and Dafa.

Master said:

“When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” (Chapter Nine, Zhuan Falun)

In going through life’s tribulations and tests, do we truly follow this advice and endure it? At this last stage of the Fa-rectification period, we need to be responsible to ourselves and continue to do the three things well.