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Young Practitioner: Remembering That My Job is My Cultivation Environment

May 23, 2022 |   By a young Falun Dafa practitioner in Hebei province, China

(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997 with my mother. At that time, I memorized many poems that were published in Hong Yin. Master purified and adjusted my body many times to remove my accumulated karma. Whenever I had illness symptoms I didn’t take medicine and usually got better within one or two days.

After the onset of the persecution of Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999, China’s state-owned propaganda machine widely spread false information about Dafa. Although I was young, I firmly believed in Dafa and Master and never watched or listened to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) smear campaign against the practice. I went out with my mother to distribute Dafa informational materials to clarify the truth to people.

I went to college in another city in 2005 and lost my Fa study environment. After I graduated I got a job, got married, and had a child. I gradually became an everyday person. Luckily I continued to support my mother in her practice, and compassionate Master still watched over me and helped me pass many tribulations.

It wasn’t until 2019 that my mother asked me to read Master’s newly published article. As soon as I read it, I felt an electric shock and wanted to resume practicing again. I knew that Master hadn’t given up on me, and I was able to get a copy of Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa. I read the Fa, did the exercises, and sent forth righteous thoughts. I assimilated to the teachings and gained a deeper understanding of Falun Dafa’s principles.

Changing after Returning to Cultivation and Facing Tests

I improved my xinxing, was no longer self-centered and aggressive, and I could take fame, profit, and sentimentality lightly. My family became harmonious, and I was given several salary increases.

I was eager to save people. I could clarify the truth face to face with help from other practitioners. After the pandemic outbreak in early 2020, I wanted more people to know the truth about Dafa so they could have a bright future. I set up a family materials production site. There were many hardships and difficulties, but I broke through them with Master’s assistance.

In the past two years, I also experienced many tests at work. In March 2020, the company’s administrative assistant quit. Filled with resentment she submitted a complaint to the labor department, saying that the company didn’t increase her salary as promised and didn’t renew her employee insurance.

Our company wanted to solve this issue through mediation. The former assistant wanted the company to pay her 50,000 yuan, but my company didn’t want to pay that much. She then threatened the company and said she would report me to the police and tell them that I was a practitioner. She said the company should know the consequences.

My boss told me about it. I said, “What she does is her choice. It would be a pity because it would be bad for her to persecute an innocent person for her personal beliefs. I also don’t want the company to pay her what she is not entitled to just because of me. If the company is afraid of trouble because I am a practitioner, I can quit.” My boss assured me that they would protect me and wouldn’t let that happen.

I sent forth righteous thoughts after work to dissolve the evil beings manipulating the former assistant. I didn’t want her to ruin her future by reporting me to the police. At the same time, I studied the Fa more and strengthened my righteous thoughts.

Two days later, my boss told me, “If the police come and ask if you are a practitioner, tell them you are not.” In front of two major shareholders, I said, “There is nothing wrong with practicing Dafa. There is nothing wrong with people behaving according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She’s put you in a difficult position but I will bear the consequences. I can quit to keep the company from being put at risk.”

Seeing how determined I was, my boss said, “Let everything be as you wish. I am just giving you a kind reminder.” I knew she had good intentions, but I didn’t want to renounce Dafa under any circumstance. Later, after several rounds of mediation, the company paid the departed employee 30,000 yuan and resolved this issue.

Through this incident, I looked inward and found I was fearful of the persecution. I had an attachment and was taken advantage of by the old forces. However, Master helped me resolve the tribulation after I let go of my attachment.

Master said,

“...When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide”(“The Master-Disciple Bond,” Hong Yin II)

Improving in Cultivation

I have since been more determined to practice diligently and save more people. I thought that I should cultivate solidly and not let beings face elimination because I didn’t do well.

After this incident, my company’s performance grew by leaps and bounds despite the pandemic. I knew my boss was blessed for defending me. I was so thankful to Master for his compassionate protection!

Dealing With an Irate Employee

One day, an employee in my department shouted at me, “Why can’t you help me out when you see I have so much work to do.?” I said, “Please calm down. Just let me know if you need help.” She stopped yelling, and said she didn’t know how to finish a task assigned by our boss, and was too busy to get it done.

I was a little angry about her attitude. She couldn’t finish her tasks because she always slacked off and took long breaks. I was reluctant to do her work, but I had no choice because I was her manager. I said to myself, “I am a practitioner. I can’t behave like an ordinary person. She accepted the truth about Dafa and quit the CCP, so I can not let her have negative thoughts about Dafa because of my performance.” So I said, “Don’t worry about it. I’ll do it.”

She complained about her workload and refused to do the work assigned by my boss for the next two days. I had to do her job and became frustrated. The office atmosphere became tense for a while.

I sent forth righteous thought to eliminate the selfishness, my attachments of fearing trouble and not being able to suffer hardship. I knew I came to this world to help Master save people, so I must do well and save all my colleagues. Suddenly, I was relieved and felt that I had elevated in my cultivation.

One day before a long weekend, my colleague called me when I got home from work. Our boss had called her right after she left the office and asked her to finish a few reports immediately. She went back to the office and worked on it. She asked if I could help her.

I told her on the phone how to finish the reports, but I didn’t want to go back to the office because I wanted to attend the Fa study that evening. I asked her to confirm the deadline with our boss, and said that I could go to my office the following day, but not in the evening.

On my way back home from the Fa study group, I twisted my foot. I knew this indicated I had a loophole that was being taken advantage of by the old forces. I realized that I didn’t think of my colleague, and my thought of going to the office the next day was out of attachment to personal interest and selfishness because I could get overtime pay if I worked on the weekend. My thoughts completely deviated from the Fa.

I realized that cultivation is serious, and we cannot slack off. We must observe every thought, and walk on the path Master arranged.