(Minghui.org) During my cultivation, I realized that every attachment behind fame, self-interest and sentimentality arises from our human notions. As long as we truly have faith in Master Li (the founder of Falun Dafa) and Dafa, we can continually break through the shackles of all notions, and keep assimilating into the Fa.
I would like to share some experiences that prompted me to make breakthroughs in my cultivation. One occurred when I was 68, and the other happened six and a half years later.
Thigh Bone Healed Within Seven Days
On February 5, 2015, I visited a fellow Dafa practitioner, and left her home around 10 a.m. When I put my right foot on the pedal of my bicycle, I felt a force slam into me from behind. It threw me and my bike about four feet. I landed on my left side and lay on the ground. I thought: “What’s going on? There is no ditch, there are no stones or bricks, why did this happen? Where did that force come from?”
I gradually got up from the ground, brushed the dirt off my clothes, and was about to leave pushing my bicycle. As soon as I lifted my right foot, the middle section of my left thigh collapsed into the inside of my right leg. Dumbfounded, I thought: “It couldn’t be! Am I seeing something wrong? Let me give it another try.” I held the handlebar with both hands. When I lifted my right foot, I realized again that the thigh bone of the left leg had caved in to the inside, at an angle of 90 degrees. I almost fell to the ground. I used both hands to firmly grab the handlebar and straightened up. I didn’t dare move again.
I realized that I should not fall down, as if I were to sit down on the ground, I would not be able to get back up. I calmed down, and didn’t feel scared. I thought: “I am fine. When I get home and do the Dafa exercises, I’ll be fine.” So I pushed the bicycle and tried to move forward. When I looked up, a practitioner’s car was right in front of me. I thought immediately: “I shouldn’t call her, I must walk home by myself!”
I was in the countryside, which was one mile from my home. I wondered: “How can I walk?” I couldn’t touch the ground with my right foot, and I didn’t dare to move my left foot. So I tried to shuffle on both feet very slightly forward. I could manage to do it, so I began to move my bicycle a few inches forward, on the condition that neither foot left the ground. My bicycle helped me a lot, and I could slowly move forward. When I ran into an icy patch six feet wide, I got through it very slowly. After getting through another uphill, I reached the outer road of my city.
That day, it seemed that the roads were especially wide. I made sure there was no car approaching before I crossed the street. I first crossed a road from east to west, and then I headed south. Suddenly, I noticed I was walking on both my legs! That’s when I realized that my feet could leave the ground! When I thought about how I went across the road, it seemed like I was walking. My confidence increased. I used my right leg to drag my left leg, and walked home.
Upon arriving at the entrance of our residential area, I ran into an acquaintance. After I chatted with him, he said, “Why don’t you ride your bicycle, and go?” He thought I was walking my bike out of courtesy. I said, “That’s fine. I’m almost home.” I figured he didn’t see anything wrong with my leg, as Master was helping me. My home was on the third floor. I then dragged myself up the stairs by holding onto the handrail. I begged Master deep down, “Master, please help me!” while also reciting, “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!” With much effort, I got to the third floor.
After I went inside, I began to cook and did what I was supposed to do. Seeing me limp, my husband said sarcastically, “Why are you limping?” He was terrified of the evil Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and was against my going out. As soon as I went out, he became worried. Thus, I didn’t want to tell him anything. I just said, “My leg feels a bit sore.”
In the evening I did the exercises for two hours. I realized that my leg didn’t bother me when I was meditating. Sitting in the lotus position, where my right foot lay on my left leg, was exactly where I was injured. So, why didn’t I feel any pain? It must be Master who helped me endure it!
On the third day, I asked my husband to take me to the market. I said I wanted to buy some groceries, but actually I just wanted to exercise my leg. On the fourth day, I called my son and told him how I injured my leg. Upon hearing that, he became agitated and said, “How come you didn’t tell me until now?! This won’t do, we must go to hospital to get an x-ray. You don’t have to worry about staying in the hospital, we’ll just go there to get an x-ray, and then come back. I’m worried!”
I replied, “Take it easy. I told you I was fine. You go ahead with what you have to do.” But he wouldn’t listen to me, no matter what I said. In the end, he said impatiently, “Let’s just go and have an x-ray taken. Can you do that?” I became a bit anxious and blurted out, “Let me tell you, in one week, I’ll be able to ride my bicycle on the road. Do you believe it or not?!” Seeing that I wouldn’t back down, he said helplessly, “I do! I do!”
On the sixth day, I went downstairs to try and see if I could get on my bicycle. As soon as my left foot stepped on the pedal, and my right foot was off the ground, my left leg began to shake. I almost fell down.
On the eighth day, I thought I must get on the bicycle as quickly as I can. So, while holding the bicycle with my left foot on the pedal, my right foot started pedaling, and I quickly got going on the bicycle! I continued to ride it and felt assured. With no one around, I thought it would be sufficient to practice how to get on and off the bicycle a few more times. It turned out that I was completely back to normal after having practicing only twice! Soon, I could ride my bicycle without a problem.
Unrighteous Thoughts: The Old Forces Took Advantage
During the tribulation, I looked inward. I asked myself, What caused this tribulation? What did I do wrong? Did my xinxing fall short? Or, what attachments got me into this trouble?
Before that, there were no conflicts or any interference to my xinxing. Every day, I went out in the morning to clarify the facts to people. Meanwhile, I attended our Fa-study group regularly. I felt that my cultivation state was fairly stable. Then what was the cause of it? I thought: Did I have any thoughts or actions that did not comply with the Fa on that day?
That day was February 5, 2015. I went to a practitioner’s home to deal with something. Before I left, I chatted with her. I said, “A passage of Master’s Fa always echoes in my mind:”
“In dealing with relevant, important matters, if a life can really assess things without any preconceived notions, then this person is truly able to take charge of himself. This clearheadedness is wisdom, and it is different from what average people call “intelligence.”” (“For Whom do You Exist?” Essentials for Further Advancement)
I said, “If I could truly do this, then wouldn’t I fully comply with the Fa? But what if I couldn’t do it?” Then I suddenly stopped right there. Not sure why, but I didn’t want to continue. However, I already started wondering if I could make it. As soon as I headed out, then this incident happened.
As I was thinking about it, I realized: This tribulation was incurred by me. The old forces were watching me from other dimensions, “You had a pursuit!” This unrighteous thought was caught by the old forces and they took advantage of it.
Miraculous and Extraordinary Nature of Dafa
At the time I had this accident, my niece’s mother-in-law had also fractured her thigh bone and had recently been discharged from the hospital. She spent 37,000 yuan on medical expenses. So I said to my husband, “Look, I helped you save this much money!” He said, “What do you mean by that?” He didn’t believe that my thigh bone was broken and then healed within seven days. I couldn’t convince him.
It is true that the miraculous and extraordinary occurrences that manifest in Dafa far exceed human recognition and imagination. As an ordinary person, how could he possibly understand that? Right then, what filled my heart was only gratitude towards Dafa and Master. I couldn’t express it in words, except to say, “Thank you, Master!”
My Family Learned that Master Eliminated My Karma, Validating the Power of Falun Dafa
Around 3 a.m. on May 17, 2021, the area where my left leg was injured suddenly felt very sore. Soon after, I felt pain throughout my whole leg. Then my knee, thigh, and lower back were all in terrible pain. When I touched my body, I couldn’t tell exactly where it hurt, as my whole left side hurt. Instantly, I was soaked with sweat from head to toe.
I thought: “What is going on? It’s been six-and-a-half years, and it never hurt. So, why am I having a relapse now?” While enduring the pain, I began to send forth righteous thoughts. Time went by so slowly. After nearly four hours, I began to sweat so hard that my duvet and bed cover became soaking wet. I couldn’t lie down anymore. At around 7 a.m., I lifted my duvet, used the bed sheet to wipe away the sweat that was all over me, and then got up.
I didn’t feel that much pain when I walked. But my left thigh had no strength, like when it was broken six years ago. I had to use my right leg to drag my left leg. I washed my face, then bit by bit, I moved slowly by touching the wall to go and cook breakfast.
When I sat in the lotus position to study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts, I didn’t feel any pain. But that night, when I did the standing exercises, my body was in pain. Since my left leg hurt so much, I relied on my right leg to support my body. During the one-and-a-half-hour of the standing exercises, my right leg was so tired, and both legs were quivering due to the pain! I sweat so much that my clothes were soaking wet. Thus, I had to endure four hours of pain in the early morning, and another hour and a half when I did the standing exercises. It was extremely painful!
During the process, I realized that when I studied the Fa, no matter how long I sat in the lotus position, I had no pain. I also felt little pain when I was cooking or taking care of household chores. I thought: “This didn’t seem like interference. I thought I’d incurred this tribulation by inviting it myself; it was I who created the karma; thus, there was a portion for me to bear. Even though Master endured most of it for me, I still have a portion left to take care of by myself.” I thought since this was Master helping me eliminate and transform karma, no matter how painful it was and how much hardship I had to endure, as long as it fell under Master’s arrangement, I’d acknowledge it. Otherwise, I wouldn’t acknowledge any of it. Therefore, as long as I felt pain, I kept reciting, “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful!”
On the third day after the relapse, my husband saw my difficulty walking. He asked me, “How about if I buy a walker for you?” I said, “No, thanks! I’ll be fine in a few days.” When he asked me what was wrong with my leg. I said to him, “This is the leg I broke six years ago. No wonder you didn’t believe me, as I could ride my bicycle within seven days. What I'm experiencing now is also a miracle displayed through Dafa cultivation. At that time, it was my Master who endured for me, so I didn’t have to suffer. However, as for the karma I created myself, I have to endure it. This time, Master saw that I could physically endure it based on my xinxing level; therefore, he arranged this test for me. This time, it is so painful. Even so, it’s nothing compared to what I was supposed to endure from this tribulation. Now, can you believe me?”
Although he didn’t say anything, I could feel his acknowledgment this time. After my son learned about it, I didn’t say anything. He already believed me and wanted to buy me an electric tricycle. I tried to decline, but he still bought me one in the end.
On the 12th day, which was our monthly experience-sharing day between two Fa-study groups, I asked my husband to give me a ride. He said, “Sure.” I said, “Great! Next time I will ride my bicycle there, and I won’t bother you any more.” Taking me to Fa study was nearly impossible for him before, as he didn’t support me due to his fear of the evil CCP.
On the 15th day, my left foot could touch the ground for the most part. Then my left leg stopped quivering. The leg pain in the morning subsided, as did the pain in the evening when I did the standing exercises.
For a little over a month, my husband always took the initiative to take me to my group Fa study and pick me up. Then, in close to 50 days, I was basically back to normal.
During the entire process, I wondered: With my thigh bone fractured, why didn’t I feel much pain? When others broke their legs, they had to wear casts and use crutches for months, yet I recovered within seven days. Wasn’t this a miracle? Now, thinking back about the day I broke my leg, when it happened, I wasn’t interfered with by any notions. My mind was blank, and I had no fear. I was very calm and didn’t take it to heart. My only thought was, “As soon as I get home and do the exercises, I’ll be fine.”
As I headed home, I never thought about whether I could get back home. With no trace of negative thoughts, it turned out that I managed to get home. Then the miracle occurred – I didn’t feel any pain and I recovered within seven days. I came to realize that if we can truly break through any postnatal notions, then our true selves will dominate our thoughts.
When I came to deeply understand this level of the Fa principle, I felt that this was “clearheadedness.” I could see Master patiently watching and waiting for us. That’s longing, or to be more precise, compassion!
Now, I have a new understanding of what Master said about “wisdom.” Thus, I think that breaking though acquired notions is the key to eliminating our humanness on the surface, so as to have our true self be in charge.
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