33. From Declining Health To Thriving Vitality
My name is Ye Shuzhen and I am a faculty member at National Taiwan University. As a scholar, my acceptance and firm belief in Falun Dafa are based on rational thinking. During the past several years of practice, my body and mind have gone through significant improvements, thanks to the power of Falun Dafa.
Improvement of Heart and Mind
After I took up the practice of Falun Dafa, my attitude towards work has changed. In the past, I was always scared of tasks that might incur interpersonal conflicts. If the department asked me to take responsibility for that kind of job, I would try to avoid it as much as possible. After I started practicing Dafa, I gradually learned to let things take their course, while handling everything with a Compassionate heart. This kind of attitude change was based on my understanding of Dafa's requirement that a practitioner must first do one's work well in ordinary society. After practicing Dafa, one is able to give up more of one's own desires and to endure more, and the mind thus becomes peaceful. It may seem passive and weak, but when we maintain a peaceful mind, we often find that relationships become more harmonious and things are resolved satisfactorily. When everyone tries to get the upper hand when dealing with others, then conflicts become aggravated, and our lives are full of strife. The calm and Forbearance that I have developed in myself, as well as the kindness I have towards others, have gradually taken root in my heart, and this has improved my relationships with others. My family life has also become more harmonious. In the past, whenever I was criticized by my husband, I would often feel that he was being unfair. I would first argue with him with reasoning, which would always turn into a quarrel. After I started practicing Falun Dafa, the way we handle things has completely changed for the better. No matter what conflicts we encounter, whether big or small, we don't quarrel anymore. Cultivating in Dafa has enabled my family to become more harmonious. Our Teacher teaches us practitioners to consider others first at all times, including our own family members, and old conflicts seem to just melt away when looked at with Compassion. Cultivating with the principle of Truth- Compassion-Forbearance has greatly freed my mind and my life has become very pleasant, carefree and peaceful.
All my various illnesses disappeared
Falun Dafa is a cultivation system, and it is not the same as the typical qigong practice that just aims to get rid of sickness. However, if practitioners can let go of their attachment to having their illnesses treated, and instead focus on upgrading their character, the body will undergo amazing improvements. Dafa's miraculous healing power has also manifested in my body. Before practicing Falun Dafa, I suffered from various illnesses, including headache, stomachache, insomnia, incontinence of urine, back pain, fibrous adhesions, diabetes and other afflictions. After practicing Dafa, all of these illnesses disappeared. Of These illnesses, the headaches, adhesions and diabetes bothered me the most. I had the headache problem since I was a teenager, and it lasted for twenty to thirty years. The symptoms became worse as time went on. Over ten years ago, they started to occur once every two or three weeks, and each time the headache would last several days. During those days, I had to take a painkiller every five or six hours. Because the same kind of painkiller would lose its effectiveness after being taken many times, I had tried many kinds of painkillers over the years. Moreover, the pain could suddenly occur anytime and anywhere, so I had to carry the medicine with me all the time.
In 1988, I had an operation for a gynecological problem. Afterwards, I would suffer severe pain in my abdominal area every one or two months. Each time this happened, I would sweat all over because of the sharp pain. I would try all kinds of positions to ease the pain, but without any effect. After it was over, I always felt as if I had just recovered from the brink of death. I went to see a doctor about this problem, and the doctor told me it was due to adhesions, a side effect of the operation I had earlier. The doctor said that it was very difficult to cure. In the summer of 1989, I was diagnosed as having diabetes, and starting in September 1996, I had to have insulin injections every morning and night.
There was a doctor of Chinese traditional medicine who was seriously worried about my poor health. He always suggested that I should take a long vacation to recuperate and warned me that I must rest. I was worried that I might not be able to see my daughter grow up and that I might not live long enough to guide her to choose a good path in life. It was only after I started practicing Falun Dafa that my life took a fundamental change for the better. All of those illnesses are gone. My diet is normal and I can eat any kind of food, including sweets. I need to only sleep for 5-6 hours per day, yet I am full of energy and spirit. My body feels very light and clean. I am not worried about the cold weather any more. Even when the temperature is just above 10 0C, I still only need a thin short sleeve shirt and never catch a cold. In the past, I always felt that my body was ice-cold, and my hands and feet were especially cold and stiff when I was in bed in the evening. In the winter, I used to have to curl up my body while sleeping. Now I feel a warm current running through my whole body. For the last two years, I have only needed light sheets to cover myself in the winter and no longer need the cotton-padded quilt. Many people have seen that all of my illnesses disappeared after I took up the practice of Falun Dafa. They feel very happy for me and often congratulate me on breaking out of the relentless cycle of illness that I was in.
Falun Dafa has turned my life around and changed my declining health into thriving vitality. I often used to say that when one reached 40 or 50, one's life would start to go downhill. I also experienced such a state myself. Only after I started practicing Falun Dafa did my downslide stop and reverse course. I will definitely practice Falun Dafa. It is Falun Dafa that has enabled my body and mind to experience such a significant transformation in such a short time.