Weathering Difficult Times with Righteous Belief in Dafa
(Clearwisdom.net) Before I started practicing Falun Gong, I was plagued with dizziness and many other illnesses. They all disappeared after I practiced Falun Gong. Initially, I had encountered a lot of interference in my cultivation, but through my righteous belief in Dafa, I have overcome them all.
At one time, a mentally ill person hit my head with a brick. Upon impact, the brick was shattered, yet I only had a small bump and I didn't bleed or felt any pain. The bump had only lasted a couple of minutes. Another time, a thief sneaked into my house. Mysteriously, I suddenly woke up from my deep sleep, which deterred the thief's mischievous plan. During those early days, I woke up at 3:00 am to study the Fa and then went to the park at 4:00 am to join the group exercise. Rain or shine, winter or summer, we never stopped our morning exercises. We would always clean up the site before leaving, which left a good impression for others who also exercised there.
One night, when I woke up and sat up in bed, suddenly, I saw a big spinning Falun in front of me illuminating its bright rays in every direction. The room was instantly lit up making it even brighter than from broad daylight. The Falun was so magnificent and colorful. I realized that this was Master's encouragement.
The evil persecution began in 1999. Facing the lies and calumny broadcasts by CCTV, we believed that this was launched by the evil to persecute Dafa. As Dafa disciples, we felt we had go to Beijing to appeal.
With the intention of protecting the Fa, I took the train with a dozen practitioners to appeal in Beijing in December 1999. Unfortunately, out of fear, one of the practitioners' family member reported on us. The train was forced to stop and some officials boarded to search everyone's ID card. As a result, we were arrested and sent back to the local detention center.
I went with another practitioner to Beijing at the beginning of the year 2000. On the way to Tiananmen Square, we were seized by the police and detained in three separate rooms. A female practitioner was stripped and her hands were handcuffed behind her back. I also saw a young Dafa disciple who continued doing the exercises despite the torture. Eventually, she was dragged by her hair to the restroom.
We were transferred back to a local detention center and detained there for half a year. After our release, I continued distributing truth-clarification materials. Later, I was caught and sent to the police department for trial. I refused to cooperate. A vicious officer got right next to me and yelled for me to get down on my knees, but I didn't budge. He kicked my legs and tried to push me forward, but his efforts were in vain. Furiously, he went aside with a face distorted with anger. Another policeman seized my arm and tried to handcuff me, but I stayed calm and didn't have any fear. As soon as he touched my clothes, he was shocked with electricity. Backing up seven to eight steps he cried, "She has electric power!" Because of complacency, I laughed out loud. Instantly, this ability disappeared. "Look, she's full of herself!"they commented. A third policeman came up to handcuff me and this time he succeeded. I immediately realized, whether human or immortal, indeed it is just like what it says in Zhuan Falun: "Good or evil comes from a person's spontaneous thought..."!
I was later sent to the forced labor camp. On the bus, there were about a dozen of us. Together we sent forth righteous thoughts in unison. The bus broke down several times and at one point even my handcuffs became unlocked. With regret, my human notions hindered me from seizing the opportunity to escape. Before we were sent for the physical exam, a fellow practitioner handed me some hand-written Dafa teachings to keep and I hid them on top of the water pipes. After the exam, I wanted to retrieve them, however, I was scared. Yet I thought: "I'm a Dafa disciple. I can't lose Dafa teachings." With Master's protection, I successfully retrieved them. Before we were transferred again, the vicious police searched everybody and each individual's bags. When they searched my bag, I kept the teachings with me. When they searched my body, I had moved them to the bag. Thus, with Master's help, I was able to take the teachings into the evil den, which allowed many other practitioners a chance to read them.
At the new labor camp, there were posters slandering Dafa everywhere-- in the hall, on the walls and inside the TV room. After discussion, we decided to take action and get rid of them. We requested to watch TV on the night of New Year's eve. Everyone rolled up their sleeves and destroyed all the evil materials. Subsequently, we were retaliated against. The police carried electric batons to beat practitioners from room to room. Yet Dafa disciples used benevolence to face the evil nobly and openly. As a result, it effectively disintegrated the evil and no one hung up any slandering Dafa materials again.
At the labor camp, the policemen often beat Dafa disciples. For those who refused to be converted, they were torture by sitting on tiny benches or deprived of sleep. At one time, the police cuffed and hung up many practitioners in mid air under the scorching sun. Some practitioners lost consciousness. My feet were swollen from the bench-sitting torture. My hands were also cuffed to an iron bed multiple times. One practitioner was so savagely beaten by the police that his dried blood fused with his pants acting as an adhesive so the pants couldn't be removed. Seeing such a scene, even a tough a drug addict broke into tears.
Many practitioners and myself went on a hunger strike in order to stop the persecution, but the police force-fed us. Initially, we endured it passively. Later, I recalled what Master had said,
"No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil's demands, orders or what it instigates. If everybody does this the environment won't be this way." ("Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful" in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
So the next time they tried to force-feed me, I sent forth a righteous thought: "I'm a Dafa disciple. The food can't be forced into me." Miraculously, the evildoers indeed failed in their attempt to force-feed me. When they tried to give me shots, I pulled out the needles. When they tried to insert tubes into my stomach, I pulled out the tubes. In the end, the police had exhausted all the methods they could think of and had to release me.
At the camp, there were many former Falun Gong practitioners who had gone astray under the persecution and became collaborators. They were ordered to bombard practitioners with fallacies slandering Dafa. Fortunately, I could recite many of Master's lectures. Whenever a fallacy was spoken at me, I instantly recalled the corresponding Fa-truth to respond. As a result, it shattered all the lies. Some practitioners were unable to use the Fa to see with clarity and fell into the traps. I was struck by what Master said in "Drive Out Interference":
"The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts." (Essentials for Further Advancement II)
After I left the labor camp, I continued striving to do the three things well, including clarifying the truth and persuading people to quit the CCP affiliated organizations. One day, I ran into a guy whom I knew from the old days at school. He expressed an interest in going to my house to learn Falun Gong. Underestimating the risk, I believed in him. He came with his girlfriend. I let him borrow some Dafa books and played truth-clarification videos for them via my computer. He reported me to the police the very next day, who took my computer and extorted from me 2000 yuan. Afterward, I went to see them many times to clarify the truth. Eventually, they returned one book. Through this lesson, I realized exercising caution is our responsibility to protect the Fa.
Sometimes in the middle of the night, I traversed across mountains and walked through streets and alleys with other fellow practitioners to hang truth-clarification posters and distribute truth-clarification materials. Even though the efforts were exhausting, they were very rewarding. Everything was rectified through the power of the Fa. Auspiciousness brought us peace and harmony. The sentient beings saved by the Fa are entering a bright future with new hope.