Overcoming the Attachment to Sleep
(Minghui.org) I really enjoyed my sleep, and slept up to nine hours per night. I would sleep when I was worried, sleep when I was disappointed, and sleep when I was discouraged. I also slept after I finished the morning exercises.
If I couldn't sleep my regular hours, it was like torture. This upset me, but I could not seem to eliminate this attachment.
In my sleep, a voice one day said that I was hard to deal with and didn't listen to reason. I then suddenly remembered what Master said:
“If they made a vow that they would cultivate again in their next life, were they not to succeed at cultivation in this life, that act would help to form a karmic affinity in their next life. They would possibly continue their cultivation in the same discipline in the next life, and it might well lead to a karmic affinity for cultivation. If a person makes such a vow, he will not be under the care of the earthly deities of low levels after he reincarnates. His master will take care of him, following and watching him as he reincarnates, ensuring that he is born into a family that will facilitate his cultivation. And thus he will again have a chance to cultivate.” (“Teaching the Fa at Lantau Island” from Zhuan Falun Volume II)
I enlightened that I am not to be taken care of by the deities in the Three Realms, even if I don't succeed in cultivation.
The deity who is responsible for drowsiness and fatigue is from the Three Realms, so I said, “Listen, Deity, I am a practitioner and I have a Master. Please remember 'Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance is good!' You will then have a bright future. You can make the police go to sleep so they don't persecute Falun Gong practitioners. From now on, I decide whether I sleep or not. You can't force me.”
I now go to bed after I send righteous thoughts at midnight, and get up at 4:30 a.m. to do the exercises, and I no longer sleep during the day. I can read through Master's lectures without interference. It is such a joy to be diligent in my cultivation.