(Minghui.org) I started to practice Falun Dafa in April 1994. After Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of the practice in July 1999, I was arrested and illegally sentenced to seven years in prison.

After failing to find my shortcomings, I couldn't withstand the tests and followed a deviant path. I didn't respect Teacher or the Fa and did some things that caused a tremendous amount of karma. When I was released from prison, I still didn't realize the seriousness of all this. So, for nearly two years, I didn't read the Fa or do the exercises.

In April 2009, I suddenly appeared to have the symptoms of a stroke. When I was taken to the hospital, I was diagnosed with “brain stem infarction.” I was in critical condition, and the doctor said I would be paralyzed.

Although I slept a lot, my mind was very clear, and I was not afraid. I just had no strength; I couldn't move at all. I realized that I should get up and do the exercises and study the Fa. I was also missing Teacher a lot.

I felt that Teacher's Fashen was right beside me. And I could truly feel Teacher's benevolence. He was expecting me to break through this tribulation and walk my path in a righteous way. I began to recall some of the Fa teachings:

“After all, a cultivator is not an ordinary human. So why doesn’t the side of you that is your original nature rectify the Fa?” (“Expounding on the Fa” in Essentials For Further Advancement)

When I remembered this, my body felt full of a tremendous amount of power.

After I was out of danger, I kept thinking that Teacher created this immense cosmos and all kinds of gods and sentient beings. He also gave them new lives. For such a wonderful Teacher, he didn't look down on a tiny life like me who got lost. Instead, he has been giving me opportunities to be saved and a chance for a new life.

Strengthened by Teacher, I was able to eliminate many bad substances from my mind. I now felt eager to study the Fa and do the exercises. As a consequence, 25 days later, I was able to walk home.

I began to read Zhuan Falun and all the other Fa lectures published after July 20, 1999. It felt as if I was being cleansed by a warm current. I rejoiced in having a clear mind!

I realized that I had not kept up with the pace of Fa-rectification. My thoughts and actions were not on the Fa, and I was not quite on par with Dafa's requirements.

After I enlightened to this, I made it a point to study the Fa regularly, do the exercises, and send forth righteous thoughts. I tried my best to clarify the facts to people and help them withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. In the process, I became healthy again.

Within a year, I got rid of my walker and began to walk normally. One day I ran into my doctor. Very surprised, he said, “People who were in the same room with you have died, but you are still alive!” This is truly a manifestation of a miracle from Dafa.

Teacher said:

“Each of your attachments could cause your cultivation to fail. Each of your attachments could result in physical issues, and lead your once-firm faith in Dafa to waver. In other words, to tell you the truth, no one intends for your cultivation to be a success and no one is giving thought to how your cultivation goes. The old forces want only to complete what they want to see completed, and that’s it. And as for those who are carrying out the specifics, inflicting harm, and playing negative roles, they want to bring you down and to ruin this affair, as they don’t know how this affair is going to conclude. Evil is just evil, after all. Master is the only one who is steering your cultivation toward consummation; Master is the only one truly doing so.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference”)

I truly realized that I committed such a great sin. However, Teacher didn't give up on me and created opportunities for me to catch up. However, the old forces took advantage of my loopholes, such as my shallow understanding of the Fa, low level xinxing, and lack of righteous thoughts, and had me follow a deviant path.

Only benevolent Teacher truly teaches us how to cultivate; helps us to return to our original, true selves; and brings us home. He thinks about all sentient beings and is compassionate towards them.

Regardless of what the evil forces arranged for my life, I was fortunate enough to find Teacher and Dafa. Since I have chosen to cultivate in Dafa, I am determined to follow Teacher and completely negate the old forces' arrangements. I will cultivate to the end, fulfill my historic vow, and make up for the losses I caused. I will never take a detour again!