Denying the Old Forces' Arrangements
(Minghui.org) I often attended the court hearings for fellow practitioners and carefully listened to the defense attorneys' not-guilty pleas. On my way home, I would imagine what I would say if I were the practitioner standing trial.
I recently enlightened to the fact that Master Li would never arrange for a practitioner to be arrested, tried, or persecuted. Thus, my trying to imagine what I would say if I were standing trial was in fact acknowledging the old forces' arrangements.
I looked within and noticed that I often acknowledged the old forces' arrangements without being aware of it. The following are a few examples.
When a practitioner did not heed my advice, I would say, “The old forces will take advantage of your loophole. You must pay attention!” This was my competitive mentality showing through.
If they later ran into trouble, I would think, “See, you didn't listen to me. Now you're in trouble!” In reality, I was acknowledging the old forces' persecution, and gloating over the fact that my prediction turned out to be correct.
Whatever attachments a fellow practitioner has will eventually be pointed out to him so that he can improve and elevate his realm. Every time a part of him successfully assimilates to Dafa, Master immediately separates that part from him. This assimilation process continues throughout the whole course of a practitioner's cultivation.
Realizing this, I thought, “Why do I want to link all of this to the old forces' arrangements?”
I often joined other practitioners in my area to analyze whether or not practitioners who were being persecuted or were experiencing illness karma, were experiencing these tribulations due to their attachments. In retrospect, we should have enlightened to upright Fa principles and helped the practitioners reinforce their righteous thoughts.
I truly regret doing this, and displaying my jealousy and show-off mentality.
In effect, our group allowed the old forces to control our minds so that we'd be more focused on placing blame on the practitioners, than helping them strengthen their righteous thoughts—thus denying the old forces' arrangements.
Tricked Into Thinking I Was Supernormal
At one point, I thought I could correctly predict the outcome of events. I'd hear a voice in my dream telling me what was going to happen, or I'd be shown a scene of a future event.
When several of these dreams proved to be correct, I was convinced that I had some kind of supernormal power. I then had two dreams wherein I saw police officers knocking on my door. I was so scared upon waking up that I moved all of my Dafa-related materials out of the house. But the police never arrived.
I later enlightened to the fact that these dreams were old force arrangements. Master would never arrange for the police to knock on my door. So how do we properly negate the old forces?
“We negate even the very emergence of the old forces and everything that they've arranged; we don't even acknowledge their existence. We're fundamentally negating all of their things, and all of, and only, the things you do while negating and getting rid of them is mighty-virtue. It's not that you're cultivating amidst the ordeals they created. Rather, you are to walk your own path well while not acknowledging them, not even acknowledging the elimination of their ordeals' manifestations.” (from “Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference,” in Teaching the Fa at the Conference IV)
When I looked within, I realized that I had been steadily acknowledging the old forces' arrangements, due in part to my mentality of fear and my attachment to petty supernormal abilities.
Upon finding these attachments, I sent righteous thoughts for thirty minutes to eliminate any degenerative factors in my field, and to deny the old forces' arrangements. I felt a little chilly at first, but then my body temperature returned to normal.
I spent hours studying Zhuan Falun and felt as if I had completely assimilated to the Fa. When all of my human notions disappeared, my righteous thoughts became very strong.
It was as if I had transcended this dimension and all of the so-called old forces' arrangements. Later, scenes of police officers knocking on my door no longer appeared in my dreams.
Now, whenever a thought appears in my mind, I calm down and see if it's based on the Fa or not. If it's not, I immediately eliminate it. In this way, I continually work on purifying my mind, which ensures that I take the correct course of action in any given situation.