Sending Righteous Thoughts with My Eyes Open While Illegally Detained
(Minghui.org) After I was detained by the police, I was still determined to send forth righteous thoughts as a Falun Dafa practitioner should do. At the police station, following my arrest, I managed to silently send righteous thoughts uninterrupted, even in the presence of the police officers. Below is my experience of sending righteous thoughts with my eyes open while illegally detained in the forced-labor camp.
In the labor camp, as soon as I started to send righteous thoughts with my eyes closed, the person assigned to monitor me would interfere. Recalling a line from Master’s poem, “When disciples have ample righteous thoughts Master has the power to turn back the tide” (“The Master-Disciple Bond,” Hong Yin Volume II), I thought, “In this dark place, if my righteous thoughts are not strong, I will be affected in every respect.” I then sent forth a thought: “I must send righteous thoughts with my eyes open. With Master and the Fa by my side, I will surely be able to do it.”
It was not easy to send out thoughts with my eyes open as the hall was full of people, there was a TV in the dormitory, and some people were still watching TV at midnight. In this situation, I had to ignore what was happening around me and recite the Fa whenever I could.
Just as Master said: “Looking, but caring not to see — Free of delusion and doubt. Listening, but caring not to hear — A mind so hard to disturb.” (“Abiding in the Dao,” Hong Yin). I was sending righteous thoughts with my eyes open!
With Master’s strengthening, I was able to do it with my eyes open. No matter where I was in the labor camp, nothing could interfere with me. Whenever I had time, I would send out righteous thoughts, usually for about 30 minutes.
According to another practitioner, labor camp inmates routinely cut sheets of paper for a printing house. The inmates were not allowed to rest or take a break from this work. They were only permitted to take a break on the first day of the New Year holiday. The next day, they had to go back to work.
The following year, when I was able to send righteous with my eyes open, the situation was different. Two days before the New Year, we were allowed to take a break. While sending righteous thought on the second day of the New Year, the inmate-in-charge [cell head] said, “The printing house has called, saying that they will transport the sheets of paper here today.” Suddenly a sentence appeared in my mind: “Dafa Disciples’ Righteous Thoughts are Powerful” (Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I thought, “If we can take a break for a few more days, all Dafa practitioners will have time to send righteous thoughts and the evil can be cleared.” I then sent forth a thought: “No sheets of paper will come today, but on the fifth day of the New Year.” As it turned out, the labor camp staff informed us that the printing house had called to say that the paper would not arrive until the fifth day of the New Year holiday.
The printing house sent far fewer sheets of paper than usual, and the cell head’s oaths almost went unheard. Once, when the laborers were taking a break, we could hear him cursing someone. I then sent righteous thoughts, and the cell head stopped swearing and said instead, “Falun Dafa practitioners are so good that you all have to learn from them.”
For a period of time, the cell head would shout every day at 6:00 p.m.: “It’s time you all started washing up,” and this interfered with my sending righteous thoughts at the prescribed time. I tried to eliminate this interference by sending a thought out asking him not to move. He really did not move and I was able to continue.
Also, in a dream one night, I saw myself explaining the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party to all the guards in the labor camp. I realized that this was Master encouraging me to clarify the truth to them.