I Was Inspired to Practice Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in September 2016 when I was 74 years old. I had high blood pressure and took medicine every day. I'm very healthy now and no longer take any medicine.
I started practicing after I observed the positive changes in my wife and other practitioners, both in their health and character. As a practitioner's husband, I also benefited.
My wife was very sick before she began practicing Falun Dafa in 1999. She had tuberculosis, periarthritis, and stomach problems. Soon after she began practicing all her illnesses disappeared.
She used to wear glasses to sew. She's now 74 years old and doesn't need them. She still sews every day and her sewing skills are highly regarded.
It rained lightly on April 19, 2014. I fell as soon as I stepped out of my home at 8 p.m. I immediately said, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” I didn't feel any pain.
When a passerby took me to a nearby hospital I was found to have a comminuted femoral head fracture. I had surgery and a steel bar more than a foot long was inserted to stabilize the bone.
I was released from the hospital one week later. I could walk with a cane less than one month later. Within two months I could walk without the cane. Something similar happened to one of our neighbors but it took more than three months for him to recover. I knew I benefited from Falun Dafa because my wife was a practitioner.
My initial concern about practicing Falun Dafa was that I was too old and no longer flexible. What about the steel bar in my femur?
My wife encouraged me and said, “There's no age limit. A local man in his 80s practices; he's more than 10 years older than you. He was illiterate but now he can read the book Zhuan Falun. Have confidence.” I started to study the Fa and practice the exercises with my wife.
Sometimes when I read Zhuan Falun the words glittered. My wife said my celestial eye was open.
I learned the five sets of exercises. The sitting meditation was challenging for me as it was painful to sit double cross-legged. Seeing my wife relaxed and not moving, I endured the pain. Master said,
“When it is difficult to endure, try to endure it. When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible.” (Lecture Nine in Zhuan Falun)
I remembered what Master said and decided to endure the pain. Once it was truly painful, I recalled Master’s teaching and tried to endure longer. I felt so marvelous when I finished the one-hour sitting meditation.
I'm very healthy now although I experienced body cleansing a few times. One night I felt miserable and had difficulty breathing. When my wife asked what happened, I couldn't talk. Seeing my urgent situation, she said, “Recite ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Ask Master to help you.” I silently recited the words and could speak after a few minutes.
I thought later, “The symptoms came so abruptly. Was it a heart attack? Should I go to a hospital for a check-up?” I discussed it with my wife. She said it was not an illness but Master was cleansing my body.
When I had difficulty breathing a few days later I became worried and went to see a doctor. The doctor said that I didn't have a heart attack and my difficult breathing was due to high blood pressure.
“Certainly, the bad things in your body, including illnesses, must be removed first, but we do not treat illness here. We are purifying your body, and the term is not “healing illness,” either. We just call it “purifying the body,” and we clean out the bodies of true cultivators.” (Lecture One in Zhuan Falun)
When I read the Fa, I felt ashamed. Master cleansed my body, but I did not behave as a cultivator. Instead, I took the symptom as an illness. I knew I must improve.
My wife said that Master bears our karma when he cleanses our bodies. We just suffer a little. I felt bad as I did not enlighten to it, though Master bore so much for me. I was determined to cultivate more diligently by studying the Fa and practicing the exercises well.
From then on, in addition to doing the morning exercises with my wife, I practice the first four sets of exercises at 9 p.m. every day. I feel refreshed.
After passing that tribulation I realized how extraordinary Falun Dafa is.