Young Practitioner: Overcoming My 10-year Addiction to Video Games
(Minghui.org) I obtained the Fa in February 2020, and although I haven't cultivated for long, I have undergone tremendous changes.
Video Game Addiction
I started playing video games and became obsessed with them when I was 12 years old. This bad habit lasted for 10 years. I learned to lie to my parents, so I could play the games. As time went by, I became socially awkward and didn't want to interact with others. All I wanted to do was play games on my cell phone while eating, walking, and in bed.
My academic performance suffered because of this addiction. My parents tried many ways to keep me from playing video games, but nothing worked.
Because I spent so much time playing video games, my upper spine developed a problem, which caused pain in my neck in bad weather. Neither medicine or acupuncture made it better. However, I kept playing, and nothing could help me quit my addiction to games.
There are several Dafa practitioners in my family, including my grandma, parents, and aunts. Under their guidance, I listened to traditional stories, and watched Master’s lectures on video. I had a positive attitude toward the principles, but didn’t want to step on the cultivation path—I wanted to pursue fame and fortune.
Master Li Hongzhi Gives Me a Hint in a Dream
I saw Master sitting on a yellow mat with members of my family also sitting there with their legs double-crossed in a dream in January 2020. The scene exuded peace.
Looking at me seriously, Master asked why I was there. I said, “To return to my true home with Master.” I suddenly understood the meaning of life and started crying. Master smiled without saying anything. He began to eliminate the substance that prevented me from obtaining the Fa.
I then saw scenes of catastrophes. After the miserable scenes, the earth looked new and harmonious, and people became kinder and nicer.
I told my grandmother about this dream. She said Master was encouraging me to practice cultivation. She asked me to read Zhuan Falun three times.
Studying the Fa and Cultivating
I read a lecture in Zhuan Falun every day and tried my best to understand each sentence. I realized how precious Dafa was. After reading Zhuan Falun three times I decided to step on the cultivation path.
Now, I read two lectures every day, send righteous thoughts on time, and get up early to do the five exercises. In the evening, I also participate in group Fa-study.
I realized that playing video games was an attachment I should eliminate. One day, I opened a game and felt dizzy within two minutes. I knew Master was protecting me, and wouldn't let me play anymore. I immediately uninstalled all games on my computer and cell phone. I decided to give up the bad habit.
“ We have said that good or evil comes from a person’s spontaneous thought, and the thought at that moment can bring about different consequences..” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun)
I lost all interest in playing video games. My spine no longer hurt. I became cheerful again and was able to communicate with people.
“How should our practitioners treat losses and gains? It is different from ordinary people. What everyday people want is personal gain and how to live well and comfortably. Our practitioners are not this way, but exactly the opposite. We do not seek what everyday people want. Instead, what we get is something everyday people cannot obtain—even though they want to—except through cultivation practice.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun)
After reading Master’s Fa, my way of thinking changed. I no longer wanted to pursue fame and fortune, but to become a better person. My younger brother obtained the Fa as well after he witnessed my changes. Now, my whole family is Falun Dafa practitioners, and we live harmoniously.
Sending Righteous Thoughts
I experienced the power of Dafa after I cultivated in it. One day, when I sent righteous thoughts with my family, the place where my inner eye is located was bothered by the light. Then I felt a warm energy flow from the top of my head through my whole body. I told my family what I felt, and learned that it was Master purifying my body.
I always felt a strong energy field surrounding me when I sent righteous thoughts. I have also seen many holy scenes in other dimensions. I saw a golden Falun spinning in my energy field. I saw celestial beauties scattering flowers. I also saw golden dragons and phoenixes.
One day, as soon as I started sending righteous thoughts I saw my body in another dimension flying in the sky, I flew higher and higher and arrived in a heavenly world where I saw a unique gate formed by circles of light. A fairy flew out of the gate and led me in.
Inside the gate, it was sacred and solemn. We came to a huge palace, which led to another heavenly world. Master’s body in another dimension sat there high in the air. His body was so huge that I could only see his legs. I also saw the infinite universe behind Master’s celestial body.
Clarifying the Truth about Dafa
I realized the preciousness of the practice and wanted to clarify the facts about Falun Dafa to people.
I told my friend about Falun Dafa, and the persecution even though initially, she was scared and did not want to listen. I told her my experiences as a Falun Dafa practitioner. Eventually, she understood and accepted the facts, and then quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations.
I hope young people who are addicted to video games just as I was would get some inspiration from my experiences.
Thank you, Master, for your encouragement. As a disciple, I cannot express my gratitude to you in words. I will study the Fa well and do the three things well.