Summoning My Courage to Save People During the Coronavirus Lock Down
(Minghui.org) Wuhan City was placed on lockdown on January 23rd due to the coronavirus (CCP Virus). By February the residential areas were barricaded. At first, residents could only leave their homes once a day, then once every three days; finally people couldn't leave their homes and had to order their groceries online. This went on for over a month.
I’d like to tell you how I continued doing the three things during this special period.
Because of the lockdown we decided to temporarily suspend our group Fa study. I wasn't able to travel outside the immediate area and distribute truth clarification materials as usual. The guards were on duty around the clock. I began distributing materials in my residential area.
My area is new and not very big. As far as I know I'm the only practitioner. Surveillance cameras are everywhere and there's a camera at the entrance of each building. There's a high-resolution camera in each elevator. I knew I had to let go of my human notions if I were to distribute fliers in this oppressive environment.
I reminded myself that I must firmly wish to save people and I had to be willing to bear hardships. I attended the online morning exercises at 3:20 a.m. I spent more time sending righteous thoughts and I read the Fa and recited it every day. I measured my every thought and action with the Fa's principles.
I identified some of my human notions as follows:1. I was the only practitioner in this area. I would be targeted if truth-clarification materials were found here.2. There were so many cameras. I would be identified even though I wore a mask because I was photographed during my detention.3. I felt insecure and was afraid of being persecuted.
I knew that as a practitioner I shouldn’t measure things using an ordinary person’s reasoning but should guide myself by the Fa's principles.
“The best way to deal with this situation is for Dafa disciples to walk their paths righteously, to try their best not to let the evil or the old forces take advantage of their gaps, and to solidify their righteous thoughts. The old forces don't dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What's key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
“As I've said, everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts. Even though the old forces do exist, if you don't have those thoughts they can't do anything. When your righteous thoughts are strong enough the old forces can't do a thing.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
“The fact is, at this time Dafa disciples have to do divine things, because for Dafa disciples their personal cultivation is no longer first and foremost. Saving sentient beings and reconstructing the colossal firmament during the Fa-rectification are the purpose. You have to do Fa-rectification things and things to save sentient beings, so you need to clear away the obstacles presented by this environment and validate Dafa.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VII)
“the difference between humans and gods is that one thought. If you can let it go, you are a cultivator; if you can’t, you are a human being.” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Houston)
“The path is very narrow, and it may look like it can’t be traveled. But in fact, you can do it.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the NTDTV Meeting”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IX)
“One righteous mind can subdue one hundred evils. If you do not pursue anything, no one will dare to bother you.” (Zhuan Falun, Translated by U.S. Practitioners, March 2000)
Master’s Fa is very clear. My understanding was that any means I adopted would be safe as long as my thoughts were righteous and I didn’t generate any incorrect thoughts. The process of saving sentient beings was a process through which I could let go of my human attachments. I was doing the most righteous thing in distributing Falun Dafa informational materials to save people. I should not be persecuted for doing this. I shouldn’t have a single thought of being persecuted. If I did I was seeking persecution. It was an attachment and might incur persecution to myself.
I sent righteous thoughts for half an hour before I went out. I visualized eliminating any negative elements and the Communist specters around the building that I was going to distribute materials in; the surveillance cameras would not work and no one would stop me.
I prepared the materials about the CCP Virus and prepared to go out. My family members who were watching TV looked at me and warned me not to distribute materials in our residential area. I asked them not to be concerned and I left home.
I went inside a building and took the lift to the top level while in my mind I thought that the camera could not take my photo. One door suddenly opened while I was putting a pamphlet opposite this household. The person saw me but I ignored him and went downstairs. In my mind I ordered him not to follow me. When I came to a lower level, one thought asked me to stop and go home. I negated this thought and replaced it with the righteous thought: no more bad thoughts. I calmed down and continued putting the materials outside the apartment doors. I finished the entire building of 20 levels in half an hour.
A couple of days later I distributed dozens of fliers in another building. Then I found that the guards patrolled more frequently and the cleaners kept returning to sanitize the buildings. My fear rose. I tried to let it go repeatedly. I had to reinforce my righteous thoughts and remind myself to completely believe in Master and the Fa. I distributed materials in several buildings.
Gradually I found the environment was changing. People began coming outside and taking walks as the weather warmed. I even heard children playing.
When I started a second round of distributing materials, I saw pink stickers on some doors which might mean that those households had members who contracted the CCP Virus, but were yet to be confirmed. Some doors had notes that prohibited the family members from going outside which meant they had patients who had confirmed CCP Virus. I put more materials outside those doors because they needed to know the truth in order to be saved. The entire time I stayed healthy.
I deeply thank Master. By reading the teachings I broke through my human notions and mind-set. Sometimes I felt I was a divine being in the human world. I had fewer attachments and fear. I became more rational and had more righteous thoughts.