Young Practitioner: Returning to My Cultivation Path
(Minghui.org) I am a young female Falun Dafa practitioner. I started practicing when I was 12 because of my mother, who is also a practitioner. She always urged me to study the Fa teachings and do the exercises.
My mother established a Fa study group in our home, and I liked to be with the practitioners there and share my experiences with them.
A Willful Youth
I had a bad habit of watching television and always dreamed of falling in love when I grew up.
Many children in our area didn't go to school and started to work at an early age. I did the same. I always looked for jobs outside of our area but stayed only a short time as I got homesick if I was away too long.
I met my husband when I was 19. We were the same age and were attracted to each other at first sight. I told him about Falun Dafa and the persecution, and he believed Dafa was good.
He told me of a dream he had when he was young. There was a bird that kept turning and turning and gradually changed into a book. He knew it was a heavenly book and he wanted to open it, but someone woke him up. He regretted not having had the chance to read the heavenly book.
I realized that he had a predestined relationship with Dafa, and I wanted to be with someone who acknowledged Dafa. It seemed he was the right one for me.
However, my family disagreed with my choice. His parents were divorced, and he had been raised by his grandparents. His financial situation was not good, he had some bad habits, and he was not tall enough for them. But the main reason was that they believed we were still too young.
We decided to elope, which caused great pain to my parents. After the news was spread in the village, my parents agreed to our engagement at the end of the year. Two years later, we were married.
Master Looked after Me
I stopped practicing soon after we married. My husband began indulging in computer games, and he didn’t help me much with taking care of our child. He sat in front of the computer to play games all day long and didn’t go out and find a job.
We were in debt and always quarreled. I didn’t dare tell my parents about it. I cried a lot and only thought of Master Li and Dafa when I was in distress.
I once left home to play mahjong for an entire day because I didn’t want to see my husband. When I came back, he was still playing on the computer. Our child was sleeping but had a high fever. We rushed him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
I regretted behaving like an everyday person and asked Master for help. That night, our son's fever lifted, and we took him home. The next morning, I promised Master that I would return to Dafa cultivation.
However, I again became slack in my cultivation. I complained about my husband’s family and always looked outward. I talked about others behind their backs and hated my husband playing computer games.
Because of the conflicts with my husband, I met a man on the Internet who lived in our city. On my way to meet him, I got a stomachache.
I realized that, as a practitioner, I shouldn't have improper relations. I quickly deleted his contact information and turned off my cell phone. I hurried home, and my stomachache disappeared.
Meeting Other Practitioners
Through studying the Fa, I realized that I must look inward and shouldn't always complain about my husband playing computer games.
Life went on and the debts had to be paid, so we started our own small business.
One day, a stranger started talking to me about Falun Dafa. I told her that I was a practitioner, too, and that's how I finally found a local fellow practitioner.
I hadn’t read articles on the Minghui website for a while, and this practitioner helped me a lot with my cultivation. However, she later moved away, and I again lost contact with local practitioners.
I was busy earning money to pay off our debts and thus slacked off again in my cultivation. However, I really wanted to contact more practitioners. Master saw my wish and arranged for me to meet three practitioners. They helped me a lot and pointed out areas where I needed to improve.
I learned that I should cultivate myself solidly, and clarify the truth like other practitioners.
Clarifying the Truth
With the help of Master and local practitioners, I started telling people about Falun Dafa face to face.
I wanted to sell my shop, and a woman signed the contract agreeing to buy it. She paid a deposit of 1,000 yuan and knew that it was non-refundable if she broke the contract.
A few days later, however, she called my husband and said that she couldn’t follow through with the purchase and wanted her deposit back. My husband and mother-in-law didn’t agree to this.
I talked about it with fellow practitioners, and they all suggested that I return the money. I agreed, but I didn’t do it immediately.
A fellow practitioner asked me later if I had returned the money yet. She suggested that I do it soon and use the opportunity to talk to that person about Falun Dafa.
I contacted the woman, and we agreed to meet. Without realizing it, I got directly to the point and said, “I’m a Falun Dafa practitioner and we are taught to always consider others first. I heard that you wanted to help your younger brother in a car washing business, so you decided not to purchase the shop from us. It's okay. I will return your deposit.”
She listened carefully as I continued: “You know, by law, we have the right to keep your money. However, I have practiced Falun Dafa since I was a child and have been taught how to be a good person, so I know I should return your deposit.”
The woman responded, “I've heard about Falun Dafa, but I didn’t know it was so good.”
I told her more about Dafa, the persecution, and about quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to keep safe. She agreed to quit.
I told her to remember the two phases to keep safe: “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance is good.” I then gave her the money.
When I told my husband that I had returned the deposit, he wasn't upset and just said, “I thought you would.”
Under Master’s arrangement, our life has become better and better. We paid off our debts, had money in the bank, and even bought a car.
A relative on my mother-in-law's side held a wedding. My husband and I attended and met many people.
I couldn’t remember people’s names after being introduced, but I talked to them all about Falun Dafa.
When a relative heard that we had come back to our hometown, he came to find me, so I told him about Falun Dafa.
Almost everyone I spoke to at the wedding quit the CCP.
After the wedding, we went to the hometown of my husband’s grandfather. It was a big family. My husband didn’t know many of them, but we didn’t feel like strangers. When they were cooking, I talked to everyone about Falun Dafa.
My Husband’s Friends
My husband runs a small business and has a lot of business friends. I spoke to most of them and their families about Dafa and helped them quit the CCP.
A couple, who are are friends of my husband, invited many people to dinner. The husband happened to sit beside me and we talked a lot. He has been a taxi driver for eight years.
Someone had told him twice before to quit the CCP, but he refused. I told him that he was lucky to have the same person try twice to get him to quit. Finally, he said, “I missed it twice. Now, I understand. You're right—I am a lucky person.” He agreed to quit the CCP's Young Pioneers.
Master Has Always Been Protecting Me
I have always been slack and sometimes did poorly on my path of cultivation. However, Master has been protecting me and watching over me.
Whenever I encountered tests that I couldn’t handle, I knelt in front of Master’s picture with tears in my eyes. Master always picked me up and guided me through them.
I must follow Master’s teachings, treat cultivation seriously, cherish what Master has done for me, and cherish this unprecedented opportunity! I must do well the three things that practitioners should do, and cultivate myself well.