Calming My Heart Amid the U.S. General Election
(Minghui.org) The U.S. election has touched the hearts of millions. It is a battle between good and evil. It is about whether the United States, a beacon of democracy, can continue to shine globally. It’s also about the fate of China across the ocean and the lives of all those who love peace, freedom, and democracy. It's reasonable to say that the United States is the only country whose elections can effect changes in the entire world. The importance and symbolism are self-evident.
Initially I did not have much interest in the U.S. election. I knew that Trump represents the righteous side, but I had not yet enlightened to what I should do on this matter.
It was not until the Minghui Editorial “We Must Know and Be Clearheaded about Our Principles and Fundamentals” and Master's new scripture “On the General Election” were published did I realize that this was another demonstration of Master's great compassion. It reflects a great change in the heavens and is the most important election of all lives.
Master told us,
“All choosing to oppose the rectification were eliminated” (“Rectifying the Fa,” Hong Yin III)
Under this celestial climate, I, a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple, should play my role well. We are Dafa disciples and we shoulder the responsibility of assisting Master in rectifying the Fa. We are responsible for all the righteous elements in the universe. We should support whoever represents justice and righteousness. As for who is in office and who is not, that is not our concern–cultivation should still be the main focus for us.
During the process, the shortcomings in my cultivation also surfaced: I developed an attachment to the result. If things went in the direction as I predicted, I would be happy. If other practitioners disagreed with me, my jealousy and competitiveness would show up. In any case, my heart kept fluctuating.
This had something to do with the fact that I had been attached to myself too much. I always used my own ideals and judgment to evaluate the current situation and changes in the election, and I would talk about my thoughts when I communicated with fellow practitioners.
For example, when Trump nominated a conservative justice for the Supreme Court after a liberal justice passed away, I thought, “Well, this is a divine arrangement to give Trump some advantage beforehand. If the lawsuit goes to the Supreme Court, then conservative justices would be the majority and they would rule in Trump’s favor.” But when the Supreme Court made the opposite move in handling the Texas election lawsuit, I still did not want to admit my poor judgment. I gave the justices excuses that they might have been pressured to rule against Trump and they might reverse their decisions later on at the critical moment.
After the hope for the Supreme Court was gone, others began to pin their hope on Vice President Pence. But I suddenly realized that I should no longer be attached to this matter. I was affected and interfered with by worldly affairs. If one practitioner thinks this way it might be alright, but if many Dafa practitioners think this way, it would be a huge loophole for the evil to take advantage of. There have been too many such lessons. In fact, we are still human beings cultivating. How could a human being in the secular world predict, guess, and know what the divine is planning or thinking?
I also spent a lot of time watching fellow practitioners’ YouTube channels and listening to their analysis. My heart was stirred up whether I agreed or disagreed with them. I was also curious if they had some new ideas or breaking news.
Master taught us:
“From an everyday person’s level, perspective, and frame of mind, one cannot understand genuine things.” (Zhuan Falun, 2014 Translation Version)
“How can it work if a person views high-level things with the standards of everyday people?” (Zhuan Falun, 2014 Translation Version)
Master reminded us in recent scripture:
“Though a battle between good and evil is taking place, you have to ensure that you do not let it negatively affect you, and should do even better at getting the truth out and saving people.” (“Greetings to the Taiwan Fa Conference,” Team Yellow Translation)
I thought that I could not go on like this. I had to change. I had to get back on track. I needed to get back to the right base, understand what a Dafa disciple should do, and consistently carry out my duty.
As a matter of fact, many things were waiting for us to do. Several fellow practitioners in my area were waiting to be rescued after being arrested and detained. We also needed to arrange fellow practitioners to work on different projects, establish new communication channels, maintain the smooth operation of the material production sites, and make arrangements to take care of fellow practitioners who were going through tribulations. Plus, I had to study the Fa well, do the exercises, send forth righteous thoughts, and take care of house chores. I really should focus my energy on things that need my immediate attention, I thought.
After I realized my attachments, got rid of them and corrected my cultivation state, my mind was much more calm and tranquil. When I came across election-related news, I was able to calmly read it without much disturbance.
There is a saying that public opinion cannot be deceived and the will of Heaven cannot be violated. As long as we follow Master's request, “Steadfastly cultivate Dafa, the will unflinching” (“True Nature Revealed,” Essentials for Further Advancement II), and do what Dafa disciples should do, we are truly cultivating ourselves well.