(Minghui.org) When I returned home from my restaurant in the middle of the night on March 6 this year, it was a mess. I put away the toys, mopped the floors, and tidied up until 3 a.m. I then joined the global group practice and did the five exercises. I sent forth righteous thoughts at 6 a.m. and went to sleep at 6:30 a.m. I got up at 9:30 a.m. and rushed to my restaurant to start preparations for the day.
I bumped into a practitioner on the way. She looked me up and down and then said that I looked like I was in my 30s because my face was so fair and radiant and I had no wrinkles. I told her that I hadn’t really slept the night before. She gave me a thumbs up and said, “Divine!”
My customers have also said that I haven’t aged in recent years. If I didn’t practice Falun Dafa, I would have thought people said these things out of politeness. Actually, Master said,
“Thus, from this point on this person will not age naturally, and his cells will not die. Accordingly, he will stay young continuously. In the course of cultivation practice, one will look young and, in the end, stay that way.” (Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun)
Indeed I have experienced this. I didn’t feel tired at all, even though I hadn’t slept much. Instead I was in good spirits and full of energy. I look way younger than my 58 years.
I was lucky to start practicing Falun Dafa in 1998 at the age of 35. Our benevolent Master purified my body and all of my illnesses disappeared. My face became fair and radiant. My age seems to have been frozen, and this has helped me clarify the truth to people.
I had suffered from all sorts of health problems for 18 years before I started to practice Falun Dafa. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 17. Western medicine didn’t alleviate my symptoms and instead irritated my stomach and bowels. I developed problems with my stomach and throat. I had difficulty eating. This was a precursor to rheumatic heart disease. I traveled to see many doctors and took tons of medicine, including folk medicine prescriptions, but I didn’t get any better. One laughable story was that I was advised to get 100 used shoes from 100 families and boil them in a big basin of water with a bamboo wattle on it and then sleep on the bamboo wattle! You can imagine the result.
I was introduced to Falun Dafa on August 14, 1998. I felt light and relaxed when I arrived at a practice site. A coordinator practitioner allowed me to sit at the very front. The practitioners continued reading Zhuan Falun. They read:
“I do not talk about healing illness here, and neither will we heal illness. As a genuine practitioner, however, you cannot practice cultivation with an ill body. I will purify your body. The body purification will be done only for those who come to truly learn the practice and the Fa.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
When I heard that I said to myself that I would like to become a person who came “to truly learn the practice and the Fa” and cultivate in Dafa until completion.
After that experience, no matter how busy I was I kept going to the practice site to study the Fa and do the exercises. I took my children with me. All of my ailments disappeared. I felt light and had so much energy.
When I told my relatives how I’d changed, they didn’t quite believe it at first. How could that be possible? Modern medicine still hasn’t cured rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatic heart disease. When my mother saw how I had changed, she said with tears in her eyes that she too would like to practice Falun Dafa. Her period returned during the first month that she practiced Falun Dafa—she was in her 60s. All of her ailments disappeared.
Everyone who knows us says that Falun Dafa is wonderful. My perspective on the world and life has changed fundamentally. I know why we experience hardships in our lives, why we have illnesses, and that the real purpose of life is to return to our original, true selves. Practitioners don’t cause conflicts. We work hard and are tolerant and good people by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), mobilized the nation’s resources and launched the persecution of Falun Dafa less than one year after I started practicing. I only had one thought, which was that I would practice Falun Dafa with determination until completion. Because of this thought, our benevolent Master has protected me and enabled me to overcome many predicaments.
I went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Dafa with other practitioners in 1999. I wanted to tell people based on my own experiences that “Falun Dafa is good. Falun Dafa is a righteous Fa. Restore the reputation of our Master. Bring justice to Falun Dafa.” I was detained for a month. My husband had to take care of our two little children.
When I was released, there was barely anything at home even though it was nearly the Chinese New Year. Two practitioners gave me 1500 yuan. They said that things must be tight financially because my husband had to take care of our two kids and was unable to work while I was gone. I was moved to tears. Thank you, Master, for helping me overcome that difficult time. Thank you, practitioners, for your selfless help. I wrote them an “IOU” and promised to pay them back.
I opened a small restaurant with the funds after the New Year. The income from the restaurant covered our daily expenses. It was also where I clarified the truth and spread Dafa. It provided practitioners with a place to share. My business improved.
I opened a larger restaurant six months later. My old customers brought new customers. More and more people came to my restaurant. Everyone said that I was good, the food was good, the ingredients were fresh and good quality, the prices were reasonable, and they were happy. Some people said that my restaurant was just like their own kitchen.
I treated my customers like family and told them how good Falun Dafa is and helped them quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. I set a goal for myself that I had to help someone withdraw from the CCP every day, the more the better. Some people I spoke with even became Falun Dafa practitioners.
Sometimes things did not go smoothly. One day I clarified the facts to a middle school student. He accepted what I said readily, but when I urged him to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, he reported me to the police. I pleaded to Master for help and didn’t let the evil interfere. Two policemen came and saw the restaurant full of people eating. They stood there for a while and left. Thank you, Master, for dissolving the danger for me.
The CCP has disturbed and harassed me for two decades. They have harassed me by phone and by visiting me on so-called sensitive days. My children were afraid because of this and were not good to me. My husband was even more afraid and, for a while, didn’t want me to clarify the truth in the restaurant.
I believe that Dafa is omnipotent and that I am safest when I believe in Master and the Fa. Studying the Fa and clarifying the truth are things I must do every day. Nothing could prevent me from doing what I should do.
I am an all-rounder in the restaurant, from purchasing ingredients to cooking, serving, billing, and cleaning. Falun Dafa gives me wisdom and power. I don’t feel tired. I am happy all day long.
One customer observed that I worked all day and chatted with the customers when I was free and that I was always in good spirits. He asked me if I was in my 30s. I told him that Falun Dafa has amazing healing benefits and keeps people young—not at all like what the propaganda says. This approach made it easier for me to persuade people to withdraw from the CCP. Because customers often ask me if I am in my 30s, my husband acknowledges that Falun Dafa is wonderful, and he no longer prevents me from clarifying the truth in my restaurant.
By running this small restaurant, I could pay off a debt my husband owed from when he ran his own company and I could pay back the two practitioners who’d loaned me the 1500 yuan. We were also able to cover our family’s daily expenses and pay for our children’s schooling. We helped them get into the workforce and establish their own families. If I hadn’t practiced Falun Dafa, I would not have been able to do these things because I used to be weak and sickly. My relatives have all witnessed how much I have changed.
Our benevolent Master purified my body and soul and has always protected me as I overcame countless tests and hardships over the past 23 years. So many amazing things have happened to me during that time.
I now live a fulfilling life. I do the three things every day. I recite the Fa when I am not able to focus my mind while doing the exercises and listen to Minghui Radio when I cook. I send forth righteous thoughts when I go shopping and sleep roughly three hours a day.
Other practitioners’ experience sharing articles prompted me to write my own. I want more people to know just how extraordinary and miraculous Falun Dafa is and that “Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” during the pandemic.