(Minghui.org) I would like to share my cultivation experience after we received six boxes of truth-clarification calendars.

Looking Within 

In late November 2019, the local coordinator asked me to pick up the 2020 truth-clarification calendars. She also requested that practitioners not give them to people who had previously received them, but to hand them out to strangers face-to-face. Thus, more people would learn the truth about Dafa via the calendars.

After informing local practitioners, several of them said they did not want the calendars, and only one of them took 10 calendars, and said they would give them to relatives and neighbors. 

Five of our local practitioners had been arrested since July. The situation became very tense. The local practitioners were afraid to distribute the calendars. I didn't know what to do with so many calendars. My husband was also a practitioner. We talked about it and decided to hand them out ourselves. 

There is no coincidence in cultivation. There must have been a factor involved to improve our xinxing. By looking inward, I found that I like to blame others, have the attachment of competitiveness, of being condescending, and looking down on others. 

I realized that what I encountered this time was to get rid of those attachments and improve. With these bad thoughts, how could I do such a sacred thing as helping Master awaken the conscience of people?

I still have so many attachments after more than 20 years of cultivation. I mainly looked outward, and did not cultivate inward when things happened, so these bad things had been swaying me and interfering with me. It was hard for me to improve, and my cultivation progressed very slowly.

Master said, 

“In truth, the spiritual journey is none other than an ongoing process of learning to let go of the things of this world that we may be attached to.” (The First Talk, Zhuan Falun)

I decided to follow Master’s words to get rid of the attachments and advance diligently.

Continuing to Look Inward

However, while I was calming down, another coordinator suddenly brought me two more boxes of calendars. I was already under pressure with the new requirement for handing out the four boxes of calendars. Now, two more boxes arrived. I thought, “Why has this happened to me?”

My husband and I continued to look inward and found fear, fear of suffering, and fear of being persecuted. It was easy to hand out dozens of calendars in the past. However, this year, when facing the six boxes of truth-clarification calendars, I felt anxious. My husband pointed out that my anxiousness was not out of a sense of urgency to awaken the conscience of people. I thought about it, and he was right. There were a lot of human notions behind it. 

I was eager to participate in any truth-clarification activity, but not with a pure heart to help people. The compassion of Dafa disciples can only manifest when one's motivation is pure. Only in that way I could have a sense of urgency and not lose sight of the seriousness of the mission. Continuing to look inward, I also found I still had the attachment of relying on others, the competitive mentality, and seeking comfort. 

I realized that those attachments made me think this task was difficult. I immediately understood why the coordinator sent me two more boxes. It was aimed at my attachments so I could improve. Fa-rectification has reached the current stage, and I still could not have a righteous mind to help people. 

I was satisfied that I participated in certain activities to help people and did not want to offer more. When I thought of this, I thanked my fellow practitioners from the bottom of my heart. Without the two extra boxes of calendars, I would not have found my hidden selfishness. I told myself it was time to let go of these attachments. 

Handing Out Calendars With Pure Hearts

But how could we give out these six boxes of truth-clarification calendars to the people as soon as possible and safely?

Master said,

“Save the world’s people with righteous thoughtsExpose the lies and open the locks in people’s heartsWe don’t believe consciences can’t be brought back”(“To Save The World,” Hong Yin III)

We were filled with righteous thoughts after improving based on the Fa, and the feeling of pressure disappeared. 

Helping more sentient beings is the original wish of Dafa disciples. My husband and I decided to hand out 100 calendars face to face at the Sunday market. In this way, it would not conflict with daily Fa study and exercises, nor did it impact other things we were doing.

When the first Sunday came, we went to the market and found a good spot. We knew the safest way to do this was through having righteous thoughts as Master said. We gave the beautiful calendars to predestined people with pure hearts. Who were the police, and who were plainclothes police? We did not think of that at all. We just searched for the right person with a firm and compassionate mind. 

We knew that Master would arrange predestined people to come to us. Under Master’s compassionate arrangement and care, 100 truth-clarification calendars were quickly distributed. We thus distributed six boxes of calendars in less than a month.

We handed each calendar to people with both hands and without gloves, with compassion, always telling them to remember: “Falun Dafa is good.” In December in the north, it was already cold and windy. We did not wear gloves out of respect and courtesy to the people, and our hands were frozen red, which moved people. 

Some people asked us to help them quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated youth organizations. They told us to be safe and to take care of ourselves. Our hearts were excited – our righteous thoughts awakened the people’s kind hearts. 

We are grateful to Master for giving us the opportunity to help people, while refining and improving ourselves in the process.

I learned a lot through this experience. I need to cooperate well with fellow practitioners to take on the more significant and heavier responsibility of helping Master awaken the conscience of sentient beings. All of this is our responsibility, and it is no extra effort. In cultivation, it is our attachments that cause all the hurdles and difficulties we encounter. 

Any attachment, including our human feelings, can interfere with our efforts to help sentient beings. 

Just as Master said, “Nothing is truly unbearable or impossible.” (The Ninth Talk, Zhuan Falun)

One year has passed. When we look back, we see that the difficulties at that time were created by our human notions. Our selfishness made it so hard. However, after we changed our mindset and measured things with a practitioner’s standard, the problem was resolved effortlessly. There is no concept of difficult or not difficult. It is in this process that we elevate as practitioners.

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Category: Improving Oneself