(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa was first introduced to the public in Changchun, China, in 1992, and has since been welcomed by people all over the world. The following account is about Andrea, a young woman from Salzburg, Austria, a beautiful town in the Alps and the birthplace of the famed composer Mozart.

Andrea started practicing Falun Dafa in 2005 in her hometown of Salzburg when she was 17, but she stopped sometime later for personal reasons. She then went to study and work in Germany.

A few years ago Andrea got sick. While she was at home recovering, she stumbled upon a book on religion that reminded her of Falun Dafa. It suddenly dawned on her that Falun Dafa was the only way that could lead her to her true home. She cried to herself, “Master, please give me another opportunity and allow me to return to my true home! I don’t belong here!”

Resuming cultivation wasn’t easy. She walked to the door of the local Fa study several times but turned around every time because she felt too embarrassed to enter. She finally resumed her cultivation in 2019 and started participating in local Fa study sessions and truth clarification activities.

Andrea doing the Falun Dafa meditation

After she started to cultivate again, Andrea realized the importance of looking within. She analyzed herself whenever she ran into conflicts or felt disturbed. She learned how to bravely face her own shortcomings and eliminate her attachments. She was able to distinguish her true self from her attachments, which made it much easier to pass tests in her cultivation.

She felt Master Li (the founder of Falun Dafa) cleanse her body as she improved her xinxing. One night, she distinctly sensed a powerful flow of warm energy around her stomach and then fill the entire room. She knew that Master was purifying her body.

In bed one night she suddenly had chest pain and couldn’t breathe. She was seized by a terrible feeling. She immediately begged Master to help her and started sending forth righteous thoughts to deny the old forces' arrangements. The symptoms disappeared in an hour. She knew that Master had helped her pass the tribulation.

Andrea also read many experience sharing articles on the Minghui website. Their stories inspired her to persevere during xinxing tests. Chinese practitioners’ righteous thoughts and behavior while facing persecution encouraged her to cultivate diligently.

Andrea returned to her hometown from Germany in 2020 to tell people about Falun Dafa and to expose the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. She wrote to government offices, educational institutions, hospitals, and big companies in Salzburg, and received many supportive replies.

Because Hitler was born in Austria and later became a German, students in German-speaking countries study the history of the Holocaust extensively to prevent similar tragedies. However, most people don’t know about the concentration camps in China and the CCP’s crimes of harvesting organs from living Falun Dafa practitioners. Tempted by economic interests, Western countries have turned a blind eye to the CCP’s human rights violations. Andrea is determined to expose the CCP’s atrocities so that people will make good choices.

Andrea said that she felt so fortunate to resume her cultivation. She is often moved to tears by Master’s profound compassion when she reads Falun Dafa books. “How fortunate and happy I am to learn Falun Dafa from Master’s original teachings,” she said.

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Category: Returning to Cultivation