(Minghui.org) I am a 76-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner who started to cultivate in Dafa in October 1996. I am not highly educated and don’t know how to get on the Internet. Therefore, I’m always thrilled to receive the Minghui Weekly, which my fellow practitioners print out and hand over to me. The past 25 years of cultivation have brought me endless joy and gratitude.

My Current State of Cultivation

Master said,

“Dafa is about spiritual practice. The goal of practice for a Dafa disciple is spiritual perfection. The human world is now at the end of its latter days, and the degenerate and chaotic things that have come about in these troubled times are affecting society more than ever. 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. And as you work to raise awareness, you must be sure not to think or act too much like an ordinary person. Only by staying clear on what you are doing will you manage to not get caught up in things and do even better.” (“Greetings to the Taiwan Fa Conference”)

I gained a sense of urgency after studying Master Li Hongzhi’s (Dafa’s founder) above teaching. Reflecting upon myself, I found that I hadn’t stayed clear on what I was doing, and hadn’t realized when I got caught up in things. Although I kept busy with truth clarification to strangers every day, I still found it difficult to clarify the truth to my husband.

My husband was a leader in his work unit before he retired. He has been heavily influenced by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brainwashing propaganda. He was afraid that I would be persecuted for practicing Falun Dafa, and couldn’t understand why I would risk my peaceful retirement life for my practice. He often said disrespectful words about Dafa in front of me. I was upset about it, and sometimes argued with him. It hurt our relationship. 

I often reflected upon myself and blamed myself. I could clarify the truth to others easily, but why did I lack the wisdom to persuade him? I thought hard on how to unlock his heart, but felt at a loss. Reading Master’s Fa made me more worried about my husband. 

A fellow practitioner in my study group enjoys meditating. He can meditate for three hours without feeling any pain in his legs. However, he doesn’t like to do the Falun Standing Stance. I don’t think it’s right, because Master has told us to learn all the five exercises together. 

Master said, 

“The exercises are a supplementary means to Consummation.” (“Teaching the Fa in New York City,” Lectures in the United States)

If we don’t do all five exercises, how can we thoroughly change our bodies? This fellow practitioner didn’t agree with me. I’m worried about him. If the Standing Stance wasn’t important, why had Minghui updated the music in 2018, extending the exercise time to an hour? I personally think it’s Master’s compassionate reinforcement, especially for elderly practitioners who have shown signs of aging. 

I routinely study three chapters of Zhuan Falun every day, do the five sets of exercises, send forth righteous thoughts, and clarify the truth. I don’t have any difficulty doing the Falun Standing Stance for an hour. Some fellow practitioners have done the Falun Standing Stance for two hours and achieved great results. 

Experiencing Enhanced Wisdom and Increased Strength

Starting from March 7 this year, I did the five exercises in the morning, including two hours of Falun Standing Stance, and studied a chapter of Zhuan Falun.

At the beginning of the Falun Standing Stance, Master’s voice arises in the music, “Enhancing Wisdom and Increasing Strength...” After doing the standing exercise for 2 hours every day for 10 days, I experienced the effects of “Enhancing Wisdom and Increasing Strength.”

I indeed felt that my wisdom has been enhanced. I learned how to reflect upon myself better, and learned how to follow the standard of cultivators. In other words, I learned how to cultivate myself, and be enlightened to Dafa principles.

I realized that the reason why I had triggered my husband’s negativity was that I looked down upon him, and had a fighting mentality. I also complained a lot. When I lacked compassion in my words, he often said disrespectful things about Dafa. It was my attachments that caused it. I decided to correct myself and follow the principles of Falun Dafa.

Since Master has told us that the human world is now at the end of its last days, what am I waiting for? I have to show the beauty of Dafa to my husband. When my husband was on his phone or watched TV, I used to be unhappy, and ate the meal by myself instead of telling him the meal was ready. Now I cook the food he likes and I call him when meals are ready. I nicely advised him to spend less time on his cell phone and TV. I also peel fruits for him, and pay more attention to his needs. 

I also experienced increased strength. I used to have pericarditis in my shoulder, back pain, and thrombocyopenia before I practiced Falun Dafa. I had to drag my feet when walking. Cultivation has restored my health. My diseases are gone. I became strong again, and can easily walk and carry things. After witnessing my changes, my son and my daughter praised Falun Dafa for rejuvenating me. 

After doing the Falun Standing Stance for 2 hours each day, I experienced even greater improvement in my health. I felt lighter while walking. My movements became swifter. I can carry 10 pounds of stuff to the 3rd floor easily. Even better, my mind became clear. I can think much faster. Master has enhanced my wisdom and increased my strength!

Changes in My Husband

My husband is a compassionate and honest person who believes in traditional values. He is also a dutiful son to his parents. During the plumbing system reconstruction of our residential area, my husband noticed the construction workers worked for a whole night. He gave them 300 yuan to have a good breakfast and also donated 500 yuan during the electricity upgrade of our neighborhood.

Falun Dafa practitioners’ family members also have predestined relationships with Dafa, but it was my sentiments that have triggered his negativity against Dafa. I had looked down upon him, and considered him my obstacle. I didn’t realize that he was helping me with my cultivation.

Master said, 

“...whoever the karma falls on, that’s who feels the pain.” (The Fourth Talk, Zhuan Falun)

After realizing the need to improve myself, I started measuring my own words and behavior with the principles of Dafa, and corrected myself unconditionally.

My husband changed as I changed. He used to stay away from the kitchen completely, but one day recently, I got home late from my group study. He had already warmed up left-over food, and was waiting for me to have dinner with him. I noticed a couple of times when I got home, he was playing Communist songs at full volume. I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts, and begged Master in my mind to help eliminate the evil factors. He turned off the audio system right away. It was the power of Dafa and Master that made him change. I simply had the wish.

Master said,

“There’s a saying, ‘Broadly shines a Buddha’s light, setting everything right.’ It means that people who truly cultivate carry immense energy in their bodies. Wherever those persons go, any abnormal condition within the area covered by their energy can be corrected and restored to normal.” (Chapter I Introduction Falun Gong)

My goal is to let him learn the true story of Falun Dafa, and get rid of his stuff related to communism. Someday, he will recognize the greatness of Falun Dafa and respect Dafa from the bottom of his heart. I wish for the day he will cultivate himself and assimilate to Dafa.

I have a strong wish to improve my health, validate the Fa, cultivate selflessness, and purify my mind to save more people. I wake up naturally around three a.m. every morning. I only need to sleep for two or three hours a day, and I stay energetic, clear-minded, and quick on getting housework done. I make the best use of my time to do the three things.

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Category: Improving Oneself