(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1994. However, when the persecution was launched in 1999, I became confused and stopped cultivating. It wasn’t until I suffered an illness, and met a fellow practitioner in 2012 that I resumed my cultivation. I have stumbled on my cultivation path countless times over the past few years. Some tests were passed better than others. Under Master’s compassionate protection, I was able to survive.
On September 15, 2021, I found that my mouth was crooked, and it worsened the next day. My left eye got smaller and my eyelid sagged. Food and water leaked out when I ate or drank. All these symptoms pointed to a stroke. It happened unexpectedly, but I stayed calm.
Master [Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa] has told us,
“No matter what it is you have encountered as you've gone about validating the Fa, it is all, I will tell you, a good thing--and that's especially so in these years of persecution--for those things have come about specifically because you do cultivation. Those ordeals and the suffering, no matter how great or harsh you find them to be, are good things, because they take place solely on account of your cultivation. A person can eliminate karma and shed human attachments when he goes through ordeals, and through ordeals he can improve.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VIII)
I looked within for my loopholes. I remembered that I helped my brother take care of his orchard and chickens. I always had an attachment to farming, and would rather work hard to get unpolluted food. I also thought that it wouldn’t stop me from doing the three things.
However, it didn’t work out as I expected. I only sent forth righteous thoughts once a day when it got busy, and couldn’t concentrate on Fa study. Even though I shouldered the most dirty and heavy work, my brother wasn’t thankful. I held grievances, directed at the workers he hired, and sometimes lost my temper. When I didn’t treat myself as a cultivator, the old forces took advantage of my loophole.
My son took me home in the evening. My daughter tried to persuade me to go to a hospital. She said that I just needed a CT scan, but didn’t have to take any medicine. My son asked, “Mother, what if the same thing happens to you that happened to Dad?” My husband, a non-practitioner, suffered a stroke two years ago, and passed away about six months ago. I took care of him when he was bedridden while doing the three things. The process helped me get rid of a lot of attachments. My son and my daughter witnessed the power of Falun Dafa through my behavior.
I stayed undisturbed, with a firm belief in Falun Dafa. I told my children, “I’m fine. I have strong faith in Falun Dafa and Master. Give me a couple of days. I’ll let you know if I need to go to the hospital.” They gave up after trying to persuade me after a couple of hours.
My son’s girlfriend came to see me for the first time the next day. She also suggested I go to a hospital. I told her, “Before I started practicing Falun Dafa, I suffered from heart disease, stomach disease, endometrial hyperplasia, Cholecystitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. I had to take lots of medicine every day. Falun Dafa has helped me get rid of all these diseases. It is a powerful Buddha Law. Don’t worry. I’ll be fine in a couple of days.”
I called a fellow practitioner in the evening about my situation. She sent forth righteous thoughts at the same time with me for an hour. I felt lightened afterwards. She told me that she sweated all over after sending forth righteous thoughts. With nothing but strong faith in my mind, I studied the Fa and looked within. I realized that I had failed to cultivate my speech, neglected Fa study and sending forth righteous thoughts.
I joined the local group study the next day. All of the practitioners in the group sent forth righteous thoughts for me. My condition improved, but my mouth and eye still looked crooked. My son suggested acupuncture. My other family members also said that my mouth and eye would stay the same if I missed the optimal window for treatment. They gave me examples of people we knew.
Their words made me hesitate. I thought I could do acupuncture on myself, but my second thought told me that that was the approach of an ordinary person.
On the 10th day, I further looked within, and found myself still holding onto human notions, worrying whether my appearance would return to normal. I thought I should get down to my Fa-study, because Master has told us,
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)
On the eleventh day, I continued to study Teachings at the Conference in Los Angeles, which I had started but didn’t finish. I read the following passage:
“But how could a divine being have ordinary people administer treatment on him? And how could ordinary people heal a divine being’s sickness? (Applause) (Teacher laughs) These are Fa principles. But often the case is that you really don’t come across as having all that strong of righteous thoughts. When you can’t handle yourself well, then go ahead. If your mind is unsteady, that means you are not meeting the standard to begin with, and prolonging the process won’t lead to any changes. And if someone holds out for the purpose of saving face, that is adding attachments on top of attachments. In such cases there are only two choices: You either go to the hospital and thus give up on trying to overcome the test, or you completely let go of everything, behave like an upstanding and noble Dafa disciple who has no resentment or attachments, and leave it to Master to arrange whether you stay or go.” (Teachings at the Conference in Los Angeles)
I said in my mind, “Master, I’ll follow your instruction, and completely let go of my attachments as an upstanding and noble Falun Dafa practitioner should. I’ll leave myself to Master to arrange whether I stay or go, with no resentment or attachments. I’ll never give up on this test. It’s an opportunity for me to improve. I have nothing to fear since Master and Dafa are with me!”
“Human or divine—the difference lies in one thought. If what arises is a righteous thought, and you take the position that all of this is false, that it’s the old forces meddling, and you remind yourself of how long you’ve cultivated Dafa for and that no such thing is possible, if that thought truly comes from within, instantly the problem will vanish. But this isn’t just something you say and then are able to achieve. That kind of unwavering righteous thought comes from within you, and it is not superficial or just lip service.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
I woke up the next morning, and found myself completely recovered! It was the 12th day, but the first day after I completely let go of my attachment to the false appearance of a stroke!
My full recovery had a huge impact on my family. My first younger brother used to not believe in Falun Dafa. He had said disrespectful things against Dafa. He asked me this time, “Are you really fine?” I said, “Yes, remember ‘Falun Dafa is great and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is great!’” He would have refuted my words before, but this time, he smiled without saying anything.
My father, sister, and youngest brother all agreed that Falun Dafa is truly great. They repeat these words every day, and enjoy great, healthy, and smooth lives.
After witnessing the power of Falun Dafa, a friend of my sister, who used to disbelieve Falun Dafa, suggested that my sister practice it as well.
I personally experienced how Master has taken care of Dafa disciples through this incident. Thank you, Master, for your compassionate care! Thank you, fellow practitioners, for your selfless help!
I would like to tell all people not to believe in the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) lies! Falun Dafa is the great Buddha Law that brings people a bright future!