(Minghui.org) I am turning 78 this year. I want to share how I went from living a life of suffering to that of a healthy person. In short, it was because of Dafa and protection from compassionate Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa.

A Fortunate Encounter

Something happened in my life when I was 46 years old. I could not think it through clearly or sufficiently sort it out to make the situation better, and my health suffered as a result. I developed a heart problem and high blood pressure. There was also a problem with my neck that made me dizzy, and my head hurt. Eight of my fingers became deformed, and the pain was unbearable. I also became allergic to the medications I had to take, which gave me hives and made my stomach ache.

In August 1994, as I was walking by a park, the music from a Falun Dafa practice site caught my attention. I overheard someone talking about high blood pressure and beings in another dimension residing in one’s neck area. I instinctively touched my own neck. I was in shock! I did not know what they were talking about and eagerly inquired. Two days later, a practitioner loaned me a copy of the book Falun Gong to introduce me to the practice.

I thought, "This is just what I wanted. Let me read it." Once I got started, I could not put it down. I had questions. How come this book is different from all other qigong books? What is xinxing? What is the other dimension about? There were other questions I could not comprehend. I read the book day and night. Not only was I not tired after staying up all night reading, I actually felt better.

The day after I read the book, I went back to the practice site to learn the exercise movements. I also got my own copy of Falun Gong. For the first two weeks, I followed along with the other practitioners to do the exercises. However, I could not yet sit in the lotus position to do the meditation that is the fifth exercise. One day my eight deformed fingers hurt a lot. A veteran practitioner told me it was Master cleansing my body, and I must endure it. I said I would. Two days later, the pain was gone and it never came back. I could extend my fingers again and do household chores.

After work, I joined other new practitioners to listen to Master’s recorded Fa teaching lectures and worked on perfecting the exercise movements. One day, while doing the third exercise, “Penetrating the Cosmic Extremes,” my body felt electrified from my fingertips. Next, I vomited and had to go to the bathroom. These symptoms lasted for a week. The interesting part was that I was fine at work. Then once I got home, I kept having to go to the toilet. Yet I was in a good mood, and all of my physical discomforts were gone.

Then one afternoon, I felt something spinning in my abdomen. It was the Falun Master placed in me that was spinning. Since then, without any illness, I am full of energy and have enjoyed every day. I knew then that Falun Dafa is good, that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is my life’s hope.

Attending Master’s Last Fa Teaching Lecture Series in China

Since Master began teaching the Fa to the public in 1992, his lecture series was held in major cities, including Beijing, Changchun, and Guangzhou. The numbers of attendees multiplied with each subsequent lecture series. Some veteran practitioners attended the lectures several times and shared their experiences with us new practitioners. I envied them. How I wished I could have a chance to go too!

A practitioner said to me one day: “I have good news for you. Master is holding his last in-person lecture series in Guangzhou from December 21-28! Master is going abroad afterward.” I said: “I want to go! I really want to go!” It was the end of the year. Permission for time off was usually not granted for my line of work, as it was when our workload was the highest. The thought of going was so strong, I had to give it a try. My request went through! My supervisor, colleagues, and family members were supportive. It was amazing how smooth everything went. Soon after, I received my entrance ticket and I purchased a train ticket. I felt so fortunate to be able to attend Master’s last lecture series in China.

Master said:

“Therefore, once people want to cultivate, the great enlightened beings will value this heart very much and will extend help unconditionally.” (Lecture Three, Zhuan Falun)

Master gave me this opportunity that occurs once in ten thousand years! The days I spent in Guangzhou were the most unforgettable days in my life. A dozen of us arrived in Guangzhou on December 21, 1994. At registration, there were several hundred practitioners without tickets waiting there. Some veteran practitioners gave away their tickets. The first lecture was that evening. Thunderous applause welcomed Master as he walked onto the stage. It was the first time I saw Master in person. My immediate impression of Master was that he looks young, striking, and compassionate. Master’s voice was loud and clear. Master walked around the stage so the audience members sitting in the back could see him. December 22 is the first day of winter in the Chinese calendar, a traditional holiday. Master held the evening lecture in the morning instead, so local practitioners could have dinner with their families. How thoughtful! I felt so fortunate to attend Master’s lecture in person.

I had been practicing Falun Dafa for only four months at that time, but I would like to share some of my personal experiences during those days. On the first day of the lecture, I had some pain in my right shoulder and right leg and had a sensation of something spinning in my abdomen. On the second day, I could not keep my eyes open and was snoring. A practitioner sitting next to me woke me up, but I still could not open my eyes and continued sleeping. Afterward, my mind became crystal clear. On the third day, I felt cold energy evaporate from my back. On the fourth day, an area of my body where I previously had allergic reactions to medication showed the same irritation again, then quickly went away. After I returned home, I had menstrual cramps and got my period. This was after I had gone through menopause five years earlier. The discharge was a black blood clot. I had a period two more times, and each time it was lighter than the previous time. These were evidence that Master was continuously cleansing my body.

It has been 27 years since I attended Master’s lecture series. Every time I listen to or watch Master’s Fa teaching in Guangzhou, the image of these days appears vividly in my mind. I often listen to other practitioners’ cultivation experiences on the Minghui website. Whenever I came across a practitioner’s recollection of attending one of Master’s lecture series in China, my eyes filled with tears. I will remember Master’s compassionate salvation, keep my faith in Master and the Fa, and stay steady on the path of cultivation.