(Minghui.org) I left home at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2009, to pick up my clothes from the laundromat across the street. Although the pedestrian “walk” light had come on, a black SUV didn’t stop and hit the left side of my body. I passed out on impact.
After regaining consciousness, I found myself laying down in an ambulance. My mind was clear, but my foot and chest hurt, and I could feel a big lump on my head. I contacted my family. As soon as my son arrived and got in the ambulance, the driver headed to the hospital. I kept reciting the auspicious phrases “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” in my heart.
I was taken to the emergency room for X-rays and a brain CT scan to ensure I didn’t have a hemorrhage. I kept reciting the auspicious phrases and told myself, “I will be fine because Master is right beside me and protecting me.”
I was then taken to a ward to await the results. After a long while, the doctor and a nurse arrived. They told me through a translation app that they saw no brain hemorrhage or fractures. The doctor, looking at my right foot, added that the swelling made it unclear on the X-ray if it was fractured or not, and he suggested that I have a frame put on.
I told him that I would be fine without it. The doctor had me sign a document and discharged me. I was overwhelmed with gratitude to Master for saving my life!
By the time my son got me home, it was Sunday morning. It was a gloomy day with dense fog. He had to help me out of the taxi and slowly walk upstairs.
My son gave me a pair of his big slippers, because my entire foot and ankle were badly swollen, and it was impossible for me to stand. My son pushed me to the bed with a seat walker and asked me to rest, but I found that very difficult. Although I managed to lie down, I could not turn over or lie flat, as it triggered chest pain and made breathing difficult.
Staying on my right side was the only choice, but both my right foot and the lump on the right side of my head were sore and I couldn’t sleep. I recited the auspicious phrases and gradually fell asleep, only to soon awaken from the pain. My first thought was to get up and meditate, but sitting upright was very painful. I was swollen from my foot to my calf, and doing even the single lotus position was not possible. I decided to sit with my legs loosely crossed, as I needed to do the exercises.
I turned on the exercise music and began to meditate. With great endurance, I managed to complete one hour of meditation. I sent righteous thoughts at noon for 30 minutes in the same position. In the afternoon, I tried to do the second standing exercise. I slowly stood up, but as soon as I put even a little weight on my right foot, the pain was unbearable. I immediately remembered that Master was watching over me. I told myself that I would be fine. This time, I tried to lean on my left foot to maintain balance and began the exercise. When I raised my hands to the third position “holding the wheel above the head,” the ribs on the left side of my chest hurt even more. I gritted my teeth and held on, completing the 30-minute wheel-holding exercise.
I then began to look inward. Since I was young, I’d been afraid of pain. Perhaps this incident was my chance to get rid of this attachment. I also found myself easily distracted when sending righteous thoughts, thus leaving behind evil elements in my dimensional field. I spent the rest of the day studying the Fa and sending forth righteous thoughts.
“Actually, don’t think that nothing happened to you after being hit—a you, made up of karma, really died. What’s more, that body had thoughts, a heart, and limbs that were made up of your bad karma; it died in the accident, and it was composed entirely of karma. We’ve done such a tremendous good thing for you, and have removed such a huge amount of karma and paid for lives with it—no one else does this. We do this only because you’re able to practice cultivation. When you realize this you will have no way to thank me.” (“Fa Teaching Given at a Meeting in New York,” Teachings at Conferences in the United States)
I couldn’t stop my tears from rolling down my face, “Master, words cannot express my gratitude for your compassionate deliverance.”
Lying in bed that night, everything that had happened seemed like a dream. I thought that the car accident was supposed to take my life. Without Master’s protection, the consequences could have been unimaginable. Were I an everyday person, I might be dead, paralyzed, or had a stroke. But as a Dafa practitioner with Master’s protection, I was only slightly injured. I understood that this time, Master had bore the substance of the debt for me while I had only bore the minimal.
When the pain was unbearable and I could not sleep, I recited the Fa. I wanted to cherish every minute and every second of my life, as Master said:
“...every minute and every second of your life is part of your cultivation...” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XIII)
As soon as I woke up the next morning, I sent righteous thoughts for 30 minutes and then decided to do the sitting meditation. I told myself that I would try sitting in the single lotus position that day. Putting my leg up caused unrelenting pain, so it took several minutes to slowly place it. I began to do the exercise with the music, but all I could feel was more and more pain. When I really could not bear it any longer, I began to recite in my heart “Nothing is truly unbearable or impossible.” (Zhuan Falun)
I kept reciting until I was covered with sweat. When 50 minutes had passed, the pain lessened, as if I was surrounded by a wave of warm energy. “Thank you, Master, for eliminating a lot of karma for me.” I couldn't stop the running down my face. That was how I managed to meditate for an hour that day.
In the past, I would go to the office to attend the 7:40 a.m. group Fa study on weekdays. Since I couldn’t get there, I decided to do it at home. I started the eighth lecture of Zhuan Falun at 7:40 a.m. and began to work after Fa study.
I texted my manager: “I can’t go to the office for a few days because of karma elimination. Sorry. I will have to work from home.” I couldn’t let this small injury affect my daily work. I was a sales assistant and considered my role to be as important as green leaves are to a flower—the stepping stones to support others. I would make every effort to do my work well. In the afternoon, I called a colleague to discuss work, who said that she couldn’t tell that I was suffering from karma elimination.
Apart from sales work, I also did proofreading for another TV program. I wondered if I should take a break from the proofreading work, as it usually involved several hours of work for a one-hour program. But I soon dismissed this idea, as it didn’t feel right to increase someone else’s workload, so I continued to work as usual.
At lunchtime, when colleagues at the office did the exercises together, I did the exercises at home. Though my movements were off due to the unbearable pain, I still completed the four standing exercises. When my son came over and saw me standing up, he was very distressed and said, “Don’t stand up, Mom. You can do the exercises sitting down.” I said, “It’s okay. Doing the exercises is best for my recovery.”
“I’ve given my utmost concern not just to you, but to all lives. I have almost depleted everything of mine for all lives.”
“You have to do well in cultivation. Don’t miss this chance.” (Teachings at the Conference in Switzerland)
While I was reading, tears filled my eyes and gratitude filled my heart. I said to Master in my heart, “I will listen to you and cultivate diligently, Master!”
After overcoming the challenge of completing the exercises, the next challenge was walking. I wanted to go to work but my right foot was still very swollen. Two fellow practitioners came to visit me. They held me up and tried to help me walk a little, but my right foot hurt too much to touch the ground. With their careful assistance, I took a tiny step with my left foot and then followed with my right foot. The distance from my bedroom to the dining room was about five or six meters, but walking that distance took me a very long time. But nonetheless it was a big breakthrough. That evening, I stood for over an hour doing the third exercise. After that, my chest hurt less and I was able to step on the floor with my right foot positioned very carefully. Though it was a gradual process, I could feel that things were getting better.
I completed my office duties as well. That day, I helped a client secure an urgent ad to broadcast on TV the next day and took care of another urgent contract.
Before going to bed, I read an article on Minghui entitled “Recovering from a Severe Spinal Fracture.” It was so amazing that with Master’s help, someone could recover from such a serious spinal fracture without surgery or spending a single penny. I thought it was no accident that I saw it. Thank you, Master, for giving me stronger righteous thoughts to overcome this tribulation.
I managed to do the Falun-holding exercise for one hour. At noon, I stood on my left foot and tried to transfer the weight to my right despite the swelling. When both arms were slowly raised above my head, I felt the Falun rotating. My body was warm and surrounded with great energy. Gradually, my right foot could bear more weight, and the pain in my chest diminished further.
My son went to the supermarket after dinner. Using a chair, I slowly made my way to the bathroom. I thought, “Why not take a shower?” Although I was slow, I managed to take the shower and I felt very comfortable and relaxed. When my son came back, he couldn’t believe that I had taken a shower by myself.
However, my son was still concerned and wanted me to go to the hospital for another x-ray. I said there was no need, as through cultivation everything would be fine. I have been practicing Dafa for over 22 years and have never been to the hospital. I firmly believe in Master and Dafa. I said to my son, “This car accident has shown the miraculous power of Falun Dafa. It was serious, but your mother was not hurt much and is recovering quickly. Master protected me and I paid off a life debt.”
I believed that the swelling and pain would quickly disappear, so I could eventually go back to work. But over the following days, things didn’t improve. I thought that I must have a xinxing issue, so I started to look inward. I found myself unconsciously always looking at my foot, obsessing about whether it was recovering. I was unaware that I was growing very attached, so of course the swelling was slow to heal as the old forces were exploiting me.
After I discovered this attachment, I decided to let it go completely. I sent righteous thoughts to remove all the evil elements that prevented me from going to work and saving sentient beings. I also communicated with my foot, saying, “Foot, you are part of my body and life that comes for the Fa. Please quickly let the swelling go and get well soon, so we can help Master with Fa-rectification.”
I put my focus on doing my work well, reading Dafa books, doing the exercises, and sending forth righteous thoughts, keeping my mind off the pain. I wanted to walk the cultivation path that Master had arranged for me, and do the three things well. I returned to work three weeks later.
This serious car accident turned out to be a good thing, as I not only witnessed the miraculous power of Dafa, but also eliminated many attachments, and my righteous thoughts grew stronger.
I am forever grateful for Master’s saving grace!
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