(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in Norway held activities to introduce the mind and body practice outside the Parliament building on May 13, 2023. People were delighted to receive information while practitioners expressed gratitude for the opportunity to practice cultivation.

May 13 is a joyous day for practitioners. On this day, 31 years ago, Falun Dafa’s founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, first taught Falun Dafa publicly in China. Since then, hundreds of millions of people from all races have found inner peace and improved health through following the universal principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

On this day, along with practitioners all over the world, practitioners in Norway celebrated the 31st anniversary of the public introduction of Falun Dafa and the 24th World Falun Dafa Day.

The exercise demonstrations held by practitioners caught the interest of many passersby. Parents brought their children to find out more about Falun Gong and young people tried out the exercises.

Practitioners demonstrated the exercises

Young Norwegians Interested in Falun Dafa

The main street in Oslo – Karl Johans gate where the Parliament building is located, was very busy that day. Many people approached the information booth to find out more about Falun Dafa.

Karoline and Thea are good friends. They saw a video about World Falun Dafa Day earlier that day on social media and were interested in learning more. When they saw practitioners demonstrating the exercises in downtown Oslo later on, they were overjoyed and thought it was amazing. They are interested in learning how to practice. They left happily after taking materials and lotus flowers with messages about Falun Dafa.

Karoline (left) and Thea were thrilled to see practitioners after seeing a video on social media celebrating World Falun Dafa day.

Mikkel, William and friends came to the city in search of interesting things to do that day. The sight of practitioners doing the exercises on the bustling streets made them curious about the practice and they asked practitioners if they could try them out. They followed practitioners’ exercise gestures and tried the second exercise, holding the wheel. Mikkel said, “I feel great. I experienced peace and quiet.” William who stood next to him nodded in agreement. They asked where they can learn Falun Dafa and left to find their companions after receiving the information.

Mikkel (second left in front row) and William (third left in front row) did the second exercise with practitioners.

Master Paved the Way Home for People

Elise’s blue eyes welled up with tears as she expressed her gratitude to Master Li. She said, “From my earliest childhood, I always knew I had to find my way home and that place is the highest realm I can ascend to.” She considers herself very fortunate to have found the way home through practicing cultivation in Falun Dafa and thanks Master Li for everything he has given her.

Elise (second on left) tells passersby about Falun Dafa.

In 2012, Elise saw a classmate at a health expo who was telling people about Falun Dafa. She became interested after her friend told her about the practice. They arranged a time so Elise could learn the exercises at her classmate’s home. She bought a book on the teachings from her classmate. She later felt this encounter was not coincidental. It led Elise to begin practicing.

Elise is the mother of three children. She is also studying for a Masters degree in teaching at a university in Eastern Norway. She said all these would just have been a dream before she practiced Falun Dafa. Due to past life experiences, Elise lived in constant fear and had no confidence in herself. Although she worked hard in her studies and at work, her grades were average and she did not pursue a higher education after graduating from high school. “Back then, I worked hard hoping people would like me. After practicing cultivation, I knew I had to get rid of my attachments. I stopped being attached to how others saw me. I still work hard in my studies and at work but this is because I hope to do things well. Magically, my grades improved tremendously and I fulfilled my dreams of pursuing higher education.”

Elise said she eliminated her fear and became confident through practicing cultivation. She was able to face herself honestly and said, “After I began to practice Falun Dafa, I regarded difficulties in life as gifts, they give me wisdom and my dissatisfaction and resentment towards others is replaced with gratitude. My life is better.”

She became closer to her family. Her parents know Dafa is good and encourage her to participate in activities to raise awareness of the persecution in China. Her father helped her talk to people about persecution at a gathering attended by politicians and collected signatures to end the brutalities. Her parents also help her take care of her children so that she can participate in Dafa activities.

Elise said, “Those who get to know Falun Dafa are lucky. I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce Dafa to people!”

Practitioners went to the Chinese embassy to call on the CCP to end the persecution in China after activities in downtown Oslo ended that day.

Practitioners gathered near the Chinese embassy and called on the CCP to stop persecuting Falun Dafa.