(Minghui.org) I am a 30-year-old man who likes basketball and being physically active, so I thought that I would stay healthy and strong for a long time. But in 2020, I developed a health problem. Because of the illness, I started practicing Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) about two years ago. Below is my cultivation story.

Sudden Illness

One night, during a trip to my hometown for the 2020 New Year holidays, I felt feverish and had the symptoms of COVID-19. The fever returned in February. From a CT scan of my chest, the doctor said the virus did not cause the fever. 

I went to see a thoracic surgeon in March before going on a business trip to another city. An enhanced CT scan showed that I had thymoma (a cancer of the epithelium covering the outside of the thymus). I was shocked by the diagnosis and immediately canceled my trip. 

I went home for treatment. The pandemic was severe at that time. With my cousin’s help, I was admitted to a Tier-3 hospital. The doctor suggested that I either undergo surgery to remove the tumor or a biopsy for pathological review. I felt that both approaches were dangerous and didn’t make a decision. I checked out of the hospital one week later.

I returned to work in May 2020 and had a checkup in February 2021. The tumor had grown larger. In August, I resigned from my job and found a new one as a basketball teacher in my hometown. 

One month later, I started coughing and had a fever. I held out for two days and then checked in to the Dalian Third Hospital. The CT scan showed that the tumor had grown bigger. I thus quit the new job to focus on getting the necessary medical treatment. 

Dubious About Health Effects of Dafa

I was given an intravenous infusion at a small local clinic for several days, but my condition did not improve. The fever would appear on and off. I was planning to go to a larger hospital for treatment when my youngest aunt gave me a message from my oldest aunt saying that there was a remedy for my current situation.

I went to see my oldest aunt. She played a video on her TV showing information about Falun Dafa and told me that an aunt would come to explain it to me in more detail. 

Aunt Hong arrived in the afternoon. Her face was rosy, and her skin was delicate. She was very pleasant. I am an introverted person, but for some reason, I became talkative. I told her about my life experiences. Later, I learned that it was the energy of Dafa that influenced me to be comfortable sharing my life. We chatted for over two hours. 

At that time, I didn’t know much about Falun Dafa and its health effects. Aunt Hong told me to recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance is good” when I returned home. I was dubious and did not take what she said seriously.

I had an enhanced CT scan at the hospital after I returned home. One night after the hospital visit, I coughed nonstop and felt that something was stuck in my throat. It was so uncomfortable that I lost my temper and almost broke my computer and mobile phone in frustration. 

As I lay in bed suffering, I suddenly remembered the nine blessing words that Aunt Hong told me and began reciting them. After reciting a few times, my throat became unclogged, and the airway was cleared. I felt so relieved that I fell asleep as I continued reciting the words. However, I still did not fully believe in Dafa. 

Before my next checkup, I stayed for a few nights at the home of my oldest aunt’s colleague. While there, I watched videos of the stories of several Dafa practitioners and was impressed by three of them. The first one was about a person with only a second-grade education who became an architect after practicing Falun Gong. The second story involved a talented young musician from the Berklee College of Music who recovered from lobar pneumonia after he began practicing. The third story was about a person who recovered from lymphoma (a cancer affecting the lymphocytes) after practicing Dafa in another country. 

I had an enhanced CT scan three days later, and the results indicated that my situation was still very serious. After discussions, the experts performed a biopsy for pathological review. I kept reciting, “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance is good” every day while waiting for the results. One night, I felt my tight upper chest loosen up, which made me feel more comfortable. My oldest aunt said that was a very good thing. But I was still aiming to undergo chemotherapy anyway. 

The biopsy report said that I had a seminoma in the mediastinum (the chest cavity), so the doctor set up a chemotherapy schedule for me. Before starting the chemotherapy, Master Li, the founder and teacher of Falun Dafa, twice hinted that I shouldn’t have it. The first hint came before the chemo started. The attending doctor advised me to discuss this with my family because the procedure might affect my sperm production. This did not stop me from doing the chemotherapy. The second hint took place in my hospital room. An elderly man said that a person in his village had not taken medicine for thirty years after he started practicing Dafa yet he was still in good health. 

My aunt to me that those were hints from Master that I should study the Fa. Unfortunately, my cultivation level was too low to accept the hints at the time. I continued having the chemotherapy. 

After the first two rounds of chemo, the tumor shrank by more than half. I naively believed that the tumor would disappear after two more chemo sessions, but it was still there. 

After the 2022 Lunar New Year, I decided not to have the last two chemo treatments for two reasons: My family ran out of money and I gave up hope. I started to look for other options.

Becoming a Dafa Practitioner

In early 2022, I planned to rent a house in the town and study the Fa with Aunt Hong. My family was against this plan, so I read the book at home for more than six months but didn’t read it systematically. 

My health did not improve during that time. My cultivation did not go well either. I was annoyed by my parents' constant bickering. Reading the book Zhuan Falun helped me maintain a good attitude. 

In August, my oldest aunt arranged for me to practice the Dafa exercises with a local practitioner. We did the exercises at 6 p.m. every day. I could sit in the half-lotus position for 40 minutes at most. This continued for five or six days.

Because my family was getting busy in early autumn and needed an extra hand, I stopped doing the exercises. I helped build a sun room during the day and studied the Fa at night. I fell behind in doing the exercises because of a lack of time. 

One night around 10 p.m., I suddenly had difficulty breathing while studying the Fa. But I ignored it and went to bed. When I woke up the next day, I felt fine.

My breathing problem occurred again after dinner on another day. I told my family and immediately left for Fushun Hospital. On the way, I kept listening to the recording of Master's lectures in Guangzhou and had no trouble breathing. At the time, I was not enlightened that Master had used an illusion to help me eliminate my karma.

I started to memorize “On Dafa,” the introductory section of Zhuan Falun, after I returned from the hospital the next day. I memorized it in two days. I then recited it every day. I also practiced the exercises at night.

One night in September 2022, my difficulty in breathing returned when I was eating with my parents and watching the Dafa film “Homeward Journey.” From past experiences, I ignored the breathing problem and started doing the exercises. As I was doing the third exercise, I started feeling light and could breathe easily. From then on, I practiced the exercises every day. I also asked my mother to practice with me.

I felt very weak one afternoon in October. My ears were ringing, and I also had black feces for several days. I was a little bit scared and started to recite “On Dafa” silently and then recited it to my mother. I felt uncomfortable that evening, so I phoned Aunt Hong. She told me that Master said: “If he is able to let go of life and death, he is a god; if he isn’t able to let go of life and death, he is human.” (Teachings at the Conference in Australia) and “Good or evil comes from that instant thought.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun).

Aunt Hong also told me to believe in Master and not to be afraid of my current situation. I had the same thought. I asked her to come to my house with the videos of the lectures the next day, which she did. 

I started doing the exercises after the phone call. During the fourth exercise, my heartbeat sped up, and I lost all my energy. I stopped doing the exercises and began to listen to Master’s lecture. I fell asleep as I continued listening. I still did not feel well the next morning. I had no appetite, but I had a thought in my mind, “I will just eat anyway.” In the end, I felt much better after having a bowl of noodles. 

Aunt Hong arrived with another practitioner around 2 p.m. She brought me a new episode of the “Moments in Life” program. She asked me to read one passage from the Fa teachings Master gave in New York City. 

Master said:

“You will think, “I’ve obtained the Fa, and I am not afraid of anything. If I die, so be it. Even if I die, I have obtained the Fa. What’s going to happen to me after I die? I won’t end up in hell. I’ve obtained the Fa, after all.” A person like that will not encounter anything that endangers his life and he won’t have any health problems (Applause). That is because the state of mind he demonstrates is that of a true cultivator. He has truly understood [what cultivation is] and has truly elevated himself, and he has let go of all attachments. At least in this one regard he has transcended humanness, he has gone beyond the realm of humanness. Only ordinary human beings have health problems. Once he lets go of his attachment to being healed his health problems will be gone.” (Teachings at the 2004 International Conference in New York)

I was really touched. Aunt Hong and the other practitioner shared their cultivation experiences with me. The day after they left, I had a bowel movement, and the color was almost normal. My mindset changed after that. I was able to do video editing and photography in my free time. I felt very happy. 

Changing My Perspective

In November 2022, I chatted with Aunt Hong and other practitioners about my cultivation experiences. They told me to let go of my attachment to resenting my parents. It was not easy as the resentment was deeply rooted in my heart. My parents bickered with each other so frequently that it stoked my resentment. There were times that I was so annoyed that I forgot that I was a cultivator.

One day, I felt discomfort in my chest. I immediately thought of Aunt Hong’s advice. I realized that being bothered by them fighting every day would not fix the problem, and the solution was to let go of it. I thus expressed my views to my mother and apologized to my parents for my rebellion in the past. 

I was relaxed that evening when I did the exercises. I enlightened that my discomfort was a reflection of my attachment. Once the attachment was removed, I naturally felt relaxed.

Thymoma Disappeared

On the evening of March 25, 2023, I ate a slice of jujube cake, and the next day, my feces were black. But I did not feel afraid. I continued studying the Fa during the day and doing the exercises at night with my mother every day.

My bowel movements were black for six days in a row. On the evening of the seventh day, I felt pain in my chest, but I ignored it and kept studying the Fa with my mother. When it was about time to go to bed after my studies, the pain became so severe that I could not sleep. I then thought of an article I read on the Minghui website entitled “Experiencing ‘A Good or Bad Outcome Comes From One Thought.’” The Japanese practitioner firmly believed that his broken foot was healed, and in less than a minute his foot was as good as new. 

I told myself that I would fall asleep and the pain would improve my gong. I fell asleep a short time later. 

On the eighth day, before I went to the restroom, I told myself that my bowel movement would be back to normal this time, and it was. I said to my mother, “The color of my feces is normal now. Master mercifully dissolved the tumor for me and expelled it from my body. That was why my feces were previously black.” My mother said, “That’s great!” I added, “We shouldn’t be too excited, just take it easy.” 

Master said:

“I do not talk about healing illness here, and neither will we heal illness. As a genuine practitioner, however, you cannot practice cultivation with an ill body. I will purify your body. The body purification will be done only for those who come to truly learn the practice …” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)

From the teachings, I realized that Dafa is not for curing diseases but for cultivation. I can assimilate to Dafa and achieve consummation only if I can let go of the attachment of wanting to heal a disease.

I have eliminated some human notions. I removed the attachment to money and lust. I let go of resentment towards people who bullied me in the past. I am not picky about what I eat. I no longer watch bad videos or stare at good-looking girls. I have corrected my bad habit of procrastination. I am no longer sulky and don’t dwell on things that did not go my way. Now, I am still impatient. For this attachment, I will rectify myself through the Fa.