A Veteran Western Dafa Practit

PureInsight | April 12, 2004

[] Interference, that sneaky old devil, the old forces, that evil entity from other dimensions, rears its ugly head in so many ways. It might come in the form of a strange thought, such as, "Why don't you skip Fa study just this one day, it won't matter," or "Practitioner so-and-so really hurt my feelings yesterday. I hope she sees her mistake," instead of my examining why this happened. Another manifestation of interference might be a small voice telling me to put off Fa work until tomorrow, and then forget about it the next day, or thoughts of retaliation against perpetrators of evildoing in China flash through my mind.

When these things happen, my rational mind kicks in and I catch myself. Frequently I say out loud, "Stop right here, you devils, the nerve of you! You can't do this to me, I am a Dafa practitioner!" I even found myself talking out loud in the middle of the night when I catch an odd thought cropping up. On a couple of occasions I have perceived an angry, protesting cackle, as if coming from an old hag who had fallen into a deep mine shaft and then screaming, wanting to be let out. Hah! When my non-practitioner husband is close by and hears me "talking to the air," he looks at me askance. But when I explain that I am chasing away evil thoughts from "out there" that are trying to derail my cultivation efforts he smiles and tells me, "whatever works."

Interference can arrive in so many different guises – an angry thought, smugness from having achieved success for Dafa work, impatience, pride at being punctual for meetings, foregoing necessary phone calls for indulgent visits with friends. Several practitioners have told me lately that those kinds of things have put rocks on their cultivation road as well, some calling them "irritating pebbles in their shoes that they have to shake out, or they can't walk any further." Let's face it –

We are all stewards of one thing, and one thing only, that which Master Li has entrusted to us.

During this difficult time, a particularly difficult one for the Dafa practitioners in Mainland China, our solidarity with them, and our solidarity with all practitioners everywhere, letting them know that we are rooting for them, shows our compassion for their struggles. Dafa cultivation is not easy. Each one of us has a particular gift – be it a smile, a kind word, a noble thought, a brief note - that we can employ to ease another's burden for a moment, giving them hope, sustained by Master's fashen, and perhaps strengthen their impetus to carry on.

The following poem, based on an ancient prophet's thoughts and paraphrased, illustrates so well how I see our relationship with other practitioners right now.

"We are pilgrims on a journey, we are travelers on the road; we are here to help each other, walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Fa-light for you in the night- time of your fear; I will hold my hand out to you; speak the Truth you want to hear.

I will pray when you are praying; when you smile, I smile with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow 'til we see this journey through."

We are indeed on a journey, a lengthy one. Interference happens with any worthwhile endeavor. Master has told us that Fa-rectification is now in the process of permeating the human dimension and not much is left for Him to return to its best state. If we can all just diligently stick to The Three Things we are supposed to accomplish – study the Fa, explain the facts and send noble thoughts – our cultivation cannot fail and interference will leave us alone.

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