PureInsight | September 5, 2005
1. Talking to Oneself
Sometimes when I produce truth-clarification materials or do other types of work, I fail to meet the quality standards, so I would start talking to myself and criticizing myself.
Talking to myself might give people an impression that I am mentally unbalanced or abnormal. I might also disclose important information when I talk to myself. This is a sign that my main consciousness is not dominant. This is not a trivial matter.
A non-practitioner may talk to himself to reduce pressure or to let off steam, but this is an attachment for a Falun Gong practitioner.
2. Using Pet Phrases
Pet phrases might reflect the most dominant ideas or concepts in our heads. Sometimes when we encounter something unexpected, we would exclaim spontaneously, "My god!" This is just like what Teacher has said in "Touring North America to Teach the Fa."
Teacher said, "When the evil was beating them they forgot that they were Dafa disciples, and they didn't think, 'I'll ask Master to help me.' Or, when some people did ask Master for help, they had a strong attachment of fear. When they were beaten and in a lot of pain, many of them cried out, 'Oww! Mom!'" (From "Touring North America to Teach the Fa")
This means those practitioners value their mothers more than Teacher. This is why they think of their mothers first in face of tribulations.
3. Being Talkative
Sometimes when I exchange cultivation experiences, I become very talkative. I won't stop talking about my own cultivation experiences.
When I studied the Fa with a tranquil mind, I decided the aforementioned habits failed to meet what the Fa requires of Falun Gong disciples.
All the aforementioned bad habits have to do with the cultivation of speech. Hence, they all have to do with cultivating my mind.
I must follow Teacher's Fa strictly and be "full of great aspirations while minding minor details." (From "Sage" in Essentials for Further Advancement.)
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2005/8/26/33600.html