Always a Test

A Western Practitioner

PureInsight | January 2, 2006

Everything is a xinxing test, including dental matters. Last December, I was eating an ice cream bar that contained nuts and heard a funny sound and then felt something that appeared to cut into my upper gum, like a sliver of metal. I realized I might have lost a filling and I said to myself, "It is just a test. I am a practitioner, so ignore it and all will be fine." A moment later I spit out one-fourth of a tooth and part of the filling that was holding it together with the other three sections of a tooth that was located mid way in my lower jaw area.

Teacher states, "We have said that good or evil comes from a person's spontaneous thought, and the thought at that moment can bring about different consequences" (Zhuan Falun).

I was fortune to have had that first thought because later I thought, "Oh no, I cannot afford to have a tooth pulled right now." I repeated to myself my understanding that this is a test and I am a practitioner. Even so, worry was starting to enter my mind. So, I thought, "Well, just name off all the scenarios that could possible happen so you can comfort your fears now quickly." So, let's see what could possible happen? I could do nothing and the tooth could get infected, crumble slowly, and then have to be pulled. I could wait too long to have it taken care of and have to have a root canal and then capped." Then what was I to fear? The answer was that I had nothing to fear.

But, what if I continued to look at this from a practitioner's point of view? What do I know about other issues with sickness karma? It is my understanding at my level that the true condition is really in another dimension not in this physical one. Maybe the hole and other parts of the exposed tooth will be just fine, as it is an illusion (or notions) that anything has to be wrong. This is just a test just like any other physical issue. If I worry about it anymore I am bound to bring to myself the conditions I had just described. I decided to just do nothing and forgot about the matter totally. I did not baby that section of my mouth, chewed normally, brushed the area just as I always do, and so on. As I said, it has been a year now since this happened and I have had no problems with that tooth or with the hole that once held the remaining part of the tooth.

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