PureInsight | May 21, 2006
[PureInsight.net] I have been a
high school teacher for the past thirteen years. During that time, I
have also served as the guidance counselor to my students. With a
heart of educating and cultivating the young students, I have never
been bored with my job. Let me make an analogy. If a student is a tree,
I do not look for results in the external appearances of the tree
branches and leaves, but instead I look within to find the source of
water that can supply nourishment for the whole tree. I believe that
education starts from the heart and I try to encourage my students to
return to the path of righteous mind, sincerity, and cultivation.
I was greatly inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto's research on the formation
of water crystals. Below are three true stories I've encountered:
Story one: To make the campus greener, the school decided to plant 100
saplings. Our class was assigned to plant the first four rows of the
saplings. The next four rows were to be planted by the next class. We
were to plant each sapling two meters apart in case some saplings died.
The saplings were far away from our classrooms and without a water
source. Weeding was also a problem. The students didn't have time to
care for the trees. Eventually the weeds had outgrown the saplings.
After a hot summer and severe winter, the ground looked uncovered. Some
saplings were less than 15 centimeters tall. My colleagues all said,
"They definitely won't survive." But I wasn't thinking the same way.
Every day I would look through the window to view them one by one. I
would cry out in surprise to those having grown well and glanced longer
to the slow growers. I firmly believed that they were making great
efforts to grow and were instinctively trying to find a water source
below. I believed that they might have encountered some difficulties
such as the soil being too hard, their roots being too thin and being
jammed by stones, or there was too much plastic garbage preventing
their roots from spreading, and that was why they didn't have the
energy to grow leaves.
When the following spring arrived, all of my class's trees had
grown tender sprouts without exception. My colleagues all were greatly
surprised! Even more strangely, only half of the trees on the 5th row survived, and all the trees planted on the 6th row and beyond were dead. I was puzzled for a long time.
Later, when I read a report from The Epoch Times
realized what had happened. My class's trees survived because my faith,
concern and love for them more than made up for their material needs
for survival. And what does it imply that only half of the trees on the
5th row survived? (I knew that other class didn't pay attention to their trees after they planted them.) What is your answer?
Three years have gone by. My class's trees all grew to two and a half
stories tall and they look as green as a small forest. I continue to
send my long distance encouragement and admiration. They are voiceless,
but they are from my heart.
Story two: Every morning when lady A arrived at her office she would
turn on the computer to listen to soft music before she started her
daily work. Her desk had a small fish tank with three tropical fish and
some water plants. The fish would follow the music and swim happily
back and forth between the water plants. She was so enchanted by it.
She gave the same fish arrangement to her colleague, who was afflicted
with mid-term cancer. When she went to see her later, her colleague
complained, "The fish tank takes a lot of work. I change water every
other day, otherwise water will be dirty." Lady A was perplexed, "How
could it be like that. I only needed to change the water every other
week!" Her perplexity lasted until she read the report on water
crystals and, all of a sudden, realized what had happened. Wasn't that
turbid water reflecting the state of mind of her colleague? Her
negative emotions like worry, anxiety, resignation, distrust, fear, and
depression? She realized that people's thoughts could cause an
unexpectedly large reaction. She decided to change her usual attitude
toward her son to prevent giving her son negative messages.
Story 3: Two female students were both inflicted with leukemia. Student
A is a senior in high school, who is in my class and her condition was
more critical. Student B was a middle school student. Both of their
families were impoverished. Student A's family was unwilling to give up
on her and didn't care how much money they need to borrow in order to
cure her illness. Her teacher and classmates wouldn't give up either.
They took turns caring for her at the hospital and every noon their
whole class would send forth a compassionate message to her, "You will
get well and we will see you at graduation ceremony!"
After over a year of suffering, numerous chemotherapies, a bone marrow
transplant (she was lucky to receive her brother's marrow, although
they have different blood types), and being in and out of the isolation
ward, she became very thin and lost all her hair. But she remained very
strong and courageous. Not only did she not shed a single teardrop, but
she also thanked others repeatedly. She only shed tears when she
realized that she couldn't graduate on time. It is hard to describe the
hardships she endured. She made a full recovery after two years of
treatments. Her doctors and nurses all said it was a miracle. Later,
she went to a two-year professional college.
On the other side, student B's family told her: "Chemotherapy is hard
to endure. Although we love all you dearly, there is no guarantee
you will be cured. Besides, where can we obtain a matching marrow? Our
financial situation won't permit the treatment either. Why don't we
just follow the natural course?" She passed away a month later.
These stories confirm the discovery of Dr. Masaru Emoto experiment:
Human thought is in existence the same as physical material and can
pass through time and space!
Mr. Li Hongzhi has clearly pointed this out in Zhuan Falun:
"All matter in the universe, including all substances that permeate the
universe, are living beings with thinking minds, and all of them are
forms of existence of the universe's Fa at different levels."
Why did The Epoch Times in
Taiwan launch an experiment to determine the effect of praising or
criticizing objects by students in elementary schools? My thought is
that children's thoughts are pure, unlike the world of grownups that is
full of deceit and hypocrisy. The students divided objects into three
groups, with one group being constantly praised, and another group
constantly criticized. The experiment added a third group where the
objects were completely ignored in order to determine the effect of
inattentiveness. It turned out the objects in the inattentiveness group
ended up even worse than the group that was constantly criticized. I
couldn't keep my mind calm for a long time when I found out about it.
Doesn't that imply that all beings are living beings? Even the cooked
rice has the sense of perception! I began to think of the thirteen
years of my teaching career and wandered how many saplings I had
murdered out of ignorance? Weren't I being bound by my own set pattern
and inadequacies? I began to rethink the mission and seriousness of
being a teacher.
Recently the Minghui Education Association is promoting the activity of
kind thoughts and kind deeds. After sharing ideas with a senior
educational person, I hope it will not become an activity of mere
formality; instead, I hope it will be a continuing and in depth
practice of compassion.
In practice, you encounter children who can't write words of praise.
Don't blame them for it. It may be that they have no compassion in them
and have only criticism in them. Therefore, they'll need to learn to be
compassionate and learn to consider others first. Gradually the good
behavior and compassion will appear and no great effort will be needed.
Merely saying good and beautiful words, instead of living them, will
not touch others.
We must start from ourselves and create compassion and good deeds to affect others.