Learning How to Look in the Mirror
[PureInsight.org] Last night, my wife, who is also a practitioner, and I were talking about two fellow practitioners having the loophole of emotion; we were very worried about them. My wife talked about it again this morning. After just a few words, we suddenly felt something was wrong. It looked as if we were worried about others and were trying to help them. However, when we examined what the cause of the problem was, we found we were actually viewing things from the standpoint of criticizing others. We rarely criticize ourselves; even when we do, we always just touch on it lightly. I recognized that this is a very bad habit. I reminded myself last night that I needed to look inward again and again. But when the morning arrived, I still talked about others and unknowingly missed the chance to remove this long-standing human notion. I once again reminded myself and my wife. She suddenly seemed to realize it and explained it with an analogy of looking in a mirror.
When we see ourselves in a mirror and find that we are not neatly dressed, we will adjust our clothing right away until we look fine in the mirror, instead of getting into the mirror to re-dress the image in the mirror.
We all know that looking inward is a magic tool and fellow practitioners are like mirrors. If we see something is not good enough in the mirror, we should correct ourselves, just like we arrange how we dress. But we often jump into the mirror eagerly to correct a fellow practitioner's inadequacy. Sometimes we even whitewash ourselves by thinking that we are being responsible for the Fa, instead of examining ourselves.
I understood what she was saying and felt the analogy is very proper. It reminds me of what Teacher said:
“If you do not want to change your human state and rationally rise to a true understanding of Dafa, you will miss the opportunity. If you do not change the human logic that you, as an ordinary human, have formed deep in your bones over thousands of years, you will be unable to break away from this superficial human shell and reach Consummation.” (“Cautionary Advice”, Essentials For Further Advancement)
We are accustomed to looking at others instead of looking at ourselves, and sometimes our thoughts are focused on others. When the other person has improved and we have gotten nowhere, the result is that we have wasted a large amount of time and missed a precious opportunity. Since looking inward is a magic tool, I must not behave naively like in the past. I must abandon the bad habit of criticizing others and form the habit of looking inward.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2010/3/31/65258.html