Witnessing the Extraordinary and Serious Nature of Cultivation
A letter to new practitioners
Witnessing the extraordinary nature of cultivation
During the New Year holiday in 1999, I went to visit my mother-in-law in the countryside. While I was there, the abdominal pain that had bothered me for years worsened. After returning home when the holiday was over, my neighbors noticed my severe pain and said that even my appearance had changed. They advised me to go to the hospital. Feeling fearful of the gastroscopy, I became hesitant and did not know what to go. Right at that time, a lady who lived in my building recommended Falun Gong to me. So I went to the practice site after dinner. The assistant there was warmhearted and she showed me how to do the exercises. It took me about 10 days to learn the exercises. One day when doing the Falun Standing Stance, I suddenly felt countless numbers of Falun rotating rapidly on my body, including my arms, shoulders, elbows, back, and waist. It made me feel very comfortable. When I walked on the road, it was as if someone was pushing me from behind. My coworkers said, “How come you always walk with lithe steps?” The abdominal pain had disappeared completely and I felt refreshed without any illness. When we watched the video lecture at the practice site one day, a practitioner who was a farmer sat next to me. A stinky smell came up as soon as he removed his shoes, and some practitioners even covered their noses with their hands. After about one minute, however, the bad smell miraculously disappeared. Instead, a pleasant and refreshing breeze came around us. I did not think much back then, but later realized that Master had helped us with consideration. Although I had practiced for only a few days, I deeply felt the wonderfulness of Falun Gong and was planning to introduce it to my relatives in Beijing. Interestingly, three days after I had that thought, I was assigned a business trip to Beijing—something unprecedented for me. At first I considered it a coincidence; later I knew that our compassionate Master was helping me.
The practice of Falun Gong made me light-hearted and everyday was full of joy. It was the happiest time in my life. However, those days only lasted three months before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the massive repression against Falun Gong. Because I had not practiced very long, the slanderous reports on television and fabricated stories puzzled me and I was not sure what to do. So I stopped watching TV. However, my family, after watching the defaming media propaganda, changed their attitudes from support—after seeing the improvement of my mind and body—to criticism. With this confusion, pressure, and fear, I stopped my practice. Since then, my spirit fell and I was often in tears for no reason. My physical condition also deteriorated. Not only had the abdominal pain returned, I also had insomnia, depression, and severe frozen shoulder on both sides of my body. In Zhuan Falun, Master said, “If you do not follow the requirements of the Fa, you are not a practitioner of Falun Dafa. Because you want to be an everyday person, your body will be reset to the level of everyday people and the bad things will be returned to you.” I knew I was suffering because the karma had come back to me. With the agonizing pain, I had no choice but to see a doctor. As a result, I once again began to take medicine and various health products. Nonetheless, the illnesses did not improve, but instead became even worse. I traveled to Beijing and had an examination at the Fuxing Hospital. The diagnosis showed that I had low blood pressure, uterine tumor, cholecystitis, gallbladder polyps, liver hemangioma, gastric erosion, gastric bleeding, and abnormal blood test results. My life was miserable.
Despite my ignorance and mistakes, Master did not give up on me. In 2007, I often encountered an elderly practitioner who was very determined in cultivation and treated me well. Her upright spirit—something unique to practitioners—also attracted me. Each time we met, she told me about the benefits of the practice, the popularity of Falun Gong all over the world, and that Master did not want to leave behind any practitioner. As a result, I picked up Zhuan Falun again and started from the beginning: studying the Fa and doing the exercises. I could feel the changes every day. In about one month, the menstrual period that had stopped for over a year came back. My hair turned shining and my dry feet recovered. One day, when taking a nap after lunch, I heard a humming sound, which woke me up. I felt a Falun was rotating inside my head and its size was actually bigger than my head. My eyes were still closed, but I did know that Master was adjusting my body with Falun. A physical examination at my workplace in spring 2010 showed that my blood pressure had gone back to normal. Those illnesses—uterine tumor, cholecystitis, gallbladder polyps, liver hemangioma—all disappeared. Although I did not have gastroscopic exam, my abdominal pain had stopped already. All my internal organs were functioning well and the blood test results went back to normal. I was the only person at my workplace over 50 years old that had such an excellent exam result. My coworkers were all amazed by it.
Cultivation is serious
I have to admit that I have poor enlightenment quality. Even after resuming practice in 2007, for quite a long time, I only paid attention to doing the exercises and my health improvement. I did not focus on Fa study, nor did I rectify myself with the Fa. That led to a big trouble that I thought was too embarrassing to speak of. As I continued to practice, together with the encouragement of fellow practitioners, I felt it necessary to share with fellow practitioners. It highlights the serious consequence if one fails to study the Fa sincerely or slacks off during cultivation. It can be a warning especially for new practitioners.
In spring 2008, a student left a book on Taoism in the office upon his graduation. I picked it up and took a look. There was one sentence in the book on improving one’s moral standard and healing illness that drew my attention. So I took it home and read the whole book. That led to a disaster. When doing the exercises later that day, I was dizzy and began vomiting. During sleep, both my legs and upper body were extremely painful as if they were being fried in cooking oil. During the day, I was too weak to get out of bed. This continued for more than two weeks. One day, I struggled and made it to Fa study at a practitioner’s home. A practitioner with celestial eye open saw black substance on my neck and arms. In Zhuan Falun, Master said, “Additionally, many qigong books nowadays are false and carry a variety of messages. As one of our practitioners was turning the pages of a qigong book, a big snake jumped out of it. Of course, I will not discuss this in detail. What I just addressed are some problems resulting from practitioners’ inability to conduct themselves properly; that is, those problems are caused by an incorrect mind.” Master had made it very clear, but I was not clear-minded and did not have righteous thoughts. This is a very serious lesson. I continued to practice and fellow practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts for me. It took me about two months to recover.
When my husband came back from hiking in spring 2010, he said his legs felt cold and asked me for advice. Without thinking much, I suggested a method to relieve the cold feeling. Soon his legs were all right but my legs began to feel cold. Then I realized that the method I suggested was from a qigong system I had practiced in the past. This was another trouble I encountered for not following Master’s words on “no second cultivation way.”
Cultivation is sacred and we should cherish this unprecedented opportunity. Regardless of what has happened in the past, we should be diligent in cultivation, as Master does not give up on us. Master’s compassion is beyond our imagination and he treasures us more than we treasure ourselves. Please do not miss this precious opportunity.
Cultivation is also very serious and we always need to follow Master’s words as our guide. Through studying the Fa and learning it by heart, we will be able to strengthen our righteous thoughts and act according to the Fa. Any deviation, intentionally or not, could bring unnecessary tribulations to our cultivation. This could be further taken advantage of by the old forces, and lead to our self-destruction.
To follow the path arranged by Master, we should participate in group Fa study and share understandings with other practitioners. By sharing with other practitioners, especially those who have cultivated solidly for a long time, new practitioners can benefit tremendously and it will be easier to overcome tribulations. I am very grateful for the practitioners who have helped me in the past.
Above are my personal experiences. Please point out anything inappropriate.
Thank you very much, Master.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2011/5/21/74667.html