Stubborn Notions

Wu Neng

PureInsight | July 7, 2012

[] Recently, I took a business trip from Chengdu to Xinjiang. Through experiencing a little trouble, I came to realize that once a person developed a certain notion, this notion would play an unbelievably strong role in controlling him. He could only awaken when he made a mistake and suffered a setback.

The story happened like this. Two weeks ago, I was thinking of reserving a direct flight from Chengdu to Korla. I searched the internet and found Southern Airlines had a suitable flight and the timing was also good. I went to the airline’s official website and booked a ticket. After the aircraft took off, I had no doubt that it was flying towards Korla. After more than three hours of travel, we arrived at an airport. We got off the aircraft, and at a fork crossing, a staff member holding a speaker shouted, “Korla passengers this way.” I was confused, and followed the flow heading in the other direction. After a while, a male passenger at the front said to a female passenger, “Go back immediately, Korla is on the other side, this side is for passengers going to Urumqi. The female passenger quickly turned around and headed in the other direction, and I started to feel that the airport looked different. I had been to Korla airport more than once, how could a small airport appear so big? I felt really strange but I still did not realize my mistake. It was like I was being controlled by something, and my body walked out of the terminal. When I stepped outside, my brain suddenly woke up, “This is Urumqi and my direct flight to Korla made an unscheduled stop at Urumqi.” I quickly returned to the terminal and explained my situation to the staff there. After going through some procedures, I finally boarded the aircraft to my destination just before the flight departed.

Nothing happens to Dafa disciples by chance. What I experienced must have something to do with my cultivation. There must be something for me to enlighten to and I must have some attachment to let go of.

Was it really my mistake? On the flight from Urumqi to Korla, my mind still had not calmed down and I talked about it with a passenger. I asked whether or not he saw the stop in Urumqi printed on the ticket and he said no. I told him I wanted to speak to the airline requesting an explanation as to why the information wasn’t on the ticket, which caused passengers confusion. When I went online to check the flight information again, I saw the words “one stop.” Although no information regarding Urumqi was displayed, I should have noticed it. Why did I not pay attention to it when I bought my ticket? This incident exposed my shortcoming of not paying attention to details and taking things for granted. I was also like this when doing Dafa projects, and I needed to remove this kind of attachment.

I also recognized I had the issue of self-righteousness. Think about this. I had two opportunities to correct the mistake and the second time was more obvious. However, I was dominated by my preconceptions and self-righteousness, so it was like my body didn’t belong to me until I hit a wall. It seems like a small matter for everyday people, however, it is not small for a practitioner. I remember Master’s Fa, “A notion, once formed, will control you for the duration of your life, influencing your thinking and even the full gamut of emotions, such as your happiness, anger, sorrow, and joy. It is formed postnatally. If this thing persists for some time, it will become part of a person’s thinking, melding into the brain of that person’s true self, at which point it will shape his temperament” (Zhuan Falun, Volumn II). I understood that at different levels in the human realm, we developed a lot of notions, many of which have become habits we can’t detect ourselves. If we do not quickly melt into the Fa, cultivate our every thought, we will live confined by our notions and controlled by karma.

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