PureInsight | August 17, 2013
I am a Falun Dafa practitioner from Finland, and I began cultivation over ten years ago. There were not many practitioners when I started the practice, so at that time it was only natural for practitioners to participate in multiple projects according to their abilities.
There was always something I could do, but I first needed to surpass the obstacles in my mind. For example I felt that I was too old to learn how to use a computer, and I also felt that the language problems were too big an obstacle for me to be able to search for information on the Internet. However, over the years I learned many new things that I have utilized in projects for clarifying the truth. There is something that has amazed me over and over again: I am able to quickly find relevant contact information from the Internet, including English webpages, even though I barely speak English. I understand that if we do things with righteous thoughts and believe in our Master, divine beings will assist us in accomplishing whatever we are supposed to accomplish.
The truth clarification materials that practitioners design together require persistent cooperation and different arrangements – sometimes things must be done in a very short time. Throughout the cooperation we must also face our own xinxing trials and repeatedly look inwards because our own views are not necessarily those that will be used. I have had to repeatedly adjust my understanding of other practitioners’ ideas. I have noticed that a tranquil mind can help me look at things in a different light.
My participation in a wide range of Dafa projects has helped me cultivate and see myself as Master’s disciple. Although there is still distance left before reaching Consummation, the direction is now clearer, and the length of the journey is shorter. Nevertheless, we must still do what practitioners should do to save sentient beings in the world. Since we can still clarify the truth to the world’s people, I saw another chance when practitioners in Finland decided to organize Free China documentary film screenings in different parts of the country.
I was ready to assist with the arrangements of a screening in northern Finland in the city of Oulu. Because practitioners participated in different projects at the same time, there were not many practitioners who had time to help with this project. I felt I could take on more responsibility, and I began to arrange a venue for the screening and help search for guests’ contact information. Now that we had the Free China movie as our truth clarification tool, we only needed an invitation letter. I contacted various people and organizations by phone. The response I received from them was positive, which encouraged me on my mission.
Because only a few practitioners participated in this project, and we lived in different parts of Finland, I kept in touch with them using the computer. Fa-study and discussions helped us make progress on the project. In the beginning I wondered why such few practitioners participated in this project. Didn’t they understand the importance the project had for practitioners’ cooperation? However, I quickly realized that I should not get stuck in the number of practitioners who could help. Maybe the arrangements were for my cultivation. As I changed my thoughts, I felt that I could once again get help from Master and divine beings, and I believed that we would succeed in what we were doing.
However, it was not always easy to find time to study and discuss with the other practitioners involved in the project. It was also not always easy to understand the other practitioners’ actions. Sometimes I felt that one practitioner did not respond to emails quickly enough or that another practitioner did not take care of her own task well enough. At that point when problems arose, I started thinking about how I could do better. First of all, I eliminated the bad thoughts about other practitioners and looked inward when I did not get an email reply from a practitioner or when things did not progress. As soon as my mind was clear, and I had compassionate thoughts about others, things began to succeed.
On one occasion when I was about to make a phone call to a practitioner who was supposed to call me, he called and apologized for not being able to call me earlier. Once I changed my notions of other practitioners and considered first that they might be busy, things started changing to the extent that there was no more interference, or things got arranged without much effort. I understood the importance of my cultivation state in the success of our joint project and how important it was that I trust in Master and in divine beings’ assistance.
The screening was small-scale, but the people who attended were touched by the movie, and they thanked the organizers. One woman was surprised because she did not really know why she was invited, but she was very grateful that she had gotten the invitation. Many of my relatives came to see the screening, and they found it strange that the Chinese Communist Party has been brutally persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for so long. Live organ harvesting was something that moved many of them to tears.
After the screening in Helsinki, I helped with a screening in the northern city of Rovaniemi. I was also participating by using a computer. Over the years, the computer has become part of my truth clarification as I am also a coordinator for the Finnish Clearharmony site.
Later I was asked to help with the arrangements for an event in front of the Finnish Parliament exposing live organ harvesting. I was interested and took the task to contact Members of Parliament to inform them about our activity.
At first, it was difficult to reach certain Parliament members. I was just about to give up making calls when one of my calls was answered by the assistant of a Parliament member. The assistant thanked me for getting in touch and explained that some MPs have lost their e-mails because they got so much spam that their e-mail accounts were blocked. This had happened the day before I started sending them emails about our event. The assistant’s gratitude was like a message from divine beings encouraging me to continue making phone calls to all the other MPs’ group offices. I reached all the people I had put on my list, and they gave me encouraging feedback. Many of them agreed to visit our event in front of the Parliament. Later I received feedback that the event had been a great success.
Dear fellow practitioners, each person we encounter on different walks of life is an important being, and each of them is waiting for us to tell them the truth about Falun Gong, about the persecution and about cultivation. Let us fulfill this historical responsibility well to the very end.
As practitioners we must study the Fa. We are Falun Dafa disciples and are on our way to Consummation, so we cannot neglect Fa study. We are like participants in a running contest, and we cannot let go even for a moment just before the finish line. Instead we must speed up and reach the finish line.
All the divine beings are watching us. They are looking at every thought and action we have in saving sentient beings with different Dafa projects and whether we will make it to the end or give up and stay resting on the side.
Fellow practitioners, let us walk on our own paths without slowing down until we succeed in our cultivation!
Thank you, Master!
Thank you, fellow practitioners!
(Submission to 2013 European Falun Dafa Experience-Sharing Conference in Copenhagen)