Cultivation While Promoting Shen Yun

A Dafa Disciple in Seattle

PureInsight | December 30, 2013


Greetings benevolent Master!

Greetings fellow practitioners!

Time flies. I have already practiced Dafa about 12 years. In recent years, I haven't cultivated as diligently as I did at the beginning. I feel ashamed. Fellow practitioners and my husband (also a practitioner) encouraged me to share my cultivation experience of selling Shen Yun tickets. However, I feel that I am an average and not diligent cultivator. I also have a hard time writing in Chinese after living in the US for many years, so I refused to pick up my pen. Finally, thanks to the Los Angeles Fa conference and Minghui's sharing stories, I decided to share my own cultivation story and submit my exam paper to Master. If there is anything that is not right according to the Fa, I ask fellow practitioners to kindly point them out.

Thinking back to when I just obtained the Fa, I could feel, hear and even see Master in my dreams encouraging me in cultivation. For example, I had the same dream three or four times in which Master used three-dimensional sound to tell me, "You are not meditating correctly, you are not meditating correctly!" After many times, I decided to join the local Dafa practitioners to cultivate together instead of cultivating at home alone. After I joined the group, I immediately realized that I had been doing the fifth set of exercises in the male position. A practitioner pointed this out to me, and then I could meditate with double crossed legs right away. These two experiences laid a strong foundation to practicing Dafa along with my righteous faith and thoughts.

Since I've been working at home for years and not going out as often as many other people, I felt very uneasy standing in front of so many people the first time I went to promote and sell Shen Yun tickets. So many feelings made me feel so uncomfortable. At that moment, I needed my strong righteous thoughts to overcome my feelings. When I dealt with my feelings, I always thought about Master's Fa about how monks overcame their hardships while wandering around in Zhuan Falun. Master said, "Wandering around in society is rather torturous. It must beg for food and meet different kinds of people who will scold, insult, or take advantage of it. It might encounter all kinds of things. It will treat itself as a practitioner and balance well relations with others, always maintaining and upgrading Xinxing. It will not be moved by the temptations of different benefits among everyday people" (Zhuan Falun). Therefore, I always remind myself to have the attitude and cultivation state of those wandering monks.

Before the first time I sold Shen Yun tickets, I studied hard to learn about Shen Yun every day. "What is Shen Yun? How much Shen Yun has influenced the whole world? What is the audience feedback like?" I learned that Shen Yun was reviving ancient Chinese traditional divine culture, which could upgrade mankind's moral standard. The result and influence were unbelievable! I respected Shen Yun very much from the bottom of my heart. I wished every person could be a kindhearted person and could be saved during the big elimination. I tried to do my best to save sentient beings and improve myself. At the beginning, I didn't know how to sell tickets. I felt very stiff and anxious. Through practice, I became more natural, confident and professional. I had to face all kinds of people while selling tickets. They had different attitudes and thinking. I tried my best to consider their needs and help them to understand Shen Yun. I wanted to share the best show in the world with them. I wanted them to be saved. I let them feel that I cared about them. I treated them as my friends and family. I used a calm and peaceful voice to share and communicate with them. I encouraged them not to miss this precious chance.

There are no other secrets for selling Shen Yun tickets, just like there are no other secrets for cultivation in Dafa. Be diligent and keeping righteous thoughts, faith and confidence are the main keys. Diligently learn about Shen Yun, ancient Chinese culture, Shen Yun's program book and the audience feedback. Understanding sentient beings’ attitude and necessities is very important. These information or messages can help me interact with them better.

For example, there was an elderly 83-year-old-man passing by. After we exchanged warm greetings, he pointed to the Shen Yun poster above his eyes while he was walking and said, "I am 83 years old. I have never seen anything like this. They look beautiful. The dancers jump very high, so high. I don't believe it. I don't believe they can jump so high." Right away I replied, "That's why this famous musician said, 'You have to see it to believe it.’" I picked up the Shen Yun magazine at the same time and showed him the musician's photo and her words. The old man stopped walking and smiled curiously looking at the magazine. He listened to me talk about Shen Yun's tours around the world and seven sold out shows at Lincoln Center. Shen Yun is promoting goodness by upgrading mankind’s moral standard. I also told him about the CCP destroying traditional Chinese culture and the ten-year Cultural Revolution. I said to him, "You're already 83. You have worked hard your whole life. You deserve to relax and enjoy this beautiful and meaningful show. You see, this musician said, 'This is something you should not miss.' Another year she said, 'You must see it once in your lifetime.' You know, ancient Chinese people and modern doctors both said that good music can heal, and Shenyun's music can do that; many audience members have shared about it. Don't miss this show. It's good for you." I patted his shoulder and said that to him with a caring voice. The old man listened to me patiently and said, "OK, I will check the website. I will learn about it. Thank you." If I didn't do my homework for Shen Yun, I would not be able to reply immediately.

Aside from this, I also update Shen Yun's news every year. We sold tickets at Tacoma Mall in 2013. There were many soldiers shopping at the mall and passing by. When I found out or guessed that they were soldiers, I told them that Shen Yun was invited to perform at the Westpoint Military School. Many soldiers purchased tickets. After all, I reminded them to share Shen Yun information with their friends, families and other soldiers.

While selling tickets at the mall in 2013, I enlightened that Master said our thoughts and hopes are important. If cultivators have these thoughts or hopes, Buddhas and high beings will help them. Therefore, I promoted Shen Yun differently this year. I had a thought that sentient beings would purchase tickets right away after learn about Shen Yun from me without waiting! In the past few years, I tried my best to share Shen Yun with people and I had a thought that sentient beings could buy Shen Yun tickets from any other Shen Yun booth or from the website. However after I learned about Master's Fa, this year became the best and easiest year to sell tickets. I thank fellow practitioners for working hard together as one whole body.

Using Righteous Thoughts to Face the Old Force's Interference

I have always had a strong attachment to emotion. Master had been helping me break through it by giving me many tests the past two years. I learned to stand up every time I fell. Slowly I improved myself. I had to pass the tests one at the time. I was very bitter and tired. Therefore, there was interference while selling tickets. Two weeks before the Shen Yun performance was the hottest time to sell tickets. A sick child at school passed a virus to other kids, including my two kids. My daughter couldn't eat, drink or sleep for two days and nights. She threw up every time she ate or drink. Meanwhile, my son started to cough too. I knew this kind of interference was unacceptable. I have had miracles happen several times when I asked Master to help my ill children, so my son and I read Zhuan Falun together to my daughter. My daughter also believed in Master, and she listened to the Fa very carefully. Within 13 minutes, her face looked healthier, and she could open her eyes for a longer time. She asked for food and drink. After eating, she could get up and walk. However once my daughter got better, my son’s coughing worsened. As a mother, I had to keep up my Xinxing and not complain about the circumstances surround me. I kept my righteous thoughts and did not allow the old force to interfere with me. I was not moved by emotion. I stayed calm and peaceful instead. Since I had my righteous thoughts, Master helped me block most of the virus, so I had more opportunities to save more people. Thank you Master very much.

Even though I knew I was improving slowly, because I was not diligent, I still felt sorry to Master. I didn't want to write down my sharing. I want to thank the Minghui website, fellow practitioners and the practitioners who shared their stories in the LA Fahui. I've learned a lot, especially from the Mexican practitioner who shared about the original and still water from Master's fa. Since I also read the Fa two weeks ago, I remembered and was very touched. She also shared how she passed the test by repeating Master's poem from Hong Yin III. She kept repeating in her mind, "He’s right, and I’m wrong. What’s there to dispute?”

I also posted this poem at the door for me to pass my xinxing tests, but I didn't enlighten as well as she did. After I came home from the LA fahui, I felt that I suddenly saw the light. It is like after passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!

In the end I would like to share with everyone Master’s poem “Who’s right, Who’s wrong” from Hong Yin III:

Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong

As a cultivator

One always looks for one’s own faults

‘Tis the way to get rid of attachments most effectively

There’s no way to skip ordeals, big or small

[During a confilct, if you can remember:]

“He’s right,

And I’m wrong,”

What’s to dispute?

Thank you Master and fellow practitioners. Please point out anything inappropriate. Thank you!


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