PureInsight | April 19, 2019
Greetings Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I come from Kaohsiung. I am very grateful to Master for giving me this opportunity to share my journey of cultivation for more than ten years. In writing this article, I feel more the preciousness of Fa. For me in this lifetime, finding Dafa and finding Master is the most glorious thing ever.
1. On the road returning to true self
In 2005, my sister gave me a copy of Zhuan Falun. After half a year, I only took a look at some pages. Later I had a serious illness and suddenly thought about the miraculous effects of Falun Gong. Hence I listened to Master’s 9 lectures in one breath.
When I started the practice, I went to practice exercises every day, but I rarely studied the Fa. I did not participate in Dafa activities or group study. I didn’t know what cultivation is. One day, I had a dream. In the morning, I practiced sitting meditation with other practitioners. I obtained the Fa earlier than some new practitioners, but I was placed in the group of new practitioners, even in the back of the lineup. I woke up feeling panic in my heart. I thought that Master used this dream to give me a hint. I have fallen behind! If I don't catch up, I can't keep up with the Fa-rectification. I must cultivate diligently like a lion.
Before obtaining the Fa, I had a family restaurant with my husband, who is not a practitioner. I was busy every day for fame, money, and feelings of ordinary people. After obtaining the Fa, I didn’t balance the time well to do the three things well. Although the guests in the restaurant came and went every day, I didn’t know how to Hongfa or clarify the truth to them. Sometimes I felt quite anxious and unsure. I often asked myself: Am I a Dafa disciple if I haven’t done three things? When can I be a qualified Dafa disciple?
This situation continued until 2012. We had run the restaurant for more than 10 years and my husband suddenly decided to shut it down. I didn’t feel the slightest sadness but was full of joy, even burst into tears. I know this is Master's compassionate arrangement. I am taken care by Master. Master knows my inner wishes! I must cherish and I want to be a true Dafa disciple.
2. Participating in media projects
After closing the restaurant, I quickly joined the media marketing team.
When I was a child, I was introverted, unconfident, and not good at speaking. Master was very benevolent and arranged practitioner A to partner with me. Both of us did not use computers before and had no professional experience. What we have are kind hearts to save people. In the process of doing marketing, it is sometimes embarrassing, with ups and downs, and there are cries and tears. Unexpectedly, we both got good sales. It was like “gain naturally without pursuit.” Since then, my personality has become more cheerful and confident. From this, I have realized that only with selflessly cooperating with each other and forming a whole body can we do a good job of saving people.
3. Clarifying truth at scenic places
For a period of time, I went to a scenic place to clarify the truth with practitioner A. In the beginning, I was afraid and my heart was quite heavy because I was new in asking the Chinese tourists to quit the CCP. Once it happened that practitioner A went to Hong Kong for some time. I would feel alone and afraid. Practitioner A encouraged me to study the Fa more and this way I would not be afraid. Studying the Fa is a fundamental guarantee for doing well in clarifying the truth. When she went to Hong Kong, I kept studying one lecture of Zhuan Falun and one book of other lectures every day. By the time she returned, I was surprised that I made progress on asking tourists to quit the CCP, from zero to 20+ people per day.
Indeed, everything is arranged by Master. In the process, I become more aware of the importance of studying the Fa. By studying the Fa and cultivating myself, then I can become better in saving the sentient beings. Since then, I study Fa a lot with practitioners every day and we encourage each other.
4. Shen Yun Promotion
In 2016, soon after I joined the Shen Yun promotion team, with encouragement from another practitioner B. I undertook the coordinator role for various activities. At that time, I thought that this was the project that practitioner B worked for some years. Since I just started there are many things to learn. Could I do it well?
With this negative thought, a challenge came very soon. In the past, it was organized for fellow practitioners to go to some arts and cultural museums to promote Shen Yun. When it was my turn as the coordinator, one museum lay out many rules prohibiting the promotion. I did not have experience in handling this and my righteous thoughts were not strong. Why didn’t these problems occur in the past? Is it because I am not competent? Negative thinking flocked, and I thought about quitting the job. However, there is no accident in cultivation. Master may have arranged this for me and how can I be afraid of such a challenge? Then Master’s Fa in Zhuan Falun came to my mind, “Things will work out well if you are always compassionate and good to others, thoughtful towards people, and handle whatever situations you get into with people by first pausing to consider how well your actions will go over with the other party and whether anyone will be hurt by them.”
Therefore, I stood in the place of others and thought about the reasons for their rejection. In fact, the museum also has their many considerations. They need to manage the site well, but we had caused them some troubles when we got carried away trying to save sentient beings. So I shared with fellow practitioners that we cultivators should consider others first and think about their problems. When we let go of selfishness, the museum gave us the permission to do promotion a few months before Shen Yun shows. Looking back, I am glad that I found the attachment of wanting to quit and escaping from it. Facing challenges with courage and this matter can be resolved satisfactorily with cooperation as a whole body.
At the same time, I was asked to help the telephone feedback team of Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. Telephone survey was actually the most difficult obstacle for me to break through since I started cultivation, and so I chose to avoid it. I had fear in my mind. Worrying of losing face and afraid of being rejected, I had many attachments entangled in my heart. I would find an excuse to decline joining the telephone team, but the coordinator came to me again. I thought I better try it this time as there is no accident in cultivation. Therefore I participated in the telephone feedback team. I learned a lot of valuable experiences and made major breakthroughs including improvements on phone conversation. The projects that I participated were all face-to-face, but only voices can be heard in telephones. My heart was a bit unstable, and I think this is a human notion. It is wrong and I should negate it. What a cultivator says can touch sentient beings’ hearts. Before calling, I tried to be well prepared. I first checked the background information of the interviewees and studied a lot of the Fa.
What I remembered most was the phone conversation with one branch of the Taiwan Junior Chamber of Commerce. I made several phone calls, which were either declined or couldn’t get through. There was a branch whose phone number was not listed. I checked it online and found the mobile phone number of the branch director. I also learned online that the director had watched Shen Yun performance and there was a media interview of him.
When I contacted the director, no one answered the phone. Soon he called back. Since I knew his positive attitude towards Shen Yun, I directly asked him whether it is possible to do a 30-minute presentation on the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. What surprised me was that he agreed without any hesitation. Looking back, I didn’t know where my courage came from. I realize that Master has already paved the cultivation way in front of us, and we just need to put in action.
5. Belief in Master and Dafa
I was in charge of organizing the tea parties to promote Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra this year. In September, the night before a large tea party, I received an urgent phone call from my son who was attending school in Taipei. He went to see a doctor in a hospital. The doctor said that he should do a physical examination with anesthesia, which required a parent’s signature. My husband asked me to travel immediately to Taipei, but I thought that since the tea party would be held the next day, how can I go to Taipei suddenly?
I called my son for clarifications. The physical exam was actually scheduled a week later, and then it would be OK for me to go to Taipei then. I know that this xinxing test was directed at me, interfering with my saving people, and testing my sentiments for my child. Later, my son’s medical report came out. The diagnosis was a rare serious disease requiring long-term treatment. My husband cried and cried. After listening to the doctor's explanation, I told myself not to be affected! Peacefully face my son's fate whether it is life or death. Master said in Zhuan Falun, “In spiritual practice you have to go through ordeals, and they serve to test whether you can become free of your emotions and desires and the sway they hold over you. Being attached to those things will impede your progress.”
Later, we decided to take my son to a hospital in Southern Taiwan for diagnosis and treatment. In the process, I taught my husband and my son practicing exercises and reading On Dafa (Lunyu) before going to bed every day. I continued studying three lectures of Zhuan Falun every day and sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate bad notions.
Soon the second medical report came out. The diagnosis by the Taipei hospital was somewhat incorrect. It is not that serious and can be cured by taking medicines. It is not a serious disease claimed by Taipei hospital, and is not classified as a major illness. The second doctor also said that even if you want to apply for the status of a major illness, it will not be qualified because of insufficient conditions. I was in tears. I know that Master is helping me. My husband and my son also believe that it is due to Master’s help. Falun Dafa is great; truth-compassion-tolerance is great! At that moment, I had a deeper understanding of believing in Master and the Fa!
6. A magic treasure by looking inside
On one occasion, during the process of making tea snacks, the old forces interrupted and the situation was out of order. A practitioner said sadly to me that she did not take the importance of making the tea snacks seriously. The tea snacks were supposed to be prepared one kilogram by one kilogram. She prepared them all at once and they were not good. Looking inside, she found that she wanted to finish the job quickly. She had an attachment of taking shortcuts and seeking quick results.
She looked inward, and I also looked inside myself. I had a bad thought that making tea snacks is a small matter and not important; the same cooking is done over and over again, like making snacks of ordinary people. I did not recognize that what we do is saving people. The tea snacks failed, and my carelessness affected the whole body. I find an attachment of vanity, not paying attention to small matters which could turn out to be big. Master said in Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference, “But it’s cultivation—whatever happened to being “free of gaps” (wu-lou)? There are no little things.”
Afterwards, we had a group sharing. We encouraged each other and quickly resumed our righteous state. We developed new kinds of tea snacks. In cultivation, everything is Master's best arrangement! Every test is an opportunity to dig into our roots. Peel off the bad thoughts and attachments that were formed for ages. Let us continue to transcend and achieve more and more requirements of the Fa!
Along the way, I have benefited so much. It is not easy to obtain the Fa and I will cultivate diligently.
“Cherish Zhen, Shan, Ren,
And in Falun Dafa shall you succeed;
Cultivate your xinxing without
a moment’s pause,
To taste the wonder,
so immeasurable, at Consummation.”
Thank You Master! Thank You fellow practitioners!
Chinese version: http://www.zhengjian.org/node/248122