Find Your Actual Self

A Dafa Disciple in China

PureInsight | May 12, 2021


Master taught us in Zhuan Falun, “Another person told me that he doesn’t have to practice hard like others do, at dawn or late into the night, since all he has to do is recline on the couch when he gets home and go out of his body to practice, and he can just watch himself practicing as he lies there.”

When I recited the above Fa teaching, I suddenly realized that he is unable to distinguish which thoughts are his own.

Occasionally, he said that "myself" went out to practice, and then called the "myself" who went out to practice "him." He may not have thought about if it is necessary to discern whom is himself, because it is all out of his body, how could it not be himself? Is he really too incompetent to differentiate? No, it's because the gods of the past just did not allow cultivators to approach the truth, and deliberately make people confused.

Master said in Zhuan Falun, “This has led people to conclude that there is little point in trying to save a person’s true soul when, after all, the secondary soul shares in the person’s identity and so the outcome would appear to be the same. It wouldn’t seem to matter which one the spiritual achievement goes to, as long as one of the souls gets it, since that would mean you are getting it.”

Master said in Zhuan Falun, “When his life comes to a close his subordinate soul leaves and they go their separate ways. Now if you go by what’s said in Buddhism, he still has to go through the cycle of rebirth.”

It is the God who can save human beings. He can see everything clearly. Undoubtedly, he knows everything. Only those who are indulge in the labyrinth cannot understand the truth and get confused for life after life.

This is the first time that Dafa has clearly clarified this fact.

Master said in Zhuan Falun, “Now as for what your subordinate soul does, you really have no clue. He was born at the same time as you, has the same name, controls the same body, and looks the same as you, but strictly speaking, though, he’s not you.”

During Fa-rectification period, the old forces are constantly confusing us, deliberately making us think that all bad thoughts and attachments originate from our own thoughts. Then it can launch the persecution. Without guidance of Dafa, so up till today, many cultivators around me seem to recline on the couch and they are unable to find their true selves. As a result, they have a hard time in cultivation.

Fa-rectification appears to be complicated. As Dafa disciples, we should not only able to tell the main spirit from subordinate spirit, but also we must be fully clearheaded that any bad notions and human attachments don’t originate from our main soul.

Master said in Zhuan Falun Fajie: “Cultivation is about people’s minds.” I enlightened that it was very important for a practitioner to control his/her own thoughts.

Master said in Teaching the Fa at Western U.S Fa Conference, “Why do some people go a long time without being able to eliminate thought karma? It’s because they don’t try to distinguish which thoughts are their own. Why do we ask you to cultivate yourself? You should first of all eliminate bad thoughts through cultivation. The reason you can get rid of those bad things is that you don’t acknowledge them as you. That is extremely crucial. It is because you don’t acknowledge them as you that you can then eliminate them. The fact is, they really aren’t you. They are the various notions, or even karma, developed from the things you have done after birth—those things.”“Actually, none of the bad thoughts are you.”

The first response when encountering issues is important. Some practitioners often like to say: “I am heavily affectionate. I always feel scared. I’m not even-tempered.” In fact, it is clearly stated in the Fa that "fear is also a kind of attachment." (Zhuan Falun) Master taught us so clearly, that fear is an attachment. But you still say that fear is myself, and this attachment is about to be destroyed. Do you want to destroy yourself? Love is like this. It is a life in the Three Realms. How can it be my original self? Actually, we can identify and detect all types of attachments with the guidance of Dafa. Please don’t call them "I". Some practitioners’ first response was to acknowledge those attachments as themselves. Then, they send forth righteous thoughts to abandon attachments, which looks contradictory. Isn’t this just hitting yourself? Isn’t this an internal friction? Is there any difference between you and the person “reclining on the couch"? The person who "goes out to practice" is me. After a while, "the person who goes out to practice" becomes someone else. This is not an issue of researching the literal meaning of words, but whether you can distinguish between true and false and righteous vs evil.

In a dangerous place, it is dangerous to be unable to find the true self. Such kind of person is the most despised by Gods.

Master taught us, “In fact, other than a person’s innate purity and innocence, all notions are acquired postnatally and are not a person’s actual self.” (For Whom Do You Exist? Essentials for Further Advancement)

The true self is simply pure. Master can change us from the most microcosmic level. When Fa-rectification began, we were pushed onto the expected level by Master. We are both physically and mentally pure to a great extent. Only under such conditions can we participate in Fa-rectification. Fa-rectification is extremely crucial, while people who are full of karma cannot undertake such a huge task.

We will notice a thought being wrong as soon as it arises. Where is it from? I don’t have such sort of stuff, so let it go. And whoever imposed it on me, let go of them together. According to Fa teaching, the entire persecution was imposed by the old forces. Doesn’t it mean that we have attachments? Obviously, those attachments are also imposed by the evil. They attempted to influence Fa-rectification and to serve their purpose. Therefore when these attachments arise, we will never acknowledge the negative thoughts as ourselves, which is totally in accordance with the Fa. Isn't this a part of Fa-rectification? This is the quality that Fa-rectification practitioners should possess.

So it is extremely important to find the true self first, which is the prerequisite for being on the right track. Secondly, we must find the actual ourselves at all times. Whenever you do not dominate your body, you will be controlled by other beings.

I shared my understandings. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.

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