PureInsight | April 8, 2002
The condition of my health was very poor before I began to practice cultivation. I could easily get tired while just sitting. Therefore, I wasn't able to sit straight and I needed to lean my back against the backrest of a chair or against a wall. After I began practicing cultivation, my health quickly improved noticeably. But this habit of slouching was like an invisible notion following me, not letting me sit upright even though I didn't feel tired, and often making me sit in a sluggish, half-lying-down position. The standard of a cultivator include a basic requirement that one have good posture when standing or sitting. But I always overlooked this problem and this habit, formed over a long period of time, still often influenced my behavior even after I began to cultivate.
As more and more time passed after I began to cultivate, I started to realize that I should sit up straight. But this was often limited only to when I studied the Fa. I didn't pay much attention to it in my daily life. For example, when I got home I would often lay comfortably on the sofa with my legs crossed. This small detail of my behavior hid many of my attachments that I was unaware of, such as being afraid of suffering, attachment to comfort, inability to concentrate, and the like.
One day, I felt I was a bit short of energy, and several parts of my body were in a little pain. I thought to myself, "Maybe this is eliminating karma. Anyhow, it's a good thing." I didn't think much of it. Later, however, I it occurred to me that if I considered my bodily discomfort to be eliminating karma every time, then wouldn't it be true that, at least on this point, I have stayed at the level of eliminating karma all this time? I thought to myself, "perhaps this time Master is trying to enlightening me to some deeper meanings." But my energy level was dropping fast so I thought "I should first eliminate the evil in my own dimensional field. Perhaps there were some bad things in my mind interfering with me and affecting my energy." After I calmed my mind and eliminated the evil in my dimensional field, my energy level gradually returned to where it was before, and my mind became very clear. At this moment, I noticed I was slouching languidly. I sat upright immediately. Afterwards, my energy returned to a very good state and the pain in my body also gradually disappeared.
Through this incident I realized that when there are impure ideas in one's mind, it will reflect through one's words and actions. In the past, whenever I endured some mental and physical suffering that caused me to feel very tired and low in energy, I always felt a lot of pain in my heart. I always felt, "why am I falling into tribulations again and why is it so difficult to pass tests?" But I didn't think of these as interference, so my demon-nature strengthened my attachments. That is to say, if I can maintain purity in my own dimensional field, in fact, other than my own karma which needs to be eliminated, the black substances or dirty things brought by the interference from the outside old forces are absolutely incapable of attaching to my body.
Master said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2001 Canada Fa Conference":
"Another thing is that from now on at group practice or when there's another big conference like this one of ours, our students can quiet their minds for five minutes, sitting with their hands in Jieyin and thinking about eliminating the bad thoughts, karma, bad notions, and external interference in their minds. As you're like this, think that they die, and then they will be eliminated. Five minutes will do."
Master required us to eliminate the bad things within ourselves first and then to send forth righteous thoughts. Furthermore, Master clearly told us in his "Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A.":
"When a person himself doesn't have righteous thoughts, all the bad things in the cosmos, or in the Three Realms, will flow around continually in the human body, and even when they stay there the person doesn't realize it. That's how people are manipulated, in other words, they manipulate people when these particles are able to connect with each other."
Thus, I understood that no matter what kind of Dafa work we do, when we are met with interference we ought to try our best to eliminate the interference from within our own dimensional fields, and then to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil that attacks Dafa. Otherwise, the bad things sent out by the evil old forces will take advantage of the weakness of our own righteous thoughts, causing the righteous thoughts we send forth to become powerless.
Because of many mentalities and ways of doing things we have developed in the human world, we often, without thinking, use ordinary human ways to think about problems. Sometimes we only start to seriously think about why we encounter a particular incident and how to solve it when the situation becomes quite serious. However, after we study the Fa, we all know that in fact many phenomena are not just related to causes at this human level. For example, because there were unrighteous things in my dimensional field, my physical condition worsened. The ultimate cause was not the elimination of my own karma. However, whenever we encountered situations when we were in poor states of mind, sometimes we would think "is it because of my own fault that I am being interfered with by evil?" Although afterwards we sent forth very concentrated righteous thoughts towards the evil that was interfering in a particular Fa-rectification task, because we didn't find the true cause of interference, our effectiveness in sending forth righteous thoughts was, of course, very limited. In fact, in this final period of Fa-rectification, I understand that we should require ourselves to meet the standard of the Fa at every moment, and take the initiative to use the standard of the Fa at various levels to discipline ourselves. We should not passively wait until the tests come before thinking about how to pass the test and thinking about how to meet the standard of Fa. Otherwise, through passively handling tests it will be very difficult to understand the Fa from within the Fa.
Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun, "My fashen in another dimension knows everything on your mind. Because the concepts of the two time-spaces differ, in another dimension the formation of your thoughts is seen as an extremely slow process. It will know everything even before you think of it. Therefore, you should abandon all of your incorrect thoughts." I didn't quite understand this paragraph when I read it before, and was confused as to how it could be possible to know things that haven't happened. Now I understand, using human ways of thinking can limit us. In this dimension, the lives of humans have already been arranged, and what will happen in the future is clear at a glance if one looks from outside this dimension. Therefore, if cultivators can truly look at things from the Fa, then they will go beyond the time-space of this dimension and clearly see the attachments they should get rid of but that they have not yet eliminated for a long time. By directly abandoning these attachments from the Fa, one won't necessarily be limited by the tribulations arranged by the old forces and instead will walk on the actual path which Master has arranged for us to achieve consummation.
(Translated from http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2002/3/14/14260.html)