Forming a Whole by Letting Go of Self in Shen Yun Promotion

A Dafa Disciple in Taiwan

PureInsight | December 23, 2017

[] Here is my experience in Shen Yun promotion.

1. Having a Righteous Motive for Saving People

I have not promoted Shen Yun for one year because I got used to clarifying the truth through the rescue platform. In my mind, truth clarification through the platform was better for me because my xinxing and the clarification techniques were improved. There was also no trouble from practitioners’ cooperation. Practitioners were required to look inward in times of trouble and improve the efficiency in saving people when they did truth clarification cooperatively. My personal understanding was that cultivation and saving people during Fa-rectification period should not be done as one wishes. We should be responsible for people and the Fa. I believed Shen Yun management and Shen Yun promotion were role models by Master for Dafa disciples. The Shen Yun performance was a truth clarification project for our Dafa disciples. We should not prioritize self-validation above Master’s expectations.

In the past two years, the number of Shen Yun performances and Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performances in Taiwan gradually increased. In September, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra would come to Taiwan. It was an opportunity created by Master for Taiwan disciples and Taiwan people. When I thought about how Master extended time because many high level beings did not understand the truth yet and our cultivation was not up to par, I decide to join the Shen Yun sharing without self-validation or having low opinions of other practitioners. I had so many concerns because I had not communicated with disciples and promote Shen Yun for more than one year.

During the first week, I failed to schedule any appointments after several phone calls. Looking inward, I found my attachment of fear. I was afraid that I would not know how to promote Shen Yun to mainstream society. I also worried about socializing with ordinary people. The reason was that I used everyday people’s mentality to think my mission on assisting Master in Fa-rectification. After getting rid of the attachment of fear, I planned with the marketing person and invited a specialist to promote Shen Yun. The marketing person asked me why I wanted her to host a tea party. I told her it would be more meaningful for her to host it because the tea party could enhance her and her company, especially with Shen Yun and Dafa disciples behind it. Then the manager asked me directly what she should do. I gave her my suggestion and requested support from other coordinators. Practitioners gave me good feedback gradually. I took practitioners to an expensive house area to promote Shen Yun. At first, I made some progress by looking inward. Later, I got a bigger test. I found when one disciple had opinions about me, I looked inward, but others must have had opinions as well. I was a little impatient when I noticed other disciples did not look inward; they only focused on doing things rather than improving xinxing and thinking about the Fa. I did not know what I should do and thought I should not promote Shen Yun. My attachments of caring about my own interests and fame were fully exposed. At that time, I had not realized it was encouragement from Master to improve myself by eliminating those attachments. After that, I knew that the stronger the attachment I found, the more encouragement Master was giving me.

2. Validating the Fa, Not Self

After the invitation letter was completed, I asked the practitioners to send them out and also asked the sponsor Li to invite her friends in the mainstream community. At first, my friend registered four of them to participate. Then, a practitioner asked to come as well. He was planning to do Shen Yun promotion in the same way, so he wanted to invite me to their group. I believed it must be Master’s arrangement. However, I became anxious because we only received two phone calls for registration. Then I told sponsor Li to see if she could invite at least 20 people. She said she was not sure. In the evening, I wrote her a letter and said, “My sister, you might know that everything we do is to save people, and that is why we all try our best. I can totally understand your pressure. We must try our best together with pure minds because any attachment will influence this lecture!”

I still did not feel stable despite all the positive energy in the letter. Fortunately, two days of sharing about fundamental attachments and the difference between jealousy and showing off happened in northern Taiwan. I remembered Master mentioned the attachment to fame several times in lectures. In “True Cultivation” from Essentials for Further Advancement Master said, “As a matter of fact, when you agonize over infringements upon your reputation, self-interest, and feelings among everyday people, it already indicates that you cannot let go of ordinary human attachments.” I knew why I could not concentrate on my Fa study. It was because I worried that with such limited registration, I would lose face by not doing well. I was totally controlled by my attachment to fame. After Fa study, I exposed my attachment and sent the letter to some friends. In the early morning, eight ordinary people registered. In the evening, sponsor Li told me that she invited more than 20 friends to be here. In total 30 people would attend our lecture. I felt Master’s blessing after my Xinxing improved.

3. Letting Go of Self to Fulfill Master’s Requirements

Two days before the event, the coordinator asked me if I needed professional public relations support. I thought our local disciples were good enough and we should believe them firmly. I wished our disciples could improve together by forming a whole.

However, on the day of the lecture, some registered people could not come. Then I saw disciples betray Shen Yun promotion’s rules with their human emotions. I did not feel good. It was because of my attachment to fame. Sponsor Li just did what she should do very happily. Later, I notice disciples formed a whole and sold the tickets confidently. The lecture was successful. I understood as Master said in Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference in Australia, “The more attachments that are let go, the bigger one’s heart becomes and the greater one’s tolerance”.

The next day, I gave a ticket to a gentleman. We talked about the Divine Culture Foundation and Shen Yun. Later he said he would like to sponsor us for next year’s event. The disciple who worked mainstream invited me to join their group.

This seminar created a new form to save people through cooperation with an ordinary enterprise. It could also benefit both of us. Again, I experienced Dafa’s all-encompassing nature and Master’s great compassion.

In “Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Midwest-U.S. Fa Conference” Master said, “The better you walk your path, the more solid and more all-harmonizing-and-never-failing is the path of life you pave for the future. That's no ordinary thing. The Earth appears to be so small, but all the beings in the entire cosmos, all the gigantic cosmic bodies, they've all come down here, and this place has become the focal point of all beings, this place has become the focal point of the cosmos. So nothing that's been done here since the start of the Fa-rectification has been trivial.”

Let us do well on what we should do and live up to Master's compassion.


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