PureInsight | December 23, 2022
[PureInsight.org] A few days ago, I saw an experience-sharing article by a fellow practitioner on breakthrough of doing the second exercise (Falun Standing Stance) for two hours. After reading it, I deeply felt that experience was very similar to mine, so I also want to share with fellow practitioners.
I am a Dafa disciple born in the 1980s. When I was young, I liked to have fun, ease and comfort, and being lazy. Therefore, I had a hard time cultivating, so doing the exercises became an obstacle I needed to break through. To me, it was even harder to break through getting up early in the morning to exercise. The alarm clock or someone shaking me up could still not wake me up. After much struggle, I finally sat up, but after sitting in a daze, I laid back down and continued to sleep. I regretted it and wondered why I could not just break through. I was determined to wake up early the next day. Every now and then, I could get up for a few days and then I could not again. It was like this back and forth.
Since I could not get up to do the exercises in the morning, I chose to exercise when I had some free time. Falun Standing Stance is the most difficult for me, and my arms felt very painful. While doing the second exercise for half an hour, I already struggled to finish it. With the laziness, I failed to persist.
Later, there was a one-hour version of the music for the second exercise. My mother, who is a fellow practitioner, immediately began to do Falun Standing Stance for one hour. However, I did not even dare to try. I felt that I already had to strongly struggle for half an hour of the exercise and would not be able to do the exercise for one hour at all. I knew I fell short, but I also could not break through. I felt distressed.
Once, I saw an experience sharing by a fellow practitioner. Roughly, it was about an elderly practitioner who said he did the Falun Standing Stance for two hours. Another fellow practitioner admired the elderly practitioner’s diligence. I showed this sharing to my mother, who was very moved and felt that elderly practitioners should all have this willpower. Therefore, my mother began to do the second exercise for two hours. I saw that even my mother was doing two hours of the Falun Standing Stance. I was still only exercising for half an hour. This difference was too big. I had already felt that I was loafing around the end of the ranks of cultivators, and now I felt even more like I could not catch up. Therefore, I became very resolved, and asked Master to strengthen me to do the Falun Standing Stance for one hour.
Because I had the strengthening from Master, I finally broke through and succeeded, and began to do the Falun Standing Stance for one hour. However, one can imagine, I needed to really encourage myself every time before exercising. Now it seemed that I had overcome this hurdle and began to do the second exercise for one hour.
Some time ago, I was listening to experience sharing articles while I was making dinner one day. The content was about a fellow practitioner who was hit by a car and had his bones fractured in certain parts of his body. That practitioner persisted in studying the Fa and doing the exercises, and shortly after, his body returned to normal. What this story impacted me the most was that, even with fractured bones, this practitioner did the Falun Standing Stance for one hour, and endured the whole time, second after second. After hearing this, I thought, I was young, but I was not in a situation like this practitioner who suffered fractured bones. With fractured bones, even lying down is painful, not to mention standing there and persevering in doing the exercises. That kind of willpower is the state practitioners should have.
I said to Master in my heart, “Master, tonight, I will definitely do the Falun Standing Stance exercise for two hours and break through my exercise state.” With this conviction, I slowly finished eating and tidied up. However, when it came time to begin exercising, I felt like a deflated eggplant and quite wilted. I didn’t have confidence in myself and felt like giving up, but then I thought, earlier when preparing food, I already told Master that I would do the exercise for two hours. If I don’t exercise, wouldn’t I be deceiving Master? I made up my mind: practice! I could even faint, but even if I faint, I still need to practice! I said to Master in my heart, “Master, your disciple is doing the Falun Standing Stance exercise for two hours today, please strengthen me.” Therefore, I began my first time doing the Falun Standing Stance exercise for two hours.
During the last two stance holding positions, for a full half hour, my arms were in so much pain that they trembled nonstop, and I really felt that I was bearing it second by second. When it was hardest to bear, I remembered the Master taught in Zhuan Falun, “When I practiced cultivation in the past, many great masters told me these words, and they said, ‘When it's difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it's impossible to do, you can do it.’ In fact, that is how it is. Why don't you give it a try when you return home? When you are overcoming a real hardship or tribulation, you try it. When it is difficult to endure, try to endure it. When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find, ‘After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!’”
In my mind also emerged the perseverance of imprisoned practitioners who, each second and each minute, are bearing suffering under the persecution … practitioners in mainland China who, homeless and separated from their families, and under the watch of the evil, are still distributing materials to clarify the truth and save people … overseas practitioners are working hard day and night on different projects … Shen Yun performers painstakingly work on their technique and tour around the world … every single thing … tears flowed from my eyes … everyone is persevering. I said to myself, if I cannot even bear this much hardship, I do not deserve to be Master’s disciple! Like this, I finished doing two hours of the Falun Standing Stance exercise.
From then on, I have persisted in doing two hours of the Falun Standing Stance exercise, and succeeded in breaking through my exercise obstacle.
Ever since doing Falun Standing Stance for two hours, I have undergone many changes. Without me realizing, I found my level of ding has become deeper, and my xinxing also improves. I am not as restless as before, and my body feels light and robust, with lots of energy. I do not get tired even if I walk very far, my body light as air. All sorts of attachments have weakened, and my heart and mind have broadened. It is truly like what the verse for the exercise says in Falun Gong, “Wisdom is Enhanced and Powers Strengthened. The Heart is Harmonized and Body Lightened.” I never experienced these before. I am amazed by these changes, and I am even more grateful for the boundless compassion Master has toward His disciples! I have only put in this little bit effort, and Master has given His disciple so much. There is no way to express my gratitude toward Master! I have decided to be even more diligent and cultivate, and repay Master!
I have written this to share my experiences with fellow practitioners, to compare how we study and cultivate. We should seize this last, limited amount of time to be even more diligent and cultivate, and follow Master back to our original true self!
This is my first time writing an experience sharing. If there is anything not on the Fa, please compassionately point it out. Heshi.
Chinese version: https://www.zhengjian.org/node/278454