March 08, 2013 | By a practitioner in Beijing
(Minghui.org) I began practicing Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) in May 2009, when we had just moved to our new residence. A neighbor asked us to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. We immediately agreed because we loathed the regime’s rampant corruption.
He also told us how the regime had staged the alleged self-immolation in Tiananmen Square, and what Falun Gong really is. We were shocked that the Party could carry out such a vicious scheme just to demonize a group of innocent people.
I wanted to learn Falun Gong but I was apprehensive because the regime had banned it in China, and if the CCP found out, I knew they would make trouble for me. Since I am wealthy and own several properties, the CCP police knocking on my door was the last thing I needed. But I was also sick and the neighbor was healthy with a rosy complexion. So I mulled it over and decided that I should not be afraid of the Party, and my personal well-being should come first.
The neighbor then told me to read Zhuan Falun. As I read it, many of the questions I had about life were answered, and I realized this is the real Buddha Fa. I simply could not put Zhuan Falun down and read it cover to cover in three days. I made up my mind to practice no matter what. I went back to the neighbor and learned the exercises that evening. My husband and I have been practicing ever since, and we and our families have benefited greatly from Falun Gong.
My Long Term Illnesses Are Healed
Before, I suffered from ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids. I also had a heart condition and often dislocated bone(s) in my shoulder, chest and back, so I could not sit for long in front of my computer. I also had chronic sore throat that caused swelling, pain and fever, and when it really became bad left me unable to sleep at night. I had rhinitis and suffered from frequent colds. I had nightmares and sweated profusely, yet I was always cold and listless. I went to renowned hospitals and sought out alternative treatments, but none of them worked.
Everything changed when Falun Gong entered my life.
One morning when I was doing the second exercise, something fell out of my vagina, I ran to the bathroom and saw it was a large lump of congealed blood and tissue—there went my tumors!
Once, when I meditated, I heard crackling noises in my spine, and the joints have stayed in place ever since. I haven’t caught another cold in the past three years. Before, I would feel such tightness in my chest that I got up at night and hit the wall to distract myself, and that has disappeared along with the rhinitis and sore throats. My face used to be covered with pimples, now it’s smooth and glowing.
My husband also experienced the same healing effects, and we are so grateful to Master.
Falun Gong Saved My Marriage
“Women are strong and smart
Impetuous, sharp-tongued, and dominating” (“Yin and Yang Reversed”, Hong Yin (III) )
This describes exactly how I was before I began practicing. I looked down on my husband because he didn’t have an advanced degree like me. He made less money than me, and I resented that he was not as caring as I would have liked, so we argued all the time. After I remarried, I was still not happy. I thought it was worse than my first marriage and I was ready to serve him the divorce papers.
After I started practicing Falun Gong, I conducted myself according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I stopped nitpicking and voluntarily did more house chores without demanding that my husband do the same. I stopped verbally attacking him and quit snooping through his cell phone. Whenever he complained about something, I would try my best to do a better job. I try to focus on his strengths and be more considerate of his challenges, and he has changed in a positive way as well.
My husband was driving in April 2010 and his car hit a pedestrian. He called me and said the person may not survive, and a fellow practitioner and I together asked Master for help. Miraculously, when that person was taken to the hospital, his clothes were clean and he didn’t even have a scratch. We were amazed by Dafa’s power and Master’s compassion.
My husband has a son from a previous marriage. I used to get jealous whenever he spoke to his ex-wife on the phone, and now I just stay calm. His son stays with us two days a week, and my attitude has changed from being irritated to being pleasant.
After we introduced Dafa to him, he was cured of rhinitis and rarely gets sick. He is friendly and popular at school and never returns insults when attacked. He is highly regarded by his teachers and classmates. He always liked video games, but when we mentioned it was an attachment, he quit playing that very night.
Family Benefits from Dafa
My husband had a less than perfect relationship with his family. He only made brief visits to his mother’s home once every few months and did not talk to his brother. Now, he sees her more often and invites his brother and his family over for dinner during the holidays.
His mother has had hemiplegia since her 40s, and the changes in my husband convinced her of Dafa’s power. She listens to Master’s lecture tapes and was cured of osteoporosis. Her legs no longer hurt when she walks, and the blood supply was partially restored on her affected hand.
Once, neighborhood Party officials saw her picking up a Falun Gong flyer on the street and tried to intimidate her by spouting lies about Falun Gong. She confidently refuted them, saying, “I’ve listened to the lectures many times. Master Li never said anything bad. But, don’t take my word for it, why don’t you read Zhuan Falun and find out for yourselves!” They left her alone.
Later, she learned about the depth of the Party’s sinister nature after reading Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and she played the DVD version of the commentaries for her neighbors. She knows that withdrawing from the evil Party can save one’s life.
My sister-in-law was afflicted with multiple illnesses, and a while ago the skin on her hands began to lose its pigment. We told her to say, “Falun Dafa is good”, “Truth-Compassion-Forbearance is good”, and asked her and her family to quit the Party; they agreed. When we saw her one month later, she excitedly put out her hands and excitedly said, “Look, the color is back!”
Initially, my parents were not fully aware of the extent of brutality against Falun Gong practitioners, and they practiced along with me.
But when they read the reports describing the torture CCP agents subject practitioners to, they were horrified and stopped practicing. My father lived through all the regime’s political purges and knows what it is capable of, and he became opposed to our practice out of concern for our safety. But I was determined and would not give in to pressure.
Everyone in my family has quit the Party and knows Dafa is wonderful. They are healthy and my mother looks younger than her age. I used to disapprove of my sister’s marriage and always gave her husband the cold shoulder, but I have learned to be more understanding, and I tell my sister to be kind to her husband.
I did not call my father “dad” until I was an adult as I held a grudge — remembering him hitting and scolding me when I was a child. Now I am truly grateful toward my parents.
Three of my uncles live in a different city. I visited them last year and helped them quit the Party. My oldest uncle and his wife live in Canada and they are veteran practitioners.
My niece had a serious heart disease and was in and out of hospitals. Even walking and talking made her tired. I told her to say, “Falun Dafa is good”, and she did. One hour later, she was surprised to feel a tangible difference in her heart rate.
When she returned to the hospital for a checkup, the doctor said she had a healthy heart and just needed more exercise.
Letting Go of Attachments to Fame and Fortune
I am competitive by nature. I fell gravely ill after taking the university entrance exams, graduate school and Ph.D. program. The same thing happened after I completed my dissertation, and my hair turned white.
After I graduated, I became a salaried employee at the Academy of Social Sciences. I was restless, so I quit my job and started working in finance. Money and lust became my primary goals in this materialistic world. Even though my income was in the high six figures, I was still dissatisfied with my life. I invested in real estate and worked as a business consultant in my spare time. Due to my hectic work schedule, I was away from home ten months out of the year, and I never had children. My first husband couldn’t take it anymore and finally left me.
Dafa taught me how to give up attachments to money and fame. I quit my job and provided consultations for free. [Falun Gong does not teach one to quit one's job, but to let go of the attachment to power and money—Ed.] My friends expressed admiration that I could forego those lucrative opportunities.
I also gave up stock trading because practitioners do not gamble. I have made other investments with handsome returns. My husband’s business has been steady, and we have more than enough money to support ourselves. Money is no longer the driving force in my life, and I am no longer jealous of other people’s wealth. Sometimes we donate money to produce truth-clarification materials so more people can learn about Dafa and be saved.
Using Various Ways to Rescue People
After quitting the Party, a college professor we knew not only regained his health but also met a caring woman who he married. She also quit the Party and he even asked her to learn the practice from us.
I try to ask everyone, including repairmen, deliverymen and moving men to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
Once, a couple came to do work on my house, and I helped them quit the Party. The young woman had a bad toothache and could not eat, I said, “Try saying ‘Falun Dafa is good’.” Two hours later, the husband came running and excitedly exclaimed, “I can’t believe it! She’s as good as new!”
Several more workers came later that day and they all started saying “Falun Dafa is good” upon learning what had happened.
I asked every employee from a delivery company who comes to my door to quit the Party as I would get a different person each time, and the company’s business has improved.
We watched Shen Yun and were amazed by the magnificence of our lost Chinese cultural heritage, and we wanted to share it with more people. We handed out more than 2,000 Shen Yun DVDs within two months, and everyone except a few were thankful and glowed with joy. They’ve been waiting for Dafa.
Once, when a man fidgeted with his bike for a long time and was getting frustrated, I approached him and gave him a Shen Yun DVD, and his gloomy face instantly blossomed as if he had just received the best gift in the world.
On another occasion, a woman in a grocery store had a somber look on her face, but she was so happy when I gave her the DVD that her face lit up and she smiled, as if she had temporarily forgotten all the hardships in her life.
I watched New Tang Dynasty TV programs last year and I loved them. NTDTV reports stories that testify to the wonders of Dafa and truthful news stories from inside China that no other media dares to report on. We started promoting NTD earlier this year and the effect has been pretty good. We made a breakthrough with some people who had refused to quit the Party for years. Some had their health restored after watching, and some became loyal fans and will only watch NTD now.
I also distribute anti-blockade software burned on CDs, because right now, Chinese people are eagerly inquisitive about the infighting among the Party factions. My husband handed out about 30 CDs at one time. I always carry some in my pocket, and almost everyone is eager to take them.
For those who don’t have a DVD player or Internet access, we give them printed newsletters. Seeing their reaction when they reach for the brochures really warms my heart.
Occasionally, I come across people who still have misconceptions after listening to the Party’s poisonous slander, and I look inward to see how I can do better. Sometimes I worry about being reported to the police, but we cannot allow fear to take over at any time. We should follow Master’s arrangements and rescue more people.
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