March 25, 2013 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner from mainland China
(Minghui.org) I began to practice Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) in November 1997. The first year after that was the happiest time in my life. I had been very weak since childhood and I had a very introverted personality. On top of that, my parents always argued with each other, so that I became depressed and my physical condition went downhill. I had a poor complexion and seldom smiled. From growing up under the culture of the evil Chinese Communist Party (CCP), I developed a very strong competitive mentality and jealousy, and felt that life was hard. After I finished reading Zhuan Falun, my joy was beyond description. I suddenly came to understand many puzzles in life, my view towards the world changed, and my body went through a tremendous transformation.
In the past, I had stomach trouble and didn’t have a good appetite. As I did the exercises the first time, I started feeling hungry for the first time. My complexion became fairer and fairer. This practice is truly amazing! When I finished doing the exercises, I felt full of energy and optimism. The quality of my life greatly improved. Then, after July 20, 1999, when the Jiang regime began the persecution of Falun Gong, my family and I had our home ransacked, we were harassed for no reason, and we were harmed tremendously. Especially when I was arrested and incarcerated in a forced labor camp, my family became fearful. However, no matter how much the CCP slandered Dafa and hurt me, or how much my family and friends pressured me, nothing could change my will to practice Falun Gong.
1. Dafa Has Given Me a New Life
Since childhood, I never knew what it was like to be illness-free. Before I began to practice, I had problems with my internal organs, especially my stomach. I never felt hungry, and my stomach often hurt. When it was cold, my stomach ached; when it was hot, my stomach ached as well. I could only eat small amounts without burping. I took many medications for digestion. I didn’t dare to eat anything cold even in the heat of the summer, and I didn’t dare to touch fruits like watermelon. In May and June in southern China, it is very hot and humid. My stomach couldn’t stand it, so I had to take many medications. Even so, I often had diarrhea and other stomach ailments. Later I often had so much stomach pain that I couldn’t sleep the whole night. Besides that, I often had a cold and coughed. When I coughed, it usually lasted a very long time. When I took Western medicine, it usually didn’t work. I used many Chinese medications, but later I didn’t know what to take to feel better. I used so many medications that I had side effects such as neurasthenia, insomnia, severe blisters, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, breast lobular hyperplasia, and a frozen shoulder. I was especially bothered by hair loss, which put me in such a panic that I didn’t dare to comb or wash my hair. When I did comb my hair, I saw a lot of it fall out. Then I took a lot of medications to help my hair grow. I was only 36 years old, but I was in low spirits every day. Even though I tried to sleep for eight or nine hours, I still felt very tired.
Because of my physical condition and misfortunes in my life, I became very ill-tempered. My parents still fought, even in my home, which made everything seem hopeless. My oldest brother developed Hepatitis B, while my younger brother, who lived in another city, couldn’t find a stable job. My sister often argued with her mother-in-law. Life tired me out, and I often thought of committing suicide. In this situation, I found Dafa. In November 1997, I obtained a copy of Zhuan Falun from my colleague; it was a gift from her friend. With the help of her friend, I was able to find an exercise site near where I lived.
After I obtained the Fa, I spent a lot of time reading Zhuan Falun and Teacher’s other lectures. I was very diligent about studying. From then on, my life changed dramatically. Within a short period of time, I went from someone who always felt weak and in pain to being energetic and in high spirits, a brand-new person. Every day I was very happy; it was the happiest time in my life. I could never pay back the things that I have obtained from Dafa. What Teacher has given me can never be understood by people who don’t practice. When one person cultivates, one’s entire family benefits. From then on, my family situation improved as well. My sister obtained the Fa and improved her relationship with her mother-in-law. My younger brother’s health has improved, my youngest brother found a good job, and my parents fight less than before. I understand that everything is granted by our benevolent Teacher.
2. Helping My Son Get Rid of a Bad Habit
On January 6, 2002, as I was handing out truth-clarification materials, I was arrested and held at the county detention center for four months. I was released when one of my brothers bribed the police. Later I found that my son had developed the habit of going to an Internet cafe and playing games. At that time, my son was in junior high school. I went to talk to my ex-husband with the hope that we could work together to help our son get over this bad habit. However, my child’s father said he didn’t have to worry about it anymore. His attitude was quite negative. At that time, I couldn’t accept his attitude right away, but soon enough, I calmed down and decided not to argue with him. I am a practitioner, and Teacher teaches me to be a good person at all times. In addition, Teacher tells me that, as a parent, I am responsible for educating my child. I had this firm thought on my mind that no matter how hard it is alone, I will be responsible for my child. I began to work out a plan. It was hard for me, because I didn’t have much time. I had to go to work, take him to school and back, and take care of his three meals a day. All of these were really nothing compared to how to help him get rid of his attachment to games. When I picked him up from his dad, he didn’t want to listen to me. At that time, he refused to listen to me about anything. I knew that I shouldn’t argue with him and that I must keep calm and rational, which is also a requirement of the Fa. I tried to reason things out with him and help him improve by using Dafa principles. I read Teacher’s Fa to him. Besides that, I also had to help him with his studies in every course he was taking. Sometimes when I ran into difficulties, I had to teach myself, then teach him.
After over a year’s hard work, my son quit playing games, and his grades in every class improved significantly. His state of mind has stabilized, and he cares for others and is a good kid. On the senior high school entrance exam, he did very well and was admitted to a very good high school. Everything is attributable to Dafa. Without Dafa, I couldn’t have stayed calm; without Teacher’s teaching, I couldn’t have taken on that big responsibility.
3. Elevation of My Ethical Values
-Taking Fame and Personal Gain Lightly
Prior to beginning cultivation, I was very attached to personal gain. I worried that my mother-in-law favored my sister-in-law. This made me very jealous and eventually led to divorce from my husband. After I began to practice, because of my son, I still had some interactions with my mother-in-law. However, I changed. Instead of resenting her, I began to show her a great deal of respect. I cared about her and was able to demonstrate the demeanor of a practitioner. Therefore, later on, she was very nice to me. I often heard that she said good things about me and that she regretted our divorce.
I was contaminated by the morals of modern China and developed many bad habits. When I went on a business trip, I collected receipts beyond my actual expenses and then asked my company to reimburse me for them. I even conspired with my co-worker to steal some of the sales income. After I began to practice Falun Gong, I understood the principle of “no loss, no gain” and regretted such wrong deeds. In 1998 my company arranged for me to work at a newly established pharmacy. Because it was so new, there was no established management system. I am a cashier, and sometimes customers overpaid and forgot to ask for their receipts. Sometimes it was over 100 yuan, sometimes a few dozens of yuan. No matter the amount, I handed them all in. Therefore, in my company, from management to employees, they all know that Falun Gong practitioners are good people. Since the persecution began, my managers have protected me many times.
2. Treating Others Kindly.
Before I began to practice, I had conflicts with my neighbor. We had a tense relationship and neither was willing to give way. Since I began to practice, I have been following the principle that “one should not fight back when being punched or insulted” (Zhuan Falun) When I run into conflicts, I practice forbearance and treat others kindly. During conflicts, I often look within. When my neighbor tried to provoke me, I could be tolerant and self-restrained, I was also able to talk to him nicely. Now my neighbor and I get along very well and live in peace.
I treat my son’s stepmother with kindness and teach him to respect her. After she had a baby, I encouraged my son to treat his sister nicely and not to be selfish. I can only share a few of many touching stories. I want to tell everyone who is not clear about the truth: Don’t be taken in by evil lies. Dafa is truly saving sentient beings. In Dafa, every being’s soul can be cleansed and purified.
I hope more and more people can be fortunate and, through cultivation, find a foundation for their lives, not be tormented by illness or bothered by petty incidents, and lead a happy life.
I hope everyone can understand the truth, treat Dafa and practitioners kindly, stay away from the evil Party, and choose a bright future for themselves.
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