Walking One’s Path Well
Greetings Master. Respectfully Wishing Revered Master a Happy Birthday!
Greetings fellow practitioners
I did not plan to write an experience sharing article for the Fahui this year. Then I heard a sharing from fellow practitioners that experience sharing articles should be written regardless of whether they would be selected for reading, because this is a record of cultivation over the past year. Looking inward I found the reason that I was reluctant to write an experience sharing article was my attachments of comfort and pursuit. As I had read my experience sharing article at last year’s Fahui I thought that my sharing would not be selected again this year, so why should I bother to write an article? I felt ashamed when I discovered my attachment of pursuit. In order to get rid of this unrighteous thought and follow the way of cultivation left to us by Master, I decided I would submit my sharing every year from now on.
I started cultivating a little over two years ago. Teacher has compassionately taken care of me since I began cultivation and has arranged the best possible path for me. I left China shortly after starting the practice and encountered a few obstacles when I stepped forward to validate Falun Dafa. The first coordinator that I came into contact with was considered to be a solid cultivator by many practitioners. He helped me assimilate into the large overseas cultivation environment to validate Falun Dafa. This kind of environment influenced and strengthened the firm belief that I already had, that all things have come for Dafa.
I have been working as a full-time sales representative for over one year in the media that validates Falun Dafa and I can deeply sense Master's compassionate care. When I started sales I had no experience and relied on the support and guidance of fellow practitioners. When my heart was not stable, Master helped me to enlighten. When I worried that my English was not good enough, I lacked experience in sales or I was hesitant to meet important customers, Master arranged for me to meet corporate clients. On one occasion I confidently spoke English to two managers to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa. When I returned home I was glowing with health. Master gave me confidence and helped me to enlighten that language is not a barrier. As long as I am upright, gods will help me. Falun Dafa practitioners aren’t like everyday people; they utilize their divine powers to save sentient beings. Practitioners just need to steadfastly walk the path arranged by Master.
When I let go of my attachments in the process of doing sales, I find that when I make a suggestion to clients, they will agree with me. At times I have found that I still have the attachment of selfishness. For example, when dealing with a $2,000 contract, my heart is unmoved and I don't think of what my commission will be. After talking with other practitioners about developing a global advertising market to target million-dollar clients, I suddenly thought, "My commission on a million-dollar contract would be quite substantial. How will I find such big clients?" I immediately recognized my selfishness and also felt that I lacked experience in dealing with such clients. I needed to really cultivate myself well and remove attachments. When facing million-dollar clients, Master will help me as long as my heart is not moved, I let go of self and think of others first.
My recent sales figures have been quite good. I signed a contract for the highest sales amount of our local media and also made a breakthrough into an industry that we had been trying to break into for a long time. I know that my thoughts should come from my heart and I must cultivate myself well. When I firmly believe that by buying an advertisement in our media the customer’s business will improve, my success rate of signing a contract will be 90%. The customer will also respect my suggestions.
One customer signed a contract for the full amount without me saying much at all. Other sales staff often experience difficulties when negotiating prices with customers. They think I am lucky and always find generous clients. I do not believe that we can offer low priced advertisements. Once I set the price of an advertisement in my mind I usually find that the contract is signed for a similar amount. I realize Teacher has provided us with everything. With righteous thoughts Falun Dafa disciples can achieve anything.
Many sales staff pursue results and this makes it harder to achieve a positive outcome. I realize if we let go of the attachment of seeking results and our minds are empty, then we will achieve a positive outcome. What we do as practitioners is different from what everyday people do. We are letting go of our attachments in all areas of our lives. Teacher has told us about gaining without pursuit. When we are selling advertisements if we focus on gaining the best result for our customers then the customers will naturally pay a good price.
When doing sales, I feel the most important thing is to believe in Dafa and yourself. We are the best media and we should not focus only on big customers and neglect small customers, as they are all sentient beings. We have to treasure every opportunity Teacher has given us. In business, time and opportunity are very important. Opportunities are time sensitive and once Master has made arrangements we must act immediately. If opportunities are missed then there will never be another chance.
In the past I have made mistakes while doing sales when my mind has not been righteous. The results changed when I corrected my thoughts. For example, once when I found an error in an advertisement I complained about the carelessness of a fellow practitioner. As a result more errors happened one after another. The customer was very angry with me. When I looked inward, found the attachment and removed it, the errors stopped.
On another occasion when an error occurred, I did not think about finding problems with others, instead I tried to find my loophole and comfort the fellow practitioner who felt responsible for the error. The next day I went to see the customer to apologize. The customer was very happy as he felt that we were concerned about him and he was not upset about the error. The relationship has strengthened since then. I realize that cultivation is actually very simple.
Once I discovered the attachment of jealousy when working together with a fellow practitioner. I talked with fellow practitioner A and complained about practitioner B, as I felt that I had better abilities than practitioner B. I know that in cultivation things are reversed. Problems in my workplace are just reflections of problems within me. Teacher arranges tests to assist us in finding and removing our attachments. If we do not have the attachment, then Master will not arrange the test. Attachments to jealousy and competitiveness are related. Once a practitioner finds these attachments they need to eliminate them by SFRT. If your heart is pure you will not see problems with fellow practitioners. I realized that sometimes my attachments affect fellow practitioners. I should use the opportunity to look within, remove my attachments and as a result leave less opportunity for conflicts.
People often say that my presentation is professional for my sales role. I believe that Falun Dafa gives each practitioner the conditions necessary to validate the Fa. On the grand stage of Fa rectification every person must wholeheartedly play his or her role to help Master rectify the Buddha Law. Let us show Master that his compassion and suffering have not been in vain.
Sharing on promotion of Shen Yun
I have participated in the promotion of Shen Yun for the past three years. I feel that my cultivation has progressed more each year. In 2009, one month before the Shen Yun show only 20% of tickets had been sold. At that time I had just started my work experience and would graduate afterwards. I realised that if I did the work experience I would miss the last period of promotion for the Shen Yun show. I felt the urgency of the situation and took Shen Yun as the highest priority.
During the promotion I wore 10cm high-heeled shoes, walking for 12 hours every day with only two to three hours sleep, but I still looked very fresh. Once a fellow practitioner said, “you cannot straighten your legs, how come you are still able to smile?” It is because Teacher strengthened me. I clearly felt the strong energy field. When I did the exercises all the sweat pores on my body seemed to open. When I enlightened to something I felt my whole body shaking and I felt happiness with Teacher and the Fa.
This year, after sharing with practitioners from other countries, we realized the importance of SFRT thoughts near the theatre. Another practitioner and I rented a hotel room close to the theatre and SFRT every hour during the night. Other practitioners SFRT during the day. We also kept on doing other projects. I did not return home for one month. After this I found that I had changed and experienced the power of SFRT. I would Heshi to our Master to thank him for everything that I had received. There were also opportunities to upgrade my xinxing. Some practitioners felt that I should approach companies as I could speak English, but I personally thought in cultivation, that it was best to let things flow naturally. There are no coincidences in Dafa. Master arranges everything for me and I must do everything to the highest standard.
During the promotion I realized that we must have a stall in Chinatown as there were many Mainland Chinese and it was where the evil gathered. It is a place where we failed to clarify the truth successfully in the past. Our main coordinator asked me to contact the manager. When I spoke to the manager, I kept in mind that a stall must be set up in Chinatown and asked Teacher for strength. The manager was interested in Shen Yun and said that he would see the show himself. We were able to set up a stall for free in a good place. After five days of promotion the manager asked me to remove the stall, as there had been many complaints. I attempted to set up stalls in front of other businesses but they were also cancelled after several days.
I understood these were all occurrences on the surface level. When we are doing something righteous the evil will try to interfere. I looked for my attachments and discovered that after I obtained permission for the stall, I had the attachment of zealotry. When difficulties arose, I felt disappointed with other practitioners. I had failed to arrange two of the stalls according to everyday people’s rules and just left things to chance. I didn’t want to take responsibility myself and used the excuse that the main coordinator was responsible for everything. I lost the opportunity that Master had arranged by not walking my path well. This became a regret in my cultivation. I suddenly enlightened when I read Teacher’s Fa and realized the true reason why I didn’t do well.
I would like to share from “Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference” (Li Hongzhi, February 26, 2005 Q&A)
“No matter how much I say, you still have to walk the path of cultivation yourselves. To walk this path well and progress to its end--nothing is more extraordinary. I say that because during the journey you will have hardships, tests of every sort, unforeseen ordeals, and you will have unexpected interference from all kinds of attachments and emotion. The interference will come from family, society, good friends, and even fellow cultivators. And along with this there is interference from changes in the state of human society and from human notions that were formed in society. All of those things can drag you back to being like an ordinary person. But if you can break through all of it, you can advance towards godhood. So as a cultivator, what is truly remarkable is when you can be steadfast and have righteous thoughts so firm that nothing can sway you. Be solid and firm like diamond, or granite, and then nothing can affect you--evil will be afraid at the mere sight of you. If upon encountering trying circumstances your thinking can be truly righteous, then, when faced with the evil's persecution and when faced with interference, just one sentence of yours fortified with steadfast righteous thoughts can instantly make the evil disintegrate (applause), and it will make those who are being used by the evil turn and flee, it will make the evil's persecution of you dissolve, and it will make the evil's interfering with you disappear without a trace. One thought born of righteous faith is all it takes. And whoever can hold firm that righteous thought and go the distance will become a magnificent god forged by Dafa.” (Long applause)
The above is my current understanding at my level. Please point out anything inappropriate.