Overcoming Interference

During the Promotion of Shen Yun

 

Revered Master,

Fellow Practitioners

Greetings

 

Master said in the 20th Anniversary Fa Teaching ( May 13, 2012 ~ New York)

But, the standard for cultivation during the Fa-rectification is strict, and so is the standard that post-renewal divine beings are to meet, for these are the standards and requirements of the new cosmos. Beings that have not been rectified by the Fa will, on the other hand, use the principles of the old cosmos to go about things, and use those to evaluate Dafa disciples. They will only feel okay with it when you meet the standards that they acknowledge; only then will they let you progress upwards free of interference; and only then will they think that you are qualified to save them.”

 

Many practitioners have discovered that they experience the most interference when some important aspect of Fa rectification is happening in their immediate area. Of course no project is more important than Shen Yun which, under Master’s direction, has the most power to save sentient beings. It therefore comes as no surprise that interference is most prevalent in the period immediately before Shen Yun arrives in a city, and that interference will inevitably affect those who have not cultivated well the most. Often, practitioners appear to lack self confidence, mistakenly believing they are unable to play a role in certain aspects of Shen Yun promotion, or they always seem to be preoccupied elsewhere.

 

Master: “But they haven’t managed to destroy the Fa-rectification or Dafa disciples, and nor have they destroyed mankind, or blocked the Fa-rectification. But they have brought a great deal of trouble. The trouble manifests here in the human world, taking the form of interference. These things have been happening all along.” (New York, 2012)

 

A few weeks before the show was due to arrive in Melbourne our main coordinator organised a room just a block from the theatre, for practitioners to meet, study, share promotion experiences and send forth righteous thoughts for a few hours every evening. Regrettably, I did not initially attend these gatherings. It really seemed like too much effort to drive into the city and back and I always seemed to have something else to do. However, an all day Fa Study was arranged for Good Friday and since that is a public holiday I had no excuse for non-attendance.

 

Master: “If Dafa disciples don’t do well, if they lower their standard for their cultivation and if those old, higher beings—those layers upon layers upon layers of simply countless Gods and those countless Kings—all do as I just described, then think about it, how much difficulty will that bring to Fa-rectification?” (New York, 2012)

As it turned out, I was extremely glad to be there as the field was very powerful. Just as 8.00 pm righteous thoughts was concluding there was a very loud sound like a thunderclap right overhead and a car alarm went off as if the vehicle had been struck by lightening. Some of us went outside to see if anyone’s car was damaged but there was nothing. What’s more there was no thunderstorm either. A Chinese practitioner later told me that this was a “spiritual bomb”. It appeared that our efforts to improve our collective cultivation were certainly having an effect at some level.

 

That night there was one sharing from a practitioner who admitted that he had a negative thought regarding ShenYun, and that he believed this thought should be exposed so as to keep our overall energy field as pure as possible at such a critical time. This led me to look at my own thoughts and see if they might be adversely affecting the field in any way. It was certainly a step in the right direction as until one recognises that there is a problem it is impossible to try and rectify the situation.

Master said: “…and one won’t even be able to recognize that certain bad thinking and behavior are at odds with universal values. If one can’t recognize bad thinking for what it is, then what can be done? There is no other way but to act according to Dafa.” the 20th Anniversary Fa Teaching

On reflection, I came to the conclusion that, first and foremost, I needed to apologize to my fellow practitioners for periodically having inappropriate thoughts about others over many years. These thoughts arose from unhealthy attachments such as anger, jealousy, lust, arrogance, impatience etc. I was often overly critical and sometimes even contemptuous of fellow practitioners, which is totally unacceptable - especially from a member of the Falun Dafa Association who should set a good example. Moreover, even if the thoughts were never actually articulated or acted upon, their very existence was bad enough and would undermine not only my own cultivation but that of the whole body of practitioners, especially with regard to our ability to cooperate well during the promotion of Shen Yun.

 

Master has pointed out that: “These intense human mindsets result in people not being able to cooperate. And during the arguments that you have, some people’s human mindsets are really strong, with some people even being driven by those attachments to quarrel with others.” (New York, 2011)

 

I might also mention that, being an Association officer, practitioners often come to me with concerns and complaints; and those complaints invariably involve another practitioner who they believe has treated them badly. That will also lead me to form opinions about those involved on both sides. So there is probably a lesson here for us all in that we must always focus on what other practitioners do well and look inside first when we feel that we have been hard done by.

 

Master has told us: “Another cause is the attachments that come from one’s human mindset. Especially notable are the notions that one forms, or habits of thought that one forms, which make it very hard for a person to recognize when human thinking is unconsciously at work.” (New York, 2012)

 

I know that I should evaluate every thought to determine if it is in line with the Fa and if not - eliminate it immediately as interference and not a thought that originated with my true self. Regrettably I frequently fail to do this when my human side is strong.

 

As a consequence of my poor cultivation state I have, in fact, failed to eliminate some quite serious physical symptoms which are interference that has taken on the guise of the ancestral karma which killed my mother, uncle and others in that branch of our family going back for many generations. Significantly, the symptoms first started about six years ago, around the time we first started presenting the Show in Melbourne. At some point I obviously had a wrong thought about these symptoms making the condition much harder to rectify. This wrong thought combined with poor cultivation to create a loophole that could be exploited by interference.

 

Master: When I have witnessed Dafa disciples being severely persecuted and their righteous thoughts aren’t strong enough, I’ve really thought about removing that tribulation for you. But, if I were to remove it, it would mean that you hadn’t passed the trial, hadn’t borne what you were supposed to bear, and hadn’t improved in cultivation. If I removed everything for you, then none of it would count for you and you would end up being nobody: you would not count as a cultivator, or as a Dafa disciple…. if you are carrying all sorts of attachments and human thoughts, you will meet with a great deal of trouble, and that trouble will serve to block your path.(New York, 2012)

 

A week or so before the Shen Yun was due to arrive, a combination of lack of faith, fear and encouragement from non-practitioner relatives caused me to visit the doctor for the first time in thirteen years, and I was booked in for tests and a chest x-ray the very day before the first performance.

 

Master reminds us: “Under the effect of righteous thoughts, everything around you, as well as you yourself, will undergo changes. Yet you have never thought to give it a try. The old forces as well as the interference from the evil elements are precisely exploiting the gaps in your thinking. That’s what they have been doing all these years.” (New York, 2011)

 

Practitioners were now sending forth righteous thoughts at least on the hour every hour. The more diligent were doing every half hour. The extra righteous thoughts helped turn the tide for me and I finally made it down to the Ross House Fa Study three days in succession. The first day I was truly amazed how powerful the energy was and how compassionate the atmosphere. I truly felt that we had at last recaptured some of the magic and wonder many of us experienced when we first obtained the Fa!

As Master commented: …be enthusiastic like you were when you first took up cultivation. Don’t be like ordinary people, whose fleeting enthusiasm fades after a few minutes and then disappears altogether.”What is Dafa Disciple? - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 New York Fa Conference

 

I then made the decision to cancel all the medical appointments and instead go to the airport to welcome the performers flying into Melbourne from Taiwan. That was indeed a much better way to spend my time.

 

Throughout the period of Shen Yun’s residency at Melbourne, practitioners who were not involved backstage, reporting for our media, cooking meals for the performers, or other duties, gathered together to send forth righteous thoughts every half hour. In between they would read Master’s writings on the subject of righteous thoughts. When I attended, I found this to be also very beneficial and several hours seemed to pass by in no time at all.

 

Although the shows did not sell-out, I feel that practitioners nonetheless worked together much better than they had in past years; putting aside their own opinions, working well together and doing what needed to be done. An example from my own personal experience would be “door-knocking” in the final days prior to the show. I had previously thought that such a practice was not in line with the high-end branding requirements stipulated by the Shen Yun Office. However, in the event that there were still a lot of seats still to be sold I opted to participate. I visited a shopping strip in an affluent suburb and went down one side of the street, calling on every business, while two other practitioners did the other side of the street. In fact the response was excellent with hardly any negativity at all. It was merely a case of working out the right approach, while being cheerful and positive with the conviction that you were there to do everyone a very big favour. Many practitioners did much more than I did, but for me to go out at all was a huge breakthrough as I had been so opposed to the idea.

 

To conclude I would just like to say that when Shen Yun left our city there was inevitably some sadness that we had not sold out every performance, but at the same time I felt privileged to be part of a very special community of cultivators dedicated to doing the very best that they could in any given situation.

 

I’ve said again and again that you cannot see a cultivator’s good side. That side is simply terrific, and has met the standard.” (What is a Dafa DiscipleFa Teaching Given at the 2011 New York Fa Conference )

 

Those words of Master’s hit home in a way they had not done before and I understood how important it is that we always try to focus on what practitioners do well rather than on their shortcomings, and on the things upon which we agree rather than on those issues about which we disagree. Usually you will find that when you are having a dispute with another practitioner; if you step back and think about all the things on which you have agreed over the years they will be infinitely more numerous than the conflicts.

 

What I think is key, actually, is that as long as you keep pace with your Fa-study, with your cultivation, all of these matters of cooperation can in fact be resolved.... Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference

 

When disciples have ample righteous thoughts, Master has the power to turn the tide.” (New York, 2012)

 

So let us all try to improve the strength and quality both of our Fa Study and our right thinking, so as to fulfill our historic mission and assist Master in saving more sentient beings.

 

Thank you Master,

 

Thank you fellow practitioners

Michael

 

27/6/12

克服神韵推广过程中的干扰

 

尊敬的师父好!

同修们好!

师父在《二十年讲法》中说到:“但正法中的修炼标准,更新后对那些神要达到的标准是严格的,这一切是新宇宙的标准要求。可是没被正过法的生命它们会用过去宇宙的法理行事,用它来衡量大法弟子。它们觉的你能达到它们认可的标准,那些生命心里才能平衡,才允许你不被干扰的走上来,才认为你有资格救它。”

许多同修发现当他们身边做重要的与正法相关的事情时往往会经历最严重的干扰。当然没有什么项目比神韵更重要了,因为神韵是师父亲自带着做,最具救度众生的力量。因此毫不奇怪,在神韵即将到达某个城市之前的一段时间都会受到普遍干扰,这些干扰无疑会影响到那些修的不好的人,他们看起来缺乏自信,误认为他们无法在推广神韵方面发挥作用,或者他们似乎总是忙于其他而没有时间。

师父:“没能毁了正法与大法弟子,也没能毁了人类,没有能阻挡了正法,却带来很多麻烦。这些麻烦会反映到世间来,成为干扰。这些事情一直都有。”(《二十年讲法》)

演出即将莅临墨尔本的前几周,我们主要的协调人在离剧院仅一个街区的一个楼里定下一个房间,专门用于学法,分享推广经验和每晚几小时的发正念。遗憾的是,一开始我并没有参加这些聚会。这真的是要花很多精力开车到市里然后返回,而且我总是有别的事要做。然而,在复活节星期五这天安排了一整天的集体学法,因为那是一个公共假期,因此我没有理由不出席。

师父说:“如果大法弟子没做好,对自己的修炼标准放低了,它们那些旧的高层生命层层层层的那些个无量无计的神、那些无数的王,都这么干的话,大家想想,那将给正法制造多大的难度?”(《二十年讲法》)

事实证明,我非常高兴去到那里,因为那个场特别强。正当8点发正念结束时,有如霹雳般一声巨响做声于头顶上方,随后汽车报警器响了起来好像车子被闪电击中了一样。

我们中的一些人走到外面查看是否有谁的车子受损,但是什么事也没有。更重要的是也根本没有什么雷雨。后来一位中国同修告诉我那是一颗“意念炸弹”。这说明我们在集体修炼的提高与努力无疑在某种程度上体现出了效果。

当晚,一位同修在交流中说到承认自己在推广神韵上有消极态度,他觉得他有必要将这种想法挖出来为了能够在这个关键时刻保证整个能量场的尽可能纯净。这也让我向内找自己的想法,看看它们会不会在某些方面对整体产生不利影响。这势必是向正确方向迈出的一步,因为如果你没有意识到自己有问题,你怎么去改掉它呢?

师父说:“甚至认识不到一些不良的思想行为与世间普世的价值是相抵触的。很多不良思想认识不到怎么办哪?只有按照大法做。” (《二十年讲法》)

经过反思,我得出的结论是,首先,我要为我多年来长期对别人有不恰当的想法向我的同修道歉。这些想法源于不好的执著心,像生气、妒忌、色欲、傲慢、不耐烦等等。我常常过于苛刻,有时甚至轻蔑同修,这是完全不能接受的——特别是作为一个本应树立榜样的法轮大法佛学会的成。此外,即使一些想法从来没有实际说出来或者实施,但是它们的存在的本身已经非常不好,不仅会干扰自身修炼,同时还会影响炼功人的整体,这特别关系到推广神韵过程中的配合的好坏。

师父讲到:“这些强烈的人心使互相之间配合不了。在争论中有的人心很强,有的在人心带动下互相争吵” (《二十年讲法》)

我还想说的是,一些同修常常到我这里讲他们的担忧和抱怨,而那些抱怨总会涉及到其他同修。这也会让我对涉及到的双方都产生一些想法。所以这对我们来讲可能是一个教训,那就是当我们感到自己受到不公平待遇的时候,我们必须首先要看到同修做的好的地方同时向内找。

 

师父告诉我们:“一个是自己人心的执著。特别是形成的观念、形成了思维的方式,那就使自己很难认识到那些不自觉的人心表现。” (《二十年讲法》)

我知道我应该用法去衡量每一个思想念头,如果不符合法,应该把它作为干扰立即消灭,那个想法不是真正的自己。遗憾的是当我人的这面很强时,我常常做不到这点。

由于我的修炼状态不好,事实上,未能消除一些非常严重的身体病症干扰,表现为祖辈上的业力:它夺去了我母亲、叔叔和往上追溯许多代家庭分支中其他成员的生命。很明显的是,这些症状始于六年前,那时我们第一次开始在墨尔本举办神韵演出。在某些点上,我对这些症状显然有错误的认识使得情况更加难以纠正。这个不正确的想法和糟糕的修炼状态形成了漏从而使干扰钻了空子。

师父说:“我看到大法弟子被迫害的很严重的情况下正念又不足,真的想把难给你们拿下去,可是拿下去关就没过去,该承担的也没做到,修炼也没上来,什么都拿下去那就什么也不算了,也就啥都不是了,也不算是修炼人、也不算是大法弟子了。。。。。。带着各种执著、人心,那么在这条路上就会遇到许许多多的麻烦,麻烦挡着自己过不去。” (《二十年讲法》)

在神韵到达的大概前一周,由于缺乏信心、恐惧加上不修炼亲戚的劝说十三年来我第一次去看了医生,恰恰就在首演的前一天我要去做检查和拍胸部X光片。

师父提醒我们:“你在正念作用下,你身边的一切和你自身都会发生变化,你从来都不想去试一试。旧势力和那些个邪恶因素的干扰,就是在钻你们思想的空子,这些年来一直在干这个事” (《二十年讲法》)

同修们现在至少在每个整点发正念,精進的同修是每半小时发一次。额外的发正念帮助我改变了状态,我终于在市区的学法点上这样连续发了三天正念。第一天我真的感叹能量是那么强气氛是那么祥和。我切实的感觉是我们终于再次感受到了我们中的许多人初次得法时所经历的大法的神奇。

师父说:“就象刚刚進入修炼那样的热情一样。不要像常人,几分钟的热血过去了、就完事了。”(《什么是大法弟子》,二零一一年纽约法会讲法

然后我作出决定,取消所有的会诊,而是去机场迎接从台湾飞抵墨尔本的演员们。这样我确实将时间花在了更好的地方。

在神韵入住期间,凡是没有参与幕后工作、媒体报道、为演员提供伙食或其他任务的同修都集中到市区的学法点, 每半小时发一次正念。中间他们会读一些师父关于发正念的讲法。当我加入时, 我发现这是非常有益的,几个小时也似乎过的很快。

虽然演出的票没有全部售完,但是我觉得同修在一起工作的状态比过去的几年大有进步;他们抛开自己的意见,共同很好的工作,做需要做的事。以我个人在演出前最后几天“上门”的亲身经历为例。我先前认为这种做法并不符合神韵办公室规定的高端品牌的要求。然而,如果仍有大量座位可以通过这种方式被售出我选择加入。我去到一个富裕郊区的购物地带并沿着街道的一边行进,拜访每一家商铺,另有两名同修沿街的另一边做。事实上,商家的反应非常好几乎不带任何负面想法。这仅仅是一个例子,就是找到正确的方法,同时带着喜悦而积极的信念,坚信你在那里可以大大的帮助到每一个人。许多同修比我做的多很多,但对我来说走出去就是一个巨大的突破,因为我一直反对这个想法。

最后我只是想说,当神韵离开我们的城市的时候有一些不可避免的伤感,因为我们没能将每一场的票全部售完。但与此同时,我感到非常荣幸能够成为这个特殊的修炼团体的一员,在任何情况下他们都会尽力做到最好。

我一再说好的一面你们看不见,那边已经非常好了、达到标准了。” (《什么是大法弟子》,二零一一年纽约法会讲法)

师父的这些话深深的打入我的心里,之前并没有这样。我明白了我们要多看到同修修好的一面而不是总看到毛病,关注我们能达成一致的事情而不是总是争论不下的事是多么的重要。当你跟另一位同修进行争论时,如果你退一步,你会发现多年来我们所达成共识的事情,其数量远远超过冲突的事情。

其实我想,关键就是,如果学法跟的上、修炼跟的上,这些配合的事情其实都能解决。” (《大法弟子必须学法》 )

弟子正念足,师有回天力。” (《二十年讲法》)

 

最后让我们共同提高学法的质量,加强正念,以兑现史前的誓约,助师正法救度更多的众生。

谢谢师尊,

谢谢同修们

Michael