2012 年2 月22 日
我于2001 年来到澳洲，一直都是《大纪元时报》的一名忠实读者，从那时起就与这份报纸结下了不解之缘。2010 年5 月4 日、5 日两天，在昆士兰参加了胡乃文医师的健康讲座。胡医师建议大家去看神韻，当时我就在想：神韻、神韻、神带给你一年的好运，或许一辈子还不止呢，为什么不看呢？于是我于2010 年6 月2 号带上我的一位好友一起去看了这场演出。
在看演出的时候从开始到结束眼泪一直在流⋯⋯很兴奋、激动，有种说不出的幸福感和喜悦，也后悔自己为什么现在才来看？演出中场看到中共镇压法轮功的场面时，立刻决定修炼法轮功，坚修到底的决心！！！2010 年6 月4 号我走進《大纪元时报》报社昆士兰总部，学炼法轮功，当天师父就给我下了法轮。我终于得法了！
《大纪元》昆士兰总部于2009 年成立。我于2010 年6月2 号在那得法。2011 年5 月开始参与《大纪元》销售，与《大纪元》一同成长。我第一件事想到的就是开拓更多的送报点，尽快把中英文《大纪元》在我们所在区域拓开。于是我开始马不停蹄的联络各个送报点：图书馆、超市、购物中心、加油站、便利店、报社中介、地产中介、亚洲杂货店等。每周固定送报，扩大我们中英文报的影响力。然后我想到的第二件事是将他们开拓成为我方广告商家。
7 月份我们得知西澳Perth《大纪元》在刚刚开张短短的五个月内，销售额就达50 万元。心想他们做的这么好，那我为什么不去Perth 取经呢？将我们当地的业绩也提升起来。于是第二天就与西澳《大纪元》的协调人联系好了，他在电话里也建议我亲自飞过去，感受一下他们的正念能量场。于是我订了9月3 号到13 号的来回机票，心想这昆士兰《大纪元》的销售肯定会有所帮助，真谢谢西澳同修！
故事一：2011 年12 月初正值圣诞节前，因为很多厂商大甩卖、折价的机会，我就出去向所有的商店一一发展客户，可是一不小心走迷路了，正好想找个地方方便一下，顺便就近停下，刚好停在一个修车场门口。心想：太棒了！進去一举两得！想到这，正念即出“救了！”随手拉开门，大大方方、堂堂正正走進去，向经理介绍了我们的报纸以及我们的服务能给他带来的好处，他当下就签了一年的合同，并当场付信用卡，前后仅花五分钟，顺便借用了一下洗手间。太神奇啦！
Growing in the Fa at The Epoch Times
Greetings respectful Master and fellow practitioners.
I am very happy to attend this Fa conference. I would like to take this opportunity to share my cultivation experiences of assisting Master to rectify the Fa. Please correct anything that is inappropriate. Thank you.
1. Receiving the Fa
I came to
After receiving the Fa, I started reading the Fa and doing the exercises at home. Some time later, I thought I needed to let people around me know about Dafa; otherwise, it would be a pity. But I was a new practitioner, by myself, and did not have any experience in spreading the Fa. I was asking Master in my heart to send a practitioner to the suburb where I live to show me how to spread Dafa, and let more people know that Falun Dafa is good, to let more people receive Dafa in my area – even if this was only for three months. Thank you, Master.
A month later, a practitioner moved to the suburb where I live. I thanked Master from the bottom of my heart. I truly understood how good it is to have Master. From that time, we studied the Fa together every day, did the exercises, shared and promoted Dafa... Three months later, she moved to another city. What I had asked for had really come true – two or three months’ help. After the fellow practitioner left, I became the only practitioner in the area again. I did not know what I should do. I remember the practitioner said to me when she was leaving: “We must do the three things well, we need to take part in Fa-rectification projects, and we need to validate the Fa and become mature.”
When I thought about my situation, I received the Fa through The Epoch Times office – “receiving a drop of water may return a well”. I felt I needed to take part in Epoch Times sales and help this free Chinese newspaper do better in order to let more people like me know the truth through The Epoch Times, receive Dafa and start cultivation. So I went back to The Epoch Times.
2. Growing in the Fa at The Epoch Times
The Queensland Epoch Times was set up in 2009. I received Dafa on the 2nd of June 2010, and I began to do sales in May 2011, so I grew in my cultivation with The Epoch Times.
In order to promote both the Chinese and English Epoch Times, the first thing I thought about was having more newspaper pick-up points. I started contacting the library, grocery shops, supermarkets, petrol stations, newsagents, real east agents etc. We deliver newspapers every week to expand the influence of the Chinese and English newspapers. Then, the second thing I started to think about was making all of these businesses our advertising clients.
In July 2011, I heard that Perth Epoch Times had reached
$50,000 monthly sales within five months of their first printing. I thought
they did so well, so why shouldn’t I go to
The time went very fast, as real estate agents,
supermarkets, grocery shops, and small and medium business enterprises became
advertising clients with our newspaper in
On the 30th of September, I had a dispute with the co-ordinator as we discussed some issues in the office. I felt angry immediately. I am the kind of person that Master mentions in Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan 2006: “Your Dafa disciples won’t stand for anyone being critical of them. Just one word and they explode.” I realised after that I did not show compassion to fellow practitioners. I had a strong attachment to selfishness, an attachment to wanting to only hear good words, and I could not stand criticism – and all these attachments became barriers for me to validate the Fa and save sentence beings. I was so busy at the time, and I did not study the Fa well, and did not look inward constantly.
At the beginning of October, I got a real estate contract. According to the contract, our paper needed to publish several free commercial articles for the client, but we carelessly only published a few articles. Yet the co-ordinator thought we had published too many free articles already. I thought at the time that in order to get the Real Estate page set up and running, I desperately wanted to sign a few more real estate advertising contracts. I had worked so hard, and yet he did not think the same way. It was so obvious that he published less, and blamed me for too many. I was so hurt that I was very impolite and hung up the telephone. I did not think about compassion at all at the time. I cried for a week, and felt very upset and full of grief. I did not work for two weeks, as my ordinary person’s mindset kept coming out. Then I started to look within. I realised that I did not think about everything according to the Fa, that I did not have either compassion or tolerance. This reminded me of Master’s Fa in Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference: “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”.
Because I did not pass this test, another one came; I did not do well with this one either. At the end of October, there was another real estate contract. I gave the client some extra free commercial articles. My thinking was that as long as the Real Estate page was established and running well, it did not matter if I gave a client a couple more free articles. I signed a contract without asking the co-ordinator. When the co-ordinator called me, I hung up on him and got very angry. I did not want to talk to him any more. The only thing I felt at the time was grievance and that I was not understood. I could not stop the tears... I cried for three days and stopped working for another week. After I looked inward again, I realised that I should consult with the co-ordinator before I signed a contract. But I had not done so, as I was too cocky and self-centred. I could not let go of self. I felt his performance was not as good as mine, so why should I consult him? All my ordinary mindset came out again. I understood that I must have some xinxing problem, but I did not study the Fa well as I was so busy. After a while, when I studied the Fa, I realised that even if my point of thinking was good, I still had a very strong attachment to doing things, I was anxious to make things happen and I was attached to fame as well.
In November, The Epoch Times adjusted the price for the coming year. After thinking carefully, I wrote down my suggestions. But I had a conflict about the co-ordinator’s new pricing, and my suggestions were not adopted. My hard work was wasted and not recognised, so my ordinary thoughts came out again. My attachment of showing off and needing to be recognised were so strong. I understood after looking inward that, in fact, being right or wrong was not important. Gods would not look at this. Even if I had a better opinion, a better suggestion, if these were not accepted, I should just let go, and co-operate with the co-ordinator. There is no right or wrong; Gods only pay attention if you let it go, and then its great. I remember that Master told us in Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan 2006: “As gods see it, for a cultivator to be right or wrong in the human world is not important in the least, whereas eliminating the attachments that come from human thinking is important, and it is precisely your managing to eliminate those attachments rooted in your human thinking as you cultivate that counts as important.”
These successive xinxing tests were a compulsory path to go through in my cultivation while at The Epoch Times. Some of them came suddenly, some even seemed very unreasonable. As Master told us in Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan 2006: “When a conflict is coming you won’t be given time to prepare. They always come when you haven’t had a chance to mentally prepare. Nobody will tell you, “I’m here to test you. I’m criticizing you so that you can elevate your xinxing. Actually, the other party in the conflict won’t realize it either, as both parties are going through a xinxing test together.”
When I face difficulties now, I always encourage myself with Master’s Fa. In Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan 2006, Master says: “That means that someone who is doing well may be given requirements that are slightly higher, and he can thus improve that much faster. That’s exactly how cultivation is. If the trial that’s set up for you is too small, then you can only take a small step with it. If the trial that’s set up is great, then it will be a leap forward that you make.”
3. Master will help when my thoughts are righteous
During the time of doing sales, there were many miracles. I would like to share a couple of them with fellow practitioners.
First, in December 2011, right before Christmas, many shops were having sales and specials. I lost my way when I was trying to find new clients. It happened that I needed to use the toilet. I parked the car in front of a garage. I thought: “Great, I am making him our client and I can also use his rest room.”
Kill two birds with one stone. My righteous thought was to save him. Then, I opened the door and went into the office. I introduced our newspaper to the manager and the benefits our service could bring to their company, and he signed a 1-year contract immediacy. He also paid for it by credit card. It only took 5 minutes, and then I used the rest room. It was amazing.
Another time, in the same month, I signed a contract and came out from a client. Then I saw the owner next door doing his paperwork in a sign making shop. I recalled Master’s Fa from Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference: “I said a moment ago that everything in the Three Realms was created for Dafa , developed for Dafa, and came for Dafa .” In Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference, Master said: “It might all appear random, but everything is, in reality, well ordered. All sentient beings are waiting to be saved, and I can tell you something certain. If Dafa disciples don’t act to save them, those people, no matter in what corner of the world they may be, will have no hope unless you go to save them.” I drove over and parked the car in front of his business. I introduced our paper and its influence in the Chinese community. Three minutes later, a 1-year advertising contract was signed, and a cheque for full payment was in my hand. As long as we have the heart to save sentient beings, Master will help. That is: “Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s Master.” (Zhuan Falun, Lecture One)
4. Believe in Master, believe in the Fa, complete my vows all the way to the end
Doing sales with The Epoch Times was not only to support myself financially, but also to bring income in for The Epoch Times. At the same time, I was also involved in Shen Yun promotion and other Dafa projects. During the little spare time left, I tried to study the Fa as much as possible, consider others more, to look at myself when there was a conflict, and to look inward and let go of attachments. When I did the right thing, Master would give me another opportunity to enlarge my heart. Once I practised tolerance and found that I did not lose anything, it was a good opportunity to improve my xinxing. Only when I let go of self could I can harmonise the body and harmonise what Master wants.
To end, I would like to share Master’s Fa from Fa Teaching Given at the Epoch Times Meeting 2009 to encourage both myself and fellow practitioners.
“Pay no heed to what stage this now is or at what point the persecution will end. Just focus on the task at hand. Were it really to end now, you would all have regrets. As long as things have not been finished, as long as the Fa’s rectification of the human world hasn’t arrived, you should all just focus on the task at hand. And as you go about saving people, do whatever you should do, and do your utmost to see that what you do goes better and better. Doing so, who this will perfect will be none other than you – the disciples of Dafa.”
Thank you, Master.
Thank you, fellow practitioners.