A few experiences in my experiences of promoting Shen Yun
Greetings Great and Benevolent Master!
Greetings my noble fellow practitioners!
I began practicing Falun Dafa almost 16 years ago, in October of 1996. Here I would like to share with you a few experiences I had during the process of promoting Shen Yun this year.
1. Looking within is the key to working well together as a body
Master is personally overseeing Shen Yun, therefore doing well at promoting Shen Yun is very important. It cannot be compared with any other project. If we do not do well at promoting Shen Yun it will be difficult to do other projects well. This year, The Epoch Times also brought foreword a clear requirement pertaining to this. That is, that Shen Yun promotion work was to be made a priority and all those working on the paper in various regions should give their best effort to cooperate to promote Shen Yun well.
When, at last, the theatre venue booking was confirmed for Shen Yun in
However, how are we to do the work well? Through sharing we all know that to do the Shen Yun promotion work well we must work hard on improving our xinxing and making breakthroughs in our cultivation. In Master's Scripture, "What is a Dafa Disciple", Master says, "When you meet with a conflict, it doesn’t matter whether you are in the right. You should be asking yourself, “What on my part isn’t right in this situation? Might it really be that there is something wrong on my part?” You should all be thinking this way, with your first thought being to scrutinize yourself to try to find the problem. Whoever is not like this is not in fact a true cultivator of Dafa. It is a magical tool in our cultivation. This is a distinguishing feature of our Dafa disciples’ cultivation. Whatever it is that you encounter, the first thought should be to scrutinize yourself, and it’s called “looking within.” "
Looking in retrospect at my path of cultivation, I see that when I was doing most poorly it was when I had a habit of focusing on other's shortcomings and was not looking within myself. At such times it's not even worth mentioning truly "working together well with others". Such a habit also seriously blocks our efforts to form a unified body with righteous thoughts. Thus, in order to do Shen Yun promotion work well, the first thing to do was to change the bad habit of looking outside myself at other's shortcomings. I made a resolution in my mind to change this habit, to no longer hold grudges or have complaints but instead to focus on the shortcomings in myself and work hard on fixing them.
I remember in early March, as the time when Shen
Yun would come to
I had always considered that promoting Shen Yun to the mainstream, upper-end society was something reserved for those practitioners who were fluent in English, and that as someone with limited English fluency, I was better to support from the backlines and just play a cooperating role. Thus, when the tickets sales were not going well I was just hoping that the practitioners on the front line selling tickets would do a better job. Sometimes I even felt resentment in my heart. At that time I asked myself: Have I really put Shen Yun promotion work as the top priority? Was I really seeing doing Shen Yun promotion work well as my own personal responsibility? If Shen Yun promotion was my own personal business that I was running, how would I go about things? Would I really be putting the responsibility of doing the business well on those others who spoke English well?
Coincidentally, the following few days several fellow practitioners had been calling me on the phone saying, "you're always organising others to sell tickets, why are you yourself not getting out there?" Someone else said to me, "You must get out there [to promote ticket sales]. After you get some experience you will learn how to do it well. No-one is intrinsically capable at it." In fact, I also didn't want to just stay at home, not using my time well. I just always felt that I wasn't good enough for the work, and had just accepted, without thinking much about it, the thought that "those who cannot speak English well should not go out to sell tickets". In fact it was my stubborn human notions hindering me.
In Master's Scripture "What is a Dafa Disciple", Master says, "Even with just one Dafa disciple, if your righteous thoughts are strong, the power is enough to split a mountain—just one thought will do it." When I realised the shortcoming in my thinking I resolved to change it and break through my notions. I then felt my perspective on things change.
When I genuinely stopped focusing on others and just thought about how to do better myself, I felt a wave of compassionate energy cover my whole body and my heart became broader. I no longer harbored any feeling of indignation. I noticed my surrounding environment become more harmonious also. I also often felt a strong energy force pushing me to progress forward.
In order to have more time to do Shen Yun promotion work, The Epoch Times editorial division agreed to arrange other editors to take my responsibility of 8 news pieces a week. This kind of cooperation and effort from others was a great encouragement for me to do well. To help me feel at ease with going out to promote Shen Yun ticket sales, my mother also agreed to take on more responsibility looking after my father, who is not able to look after himself at all anymore, and other household affairs.
2. Breaking through selfishness to promote Shen Yun face to face
The biggest difficulty with going out to promote Shen Yun ticket sales, for me, was that I didn't know what to say. Even in Chinese, I wasn't clear on what I should say. I had no other option but to learn by heart a script for introducing Shen Yun and other such details. I constantly practiced reciting the introduction and constantly looked out for opportunities to go out and talk with people about Shen Yun. In this way, I felt I improved very quickly. Even on a daily basis I noticed big changes. I felt that memorising a script for introducing Shen Yun wasn't hard after all and that improving my English in this way was not hard either. In the beginning I always went out with other practitioners. After about 2 weeks, I began going out by myself to introduce Shen Yun. Later, however, I continued going out with others to introduce Shen Yun.
I began rather late, learning how to do the promotion work and going out to do the promotion work at the same time, a process just like a child learning to walk. During this process I really felt aware of Master's compassionate divine protection and encouragement. At the beginning I wasn't so good at using English to introduce Shen Yun. I would often run into Chinese people with a predestined relationship, however, and often they bought a ticket almost immediately. They would also get their friends to buy a ticket too (this happened three times in total). After I had memorised a decent amount of English Shen Yun introductory information but was still feeling insecure about my ability to speak to people, I would run into very kind and patient Australian locals that would nod while listening to me, even asking me to continue talking. As I improved further, I began to develop an attachment of elation and zealotry. When I finally really began feeling confident and full of Enthusiasm, the promotions were over and Shen Yun had arrived.
Shen Yun is saving people. The process of going out to introduce Shen Yun and selling tickets is also a process of saving people. I found that many people still don't know about Shen Yun. Even among those who have heard about it, many are still not clear about what kind of show it is. Therefore, speaking with people face-to-face to introduce Shen Yun is very important.
Here I would like to share with practitioners a few specific experiences of mine while promoting Shen Yun ticket sales
On one occasion, an old man from
Another time I met a Chinese man who worked in the government. He
was working as a volunteer at an old peoples home over
the weekend. He said that he had seen Shen Yun two years earlier. I told him that Shen
Yun comes to
On another occasion, I went to see a man who sold wooden floorboards. As soon as I called out to the boss, before I had even said anything, he saw the Shen Yun flyer I was carrying and was anxious to buy tickets. I immediately called the Shen Yun ticket office for him. He didn't even ask about the price, he just placed his credit card in front of me on the table and asked for 2 front row tickets to the weekend show.
My younger brother is not a practitioner. Since the economic downfall a few years ago his business was not going well. After seeing Shen Yun, however, immediately afterwards his business began doing better. It really is quite amazing. It has been three years now since he first saw Shen Yun, and his business has never slowed down. This year during the time when I was doing Shen Yun ticket sales promotions I asked him, "You see Shen Yun every year now. How do you feel about it. What kind of experience is it for you?" He said, "Shen Yun is saving people." This year he bought 12 tickets for the Sunday afternoon show. He took a day off work to see the show with his family and several of his employees.
3. Working hard on myself to save more sentient beings
This year I feel that promoting Shen Yun is actually the easiest thing to do successfully. Master has truly already arranged everything. Including the power needed to save people, Master has already given this to us. It just depends on us as to whether we choose to use this power and whether we dare to break through self and assist with what Master wants.
There is one young Dafa practitioner from
The biggest enlightenment I have gained from Shen Yun ticket promotion work this year is that, as long as we step out to do what needs to be done, those with predestined relationships will come to us to be saved. This is the power of Shen Yun. All we need to do is remind people not to miss out on this precious opportunity.
As we all know, the requirements for promoting Shen Yun will get higher and higher. We also need to work hard to improve ourselves, for this is a requirement if we are to have the effect of saving people. This is a predestined opportunity of a thousand years. I am deeply thankful to Master for giving his disciples such an opportunity to save even more people during this very last period of Fa Rectification and to complete our prehistoric vows!
Thank you Master! Thank you everyone!