Only through firmly believing in Master can one overcome every tribulation on the path of cultivation practice
Greetings, Revered Master!
Greetings, Fellow Practitioners!
I am a veteran practitioner who obtained the Fa in 1995. Soon after obtaining the Fa, my menopause symptoms as well as the heart disease I suffered miraculously disappeared. My initial excitement over having obtained the Fa enabled me to be very diligent in studying the Fa, doing the exercises and spreading the Fa to others. And I would try to do everything in accordance with Master’s requirements.
After July 1999, both my daughters and I still
continued in our cultivation practice, clarifying the facts of Falun Gong. Therefore, our family became the focus of the
persecution. On July 20, 1999, my daughters and I went to appeal for Falun Gong; in 2000 at Christmas time, the 3 of us went to
Three month after my elder daughter was released from
prison, she, her father and I came to
I am very aware that reaching this relaxed cultivation
A few months later, the gift shop supporting the Epoch Times newspaper needed a full time sales assistant. I volunteered to be that person, and until now, apart from dedicating my service to customers, I always try my best to clarify the truth to those who are predestined, and persuade them to quit the CCP. At the same time, I didn’t stop my daily Fa study and exercises, and participated in group Fa studies and activities as often as possible. I always thought that I was quite diligent. Apart from xinxing tests, I generally had good health and had never suffered from “sickness karma”.
But in 2011, just before my birthday in June, I had an everyday person’s thought. After having obtained the Fa, I had never taken birthdays seriously as these ordinary forms became less important to me. But I thought, I am nearly seventy years old after all. As the saying goes: ‘people rarely live to seventy’ and ‘celebrate 9 instead of 10’, so I believed that I should also have a good celebration of my birthday. So I discussed with my daughter whether we should have a good meal out in order to remember this day. My daughter said that it was too much trouble to eat out, and suggested having hotpot at home. So that night, apart from having a birthday cake, we also enjoyed hotpot.
Although I had a great time, that night I didn’t sleep well at all, and instead suffered through the whole night. The following morning I was like a different person, with both my hands swollen and painful, finger joints deformed and painful, both legs joints painful, left foot and wrist swollen and painful, and my neck stiff. It was as if no part of my body was painless. It was difficult for me to climb stairs or squat down. It would take a great effort for me to sit down, and then getting up would also be a problem. Later, my four limbs suffered muscle atrophy and became powerless. I couldn’t sit on sofa or stools, I couldn’t even sit on the toilet and once seated down, I wouldn’t be able to get up. Those were really tough days, as whatever I did affected every single nerve of my body, causing endless pain, along with swelling in my joints. My left ankle and left foot were swollen and painful for a long time, and I could only make scattered steps. I was also particularly scared of the cold. In winter, I wore a sweater and coat on top and wore woolen trousers for the bottom. In summer I could not wear skirts and sandals. As soon as it was 8pm I needed to lie in my bed as my body couldn’t take any more... So, just like this, overnight my body had turned me into a seventy-year-old person. Actually, my condition was even worse than that of an everyday person.
At first, I kept on looking outward, using ordinary peoples’ rationale to understand my situation in thinking that our house was cold or the position of my bed was inappropriate, and so on. But the symptoms of my sickness-karma seemed to only become more serious. Those days, my poor physical condition even affected my Fa study. I found it hard to read the Fa with my heart and was always absent-minded. It would take a long time for me to finish a lecture, so much so that I couldn’t even finish a lecture per day. I was really worried but found it difficult to make a breakthrough.
Perhaps Master saw that his disciple had the will to cultivate, as I accidently found an article downloaded from Minghui net. The article spoke about a fellow practitioner and how he overcame the tribulation of life and death. Initially, he went to the hospital but later realized that is wasn’t right and returned home with great difficulty. After persistently studying the Fa and doing the exercises, he soon gained his health again. I was truly inspired by this article and thought my symptoms were much lighter than this practitioner’s. Also, I realized that only through strengthening my study of the Fa and through doing the exercises could I get through this.
Therefore, I invited my daughter to study the Fa with me. Ever since the two of us started studying the Fa together, the quality of my Fa study significantly improved. Most obviously, I was finally no longer sleepy when reading the Fa. In addition to our daily reading of one lecture from Zhuan Falun from 5am, we also read Master’s new articles and had discussions afterwards, thus our understanding on the Fa was strengthened. Apart from studying the Fa with my daughter every morning, I would also read another lecture at night by myself. Those days, because I studied the Fa so often, when I woke up in the morning I could often see the words from Dafa books on the ceiling and walls with my Tianmu. But when I became lazy and studied less, there would only be a blank space on the ceiling.
Having worked in a laboratory when I was young, I
believed I had accumulated much karma. Therefore, I never dared to slacken off
in doing the exercises and had many wonderful experiences during the exercises.
Those days, it felt as if I had only just obtained the Fa
with my having to endure constant pain, minute by minute, when in the
cross-legged position. No matter how painful I felt, I would always finish
one-hour of cross-legged meditation during the day and would still go to work
at the gift shop. Once, a fellow practitioner who also worked at the gift shop
had to go to the
When my body’s condition had been normal, it would only take me 15 to 20 minutes to walk from my home to the gift shop. But those days it would take me 30 to 40 minutes, as I moved in small steps. After finally arriving at the Epoch Times office, walking up the stairs towards the gift shop was another challenge, as I found it very difficult to lift my legs. I therefore had to grab the stair railing with both my hands and then move up step by step. With all my finger joints being swollen and out of shape, I had to endure terrible pain with each dragging step. Although I wasn’t able to physically get things for the customer, I could still direct them to where they would get it and then calculate how much they needed to pay. By 5pm, when the day was finished, I would slowly walk back home with those small steps, and would collapse as soon as I arrived home.
most difficult days, my son-in-law had come to
During that period of time, with my body in so much pain, I would always complain to my daughter. And my daughter would always remind me by saying, “Is the pain going to stop after speaking to me? Don’t take it seriously, just take it lightly.” But I couldn’t help but think, “Don’t take it seriously? Is it really that easy? The pain I’m having hasn’t stopped for a minute!” I had studied medicine before, and when selling the health care products to the clients during the day, I would always describe the features of each product. Once when introducing the collagen products made by the U.S, upon seeing the brochure of patients suffering rheumatoid arthritis, I soon realised that the symptoms they were suffering almost exactly matched my condition. The ordinary people later found the medicine very effective, so a few times, the idea of buying a bottle of that product seeped into my mind unintentionally.
Even some fellow practitioners who couldn’t bear to see me suffering couldn’t help but encourage me to try some, as they tried to convince me that it wasn’t a drug but just a health care product that would make me recover faster… At that moment, I remembered that Master said (not original words) "A practitioner lacks nothing, and has no disease”. I thought to myself: if I take this product, wouldn’t I have dropped myself to the level of an ordinary people? Health care products could only benefit ordinary people, since as practitioners, our bodies don’t lack anything and naturally, health products are unnecessary… Just like this, I corrected my human thoughts with the Fa over and over again, thus affirming my belief in Master and the Fa. At the same time, I continued to study the Fa and do the exercises and send forth righteous thoughts. I tried my best to participate in major activities. With group exercises, I would kneel down slowly, and if I couldn’t get up, my daughter would help me up. When crossing the road, my daughter would drag me forward quickly; helping hold my banner, and I would try my best to keep standing. Although my hands had no strength, I would then use both my hands to hold the banner.
I also never stopped attending the weekly Fa study group. It wasn’t possible for me to sit on the floor, therefore I sat on a chair. I kept doing all those things. However, I still couldn’t help but check my knuckles all the time, although my daughter kept reminding me that I shouldn’t care about these changes. But seeing the swelling decrease around my joints, I knew that it was all Master’s doing. Therefore, my belief in Master and the Fa had grown even stronger, and the muscles that had previously suffered from atrophy were also getting stronger. Now, I have completely restored my health and my daughter often praises me when walking unexpectedly fast. I am 71 years old now, but I feel stronger than when I was 69, and I did this without taking any medicine. It is not possible for an ordinary person to achieve this without taking medicine. The consequence of not treating rheumatoid disease is usually quite serious. But through this experience, we have witnessed the extraordinary power of Dafa.
Finally, from my experience, I would like to remind elderly fellow practitioners, please do not think that because you are old, you are experiencing this or that problem. Please do not forgive yourself and be lenient because of your age. Firmly believe in Master and the Fa, have righteous thoughts and righteous actions, and then you will overcome every obstacles on your cultivation journey.
Thank you Master!
Thank you Fellow Practitioners!