修好自己盡本份cultivate myself well to fulfill my role|
修好自己盡本份cultivate myself well to fulfill my role
AM09: L Smith - Qld
Utilise media, cultivating myself well to fulfill my role
Greeting respectful Master!
Greeting fellow practitioners!
About a year ago, our local Chinese Epochtimes office was looking for an editor. A practitioner thought about me and called to ask if I would like to take on the role. I was already busy with other projects, so I rejected her immediately. Later on, that same practitioner shared with me several times, I then began to think about it carefully. I knew that Epoch Times needed help, but I was not willing to be a blind bear picking corn, so I was finding it hard to make up my mind. Then I had a thought- If this is what is needed to help Master rectify the Fa, then I have to go ahead and work hard without hesitation. Not long after I made my decision, I discovered some Udumbara flowers blossoming on our gate at home. Being able to be part of Master’s Fa rectification process, putting in my bit of effort, is my tremendous privilege, as well as my responsibility as a Fa rectification period Dafa disciple.
I. Life-saving media
As a newspaper editor, I sit in front of the computer working on words most of the time. During this process, I deeply experience that everything has its spirit. No matter if its words or images, they are all alive. Carrying positive energy while writing and editing will have a good effect towards readers; on the contrary if the energy is not good, it will have the opposite effect.
Master said in “Fa Teaching on World Falun Dafa Day”：“Do you know what it means to “have heard” or “have seen” something? It’s not what people think, where after you’ve viewed something, it’s over with if you didn’t take it with you; or when you’ve heard something but didn’t pursue it further, it doesn't matter. That’s not the case. All things are material. When you have heard something, it has been infused into you, and it enters your body. When you have seen something, it has entered.”
In order to let readers accept our paper better, each week I read a lot of articles on everyday people’s websites to find beneficial news idea. While looking at the chaos happening in this world, I understand more about the importance of our media. Only Dafa disciples who know the Fa are able to assist Master to save people living in this messy world, and rectify people’s degenerated thoughts and fast declining moral perspectives. After reading all sorts of articles, sometimes I also got interfered by them. Once after reading a local major social news story, both my mind and body felt very uncomfortable. I then realised there were bad things behind the article. I quickly sent forth righteous thoughts to clear them away, and was then able to calm myself down. Editing articles containing party culture is also not an easy job. Initially I did not know why I had a sore head and felt unsettled in my heart. while editing some articles written by Mainland Chinese practitioners. Later I realised it was because of the hidden party cultures within the words. I shared with practitioners and we began to eliminate it, not letting evil’s things affect us saving people. Through this process I also feel that we have a big responsibility, fighting with the evil to save people at this critical historical period.
《在大紀元會議上講法》中師父說 ：“人的思維其實比較簡單，很多人他就相信媒體講的，多數人平時信息來源也都是從媒體上得到的，那麼這種信息工具對於你們救度世人和證實法是很有利的，實際上在講清真相中真的是起到了非常好的效果。” 認識到了媒體對人的巨大影響，我反覆思考怎樣才可以真正的救度眾生，讓更多人喜歡我們的報紙。師父說：“人的喜好是沒有標準的。任何一樣東西做好了人都喜歡，就看你的質量怎麼樣。”（《在新唐人電視討論會上的講法》）
Master said at “Fa Teaching Given at the Epoch Times Meeting”: “The thinking that human beings have is in fact rather simple. Many people believe whatever the media says, and in the majority of cases it is the media that normally serves as a person’s source of information. As such, this informational mechanism is very useful to you in your efforts to save the people of this world and validate the Fa. And in fact, it really has had a remarkably positive impact in terms of clarifying the truth.” After realising how big the impact that media has on people, I continuously think how we can truly save sentient beings via the media, and how to encourage more people to read our paper. Master said: “There is no set standard for what people like. When anything is done well, people like it. It comes down to quality.”（from Fa Teaching Given at the NTDTV Meeting）
I have enlightened, that in wanting to save people, quality is the most important thing. Not only the quality of the paper, but also the quality of our heart is even more critical. While working by myself, cooperating with others, going through Xinxing tests with other practitioners, I tried my best to remind myself to put saving people as priority, trying hard to let go of self and cultivate better. Shen Yun’s high quality performance has a very good effect on saving people, I have been trying to figure out how to learn from them. For example, 4 points I have learned.
1. When editing articles I need to be wholehearted, careful with little details, check many times, always consider if the readers would understand what we are trying to express, think about if our writing angles are acceptable by others, check if my heart is pure and completely think about other people.
2. Complement each other, look within myself without any conditions. Every week after our paper was printed, there were generally some mistakes. Sometimes in my heart, I blamed others for not being careful enough. Later I realised I cannot look outwards, and after looking within myself, I discovered that my attachments of comfort and reliance also caused the error to occur. I told myself to stop complaining, and instead silently complement others.
3. Eliminate notions, cooperate with the body: Often when meeting advertising customers’ needs, our editorial team had to adjust or cancel content with short notice, sometimes opinions between different departments were considerably intense. One day, I remembered a sharing from a Shen Yun lead dancer, she said even if she was able to dance perfectly on the stage, if others did not play their roles properly it is not going to work, as the audience is looking at our whole body effect, not just watching the lead dancer. I then broke through my human notion, no longer distinguishing between you and me, not validating myself, as all departments in fact are one body. It will only work with all of us, thus we need to cooperate well and try to see more of each other’s strengths.
4. Listen to Master: How do Shen Yun performers reach such a professional standard? I believe it is because they carefully follow what Master said. Master told us to study the Fa more, always look within ourselves, and the performers they are doing that earnestly and steadfastly. I realised my problem is not following Master’s words as much as I should, therefore upgrading slowly. Recently I have decided to be more diligent, I wake up every morning to study one lecture with a group of practitioners before I begin my day. I have experienced that if I have a respectful heart while doing Fa study, the meaning of the Fa will then display itself. Through this process, I finally broke through an attachment of mine which was hanging around for a long time. Only by truly understanding the Fa are we able to upgrade our Xinxing, and therefore able to break through tribulations.
II. Clarify the truth in local communities
Master said in “Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference”: “Promoting the Epoch Times and NTDTV itself serves as clarifying the truth, and those you encounter while promoting the media are precisely people to clarify the truth to.”
Other than editing work, I often have been invited to attend different events and functions. As a media worker, I am able to meet and contact mainstream people quite easily and not only promote our media, but also pave the way for potential Shen Yun ticket sales. I have enlightened that since saving people is our priority, as an editor or reporter, conducting interviews and socialising with everyday people are great opportunities for me to clarify the truth to people. As long as we are thinking about saving sentient beings, Master will give us wisdom. One time, I was working with NTD practitioners, we visited a new local Taiwanese government official and his team members. We told them why we started our media, how Falun Gong practitioners are against the persecution, the benefits of Dafa for society, and how Good and Evil results in rewards and retributions. After listening to us, this government official spoke to us from the bottom of his heart, he said he has great admiration for the things that Falun Gong practitioners are doing, he thinks we are standing on the right side of history. One of his team members was very interested in the exercises, and she asked many questions. Before we left, she told us she can feel the kindness of Dafa disciples, and thought we are different from everyday people.
In addition, because Epochtimes and NTD are now combined, practitioners in our local media teams study the Fa, share, and produce news together each week. Our PR person also emails out news links produced by both our media to the local community each week, at the same time adding in a few important China news and International news stories. By doing this, we can maintain relationships with the community, as well as clarify the truth to them imperceptibly. After making effort for a while, many local groups are now recognising and liking our media. They are also willing to work with us by printing our logo on their event banners and materials, helped to promote our media.
III. Feedback from readers
With the great effort of everyone in our media team, we have received positive feedback and article submissions from readers over the months. One time a Mainland Chinese lady told me, that her friends were never willing to read the Epochtimes paper before, but recently they have read it and discovered that the paper is great. They’ve compared it with other local Chinese paper, and concluded that only the Epochtimes has the most variety of content and is most positive. Moreover, our editors email box also received many article submissions from our readers, with a majority from Mainland Chinese readers. They are not only willing to submit articles to support the Epochtimes, but in their emails they also encouraged us to keep up the good work.
Many people who have predestined relationships with Dafa are also often arranged to come to our office. Once there was a Mainland Chinese man who had just arrived in Brisbane, and wanted to find a job in the Epochtimes. A practitioner in the office told him the truth and helped him quit the CCP. That man said excited that he used to have misunderstanding about Falun Gong, but only within a few days in Australia, he met two sincere and kind Falun Gong practitioners, who helped him totally change his views about Dafa. A few days later, he wrote an article and submitted it to us, about the process of how he came to understand Falun Gong.
IV. Xinxing tests during work are like a mirror
Working in media, we often come across xinxing tests. Having a lot of pressure in front of us, human thoughts can easily appear. I also deeply experienced that nothing is a coincidence for cultivators. Anything that I’ve seen and heard must be for me to upgrade myself. For example, I often saw practitioners working carelessly, not putting enough effort into it. For quite a while I was feeling helpless and blamed practitioners inside my heart. Then one day, Master used my daughter’s mouth to give me a hint. I then realised that I cannot always look at others, always requiring others to upgrade and not upgrading myself. I asked myself: Fa study, doing exercises, sending forth righteous thoughts, have you done everything properly yet? My answer was “no”. Thus, I realised if I always stay in this not-so-righteous position, I will affect others in the body. I decided to cultivate myself better, which resulted in my thinking becoming clearer. My work was therefore smoother, and at the same time, other practitioners also began to improve their work.
I often heard some practitioners complaining and blaming other people. Initially I was very worried, and I kept thinking how to solve the issues between practitioners. Later I realised I was still looking outward, and I actually behaved the same, often blaming others in my heart. When I was angry, I also didn't cultivate my speech and complained to others. I thought carefully, why did I feel discontent? I found my attachment of selfishness. The reason that I was not happy is because I only considered my own feelings, situation and thoughts and never put myself into other people’s shoes to think about them. I have also realised, that negative thoughts toward other practitioners in other dimensions are all substances, and can create gaps and interference between us. Later on, when negative thoughts came up, I tried to eliminate them immediately. Once I had cleared off the bad substances, I again looked at practitioners and everyone was so excellent, and all Dafa disciples helping Master to rectify the Fa.
Recently I felt the time has become faster and faster. Only by continuing to upgrade myself am I able to catch up with the Fa rectification process, and then be able to truly save sentient beings. Finally, I would like to share a few words of Master from “What is a Dafa Disciple”: “When you seek to save the world’s people, you try to get them to awaken so that you can save them. Well, you too need to get clear, to wake up. It’s a problem if you forget about your cultivation because of doing too many things. You are cultivators. I’m not talking about your past, what you once were, or what you display on the surface. I am talking about your core and the meaning of your life, the responsibility you shoulder, and your historic mission. Only thus are you truly a Dafa disciple.”
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Thank you Master.
Thank you fellow practitioners.
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