正念正行推廣神韻 Successfully Promote Shen Yun in Perth Through Righteous Thoughts and Actions|
正念正行推廣神韻 Successfully Promote Shen Yun in Perth Through Righteous Thoughts and Actions
PM12: Michelle Li – Perth
Greetings revered Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
In May, it was the first time that Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, had ShenYun . Due to the long period of anticipation and the trouble in securing a theatre, practitioners in Perth really cherished the rare chance to promote Shen Yun. All practitioners worked as one body and improved as a whole in Shen Yun promotion. Although we have encountered many tests and interference ; with faith in Master and the Fa, Perth practitioners supported each other and denied the old forces’ arrangements. With blessings from Master, we had full houses and people waiting for tickets at the theatre until the last show started.
Today I’m going to share some of my cultivation experience during this process.
Working with Western Practitioners to Remove the Interference from the Chinese Consulate
Before the Shen Yun performances, Perth had a very important event - the Perth International Arts Festival which lasted three weeks. There were many classical concerts and ballet performances in most of the government-run theatres during this period. The audiences of these shows are also the target audience of Shen Yun, so in November a western practitioner and I started to visit all theatres and box offices to introduce Shen Yun to the staff, showing them ShenYun videos and audience reviews. The first visits were very successful. The people we talked to were very supportive, all theatres and box offices accepted Shen Yun flyers, those that had space for posters all accepted a Shen Yun poster. However, when we re-visited these venues a few weeks later, we found that most government-run venues had taken the Shen Yun posters down. Some even took away the Shen Yun flyers as well. Some venue staff told us later on that, due to the pressure from the Chinese Consulate, they received notice from their top management not to support Shen Yun promotion. Because of this, we visited the Chinese consulate twice to suffocate the evil, eliminating the interference at its core.
In fact, besides pressurising the government of Western Australia, the officers of the Chinese consulate had even taken actions in person to cause trouble for Shen Yun. In February, the manager of the theatre where Shen Yun would be performing received an email from the Chinese Consul General asking for an appointment to talk about Shen Yun. Perth practitioners had discussed it and decided to meet with the Chinese Consul General. But the Chinese consulate ignored the emails from us for an appointment. So a western practitioner and I decided to visit the Chinese consulate directly. The assistant to the Consul General asked for our details in the reception area.. After finding out who we were and what we had come for, he started to get very nervous. He was the very person who had sent that email to the Shen Yun hosting theatre on behalf of the Consul General. He told us to wait in the lobby and went inside. He did not come back for half an hour, so we started to introduce Shen Yun to the people in the lobby. Most of them were mainland Chinese who came to obtain visas or other help. I give them Shen Yun flyers and told them where to buy tickets. As the assistant still kept us waiting, I had an idea. If no one comes to talk to us, I will play the Shen Yun videos in the lobby, and took out my iPad. At that very moment the assistant returned with another Chinese officer, not the Consul General. They took us to a small meeting room and told us that the Consul General would not be available at the time. when we wanted to make an appointment with him. When we pointed out that they had interfered in matters outside their acceptable duties as diplomats they pretended that they knew nothing about it. Before we left, I gave them Shen Yun flyers and a promotion DVD. In the same week, the media outlets run by local practitioners exposed what the Chinese consulate had done to interfere with Shen Yun.
However, the evil CCP hadn’t stopped there. In mid-March, the Chinese Ambassador flew to Perth from Canberra, meeting with all the Chinese groups in WA, publicly asking these groups not to buy Shen Yun tickets.. People from different Chinese associations all told me about this. We had a sharing about it, and decided to send emails to the consulate from a different angle. A western practitioner sentan email to them, telling them that what they were doing violates international law. I sent them a further email telling them not to continue doing things that harmed themselves and others. For example, sending them the details about how the Chinese embassy in Spain was sued because of interfering Shen Yun. Just before Shen Yun arrived, the western practitioner and I went to the Chinese Consulate again. This time, three officers (excluding the Consul General) met us in a formal meeting room. The main speaker was obviously in charge of Falun Gong issues, he said that only the Chinese language would be used in the meetin, trying to prevent the western practitioner from participating at the outset, so they could target me. Then he started to repeat the CCP’s evil propagandasabout Dafa. . I refuted him on every point as he was talking and sent very strong righteous thoughts from the heart. Also we had another practitioner sending righteous thoughts outside the consulate. The confrontation between the two sides lasted about twenty minutes. I openly put my iPhone on the table and recordedeverything. The evil kept trying to mislead me to say that we came to threaten them. With Master’s blessing and protection, both the western practitioner and I kept a very clear mind. We kept telling them we only came to invite them to see Shen Yun. He then said that it was impossible and finished the interview. While we were walking out, that main speakker asked me how long I’ve been in Australia. I told him I’d been here for nine years and shook hands with him. Then we left with an extremely calm heart - the type of calmness you get after a ferocious storm. I realise that the evil had been neutralised at its core. and they couldn’t do anything more to interfere with Shen Yun. In fact, Shen Yun didn’t experience any substantial interference after that. For the last show the Regal Theatre had to find the “Full House” sign which they hadn’t used for more than thirty years. We still had peple waiting for tickets outside. The audience survey indicated that we had many Chinese in the audience. We got a similar impression during the promotion campaign as well. Below are a few examples:
Once We Deny the Old Forces People will Choose the Right Future
There was a mainland Chinese lady who I’m very familiar with. She is a volunteer from WA’s biggest Chinese association, and loves music and dancing. When I told her Shen Yun was coming, she was very happy and wanted me to reserve four tickets for her. However, she cancelled later on and told me that the reason was because the officers from the Chinese the consulate told them not to watch Shen Yun saying that whoever watched Shen Yun will be treated as a member of Falun Gong and he/she will be in trouble when they go back to China. Because she needed to go back to China with her husband shortly after Shen Yun’s performances, she was scared. One day, a few other members from the same Chinese association came to our office to buy nine tickets. After serving them I called that lady and told her: “Your colleagues just came and bought nine tickets, don’t be left out.” Later on, she bought premium tickets.
One day we were handing out Shen Yun flyers at the state theatre, and came across a young Chinese gentleman. We gave him a flyer and asked him: “Have you ever heard about Shen Yun?” “did you buy tickets?” He said he already knew about it. He also knew that his Mother received a notice from her association, which was instructed by the Chinese consulate, asking the members not to see Shen Yun. But his mum had already bought tickets.
On the day before Shen Yun’s first performance in Perth, I sold six released VIP tickets which were all bought by Chinese.
Today when I recall this whole process, I really feel a little bit thrilled. But when we were in the midst of the process, I didn’t feel anything special. I just kept thinking about moving forward, moving forward, and being very determined to eliminate all evil factors that could interfere with Shen Yun’s performances. I just had this pure and simple thought. Maybe that is exactly the state of “melting into the Fa”. In fact, no matter how evil all these interferences appear, it’s just a little trick the old forces are playing. As long as we truly deny it from our heart, it won’t have any effect.
Master told us: “Of course, we don't acknowledge any of the things that the old forces arranged--I as your master don't acknowledge them, and Dafa disciples of course don't acknowledge them either. (Applause) But after all, they did do what they wanted to do, so there's all the more reason for Dafa disciples to do even better and cultivate themselves well in the course of saving all beings. When you encounter ordeals during your cultivation, you have got to cultivate yourself and look at yourself--that doesn't mean acknowledging the ordeals arranged by the old forces and trying to do well amidst the ordeals they've arranged, that's not the case. We negate even the very emergence of the old forces and everything that they've arranged; we don't even acknowledge their existence. We're fundamentally negating all of their things, and all of, and only, the things you do while negating and getting rid of them is mighty-virtue. It's not that you're cultivating amidst the ordeals they created. Rather, you are to walk your own path well while not acknowledging them, not even acknowledging the elimination of their ordeals' manifestations. (Applause) So looking at it from this angle, what we need to do is completely negate the old forces. Dafa disciples and I don't even acknowledge the manifestations of their last-ditch efforts.”(Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference) I think through the process of promoting Shen Yun, I truly understood and also experienced the connotation of this Fa teaching on a certain level from my heart.
When we keep our righteous thoughts truly pure, cultivation becomes really simple. Master said: “If upon encountering trying circumstances your thinking can be truly righteous, then, when faced with the evil's persecution and when faced with interference, just one sentence of yours fortified with steadfast righteous thoughts can instantly make the evil disintegrate (applause), and it will make those who are being used by the evil turn and flee, it will make the evil's persecution of you dissolve, and it will make the evil's interfering with you disappear without a trace. One thought born of righteous faith is all it takes. And whoever can hold firm that righteous thought and go the distance will become a magnificent god forged by Dafa.”(Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference) Dear fellow practitioners, let us be solid with this righteous faith, diligently following Master, saving more sentient beings, and working together to fulfill our prehistoric vows!
Thank you Master!
Thank you fellow practitioners!
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