万古机缘只此一次 彼此珍惜走好最好一程 In this “Once Only Opportunity”, let’s cherish each other in the last leg of our journey|
万古机缘只此一次 彼此珍惜走好最好一程 In this “Once Only Opportunity”, let’s cherish each other in the last leg of our journey
PM01: JX Chen - Sydney
I have cultivated in Dafa for 18 years, one regret is that I’ve only started to write experience sharing articles after going abroad, after arriving in Sydney, Australia. It is full of mixed feelings looking back at my path of cultivation during eight years in Sydney. From frustration when the first article I wrote was not adopted, to complacency when it was chosen, then the sense of loss when the article was chosen but ended up not being used, the experiences of writing experience sharing articles truly reflect the process of my growth and maturity in every stage of cultivation. From being a contributor of article to a member of the “experience sharing article team”, it is a mission and honour I had never ever expected.
I still remember the struggle when I wrote my experience sharing article for last year’s Fahui. It wasn’t easy for me to commit it to paper, because I had just overcome a Xinxing tribulation that wasn’t small by my standard. When the article was reviewed by the “experience sharing article team”, it (quote) “suffered" (unquote) the responsible scrutiny of the assessment process; hearing the team’s overwhelming criticism of the article that I wrote with my whole heart, I was unable to suppress my impetuous feeling, "forget about it, don't worry about assessing it, the article is mine, just take it down and get over it." I said impatiently to the group "nothing need to be modified, I went over the article many times before finalising it. If it is still not up to standard, just don’t use it". I was quite satisfied with myself for what I said, relishing myself being "generous", “able to let go”, "not attached to fame and gain”, "do not have show-off mentality", and so on.
At the successful conclusion of the Australia Experience Sharing Conference and the Epoch Times Experience Sharing Conference however, I faintly felt a tiny and quiet sense of loss, because in the process it seemed no one had noticed my contribution.
This year’s article writing began with the "I need to cooperate" mentality. When coordinators tried to mobilise practitioners to write sharing article for Fahui, my first feeling was there was nothing to share, as I haven’t cultivate well enough, so many attachments not yet been removed, so many tasks not yet accomplished, and my current cultivation state was not worth a mention, let alone to share... nonetheless, Dafa disciple’s sense of responsibility finally overcome the many "fears”, including fear of remarks and criticism from fellow practitioners. Deep down I knew that Fahui is a form of our cultivation Master clearly requires of us and is to be left for the future. I regard myself an intellectual, writing isn’t too difficult for me, time also seemed manageable, there seemed no reason to persuade myself not to cooperate with this.
Master is constantly taking care of every true heart of cultivation. During Righteous Thoughts, I was being reminded and was able to see my human attachments, big and small, the already removed or partly removed part of the human heart. Righteous thoughts from the Fa overcome my discouraged heart from the stumbling experiences through an intolerable year. Confidence in cultivation and gratitude to Master were inadvertently strengthened during the article writing process.
It was a process filled with tears and joy, and a process of being washed clean by the Fa. Without desiring for being selected, and expelling selfish thoughts with my best efforts, fears and contemplation how the article might be remarked on by fellow practitioners, I focused on going over each and every tribulation that used to hurt me and caused my heart to ache. Passages from the Fa appeared in my mind, I clearly realised it was the first time that I didn’t have to search hard for quotations from the Fa to put into my article. When I wrote "but actually it wasn't my true self, yet I have experienced such torments due to not severing my human heart in a long time with so much suffering and even feeling discouraged" I knew that it was Master helping me to elevate my wisdom through improved understanding of the Fa.
When the article was finished, I felt a kind of lightness never experienced before. I clearly knew a chunk of my huge attachment to “self” had been removed by Master, as those matters that used to trouble me so badly for over a year, matters that I failed to find calmness and balance in my heart, even through strengthened Fa Study and 5:30am daily exercises, had quietly vanished without a trace as I completed my experience sharing article.
As I discovered that I no longer had an unbalanced heart whenever I met those fellow practitioners or coordinators who I used to think broke my heart, I was deeply grateful because I understood without these experiences involving these people, I would have had no way of finding out my attachments to “self” being so strong. Seemingly I was not attached to name and gain, whereas in fact I was so angry inside that I even harboured negativity and slacked off, that I allowed fighting mentality and jealousy that fundamentally did not belong to my true self to trouble me for too long.
After upgrading xinxing with Master's compassion, when I looked at fellow practitioners, coordinators, and family members who used to upset me so, it seems as the answers had always been there.
I was finally able to have a sincere and relaxed chat with a family member who I had always been complaining about, without pursuit to changing anything about her. I told her through writing the experience sharing, I‘ve found my “differentiating” heart, and it is an attachment that I should get rid of.
When I see short comings of those around me, because a big part of attachment to my self being dissolved, I am now more capable of seeing similar attachments in myself. For example when I saw others being unable to keep up early morning exercise everyday like me, I could also see the same lack of perseverance in myself to treat fellow practitioners with patience and confidence. When I saw practitioner’s fear to participate in the sales team of our media, I could also see my own fear in front of such a major commitment. When I saw pursuit of comfort preventing a family member from returning to Dafa cultivation, I could also see myself repeatedly delaying my plan to increase half an hour in the 2nd exercise I do at night. When I saw practitioner lacked seriousness during Fa study, thus unable to complete reading one chapter of "Zhuan Falun", I also found myself doing less fa study than I would have liked to, due to the same laziness reasons, or unable to guarantee the quality of Fa Study due to sleepiness.
Overall, after Master helped me to dissolve my attachment to “self”, I could now appreciate endurance and perseverance other practitioners displayed during early-morning exercises and Fa Study, from fellow practitioners I once thought were not as resilient as me in the past.
One day, I ran into the fellow practitioner who used to bring music to our morning practice site, she said she missed the time we practiced together in the morning after she moved away. She often recall when we sit in meditation when the place was still shrouded in darkness, it often feels like sitting on the edge of a cliff when we closed our eyes, that “out of this word” sensation is being greatly missed.
During this year's Shen Yun promotion, perhaps Master had seen my heart to take part in posting Shen Yun posters in the CBD area, HE arranged a fellow practitioner who is a skilled sales representative to be my partner. Because we have quite righteous minds, in the first several weeks we did our best in everyday Fa study, practising and sending righteous thoughts. We luckily started with Elizabeth Street - one of the most prestigious streets of Sydney. As we entered each luxury shop, the fellow practitioner introduced Shen Yun to every staff member patiently. In spite of the rejections we got, we entered the next shops without being moved. We encouraged each other to maintain the purest heart of saving sentient beings. As a result, after several rejections, we got warm-hearted support from people with predestined relationship. The high end fashion shops, shoes stores, bottle shops, cafes and restaurants gradually became the bridges between Shen Yun and the audience. We also learned from other fellow practitioners to make notes and input into a database each time people from mainstream society put up the posters, for future reference.
I have not joined many Shen Yun promotions this year but I felt that when we cooperated closely with each other, trusted each other, we received help from the gods. For example, one time we entered a cafe shop opposite the central train station. When the manager learned about the mission of Shen Yun and looked at the poster, we were surprised to see his positive energy. Not only was he willing to climb to a high place to put on the poster for us, but also once he found we wanted to adjust the position he climbed to the position again and again to put it in the right place. He also warm heartedly showed us how to use the sticky tape more effectively. After we entered his second shop, he again warm-heartedly contacted his other two friends who were running shops in the CBD, and introduced us to put on the posters there.
Another example I would like to share is that after we entered a high building which hosts more than one hundred famous financial and insurance companies, we worried whether there is enough space to put the posters on their shops. These companies have neither kitchen nor staff rooms, and several shops already rejected us. We then entered the corporate management office without being moved, and introduced Shen Yun briefly. When the lady manager looked at the beautiful Shen Yun poster, she happily agreed to let us put the poster on the entrance glass door. When we entered each of the 3 government buildings at the central train station, nearly everyone of the government officers who normally looked very serious, expressed warm affection after hearing our introduction and seeing the Shen Yun poster of this year’s show. They not only helped us very warmly to fill the forms, but some also took sticky tapes right away and put on the posters in their kitchen or staff room.
Of course our cultivation status decides how firm our heart is to save sentient beings. Furthermore, our attitude to promoting Shen Yun would depend on how well we can study Fa, practising and sending righteous thoughts on everyday basis. Once we slightly generate a heart of laziness, we will get into trouble immediately. It may be that we would face interferences to stop us to put on Shen Yun posters in working hours or among mainstream society. Just like what Master said in “20th Anniversary Fa Teaching”：“I have told you previously that whether or not a Dafa disciple cultivates well determines his power to save sentient beings as well as his ability to be successful in fully cooperating, here in the human world, with the Fa-rectification.”
So, fellow practitioners, let us cherish each other, because this is an opportunity that comes but just once, let us remind each other to walk our path well, along the final leg of our journey.
Above is my shallow opinion, please kindly point out anything inadequate, thank you for the compassion.
Thank you Master!
Thank you my fellow practitioners!
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