我们比我更强大 The Power of We Is Greater Than That of I|
我们比我更强大 The Power of We Is Greater Than That of I
Michelle Lu from Sydeny
The Power of We Is Greater Than That of I
悉尼 Michelle Lu
Michelle Lu from Sydeny
Dear respected Master, Dear fellow practitioners,
1. Stirring notes radiate everywhere, frightening the evil
Since the Celestial Band was established in 2006, it has left footprints all around the world, from New Zealand to New York, from Australia to Hong Kong. The impact it has had on people is unprecedented. It is like what Master said in His recent article:
Divine Land Marching Band
Drums and horns of Fa display divine might
Purging all manner of evil,
beckoning souls back to heaven
Heaven n’ earth are in awe
as the Band saves lives at the end of time
Its glorious light shines
in the cosmic Fa-rectification.
Whenever a big celebration comes up, or it’s Christmas, majestic notes fly out and it’s a war on all fronts. Often we have to stand in the scorching sun or howling wind and the flute won’t sound. I quietly tell my instrument, “You be good and help me assist Master in Fa rectification,” and I hope that each time we can grasp the opportunity to eliminate the evil. Often we march through the streets, both sides lined with people watching our parade, filled with hope. When the band plays magnificent melodies, when I see people’s faces beaming with joy and that long-forgotten feeling, I feel a surge of compassionate energy resonate through the air and I am filled with gratitude. Oh! This is how Master uses different ways to frighten the evil and save people who are lost in a maze.
Two years ago, not long after I came to Sydney, we went to Christchurch in New Zealand to be a part of the Christmas Parade. My attachment of wanting to play overrode my intention to validate the Fa. I left behind my pure heart to help Master in Fa rectification and my mission to save sentient beings. I only wanted to go on a sightseeing tour in Christchurch. Sure enough, interference and troubles immediately came knocking on the door. When I was going through customs at the airport, I realised that I’d brought my expired New Zealand passport. I went home that day and thought about my motives, and after correcting my state of mind, the next day I took a smooth flight to New Zealand to catch up with my fellow band members.
The sound of the piccolo is not as elegant and poetic as the flute. It is sharper, and has higher octaves. For many years, during band practice I could only hear the sound of my own instrument. Recently under the leadership of the teacher, I do my best to listen to other parts of the whole ensemble, and find the harmony. Sometimes I hear the beautiful consistent melody of the flute, and the splendid, mellow tone of the clarinet, sometimes I hear the resounding voice of the trumpet, the gentleness of the French horn, the grandness of the trombone, and richness of sousaphone. If I extend my ears further, I can hear the lively rhythm of the drums. Of course, sometimes I also hear unexpected wrong notes and Inharmonious sound amidst the music. Although the musical notes are intangible, during practice, the righteous energy of the music permeates my entire body. Often after band practice each week, I feel my whole body filled with energy. I quietly require myself to play each note correctly, so that I don’t affect the improvement of the whole band, so that I can showcase the high notes of the piccolo and the interwoven harmonies of the entire music piece. What kind of music can move people? It is music that carries the compassionate heart of saving people! Clean, powerful music can penetrate people’s hearts!
I feel so lucky to have become a member of the Celestial Band over the years, I hope that each time we perform, I will do my absolute best to have a pure mind and the heart of saving others, and to demonstrate the divine magnificence of the Celestial Band!
I want to take this opportunity to thank Master for using the form of the Celestial Band to spread the Fa and shock the evil. And I’d also like to thank my fellow band members for their hard work and contribution!
3.My diary of promoting Shen Yun
In 2015, Sydney sold 85% of tickets for the Shen Yun shows, it’s something we should definitely be celebrating and it reflects on the cooperation of the whole body. It is delightful to be able to develop partnerships with other organisations, and as I gained more sales experience and sales tactics, I became more mature and improved unknowingly. Even so, for those predestined sentient beings who didn’t make it into the theatre, Master said in His recent article, Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa:
“Those who were originally meant to have been saved last year [by Shen Yun, but didn’t go], have lost the opportunity forever. That’s because Fa-rectification is unceasingly forging ahead, step by step, and when it arrives at one cosmic plane it is time for that level of people; when it reaches a certain heavenly kingdom above, or a certain layer of cosmic body, it is time for that group of people to come see [the show], and next time around [when Shen Yun performs], that seat will belong to someone else. Do you realize how many lives have been lost?! Do you know how I feel when I see those empty seats in the theater?”
I hope that this year we can work hard together to bring those predestined beings to Shen Yun.
At shopping centres, you can lightly chat to shoppers passing by the Shen Yun booth, but selling tickets is no easy feat.
I remember during the Shen Yun promotion level 1 test, the examiner suggested that when you meet a person who’s interested in Shen Yun, you have to then close the deal. From breaking the ice, to talking about the Shen Yun performances and audience feedback, I can closely introduce the show to predestined people. During the conversation, when the other party is about to buy tickets, I have notion which I find difficult to break through, and think, “Oh, it might be difficult for this mother and child to go see the show, or the tone of this Chinese person shows that he has a different view about Shen Yun and maybe he will reject it. And I also happened to bump into one of my male colleagues who didn’t seem too interested in the show. But eventually you will be surprised to discover who really went to see the show – those are the sentient beings arranged by Master, my postnatal notions can’t obstruct those predestined people from going.
I remember after the Shen Yun shows finished this year, a male colleague who was about my age, smiled and said: “Michelle! I went to see Shen Yun, I really liked the show, especially the one with the male dancers.” This performance might have only occupied a brief moment in his lifetime, but it has significant meaning to his life, how can people lost in a maze, know this?
Master has imparted the righteous Fa principles to Dafa disciples, and as Dafa disciples, we know that Shen Yun is saving people in a way that conforms to the world, so we of course need to set aside any notions and have a compassionate mind and the thought to save people. We must encourage, but not pressure people, it’s the mesmerising beauty that attracts people to discover Shen Yun, rather than chasing people about with flyers and begging them to buy tickets like a salesman. We must make it as easy as possible for the customer, for example, providing details of the Chinese sales hotline, and the Shen Yun website, to enable them to enter the theatre where gods and buddhas are saving people. Even if the customer says that they’ll buy tickets then they get home, we must strongly believe that they will do this, and try to help them resolve any difficulties, for example, how to get there, parking, how to pick up tickets, etc. The majority of people in the mainstream society are used to buying tickets online (you can help them browse the best tickets available for a particular price range, and help them choose the best seats). I believe that when we have done everything according to a professional standard, predestined people will find their place.
I remember that in one of the media meetings, they said that when you do well with the three things, the gods will give you money, meaning that sales will skyrocket. “Cultivate, do things wholeheartedly, and save people”. I think that these are also elements that Shen Yun promotions people needed to have.
4.Fellow practitioners taught me a lesson
Once, I was called to Burwood shopping centre at the last minute due to shortage of hands, as soon as I got there I saw each and every salesperson looking after customers, some explaining the show, some selling tickets, some browsing the Shen Yun picture album with customers, and there were also passersby who gathered to watch. The entire field was lively and harmonious. If even I was attracted by the energy field, what about the people passing by? Afterwards I asked the Perth and Taiwanese practitioners to teach me how to do it. I won’t mention their professional, neat and tidy appearance, but their smiles, and pleasant nature attracted people to come closer, but not feel pressured. When they met people who expressed interest, they first try to understand the other party. After they introduce Shen Yun in detail, and the customer has questions, our practitioners very patiently help them understand and one by one remove the obstacles that stop people from seeing the show. For example, thanks to the thoughtful introduction by an enthusiastic salesperson, one gentleman was willing to call his wife to ask if he could book tickets. He didn’t have his phone with him, our practitioner immediately picked up his phone and called the gentleman’s wife. Seeing the professionalism and conscientious attitude of this practitioner, many people bought tickets without a single worry, they bought a ticket enabling them to head towards the future! I also realised that professionalism is in the details. This ticket selling both is not only stocked with Shen Yun promotional materials, the product knowledge of the salespeople is so good that they can recite the information (I remember once a practitioner told the story of Mulan and Yue Fei to a child passing by, and afterwards the parents booked tickets after expressing their interest in Chinese culture). Our sales staff really understood the procedures in selling tickets, so that the process was smooth and didn’t waste the customer’s time. They put in all their efforts to do the best in every single thing. The gods and buddhas will also help us pave the road.
That day, there was a funny arrangement, an elderly lady stopped by and said to the customer who was about to buy tickets, I saw this show yesterday, it is absolutely amazing, it’s definitely worth seeing! I was so happy for the sentient being who had been saved and for the one who was going to be saved.
5.The power of we is greater than that of I
This year, during Shen Yun promotions, my feet were sore from standing, and the time for personal and group cultivation was never enough, but I feel my attitude has changed. I feel so lucky to have been able to participate in this project. And I don’t know why, but during the shopping centre promotions, I felt the cells in my entire body were full of joy, maybe they were immersed in the brilliant, pure field.
Sometimes, the advice from conscientious practitioners is more than welcome. Almost all of the time, the whole team is one body. When the booking process didn’t go smoothly for me, other practitioners instantly stepped in to complete the process. I always believe that ‘we’ are more powerful than any person alone. The harmonious, solemn field of the Shen Yun promotion site enables people to feel the beauty and goodness of the show, and is the key to attracting predestined people. Another time, at a Westfield shopping centre, a practitioner pointed out that my black pants were a little worn out at the bottom, her kind intention was to protect the brand image of Shen Yun. It was me that overlooked this. An idea popped into my head, immediately I found a tailor to get my clothing altered, and soon after I restored my appearance of a professional salesperson. Thank you sincerely to the practitioner for their reminder. I am not in an unlocked cultivation state, but at the promotions site I saw a small Falun swirling about, something which I hadn’t seen in a very long time. Thank you Master.
Finally, I would like to share a paragraph from Master’s article, 20th Anniversary Fa Teaching:
“As Dafa disciples, if you can fulfill your missions; if you can, in whatever realm you are at in your cultivation, save the beings that you should save; if you can set free the beings that you should save out from among humans; and if you can fulfill the responsibilities of a Dafa disciple, then you will, upon returning, experience indescribable honor and sense the tremendous grandeur of your cosmic domain.”
Welcome any comments and suggestions.
Thank you Master, thank you practitioners !
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