在协调悉尼720排字活动中学会向内找 How I Learned to Look Within|
在协调悉尼720排字活动中学会向内找 How I Learned to Look Within
悉尼 李元华 Li Yuanhua from Sydney
How I Learned to Look Within Coordinating the July 20 Sydney Formation Activity
Li Yuanhua from Sydney
Greetings respectful Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I have been practising Falun Dafa for 20 years, but have only been involved in coordinating Sydney events for less than a year. Today, I would like to share my experience of looking inwards while coordinating the July 20 formation activity.
1. Looking Within to Remove the Attachment of Complaining
I developed the habit of making comments and analysing others, rather than looking within myself. In the big group sharing after the formation event, I presented several panoramic photos to demonstrate fellow practitioners’ efforts and intentions, and thanked all for cooperating.
From the G20 events last year, I noticed the reporters’ team members were strong individually, but weak in mutual cooperation and had difficulty handling the large-scale activities report. I hoped for improvement. The media is moving towards becoming a world-class media, and a big event is a good chance for reporters to practise and train.
I was unable to share my thoughts with fellow practitioners due to not wanting to hurt anyone, but I complained privately. I still set my sights on the media when I concluded the formation event. I felt individual practitioners did not pay enough attention, or were unwilling to cooperate. I felt disappointed and implied criticism of them while praising others.
I did not include my shortcomings in coordinating the event, or any suggestions for improvement in the conclusion. I merely spoke according to my feelings and opinions to fellow practitioners. Some practitioners who made lots of effort could only sense my complaints, instead of any recognition or kind suggestions.
I realised that my complaints were a bad substance hiding my arrogance. These complaints would not benefit the media’s cooperation, but would hurt fellow practitioners, cause gaps and strengthen the negative elements. I actively participated in the planning discussion of the media team, inspected the site with reporters and contributed my ideas. But when practitioners did not achieve what I expected, I did not realise they might encounter interference and need us to eliminate this together. Instead, my complaining arose again. I did not even realise that fellow practitioners did not do well in some respects only because my attachments needed to be abandoned. In retrospect, practitioners’ encouragement and full cooperation on filming helped me a lot.
A practitioner with a great passion for photography was not confident about producing a perfect panoramic photo after inspecting the venue, and told me to find someone else. I was extremely depressed, but soon, some practitioners gave me firm encouragement, while others came up with a concrete solution.
There were reasons I worried about the photo. We wanted to have the Opera House as the background and do a formation in a park underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is on the other side of the Opera House. It was quite challenging to take panoramic photos. The lifter could not be driven in, a ladder was not tall enough, and a remote controlled airplane was not allowed in that area. The only option was to shoot from the Sydney Harbour Bridge parapet slits, and the shooting angles were subject to many restrictions.
We came up with a plan to use portable scaffolding. Practitioners committed themselves to the task of leasing and transporting the equipment. I sincerely admired the practitioners’ full cooperation. This also led me to reflect on my habit of complaining.
Will I not complain after purchasing 3000 electric candles and then be told they do not work well with LED lights, and need to buy 3000 more normal candles and cups? Will I not complain if we upgraded the equipment for this event, but could not use it? Will I not complain if we brought the scaffold, set it up and were immediately told to remove it? Will I not complain if we planned to take photos from the scaffold, but found it was not there? Will I not complain if I saw the candle effect was not perfect after I had done a great amount of preparation for night-time shooting? Will I not complain if I do not hear the “candle” song after sharing the formation experience of Washington, DC? These touched me from the real cultivation of the genuine Dafa disciples.
I would like to thank Master for leaving us the format of experience sharing, so that I could see my many shortcomings in writing this article. I also realised every issue that I complained about targeted my attachments or was caused by my attachments.
2. Master Watches Over Everything, Best Result When We Cooperate Well
Reviewing the entire process of the July 20 formation, I deeply appreciate Master’s compassionate care.
After World Falun Dafa Day on May 13, I added a folder called “formations” to my computer desktop. I vaguely prepared for every formation event. For some time, I searched all news reports worldwide on Dafa disciples’ formation activities in the 19 years since 1996, collected several hundred photos and more than 20 videos. While sorting through the search results, a clear and specific plan gradually emerged, and I became more confident in organising a successful and breakthrough formation. I shared my suggestions at the assistant’s meeting and everyone agreed to have a formation for the July 20 activity.
The Sydney Association organises Fa-rectification activities each weekend. The number of practitioners who participate is relatively constant. Some practitioners only show up for several major events during the year. Organising a big formation at the July 20 anniversary or events that support suing Jiang Zemin would bring out practitioners who are not so active. We estimated 200 to 300 practitioners would participate. I wondered how to let fellow practitioners see the significance of the event and actively participate.
Once, in discussing the design details with an practitioner experienced in doing formations, he told me many amazing stories in the formation event 16 years ago. These true stories are a thousand times better than what I have prepared, so I shared some of the stories with the large group.
Six hundred Australian practitioners gathered at Sydney’s Darling Harbor on February 7, 1999, and completed the first large-scale formation outside of China. The event aimed to spread the wonderfulness of Falun Dafa. Reuters and other media reported the event. To better record the event, practitioners wanted to hire a helicopter to take photos. The owner of the helicopter company and his professional photographer friend offered their services for free after understanding the goodness of Dafa. They instantly got blessings. The helicopter owner was terminally ill and required the removal of an organ. However, the pre-surgery check-up found he was free of any illness. Doctors could not believe it, and could only explain that somebody made a mistake. His photographer friend was happy for him and said he was lucky.
The photographer was scheduled to have an operation to remove bone spurs from his shoulder soon after. The same situation happened again. A preoperative scan showed the spurs had disappeared and his shoulder pain also stopped. Revered Master rewarded ordinary people who made a contribution to Dafa and encouraged fellow practitioners.
Due to sharing beforehand, I could sense practitioners were moved and everyone wanted to be a part of the two words “Fa-rectification”, becoming a particle in the Fa-rectification process. The participants numbered more than 400, far more than our initial estimation.
I received the final design a week before the event, admired the fact it was so perfect and beyond my imagination. I knew it was a perfect result from practitioners’ full cooperation: From the initial idea of forming the words “Fa-rectification”, to adding a Falun emblem above the words, to using dimmable LEDs and candles to decorate the giant Falun emblem, to changing the word font to the official script so the words narrowed down to fit the space, to the number of participants and photograph requirements, to forming 32 lights around the Falun with people and adding a row of people holding wreaths in memory of practitioners who died from the persecution, everything was orderly and in Master’s care, and the result was so perfect.
On the day of the formation, when fellow practitioners were setting the reference axis for the entire pattern, I asked them to fine-tune the angle to accommodate shooting from the bridge. They accepted my proposal. I also suggested moving the pattern up, but practitioners seemed to not hear this time. I repeated it to the practitioner in charge of the overall technical side, but did not get response either, so I no longer insisted. Thus, the top of the pattern was two metres away from the pedestrian path.
I found out when I saw the photos that fellow practitioners did not adopt my later recommendation for a reason: There were several road lights on the pedestrian footpath, which lit up after nightfall and would affect the candles and LED lighting effect. Thanks to the 2-metre distance, it also bypassed a deep groove under construction on the site. These experiences convinced me that as long as we cooperate and do not hold onto opinions in Dafa activities, the end result must be the best, because Master watches over everything.
3. Do Not Think with Human Concepts
Participating practitioners all know that we encountered difficulties in keeping the candles lit. I first pointed out the reason at the site: We had not used candles in our formations for so long that we lacked experience. Indeed, the last time we used candles in a formation was during the 2001 Brisbane Asia-Pacific Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference. We later checked the media reports on the July 20 candle vigils in other areas, and it was easy to see what size cup should be used so the candles would not be blown out. However, it seemed to be too simple to conclude the insufficiency of the event.
I realised individual practitioners had borne too much work and money pressure in such a large event, and as a coordinator, I should take the initiative to share the work load. But the problem seemed to be more than that. I later realised that my initial thoughts in proposing and designing the formation had a problem. I had been thinking with a human mindset: I felt the number of Sydney practitioners was limited, so we must use additional patterns and candles to make the formation imposing.
In fact, photos we took in the daytime looked very spectacular. I merely considered the technical issues and focused on doing things, but did not realise an event with so many practitioners’ participation has deeper connotations beyond the understanding of human concepts. As I suggested and designed this event from my research of the formation photos from the past, I unconsciously had an attachment to the final image of the event. I put all my “bets” on the candlelit night photo, which had loopholes from the beginning.
I once felt frustration after the event, because I did not get the photos that I expected. Hence, I complained in the big group and did not look within, as mentioned at the beginning. I also realised such a sentiment was wrong. I asked a practitioner what we did well in this formation. The answer was: Neat clothing.
“Neat” embodies a maturity in practitioners’ overall coordination. Practitioners in another city helped us to order and post the yellow hats. Several practitioners who could not be in the formation due to clothes that didn’t comply took the initiative and helped others to look after the bags. A young girl under 10 years old wore an adult T-shirt in order to match the required colour. Practitioners have improved, so we are able to organise activities easier. As a coordinator, shouldn’t I quickly improve even more?
I became increasingly aware that I must learn to look within in order to coordinate well. Master said in “Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington, DC International Fa Conference”: “For a cultivator, looking within is a magical tool.”
The above are some of my cultivation experiences; please compassionately point out any mistakes.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners! Heshi!
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