My Experience on Ticket
back these past few years, I must thank Master for giving me the
opportunities to cultivate and improve myself, especially in the
process of promoting Shen Yun. My understanding at this stage is that
selling tickets to people is secondary, however, saving sentient beings
ourselves are primary.
experience every time a deal is made it's definitely not about sales
or marketing – it's about me growing up and maturing in the Fa as I
walk my path in Dafa cultivation. I have found that when interacting
with sentient beings, my thoughts and motive in promoting
Shen Yun becomes purer and clearer.
understanding of what kind of a show I'm promoting and why I am doing
crucial and has become fundamentally grounded deep within. If I can
take the listener to the level of understanding what Shen Yun is about,
what is the company's
and vision in terms of its existence in society outside China
today, then I've made the sale! So, as I reflect on my past encounters
of success in selling tickets, I have matured in the Fa with Master's
benevolence constantly watching over me.
year when Shen Yun came to Canberra, we had two shows only. Over
years it has gradually grown to four shows. Within the process of Shen
Yun's growth, I have had to grow with it, cultivating myself and
letting go of many attachments .
beginning I was quite an introverted person. I didn't like
socialising and found it difficult to talk to people that I didn't
know. This hampered my ability to tell people about the wonders of Shen
Yun with confident. As the number of
grew, I knew in my heart that my attitude had to change. I
thought to myself, “What am I doing? I can't continue being introverted
and selfish.” To truly save sentient beings, I knew deep down in my heart
had to change. My cultivated side must shine and reach out to people
to truly help Master and fulfill my vows and be worthy of being a
Fa-Rectification disciple. For far too long I was using my introverted
personality as an excuse to slack off and not be diligent.
started to be more outgoing. I would join my work colleagues going
out to lunch, and other social activities, slowly building up their
trust and friendship. Once the trust is there, the result is
amazing….better than I had expected.
asked me: “How do you sell so many tickets, what method
do you use to sell tickets at your work place?” Actually I don't have
any strategy or method, but I do it very casually, so casually I am not
if it is worth mentioning. I started out with no intention of
selling a set number of tickets. At first I was quite unsure if I would
be able to sell any at all, but I ended up with a lot of group ticket
have been doing in recent years is being friendly and open, to people
who I meet in my work department. But this must be done in a way that
people don't think you are strange or trying to chat people up,
especially the opposite
sex, or you might get yourself into trouble.
case I would like to share is about one of my work colleagues.
His appearance and mannerism had make him seem quite unapproachable –
very serious looking, with thick glasses - he comes across as a
professor or workaholic. In fact most people tend to stay
from him. He definitely didn't seem the type to go out to a
theatre. I thought to myself, “Maybe he is not as unapproachable as he
looks”. So I started up a friendly conversation with him. After a while
to him “you look like you need a break and you look so serious.”
He replied to me that he may look serious on the outside but inside he
is not serious. Then I asked him if he has heard of a show called Shen
Performing Arts, he said no and asked me what kind of show it is. I
then started to tell him how beautiful Shen Yun is and this show is
highly recommended. I also told him I was organising group tickets for
our work area. Then
asked me to email him the link to the show. After seeing the link
and reading about it he came to my desk and asked me if I was still
selling tickets. Imagine if I had just used my “human mindset” and
ignored him .
to people about Shen Yun whenever I have opportunities, such as in
the canteen when having coffee, morning tea or afternoon tea breaks.
This often leads to people emailing me and asking for tickets. All of
this adds up and that's how group ticket sales
about. Just a friendly word here and there to people, makes a big
difference. I came to realize the true reason of where I work is not
of Master's “Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC
International Fa Conference” says: “Dafa disciples cover an enormous
range of places and regions around the world. In other words, while you
are here in this world you may have the appearance of simply
cultivating human being, but your field can affect your
surroundings--to put it in superficial and plain terms. In reality, the
entire world has been divided up with a piece apportioned to each Dafa
disciple. This is reflected in how things are on
and the people in this world correspond to the cosmos. If a
person came here to gain the Fa, then he is the representative of a
system's sentient beings, and behind him lies an enormous system.”
saw the show in the first year it was quite challenging for me.
I did some follow up after the show, and some people had a negative
attitude about Falun Gong, with a feeling it was being forced on them.
This was quite a test
me. I had to spend a lot of time clarifying the truth about Falun
Gong and why Falun Gong could not be excluded in Shen Yun shows. I took
every opportunity at work to clarify the truth to my colleagues using
my experience of practicing Falun Gong,
because they know of my health benefits from being a practitioner.
I had a car accident on my way to work and instantly developed
permanent neck damage and whiplash. Later my sister introduced me to
the book Falun Gong so I started to practice it. Soon my neck problem
was gone. A few months after the car
I was offered compensation by Comcare. But since my pain had
already disappeared after practicing Falun Gong and I live my life
following the principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance, I didn't
accept the money.
few of my colleagues know the staff members who were involved in
processing the claim for my car accident injury. They knew the story of
how I was awarded compensation for pain and suffering after the
accident, but turned it down after becoming a Falun Gong practitioner.
experience has been a very powerful tool to tell people about the
benefits of practicing Falun Gong. Consequently, these people not only
changed their attitude but also their hearts toward Dafa.
process of using my personal story to clarify the truth, my mind
filled with nothing but a single pure thought, “I want to save you”. As
people listened to my story, I could see they were drawn towards the
energy I projected .
At that time I felt I was in a righteous cultivation state and could
feel Master's compassion was with me.
selling tickets to these people was not an issue because I had
established total trust and friendship with them. My understanding in
selling tickets is not about selling tickets. The fundamental lies in
using a pure heart to clarify the truth and save sentient beings . Then ticket
sales will happen miraculously.
has helped me further understand Master's words in the
teachings given in Manhatten. (March 26th 2006, New York): “When you
act just to save the person, to save sentient beings, then I think the
impact of that can change everything .
however, as you clarify the truth your mind is affected by ordinary
human attachments, then you won't be able to achieve anything. When in
your truth clarification you run across ordinary people who have
listened to and believed the lies and propaganda spread
on by the wicked CCP via its media, they might have wrong
perceptions about Dafa disciples, be harsh toward you, or not willing
to listen to you. At those times, if your emotions are stirred up by
them, and you feel wronged ,
get upset, and maybe even aren't all that rational, then you won't be
able to clarify the truth nor save those people. ”
recent years of Shen Yun shows in our region, I have had to
change myself from an introverted personality, full of silent excuses
for not being sociable, to an extroverted person, where necessary. I am
still working on it as I still have so
many attachments emerge along the way, one after another.
Thank you Master！ Thank you fellow practitioners