Eliminating Zealotry While Clarifying the Truth in a Western Rural Region 在西澳农村地区做好三件事的修炼体会

Greetings Master!


Greetings Fellow Practitioners!


I live in a remote, country city in Western Australia, 450 kilometres from Perth. I obtained the Fa in late 2010 when I was 40. There were a few other practitioners in my city when I started, but within a few years they had all left or fallen away from the Fa.


For the first few years of my cultivation, I joined in truth clarification activities organized by a veteran practitioner. She was very proactive about organizing truth clarification activities for us to do. We did a lot. But by 2016 I was cultivating alone.


This made the first five years of my cultivation feel unique. It was difficult and extremely confusing. Looking back, I’m amazed that I managed to continue – but the thought of quitting never entered my mind. I learned many lessons, but the main ones were to study the Fa, and look inward.


I observed that doing a lot of truth clarification activities and being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you are cultivating. From my experiences in those early days I firmly resolved to take the Fa as the teacher and study the Fa every day without fail; and to painstakingly make myself look inward at my own thoughts to find my faults and attachments, no matter how uncomfortable that might be. This is what gave me a solid foundation in cultivation.


From 2013 to now I have had to reform my truth clarification efforts and blaze my own path. The only original activity I kept is a stall at a two-day agricultural show once a year. I knew the importance of doing the Three Things well, so I couldn’t neglect clarifying the truth, but how to do it by myself and how to do it without attachment?


I tried to get involved in making calls to China, as this seemed like an ideal project for an isolated practitioner, but I’ve always used an Apple Mac laptop and it wasn’t compatible with the software used to make the calls. I felt guilty about not trying harder to overcome this problem, but I didn’t feel like this project was right for me, and doing something out of guilt wasn’t in line with the Fa.


One year I made frequent trips to Perth to join in with the activities there and to sell Shen Yun tickets every second week, but it was a thousand kilometre drive every time, and besides, it was predestined for me to live in Albany, so my main focus should be in that region.


I knew I needed to do truth clarification to save sentient beings and I worried about what to do. I’ve read many sharings on Minghui about the amazing practitioners in China going out every day and approaching strangers on the streets, in markets, at bus stops, and travelling to small villages to talk to people. My heart yearned to be as proactive as them, but something was wrong. While that method of truth clarification seemed to work well in China, it didn’t feel appropriate for a rural western environment.


For a while, I tried to emulate the Chinese practitioners, and whenever I had a day off work, I stood in front of the IGA supermarket in town with a placard and a petition and offered people flyers. I also tried to talk to every person I encountered in my daily life. But something wasn’t right so over time I stopped doing it. I felt bad for stopping and I was very confused about what was the right thing to do. My mind just wasn’t comfortable as I had the strong sense that the local people were seeing me as being fanatical or extreme. I worried that I was letting attachments stop me. I thought that I should push myself to make a breakthrough. But I also felt that it wasn’t right to force myself to keep going because of worry and guilt – that was an attachment itself.

有一段时间,我试图模仿中国的同修们。每当我休假的时候,我就站在镇里的IGA超市前面,带着展板和请愿书,并且向人们发传单。我也试着和日常生活中遇到的每个人讲真相,但总觉得有点不太对劲,所以随着时间的推移我不再这样做了。我对自己停下来感到内疚,对于如何做才是正确的我感到非常困惑。因为我能感受到当地人把我视为是一个宗教狂热份子或什至是个极端份子。但同时,我也担心我是被自己的执着挡住,认为我应该主动突破它。虽然如此,我总觉得因为担心和内疚而迫使自己继续做下去是不对的 — 这也是一种执着。

Master said in Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference: “One tendency that people in China develop is to be quite extreme in their writing or approaches to things. That kind of behaviour and thinking really isn’t something that others are going to be receptive to.”


In Western society it is socially acceptable for a person to be obsessed with sports. A person can be so fixated with sports that they will pay to have a television channel dedicated to sports, they play a number of sports and are on multiple sports teams, they volunteer to coach or assist in young people’s sports and they passionately support their chosen professional sports teams. This behaviour is even considered physically and mentally healthy in our society. But on the other hand, being a dedicated advocate for human rights and raising awareness about one specific issue, seems to alienate people. I knew that the fault was with me and I looked inward. In those early years people would comment that I had a lot of passion, but it wasn’t meant as a compliment. I had too much enthusiasm for talking about the topic, and not enough calm rationality. I have spent a lot of time contemplating how to do truth clarification without annoying my friends, family and colleagues.



Master said in Zhuan Falun – The Attachment of Zealotry: “If while among everyday people others consider you infatuated, they will not deal with you and will keep a distance from you.”

师父在《转法轮》 欢喜心中说:“在常人中,人家都把你看的神魂颠倒的,人家都不跟你一般见识,也远离了你,”

I decided I needed to stop talking about the topic in front of my friends and family. They all know I practice Falun Gong; it has to be my behaviour that naturally clarifies the truth to them. There are still moments when I seize opportunities to clarify the truth to someone face to face, but now I am very discerning about when it is appropriate to do that.


I now understood that my focus needed to be on reaching out to strangers in my region who might otherwise never learn of the persecution of Falun Gong. Those strangers are my responsibility. But how to reach them without seeming infatuated?


I have always thought of the organ harvesting flyers as a Fa tool that can save sentient beings. I started getting boxes of flyers from Perth and distributing them into letterboxes. This felt unobtrusive and I knew that predestined people would read the flyer. I didn’ t find walking very efficient, so I borrowed a friend’s motor scooter and I was able to get a lot done. This turned out to be a turning point in my truth clarification efforts. From this point on more and more truth clarification projects were offered to me one after another.


The Perth Chinese Epoch Times had decided to have two English language pages in each edition. The editor asked if I would prepare several articles for him to select from each week, and then proofread the two pages when they were done. I was very pleased to be involved, but for quite a while I couldn’t work out who would read these pages. Then just recently two Chinese practitioners came to visit my town for a couple of days, and we chatted while I was showing them around. One of the practitioners sold advertising for the paper and he explained to me how valuable these two English language pages are, for showing Western business owners the calibre of the content of the paper. It all made sense after that, and I was even more honoured to be playing a role.


Then my work required me to travel to a smaller rural town and spend a few days there. While I was there, I thought that it wasn’t a coincidence and I needed to reach all these good country folks. So in my free time I drove back to my town and picked up a box of flyers. I tried to drive around to distribute them in the smaller town, but in farming areas, the houses are far apart and most of them don’t have roadside mailboxes. I realised I needed to use the postal service, so I went to the local general store and organised a flyer to every household in the town. It was around 450 households and it cost less than $100.


After that, I wanted to reach all the farming communities near me. I believe this is what Master wants me to do. At first I drove to the nearby towns and arranged it at the general store. I did several towns that way, but then I was given a big hint to just use my local post office. This requires doing it more formally, making an email booking and getting trays and labels. I got the hang of it, and I’ve done a couple of dozen towns that way . I budget about $100 a month and I will keep it up, reaching towns further and further away. I am delighted that I always get a timely hint about what town to target next. I feel Master’s divine guidance in these moments.


I also did a one-off project after realising there was a Confucius Institute at one of the universities in Perth. They were promoting themselves to all the primary schools and high schools in Western Australia on their webpage, so I compiled a database of over 1000 schools and emailed them all a letter clarifying the truth about Confucius Institutes. I was able to track the emails and I could see that this project definitely had some effect. I was even able to write a sharing about it, which was published on Minghui.


Recently I was asked to take up the task of running the WA Facebook page. When I was on Facebook, someone in a global Falun Dafa group asked about projects for isolated practitioners, so I wrote a comment describing how I was mailing out to farming communities . Because of this comment, two things happened.


First a person reading my comment decided he could do this activity in his country and he asked me for details. Later I was telling a practitioner from an outer suburb of Perth about this, and he decided he should do this in his area too.


The second thing was, a person contacted me because she recruits for the New York Epoch Times, and for some reason my comment in the Facebook group stood out to her. She asked for my CV and how much time I might have available each week. In the end, she put me in touch with someone at the Sydney English Epoch Times, and now I help them out with proofreading a whole paper every week.


Last November at the agricultural show, a woman from the stall next to mine approached me with an offer. She enjoys meditation and knew Falun Gong exercises were taught for free. She works for a local real estate agent. She asked if I would teach the exercises after work in a big room in their offices once a week. I had been wishing I could have a practice site and now here I was offered one. I couldn’t help but smile at the arrangement.


In September this year I bought my own motor scooter, and I am now able to do a few hours of mailbox deliveries in my town every week as well.


My involvement in all these projects came about very naturally and there is no sense of doing something out of guilt, and no sense of being extreme. It truly was a reflection of “pursue nothing, gain naturally”. I wanted to do all of the Three Things well and fulfil my vow, and Master could see this wish in my heart. Now I work on so many projects that I have to be very organised to balance them all along with my full-time job, family life, daily exercises, Fa study, and Righteous Thoughts.


A good Fa study routine is essential. From very early on I believed Master when he stressed the seriousness of regular Fa study. I have been strict with myself about studying the Fa every day, but that doesn’t mean the quality of my study was good. There has been serious interference to my study that took different forms.


Being a remote practitioner, I don’t have opportunity to study face-to-face with anyone, so early on I started studying a whole lecture every night on the Internet with Chinese Perth practitioners. They all read in Chinese and I had to concentrate hard to keep up with them and be on the correct paragraph. During this period I read with focus and I read very sincerely.


Then some English speakers joined and we split into an English language group. I became more complacent, because even if I wasn’t concentrating I still knew what paragraph we were up to. This group soon switched to reading in the morning after exercises and righteous thoughts. Because of strong human notions I developed bad habits and for a long time I didn’t think to consider it a problem.


My thoughts would run amok. I read with a strong show off mentality and I over-emphasized words. My mind was irritated by other people’s voices and styles. One person would stop to breathe when the words reached the edge of the page, but he wouldn’t stop to breathe at full stops. I wanted him to realize what he was doing so I emphasized stopping at full stops. After my work hours changed sometimes I would read quickly because I wanted some leisure time before going to work. Sometimes I had strong sleepiness. Sometimes I would look at something on the Internet when it wasn’t my turn to read; or I would be daydreaming even when I was reading out loud. I even developed a habit of watching the time and checking how many pages were left in the lecture.


Another form of interference came when I would think of some ordinary matter that I needed to say to someone, or I would have a good idea about something, or I would think of a chore I needed to do. I worried that I wouldn’t remember it later and I felt a sense of urgency, so I would send a text, write myself a note or write an email. The inspirations would come as soon as Fa study started. They seemed like such great ideas and I was convinced I would lose them if I didn’t jot them down immediately. Only very recently have I begun to be aware of how disrespectful I have been to Master and the Fa.


Master said in Zhuan Falun – Different Levels Have Different Fa: “It is not easy to change your thinking right away; you will tr​​ansform your thinking gradually during the lectures to come.”

师父在《转法轮》 <不同层次有不同层次的法>中说:“要一下子转变你的思想是不容易的,在今后的听课当中,你会慢慢的转变你的思想,”

In 2016 another Perth practitioner and I started a second daily study group six nights a week. We systematically read all of the pre 1999 conference lectures on FalunDafa.org. We read for 30 minutes, send righteous thoughts, and then read for another 15 minutes . We have read all the materials through at least three times. We are not in any hurry and we read carefully. Sometimes we even read a paragraph over if one of us wasn’t concentrating or wanted to better understand the concept being described. I can’t over-emphasize how beneficial this has been.


When I first started cultivation I only read these early materials once, and then focused on the newer conference lectures, but without a very solid understanding of the basics I struggled to understand the Fa rectification concepts. After three years of reading these early materials my understandings have improved and I feel that I am catching up.


Although I am still interfered with when I read Zhuan Falun, I am aware of it now and I am improving. Just the other day a practitioner I read with commented that my reading has changed and I sound like I understand what I am reading rather than just going through the motions. In fact, I have started having new understandings while reading.


My study habits are routine and disciplined, even though my human mind might not be. I recently noticed that I have had a longing to experience moments of sudden dramatic improvement in cultivation. But in writing this sharing and taking a look back at how I was in the early years of my cultivation, I can see that my improvement has truly been dramatic; it just happened so gradually that I didn’t notice. Fa study and looking inwards was the key to this.


Human gratitude is inadequate for what Master has given us. Thank you Master. I still have many attachments and things I don’t know how to handle well. I will finish this journey with heart-felt diligence. Thank you fellow practitioners. Even though I am so remote from you all in the human dimension, I know we are all together. Please point out if I have said anything that is not in line with the Fa.


Thank you Master!

Thank you fellow practitioners!