Doing the Three Things Well and Validating the Fa in the Work Environment
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, Revered Master! Greetings, Fellow Practitioners!
I hold a position as a government official. I was fortunate to start practicing Falun Gong in 1997. In my cultivation over the past decade, it was Master who transformed me from an everyday person to a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period. I am a new life created by Dafa! Master has devoted everything to me. I cannot find enough words to express my gratitude and could never possibly repay Master. I will continue to be diligent in cultivation and will be worthy of Master's compassionate salvation. I would like to take this opportunity to report to our revered Master and fellow practitioners about my cultivation experience of doing the three things well and validating the Fa in the work environment:
1. Obtaining the Fa
I started practicing Falun Gong during a visit to my cousin when I was on leave from the army during the Chinese New Year in 1997. His wife introduced Falun Gong to me. I only read several pages at that time. After I returned to the army, my father came from thousands of miles away to visit me and brought me a copy of Zhuan Falun. He also told me about the miraculous things that had happened to him since he started practicing. I was astounded. I read Zhuan Falun in one sitting. As I was reading, I felt a pleasant, warm feeling from my throat to my dantian (lower abdominal area). I realized that it was Master purifying my body. Later, I got rid of a stomach problem. In the meantime, I found answers to many questions I had not been able to find in the past. I knew that this was what I had been looking for. In the past, I had tried to read Taoist scriptures and other qigong books. But like Master said, "Today, it is offered to you at your doorstep, and maybe you have not realized it!" (Lecture One in Zhuan Falun) I developed a deeper understanding of this through one of my experiences. I did not have a lot of connections with other fellow practitioners in the army. Most of the Dafa books and lectures were mailed to me by my family. At that time, the only book I had not read was Falun Gong. I really wanted to read that book. I had to go on a business trip to recruit soldiers in another area, and it was arranged for me to stay in the dorm of a local township government official. I accidentally flipped the pillow over and found a copy of Falun Gong and some other books underneath. It turned out that the government official was a fellow practitioner. I was so excited. Master had arranged things so perfectly, to this detail, for me to practice the Fa. It was truly delivered to my doorstep.
Through Fa-study, my heart is being purified, and my thoughts have been uplifted. I have a goal in my life now: to reach consummation. I know how to live and how to be a better person. Due to the fight training in the army, I had developed many bad habits. I followed Dafa's requirements and corrected many of them. I first of all quit drinking and playing Mahjong. My temper improved. My family environment became harmonized. When the soldiers make mistakes, I no longer yell at them as I did before. Instead I coach them and give them advice. Due to the unhealthy atmosphere, in an everyday person's eyes, recruiting new soldiers in other areas is a great opportunity to make money. I thought to myself, "As a Falun Gong practitioner, I cannot act the same as an everyday person." So I refused bribes many times from new soldiers' families. Those people were all moved by my behavior and said, "Nowadays, there are fewer and fewer people like you." I told them, "I do this because I am a Falun Gong practitioner." Because of this, I was named "Outstanding Army Official." My supervisors all knew I was a Falun Gong practitioner. They all said that Falun Gong practitioners were honest and clean living, so they sent me to recruit new soldiers many times. Every time we went to lower level organizations, I always gave them enough money to cover my expenses, and I never accepted any gifts. No matter where I go, I always follow Dafa's requirements and stay true to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Due to the special circumstances in the army, we could not organize group exercise sites, so I studied the Fa and practiced the exercises with my wife (also a practitioner) at home. In the meantime, I introduced Dafa to other predestined soldiers and told them about the wonderfulness of Dafa using my own experience. I just wanted to validate Dafa, spread Dafa, and allow more people to benefit from it.
2. Resisting the persecution
Just when Dafa was spreading rapidly in Mainland China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the persecution against Dafa in1999. All of a sudden, the evil unfolded in an overwhelming way. They did not overlook the practitioners in the army either. They attempted to coerce me into giving up my belief. I refused. The officials claimed that they would send me to a forced labor camp. With my firm belief in Master and in Dafa, I continued to cultivate in an upright manner. They saw that I refused to give up practicing Falun Gong. They then arranged for my friends in the army to try to persuade me. I took the opportunity to clarify the facts to them with my own experience and was able to validate Dafa's wonderfulness and dispute the lies in the media. They all understood the truth. I questioned their absurd charges seriously, "What did I do wrong? What is the fault in following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance?" They could not give me any answers. Finally, they decided not to send me to a forced labor camp. I realized that when we act righteously, the evil is scared. As long as we eliminate our attachments and let go of the fear of death, the evil does not dare to persecute us. We have Master. We are good people doing righteous things. There is nothing to be afraid of. Due to the CCP's policy, Falun Gong practitioners could not get promotions, so I was sent back to the local army office. When I left, my supervisor told me, "The army did not give you what you deserve." That shows that not everyone agrees with the persecution. With Master's protection, I went to a new work environment.
3. Doing the three things well
After I retired from the army and returned to my hometown to work, I followed Master's requirements and did the three things well. Every night, I continued to study the Fa and in the morning I practiced the exercises. At work, I was strict with myself. Sometimes, my manager criticized me for no reason. At first, I made sure I was being tolerant and looked inward. Although sometimes I could not always handle the criticism with ease, I was able to stay calm and understand the situation afterwards. I realized that this meant I needed to improve myself, and it was also due to interference. While I was looking inward, I also sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate any possible evil elements. As the Fa-rectification advances, my xinxing has improved gradually. The work environment has improved as well.
Regarding clarifying the facts, at the very beginning, due to the insufficient supply of truth clarification materials, I hand wrote materials myself. Later, we saved money and bought equipment and established a family material site. My wife and I needed to support our parents and we also had two children. I was the only wage earner in the family, so our budget was tight. One fellow practitioner provided monetary support for my material site. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him. I used the fellow practitioner's money solely to buy materials. If there was not enough money, I made it up myself. Later, when we became stable financially, we were even able to provide support to other material sites. At the beginning, I did not even know how to operate a computer. My neighbor (later I exhorted him to withdraw from the CCP) happened to be good at computer technology. Although he provided huge support, I realized it was Master who arranges for the predestined people around us. Sometimes, I encountered technical difficulties. With Master's hints, they usually got resolved quickly. We went from printing single page materials at the beginning to later printing brochures and burning CDs. There are now over ten people practicing the exercises at my home. We provide lectures and informational materials for them. This way, we help alleviate the burden on larger material sites. In the meantime, based on our needs for clarifying the facts, my wife and I produced and distributed the materials ourselves. We have had a great effect. The reason why our material site has been operating steadily is mainly due to Master's protection. Additionally, we have walked on the cultivation path righteously. I have realized through my experience that when we have righteous thoughts and take righteous action, the evil does not dare to persecute us. The reason for most of the interference to our cultivation is due to our own attachments. In exhorting people to withdraw from the CCP, I started with my friends and relatives. There are eleven people practicing Falun Gong in my family. Most of my friends and relatives have quit all CCP related organizations. We have formed "one-body" in encouraging people to quit the CCP. Some are responsible for exhorting people to quit. Some are responsible for sending forth righteous thoughts. Some are responsible for publishing statements on the website. Later, I started persuading people at work. Due to the special circumstances, the evil is strong in that environment. I mainly use the third-party approach at work. In this process, Master has arranged for many predestined people to meet with me. After they quit the CCP, they were transferred. Then new people came, and they were transferred again after they quit. For those that I could not convince to quit directly, I mailed them letters to build a foundation for later. As the Fa-rectification has advanced, I have started persuading strangers to quit the CCP as well, including businessmen, garbage collectors, people who repair cars, etc. Only a handful of people have quit so far. I still need to improve in this area. I need to eliminate many attachments, such as the attachment to fear and the attachment to saving face.
Regarding sending forth righteous thoughts, besides the four set times, I also send forth righteous thoughts at 7:00 a.m. and go to work after that. At work, I send forth righteous thoughts anywhere or any time, especially at meeting times or times for large scale activities. There were several times that I remember clearly. Once, the Party secretary was hosting a Party training class. I thought I should not let the evil continue to poison people, so I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil from other dimensions and asked Master to strengthen me. It turned out that, as the Secretary was talking, all of a sudden, he said, "The Chinese Communist Party will be disintegrated." It made people laugh. Another time, I went to the government building for a business visit. I thought, "This is a great opportunity to eliminate the evil." So I sent forth righteous thoughts. I immediately felt Falun spinning fast on my palm. I realized it was Master encouraging me, as well as reminding me of the importance of sending forth righteous thoughts and eliminating the evil. From then on, I always send forth righteous thoughts every time I see or visit important government organizations.
I was aware of the notification about the Internet Experience Sharing Conference for a while, but I had trouble getting started on a sharing article. I looked inward: First of all, it was due to laziness and my attachment to comfort; secondly, it was due to my selfishness--I often only want to receive rather than give; thirdly, it was due to human sentimentality. I always think my writing skills are not good enough. I was afraid of losing face if I didn't write well. I feel ashamed of these attachments. In fact, Master is always by my side and has been giving me hints and pushing me forward. I will learn from other practitioners and stay diligent in cultivation.
This is my personal understanding. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.