Sharing from a New Practitioner

Shared at the 2014 European Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference
 

Greetings Master, greetings fellow practitioners.

I am a new Belgian practitioner who obtained the Fa in mid 2013.

First I will share about how I obtained the Fa and some experiences I had during the first few weeks. For the last eight years I had been in a good cultivation environment, because almost my whole family (father, mother and sister) practise cultivation in Dafa.

For my whole life I knew about Falun Dafa. I always knew Falun Dafa is really good, but didn't really understand the term cultivation and did not think further about the human body, life and the universe and lived a rather ordinary life. I was at the age of 16 at that time. I enjoyed going out with friends, drinking, smoking, playing video games – just a really ordinary life. In 2008 I watched Shen Yun in Antwerp. I thought it was really wonderful, beyond words.

My first time visiting New York
The same year I watched Shen Yun in Antwerp, I also went to New York. My father, mother and sister went to the New York Fa conference, and I had to watch my little sister (who is also a non-practitioner). Because I didn't practice, I was not allowed to enter the main hall. There were still more halls for people who could not fit into the main hall.

There in New York, I read Zhuan Falun for the first time with some local Belgian practitioners in a park. When it was my turn to read, after I read just one word, I fell into a deep sleep that seemed to last a very long time, but when they woke me up, they told me I had slept for not even 10 seconds. This was a really weird experience for me. But I didn't really think further about it.

When we got back from New York to Belgium, I thought about giving the book a read, but didn't really enlighten to the inner meanings of Falun Gong. I thought it was just for being a healthy, good person. Maybe it was not my time back then. I was just 16 years old and continued my ordinary life until the age of 23.

Obtaining the Fa
Suddenly a lot of thoughts about Falun Gong came up in my mind. I felt that I had to investigate this book Zhuan Falun that my mother and father were always reading. All of a sudden Falun Gong appeared a lot in my mind. I was very curious back then and didn't have doubts about it, so I started talking to my parents about Falun Gong coming up in my mind and what actually cultivation and Falun Gong really are. So we talked a lot about cultivation and read Zhuan Falun together. After I read it again, I suddenly understood a lot. I knew what my mission here is and what Falun Gong is and what Master is doing.

Master mentioned in the latest lecture of 2014 Fa Teaching on World Falun Dafa Day: "There are also some people who learned some truths through Dafa; prior to this, they had no idea about religion, faith, or cultivation. Through Dafa they learned about Gods, Buddhas, and cultivation."

I didn't think about religion, God, I just lived my life, trying to make fun.

The first time I did the exercises I also had an experience and some quite physical reactions when I was doing the sitting meditation. Suddenly I saw some light in my forehead, changing colors, just like Master mentioned in the audio lectures about people seeing different things: some people see light, some people see Falun, even the lights some people see are different in colour. This was really a supernormal thing to me. I realised that the time had come. My view of life completely changed; instantly, I could never have the same view of life as before.

After this experience with the light, I quit going out, drinking, smoking, playing video games and eating meat; I discarded all these easy attachments in an instant day by day. I even sold my Playstation 3, television, all the games and everything I put a lot of time into back then.

Later when I was in the bathroom, I almost fainted, having a very uncomfortable feeling everywhere in my body, and I started to cough like crazy. It felt like a wasp was inside my throat. I kept on coughing and coughing, until I was coughing up blood, but I was not afraid at that moment. The blood-coughing felt really good. I was very relieved after it, and felt very energised.

Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun, Lecture 2: "So if you truly practice Falun Dafa, you will, starting today, have reactions when you truly set your attachments aside. The people who can’t set them aside might say that they have, when in fact, they really haven’t been able to, so it’s hard to purify their bodies. There are also people who understand later on what I’ve been teaching in this class, they set them aside, and then their bodies are purified. Other people find their bodies energized, while these folks just start to get healed and just start to feel unwell."

Clarifying the truth in the first months
When I obtained the Fa, one month after I obtained it, we were busy collecting signatures to expose the organ harvesting and clarifying the truth. So it was a very busy period to begin cultivation, but with a lot of help from other local cultivators, I was able to help clarify the truth and explain everything about Falun Gong and the persecution. Here I really felt the importance of One Body, helping each other out when we are learning new projects or have questions. Master gave us this environment where we can cultivate together, so we should make use of it. In Belgium we had a lot of activities during this period, collecting signatures in local areas, at cultural festivals, etc.

When the resolution passed in Brussels, I went to Strasbourg in France to help the French practitioners with sitting in front of the parliament and clarifying the truth. I was really afraid of feeling cold back then. Since I had always lived a rather comfortable life, here I really learned about interference. You could really see the old forces making a mess; there was a deep mist everywhere, and it was really cold back then. I understood it was really a fight in other dimensions in this time period that shows itself also in this dimension.

The first time promoting Shen Yun as a Dafa disciple
I was really excited about Shen Yun, because I had also seen it in Antwerp and New York. I was really happy to promote it and I wanted to put in as much effort as possible in this project of Master’s. We had six shows in Belgium this year, which was more than the year before, so I thought this was a really good opportunity for me to improve as a new Dafa disciple. So I distributed as many flyers as possible to make up for the time I had lost during all those years when I hadn't obtained the Fa.

I don't have much more to share. I will walk the path Master arranged for me to the very best of my ability, and have firm faith in Master saving sentient beings.

I thank Master for letting me in and obtaining the Fa and fellow cultivators in Belgium for all the support you have given me to catch up. You are all very kind and like a family to me!

My understanding is very limited. Please kindly point out if I said anything inappropriate.

Thank you Master, thank you fellow practitioners.

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