Esteemed Master and fellow practitioners,
I began to practise Falun Dafa in 1997. Since then, Master has helped me let go of attachments through tests or when facing trials and tribulations. I also recognised that a Dafa disciple has to do well with the three things and I feel the urgency and responsibility that arises from this immense Fa-rectification.
Wishes Are Answered Because Of Dafa
It has been 15 years since I started working at an international firm. Over recent years, with Master’s help, I have been able to reduce my work load from 100 percent to 40 percent, even though my place of work reduced its workforce with the youngest workers being laid off first. Last year my own position was to be affected by the layoff, yet a miracle happened! I was transferred to another department for part time work at an even higher rate of pay.
Master said: “It is your responsibility to save people, and something that every Dafa disciple must do. You may say, 'I’ve cultivated pretty well. I read the book every day, and I do the exercises for a long time.' But I would say that is not the cultivation of a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple; you haven’t cultivated. And how is that so? Because Dafa disciples are not the monks of the past, who only sought personal Consummation. Dafa disciples have a mission, and that is why you are called 'Dafa disciples'. Your goal is not your personal Consummation. It is to lead a large group of lives to Consummation. So you must go and do that.” (Fa Teaching at the 2013 Greater New York Fa Conference)
Taking Advantage Of Every Opportunity
Wherever I go, I meet up with pre-destined people. Therefore, I keep fliers in my handbag in Chinese, German and English. My husband frequently takes me on trips to foreign countries. I use this opportunity to inform people about the persecution. Also, since we encounter many people from higher social ranks, I make sure I tell them about the Shen Yun performances and their value to society. Before such meetings I recite Lunyu or Hong Yin or sent forth righteous thoughts. Shortly after doing this my heart calms down and I find it easier to approach people. In my opinion, such opportunities will not happen for much longer and after that it will be too late to feel remorse. Master’s words have given me great confidence over and over again.
My Husband Experienced Master’s Compassion
My husband and I began to cultivate in Falun Dafa at the same time. Although he has only practised four of the exercises and has done a partial read of Zhuan Falun, he is in full support of Falun Dafa, and especially the Shen Yun performances. It didn’t take him long to realise that the Shen Yun performances are marvellous and that the shows manifest universally applicable values. He often points out my loopholes, reminding me that I should think of others first and telling me when it is time to send righteous thoughts. Therefore, it is of great importance to me personally that I tell him in simple words what I experience and learn during my promotional activities. This sharing allows him to take part in my activities. At the same time, it helps him to be more understanding during the times when I have to go out more frequently than usual.
Sometimes I’m rather surprised at his remarks. For example he said, “Nothing is by chance … the divinities are at work …” Additionally, when memorising Zhuan Falun I recite the sections and he corrects me when it is not what is written in the book. Also I’m glad when he corrects my Minghui translation work. This is another opportunity for him to learn more about the Fa-rectification and it has played a decisive role in him understanding Dafa. I can only advise that practitioners who are married to ordinary persons try using the same techniques.
Tenaciously Inviting Friends To Shen Yun
My husband invited several friends and acquaintances to Shen Yun in Geneva. Since some of them are managers and live on tight schedules, he needed quite a bit of persuasion to encourage these people to take the three hour trip to Geneva. Mostly, he would meet them at fine dining restaurants for lunch and tell them about Shen Yun’s traditional values. Then he sent them specially prepared texts and links by email. One of his colleagues said that he didn’t know if he could go, especially since Geneva was quite a distance from where he lived. My husband didn’t take no for an answer and said, “This is really weird. You can fly to Spain for a game of golf, which is much farther from here than Geneva. But, Geneva is too far off even though you could just take the train there and travel in greater comfort.” This was the end of the discussion and his colleague no longer came up with excuses. He went to Geneva. Also, my husband often advises me how to promote the show to people of higher social levels.
A Marvellous “Taxi Service”
My husband was in Geneva for the entire three days that Shen Yun performed there and welcomed colleagues every evening. However, he ran into a problem before the Geneva opening show. He had to attend a function in the vicinity of Zurich. He planned, therefore, to take the train from there to Geneva in late the afternoon. Unfortunately, he missed the local train and was waiting at the bus station for a bus to catch to connect with the next train at Zurich’s main train station. Alas, there was no bus for quite some time. Then a large white car stopped beside him. An elderly, rather elegant, couple asked him where he was going. This was the first time in his life that someone had approached him about hitching a ride. Because of this marvellous “taxi service” he managed to catch the express train to Geneva. He arrived at the theatre about 30 minutes before the show to welcome his friends.
Because of the above I realised that our compassionate Master will take someone who is kindhearted under his wing, even if he or she is an ordinary person, because they treasure and support Dafa. Thank you Master, for your immeasurable benevolence.
The Preciousness of Shen Yun Promotion In Elevating Xinxing
Master's compassion is immeasurable. Shen Yun saves sentient beings through a high level art form. When hearing about this project for the first time, my heart was thrilled and I was grateful. I’m certain this is a precious, once-in-a-lifetime chance to help Master in the saving of sentient beings.
Swiss practitioners have had the opportunity to welcome Shen Yun for a number of years and to allow the people in that country to learn about a divine culture. I had the opportunity to learn much from these fellow practitioners during promotional activities and at the same time find out my own attachments and elevate my Xinxing.
Master said: “Then consider this: who was it that established China’s five thousand years of civilization? All of mankind. Gods had planned to utilize Chinese culture during the Fa-rectification, and it was something that gods founded. It is a semi-divine culture, after all. What the culture has is just outstanding, and the examples of glorious things in the five thousand years of civilization—including its historical stories, which are simply too many to possibly count—are all bright spots of a divinely imparted culture, and it is a culture that was established during the process of man being reared from what he was in remote antiquity to the man we have today, with a modern mode of thinking.” (Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa, Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference)
Master’s words touched me deeply and it became clear that Master had given us this once-in-a-time chance to upgrade Xinxing, advance in cultivation and fulfil our vows.
Just Like A Holy Temple
I spent several days each week in Geneva during the Shen Yun promotional activities. As many of the practitioners come from faraway places, we stayed in a civil bunker, a place where we could also store all our materials. Through daily Fa-study, doing the exercises and exchanging experiences, we established a pure energy field. We didn’t chat about everyday happenings, but concentrated and disciplined ourselves in our cultivation and in the promotion. Often I felt just as if I was a monk and the bunker a Holy Temple.
Experience sharing was very helpful, helping me to look further inside during this promotional period and thus helping me do everything better. Again and again I was pleased at how cooperation improved when we were together as a group. Actually, I had a difficult time in the mornings getting up and doing the exercises without having breakfast first but it became much easier in the group environment. Also the Fa-study was instrumental in discovering my own attachments.
An incident during the 2014 promotional activities touched me deeply. Two of us covered the informational booth in a large exclusive department store in Geneva. A lady with her right arm in a sling approached me. She asked me to complete the raffle document as she was unable to do it on her own. On hearing her name, I asked her if there was a chance that she had grown up in my home town. She confirmed that she had. Suddenly we recognised each other. We had attended the same class about 45 years previously. We had not seen each other in all those years. She saw Shen Yun and absolutely loved it.
Patiently Explaining Repeatedly Untangles The Knot
One winter I experienced having a hoarse voice and I could barely bring out a word. Yet I went to Geneva and in so doing denied the interference by the old forces. A lady who had at first passed by returned to the information booth. I patiently showed her the video that included the live orchestra, which miraculously untangled the hidden obstacle that had been in her mind. At the end of the video, she said, “Oh, it was actually the music that kept me from wanting to see the show. I don’t like to listen to the Chinese sound after having been exposed to it in the Beijing Opera. Now, I’m thrilled and will come with my girlfriend.”
There were times when there was only one of us manning the information booth because there weren’t enough practitioners available. At first I suffered from anxiety attacks because of that and felt inhibited, but overcame this and patiently continued to explain what Shen Yun was all about.
In 2013 a little girl of approximately 6 years old passed by our booth in Lausanne several times and watched the video. She wanted to see the show, but her parents had to work. She kept telling me about her parents. This fated meeting touched me deeply because it was often the children that were instrumental in unblocking the knot barring the family's way to buying tickets for the show.
Another thing I often noticed during that time was once they had heard the practitioners' repeat their diligent introductions, people from the upper parts of society were even prepared to pay many hundreds of Swiss francs in cash for tickets.
Treasuring Group Cultivation
It is especially important to cooperate with each other during Shen Yun promotional activities. Even, if the coordinator assigns me a task that I don’t really want to take on, I will accept it because I have to pass that test. I realise that the greater difficulty, the greater the chance there is to improve my Xinxing.
Master said: “Working hard is part of your cultivation. You need to think of ways to find the people that you are meant to save. All of these are things that Dafa disciples should do. Make efforts to cooperate well together.” (20th Anniversary Fa Teaching)
There are times when we come across people that refuse our materials and just pass by our booth. From this I understand that as long as we don’t improve our Xinxing, it is very difficult to save these people and that we as practitioners must nevertheless reach our levels under all circumstances.
I’m thankful to be on this Earth at the same time as Dafa is being disseminated. Thank you, esteemed Master and all fellow practitioners that kindly point out my shortcomings.
Above everything, and through all that I have learned from the foregoing experiences, I wish to do the three things much better so that Master does not have to worry.
Please kindly point out if there is anything that is not within the Fa.
Thank you, Master!
Thank you, practitioners!
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