I write this article to share the miracles that happened to my entire family after practising Falun Dafa, to validate Dafa's supernormal power and its beauty, and to express our gratitude toward Teacher's mercy and hard work in giving us salvation!
I. Obtaining the Fa
In July 1995, a friend came to my home and said, "Let me show you a book." It was Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Dafa practice. I opened the book and read it for a little over 10 minutes. I then felt so sleepy that I could not open my eyes. I had to doze off a little, before I could read for another 10 minutes. Then I would again feel extremely sleepy. It took me two days to finish reading Zhuan Falun this way.
I was touched by the book's contents about cultivating one's mind-nature (xinxing) and being a good person. I said to my friend, "If I conduct myself according to this book, what worries will I still have?" Up to that point, I was very tired and troubled with fighting for self-interest and recognition at work. I had learned other qigongs before, but they all focused on how to get rid of health problems only, and did not talk about cultivating xinxing. Those qigongs only dealt with the superficial, not the fundamental. I thus told my friend, "This book is excellent, where can I buy a copy? Please help me buy one." My friend told me that she had borrowed it, so right away I started to copy down the entire book. With the spreading of Falun Dafa, I was later able to buy a new copy of Zhuan Falun for myself, and I was also able to find a practice site.
I felt like a seedling getting the first rain after a long drought. It has now been 15 years since I joined in the mighty current of Falun Dafa cultivation. Looking back, a lot of feelings come up; there were many times that I was so grateful that I was in tears. Without the merciful protection from Teacher, I would not have been able to come to be what I am today.
In Jilin Province, before July 20, 1999, Falun Dafa practitioners practised every day in parks no matter if it was hot in the summer or cold in the winter. So many miracles manifested during those years. Here, I will not mention about other practice sites, but only the one I was in. On several occasions during the Northern China winters, with the temperature below -10°C (15°F), it started to snow when we were doing the sitting meditation. Our surroundings all turned white and each of us turned into a snowman after the one hour. What was miraculous was that we did not feel cold at all and our bodies emitted steam! These extraordinary experiences still stay clear in my memory.
Like many other practitioners, I have transformed from a sick person, nicknamed "Big Drug-Jar", to a completely healthy person who has not taken any medicine and not had even one cold in 15 years. Before cultivation, I was thinking of resigning from my job because I could not handle the workload. Now, I have doubled my work efficiency. I have changed from a person who often fought with others, to an easy-going person who takes self-interest lightly. The division I was in charge of was even named the "role-model" division. People around me have witnessed the beauty of Falun Dafa from the positive changes in me.
II. How My Mother Started Practising
In September 1996, during a business trip out of town, I received a phone call informing me that my 69-year-old mother had just had a cerebral haemorrhage. I immediately rushed to the hospital and found my mother lying on a bed with her mouth and eyes agape and the right side of her body paralyzed. The doctor informed me that she had blood extravasation (leakage of blood) in her brain. He suggested two treatment methods and asked my family to make a decision. Either: 1. Open the skull to take the extravasated blood out, or, 2. Treat it conservatively, i.e. lie in bed without moving and let the brain absorb the extravasated blood naturally. We agreed on the second method. However, after two days of treatment, my mother complained that she could not stand the treatment any more, because she was not allowed to move her head even a bit.
I then took out Zhuan Falun and said to my mother, "Mum, when I tried to persuade you to practise Falun Dafa before, you said you were too busy for it. Please let me read you Zhuan Falun today." After I had read for a while, my mother said, "By listening to your reading of the Fa, I feel like there is a stream of spring water pouring down my head; it is very comfortable." After that day, whenever she did not feel good, she listened to me reading Zhuan Falun, and felt better.
I told my mother, "It is so obvious that you are feeling better as a result of studying Dafa, which indicates that you have a predestined relationship with Dafa. If you can join the group Fa study, it will have a much better effect than staying in the hospital. Do you believe it?" My mum said, "I do! I do! I want to get out of the hospital and join the group Fa study!" I said, "Wait! You must believe it 100%. You are my mother, and I couldn't play around with your life." She responded, "I truly believe it 100%!"
When I told the doctor that we needed to check out of the hospital, the doctor said, "Don't joke around! With a health problem like your mother's, it takes at least a month before a person can check out. It has only been 18 days, and you are talking about checking out of the hospital?" Later, the hospital had us sign a note that we would take responsibility for leaving on our own.
During the evening on the day we checked out of the hospital, my older sister and I helped my mother walk and we arrived at the Fa study group. When doing the fifth exercise, Strengthening Divine Powers, my mum told us, "I can move the fingers on my right hand now! There is a warm current moving from my shoulders to my fingers!" Everyone who was there witnessed what happened, and the supernormal power of Falun Dafa. On the way home after the exercises, she did not need help any more. She walked all the way home by herself. The next day, my mother was able to help me make dumplings by flattening the dough into dumpling wrappers for me.
After staying in my home for ten days, my mother told me, "Last night, I was thinking that it is time for me to go back to my village, since I have recovered, and your dad is home alone. And I was thinking about how to tell you. But I had a dream after I went to bed: Under a foggy sky, there was a gymnasium, which was filled with layers after layers of people. They were all watching Teacher drawing the Falun emblem. When I entered the room, there was no seat left for me. Teacher looked at me and said, 'Some people who have just started to practise are not diligent, and worry too much about worldly things. For a practitioner like that, it is very hard.'" My mum continued, "When I woke up, I realized that Teacher was talking about me! I have to stay here and concentrate on studying the Fa diligently for a while before I go home."
After that, my mother and I went to the group study to watch Teacher's lecture videos every night. She told me, "When I watched the teachings, there were law wheels swirling in both my back and head." She stayed with me for 52 days before I sent her back to the village. My mother told me that on the bus back home, there were law wheels swirling in her head and at the tip of her tongue that was numb. We both knew that it was Teacher adjusting her body.
I went to visit her a week later. As soon as I walked in, she said, "This sentence Teacher said is really true. It is, 'In addition, elderly women will regain their menstrual period.' (Zhuan Falun) I was happy enough to be able to recover from my health problem, but did not expect that my period would come back after it had stopped for 22 years. This cultivation practice is truly marvellous! I am really becoming young again!"
The miracles that happened to my mother got the attention of the entire village. 20 to 30 villagers began to practice Falun Dafa through the help of my mum. There were six elderly women in the village who had had a stroke or cerebral haemorrhage, and the four of them who did not practice Falun Dafa paid 400-500 yuan a month for drugs, yet they were unable to recover from their condition. The other two who started to practice Dafa became healthy, and are still doing well today. My mother often tells whoever she meets happily, "It was Teacher who has lengthened my life, and I am the luckiest person!"
III. My Older Sister Comes Back to Practise
My sister witnessed the supernormal power of Dafa through my mother, and she also greatly benefited after joining the Fa study group. But when July 20, 1999 came, her husband got scared, and forbade my sister from continuing to practice. He threatened her with divorce if she were to keep practising, and he tore up any Dafa books whenever he found them. Under such obstruction from her husband, my sister stopped cultivating. However, one day, she felt pain in her liver, and a CAT scan showed something abnormal in her liver area. The doctor told her that she had a disease that was difficult to cure, and to expect the worst.
After they returned from the hospital, her husband started to beg her to practise Falun Dafa. My sister said, "Before this, it was you who did not allow me to practise, and now you are begging me to practise again? How can you treat Dafa like this!" Her husband said, "I know Falun Dafa is good. I was just scared of the persecution, and that was why I did not allow you to practise. Now your health is an issue. If you do not practise Dafa, you might end up not being able to work, not to mention staying in the hospital, and we will not even have the money to do a check-up. I've lost my job, and the money I make working here and there is barely enough to make ends meet! I beg you, for our child's sake, please practise Falun Dafa and save your life!" Thus, my sister renewed her study and practise in Dafa.
Her husband has since acted like a different person. No matter how tired he gets after working a day at a menial job, when he sees my sister studying the Fa, he will do all the house chores to let my sister concentrate on her Fa study. Our merciful Teacher did not abandon my sister--after one month of practising Dafa, her complexion turned rosy, and a hospital exam showed that the abnormality around her liver had completely gone! Laughter and lightheartedness has returned to my sister's household.
My sister's 92-year-old grandfather-in-law had dementia. If you have not experienced taking care of someone who has dementia, you will have no idea how difficult it is. Oftentimes, the grandfather covered the bed and the walls with his faeces, saying, "Cake! Cake!" My sister kept in mind to treat herself as a practitioner, and strove to stay kind and compassionate. Each day, half of her day was spent washing the old man's dirty clothes. She took care of him like this for a total of three years. By the time he died, he had not had one bed ulcer.
At the end of last year, my sister's neighbour told me, "The house your sister lives in is only 60 square meters. Yet she takes care of a 94-year-old lady, her 82-year-old mother-in-law, her adopted 12-year-old niece, and her three-year-old grandchild who runs all over the place. It is like a nursing home and a day-care centre all-in-one. The local community office said they have never seen such a kind person!" My sister answered pleasantly, "If I had not practised Dafa, I would not be able to keep myself alive, let alone take care of the elderly and the young!"
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