Recently, I suddenly started to feel very tired and was often sleepy. I slept much more than before but I was still lethargic during the day. This directly impacted my doing the three things. Once when I went to to distribute truth-clarification materials, I felt tired and had difficulty breathing after climbing a few stairs.
My first reaction was to consider how to eliminate all interferences from outside factors. Therefore, in addition to eliminating my unjust thoughts and notions, I increased the frequency and duration of sending forth righteous thoughts. However, the situation did not improve. Did I lack righteous thoughts or were my righteous thoughts not effective any more? This shouldn't be. Teacher has said many times in the Fa, that whenever we run into a problem, we should look inward, find our own gaps and get rid of attachments; then we can truly and completely resolve the issue of our cultivation.
So I calmed down and looked at myself. I rarely did the exercises these days. Sometimes I couldn't complete a whole set of exercises for many days. Even when I stood there doing the exercises, I couldn't calm down and concentrate. How could I meet the Fa's standards and requirements by doing it like this?" Teacher said,
"A complete cultivation practice of mind and body requires both cultivation and practice. " (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun).
In The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa, Teacher also clearly points out, "a person who only cultivates his character and doesn't perform the exercises of the Great Way of Spiritual Perfection will find the growth of his gong strength impeded and his innate body (ben-ti) unchanged."
Studying the Fa and cultivating oneself is most important, but we should not neglect exercise either. Because we have the sacred mission of assisting Teacher to rectify the Fa, we need to use our physical body to validate the Fa and save sentient beings. Sometimes I felt that I was very busy and had no time to do the exercises. But was this really the case? Looking back, it was an excuse to not do the exercises. I claimed to be busy to cover up my pursuit of comfort and ease. In essence, I still have a gap and am not diligent enough.
"You claim that you're too busy and don't have the time. Actually, you are afraid that you don't get enough rest. Have you ever thought of the fact that practising cultivation is the best form of rest? You can obtain the kind of rest that can't be obtained through sleeping. Nobody would say: 'The exercises are making me so tired that I can't do anything today.' One would only say: 'The exercises are making my whole body relaxed and at ease. I don't feel sleepy after a sleepless night. I feel full of energy. It doesn't seem to bother me at all after a day's work.' Isn't this the case?" ("Lecture at the First Conference in North America").
Teacher also said in "Touring North America to Teach the Fa,"
"I think that a cultivator can't go without doing the exercises. Although doing the exercises is only supplemental to your improvement, it, too, is part of the Fa, and it's connected to all the changes in your body."
Believing in Teacher and the Fa, in cultivation means that we need to follow Teacher's words one hundred percent. After I rectified myself on the Fa, I resumed exercising every day. I quickly overcame my bad state . I felt my body get lighter and I was energetic again. I resumed my previous good state. Also my righteous thoughts became more powerful and lasted longer.
Keeping a good exercise state is very important to eliminating our body's metabolic waste, rotten stuff, and all the bad things. We can maintain abundant energy and do the "three things"well.
I wrote my experience here, wanting to remind our fellow practitioners, while we keep studying the Fa every day, don't forget the exercises. Because behind every exercise and movement, there is the unimaginable rotating mechanism and connotation that Teacher gave to us.
"The exercise movements are necessary for transforming and cultivating these things." (The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa).
Especially when Teacher talks about the fifth exercise, "Reinforcing Supernatural Powers," he tells us patiently,
"It's something of high-level cultivation that I used to do on my own. I'm now making it public without any modifications. Because I don't have any more time... it's going to be hard for me to have another opportunity to teach you in person. I now teach you everything at once so that later on you will have a way to practice at high levels."
Today, the changing of our innate body and the strengthening of our power, cannot happen without assimilating and exercising the Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa. Teacher also tells us in "What Has Teacher Given to Practitioners?" Lecture Three, Zhuan Falun),
"The five sets of exercises will be taught to you all at once, and you will learn them all. In the time to come, you will be able to reach a very high level--one which is so high that it is beyond your imagination. As long as you practice cultivation, it will not be a problem for you to achieve the Right Fruit in cultivation. "
Therefore, we have no reason not to do the exercises, or not to do the exercises well. We should remain clear and diligent all times.
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